Pelican Inn and Suites: Where to Stay in Cambria

Cambria wasn’t a place I had heard of prior to our grand road trip down the California coast. Actually, I had assumed we would stay overnight in Big Sur, until I looked at the options — uber-expensive luxury resorts, rustic lodges and campgrounds, a couple of motels, and even yurts. But what I was looking for was a family-friendly hotel with luxurious amenities, spacious rooms, a coastal setting and a small inn feel. This is exactly what I found just a little further down the coast in Cambria, CA at the Pelican Inn and Suites.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA while taking a California coast road trip: the Pelican Inn and Suites offers family-friendly amenities on the beautiful Moonstone Beach.

Sunset over Moonstone Beach from the Pelican Inn and Suites

The Pelican Inn and Suites is located just across from Moonstone Beach, a long stretch of beach in Cambria, CA. Moonstone Beach was named for the small, shiny moonstones you might find in the sand. Here you’ll also find a mile-long boardwalk for scenic strolls. Kids will enjoy the short stretch of sand or playing in the tide pools that form amidst the rocks along the coast.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA while taking a California coast road trip: the Pelican Inn and Suites offers family-friendly amenities on the beautiful Moonstone Beach.

Observing the other-world like landscape of Moonstone Beach’s tide pools

We arrived in Moonstone Beach just in time to watch the sun setting from our ocean-facing balcony. It is good that the sun put on a good show, because the next day the beach was fog-covered, making for a chilly morning walk along the boardwalk.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA while taking a California coast road trip: the Pelican Inn and Suites offers family-friendly amenities on the beautiful Moonstone Beach.

The Moonstone Beach boardwalk is perfect for a family stroll

Along Moonstone Beach you can observe wildlife from squirrels, rabbits and sea birds to otters, whales and dolphins.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA while taking a California coast road trip: the Pelican Inn and Suites offers family-friendly amenities on the beautiful Moonstone Beach.

Observing wildlife along Moonstone Beach

Where to stay in Cambria, CA while taking a California coast road trip: the Pelican Inn and Suites offers family-friendly amenities on the beautiful Moonstone Beach.

Wildflowers abloom along Moonstone Beach

Pelican Inn and Suites Review

When you first arrive at the Pelican Inn and Suites, it looks like a typical beach hotel. It is spread out across multiple buildings, connected by gardens and organized to provide most rooms with a beach view. But instead of outdoor corridors, you enter through your suite through wide, carpeted, beautifully decorated hallways. Our two-queen suite offered comfortable and classy accommodations, well-decorated and appointed, with luxurious amenities including bathrobes, WiFi, gourmet coffee and upscale bath products.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA: The Pelican Inn and Suites on beautiful Moonstone Beach is a great choice for families.

Our spacious suite at the Pelican Inn and Suites

Everything about our suite felt so elegant, clean, and comfortable. My favorite part of the room was the stepped-down sitting area with a couch and armchairs clustered in front of a gas fireplace. When traveling with a family I enjoy extra space that allows us to stretch out and relax without being on top of each other. And let me tell you, after a foggy, chilly evening, it was great to warm my toes in front of the fire.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA: The Pelican Inn and Suites on beautiful Moonstone Beach is a great choice for families.

I loved warming my toes in front of the fire in the evening

As much as I enjoyed our suite, the Pelican Inn and Suites also offers other family-friendly amenities. If the beach isn’t your thing, they do have a small pool. While the Pelican Inn and Suites isn’t cheap, you will save money on food as they offer a full complimentary breakfast buffet with eggs, waffles, pastries, breads, cereal, fruit and more. We, of course, also enjoyed their happy hour with local wines, cheese, and crackers — perfect before heading out to dinner.

Where to stay in Cambria, CA: The Pelican Inn and Suites on beautiful Moonstone Beach is a great choice for families.

Pelican Inn and Suites offers complimentary happy hour and breakfast and has a small pool.

Where to Eat in Cambria

For dinner, we ventured into downtown Cambria at Madeline’s Restaurant and Wine Shop. Voted the number one restaurant in Cambria on TripAdvisor, Madeline’s might be better suited for a romantic date night than a family dinner, as they certainly don’t feature a children’s menu, but they were more than happy to accommodate our family of three and our little foodie was just fine.

We started with the baked brie, crab cakes, and baby artichokes stuffed with fresh mozzarella and herbs over roasted pepper cream. Hannah declared the baby artichokes amazing and said that she would be happy to eat it every single day.

Madeline's -- Where to eat in Cambria, CA

Stuffed baby artichokes at Madeline’s in Cambria

For our entrees we tried the rack of lamb, spring salad, and polenta Madeline. My salad was delicious, nearly as good as the one I had in Carmel, but my favorite dish of the evening was the raspberry key lime pie — sweet, tart, smooth and delicious!

If you are driving the California coast, I highly recommend a stay at the Pelican Inn and Suites in Cambria. Located between Hearst Castle in San Simeon and San Luis Obispo 40-minutes to the south, it is a perfect location for an overnight stay after a full day of driving south along the coast from Carmel or Monterey.

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Where to stay in Cambria, CA: The Pelican Inn and Suites on beautiful Moonstone Beach is a great choice for families.

Note: We were provided a media rate at the Pelican Inn and Suites for purposes of review, but all opinions are my own and I’d be more than happy to stay here again.

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  1. I really want to see squirrels again! We don’t get them in NZ! Cambria looks beautiful, as does the Pelican Inn!

    Funny I stayed here a long time ago and totally forgot about it. I love the cold foggy weather, I know I am strange, but it makes the cozy rooms that more relaxing!

      We enjoyed it too, it gave us an excuse to use the fireplace!

    Looks like a very nice place and great location. Pinning this for when I make it farther down the coast

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