“Ideal Hotel if you are Traveling Highway 1”
– Reviewed April 11, 2013
We booked this hotel because it was located close to Highway 1 and we needed a hotel close to Hearst castle which we were visiting the following day. The quality of the hotel was outstanding and the staff were very helpful on our arrival.
The hotel has a underground car park with enough spaces for all the guests.
We booked a King-size room and it was fantastic. There was plenty of room and all the furniture was modern, there was a leather sofa which was very comfortable.
At the El Colibri, everyone on staff knows that we strive diligently to meet and exceed the expectations of our guests – it’s such a pleasure when it all comes together!
“Loved This Place”
– Reviewed April 8, 2013
I find it a little nerve wracking to book smaller, non chain hotels online. Not that I haven’t had bad experiences with chain hotels but you have a some level of comfort knowing that certain standards are LIKELY to be met. I couldn’t have made a better choice of hotels by booking El Colibri. We wished we had more time in Cambria just to stay here longer. The hotel was beautifully furnished and decorated in a modern, subdued yet completely original style.
Where else can you live where you have this absolutely gorgeous Winter weather? Not many places! It’s February 27, and the last few days have been filled with lots of sunshine and warm weather. In fact, today we enjoyed 70 degree weather.
I’m not sure what it is, but I do LOVE Valentine’s Day. Admittedly, I’ve always had a ‘thing’ for hearts, and, in fact, have a beautiful red stone heart paperweight sitting aside me as I write this. Hearts show up in other places in my home, too. Like the funky little string of wooden hearts that hang by a piece of twine over a photo of my children, and the 4′ x 4′ modern painting of repeating hearts that hangs above my bed. So, yeah, I guess you could say I do have a thing for hearts.
Hearst Castle, located a mere 7 minute drive from the El Colibri Hotel and Spa is the treasure of the Central Coast. Visiting this extraordinary and majestic home of the late William Randolph Hearst is, in itself, reason enough to plan a trip to the Central Coast. Whether your interests rest with history, architecture, the arts, landscaping and gardens or perhaps the Hollywood gossip and stories of the 40’s – you are sure to be satisfied.
If you have yet to see an adult elephant seal up close and personal – NOW is your chance! This time of year a large population of elephant seals arrives at the same location annually to give birth to the young, and mate for the season.
What’s more Christmas-y than lovely, quaint Paso Robles homes adorned with more Christmas lights than you could ever imagine. Every year, the wonderful families on Vine Street in Paso go to all ends to decorate their homes for the holiday. You’ll see 14 blocks of lights, storytellers, Santas, Grinches, Music, Carolers, Dancers, Hot cocoa and cider, and tons of Christmas cheer!
Some of my best memories from my childhood involve the total and utter awe that this holiday display invokes. There is seriously nothing more special (except for maybe the first time I remember meeting the real Santa Claus!). And even today, the Vine Street families make me think that I can be way more ambitious in my holiday decorating—I don’t think I’m up for the kinds of light like on the house below this year…but there’s always next, right?!
I don’t know about you, but once Thanksgiving is past we seem to shift into high gear: A count down of sort until the Christmas celebration. My “to-do” lists seem to take on a life of their own, growing exponentially longer by the day!
As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to pace myself and actually plan for a little R&R in these very busy times. Yes, there are still the holiday celebrations to attend, as well as our own party to plan and host… as well as the house decorations, gift shopping, and well… you get the idea. But, it somehow seems all the manageable when part of my “plans” include a plan for my own respite!
“Tasteful Decor, Cozy Fireplace, Great Bar, and Excellent Complimentary Breakfast!”
– Reviewed November 7, 2012
My husband and I stayed at El Colibri Hotel and Spa on our way up the California coast during our honeymoon. Our suite included a living room area with a mini bar, cozy fireplace, jacuzzi tub, great shower, and was decorated simply yet elegantly. The staff was warm and welcoming. Our room was decorated with rose petals and chocolates upon our arrival because was told them we were on our honeymoon. The bar was having a wine tasting event which was excellent including live music. Lastly, the complimentary breakfast in the morning was yummy and included a nice assortment of cereals, yogurt, fruit, bagels, and pastries. We very much enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.
I feel so privileged to work at the El Colibri. It’s not only a wonderful hotel that strives to be the best we can be, to treat our guests with care and try to make every guests stay something special. But we also have the advantage of working in a boutique that has one of the best Wine Bars on the Central Coast—and THE place to be in Cambria on a Saturday evening. Every Saturday during our Wine and Music nights, we have the opportunity to listen to some fantastic local musicians as well as learning about and tasting wines from some of the best boutique vinters in the county. I’ve learned more about wine than I could have hoped for and have some to enjoy not only tasting wine but also thinking about the processes that go into making an excellent bottle.
I thought it might be helpful to do a round up of some of our featured wineries on the blog so that if you are thinking of taking a trip to the Central Coast and want to plan out a winery or wine tasting day, you can have a leg up.