We drove highway 1 from Pismo Beach to Santa Cruz (very scenic… Drive it going north though, that way you are in the inner lane and not on the cliff side! We took 101 to Pismo going south.). We stopped at several places, including Cambria. Cambria is a gorgeous village with lots of great restaurants. El Colibri is on the north end of Cambria. Close to the beach as well as to the restaurants. It is a boutique hotel, very cool and comfy. The rooms are nice, the bathroom is great: it has a nice tub and also a great shower cabin. They also had a nice breakfast included in the room price. We will be back. On the way north, once you pass the exit to the Hearst Castle, look for the elephant seal cove on the left. We saw hundreds of seals just sleeping/hanging out on the beach. It is an amazing sight (stinky too :)!
“great location, great hotel” EW