Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel, San Luis Obispo
Reviews - Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel
Read 211 additional reviews of Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel at TripAdvisor.
Want to see more hotels? View all hotels in San Luis Obispo
Historical Traveller Reviews of Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel
VERY Relaxing and romantic getawayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We ate at the Gardens of Avila restaurant at the resort the first night and enjoyed it so much we had lunch and dinner there the next day. The service at dinner was very good, but the service at lunch was a bit lacking. Our meals were excellent; very creative and beautifully prepared and presented. We were lucky both evenings that the weather was gorgeous and we could dine in their outdoor area. They also have a large and comprehensive wine list.
We'll go back, that's for sure! It was worth every penny we spent.
Would Never Return! Horrible Customer Service.from A TripAdvisor Member
I expressed my concerns and extreme disappointment to the Customer Service Department and they did NOTHING to rectify the situation. The representative told me that she would "call me tomorrow" and see if she could "send me something in the mail," but I never received a call back.
I would never waste my time visiting this pathetic place again! It was a horrendous experience and I am still livid!
A magical retreat in a beautiful settingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I can't believe people are complaining about the smell of the place....it's in the name...MINERAL SPRINGS!!
As for the restaurant, certainly it isn't cheap, but it has to be some of the best and most imaginative meals I've ever had. We had the chef's tasting menu which was, I believe, five courses and also had the wine pairing along with it. It was fabulous and by the fourth course we were stuffed and had to get dessert to take back to our room. Breakfast on the patio was relaxing and wonderful.
Don't believe those negative reviews!!
Gardens Restaurant ONLYfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Avoid this one; not as good as it soundsfrom A TripAdvisor Member
My first night there I was moved to a different room because the room I reserved was under construction. It was supposedly an "upgrade". The room temperature was sweltering, and the carpet in the bathroom was soaked. Turns out the room didn't have air conditioning. When I called the front desk their solution was to send someone over to open the windows for me. As if that was too difficult a task for me to manage. After 8 hours of all windows open and the two paddle fans on full blast (they had no other fans available) the room was still, at 11pm, at 80 degrees. I couldn't sleep most of the night because of the heat. They did agree to move me to another room with air conditioning (that so politely had been set to 60 degrees, so it was way too cold). I thought we were having an earthquake, until I realized that the walls were paper thin and the folks next door were trying out the bed. I'm sure they would be mortified if they knew just how thin the walls are.
There are many great spas in southern California...this is definitely not one of them. And there is a reason why, when you call, it is so easy to get a room. If this place was as great as it sounds on their web site, it would be booked months in advance. The constant room availability tells you all you need to know.
Prepare to be disappointed!!from A TripAdvisor Member
The "luxury suite" that we were given on the resort side of the road was very dated and not clean at all! Dinner at the restaurant was again very inconsistant and no where near worth the prices. And the spa and tubs were again very crowded and the staff very unconcerned with working with our schedule. After we had already paid for treatments through our package deal.
We expressed all of our concerns to the front desk manager at check-out, who quickly gave us what sounded like a well practiced response ("we'll send you something out in the mail").
Surprised at all the negative reviewsfrom bigislanddaydreams
My friend from San Francisco appreciated the vegetarian options at Gardens of Avila. The only downer was the dour-faced woman at the desk entry to the restaurant, who looked askance at our somewhat dissheveled (sp?) post-rain, post-hiking appearance when we appeared for dinner. (We would have missed dinner altogether if we had taken the time to shower and change).
What else ... prices were reasonable (under $300/night for 2 very pleasant bedrooms, living-dining-kitchen area with sleeper sofa, 2 baths, private porch with hot tub). All were clean, functioned fine, no bugs. We visited the nearby Baileyana Winery (excellent), and returned home to watch "Sideways" on pay-per-view TV, order room service from Gardens of Avila and play Yahtzee in front of the fire. A real treat.
I also highly recommend a great little casual near-by diner called Fat Cats Cafe, right on the water. We had planned to go kayakking from there ... but it was still raining.
My teenage daughter and I also had massages, preceded by a half-hour soak in a hot tub on the hill behind the hotel. There was a soft rain during our soak, which only enhanced the experience. My massage was so-so. The masseur was confused about appointments, he had a fat belly that kept butting into me and he huffed and puffed a bit. However, my daughter had a female masseuse and enjoyed her massage with no problems. (Thank God.) My friend enjoyed the yoga class, which was included at no extra cost (and there were only one or two other clients).
All in all, we look back on our time at Sycamore Springs with great pleasure. Maybe it was because it rained so much in California that month, but (unlike other people who have posted reviews) we found our time there peaceful, calm and relaxing. No noise issues whatsoever.
One thing ... as the person who volunteered to take the sleeper couch instead of one of the two bedrooms ... oh me achin' back!!! Please replace with good mattress or stock suite with ibuprofen!
Disappointment from a non-picky customerfrom Curly13
A few years ago, I rented one of Sycamore's outdoor hot tubs with a group of friends and thought it was so wonderful. I could not wait to go back and actually stay there. Big mistake. We got there and the grounds were as beautiful as ever - very lush, foresty and serene. I loved that they offered free yoga classes and hiking. We got a standard hotel room, which was over $200 - we would have loved to have stayed in a suite, but was expensive due to the holiday weekend. The mineral springs smell like sulfur (like rotten eggs), which does not bother us - what bothered us is the room smelled that way INSIDE the room. We had to buy air fresheners to even stay there. The room was tiny with furniture so old and dated - not comfortable at all. The shower hardly had any water pressure and was rusted over - you could hardly turn the shower knob. You expect that there would be spiders and bugs outside, but we killed three big spiders, 3 moskitos, as well as other creepy-crawley things inside.
The private room hot tub was very nice and was the best part of the stay, but was not very clean - I don't know how often they clean them. We made the best of it and drank plenty of wine after wine tasting and relaxed in the tub. Once back inside, there was no air conditioning (or one that was working), so there was a cealing fan, but it clanked very loud and we couldn't sleep with it on. If you opened the window, you heard loud cars - even though we were away from the street, so that didn't work either. Only 5 channels on the TV worked.
Even worse was the noise. We were on the second/top floor, but you could hear EVERYONE around you. The last straw was waking up at 7 am on a sunday to people below hanging out in their hot tub and talking very loudly - the room below even had kids who were using the hot tub like a swimming pool! Quiet hours were from midnight to 7 am, but to hear people yelling at 7 was terrible. I don't need to sleep in to all hours of the day, but my husband and I work so hard normally, we just wished we could sleep in past 8 am for once!
My recommendation is to stay somewhere else and rent one of those gorgeous hot tubs like I did from my friends and explore the grounds, meditation gardens and do some hiking if you are in to that. You don't have to stay at Sycamore to have enjoyed the beauty of the environment.
It is all about the water after allfrom Sancarlo
There is still plenty of improvements that this hotel could attend to, but overall it has improved. The prices for the rooms and the spa have increased, and hopefully they'll use the money for a major remodel - especially for the individual rooms.
The true reason to stay here is to bathe in the hot minreal springs. The hotel, despite its many faults, is still a romantic place... it feels more like camping. There are newer and better hotels in close proximity, with new grand ones coming soon... but none can offer access to your personal tub filled with hot mineral water. That is why the hotel never felt the urge to update or remodel... there wasn't any competition. And this is a shame, because it could truly be a jem!
The grounds are pretty and they have added a labyrinth to meditate, (yes... they are now catering to the yoga crowd with a wellness institute).
There are a couple of suggestions to consider before reserving a room:
1) NOT ALL ROOM OFFER TRUE MINERAL WATERS - All of them offer private tubs, but some are filled with regular water. So make sure you ask for the true stuff.
2) ONLY A FEW ROOMS HAVE BEEN REMODELED - Ask for the remodeled rooms which are a bit better than the old ones. They are still modest, but not as bad. I don't like the pillows.
3) BETTER TO BE ON TOP - It is a romantic place and people will get frisky. Because the construction is lightweight and you can hear people walking above your head, I suggest the rooms located on the second floor, with tubs facing the hill.
Bring your sense of humor and pretend you are on a camping trip. It is still a semi-rustic experience, therefore you must be in the mood for it. One day this place will become fancy and expensive, so enjoy it for what it is.
Opinion from a localfrom SLOJen
Top Local Tips for San Luis Obispo
Bob Jones Trail If you like bird/reptile watching, this is THE place! Quiet, serene, beautiful...
Restaurants We like the Big Sky Diner -- great food, nice people.
Avila Beach nearby. Take a drive to nearby Avila Beach and have lunch. The Custom House has seafood and is not expensive. The entire beach area has just been rebuilt with new restaurants, hotels, shopping, etc. A short distance up the beach is an old fishing wharf (still active) with free parking and a restaurant. You can buy freshly caught fish there at the fish market.
Other names for Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel
- sycamore springs
- sycamore mineral springs resort
- sycamore mineral springs hotel
- mineral resort springs sycamore
- Address: 1215 Avila Beach Dr - San Luis Obispo - California - 93405 - United States
- Loading Image...
- Loading Image...
- Loading Image...
- Loading Image...
Hotels Near Sycamore Mineral Springs Hotel
- San Luis Bay Inn Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 2.5 km / 1.5 mi
- Spyglass Inn Hotel Pismo Beach, California Distance: 4.1 km / 2.6 mi
- Cottage Inn by the sea Hotel Pismo Beach, California Distance: 7.1 km / 4.4 mi
- Sandcastle Inn Hotel Pismo Beach, California Distance: 8.6 km / 5.3 mi
- Embassy Suites Hotel San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 8.8 km / 5.5 mi
- Best Western Royal Oak Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 9.2 km / 5.7 mi
- Madonna Inn Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 9.7 km / 6 mi
- Oxford Suites Pismo Beach Hotel Pismo Beach, California Distance: 10.3 km / 6.4 mi
- Garden Street Inn Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 11.3 km / 7 mi
- Best Western Casa Grande Inn Hotel Arroyo Grande, California Distance: 11.6 km / 7.2 mi
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel Grover Beach, California Distance: 11.6 km / 7.2 mi
- Lamplighter Inn & Suites Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 12.5 km / 7.8 mi
- Quality Suites Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 12.5 km / 7.8 mi
- Villa San Luis Motel Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 12.6 km / 7.8 mi
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel San Luis Obispo, California Distance: 12.7 km / 7.9 mi