Wondering where the best Bed and Breakfast spots are on the Central California coast? We got you covered with 23 of the best ones!

We live a few hours away from the Central Coast and we’ve stayed at 3 of these B&BsMadonna Inn, Cambria Pines Lodge and Wine Stone Inn.

The Central Coast is a part of California that feels like a step back in time, with its untouched beauty. There are lots of cozy inns by the ocean that really show off what makes this area special.

Let’s dig into the best places to stay on the Central Coast.

Madonna Inn is one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn is the best place to stay on the Central Coast. We loved our stay there and will come back again! Scroll to #16 to learn more about this fabulous hotel! 

Looking for the perfect place to stay while traveling through the Central Coast? Check out the 23 best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California!

Best Bed and Breakfast in Central Coast California 

Are you looking for a tranquil weekend getaway in California? Do you want to relax, sunbathe, stroll along the beach and, dine on great food? If so, there is no better place than the Central Coast.

From beaches to bed and breakfast spots on the Central California Coast, this region makes for one of the best places for relaxing.

Best Bed and Breakfast in Santa Cruz County

Between surfing and whale watching, deciding where you want to stay in Santa Cruz County can be hard. Here are the best B&Bs in the Santa Cruz area: 

1. West Cliff Inn

Location: Santa Cruz

West Cliff Inn is a charming, romantic, and cozy inn. The Inn is located in the heart of Santa Cruz, just steps from the Cowell Beach and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk – some of the best beaches in Santa Cruz.

The inn’s rooms are decorated with coastal-inspired accessories and offer views of Monterey Bay. A delicious complimentary full breakfast is served each morning and they offer fresh cookies in the evening and wine & cheese every afternoon; perfect for relaxing before dinner.

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Capitola Village
Capitola Village

2. Inn at Depot Hill

Location: Capitola

Inn at Depot Hill has rooms themed in various cities around the world including Kyoto, Paris, and Valencia. This place used to be a 1950 train depot, thus the hotel’s name. The Inn is walkable to Capitola Beach or you can relax from their garden patio.

They serve a complimentary “cooked-to-order” breakfast every day and you can choose to have it taken up to the room or eat in their dining room. There’s also wine and cheese in the afternoons. 

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Best Bed and Breakfast in Monterey County

If you need a restful stay with beautiful surroundings, come stay at the best B&Bs in Monterey County

3. Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Location: Monterey

Built on an oceanfront, Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa has luxury written all over it with its amazing spa services, two on-site restaurants, a health club, fitness center, and a bar.

This hotel is near Cannery Row so you can spend hours shopping and enjoying delicacies with views of Monterey Bay.

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4. Seven Gables Inn

Location: Pacific Grove 

Voted as one of the most romantic Inns in the country by USA Today, Seven Gables Inn is the perfect place for two. It’s walkable to Lovers Point, Lovers Point Park, and Lovers Point Beach.

Styled in Victorian architecture, the Inn has luxury rooms filled with big windows that look out to the ocean. Explore its secret garden and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast daily. Book a whale watching tour, shop at Cannery Row, or do the popular 17-Mile Drive.

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Best Bed and Breakfast in San Luis Obispo County

If you’re looking for the best places to stay for your visit to San Luis Obispo, we recommend checking out these charming B&Bs!

5. Apple Farm 

Location: San Luis Obispo

At the heart of San Luis Obispo, Apple Farm is styled in country design combined with contemporary elegance. Each room is filled with amenities including a gas fireplace.

You can get a cooked-to-order breakfast daily, at an additional fee. Enjoy meals at the Apple Farm restaurant that cooks food with seasonal and fresh ingredients.

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6. San Luis Creek Lodge

Location: San Luis Obispo

If you’re looking for a B&B that combines farmhouse design with bohemian style, head to San Luis Creek Lodge. Being in the wine region of California, the lodge has wine accessories. You can enjoy a quick free breakfast of fresh pastries and San Luis Obispo’s HoneyCo coffee. 

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7. Carlton Hotel

Location: Atascadero 

The Carlton Hotel is the place to go for its elegant French décor, gorgeous bathrooms, and its many amenities. Rooms are styled with artwork and ironwork and the bathrooms are big with marble counters and Sanijet whirlpool bathtubs.

You can get breakfast at Back Porch Bakery & Café, one of its two restaurants. If you’re bringing your dog, the hotel also has dog-friendly rooms with the hotel’s location being near many dog-friendly parks and trails. 

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Surfers on Seashore
Pismo Beach

8. SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

Location: Pismo Beach 

Just a 5-minute drive from Pismo Beach Pier, SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel has many amenities including an outdoor pool, garden, hot tubs, an on-site restaurant, BBQs, bar, dog-friendly rooms, and free breakfast daily.

Breakfast is given in a grab-and-go style from hard-boiled eggs and yogurt to pastries and mini cereal boxes; with hot coffee, tea, and juices, of course!

The place is styled in Art Deco and it’s right on the beach. Grab your wetsuit and surf the waves at Pismo Beach.

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9. Olallieberry Inn 

Location: Cambria

Voted as the best place to stay in Cambria by TripAdvisor, Olallieberry Inn is one of the oldest structures in Cambria. It was built in 1895 and as you enter you’ll see a huge redwood tree that’s 135 years old.

Receive freshly baked cookies as you check in. During evenings, the Inn provides wine and hors d’oeuvres. They serve a complimentary 3-course breakfast daily before exploring Cambria.

Cambria is a small seaside town and this Inn is just a few minutes of a drive to Moonstone Beach and a minute away from the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. 

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10. Cayucos Sunset Inn B&B

Location: Cayucos

Travel to the French countryside at the Cayucos Sunset Inn B&B with its beautifully decorated rooms. Rooms also have jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and reverse osmosis water systems. Check in and receive wine and grab some fresh cookies at night.

Wake up and receive a full cooked-to-order breakfast before heading out to Cayucos. This B&B is near Cayucos State Beach and a short drive to Morro Rock.

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11. On The Beach Bed & Breakfast

Location: Cayucos  

As the name says, On The Beach Bed & Breakfast is right on the beach! The B&B is on the Cayucos State Beach and you can see the Cayucos Pier.

This is one of the best family-friendly hotels to stay on the Central Coast. Grab a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily and then spend hours on the beach with your family.  

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12. Oxford Suites Paso Robles

Location: Paso Robles

If you’re looking to stay at a hotel that acknowledges California’s agricultural history, stay at the Oxford Suites Paso Robles. Paso Robles is known as the Almond Capital of the World.

Throughout the hotel, you’ll see information about the area’s agricultural history and the rooms remind you about almonds as well. The hotel also has a steam room, sauna, spa, and outdoor pool.

The hotel also provides complimentary on-the-go breakfast. Dine at their modern-styled dining area before checking out one of Paso Robles’s 200 wineries. 

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13. Squibb Houses

Location: Cambria

Squibb Houses is another great Cambria B&B. This B&B is built with barn wood beams and is decorated with Amish furniture. Right next to the Squibb Houses is the Black Barn, another lodging option that’s now a restored barn.

Right out of the B&B is the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. And Moonstone Beach Park is a short drive away. They provide a complimentary breakfast that includes local ingredients every morning.

If you’re looking to shop for vintage items, stop by at The Shop Next Door for 1880s-themed furniture.  

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14. J Patrick Inn

Location: Cambria

If you’re traveling with family or friends, check out the J Patrick Inn. This is a home with 2 floors that sleeps up to 6 adults and 2 children.

The rooms are decorated in country style and there are many places to relax, either indoors in the living room or outdoors in the garden.

The hotel is just a short drive from Hearst Castle and Moonstone Beach Park. They offer a free breakfast daily that’s provided to you at your doorstep. 

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15. Manucci Winery – Wild Coyote B&B

Location: Paso Robles

Stay in a casita at the Manucci Winery – Wild Coyote B&B. Each casita is built in hacienda architecture with saltillo floors using Spanish tiles and Spanish décor. The B&B is located in an active vineyard high up on the hillside.

It’s a short drive to Sensorio (a field of lights), downtown Paso Robles, Vina Robles Winery, and its Amphitheater.

Enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast served in your room. There are many other amenities including in-room massages, a snack bar, an on-site restaurant, and bars. 

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16. Madonna Inn

Location: San Luis Obispo

Madonna Inn, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California
Madonna Inn, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California

If you’re looking for a unique stay on the Central Coast, Madonna Inn is THE place. What makes Madonna Inn stand out from other hotels is its 110 themed rooms.

While you see other hotels have themed rooms, Madonna Inn’s themes are drastically different from each other. You can stay in a “Yosemite Rock” room, “Old Fashioned Honeymoon” room, “Italy” room or so many others.

Madonna Inn, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California
Madonna Inn, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California

We stayed in the 4-guest Jungle Rocks room with our friends. The room has rocky walls with branches sticking out and a waterfall shower.

In the morning, we got breakfast at the Madonna Inn Copper Café. Breakfast isn’t complimentary but well worth the cost! Definitely try the famous pink cake!

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17. Cambria Pines Lodge

Location: Cambria

Cambria PIines Lodge, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California
Cambria Pines Lodge, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California

If you’re looking for a peaceful stay surrounded by pines, check out Cambria Pines Lodge. We did a 4-day staycation here and loved walking around the 25-acre garden and through the Monterey pine forest behind the lodge.

We started our staycation with drinks and complimentary homemade chips and salsa at the Fireside Lounge. We were treated to live music.

The rooms were simple and old-fashioned with no microwave or fridge so we ate out the entire time. They provide free breakfast daily that includes eggs and cereal.

Relax at Sojourn Spa and get Swedish spa treatments or swim at their outdoor pool. They have an on-site restaurant, Cambria Pines Lodge Restaurant that serves tasty food.

We got some delicious Cajun Chicken Pasta as takeout; the restaurant gets busy quickly so make sure to book early if you want to dine in. 

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Best Bed and Breakfast in Santa Barbara County

If you’ve been looking for the best bed and breakfast spots in Santa Barbara County, look no further. 

18. Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages

Location: Santa Barbara

Influenced by Cheshire County in England, the Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages is a Victorian-styled Inn that is also Alice in Wonderland-themed.

Amenities include free breakfast daily, a fireplace, and a jacuzzi tub in some rooms. It’s a short drive to downtown Santa Barbara and Stearns Wharf. 

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19. Royal Copenhagen Inn

Location: Solvang

Travel to Denmark by visiting Solvang and staying at Royal Copenhagen Inn. In and around the hotel, you’ll see Copenhagen-styled buildings. Rooms have Danish décor and each room is built uniquely.

Enjoy free breakfast daily – a Danish pastry and coffee. Check out the huge chess board and pieces outside the hotel. This hotel is located in the center of Solvang so it’s walkable to many attractions and restaurants. 

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20. Hotel Ynez

Location: Solvang

Step into the French countryside at Hotel Ynez. They serve free breakfast daily that includes local options for coffee and tea. Swim in the 1950s restored and heated pool.

The garden and outdoor area will want you to lounge there for hours with its Bolivian and Moroccan hammocks, fire pits, and outdoor furniture; all underneath the oak trees.

Play bocce ball in the garden or rent one of their complimentary classic bikes or e-bikes to explore Solvang. The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum is a short drive or bike ride away. 

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21. Wine Stone Inn

Location: Santa Maria

exterior view of Wine Stone Inn, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California
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a room inside Wine Stone Inn, one of the best bed and breakfast in Central Coast California
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Stay at Wine Stone Inn for a luxury stay. There are wine options in the Inn but you are also surrounded by wineries.

Walk around to spot boutique shops and drive to Central Coast attractions and towns including Oceano Dunes, Hearst Castle, Solvang, and Pismo Beach. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and snacks at their snack bar. 

We stayed here for a night and LOVED the vibe here. Read our full review of Wine Stone Inn here.

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If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option in Santa Maria, Holiday Inn Santa Maria is a great option. Read our Holiday Inn review here.

22. Lavender Inn by the Sea

Location: Santa Barbara

Smell the flowers as you enter Lavender Inn by the Sea, resembling France’s Côte d’Azur. As you check in at the front desk, you’ll receive free champagne and as you enter your room, you’ll see lavender-scented shampoo and soap.

Grab a complimentary continental breakfast daily before heading to the nearby West Beach. The inn is close to Santa Barbara Harbor and the Santa Barbara Carriage & Western Art Museum. Borrow one of their bikes to explore Santa Barbara. 

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Best Bed and Breakfast in Ventura County

Are you looking for a serene, quiet family spot? Do you want to pop in for a few days and relax? Maybe you’re celebrating the big 3-0 and want to treat yourself?

Perhaps you’re just looking for your next great vacation spot! Whatever the reason, this is Ventura County’s best bed and breakfast spot.

23. Ojai Retreat & Inn

Location: Ojai

Relax on the hilltop with views of the Ojai Valley at the Ojai Retreat & Inn. The Inn is the place to rejuvenate with a Quiet Room to self-reflect through yoga or writing. Walk out to the gardens and breathe into the fresh air.

They provide a free buffet breakfast daily that includes different types of bread and cheeses, similar to a European breakfast. The Inn is close to the Los Padres National Forest, downtown Ojai, and Ventura. 

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Final Thoughts: Best Bed and Breakfast in Central Coast California

From quaint seaside towns and vibrant cities to palm trees and magnificent vineyards that boast some of California’s best wines, the Central Coast has a lot for travelers to enjoy.

Explore one of these 23 best bed and breakfasts in Central Coast California. You’ll love staying here!

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