Anderson Inn

Morro Bay, California

The Anderson Inn is a delightful family-run 8-bedroom boutique hotel right on the waterfront overlooking Morro Rock. Offering unquestionably superb service, the Anderson family have created a little masterpiece on the Californian coast.

At a Glance

  • Amazing home from home service by the Anderson family

  • Stunning views from your private balcony overlooking Marro Bay

  • Tasteful rooms that offer charm and elegance

  • A good base to visit Hearst Castle

Couples, Family, Honeymoon, Adventure

Insider's View

Hire a kayak from next door and paddle out to see the sea lions who hang out on the pontoon. Don't be put off by their aggressive sounding roaring, you can get as close as you want and they enjoy the company!

Camilla Swift

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The charm of Anderson Inn is all about attention to detail, and the family are wonderfully friendly hosts who go out of their way to ensure each and every guest has a fantastic stay.

The rooms have been cleverly furnished, using the themes of sand, sea, and sky to create an atmosphere of good taste and refinement. Using lush fabrics, whitewashed wood ceilings and textured carpets, all rooms blend in with their natural setting. Offering private balconies overlooking the harbor, you immediately feel at ease with this little known corner of California, quite often seeing sea lions beneath you. The rooms have everything you may need, from iPod docks and WiFi to flatscreen TVs. In the Harbour Rooms, you have fireplaces and a spa tub too. The sunsets from your balcony are absolutely stunning.

The family also run the Galley Seafood Grill and Bar which is downstairs, offering the best seafood in town, and the place to head to in the evening. The hotel doesn’t offer breakfast, but Frankie and Lola’s down the road is an ideal place. The hotel is well positioned on the Embarcadero to explore the shops, restaurants and galleries located nearby.

The hotel can arrange in-room massages (or can do these off site too). Although this small boutique hotel doesn’t have a range of facilities such as pool or lobby that you might find in a larger hotel, it more than makes up for it with its unquestionable charm, wonderful service and elegance. We rather think small is beautiful, and the Anderson Inn is a perfect example.

Morro Bay itself is a working fishing village famous landmark Morro Rock was named by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo when he first charted this coast during his 16th Century voyage of discovery. Many guests enjoy taking kayaks out past the sea lions and sea otters and Scott Dunn can arrange Whale and Dolphin watching trips leaving from the Embarcadero. Morro Bay is also an ideal base from which to explore Hearst Castle, Big Sur and wine tasting in Paso Robles and the Edna Valley.


All Anderson Inn guest rooms feature the following: Queen Beds with Soft Linens, Plush Bathrobes, Room Safes, Vaulted Ceilings, Granite Vanities, Tiled Bathrooms, Refrigerators, iPod Stations, Flat Screen Television, Free Wireless Internet, Coffee Makers, Hair Dryers, Ironing Boards and Irons. The Harbour Rooms have spa tubs and fireplaces.

Over-the-Water Double Room

Without a doubt the rooms to choose - with balconies overlooking the harbor and stunning sunsets over Morro Rock.

Deluxe with Two Queen Beds
Premium Over-the-Water Room
Deluxe Room with Two Balconies


Established in 1966, The Galley Seafood Grill and Bar is one of Morro Bay’s finest restaurants and is located harborside at The Anderson Inn. Every delicious meal served at The Galley comes complete with a stunning view of Morro Rock and the Bay.


Activities that could be done from Anderson Inn are visiting: Art Galleries, Concerts & Events, Guided Tours, Museums & Nature Centres, Kayaks, Canoes & Sailboats, Hiking & Nature Walks, Bike Rentals, Boat Tours, Fishing, Whale Watching, Farmers Markets, Surfing, Golf.

A visit to William Randolph’s Hearst eccentric and fascinating home is a must whilst in the area. To see the state historic monument, you have to take a tour and book ahead (www.hearstcastle.org). Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon, approximately 40 minutes from the Anderson Inn.

Location & Directions

Morro Bay, California

Anderson Inn is located on Embarcadero, on the waterfront in the seaside village of Morro Bay, California.

When to go

Although it's busiest in summer, Morro Bay, like much of the California coast is likely to be overcast all day long in May, June and July. After the end of summer, the skies clear up. Hotel rates go down and stay low through spring, when wildflowers can sometimes be spectacular. In the winter months you'll find hundreds of bird species who winter there every year, no matter what the weather.

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