Anderson Inn

Morro Bay, Big Sur, California, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Amazing home from home service by the Anderson family

  • Stunning views from your private balcony overlooking Morro Bay

  • Tasteful rooms that offer charm and elegance

  • A good base to visit Hearst Castle

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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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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!

Break up the long journey down the Pacific Coast Highway.

Reserve a table at The Galley (the Anderson’s seafood restaurant) at time of booking and we will reserve the best table in the house, a perfect place to watch sun set over Morro Rock.

The Anderson family were born and raised in Morro Bay and are a fantastic resource for things to do in the local area!

Don't miss the scallops in the Galley restaurant!

To start planning your holiday to Anderson Inn


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.

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 harbour, 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.

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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 harbour and stunning sunsets over Morro Rock.


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 ( Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon, approximately 40 minutes from the Anderson Inn.



Sarah Turner (Staff)

The Anderson Inn is such a delightful boutique hotel run by the equally (if not even more) delightful Anderson family. We met Mollie and Jeff, who are some of the warmest individuals you could hope to find - their hospitality is on another level and they are also a treasure trove of information on the local area. The rooms have been really tastefully and thoughtfully designed and kitted out (for example with binoculars for watching the local sea lions and sea otters and elephant seals a short drive up the coast). The location is also fantastic - right on the waterfront in the heart of Morro Bay. The food and service in their Galley restaurant was also a highlight.


Greg Salmon (Staff)

This family run inn will offer you unmatched service. You will usually be greeted by one of the Anderson siblings, Jeff or Molly, who are strikingly pleasant individuals and who will tell you anything you wish to know about the area, having been born and raised in Morro Bay. Then there are the luxurious coastal-contemporary rooms, three of which have balconies that overlook the water. The sunset over Morro Rock is a site to behold and one that you can cherish from the comfort of your balcony or whilst enjoying some coastal cuisine at their fantastic restaurant The Galley directly below the rooms.


Holly Brightwell (Staff)

A perfect stop off point to break up the North and south of your California road trip. This charming boutique Inn gives you another level of personal service. Mollie will be waiting for you on arrival, and can help book any local activities or give advice on what to do and where to eat. Feels like visiting an old friend!


  • Whale and Wildlife Watching Morro Bay

    A real-life encounter with whales is an unforgettable experience. That's why between May and September we recommend heading out on the water from the Embarcadero at Morro Bay to see humpback whales, gray whales and dolphins.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine California

    San Francisco, Carmel Valley, Morro Bay & Santa Monica

    from £3000 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • A shorter version of the classic route, ideal for families or couples
    • Visit both San Francisco and Los Angeles
    • Drive down the iconic Big Sur to explore secret beaches, watch sealions play, or hike inland through ancient redwood forests

Location & directions

Morro Bay, Big Sur, California, United States of America

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

How to get there

11-hour 20-minute direct flight from London to Los Angeles, with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic. Anderson Inn is a 4-hour drive from Los Angeles International Airport.

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