Cameron’s Inn set to expand
Restaurant owner soon to build Best Western

Cameron Palmer soon will be making a bit more room for overnight visitors. He’ll have 46 more rooms, in fact.

Putting decade-old plans into action, the Cameron’s Inn, Restaurant & Pub owner is opening up a two-story Best Western on property adjacent to his restaurant at the corner of Highway 1 and Wavecrest Avenue.

“To me, it’s kind of the last piece of the puzzle,” Palmer said. Since opening the business in 1993, Palmer has set his eye toward expansion with his latest addition comprising an RV Park and campground that opened last year. Palmer said that with a booming economy and heavier occupancy rates, the timing seemed right to get started on the project. Plus, the three homey rooms he offers in his “bed and beverage” service seem to always be full.

“We’re quite busy,” Palmer said.

Palmer says he expects the project to break ground soon. The project will start with the demolition of a few structures, including a vacant rental property on Wavecrest, the “Outback” building in the outdoor area adjacent to the restaurant as well as the neighboring volleyball court and the outdoor stage. Palmer says the whole process has been “a sentimental journey,” and he looks forward to seeing his long-held vision take shape.

Palmer is sharing ownership of the hotel with Hiten Suraj, a San Mateo resident and independent hotel contractor who owns three other Bay Area hotels. “We’re just really excited,” Suraj said. “It’s a great destination for the local Bay Area population to go visit.”

The pair said they chose the Best Western flag because the Half Moon Bay Lodge had recently given it up.

“They had built a good rapport there, so we want to bring it back with a fresh new product,” Suraj said.

Despite the Best Western stamp, Palmer promises that the look and feel of the hotel will be consistent with the laid-back, British theme he has established throughout his restaurant and inn. Palmer says most Best Western structures are three stories, but his will be two stories to conform to the needs of a smaller town. In addition, Palmer promises that the hotel will not block the ocean view visible from the existing rooms. Palmer said the new hotel will feature ocean views as well as plenty of open space.

“We’re surrounded by beautiful (Peninsula Open Space Trust) property forever,” Palmer said.

Palmer estimates the build out will take roughly nine months. If all goes according to plan, the new hotel could be open for business in late spring of next year.