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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

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2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia, PA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Our second year at the Dolphin Bay proved not to disappoint. The service is thoughtful and warm, the space is perfect with our two children (7 and 10) and we planned multiple nights hanging out and grilling by the ocean. Day trips to San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Avila provided fun adventures. The pool is refreshing and the views... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Famo4Philly_PA , We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with your feedback in regards to your recent stay with us. We are so pleased to be able to welcome you and your family back to the resort for the second year in a row. We are also happy that during your stay you were able to not... More 

Walnut Creek, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This was our third visit to Dolphin Bay Resort and it continues to be our favorite location for a tranquil scenic getaway. It is located along with two other resorts a couple of miles north of the commercial area of Pismo Beach on a bluff overlooking the ocean. It is in a beautiful quiet location with a trail that meanders... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings WCtraveler94596, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback in regards to your recent stay with us at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. I am pleased that we could provide you, once again, with a tranquil scenic getaway complete with a view of the whales and dolphins! I am also pleased that we can continue to provide... More 

southern california
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This is a beautiful resort. The service is excellent and the rooms are all suites, so you have a bedroom, living room and full kitchen. It was obviously built as a condominium. There is an on-site spa, a beautiful pool, and it is perched on the cliff overlooking the ocean. If you want to just relax and unwind, it seems... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Poipuvisitor, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback in regards to your stay with us at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. I am pleased to hear that you were able to enjoy our beautiful resort and found our staff to provide excellent service. I would like to apologize for the noise issues you experienced... More 

Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Our first nights in the States & what an amazing place. The resort was beautiful & our room was devine. Only stayed for 1 night & we wish we had a week. If you didn't feel like going out there was a little deli/bottleshop about 5-10 minutes walk up the room with pre-made freshly made meals to heat up &... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Peta M, Thank you for providing us with feedback in regards to your recent stay with us here at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you were able to have such a memorable experience for your first night in the States. We are also pleased that you found our staff to be so friendly... More 

burlington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Absolutely perfect stay. Spotless rooms and pool. Great view of oceans. Saw wildlife - pelicans, dolphins daily, once deer and even a grey whale right from the hotel walkway, up on the bluff! Laundry in room is great on a family visit - greatly reduced required luggage. Two suggestions. 1. When booking, try to get a top-floor room. These have... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Happy Trap, We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback on TripAdvisor. We are so pleased you were able to enjoy your accommodations and all the amenities along with our infinity swimming pool. We are also happy that you were able to experience the wildlife that often like to visit us. We look forward to having... More 

Los Angeles, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

This is a great hotel. We had a 2 bedroom suite in the south building. Rooms are large with a great living room, nice kitchen, washer/dryer and balcony over looking the ocean. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Note access to the beach is 100 yards north and down 50 or so steps. Beach is nice but not great. Hotel... More 

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Greetings Travel Bradley, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback in regards to your stay with us at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your two bedroom suite, the amenities, and found our staff to be so friendly. I apologize that you were inconvenienced with the self parking;... More 

Auburn, California, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa is spectacular. The staff is friendly and informative. Our stay was perfect, the resort is clean and spacious but intimate and unpretentious. The Lido restaurant is perfect for happy hour and or a full meal. Great wine selection. Pool is a good size with warm water. Love this place.

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Jill L, Thank you for providing us with your feedback in regards to your stay with us here at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. It is our goal to exceed all our guests’ expectation and are pleased to hear we did so with you. We are also happy to hear that you found our staff to be informative and... More 

Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights during the week, the hotel rooms were huge, condo sized with full kitchen, living room, fireplace and a big bedroom with 2 walk in closets. Kitchen was fully stocked with nice plates and glasses, nice coffee maker and terrific local coffee. Staff really goes out of their way to please, called us before arrival to ask... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Afriendla, We appreciate your feedback on TripAdvisor in regards to your recent stay with us at Dolphin Bay. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the accommodations and all the amenities along with it. We are also happy to hear that you were able to enjoy the entire property including the Lido restaurant and the La Bonne Vie... More 

California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I have stayed at this resort in the past and they continue to exceed my expectations on every visit. The room was comfortable and spacious with a great ocean front view. The food was beyond delicious! The service was friendly and helpful. I indulged in beach walks in the evening and morning, which are so convenient at this resort. I... More 

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings soloTrvl, Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback in regards to your stay with us here at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. We are pleased to welcome you back to the resort so that you may continue to enjoy the accommodations, Lido cuisine, and relaxing beach walks. We look forward to having you on property once... More 

Alta Loma, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed here back in May of 2012 and again in August. If you are a fan of the Four Seasons hotel experience this is exactly what you will get here. The finest accommodations with the most attentive service (who disappear into the woodwork) but are always at your fingertips. Just the best of the best.

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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Jeff S, We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor in regards to your recent stay with us here at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you found our accommodations to be among the finest as well as our service to be so attentive. We hope that we can welcome... More 

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