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Sunbeam Motel

1656 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Ranked #16 of 31 hotels in San Luis Obispo
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed at the Sunbeam April 6th overnight and found it to be a gem. I was greeted at check in by a very nice woman and her cute dog. She gave me a spacious and well appointed room on the second floor. Since it was an 80 degree day, the room was warm but cooled down quickly with the... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We moved from Maui to San Luis Obispo and needed a nice clean no frills place to stay while we searched for a long term place to live. The Sunbeam Motel had received above average reviews on Trip Advisor and looked appealing and quaint and was located in an excellent location. We booked for 4 nights and ended up needing... More

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San Jose, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Nice people and friendly reception. Walkable to many restaurants, a chocolate shop (yummy), grocery store and the historical old town. Room small (was it really a queen...seemed like a double bed) but fine for one. Clean except for carpet....needs a good vacuum and scrub. A thread that fell off my outfit was still there several days later. Had a table... More

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Santa Barbara
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

it was *okay*, but noisy refrigerator, and couldn't figure out the heater. I won't stay here again. Staff nice, but you have to stand outside if there is a person in front of you in the lobby. Henry was nice, kind of nosy.

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henrysunbeam, Manager at Sunbeam Motel, responded to this review

We try hard to provide a comfortable stay for our guests and to avoid disturbances, like partying etc, which has typically been caused by local guests. We sincerely apologize for asking you some questions at check-in. More

Santa Barbara, CA
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I was looking for a budget option very close to Cal Poly before a business meeting. Was so delighted to have come across this little motel situation! The manager was happily courteous and generously helpful. The room was perfectly sufficient for me, with queen size and twin size bed, small table and 2 chairs, desk and chair, tv, small fridge... More

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Irvine, California, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Check-in was fine and Henry, the host is very personable. The room was clean but small and it could use some nicer and more comfortable chairs. My only real complaint was that when plugged in; the "fridge" made a racket and kept me awake the first night. We had food and drink in it and didn't want to take a... More

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Orange County, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I stayed here one night on a roadtrip I took toward the end of Oct. 2013. These are basic motel accomodations. Plus: there is a small refrigerator and a small microwave in the room (I was in room 7), in addition to the standard coffee maker and hair dryer. Staff was very friendly, even giving me some tokens for the... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
55 hotel reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Motel is 15-20 mins stroll from the centre of town and has FREE WIFI! Check in is in a tiny room at the front of the motel - it was quick, however. Parking is free and ourside the rooms. We had room 12 on the ground floor at the rear of the motel - room was quite large with 2... More

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Fresno, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I was helped be a friendly manager to check in. We were downstairs at the back in room 12. It had all the basics and seemed clean. Fridge, microwave, hairdrier, flat tv, coffee maker, two queen beds and room for our bikes. Nothing really wrong with the place, it just felt like the last update was in the 80's. But,... More

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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Stayed here on a road trip on October 1, 2013. Very easy to find, quaint, clean, nothing fancy and very inexpensive. Walking distance to downtown. Very friendly staff. This motel is a great value for what you are spending. We are very happy and would definitely stay here again!!

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Address: 1656 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #16 of 31 hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Sunbeam Motel is a wonderful motel for the budget-minded traveler. It is conveniently located near downtown San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly. Our rooms are equipped with standard amenities, including cable TV with HBO, free wifi, refrigerators, hairdryers, microwaves and daily housekeeping services. ... more   less 
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