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Shell Beach Inn

653 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, CA 93449
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Shell Beach Inn
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were on a three week tour of California and had booked two nights in Shell Beach. This tiny place has only ten rooms and each is decorated like a beach cottage. It was an easy stroll to the end of the street to watch the sunset over the ocean, and see the seals. There are restaurants and shops close... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
43 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have decided that we will always try to stay at the Shell Beach Inn when we are in the area. We came back twice in three weeks because we felt so refreshed here. Pismo is great but can be noisy and crowded. Shell Beach, particularly in the area surrounding this motel is quiet, calm and peaceful. We stayed in... More

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Pasadena, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you're looking to decompress from the work-a-day stress the way I was, you could do no better than to stay here. Seals sunning on the rocks, otters wrapping their cork bobbing pups in the kelp to fish, plenty of interesting rocks and shells are out your door step and 100 yards down the road. This is just a mile... More

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southern california
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The place is great. A family owned 10 room motel. Close to places to eat, close to the beach cliffs and stairs to walk down to the ocean. Ed was great and very helpful. Wifi was perfect. The rooms are quaint. Only thing I would suggest bring your own soap as the teeny round dots of soap in the room... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I was on the road with a friend from SF to LA. We needed a place to sleep! So somewere on the road we stopped and discovered a sighn saying Shell Beach Inn. Ed and his fantastic looking wife! ( You are a lucky men Ed!) were outside admiring a white flower lilly. The plan was to stay for 1... More

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
19 hotel reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed there one night. It was our last stop on the way from Seattle to LA and we just had to stay somewhere not wanting to drive three extra hours to LA on that day. This motel is fine for one night. The room is okay, its clean, the bed is okay, the furniture is way outdated. But they... More

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Brea, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed here for one night while traveling up north. The hotel is very clean, service is great, and the heated pool is a surprising perk for everyone. The decor of the rooms is a bit outdated but that had zero effect on our comfort and overall stay. I would highly recommend it for anyone staying in the area. Pismo... More

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Sacramento, California, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

But ants in our room! We had a nice walk and enjoyed our beautiful natural surroundings. The advice we received for places to dine turned out to be the most valuable thing we came away with. Still, a pleasant place to stay. Just don't bring in any food!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Shell Beach Inn for one night on our way up the coast to Monterey. We had stayed in Pismo before, and wanted to try something a little different and I remembered the really cool neon sign from the last time we were in town, so we chose this quaint little place to crash... More

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Ed P, Manager at Shell Beach Inn, responded to this review

Yes, we are a quaint motel, not a luxury resort. I'm happy you enjoyed our area but do apologize for the housekeeping mistake by our usually very thorough staff. More

Santa Cruz, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 hotel reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

While visiting grandchildren in the area we first investigated motels which,in the off season, are reasonably priced but during the summer are two to three times more expensive. Based on decent reviews we chose the Shell Beach Inn. Our room was still, by our standards, expensive. The majority of the small room was taken up by a low dresser supporting... More

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Address: 653 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, CA 93449
Location: United States > California > Shell Beach
Also Known As:
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