I had a job in the area and surely wanted to get points for my long term hotel stay. There were other HI's in the area, and even a nearby Candlewood Suites, but a work partner chose this hotel, so I decided to try it for a week, and wound up staying longer. First of all, Grover Beach (near Pismo Beach) is on the water, but this hotel is no where near the beach. It is on an exit off highway 101. There are two buildings with rooms, and the office building is separate from them. I prefer to stay on the top floor at any hotel, to eliminate noise from above. I got that here, sometimes without asking. Usually, if there are 3 floors, the staff will (by direction, I assume) automatically assign you to a 2nd floor room, those being the least desirable. But on both buildings here, the main entrance is on the 2nd floor (the property is on a slope), so for people that don't want to use the elevator, that's the most desirable floor. I was in 4 separate rooms at this hotel, and tried both buildings (I worked a 5 day workweek and went home weekends). All rooms I stayed in were large, with an easy chair, ottoman, desk, two dressers, large bathroom with one sink inside and one outside the door. The bathroom doors were all very wide and swung out, so you were never cramped in them. Every room had a balcony, but most just looked onto a parking lot (remember, this is not near the water). But a sliding glass door to the outside is a major plus to me. The rooms all had mini fridges, and they worked well (even froze ice cream). But no in-room microwave. One in the office available, but that meant walking outside across the parking lot. The hotel has a neat outdoor pool, and hot tub that was usually hot (in February, I only use the hot tub). The hotel shares a parking lot with a steak house, and I understand it's pretty good. You could conceivably walk to other restaurants and stores, nearby, but I preferred to drive. Everything is nearby. Restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, gas.
Bad points. If it were summer, I'd have the outside door open and I'm sure I'd hear road noise. But I stayed in the winter. No in-room microwaves. I did ask for one, two weeks in a row, but never got one. The hot tub was once turned off, but only once. I could only get a 2nd floor room one week, due to the fact that I checked in on Sunday's, and once it was during a 3-day weekend. There is only one ice-vending area in each building. You might have to go up or down to get ice. I heard that the elevator broke down in one building. That didn't affect me, but the elevator I did usually use sounded pretty bad. Main hotel parking lot entrance was on a hill and traffic flew up and down past that entrance pretty fast. You'd notice it if you went in and out as much as I did. There was no exercise room. You want to exercise? Fine, walk through town, there's lots of hills and sidewalks. Parking was OK but a bit cramped.
Good points. I loved the TVs. One HBO, but no in-room movies to buy. Plenty of other satellite channels. There was wide variation of TV sizes in the 4 rooms I stayed in, but all LCD type, and the neatest thing was you have full control. I could change the picture, no limit on the sound, and even the source (I hook up my computer to the TV if possible, and it is possible here). Wireless internet was good. They only required one login every 24 hours. I like the bathroom doors opening out. Baths and showers OK (stupid Holiday Inn sliver soap pieces were annoying, but not their fault). Room sizes were big, and the balcony was great.
I paid a corporate rate here, usually $90. The area has competition, but I'll bet the summer rates are much higher.
Would I come back? Sure. The staff was all great. No in-room microwaves and no exercise room brought it down one star, for me. But, I can recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Grover Beach-Pismo Beach, California is placed perfectly in between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the sunlit central coast. Hotel guests are just two swift miles away from the attractions at Pismo Beach, where they can enjoy beach recreations such as surfing, sailing, fishing, and ATV riding. Guest can also take full advantage of the areas numerous outdoor activities like golfing at over ten prestigious golf courses, tennis, walking trails, horseback riding and bike riding in addition to an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms. We are just a quick drive from San Luis Obispo where California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is located. The neighboring communities of Cambria, Morro Bay, Nipomo and Paso Robles are just a short drive away. Our hotel offers a calming getaway with newly revamped, spacious rooms. All of our rooms have a balcony, mini-fridge, new beds and linen and new bathroom fixtures. ... more less
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