I was a bit worried due to some of the reviews about this hotel. We arrived on a dark, rainy night and we were both pleasantly surprised when we opened the door to our room. It was clean and equipped with tv, cable, microwave, fridge, coffee maker, spacious bathroom. The hot water and heater worked fabulously. And there was a heat lamp in the bathroom too. The hotel is basic, of course, so it isn't a spacious layout. Some of the furniture is showing marks of age. And the bathroom could use a towel rack or shelf or hook on the door (SOMEwhere to hang the towels...). But overall, we were very pleased! The nearby restaurants (Juan's Cantina and RockNRoll Diner) had very delicious food. Everyone was friendly. Some bad reviews complained of the road noise and if we didn't have the hum of the heater, then that would have been a bit of an issue for us too. And the Oceano Inn definitely looks a little scary from the outside (especially with the resident who was sitting outside smoking and drinking). And the Pismo beach town sites are a few miles away (definitely not walking distance). The Dunes aren't as far, but I still recommend driving. Given the higher prices (more than double what we paid) of other hotels closer to the sites -- hotels that look just as "scary" from the outside -- we were definitely happy we chose the Oceano Inn.
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