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Sea Garden Motel
340 Stimson Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449   |  
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Ranked #28 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
california
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Gah-rosss”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This motel has left me speechless. I actually like motels. I think they can be cute & quirky. This...is neither.

I want to be fair, so first let's discuss the positives. It's pretty cheap - we paid around $54. It's actually cheaper to book over the phone than on http://booking.com which is how we found the place. From the outside, it looks fairly nice. There is a new paint job & it's fairly maintained. The lady was very nice & I realized right away the family probably lived on the property (we saw the kids riding bikes on the property; cute). The location is great - we brought our bikes & were able to get to wine bars, restaurants & the beach in under 5 min. Way under.

Ok...now where do I begin with the negatives? Gah. I feel bad cause the lady has been so nice, but the place is such a dive. I think it would be fine if my fiancé & I were back in our college days,not giving a fudge, but we're not. What gives me the willies about the place is that I don't know if this room was dingy or dirty. Everything was old, faded & nothing matched. Well no I mean the draperies & blanket were weird colors but. The furniture did match - it looked like something inspired from Blanche Devourex's room from Goden Girls. That is not a compliment. The carpet, the blanket, & the sink all have weird mysterious stains on them. Maybe the place really is clean, but because of the grody (this motel is deserving of bringing the word back) stains, it makes me think twice about the cleanliness in general. The walls are paper thin & our neighbors looked like they've seen much more sober, cleaner days...nothing better than listening to crackies lull you to sleep with their conversations all thorough the night! also, the room stunk like cigarette smoke badly. I would have requested a room change, but then I noticed as I went down the hall is that the premises smelled like cigarette smoke. Yuck. Our bikes barely fit in the room, so don't even think about attempting to move around the room if you feel bloated. You won't fit through :) not all the light fixtures work. Theres no closet & the bar set aside for the closet is above the 1972 microwave/1988 fridge (but they work!).

Other things you should know: bring your own toiletries. Everything. Bring your own pillow, blankets, blow dryer (please see my pic of the hotel's blowdryer!). It's cheap, but you're getting what you paid for. I am giving them one extra star only cause they are nice but other than that, bates hotel all the way!

Room Tip: bring your own toiletries, towels & blankets if you MUST stay here. I saw no bed bugs, but stil...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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English first
Temple City, California, United States
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This room cost us $210.00. My husband, daughter, husband, and granddaughter stayed here one night. I have given better blankets to the good will. These blankets should be thrown in garbage. The sheets were paper thin. The mattress and box spring were unbelievable sitting on 2x4s. The shower did not work. We could not bathe. He would not give half our money back. I am reporting him to health department and Better Business bureau. Trust me do not stay here. Wish I would og=f read reviews first.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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santa maria
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

oh my goodness, ive been to a lot of hotels, this one......omg . ok i wanted a jacuzzi tub.not a scary as hell tub, the walls are held together with tape! the door didnt bolt to lock, the microwave has a square dish in it, so the carosel doesnt work, they unplugged it. fridge worked great. they have drapes over the bed but no window.( behind bed.) they really need to hope the city doesnt inspect them and its actually a shame, when i walked in the room, it feels very welcoming ( probably begging me for help) and the people seem nice, although the guy that i first saw and got key from had his wife come tell me 'you have to cancel with XXX' like they have done that a few times. but i told them im cancer survivor and im alergic to bugs, i didnt push a refund. i stayed because the room feels almost safe. sounds crazy...but its really too bad these people cant get a loan and fix up this place, it was probably quite the place to be in its heyday.
oh, as im finishing this up, the ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM ABOVE ME sound like they are about to come through my celing!!! it literally rattles the chair im sitting in

Room Tip: a good room? make sure its on the first floor so if the floor caves in, you wont fall far. no pool...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sanger, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

me and my husband went last year for valentines day and we stayed here it wasnt that bad but when we came this year with our whole family it was terrible. we tired going to other motels but everything was booked so we came here. the room was dirty, it smelled really bad. when i went to take a shower there was dirt and hair all over it was gross and to top it of there was mold in the shower. i didnt even want to sleep there when we layed down to go to bed the sheets stunk but we just went bed..in the morning my 2 year old son woke up and had bumps all over like he was bitten my husband didnt make it a big deal when went and hung out at the beach all day and came back to the motel at night.we went to bed and in the morning my son and now husband had bumps everywhere and they were itching really bad when i came back home i my son to the doctor because it looked bad and he had got SCABIES!!! YUCK!!! NEVER EVER WILL I STAY THERE AGAIN..ILL RATHER SLEEP IN MY CAR ..dont ever stay here trust me you'll regret it i sure did

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pismo Beach, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

I travel a lot for work and always look for the closest motel to my current project. Im traveling alone and only require one bed, therefore I was given room #16 (single bed). I wasn't expecting a Hilton suite or a flat screen TV, but still got a decent room with cable TV, free WIFI, fridge/microwave, fan, and a very open room with plenty of windows and a nice breeze. What I like most is the close proximity to Promeroy street. I can walk to the beach and all the resturants/bars, shops, and pier. The owner and his wife are very nice and even gave me a buisness card with his cell number to call anytime for any reason. Honestly, if your just looking for a place to sleep, you cant go wrong with this place. If you want to be pampered and have room service, gym, and someone kissing your butt all day, then go to the Seacrest or a major hotel and spend 200 a night. I'am happy here and wil be here for the next 6 weeks.

Room Tip: If your traveling alone, ask for room 16. Its on the 2nd floor at the very end. its quiet and only o...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

Our room was filthy, reeked of smoke, and everything seemed to be covered in mildew. Then the manager kept harassing us to leave earlier than checkout time. Do not stay here. It may be cheap, but it's not worth it. It hasn't been fixed up, and it's just a total dump.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Chula Vista, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Title says it all......woken up by bed bugs crawling in bed. Price is cheap but not worth getting attacked by bed bugs.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 340 Stimson Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Location: United States > California > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 19
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