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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449   |  
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Ranked #1 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Los Angeles, California
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Best place on the California Coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

It is right on the cliffs overlooking the water. You can hear the waves all night long. The views and sunsets are stunning. It could not be more beautiful and peaceful.
The rooms are great all being Suites with Cook's kitchens, dining rooms, living room with fireplace and flat screen TV and DVR, the sofa makes into a bed for the extra guest. Hidden washer/dryer so you can pack light and large walk in closets to store whatever you bring. There is a great grocery store nearby and its 5 min from the pier where you can buy fresh fish daily. If you don't feel like cooking, there is a nice restaurant and bar and there is room service as well.
Fitness center, large pool and a Spa for facials and massage, everything right there. I have been six times or maybe more and always come back refreshed and restored. Midway between LA and SF, guess is about 3 hr drive either way.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Greetings Disarma,
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear that you were able to enjoy yet another beautiful and peaceful stay with us here, at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. We are also happy to hear that you are not only able to simply enjoy your accommodations, but the resort as a whole. We look forward, as always, to welcoming you back in the near future.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Emeryville, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The grounds are beautiful and the view from the hotel just gorgeous. You will enjoy your stay here. The room we had a view of the pool and ocean it was beautiful especially at sunset.. amazing! The room was real clean. The kitchen had all the amenities needed to make your trip easy especially if traveling with children. It had a large refrigerator that you can store so much. The staff was wonderful so, professional and helpful. If I come back to Pismo beach I will definitely return to Dolphin Bay Resort.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Greetings Hugs 2013,
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa and found your accommodations to provide the amenities you needed. We are also happy that you found the staff to be professional and helpful throughout your stay. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the near future, for another wonderful stay.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team
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Covina, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Great experience! Our fourth visit in two years, we love it here. Staff is friendly and goes out of their way to please. View from our ocean front room is better than I experienced in far away islands. It is hard to believe it is 3.5 hours drive from LA and it feels like you are on a different world.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms worth the extra fee
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Greetings Lisa G,
Thank you for providing us with your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed yet another stay with us. We are also happy that you continue to find our staff friendly and accommodating. We look forward to welcoming you back, once again, in the near future.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team
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El Cajon, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed. My daughter and son-in-law booked us a one bedroom unit for a little Christmas Eve /Christmas Day getaway with them. They had a two bedroom that they shared with son-in-laws parents. The room was so beautiful, with a balcony view of the pool and ocean. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Grounds are gorgeous and there are walkways along the ocean. We hope to be able to return, soon!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Greetings Charlie's Mom1,
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feeback in regards to your recent stay with us at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you were able to enjoy a family get together for the holiday on property. We are also happy that you enjoyed the beautiful ocean view from your balcony and found the staff to be so helpful. Hopefully we can welcome you and your family back for another wonderful stay in the near future.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Team
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Sonoma, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Our recent return to Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa after several years away was a delightful homecoming. Erica Coppola facilitated two roomy suites for our extended family to spend an post-Christmas celebration together, then arranged another suite for our distant cousins to spend the last day of our visit with us from Chicago. The large and well-stocked kitchens allowed my daughter and I to cook up a storm and entertain the rest of the family who live in SLO in style. Our grandaughters spent their time in the pool, while some of us walked the beach, spotting seals surfing with the humans, and then delighted in the tide pools at low tide. Finally, we were spoiled by our nephew, Collin Tharp, who gave us royal treatment at the extravagant Lido bar. Easy parking enhanced this whole adventure. We'll be back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Greetings Deirdre C,
We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback in regards to your recent stay on TripAdvisor. It pleases us to hear that your recent stay at Dolphin Bay was such a delightful homecoming. We are happy to hear that you were not only able to enjoy your accommodations but the Lido Restaurant as well as the near by tide pools. We look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you and your family, once again, in the near future.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team
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Fremont, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is really a condo resort, not a hotel. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. The views from the ocean front rooms are nothing short of spectacular and sleeping to the sound of the nearby surf is out of this world. Staff is well trained, friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Greetings Chuck M,
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear that you found your accommodations to be spacious with a spectacular ambiance. We are also happy that you found our staff to be so friendly and helpful. We look forward to having the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team
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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Lovely 5-star property with superior construction. More like a high-end condo than hotel. Big granite kitchen, quality mill work, comfortable clean furniture, fabulous view and dreamy sleeping to the nearby sound of the surf. Stayed one night last year, came back for few more this year.

We were fortunate to be leaving as a big tent went up for a weekend wedding. One considering booking this property might want to inquire if large tent might be blocking view.

Room Tip: North side.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DolphinBayResort, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Greetings Fivestarplus_11,
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback in regards to your recent stay at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the fabulous view from your suite along with the ambiance of the entire property. We are also happy to hear that you were able to stay more than one night for your return visit. Also, in the event that we do have a tent on property we offer a special discounted rate for the rooms that are obstructed. It is not our intention to deceive any of our guests and want them to be as informed as possible. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back, once again, in the near future.
Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team
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Address: 2727 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Location: United States > California > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Pismo Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#10 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set along the bluffs above one of the most beautiful coastlines in America, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offers exclusive 1 and 2-bedroom suites designed for elegance and comfort. Each suite provides a spacious living and dining room, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a balcony (or patio), along with all of the finest amenities. Lido Restaurant and Bar features tempting California Coastal cuisine with an emphasis on locally produced food and wines. Treat yourself to a luxurious treatment at the resorts' spa, La Bonne Vie. From the sweeping ocean views to the impeccable service, you will savor every moment at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa. ... more   less 
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