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“Funky old motel in a good location” 3 of 5 stars
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Dolphin Cove Motel
170 Main St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449   |  
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Ranked #20 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Sao Paulo, SP
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16 hotel reviews
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“Funky old motel in a good location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I'm sure there are many nice hotels in the area... but we arrived late in the day, so we had to take what was available, and this was it. Just by looking from the outside, you can tell it is not a prime property. It looks kind of shabby, peeling paint and all. The manager told me James Dean used to hang around the place, and I believe her. I guess it hasn't changed much since his time. The room and bathroom were OK, clean and fairly well maintained. The beds were comfortable enough for a night's rest. There is a very narrow balcony all around, with some cheap plastic chairs. The "breakfast" (just coffee, really) they were supposed to serve from 8 AM was not there until we left, well after 8. So, what's good about this place? Well, you can enjoy a great view of the sunset from your room, and you can walk right down to the beach or to the pier on the elevated walkway. The little tourist area with restaurants and shops is just around the corner. Prices are reasonable. Our stay was very short, but enjoyable. This is by no means a great place to stay, but it was enough for a good rest before resuming our drive along beautiful Highway 1.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Ridgecrest, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Was there 7/10/12 for ONE night in ROOM 6 > a two room "suite" as Mgr. Kathy referred to it set me back $166 including tax. NO LOCKING BAR ON DOOR from inside. MOLD IN SHOWER on the seams. RIPPED SCREEN in bathroom. STAINED CARPET. The entire ROOM smelled MUSTY. The hide-a-bed was old, ripped, and HELD TOGETHER WITH DUCT TAPE. Carpet in one room was DAMP. Furniture was yard sale bachelor pad quality, complete with sweaty beer bottle raised bumps on particle board veneer/ finish. I stayed here 4th of July 2004, and it is even MORE rundown NOW. They OBVIOUSLY put ALL $$$ into their pockets and NOT BACK INTO THE PLACE. This place makes a bed bug infested Motel 6 look like the Taj Mahal. >RUN , AS FAST AS YOU CAN , IN THE OTHER DIRECTION< Do NOT pay FIRST ONLINE > they DO NOT REFUND< DEMAND TO SEE THE ROOM FIRST > if they do not, GO ELSEWHERE.
You have BEEN WARNED...

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

This is an older motel that's slowly improving the rooms. The first room we looked at was a little rough but the next room we looked at was fine. Nothing fancy but it was clean. We were on the beach, and within short walking distance to the main tourist area. We absolutely enjoyed watching the sunset from our room.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012 via mobile

My family spent many spring breaks there back to the 70s and80s have always loved it. The owners have always been nice to us. My
Grandparents used to go clamming and abalone fishing there. Just bring you're sleeping bag for the bed . We tried another high end hotel down the beach and it had bedbugs! The DC is our favorite and the best views yes mngmnt can be picky but their parking lot is well protected from potential beach goers not staying there. Also a lot of Harley riders are there a lot, doctors lawyers ext and personally I feel safe. They redid the rooms in 2011 and it's much better now

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012 via mobile

My family and I considered staying here but it looked rundown and was practically vacant. Before we could leave we were accosted by the owner who came out screaming and waving his cane at my man and our one year old son! Apparenly he thought we wanted to park in their empty lot and got belligerent on us.
If that wasnt bad enough some other lady came out and threatened to call the cops on us. All apparently for checking out their hotel and deciding not to stay there.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

When I was first married we had no money and we stayed here. I felt we were living like Kings. RIGHT on the beach, fantastic sunsets, the best of times. Now, many years later, we have money and we only stay in 4 or 5 star hotels. But I miss the days when Dolphin Cove was paradise. To me it still is. It depends what you are looking for and I guess it depends on your standards. You cannot beat the price or the location. The rest is up to what is important to you. My memories of staying here are among the very best of my life.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012 via mobile

Do yourself a favor STAY AWAY these people will (managers) rip you off. Dirty rooms with mold in the shower couch in the room looks and smells like someone had nookie on the couch. The bedspread hasn't been washed in years I bet with white stains on the bed spread. Watch out for the old man he will start a argument and have his yellow stained tooth wife finish the argument and call the cops. Which have told us they get called her often because of poor people skills they have.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Dolphin Cove Motel

Address: 170 Main St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Location: United States > California > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 21
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