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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
Delano, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Dolphin Cove Motel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Went to Pismo for 4 days, during the week. The managers are friendly and all staff do their best to see that everything is just great. The furniture and showers have all been upgraded and everything is nice. The pier and the restaurants and specialty shops are just 1 block away. The view is wonderful and sunset is awesome. We have been staying there for over 30 years and wouldn't stay anywhere else. When we think of Pismo Beach we see the Dolphin Cove Motel!!!!

Room Tip: We like the corner suites. They are large and sunny, with kitchen accommodations!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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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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Grass Valley, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

A nice clean older motel with upgrades, the suite has kitchen, frig, and micro and utensils etc. if you want to cook or many restaurants within easy walking distance and the beach and pier are just steps away. The sunset is beautiful in Pismo! Very comfortable and quiet and nice patio too. The inn keeper and staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Redlands
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

The staff are family oriented and friendly; the room was very clean, shower nice, extra comforters to keep warm and room has a great ocean view. Waking distant to pier. It was a peaceful night and woke up to hear the ocean waves as well to watch the sunset from your room. What was very nice, I had to reschedule my visit to another weekend and the staff was very accommodating to change it to another day; thank you so much!!! The motel is under new management and transitioning to a peaceful comfortable environment and they care about your stay.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Otis Orchards, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

My husband and I traveled a long way to get to Pismo Beach, CA.
We were so happy with the 1 bedroom suite, along with all new upgrades.
The Furniture was new and had a sofa sleeper and a recliner.

The view is amazing! The staff is very friendly and helpful. Located on the beach...not like so many hotels along the beach strip with many stairs to access beach.

The hotel has been there for many years and gives you the 1950's-60's feel of it.

Thanks again for the wonderful room.

Janet B.
Otis Orchards, WA

Room Tip: We were upgraded to #10 suite...the value is great in the winter months.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Padre Island, TX
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A nice little motel at the end of the road, right next to the pier. A great view of the beach as well. I made my reservation late and the staff was more than accomadating. The rooms are very comfortable and clean. The rooms face the parking lot but security doesn't seem to be an issue. The only negative was no coffee pot in the room and no on site restaurant.
If I am ever in the area again, this will be a destination.
A good value.

Room Tip: No elevator, so keep that in mind if you don't want to climb stairs.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

I have been here about 5 times each one was enjoyable. Last two times have been with grandkids and it was great. The last one was with my 2nd and 3rd grade grandkids. They had a wonderful time. Asking when they can back. New managers working hard to upgrade and remodel. If you want swanky ,fancy lodging don't come here. If you want fun, friendly, comfortable lodging with great views and access to the beach and Pismo and not to overly pricey the Dolphin Cove Motel is for you. Don't need to move your car at all.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carmel, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The place is "right on the beach" and the view is fantastic, however, they must have recently been sold with new management. Furnishings were from the 80's and everything was worn out and run down. I wore flip flops while showering in the room, towels felt like brillo pads, and the current manager had a cooler of beer in front of her apartment. The location is fantastic but I felt like I was camping indoors. The manager told us "People ask us if we have a pool, I say yeah, its the ocean, help yourself." Needless to say no pool.

Room Tip: The rooms on the second floor (top floor) will have better view of the ocean. There isn't any a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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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