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“Serenity on the Central Coast” 5 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2555 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449   |  
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Ranked #9 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Buellton, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Serenity on the Central Coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is one of my favorite hotels on the central coast (or any beach for that matter). Absolutely beautiful views of the ocean. All rooms face the ocean and have either a patio or balcony. Better rooms are in the middle of the property (less chance of hearing the freeway) Nice bar and restaurant on site. Negatives are: the pillows are lumpy so I would advise bringing your own from home if you can and I would skip the free breakfast which, like most are pretty awful. Venture off into Pismo for instead!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atwater, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We earned a free night stay with Best Western and decided to go to Pismo Beach, CA. (Better to book on-line, you get a better rate.) Good choice to stay at the Shore Cliff Lodge. They are the first to send a Thank You for booking with them. We are glad we decided to stay a second night and enjoyed watching the ocean from our balcony. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

1. The view is absolutely AMAZING, and you have a private balcony, too. Ask for room 225 or 125. Consider oceanfront over ocean-view. It just changes the whole atmosphere of the place. Coming here and getting a non-oceanfront room is like going to Sweden then dating a brunette.

2. Breakfast is quite nice, with actual flatware and plates (versus disposable paper and plastic utensils at HIE) has a dedicated room with lots of tables and plenty of good food choices. There's a very busy woman always keeping it clean and making sure everything is stocked and the buffet tables are clean and picture perfect. Nothing like enjoying warm tea and milk on the balcony in the cold.

3. The pool is huge and has a great view, and there's a glass enclosure so the wind won't freeze you to death and you still get a great view.

4. The rooms themselves. Those shutters cost like... 4,000 and add to the seaside feel. The beds are very comfortable. On this roadtrip, we stayed at a bunch of different hotels and I can say without a doubt, these beds were top notch!

Downsides:

1. Heater is on the weak side. They have blankets, though. Two blankets for double rooms, unlike some other hotel chains (cough HIE).

2. Breakfast's only protein source (besides milk and yogurt) was very cold hard-boiled eggs. Not a major downside, but HIE has sausage patties and hot eggs (to eat on paper plates, mind you). I usually eat a light breakfast so I don't care. If you're worried about getting hungry in an hour, just eat more delicious butter. It's real butter! Oh yeah, and the "Lucky Charms" cereal is seriously lacking in marshmallows. It's like 2% marshmallow!

Nitpicking here but I try to have balanced reviews that are helpful. =)

Room Tip: Oceanfront. 225 or 125. 2nd floors have more privacy when people are walking around the beach paths...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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San Diego, California
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252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Just a great get away and always fantastic views!!! We always get the room with the fireplace and love the breakfasts they serve!!! Breathtaking views of the ocean, and can walk down to the tide pools from the hotel. We enjoy walking into the town of Pismo and enjoy all the restaurants that they have. The front desk always are cheerful, and always making sure you are treated well. Please try this friendly and family based hotel. They are all wonderful!!!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bakersfield, California
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10 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

My husband and I stayed on this property for a second time in October 2013 and were completely disappointed this time. I originally booked the room about three months in advance for the weekend of the 11-13, but our babysitter fell through and I had to reschedule for the weekend of the 18-20 which is the weekend of the Pismo Clam Festival so I knew rooms would probably be scarce and extremely expensive. I called the hotel direct and explained the situation and asked if I could get a room for the next weekend at the same price considering I'd booked the room so far in advance, and was told that there were absolutely no rooms left for that weekend. Disheartened, I took her word for it and began searching other properties and even other beach cities, but we love Pismo and I wasn't willing to give up our romantic getaway to the central coast. I ended up calling Best Western's reservation line and was told there were rooms left at the Shore Cliff and the man wasn't sure why the front desk clerk had told me there wasn't. The rooms were "pet-friendly," which I was fine with as I was sure they did regular deep cleanings on those rooms considering how clean the entire property was upon our first visit in March 2013. I went ahead and booked the pet-friendly room and was given a pretty deep discount for the trouble I'd gone through, which I greatly appreciated. When we arrived to the property to check in I asked if any no-pet rooms had become available, and one had, so we she let me have it. She did not tell us that it was half the size of the other rooms. That room was so tiny compared to the room we'd had on the first stay, the bed didn't seem as comfortable, the air conditioner was really, REALLY loud and clunky, and it was on the first floor overlooking the pool which was OK, but if you're on your patio while people are enjoying the pool area, everyone can hear your conversation and see what you're doing, which was slightly disturbing. Also, the first time we stayed we didn't know we couldn't smoke ANYWHERE on the property (except in the parking lots and in the far South corner of the property) until I read reviews of people complaining that other's were smoking on their patios (probably us) and management responded with some comment about how no one is supposed to be smoking anywhere on the property. Being smokers, this is annoying to us because any time we want to smoke we have to trek way out for a cigarette, but you can bring your big stinky dog and it can crap wherever it pleases, and I have to listen to it bark all night long.(By the way, the only area on property where one can smoke is located in the corner of the area where pets go to do their business.) The grounds of this hotel are still absolutely beautiful and the smokers area is actually pretty nice with some patio furniture overlooking the ocean with a nice view of the pier. My real issue with this property is that there is absolutely nothing extra considering how much the rooms are. We noticed that the Sea Crest, which is two hotels down, had two beautiful fire pits and much nicer outdoor areas than our hotel, and we were jealous. Also, the Shore Cliff doesn't have beach access, which we knew from our first stay and is OK. It's just a short walk to a residential street which does have beach access. You'd think for almost $200 (or over $200/night depending on when you book) they would have SOMETHING for younger people to do there. They have a gorgeous gazebo out on a peninsula-like cliff that overlooks the ocean and is the perfect place to watch the sun setting, but it is completely under-utilized. There is no furniture on it, there used to be benches built onto the railing but those were removed sometime between March and October. If I was the marketing director of that hotel I would not be relying solely on the ocean and weddings to garner customers. I would be using that gazebo to its absolute fullest potential. Can we get a portable bar? Wine-tasting? Something? All in all the property is OK, I just realized that maybe it's more of a property for an older crowd, so the probability of us booking a room here again is pretty small. Next time we'll probably try out something geared toward a younger, more vibrant crowd. My husband and I only get two weekend a year to get away without children and we like to live it up. The Shore Cliff definitely isn't that place. If you're looking to just relax in a beautiful and extremely quiet environment (and you don't smoke) this property is probably better suited for you.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second or third floors in the building which the balconies face west.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Oxnard, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Quick getaway with an incredible view is what we were looking for and we found it here. The staff was kind and Justin at the front desk made sure we got the room we were looking for. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Grounds were clean, air was fresh, and hotel was in a nice location. We enjoyed the breakfast, although not as many options as other Best Westerns we stayed at. Really need my eggs and bacon in the morning vs. a microwave egg, cheese and sausage biscuit. It was enjoyable however for what it was. Pool area was clean, water was warm and inviting. Fitness room was clean and in good repair.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was one of my favorite hotel stays. Easy to get to, right off the highway. Our room had a pier ocean view on third floor. Room was huge with a sink, microwave, and fridge. We got breakfast and took it up to our room and ate out on balcony watching the ocean. I also recommend the restaurant next door, Ventana Grill.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2555 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Location: United States > California > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#9 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched atop the cliffs in Pismo Beach, 90 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge features a beautiful newly renovated oceanfront location. Boasting private balconies or patios from every room to enjoy the panoramic views, the Shore Cliff Lodge offers travelers the ideal Pismo Beach location. Enjoy the largest oceanfront heated pool in Pismo Beach, spa services, complimentary expanded continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. ... more   less 
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