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“Great location! Beautiful setting!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Cliffs Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2757 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449   |  
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Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Issaquah, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great location! Beautiful setting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Stayed one night at this hotel. Our room was nice. The restaurant had awesome happy hour. My husband and kids sat out on deck overlooking the ocean and had dinner. The pool and hot tub was an added bonus. Overall this hotel was a great location with a beautiful view, nice break after a long drive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Huggerlamb ~ I'm glad we could be an oasis for you after your long drive. Chef Gregg has fun with his Happy Hour specials, it sounds like your family enjoyed them, and you can't beat the view from the patio!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bakersfield, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My husband and I just love being able to come here and truly relax. The amenities available are like no other on the Central Coast. The ability to have food/bar service by the pool is wonderful. We enjoyed Marisol (the restaurant) for both dinner and breakfast. The beds are comfy and we are going back again in just a few weeks.

Room Tip: The ocean view are quite pricey.....we always get partial ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
KimDevers, I'm so glad that our hotel has become a relaxing oasis for you and your husband and that our staff has taken good care of you. I find that the Partial ocean view rooms, while less expensive are also a more serene option as they don't face the pool. We look forward to your visit in a few weeks, we will have our pool servers waiting for you!
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York, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We had flown into LA from England the day before and The Cliffs was our first stop on a 2 week road trip. Our room was lovely; even though it wasn't classed as an 'ocean view' room we could still see the ocean and it was so quiet and relaxing. We loved sitting on the beach, so peaceful! We had a great meal in the restaurant drinking in the amazing view (as well as some lovely Californian wine!) The next morning my husband went for a run along the beach and I went for a swim; at 8:00 I was the only person there and it was fantastic relaxing in the hot tub looking out at the ocean. We were sorry to leave and would definitely return.

  • Stayed July 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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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Lyndy25 ~ Welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us, and were able to relax and unwind before your road trip. We are so fortunate with our private beach and amazing ocean views, I'm glad you were able to start your trip with a true California experience!
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Los Angeles
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed 5 nights including the 4th of July. By the 3rd pool was packed! Next time, we will avoid the crowds of the 4th. Sunday brunch was incredible, pastry chef is amazing. I thought I died and went to heaven when I took a bite of the red velvet cheesecake. I liked being a bit away from pismo, as it was fun, but crowded. This is a great property with super friendly service, clean, beautifully situated above the ocean. Swimming beach right below. Tide pools, great caves and beautiful formations to explore. Rooms are nice, not fancy, but nice. Pool was small. They do have a FREE kids program. My daughter is 12 and had no interest. Warm cookies in the afternoon, that again, are to die for. Free bottled water, just ask the front desk. I can't express enough how friendly the staff is, EVERY person was happy to be there. It was so different from a chain! Will definitely return or perhaps stay at one of their other properties. MUST go places in town: Splash Cafe for Clam Chowder, Giuseppe's for delicious italian food and last but not least, Old West cinnamon rolls.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Cgoldburg, Thank you for your kind words, I'm so glad you enjoyed your 4th of July getaway! It sounds like you had a chance to explore our beach and all of it's secret spots. Just as important, you had a chance to experience Hannah's wonderful treats (seriously, who wouldn't be happy to work in a hotel with fresh cookies in the lobby each day)! We hope to see you again soon.
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San Luis Obispo, California, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I set up my parents for 3 nights at this wonderful resort for their anniversary and a nice weekend getaway. All they talked about was how helpful and caring the costumer service was. Heather especially was extremely accommodating for them and gave them an experience they will remember. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a beautiful stay with great people.

  • Stayed July 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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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Cory, I 'm glad we could help make your parent's anniversary stay a success! Thank you for sending them to our hotel to celebrate. You should stop in sometime yourself!
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Alameda, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

My family & I stayed here a few times now and love it.
Right on the coast with beautiful views and the weather was perfect that week we stayed. We hung out on shell beach everyday & eat breakfast & dinner most mornings & evenings at the resort restaurant , food was amazing, & kids eat free at breakfast , so we loved it.
Our room was perfect size for us and our 200lbs Great Dane , patio room right by the path to shell beach , just perfect ! The staff at this hotel are amazing & are wanting & willing to help with all questions we had, it really helped us a lot, so thanks Cliffs Resort for yet again exceeding or expectations, we will be back again hopefully sometime soon, Regards : The Canning Family.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 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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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dominic ~ thank you for your loyalty,it's nice to hear that you have consistently enjoyed your visits with us! I'm glad our hotel made a good base for you to savor the restaurant, explore the beach and also have enough room for your pup as well. We look forward to seeing you again soon and continuing to exceed your expectations!
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Palo Alto, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

For our 40tieth anniversary, we decided to "splurge" a bit over the 4th of July holiday. We love the Pismo Beach area and thought Shell Beach would be a great place to spend a few days vacation. We have stayed at a couple of inns around Pismo, but we have now decided to bypass the crowdedness of Pismo to the laid back atmosphere of Shell Beach. We stayed 4 nights at The Cliffs and have never been more impressed from the moment we walked in the door to this afternoon when we departed. The hospitality and service was beyond expecations. Our room had an outstanding view north of the bay looking towards Avila Beach. Dinner at Marisol was a treat. Another night we opted for the "Happy Hour" by the pool for dinner-shared a "huge" baked potato with lots of toppings (try the aioli sauce). We would return without a doubt. This is a place to stop and stay for a few days to truly enjoy the ambiance. Great for families and for couples. We had a room with the "partial view" on the North Side, we'd prefer this to the rooms above the pool. One might find the rates a bit pricey, but for a getaway, worth it. Down Shell Beach Drive, about one mile south, try the Steaming Bean for morning coffee. It's a funky coffeehouse, great lattes, 60's atmosphere. Well worth the walk.

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  • Stayed July 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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cliffs_resort, Manager at The Cliffs Resort, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Luka302, congratulations on your 40th anniversary! Thank you for choosing our hotel to spend such an important occasion, I'm glad we could be a relaxing haven for you two. We hope to see you again for your 41st Anniversary! By the way, we love the Steaming Bean too!
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Address: 2757 Shell Beach Rd, 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#10 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#12 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Cliffs Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 165
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront full-service resort with sweeping ocean views, beautifully located 100 feet above Shell & Pismo Beaches. Deluxe guest rooms with private balcony and mountain, pool or ocean views. Complimentary Friday night wine and cheese reception and Kids Club seasonally. Heated, outdoor oceanfront pool, Spa services and 24-hour fitness center. Full service restaurant with room service, focusing on fresh, local produce and providers, as well as an oceanfront lounge with Happy Hour specials Monday through Friday. Live music select days throughout the year. ... more   less 
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