I booked this hotel with "Groupon". It was my first time trying them out. well I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, walk right out the lobby door and you are on the beach. Walk to town to shop, eat or just enjoy the view. Staff was very professional, helpful when needed and the place was clean, rooms were cute and the beds were nice and comfy. What really surprised me in the rooms was that the windows open all the way, nice fresh air coming in. We asked the staff each day where they would suggest eating breakfast, dinner besides their own place. Shell cafe, Rosa's italian place just up the street 3 blocks was awesome. Our room was not one of the ones with a balcony or hot tub but we were very happy for the price. Pismo, Avila Beach, and SLO are a fun place to visit any time of year, any weather.