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Cottage Inn by the Sea
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449   |  
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Ranked #8 of 28 hotels in Pismo Beach
Glendevon, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Spent 3 nights here and loved every minute. Friendly staff and immaculate rooms. Fantastic view of cliffs , ocean and beach and we enjoyed relaxing watching the dolphins, seals and surfers not to mention the sea eagles and humming birds . Just what we needed after 2 weeks travelling through California. Can't fault this hotel, so peaceful yet close enough to restaurants etc. This hotel would make us want to come back to the Pismo Beach area .

Room Tip: Ocean view well worth the extra cost for the view and listening to waves at night . no balconies on...
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Given the splendid location overlooking the beach, this hotel is reasonably priced for what you get. The rooms were clean and comfortable if a little cramped. The decor is a bit "twee" but I suppose they are trying to build on the cottage theme. Our bathroom looked as though it was nearing time for refurbishment and the electric switch, located fairly near the bath and basin, would not have passed British electrical safety regulations, but overall the room did the job. Breakfast was busy but offered a good selection and the staff were universally helpful and friendly. There is an excellent in-house laundromat which was very welcome. When we arrived (mid-August) it was distinctly chilly, and mornings were misty and damp, although the weather improved later in the day. Apparently this is not unusual, so worth checking the forecasts if you are planning a lot of sunbathing.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Stayed 2 nights at this delightful little place. Informal but efficient check in. Our room overlooked the beach, beautiful views, the room was spacious, clean and very comfortable, the windows have a mesh screen so can leave the windows open at night with sounds of the sea heaven! Short walk to Marie Callender's restaurant, serves excellent food. Stroll along the beach to the pier, and small town. Breakfast is basic but sufficient, in a nice clean little breakfast room. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We chose this hotel because it was pet-friendly and we were traveling with our labrador. The personnel (from the lobby desk to the gardeners) were very friendly & professional. The location is terrific and the photographic views from the garden are perfect for our travel album. There are many ways to access the beach area. For those that are in fairly decent health, the stairs from the garden pathway down to the beach are a great form of exercise. Otherwise; I would suggest accessing the beach from the pier area. Our room was a pet-friendly room which backed up to the freeway. I thought this might pose a noise problem but it didn't. The dog run was very nicely enclosed and maintained. However; it was also the patio area to your room and I could foreseeably see a problem of other peoples pets running into your room if you left the back door open. But hey.....if we didn't enjoy our pets (and others), why are we traveling with them??? The room itself was very cozy. The decor uplifting. The beds very comfortable. You may however want to bring your own pillow if you're used to sleeping with flatter pillows. The fireplace was nice ambiance and puts out the heat. This is great if it's cold outside. If it's not....there really isn't an adjustment to regulating the amount of heat so I don't see where one would use the fireplace on warmer days. (Our stay was at the end of October and the weather was perfect. No need for air and/or heat) The continental breakfast was awesome. I question those that complain about it. It is not meant to be a full restaurant type of breakfast. But, the choice you had was amazing....yogurt, bagels, danish, waffles, fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs (really good idea by the way!), cottage cheese, juices, coffee. The pool area was rather small but nicely maintained. The spa a plus. The hours of use nice. The garden area was beautiful and had nice seating areas throughout it. The little bunny rabbits hopping around were a plus. I preferred the garden area that Cottage Inn had versus the lawn areas that the surrounding hotels had. My only "negative" would be the litter (cans/bottles) thrown in the shrubbery beyond the fence and the cigarette butts that inconsiderate smokers think they have a right to flick down anywhere. The towns nearby have pet-friendly stores which were nice. There are also enough attractions nearby to keep one happy....Monarch butterfly grove, horseback riding, atv's, kayaking, surfing etc...

Room Tip: We traveled with a pet so we were relegated to a room on the bottom floor and thereby tortured by th...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Braeside, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We chose this hotel because it looked like a great place to stop halfway up the Pacific Coast Highway on our way to San Francisco! Location is great and we couldn't believe the beautiful views from the lovely gardens, and the access to the beach below. Our room was lovely and clean and the fireplace was a lovely touch even though we didn't need to use it.
The staff were very friendly and professional and since we were half-way through a 2 week trip it was great to have access to laundry facilities. I would most definitely recommend this hotel to anyone travelling the California coast.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Visalia, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We just returned from a 5 day stay at Cottage By The Sea and it was a delightful trip and stay but I have to say...NEVER have I seen such soiled dirty carpeting. We would not have stayed if I hadn't packed houseshoes!!! The room was clean, bed very comfortable and front desk personel were very nice. They even offered to deep clean but that wouldn't have helped as it was deeply soiled. Was told next month they were recarpeting and I hope they follow through as it could be a very nice place. They also need a new ground crew....trash in green beds all the way to our room....dirty sidewalks and mats were never brushed off while we were there. Lovely setting...just needs some TLC. Vert nice continental breakfast w/waffles...rooms quiet...just clean it up here and there!:)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Cottage Inn by the Sea was a great choice of hotel. They had:
-Quaint rooms.
-Convenient beach access.
-A nice spa and heated swimming pool.
-A fairly good breakfast (inc. waffle iron!)
-Helpful staff.

The only downside was a fairly hot room (the weather was mostly at fault here) and the jets on the spa were very weak. However, I would definitely stay again!

Room Tip: Choose higher numbered rooms (i.e. 230 as opposed to 130) to move further from the freeway!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Also Known As:
Cottage Inn By The Sea Hotel Pismo Beach
Cottage Inn By The Sea Hotel
Cottage Hotel Pismo Beach
Cottage Hotel By The Sea
Cottage Inn Pismo Beach
Address: 2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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Location: United States > California > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#9 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cottage Inn by the Sea 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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