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“Cheap & cheerful, clean and safe” 4 of 5 stars
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Sunbeam Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1656 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   |  
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Ranked #21 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Hamilton, New Zealand
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122 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Cheap & cheerful, clean and safe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Hard to beat this place to stay in SLO for $50 odd a night for the two of us. Our room was on the ground floor behind the parking lot of the motel next door and we were woken early in the morning with guests from that place departing but otherwise the motel was fine.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Camarillo, California
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

If you're going to be in pricey San Luis Obispo for 1 or 2 nights and you want to save on accommodations, you couldn't do better than the Sunbeam Motel. We stayed for 1 night, July 23. We splurged on the $59 room with 2 QS beds! You also get a mini fridge, microwave, flat screen TV, exceptionally clean and modern bathroom. Yes, you do get a paper bathmat that says "Bath Mat" (we took a picture!), but all in all very satisfactory. Plus, you are 2 blocks from the Splash Cafe and their excellent breakfast and bakery - within walking distance. .

Room Tip: We stayed in room 15 on the 2nd floor at the back - very quiet with windows that open for ventilatio...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Petaling Jaya
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

It is highly recommended for budget traveller. Sunbeam motel is located on the Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. It is the most affordable motel in the area. A short walking distance to town. For the price that we were paying, we weren't expect much when we booked it. However, the motel did surprise me. Generally, it was clean, comfortable & quiet. Parking was pretty limited.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank IJayKay
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

You know you're not going to get much when your bath mat is a piece of paper on the floor that says "Bath Mat". No shampoo, tiny bit of soap, only two towels. The desk clerk checks out at 10 so you're on your own. I had to drive an hour to Food For Less to get shampoo. The room and bed was clean and pet friendly. Although it seemed a bit sketchy around the outside, the neighborhood is well lit and there are better hotels all around so you feel safe.

Room Tip: Bring your own amenities. This is bare bones.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank poohbear98
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Turlock, ca
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116 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Stayed at the Sunbeam Motel 6/20-21-12, after reading trip advisor reviews. Here's our situation, our musical group was booked in Modesto on 6/19, San Luis Obispo at the Madonna Event Center on 6/20, then LA and SD for the weekend. We needed an affordable place in San Luis Obispo for two nights, and a day off to energize by the beach. To stay "on buget", we rarely stay at the high priced Hotels we play at. The Sunbean totally met our needs and in fact was much better than expected considering $45 per night for two. The room was large, about 300sq ft. had a flat screen TV, lots of programing, a nice size refrigator and micro. Most of all, it was very clean and had a nice bathroom. We needed ice, no problem the office had it for us and the desk manager even reserved a safe parking space right in front of our room (#1) for our van which was carring a lot of expensive sound and light equipment. The stay was relaxing and in walking distance of town. When we are playing the Central Coast we will again make arrangements to stay at the Sunbeam, very nice people. Again, thanks to the kind folks that left similar reviews on Trip Advisor.

Room Tip: For a more quiet room go for the rooms with a higher number, we stayed in room#1 and it was right on...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Dave T
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Heber City, UT
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

New paint in our upstairs room. Comfortable beds. Clean. Old. Thin walls. Loud yappy dogs in the neighborhood.

Room Tip: Owner said upstairs rooms are remodeled: bigger and newer and better overall.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank hebergal
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Monterey, California
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44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Minha namorada e eu nao gostamos nada do hotel. Apesar de um bom preço, o quarto tinha um cheiro estranho, estava sujo, muita poeira e encontramos cabelo no banheiro. Por uma noite até vai mas mais que isso nao dá.
My girlfriend and I did not like the motel. The price is all right but the room smells weird, bathroom was dirty, we found several hair in there. For one night it's ok but would not recommend for more than one night.

Room Tip: If you have big luggages ask for a room on ground cause there is no lift. Se estiver com malas gran...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank dtdurand
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Address: 1656 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #21 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Hotel Class:2 star — Sunbeam Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunbeam Motel is a wonderful motel for the budget-minded traveler. It is conveniently located near downtown San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly. Our rooms are equipped with standard amenities, including cable TV with HBO, free wifi, refrigerators, hairdryers, microwaves and daily housekeeping services. ... more   less 
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