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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

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#1 of 3 resorts in Pismo Beach
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.8
Value
4.4
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Set along the bluffs above one of the most beautiful coastlines in America, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offers exclusive 1 and 2-bedroom suites designed for elegance and comfort. Each suite provides a spacious living and dining room, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a balcony (or patio), along with all of the finest amenities. Lido Restaurant and Bar features tempting California Coastal cuisine with an emphasis on locally produced food and wines. Treat yourself to a luxurious treatment at The Spa at Dolphin Bay. From the sweeping ocean views to the impeccable service, you will escape the ordinary Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Electric vehicle charging station
Valet parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Massage
Neck massage
Solarium
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Shoeshine
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Additional bathroom
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Dishwasher
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Ocean View
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Jane A wrote a review Feb 23
Goleta, California1 contribution
Hotel is in a beautiful location, suite is spacious and well appointed but no instructions on how to use unit systems....tvs, thermostat, fan, appliances...none of which are standard hotel fare. As someone who is not intuitively able to navigate this stuff it was very annoying. Give me instructions and I can do it. Leave me to figure it out and I get impatient and annoyed! The availability of all the extras is great, but not if you can't make them work. Written instructions would be appreciated. I was able to get some support from hotel staff, but not in every instance and not without feeling like an idiot. This makes the overall experience less than stellar.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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ATLAS E wrote a review Sep 2023
Los Angeles, California47 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed at Dolphin Bay after visiting Beverly Hills so Christian Louboutin can meet me at his Rodeo Boutique. Valet complained about the Owners and now I understand why. I was one person and was oversold a two bedroom ocean front executive suite. What I needed a two bedroom executive suite for I have no idea. I did not use half the hotel room. As a courtesy I politely declined housekeeping to cut costs on such a huge space. I just bought My Three Carat De Beers Wedding Ring AND I am so glad I am not getting Married here. I DO NOT RECOMMEND Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
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Tinamaje wrote a review Jul 2023
Belfast, United Kingdom13 contributions2 helpful votes
Fabulous spacious suite, immaculate hotel grounds, large pool with poolside food/drink service and friendly, helpful staff. Suite had full kitchen, washer/dryer and laundry room. Dishwasher tabs, laundry tabs, coffee & tea supplied. Luxurious towels & toiletries. We were fortunate to stay in a pool view suite with stunning ocean views - amazing to relax on the balcony while gazing out at the ocean. Used the incredibly clean BBQ facilities one evening - a little tricky to ignite - lighter is in cupboard adjacent to BBQ. Really wish we could have stayed for longer in this amazingly property! Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Ocean view room
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Response from Erica Coppola, General Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Responded Jul 25, 2023
Dear Tinamaje, Thank you so much for this incredible review! Our team puts so much work in providing 5-star experiences and keeping all aspects of our property in top condition, so your kind words mean the world! I look forward to sharing them with everyone, I know it will mean a lot to the entire team. Thank you again and I look forward to welcoming you back soon! Warmest regards, The Lido Team at Dolphin Bay
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Jacqueline M wrote a review Jun 2023
Clovis, California28 contributions34 helpful votes
The was our second time and this resort and they did not disappoint! From the very beginning with excellent valet service to a smooth and welcoming check in, it was a great start! We then had a lovely dinner at Lido against the gorgeous backdrop of the Pacific. Our two bedroom ocean front suite was beautiful and well appointed. We spent the second day by pool which was fun and relaxing. Pool side service was right on target. We can't wait to go back--thank you so much!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded Jul 25, 2023
Dear Sanger93, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review on Trip Advisor. I am thrilled to hear what an incredible birthday trip you had! I am honored we were able to make it such a special weekend for you and your friends. I look forward to sharing your kind words to our team. Everyone works so hard to provide 5-star service and experiences, so I know your praises will make everyone very happy. I sincerely thank you again, and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warmest regards, The Lido Team at Dolphin Bay
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Patrick M wrote a review May 2023
Orcutt, California71 contributions25 helpful votes
Grand mothers day celebration. 2 bedroom ocean front suite - superior. Daughter's family with two young grandsons enjoyed the pool and grass area and brunch (kids meal). Surprised by other daughter making a trip from Austin to celebrate with us. Patrick Corbo at the front desk was excellent, even though they said we could check in early and when we got to the room it was still being cleaned. Mathew took great care of our luggage and car. This is our fifth "staycation" at that property and it just gets better and better. How do they do it?
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Erica Coppola, General Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Responded May 18, 2023
Dear PatrickM891, Thank you so much for this amazing review! I also want to thank you for your continued loyalty over the years. It means the world to us all that we are your favorite "staycation" destination! It overjoys me to hear that your entire family was able to fly in for this getaway, and that we were able to provide you all such an amazing experience! I am thrilled that Dolphin Bay will forever be a part of your Mother's Day weekend memories. I look forward to sharing your kind words with Matthew and Patrick. I know they will be very excited to hear your praises! Thank you again for everything. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back for your sixth staycation at Dolphin Bay! Warmest regards, The Dolphin Bay Team
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Krystyne Melicia wrote a review Apr 2023
Marina, California7 contributions
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This is a beautiful resort, arrived with my three best girl friends for a weekday getaway. From the front staff to the housekeeping, everyone I have encountered with really went way above to make sure we had everything we desired and needed! I would recommend this resort to anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of the ocean and a wonderful staff.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Apr 17, 2023
Dear PumpkinQueen86, Thank you for this wonderful review! I am thrilled to hear that you and your girlfriends all had such an amazing experience. I look forward to sharing your kind words with our entire staff! Thank you again. I sincerely hope we get to welcome you all again soon. Warmest regards, The Dolphin Bay Team
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SKEIN1 wrote a review Apr 2023
Monterey County, California102 contributions50 helpful votes
This place is great, a lot of things to do within walking distance, great restaurants, bars, a drive to wine-tasting venues around the area or up to Paso Robles, also a nice swimming pool with service by the pool.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Apr 17, 2023
Dear SKEIN1, Thank you for taking the time to post this 5-star view on TripAdvisor! I am beyond thrilled to hear what an amazing time you had, and that you were able to utilize so much in the area. I truly hope we can welcome you back again in the near future. Warmest regards, The Dolphin Bay Team
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sdayspa wrote a review Apr 2023
Pebble Beach, California29 contributions57 helpful votes
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I’ve come here quite a few times over the last 15 years. The staff is always on point and very nice. The property is immaculate. Service is awesome and spa management is the best I’ve seen in years. If you’re getting a massage ask for Robert. He is the absolute best. His feet work is magic.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jun 2, 2023
Dear Sdayspa, Thank you so much for taking the time to share this incredible review on Yelp! I also want to thank you for your continued loyalty over the years. I am thrilled to hear what exceptional service you've been receiving and all of the great experiences you have had over the last 15 years. Robert is amazing, isn't he? I look forward to sharing your kind words with him! I know he will greatly appreciate his hard work being notice. Robert, as well as Greg who is our spa manager! The spa has such an incredible team, thank you again. I sincerely hope we get to welcome you back to the Spa again soon. Warmest regards, The Spa Team at Dolphin Bay
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Mai S wrote a review Apr 2023
Los Angeles, California23 contributions15 helpful votes
After visiting Pismo Beach previously I really wasn't expecting to find such a gem of a hotel like Dolphin Bay. After reading all the positive reviews here on Trip Advisor I was in a bit of disbelief but decided to give it a try and book a stay here for spring break. Well, I can tell you the positives reviews are all true. The hotel is truly wonderful. First of all, the hotel is situated about 1-2 miles north of Pismo Beach which I LOVED because you are away from the crowds and traffic. It's quieter on this end and gives you a sense of being a bit more secluded. The hotel is well kept up and I was surprised it's been around since 2003 because it was so nice,well kept and clean. Plus, I had never heard of it. They offer daily free valet which is awesome and convenient if you are in the North building. And check in was a breeze. They even had a cute little beach gift waiting for our daughter in the room which was really thoughtful . We opted for the ocean view, 2 bedroom suite which had the master bed and bath with most gorgeous view, large bathroom with a spa tub and walk in closet. The 2nd bedroom was a king with a walk in closet too but it had no view, only a window facing walkway which I have to say was the only bummer. You really had to keep the black out windows closed at all times to keep people from looking in. But no biggie since we had the kids in that room. The suite was giant. Bigger than some apartments I've been in so I was completely blown away by that. There was a fully supplied kitchen & dining room with everything you needed to cook a decent meal. You would just need to bring your own ingredients. Oh, and there's a laundry room too. The restaurant Lido was very good for both dinner and breakfast. The oysters were fresh! And they had an espresso machine for my morning lattes so that was greatly appreciated. Everyone who helped us from the restaurant to the front desk to valet were EXTREMELY nice and helpful. I couldn't recommend this hotel more and look forward to visiting again sometime soon. Be sure to go outside and take the many stairs down to the beach below. There isn't much sand but it is beautiful and worth checking out the tide pools.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Responded Apr 17, 2023
Dear Oddasiangirl, Wow, what an incredible review! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We take so much pride in our customer service, 5-star staff and beautiful location, so I am thrilled to hear that you and your family had such a great time. Especially as your very first time here! I truly hope this means we'll get to welcome you back again. Thank you, we truly appreciate your business and your acknowledgment! Warmest regards, The Dolphin Bay Team
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Angela O wrote a review Feb 2023
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We had the most amazing stay. Perfect location, easy to visit Avila, Pismo and SLO! We booked a 2 bedroom and we were blown away by the rooms, view, kitchen and staff. Our boys (1.5 and 3.5) both used the walk-in closets for their bedrooms (not traditional but made the suite feel like a 4 bedroom!). Excited to go back with the family and enjoy the resort again! We considered booking 3 rooms at a different hotel with no kitchen, the decision to book at Dolphin Bay was the best idea ever!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Feb 16, 2023
Dear Angelaomowens5, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this 5-star review on trip advisor. I am thrilled to hear what a wonderful stay you and your family had. I really enjoyed reading how creative your children were by making the big closets into little bedrooms! We are all very excited for your next visit. Thank you againl Warmest regards, The Dolphin Bay Team
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PRICE RANGE
$530 - $745 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyPismo Beach
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (2.7 miles), Avila Valley Barn (1.6 miles), and Monarch Butterfly Grove (4.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Old West Cinnamon Rolls, The Oyster Loft, and Zorro's Cafe & Cantina.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Point San Luis Lighthouse (4.0 miles) and Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park (3.6 miles).