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The Palomar Inn

1601 Shell Beach Rd, Shell Beach, CA 93449-1957
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The Palomar Inn is located in beautiful Shell Beach, California. Visit us year round and explore the quiet cliffs and beaches of Shell Beach. We are also just minutes from Pismo Beach and Avila Beach. Restaurants and shops are within walking distance. Suites, kitchenettes and weekly rates available.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Fax / photocopying
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24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Self-serve laundry
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Candy S wrote a review Oct 2019
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When I arrived Mr. Patel informed me there was a $20 pet fee that I was unaware of. I told him Hotels.com had not told me about that. He went on in a rude fashion that this was the policy. And I expressed that I was very unhappy because I have never paid a pet fee. Mr. Patel said “All the hotels charge a fee”. He was extremely argumentative and dismissive. Just made me feel worse. I had to go back to the front desk when our WiFi would not connect. Mrs. Patel asked me several times if I had entered the password correctly, which both my husband and I had. Mr. Patel came out and copped an attitude immediately. My phone connected while in the lobby and said it might need to connect in the office and he outwardly scoffed at me. I was so offended. My husbands still wouldn’t work, so he went to the office. Mr. Patel was equally rude to him and even said, “ She’s still angry about the dog”. Really? I never brought it up! My husband came back to the room furious. And hey if you charge a pet fee, don’t you think the least they could do is provide a water dish for the dog? Seriously! These people are clueless about customer service. The room was small, worn down, and the sheets were anything but soft. Do not stay here.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Jerre L, Reputation Management at The Palomar Inn
Responded Oct 25, 2019
Thank you for being our guest. It is disheartening to read that we did not live up to our usual standards, and we are truly sorry your stay was less than satisfactory. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure future guests do not encounter the same issues. We hope you will accept our apologies and consider giving us another chance to show you the outstanding service that we typically provide.
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Excursion260801 wrote a review Sep 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Comfortable and management was pleasant and accommodating. It is an older, inexpensive motel with a certain amount of charm given its location. Not high end, but worked well for a place to stay for a family event weekend. A bit noisy and a few blocks from the beach. Needs some attention to simple details like paint and small repairs that could make a difference in perception( older and charming vs. funky and dirty).
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Brad F, Reputation Management at The Palomar Inn
Responded Sep 30, 2018
Thank you for staying with us recently. Our highest priority is to make sure you receive outstanding accommodations and a peaceful stay. We're glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you return to The Palomar Inn, Pismo Beach/Shell Beach, Ca.
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Rose M wrote a review Sep 2018
napa ca172 contributions39 helpful votes
No doubt coast lodging is expensive so we thot we got a decent value for this motel or better described in its day “motor court!” Probably 1940s vintage. Very modest but clean. When there’s no cancellation once booked that is usually a clue it may not meet expectations. It was ok but I could see others would not be happy. Bath had no place for clothes or toiletry bags to be placed let alone all the hair appliances. One tiny corner shelf that was in need of paint was it. Curtains didn’t close had to jury-rigg for privacy. Heater is the old wall type looked like it had seen better times. No A/C. There was a nice patio to sit in and coffee house next door. So if funky or bohemian is ok you won’t mind paying $119 for this room!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Harry P, General Manager at The Palomar Inn
Responded Sep 9, 2018
thank for a ice comment always appreciated
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Michael R wrote a review Sep 2017
Auckland Central, New Zealand23 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed at the Palomar Inn Shell Beach on the 20th of Juli 2017 for one night. It is an older motel, but very nicely kept, clean with parking in front of your door. The host are very helpful and friendly. We can definitely recommend this place!
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Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms are more or less the same.
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Response from charu c, Front Office Manager at The Palomar Inn
Responded Nov 16, 2017
thnak you so much for coming to stay with us and greatly appreciate for your comments and appreciation at our motel look forward to see you all again in the near future as allways thank you happy thanks givin
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elias p wrote a review Sep 2017
Lindsay, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
This is the worst motel our family has stayed in .you will definitely get what u pay for .the rooms have no air conditioner and are extremely hot even at night when it's nice and fresh outside. Management does not accommodate what so ever .nothing but excuses. Do your self a favor and pay a bit more and get better rooms down the street.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Traveled with family
$69 - $207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSan Luis Obispo CountyShell Beach
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Palomar Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Palomar Inn?
Nearby attractions include Margo Dodd Park (0.3 miles), Eldwaylen Ocean Park (0.3 miles), and Li Li Clever Designer Jewelry (0.02 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Palomar Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at The Palomar Inn?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Palomar Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Palomar Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zorro's Cafe & Cantina, Shell Beach Brewhouse, and Mei's Chinese Restaurant.
Is The Palomar Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Shell Beach.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Palomar Inn?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Palomar Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Palomar Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Point San Luis Lighthouse (4.9 miles) and Price Anniversary House - Price Historical Park (2.5 miles).
Is The Palomar Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.