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Cayucos Sunset Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Cayucos B&B and Inns
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Cayucos has been a getaway destination for my wife and I for the past decade. Unlike Pismo or even Morro Bay, Cayucos still has that small beach-community ambience that is becoming less commonplace along the central coast. We had previously stayed at On the Beach and Cass House, both with a long list of both pluses and minuses. My wife's perusal of the TripAdvisor reviews seemed to indicate that the Cayucos Sunset Inn (henceforth referred to as CSI) had what we were looking for in a high-quality B&B: Plenty of room, views of the ocean, and a list of attractive amenities, including air conditioning (the latter may seem like an absurd requirement given the location, but all you have to do is spend one week of harsh summer heat at the beach without a breeze and no A/C to have a pleasant vacation turn into a sleepless nightmare). The CSI provided all of the above, plus a variety of extras one would usually expect at a more formal resort (exceptional breakfast, Egyptian cotton sheets, plush robes, themed rooms, milk and fresh-baked cookies delivered to the room each evening, etc.). We stayed in the "Bali Room", a somewhat Indonesian-themed suite with a separate reception/living room, a divided bathroom (double sinks, vanity and jacuzzi tub in one room, the toilet and large walk-in shower just across the hall), a decent-sized sleeping room with a king bed, and an ample balcony with very good ocean views ("very good" as opposed to "exceptional" since the hotel is located on the east side of the street rather than the west (ocean) side. The geography of this part of Cayucos is such that the closest beach is about 30 feet below the bluffs, but the ocean is still clearly visible, and there is a great vista featuring the famous Cayucos Pier and shoreline when one looks to the northwest. Given the beach noise associated with the On the Beach B&B and the non-ocean views from most rooms in at the Cass House, CSI gets the award for the best resort ocean views in Cayucos.

The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We experienced a few minor hiccups, such as having to inquire multiple times before we were able to receive HBO in our room as advertised (our unit had to be "reset"), needing to ask more than once for a clock in the room, and having to ask several times to get half-and-half for the in-room coffee maker (of the now commonplace "coffee pod" variety), but these were trivial matters that in no way detracted from the overall experience of our stay. Wine and cheese were offered daily from 5 to 6 pm, and I would have liked to have seen more variety in the wines offered from night to night (our two choices each night were the same local Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio, both mediocre but certainly quaffable). The breakfast quality was very good, each morning being offered either a sweet or savory entree, preceded by a fresh muffin or scone. It was also helpful that breakfast was offered at 30 minute intervals from 8 to 10 am, making it possible for those of us looking for a restful, laid-back experience to have a leisurely 9:30 am breakfast, usually unaccompanied by other guests (there are only nine rooms at CSI, and it appears that at least during our stay, everyone else were early risers).

In sum, the Cayucos Sunset Inn certainly met or exceeded our expectations. Given the small size of Cayucos (a large part of its charm), having such a fine resort-quality B&B along with some of the best restaurants on the central coast (Hoppe's Garden Bistro, Cass House), our five-day respite from the heat and stiffling air of Bakersfield was both peaceful and enchanting. With uncrowded beaches, quirky antique stores, great food of all types (not only haute cuisine, but also outstanding fare ranging from freshly smoked albacore tacos from The Smoke House, the best fruit pies and pastry ever at Pieman's Pies [watch out, Linn's of Cambria], to Martin's phenomenal "works" pizza), and a fabulous place to collapse at the end of the day, what is not to like?

Room Tip: Any of the upper suites should have the great views of the ocean; the bottom rooms will not.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

We booked the Sunset Inn for three nights to celebrate our anniversary. We really wanted to like this place, because it has a lot of good features. However, a lot of small problems tended to curb our enjoyment. The first incident came at arrival. They advertise checkin between 3 and 4 pm. We arrived at 3:30 to find our room not ready. We waited an hour. We tried the room key in the deadbolt, which didn't work, then success with the door knob. (A few days later, while we were in the dining area, a guy came in and said that his room key didn't work. The lady went into the office and was fiddling with the keys. I went up to him and said: the key works in the door knob! He thanked me and went on his way. You would think that checkin would include how to use your room key.)

When we returned to our room the next day in mid afternoon, the room had not been made up. Since I wanted to take a nap, we asked that the room be serviced later. It never was.

The room has a coffee maker that uses K-cups for individual servings. I tried for two days to get it to work. I suspected that the little blade that punctures the bottom of the K-cup was damaged. Sure enough, when I took the part down to the kitchen, we looked at another machine, and discovered the problem. I was given a new part, which worked ok on the bottom of the cup, but a few times, the machine failed to puncture the top of the cup. As an owner of a Keurig machine, which works fine, I can suggest replacement machines. Apparently we are not the first to have problems with the coffee makers in the Inn.

The Inn serves wine and cheese every afternoon from 5-6pm. (A photo on the web site shows a board with 4-5pm.). There are two wines- a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir. The same two wines all three days! The cheeses and other nibbles were pretty good.

The breakfasts each morning were very good. We were given a choice of times and main course. The morning coffee was just OK and the orange juice was clearly not fresh squeezed.

On the morning of our departure, we requested the early 8:30 breakfast. Both the door from the second floor and the front door into the dining area were locked. Apparently the staff had forgotten to open the door from the second floor, where our room was. Finally, a couple in the dining area who were in a ground floor room noticed our problem and opened the front door.

About our room. It is advertised as an ocean view room. Well, you can see the ocean - over the buildings across the street and with the utility wires directly in front of you, dividing the view into above and below the wires. There are two parts to the suite, the bedroom and a sitting area, both with tvs and fireplaces. A bit of overkill. The in-room guide has a list of TV channels, none of which correspond to the actual channels on the TV. Good luck finding a favorite channel among the 50 or so available.

Finally, when it was time to check out, there was no one in the office. The server in the kitchen said just leave the key. No one to wish us well and ask how our stay was. Maybe they already knew. During the whole stay, we got the impression that no one really cared much about making our visit a good one.

Room Tip: The bigger rooms on the second floor with a "view" are not worth the extra money. The gro...
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This B&B is a rare gem - it's located within short walking distance (2 blocks or so) from the beach and pier. The exterior is lovely and looks brand new, with lush landscaping (palm trees and trellised vines). The interior is beautiful and clean and homey, but not old fashioned and dated. We stayed in the Lanai room. Our room had an extremely comfortable bed, a built in entertainment center, a fridge, large jacuzzi tub, marble counters, hard wood floors, high ceilings (at least 10 feet) and a ceiling fan. It also had a balcony with a seating area. The decor was beautiful and felt like an expensive resort room. The price was extremely reasonable! The staff was so friendly and accomodating and the other guests were fun. The food was very good and not too much in terms of quantity or heaviness. The cookies and milk are delivered to your door! It was one of the best places I have ever stayed and the town was great! I will be coming back whenever I have a chance. I can't recommend this place enough.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms look like they have an ocean view, but I didn't see for myself. I think ever...
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

By far the best night in our two weeks in California. Cayucos is a calm charming town, and Sunset Inn is even more charming. Very nice, spacious room. Bedding from Egyptian cotton. A balcony to enjoy the view or coffee. Tasty, homemade breafast with fresh fruit, choice of egg and meat, homemade cupcakes, tea, coffee, juice. The people there makes you feel welcome at all times.

Wish we could have stayed longer, and regret that we didn't arrived earlier.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We had a wedding to attend and they accommodated our early check in.
Our second stay here. Cookies very good, breakfast even better.
Clean comfortable room within walking access to the rest of the town.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

"Outstanding Service", personnel, rooms, ambiance, breakfast, wine and hours de vours
Everything could not have been nicer or easier and we have stayed at a lot of bed and breakfast's and hotels. They were as good as they come......

Room Tip: Talk to hostess
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stayed in the sunset suite---it is spacious, new and impeccably clean. A very comfortable bed with the highest quality linens. We slept so well---with the windows open you can hear the ocean and a buoy bell ringing in the distance---so peaceful. Breakfast, wine & cheese time and the night-time cookies are all delicious. The quiches are especially good, however, the portions are a bit small. There is a small grocery next door which made it convenient to get cold teas & juices & snacks. Be sure to walk down the main street and take a peek at the quaint stores and saloons and sample the cookies at the Brown Butter cookie store.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 95 S Ocean Ave, PO Box 151, Cayucos, CA 93430-1647
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Cayucos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Cayucos
Price Range: $147 - $371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cayucos Sunset Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cayucos Sunset Inn is a welcoming, open building trimmed with beautiful flowers and hedges. We have a shaded patio in front for the guests to relax in. The patio opens to our quaint dinning area where we serve a free breakfast and hold a complementary wine and cheese hour. Our five rooms vary in size. Four are located upstairs with ocean view patios. The rooms open to a living room area with a television, electric fire place, and couch in the front. Through the small hall, the bedrooms have luxurious king size beds, additional electric fire places, and small refrigerators. Each of these four rooms have jacuzzi tubs and rain shower heads. We have a smaller downstairs room we offer as well. We are located in a small throwback beach town. Our building is about a block from the beach with ocean views up top. The Inn is located on the main road up from Cayucos's restaurants and shops. ... more   less 
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