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La Serena Inn
Ranked #16 of 29 Hotels in Morro Bay
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Sandy, Bedfordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Superb place! Very pleased with hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2010

We stubbled across this hotel by chance after a long drive from LA, the rate was reasonable. In a very quiet area of Morro Bay, just 5 minutes walk from the waterfront. Large clean room with a balcony. The best hotel we stayed in during our 3 week driving holiday.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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mamamorro, Manager at La Serena Inn, responded to this review, March 9, 2011
The staff at the La Serena Inn thanks you for the nice review of the hotel. It is comforting after a long trip to be able to settle in to a comfortable spacious room for the night. It would be our privilege to provide accommodations to you again on your next visit to our beautiful coast.

Best Regards,
La Serena Inn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2010

We had a one night stopover here after driving down Big Sur and before heading down to LA. On the whole it was ideal for us and positioned very well in Morro bay, and I'd recommend it to anyone doing the same thing.

The hotel is in such a good spot for walking down to the bay for restaurants and bars and it even has a bank next door with an ATM I so badly needed! The restaurants on the bay all looked fairly good and most focus on seafood dishes but serve meat based dishes also. Fish and chips seems to be very popular on the Pacific coast at the moment and most places in Morro bay seem to sell it as a main feature.

The room was large, clean and comfortable, had everything in it as you would expect, and as a strange bonus we had not 'one', but 'two' sinks in our room. Inclusive/free wifi was an important feature as during this part of our holiday we were booking each next hotel at the current one.

The included breakfast wasn't amazing and wasn't terrible either, but given that we had read the reviews here first it was exactly what we expected. On the plus side, breakfast is served on the 3rd floor and if you eat in the outside area you get a great view of Morro rock. If they're not going to make any major changes my only suggestions to the management are to add some yoghurt or fruit, and please replace the glass dispenser the orange juice is served from. The last pint or so wont come out because the tap is too high, so it never gets topped up by your staff. Thankfully the lady from the kitchen was helpful after seeing me struggle and quickly poured a fresh glass for me.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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mamamorro, Manager at La Serena Inn, responded to this review, March 20, 2011
The La Serena Inn would like to thank you for your wonderful review of our hotel. Knowing we provided you with a good comfortable stay brings a smile to our faces. Thanks to your comments we are inspired to keep focused on our continuing goal of providing each and every guest with a comfortable and memorable stay. It would be our pleasure to accommodate you again on your next trip to our beautiful area.

Many thanks,
La Serena Inn
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2010

We spend one night at La Serena while driving down Highway 1. It was nicely positioned - just a short walk from town/restaurants, and had free covered parking. Staff were efficient and helpful and the room was pleasant. A nice touch was cookies and cider in the foyer late afternoon, and a continental breakfast was included. Recommended.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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mamamorro, Manager at La Serena Inn, responded to this review, March 20, 2011
We here at the La Serena Inn thank you for the review of the hotel. It is a nice “home port” to go exploring from. We were very happy to have the opportunity to provide you with excellent service and a comfortable stay and look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to the states.

Thank You,
La Serena Inn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2010

Visited last year about the same time and liked Morro Bay and La Serena so much came back! Much the same as last year, main change is a revamped breakfast room and improved breakfast. Now treated to what seems like real orange juice, better coffee and residents can make their own waffles!

We had what I guess is the most basic room - booked online quite late for $99 - but it was very spacious, immaculate and the bed was very comfy. Everyone is just easy, it all works, it's all clean and painless; there's generally something in a hotel room, dripping tap, dirty corner, curtains you have to wrestle to close, shonky wi-fi, but at La Serena everything just works.

Morro Bay itself is a lovely laid back place, not much happening but a lovely health food shop/cafe (Sunshine foods/Shine Cafe) and lots to visit nearby. Only criticism is there seems to have been an oil leak, here and at all the beaches since Malibu we've come away with sticky tar on our feet; urgh.

Wish we could have stayed longer...

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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mamamorro, Manager at La Serena Inn, responded to this review, March 20, 2011
The management and staff at the La Serena Inn is smiling after reading the awesome review of the hotel. Thank you for taking the time to let others know of your last visit. We are continually working on upgrades and looking for ways to improve the quality of our guest’s experiences here at the La Serena Inn. It would be our privilege to provide you with top notch service on your next trip through our area.

Happy travels,
La Serena Inn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

Like the previous reviewer, I too wish we'd stayed here longer. It was a surprisingly luxurious hotel - big room, big bed, comfortable furnishings. By the time we got here I was very bored with traditional hotel furnishings and the white wood furniture and tasteful bedding were a pleasant change. There is a lot of attention to detail throughout - including many personal touches.
I couldn't get the wifi to work when we arrived - the young man on the desk immediately went upstairs, rebooted the system for me and then came to check that it was working properly. Nothing spectacular, but just great service with a smile. You had the impression that nothing was too much effort.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TipperaryScotland
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mamamorro, Manager at La Serena Inn, responded to this review, March 20, 2011
We here at the La Serena Inn were very pleased to read the lovely review of the hotel. Superior customer service is one of the building blocks of our company and your words said it all “Nothing is too much effort” for our guests. We would appreciate the chance to once again provide you with a comfortable and pleasant stay on your next visit to the states.

Many thanks,
La Serena Inn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2010

Everything about our stay here was great. The hotel was in a good location, the reception was very welcoming and our room was excellent. Breakfast was very good and the overall experience here was one that we will remember. I only wish we had stayed longer.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2010

We booked the room through hotels.com, and the reservation promised a room with a king bed that fit four (so we assumed there was a sofa bed) and a deck with a view of the bay. The view was accurate, but there was no extra bed. So we approached the clerks, who were very personable, and they immediately got out a soft foldout bed, which fit nicely in the spacious room. They did charge $10 extra for it, but so life goes I guess.

The bed was as soft as advertised, much better than the one we'd slept in the night before at a Ramada next to Disneyland. The room was immaculate which amazed us since the beach sand gets in everything! Very impressive.

The only thing that could be improved on is the breakfast. It's pretty simple, with hardboiled eggs, toast, juice, milk, cereal, mediocre pastries, etc. No hot food. Also the non-smoking deck is being renovated, so it's not very relaxing at present. Here's hoping it'll be done soon.

Overall, if we go back to Morro Bay, this is where we'll stay again. La Serena captures the laid-back, relaxed beach town feel perfectly, combined with superior comfort.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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LouisBartield, Management response from Louis Bartfield, Owner at La Serena Inn, responded to this review, April 30, 2010
Dear El Jeffe,
I happen to know that El Jeffe means Big Chief, so I am happily overwhelmed that you gave us a five star review, because when it comes from the Boss, that carries weight. Speaking of weight, one of the reasons the breakfast is simple is we don't want anybody eating too much and getting cardio-vascular on us. That's all we need is a bunch of doctors launching a lawsuit for overfeeding the guests. But please notice, no cop there, so help yourself. As for the breakfast room, yes, we have just finished the renovation, and it is beautiful, decorated in the next two weeks with pictures of birds by James Jay Audubon. We welcome you back from the beautiful canyons and amazing colors of Utah. Glad you liked the beds. Same ones that I use in my own home.
Very truly yours,
El Jeffe de La Serena de Roca de Morro Baie
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Property: La Serena Inn
Address: 990 Morro Ave, Morro Bay, CA 93442-2138
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Morro Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Morro Bay
#11 Romantic Hotel in Morro Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Serena Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 38
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