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Best Western El Rancho
Ranked #17 of 29 Hotels in Morro Bay
California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Another great stay”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

This is our third stay here with our dogs and we had another wonderful visit. We have stayed at other places in town more than once and the stays were hit and miss. The staff here is always friendly and welcoming. Our room once again was clean and comfortable. Our dogs know that once inside they have their own treat bag waiting for them. We liked the new additions to the outside, including the double swing, very relaxing. I like being able to park our car right outside our room. it makes unloading and loading so easy. We will be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you so much for your continued business. We are very happy that you continue to enjoy your stays with us. We hope to see you and your doggie again very soon!
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed at the El Rancho for the weekend with friends. The experience was wonderful from beginning to end. The staff was friendly, the breakfast was perfect with choices for all. The rooms were clean and welcoming. We so enjoyed the common grass area where we used the BBQ and tables while the kids swam in the heated pool. This little motel located right off HWY 1 was truly a found treasure. The manager and staff have thought of every touch.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, September 25, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are very happy that you enjoyed the BBQ area, heated pool, and your weekend away with friends. We hope that you make us a part of all of your future trips to Morro Bay!
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Costa Mesa, California
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

This Best Western property is a good place to stop if you're looking for a place to sleep. For an extended stay...like several days, I would look a little further north like in Cayucos, Cambria or San Simeon.

It is an older motel property, but the rooms seem to have been re-furbished. Our room had what felt like a newer bed, flat screen TV, Micro and a mini-fridge. The room was not overly large, but was clean. The breakfast included a couple of hot items including a do-it-yourself waffle machine.

There are two issues you should be aware of:

1. There is noticeable road noise. My hearing is not the best. If I can hear it, everybody can hear it...!!!

2. The location of the motel is not the best...depending upon how you look at things. The location is quite a ways from the harbor, the "Rock", restaurants, shops and other places where you normally go strolling in Morro Bay.

On a positive note, it appears the motel is under new management and the front desk people seem to take an interest in their guests and their requirements

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Thank you for your comments. We are happy that you enjoyed our new double pillow top mattresses, refurbished rooms, flat screen TVs, and deluxe continental breakfast. We are surprised that you heard road noise as that is not a common issue for us - the freeway is usually empty by 9:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. We hope to see you again next time you are passing through Morro Bay!
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

It's kind of like stepping back in time to the 1960's, and I don't mean that in a bad way. This very nice motel is built in the typical 1950,s 1960,s single story, L-shaped, ranch style design that served so well for so many years. The rooms are very clean, quite and roomy, and just a couple of steps from your car parked right outside and in front of your room. For those of you who value your ride, or have a classic car and constantly worry about where it is parked, or more importantly, WHO is parked next to you banging their door into yours, relax! The parking spaces are at least 12 feet wide--no kidding!!! The office and staff were warm and welcoming on arrival. In the mornings there is a full breakfast served in the lobby area, with something for everyone. The pool area was clean, and landscaping well kept. If you need chic, modern and trendy design in your motel, this probably won't fit your pistol. But if you don't mind a little old fashioned design and courtesy, from the good ole American road trip days, this is your place!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review of our property. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. You're right - our property was built in 1952. We are glad that you appreciated our wide parking spaces, full breakfast, and well-kept landscaping. We hope that you will come stay with us again next time you are in Morro Bay!
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Stopping at El Rancho was a welcome break. Easy to get to, relaxed, clean and friendly. Good Value for money. Quiet with no stairs which is a bonus. The pool area was open and enjoyable. There was a variety of breakfast items on offer.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us. We are very happy that you enjoyed yourselves. Please come stay with us again next time you are in the area!
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Morro Bay, California
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

I would like to start with the owner Mr. Norris, who greeted us by asking " how about a nice cup of coffee".
He gave us a lot of information about the area, where to go and what to see.

At the front desk Keith smiled and said"Be right with ya" Our room was nice and clean and had towels that covered those areas that you want to hide.

The out door space was beautiful, every type and color of roses that smelled wonderful and made a wonderful picture, we did take some pictures.

Around the pool area there were tables and chairs so you could have breakfast out doors. It is good to have a nice hot breakfast to start your day. The Breakfast area had decoration, things that would see in around the area , you can thank Collen for this she changes it once a month, so you could come back and see the changes that were made.

I would like to thank all those that were not seen, but did the work to make it a nice stay. Oh! I for got we received our welcome goodies which is always nice.

Sahara checked us out told us" We love to have you stay with us just give us a call.

Room Tip: the room that we stayed in was nice, I am sure the rest of them are as nice. .
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at our property. We are very happy Mr. Norris, Keith, Colleen, and Sarah helped you enjoy your stay with us, as well as those that you did not interact with. We cannot wait to see you again during your next trip to Morro Bay! Come soon!
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Southern Cal
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

I had the pleasure of staying at the El Rancho in mid August. At first approach this vintage property resembles the beautiful ranches along the central coast. It would be easy to imagine cattle grazing in the large grass "pasture" between the property and the road. But instead of cattle a heated, immaculate pool, ( with glass surround to abate breezes) sits in a manicured grass park with newer swings and bar b que area. Lined in beautiful , blooming roses and a plethera of fauna this area lends more to a resort than a coastal motel.

The lobby has the look of the beachy antique stores along Morro and Cambria. Great decorating in a ranch, nautical, sea shore motif. A comfortable sitting area and an impeccably kept dining area are in the same room but divided comfortably so that morning breakfast diners have room and privacy.

The breakfast... Plain youghurt, fruit, breakfast rolls, quality jellies,scrambled eggs and sausage patty's. A wonderful "make your own waffle maker", ( I appreciate the non sugar syrup....), cereals with 2%, non fat, chilled juices, hot cocoa, varied teas, and a delicious coffee. This is at the top of the often overstated " Continental " breakfast. Place settings with starfish decorations at each table just add to the ambience challenging expensive hotel/ dining rooms in the area.

The room.... I had a single with queen and while smallish it was more than compensated in size by it's excellent amenities. Comfortable mattress and pillows with tight clean fittings, furniture in keeping with a coastal ranch look, clean carpets, ( I wear white socks when in motels and the bottoms tell me how clean the carpet really is).The last hotel that provided you with shaving cream, make up remover, q tips and cotton swabs, decorator shell shaped soaps, creams, conditioners..... A single serve coffee maker with european roast coffee in large ceramic mugs? An antibacterial "sock" contains the remote and antibacterial wipe is provided.
More the feeling of a vintage b&b this dog friendly motel supplied a bed, blanket, towel and treats in a cute cane basket. Included were directions to dog friendly restaurants and areas.
A private washer dryer area is appreciated as opposed to entrusting a launderer or worse yet the " foriegn city" laundromat any traveler shirks from attending.

Value.... The room was $20 to $50 less than the 6 comparable property's I interviewed during my 4 nights at th El Rancho. I'm not opposed to accepting $80 to $200 in savings by finding this haven in Morro Bay.

Cons?.... The Rancho isnt downtown in Morro Bay. In my opinion not within walking distance of the popular Embarcadero tourist strip. Maybe if you are a real "walker".... or European. To me this is an advantage because at best the close in motels will require very hilly walking conditions and the tourist strip holds little for me personally. T shirts, taffy and sea shells are plentiful along the entire coast.
Dining for fresh fish for dinner I would be more likely to drive there at night regardless of where I stayed.

In closing...This is an older property maintained impeccably, pleasurably decorated giving it charm and heritage. The manager Colleen , ("the Irish spelling"), she'll tell you, along with her right hand assistant Sara and maintenance manager Marco make this property. Their attention to detail and professional service ethic with collectively over 40 years AT THIS SAME PROPERTY says it all. An obviously favorable owner/ management relationship exists to retain really good people over that long a period.

Room Tip: Use the Queen singles and enjoy a separate building at the northern part of the properties foot prin...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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bw_elrancho, Manager at Best Western El Rancho, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments. We continually strive to ensure that each and every guest enjoys their stay with us. We are very happy that you did. Please come stay with us again very soon!
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Property: Best Western El Rancho
Address: 2460 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442-1552 (Formerly BEST WESTERN El Rancho)
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Morro Bay
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Morro Bay
#11 Family Hotel in Morro Bay
#14 Romantic Hotel in Morro Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western El Rancho 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to BEST WESTERN El Rancho!Escape to this Morro Bay, California hotel offering comfortable and affordable accommodations near Hearst Castle, Morro Bay Beach and Cal Poly University. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN El Rancho where guests will receive personalized customer service, quiet accommodations. Newly refurbished, this California Best Western hotel offers convenient access to many local attractions, shopping and dining options in and around Morro Bay. Guests staying at this Morro Bay hotel will enjoy single story accommodations with well-appointed guest rooms featuring cable television, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board and free high-speed Internet access. Dining is made easy with the hotel's complimentary breakfast and a restaurant right across the parking lot as well as 2 patios for our guests' use. The outdoor heated swimming pool(SEASONAL) provides a great place for guests to unwind and refresh.enjoy the sunset view from our garden area. For added convenience, the BEST WESTERN El Rancho offers large vehicle parking.There is no better lodging choice than the BEST WESTERN El Rancho when visiting Morro Bay. Located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, guests at the hotel will have convenient access to a variety of area attractions including views of the Pacific Ocean. Spend an afternoon touring nearby Hearst Castle or San Luis Obispo Mission, exploring Morro Bay Rock, biking or hiking through Morro Bay State Park or enjoying some beach fun at Atascadero State park. Cal Poly University and Cuesta College are both located close by making the BEST WESTERN El Rancho ideal lodging when touring the campus or visiting friends. The caring staff at the AAA-3 Diamond BEST WESTERN El Rancho is ready to ensure an enjoyable stay in Morro Bay, California. Make a reservation today and save! ... more   less 
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