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Pismo Lighthouse Suites
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 31, 2008

Stayed only 1 night as not much to do in Pismo but really enjoyed the night we did.

Beds - I slept on the sofa bed and it wasn't too comfy but ok for 1 night.
The 2 bathrooms were clean and so convenient.
Price - Good for what you get.
View - was amazing. Shame it was so cold!
Pool & spa - didn't use but it looked lovely
Breakfast - kinda basic but ok
Decor - was great, so charming
Staff - friendly and helpful
Cleanliness - A

Generally a nice place to stay, especially for a family. Beware, the wifi signal is not great.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

We recently stayed on two consecutive Saturdays at the Pismo Lighthouse Suites and found the accommodations to be very convenient and comfortable. This time of year everything is expensive in the beach towns, but we felt that we received good value for the price that we paid. You could have paid more and just had a hotel room. Both time we booked a Parlor Suite with an Ocean View through Hotels.com. If you like the Ocean these rooms are great as they have a patio off the living room that is right on the Ocean. The bedroom is located away from the ocean so the surf noise doesn’t bother you. But if you want the surf just sleep on the queen sofa sleeper in the living room and open the patio door. Each suite also has a small kitchen with refrigerator and microwave. Although we were just a couple travelling alone these suites would be nice for families and also OK for two couples although for privacy there is only a curtain between the living room and bedroom.

The rooms are spacious and decorated with beach themed accessories. There is a free continental breakfast that can be a little crowded and there is free wireless that had a good signal in both of the rooms that we were in. The only thing to watch for is that on each floor of the building with the ocean view rooms, one room will have the bedroom window right next to the elevator and soda machine. We had one of those rooms (3206) but were not particularly bothered with the noise. There are other rooms with partial or no ocean view, but if you are going to be this close try to get the rooms with a view.

Overall Pismo Lighthouse Suites is a great place and one of the better values that we found in looking for accommodations in the area.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2008

Pismo Light House Suites is one of our favorite places to stay. We have visited there several times and it is the only place we will stay when we are in the area. The hotel is located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A room with a view, however, is higher in cost.

This hotel is geared to families and it is perfect for a large family like ours. In the middle of the hotel property there was a courtyard with volleyball court, ping-pong tables, a putting green and a life size chess board. The grounds were clean and well kept. There was also a small, but heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. What it lacked in size it made up by having a spectacular view; especially at sunset.

We have stayed in the two bedroom king suite many times. First, I have rarely encountered a room as clean and as large as those at the Lighthouse Suites. The decorations of the room reflected the sea theme of the hotel with yellow cream walls and red, white and royal blue accents. There were two bedrooms in our suite; each one with its own armoire and television.

In the king bedroom there is a full bath, small dorm room style refridgerator, microwave oven, and coffee maker. There was also a sliding glass door with a balcony that either overlooks the volleyball area or, if you are lucky, the ocean. Either way it was a lovely place to sit, relax with a book or watch the kids play in the courtyard. The second bedroom was equally as large as the first. There were two queen beds, a full bath, a large reading chair, and an armoire with a television.

Pismo Beach is a small beach town that is relaxing and unpretentious. There are several good restaurants, including one by the pier famous for its clam chowder. It is not far from outlet shopping and a short drive to the higher end shopping in San Luis Obispo. Looking for more fun? Rent ATV's and explore the sand dunes or visit the Monarch Butterfly groves near by. If you want take a few hours, drive to the Monterey Peninsula. The world famous Monterey Aquarium is perfect for kids of all ages. For older kids, visit Carmel-by-the Sea with its excellent art galleries and boutiques. While there take the time to make the 17 Mile Drive through the Pebble Beach Golf Course and the amazing mansions and views.

The only drawback to this hotel is that there is no direct access to the beach below the cliff. We would suggest avoiding Pismo Beach and travel up the road to Avila Beach. This beach is preferred by the locals for its warmer waters and calmer surf. There is also a sister hotel called Avila Lighthouse Suites, but its rooms are smaller and more expensive. What ever you choose to do, we know you will enjoy and return to the Pismo Lighthouse Suites. Be sure to make your reservations far in advance; especially if you want to stay through the weekend.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 13, 2008

We didn't expect much because of the hotel rate we got (97/night after discounts). We booked a 2 bedroom/2 bath suite with a queen bed in each room. When we arrived we found out that this room was in Bldg 3 which is closest to the highway (a bit noisy), 1 bed was a full and not a queen (which didn't work for us)and had a view of the courtyard (which is still a nice view), but not of the ocean. After a little negotiating, we were upgraded at no charge to a larger room in Bldg 2 with a total of 3 beds and a partial ocean view. We were very nicely surprised. The rooms were lovely, good sized, clean and comfortable. The free breakfast was decent. Expect lots of carbs (waffles, cereal, breads). The pool was small but heated. The pool area is glass enclosed so there is a great ocean view and plenty of lounge chairs. The downsides: the floors are thin. We were fortunate enough to be on a top floor but the last night we were there, a family with 3 very active boys checked into the room below us and we could here most of the "fun" going on. Also, this hotel does not have access to the beach. You must walk two hotels over to get to the long staircase to get to the beach. We didn't enjoy the ocean or the pool too much because it was too cold but will definintely return to this hotel (during warmer months).

Traveler's Tips:
This hotel has 3 buildings. Bldg. 1 has full view of the ocean but only 1 bed and Bldg 3 is closest to the highway. Get a 3rd floor room for the least amount of noise. Most of the restaurants in the VERY small town close by 9:00 or don't serve dinner at all and seemed to all serve the same: fish and chips,clam chowder, burgers. The only "healthy" place we found was Honeymoon Cafe, which was good, as was The Cracked Crab.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2008

I don't usually write reviews of my hotel stays...but I felt this property deserved kudos for its wonderful service, location, and guest rooms. We traveled during spring break with our two boys (ages 6 and 9) as well as our nanny. We had room 2203- the front window (2 queens and a full bath) looked out onto the activity deck. The balcony (1 King) had a partial (but very nice) view of the ocean. The direct view is of the Best Western next door. It was a perfect arrangement for our family. My husband and I had privacy and the kids were estatic to "have their own space." Breakfast was generous: oatmeal, waffles, pastries, cereal as well as juices, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea. The breakfast room was open from 7 to 10 am with a great wrap-around porch with ocean views and also an inside dining area. The staff kept the items well-stocked. In regards to the staff- they were super-accomodating and helpful about area attractions, directions, and anything we needed for our room (housekeeping, etc.) The location was wonderful. Though the property is on a cliff above the beach, access was quick (via a staircase two properties down). We were able to walk along the beach from our hotel for at least 4 miles. The hotel is only a short beach walk to the Pismo Pier then on to the Oceano Dunes rec. area. We walked to Shell Beach (Swacks and Del's Pizza) for dinner on a couple of nights. Another night we walked a few doors down to Marie Callendars for dinner. Each place we went was good. We had a great time and look forward to returning to Pismo Lighthouse Suites.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2008

We only used this a a quick stopping point on our way from LA to Pacific Grove in a drive up the coast. I can't evaluate the hotel on their leisure activities (pool, beach, etc.) But from what we could see, this place is terrific for families. Six of us were able to fit into their 2 Bedroom suites, which also have 2 bathrooms. The price was dirt cheap, which had me a little worried before we arrived. But the rooms were clean and quiet and the beds were very good.

The breakfast was much more elaborate than we had expected, but there was an enormous crowd at 9:00 a.m., when we needed to eat, and we couldn't even find a place to eat outside the breakfast room on the stairs or the porch (even though it was about 50 degrees outside!). It was tough to get the food, and the lines were irritating, but again the spread was so much more than we had expected that I wouldn't complain much about it.

The price was so reasonable for what we got, and it suited our needs just perfectly. Also, front desk was extremely efficient and friendly.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 30, 2007

This is more of a motel then Hotel, but the rooms are very large and very clean. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. But
I have to advise against staying here unless you are put into an ocean front unit. On our recent trip we got a chance to experience all three area's and believe when I say only the ocean front suites are suitable. We were in the 2100's rooms that sit over the hotel laundry and the heat and jet type noise is unbearable. The other units sit on the main highway and it stays busy all hours not to mention the headlights that shine into the rooms. On our last night we ended up in room 3101 and 3102 they wereocean front first floor , at the far end of the complex away from the pool and
spa, A plus as the pool and spa stay crowded well into the eveing even in October. Rooms 3101 and 3102 were perfect. I would stay there agian as it is a great location and the complimentary breakfasts were awesome. don't leave town without trying a Old west cinnamon roll or a Bucket of crab at the Cracked crab......

Stayed: September 2007
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Address: 2411 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2110
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Pismo Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#8 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range: $154 - $477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pismo Lighthouse Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy this all-suite, oceanfront family hotel in Pismo Beach featuring spacious two-room/two-bath suites with private balconies or patios. Enjoy the family play deck with ping-pong, badminton, multiple putting greens and life-size chess and checkers board. Guests also enjoy a daily deluxe continental breakfast, guest laundry facilities, fitness center, spa services, free Wi-Fi and free parking. ... more   less 
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