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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for three nights recently and had an excellent stay. Everything is top notch- front desk reception, bellmen, our room, the grounds, the restaurant, the pool…everything! This was our second time staying here and it certainly won't be our last. Jillian, the woman who checked us in, was so warm, friendly, and gracious. We had a lovely room with a beautiful view and enjoyed every minute of our stay. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2014

Dear Nan831,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a great review on Trip Advisor regarding your recent visit to Dolphin Bay. We are thrilled to hear that you and your husband had an excellent stay and enjoyed all that our property has to offer, along with our top-notch service. We strive to exceed all of our guests’ expectations and it such a pleasure to hear we did so with you every minute of your stay. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you and your husband back to the resort in the near future.

Warmest Regards,

The Dolphin Bay Team

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was our second visit to the resort. The resort was exactly as we remembered it.
However, the two bedroom Oceanfront Suite we were given, had bedrooms that faced the front area of the Resort, far too noisy for my taste, you can hear the road noise, while in bed. We asked to change our rooms, and they did accommodate us the following day. However, we were disappointed to be given the room we had. After discussion with the Manager, it was noted in our profile, the exact configuration of two bedroom Oceanfront Suite that we prefer. Additionally, having never stayed in a hotel at the Holidays, we had no idea how busy it would be. We decided never to stay there at a Holiday time again. The staff were all friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: I would suggest asking, how many configurations there are to the room you wish to reserve. Also, th...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2014

Dear Inge C.,

We appreciate you taking the time voice your comments regarding your recent visit to Dolphin Bay. I am very sorry you were not assigned the room configuration you initially expected. However, I am happy to hear the issue was rectified the following day. Summer months and holidays are certainly the most vivacious times of the year so we recommend joining us during the “off season” for a more relaxing stay. September, October and November tend to offer the best weather too. We sincerely appreciate your patronage and we look forward to having you back to the resort soon.

Warmest Regards,

The Dolphin Bay Team

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

This was our third trip to Dolphin Bay in as many years, and it was the best one yet! We had a total of three rooms, and the staff made us feel so welcome and valued, especially Erica (who is always accommodating, professional, and simply awesome) and Christina. Ivy, in housekeeping, was beyond friendly and sweet...we looked forward to seeing her for turndown service each night. After discovering that one of our rooms didn't have a bathtub for my 5-month-old niece and nephew, they upgraded my sister and her husband to a two-bedroom suite with a giant tub. Our entire crew (ages 8 to almost 80) had a blast in the warm pool and hot tub. We also used the BBQs and checked out DVDs and board games. The resort is posh, gorgeous and so relaxing...we can't wait to return!

Room Tip: We like the center building. Room 323 was great...beautiful ocean view, and it overlooked the pool...
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank K N
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2014

Dear Mrs. Little,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such kind words about your recent visit to Dolphin Bay on Trip Advisor. We strive to exceed all expectations and we are pleased to hear we continually do so for you during your stays. We sincerely appreciate your patronage and we look forward to having you and your family back to the resort soon.

Warmest Regards,

The Dolphin Bay Team

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We spent some time at this resort in late September with our 6 year old son. We stayed in an Oceanfront Corner Suite. The suite was amazing! It was as large as a condo!

The staff at the front desk were extremely courteous and polite. The valet went beyond the call of duty each day to inquire as to whether we needed anything "Ritz style". The check in was seamless. The suite was gorgeous with beautiful decor from the crown mouldings to the beautiful artificial plants making it feel very cozy! The fully equipped kitchen was wonderful with a full size fridge, oven, stove, microwave, kettle, tupperwares, pyrex set, bowls, hard plastic cup and jug set, different size drinking glasses sets, cutlery, all sizes of plates and bowls, pots and pans and all cooking utensils. There were wash clothes, Palmolive, and a dishwasher.

There was a laundry closet with a stackable washer/dryer, iron, and security safe. There was a dining room with a table for 4 (which could easily seat more) and another table right next to it outside as you open the sliding glass doors. There was a full size living room with nice resort like furnishings and another patio that opened towards the ocean with nice chairs outside. Both the bedroom and the living room had TVs. The bedroom had a walk in closet that was very very large! The only thing that did surprise me was the size of the bathroom in comparison to the entire suite. With such a large suite one would expect a jacuzzi tub bath and large bathroom, but more space was dedicated to the closet?? The bathroom was simply too small, and only had one vanity sink. The bed was comfortable, although it was hard to sleep with all the wedding music going on outside.

The swimming pool is your standard hotel/motel pool (not resort like by any means) but kept clean. The beach down below was quite messy with lots of unswept seaweed and a seal carcass that had thousands on flies on it, so we avoided the beach there.

The resort is in a beautiful location removed from the hustle and bustle of crowded Pismo Beach which is quite relaxing. We will return one day.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2014

Dear LetsPack!,

Thank you for taking the time to share such detailed comments regarding your recent visit to Dolphin Bay back in September. We pride ourselves on the service we provide so I could not be more pleased to hear how great the staff was property wide. For your next booking, our two bedroom accommodations offer large soaking tubs and more spacious bathrooms. We can also inform you of any events going on throughout the property during the reservation process, so you can have a more relaxing visit. We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Warm Regards,

The Dolphin Bay Team

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We stayed at DB on November 23...my birthday! We had an OCEAN FRONT corner suite on the north end of the second floor. The suites here are HUGE, and we LOVE LOVE LOVE that! Full granite and stainless kitchen complete with full size refrigerator, dishwasher, and coffeemaker. There was even a clothing dryer in our suite! The teens slept on the pull out in the living room in front of the fireplace, and our bedroom had not one, but two walk-in closets! Every detail and every amenity! This place is one of our favorites! The teens walked down to the tide pools that night and the next morning. They couldn't get enough! My husband and I ate breakfast at Lido, the onsite restaurant and had one of the best breakfasts ever!! The girls ordered room service, and my daughters friend had never had room service before. When I returned to the suite, I asked how she liked it, and in typical teen-girl fashion, she didn't miss a beat when she said, "oh, it was LOVELY, and it came with a side of cute boy!"

If you stay here, do what we've done both times...Walk two blocks south to DePalo market! We bought everything from cheeses and pasta salads and wine and macaroons! We did dinner hors d'oeuvres style at our dining room table, and had the perfect stay!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2013

Dear Latotusca,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments regarding your recent visit to Dolphin Bay. We are pleased to hear you were able to enjoy all that our spacious suites have to offer, room service from Lido as well as DePalo and Son’s Market down the street. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising and we cannot thank you enough for spreading the good word about our property. We appreciate your continued patronage and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Warmest Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The Pismo Beach Hotel and Spa is truly one of the best hotels we have stayed in. This is our fourth or fifth visit and each time just gets better!! From the front desk staff to the valet, everyone is incredibly accommodating and friendly. Fruit and wine upon arrival and a battery pack to start a rental car, the staff and hotel are first class!! Lido Restaurant food and service are excellent as well and should not be missed. Rooms are condo like with full kitchens, large bedrooms and baths. Of course the ocean front rooms are the preferred accomodation, but all rooms are beautiful. This is a place for family, couples, and friends to enjoy . We will return again and again, truly a resort not to be missed on the Central California coast!,

Room Tip: Ocean front is incredibly beautiful!
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2013

Greetings Pamatchett,

We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your comments regarding your recent visit to Dolphin Bay and for your continued patronage. We are pleased to hear we exceed your expectations each visit and we look forward to welcoming you back to the resort in the future.

Warmest Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Stayed here for four nights with my husband towards the end of a six week touring holiday of western USA as I'd thought it would be pleasant to relax by the sea for a while before returning to the UK. And it was, I wanted to move in permanently! Joking aside, it was probably the largest holiday apartment we had stayed in on our tour. Good TVs and enjoyed being able to get HBO as not everywhere provides this. Very clean, beautiful kitchen, excellent tea and coffee provided. I'd requested an apartment not facing the sea as it was cheaper, and enjoyed taking lunch on our balcony in the sun which was quite private because of the shrubs etc. We did a lot of walking from here along the beach and through housing developments to the next town to the north. (there's a particularly good ridge walk with tremendous views) Each afternoon we borrowed beach chairs and towels from reception and walked down to the beach: not too hot but very pleasant to sit watching waves and seals. Also enjoyed some fine sunsets in the evenings. Staff were excellent: friendly, helpful and genuine. Loved this place and strongly recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2013

Dear MargaretJay,

We appreciate you taking the time to share your kind words regarding your recent visit to Dolphin Bay. We are so pleased to hear you were able to enjoy everything our the suites have to offer and make some beautiful memories. Next time you visit California, we certainly hope you will choose to stay at Dolphin Bay again.

Warm Regards,
The Dolphin Bay Team

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Address: 2727 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-1602
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#2 Spa Hotel in Pismo Beach
#11 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range: $396 - $774 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set along the bluffs above one of the most beautiful coastlines in America, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offers exclusive 1 and 2-bedroom suites designed for elegance and comfort. Each suite provides a spacious living and dining room, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a balcony (or patio), along with all of the finest amenities. Lido Restaurant and Bar features tempting California Coastal cuisine with an emphasis on locally produced food and wines. Treat yourself to a luxurious treatment at The Spa at Dolphin Bay. From the sweeping ocean views to the impeccable service, you will escape the ordinary Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa. ... more   less 
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