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“The view is the killer!”
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Shore Cliff Hotel
Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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“The view is the killer!”
Reviewed October 5, 2011

This hotel wasn't fancy, it is a pretty good example of a Best Western hotel - but the view is the killer. I think nearly every bedroom has a view of the Pacific, which is just stunning - we were on the third floor, which seemed to be the best view. There is no access to the beach, but it's a short walk to get to a place where there is some, and about a mile back into the main town.

The staff were very helpful, there is plenty of parking and the room facilities were good. The airconditioning in our room wasn't noisy, but we were getting vibrations from the airconditioning unit below us, all the way up the wall - fortunately that stopped by the time we went to bed. The only thing that did keep me awake was the hum of the in-room fridge, and the seagulls on the balcony - who knew they would still be up at 2am - obviously that is beyond the control of the hotel!

But if you are looking for a base/overnight stay in Pismo, and don't want to spend a fortune, this is a good choice. The complimentary breakfast in the restaurant next door is fairly basic and could be better, but it's fine.

There are renovations planned for the autumn, so do check if there will be any disturbance before you go.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a sea view, higher is better!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights in September w/ my husband. Had a very nice King Ocean Front Room ($170/nt. AAArate). Unfortunately there is no beach access and you have to walk up to the frontage road and through 3 hotel properties to get to the stairs going down to the beach. Had I known this I would have chosen another hotel farther south. Because the hotel is located on a beautiful high cliff, there are many pelicans and sea gulls nesting (and pooping) nearby causing a very strong putrid smell (combo of uric acid and dead fish). The pool is quite nice (big enough to swim laps) and the hot tub is good, which was nice because we had two days of fog and no sun. The town is cute and quaint and you can watch beach volleyball and surfers from the pier.

The reception area is supposedly going to get a remodel and that's good because the carpet is old and grimy and everything looks 1980ish.
Ventana Grill next door has a good continental breakfast (included) and very nice menu for lunch/dinner, with an ocean view if the fog would only lift!

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Fresno, California
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

nice room with nice view of ocean and pool, weather was a bit grey. be prepared for major renovations starting in october 2011. had a nice meal at ventana grill (right next door), continental breakfast is pretty generic, for the price wish it was a bit more. if you want to walk on the beach, don't stay here. no beach access. the hotel sits up on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We stopped here for one night en route from Big Sur to Los Angeles.

Our room was very tired, with a very old, loud and ultimately rubbish air conditioning unit that didn't cool the room at all. You couldn't have the window open due to the noise coming from outside. It was clean but that was about all it had going for it. The pool looked OK but we didn't get to use it.

Breakfast was a joke. It was in the restaurant next door - most of the tables are closed off so you have to squash in the bar or eat outside. First though, you have to negotiate the rugby scrum to get to the mediocre coffee/pastries/DIY waffles. We gave up due to lack of tables, vast number of people and queue, and went elsewhere.

For the amount of money we paid, I would have expected much more. We certainly won't be staying there again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stopped in Pismo Beach to break the journey from Santa Barbara to Carmel. It was Labour Day and the town was packed. It felt a little past its best and isn't somewhere we'd return to. The weather was chilly and grey so to be fair, that didn't help. The hotel itself looks tired from the outside, like a very big and dated motel but the rooms were a surprise - large, comfortable, very clean and modern. The in-room coffee maker made great coffee! The views are also fantastic, sea and pool. If you found yourself in the area, you could definitely do worse then stop here for a night. We didn't avail of any of the amenities and the hotel is probably geared more towards families on vacation.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Everything is clean and well decorated. The ocean and pool views are gorgeous. Great value.

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed September 7, 2011

My husband and I decided to head to the Central Coast for the Labor Day weekend with our 4-month old son, and my Mother-in-Law. In his usual fashion, my husband wanted to wait till the last minute to see if we could get a deal on a room. I wanted to see Hearst Castle so we looked for hotels in that area.

As I suspected, everything was either booked or over priced. We finally decided to bite the bullet, pay a bit more than usual and stay one night at this hotel. Once there, we KNEW we needed to stay an additional night! This hotel lives up to it's "SHORE CLIFF LODGE" name. It's literally right on the edge and makes for a beautiful view.

Our room was on the first floor, overlooked the pool, and had a nice view of the beach! It had double beds, a mini fridge, sink, and microwave. I found it to be very clean. They have a continental breakfast at Ventana but we skipped it because we decided to get an early start to Hearst Castle. We did, however, have dinner there and found it to be okay.

We plan to return soon!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Shore Cliff Hotel
Address: 2555 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2111
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Shore Cliff Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched atop the cliffs in Pismo Beach, 90 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Shore Cliff Hotel, formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge features a beautiful newly renovated oceanfront location. Boasting private balconies or patios from every room to enjoy the panoramic views, the Shore Cliff Hotel offers travelers the ideal Pismo Beach location. Enjoy the largest oceanfront heated pool in Pismo Beach, spa services, complimentary expanded continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. ... more   less 
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