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“Couldn't have been better”
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Shore Cliff Hotel
Ranked #5 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, CA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Couldn't have been better”
Reviewed July 4, 2007

We left LA on Monday, July 2 on a family road trip to SF. Before leaving we felt that Pismo Beach would be a good place to spend the night. So, I called around and realized that there were rooms available at various hotels. Reading the reviews on this site, I felt that Mission Inn for $149/night was a decent price for what we'd be getting- a new hotel with creature comforts and breakfast. But when we got to Pismo Beach around 7:30pm on a Monday night, as we were driving around town, there were many hotels with Vacancy signs. I picked a three places and decided to call. I called the two Best Western hotels and a guy named Paul said that they are running a special for $99/night. At that point we knew that we wouldn't be doing much other than sleeping, so decided to go take a look. The lobby looked fine, he offered us a ocean/pool view room on the first floor (rm. 117). As we entered, we thought it was absolutely great for the price. Not only that, the bed was comfortable, bathroom with two sinks- very spacious, and smelled just fine. I know our price was a deal and it made the great stay even sweeter!

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2007

If you read some of the reviews on this site, you may believe this hotel is really quite appalling. Having stayed there just last night, we can honestly say it's a really nice place.

Like some other Best Westerns it looks a bit tired from the front but once you get inside the rooms are really nice and our two had a fantastic ocean view. The rooms came with a balcony that did, admittedly, have some poo on it, but it wasn't all that bad and couldn't be smelled inside the room.

The garden at the back of the hotel was lovely and a couple were getting married when we turned up. Down at the bottom a fair few seagulls were pottering about, complete with babies, while the pelicans seemed content half way down the cliff. They barely moved the whole time we were there - a bit of a downer for my mum - so I have problems believing other reviews that say they are in the pool and a bit pushy.

We only stayed one night but it was a good all around experience and we'd recommend it highly to others.

  • Stayed July 2007
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2007

We stayed for one night in early April
As other people already mentioned the view is really speactacular.
The complaints about smell are illfounded. We had no problem at all.
The room was spacious having all usual amenites, though you have the feeling of the room being a little worn out.
With only a slight touch this room could be easilly become 4 or 5 star.
The entrance hall of the hotel very nice - stylish.
Overall we had a very good experience. View 5, public spaces 4, room 3.

We had breakfast in the close by restaurant, which also has great view but food was just ok, not very good. Again (as in almost all US hotels) no frechly squizzed orange juice), just one short of bread, coffe nothing special.

We had dinner in a wonderfull italian restaurant, If I remember well it is calld Guiseppe. Great atmosphere, good food, nice people. Reservation is needed.

  • Liked — the view
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Lower Michigan
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Reviewed March 13, 2007

Checked into hotel and dropped off our bags in the room. Room smelled terribly stale and was very dank. We decided to go for a walk around the grounds, they have nice views. Came back to the room and neither of our room keys worked. The desk clerk gave us another key to try, it didn't work. The clerk tried many other keys, none worked. The maint. man came to look at it and couldn't get it open either. Finally had to use a master key. No one offered an appology for our inconvience, we waited for over an hour to get in our room and were late for our dinner plans. My husband went to talk to the manager and they offered us SIX dollars off our bill for our trouble. SIX dollars? What an insult. I went to the desk and told them to wipe our bill clean that we would be checking out, I would not stay in a place run like this. They did as I asked, after I had to argue with them a while. We went and stayed at the other Best Western in Pismo Beach and it was far nicer. Don't waste your time like I did, go to another hotel!

  • Liked — Nothing!
  • Disliked — Everything!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Isle of Man
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2007

Well, I have stayed in some hotels but this hotel takes the Golden Globe Award. We stayed in room 114 a two bedroomed suite, if I could buy this room I would! The view from the rooms are like nothing on this earth draw back your curtains every morning to see the pacific and Pismo Beach and the fabulous colony of Pelicans that live on the rocks just outside your window. Initial impressions on arrival are just a normal Best Western, staff on front desk were very helpful and polite and access to room was fabulous, drive up and walk straight in. We hadn't any preconcieved impressions or ideas about the hotel, we just knew we wanted a comfortable hotel in easy reach of Pismo Beach, when we opened the door to our suite, well, I think it took everyone's breath away - for once I was speechless! We had a massive lounge with beautiful suite and easy chair, massive tv, writing desk, table and chairs and a fantastically equiped kitchen, and also a patio with view to the pool. Then through to the bedrooms - both rooms were very spacious and both with balcony looking towards Pismo Beach - both bedrooms have a huge tv also - if travelling with teenagers like us, it was a real bonus having the three tv's as we felt that everyone could find their own space. The bedding was beautiful and fresh and plump a real feel of expense and thought has obviously gone into the bedrooms. The bathroom was an amazing luxury also, superb toileteries in abundance - even mouth wash! that's a first and a lovely touch. The bathroom has a full bath and shower and wash basin and also a separate wash basin/vanity area - very convenient. The cleaning staff were superb the rooms were cleaned to an exceptional standard every day, a real bonus was the gorgeous large wine glasses provided, along with a great suply of tea, coffee etc., and a fully equipped kitchen,with washing up liquid, kitchen roll, dish clothes etc., a lot of very personal thought at this hotel. The hotel pool and jacuzzi were superb, although we were there in the winter, the pool was warm enough and the jacuzzi was one of the hottest I have ever encountered! I cannot recomend this hotel higly enough and we can't wait to return again - congratulations Best Western a real gem of a hotel.

  • Liked — Large, Spacious, Clean and Comfortable
  • Disliked — Having to Leave It All Behind!!
  • Tips/Secrets — None - I'm keeping this place a secret for myself!! He He
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
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england
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57 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed October 10, 2006

A delightful coast line hotel overlooking the wonderfl california rocky shoreline. Th epelicans who live aside the hotel are an experience to behold even though a little smelly but part of teh charm..... The Pelican Point restaurant serves wonderful original seafood dishes and the rroms are comfortable and spacious. we enjoyed use of teh free internet facilities and the closeness of the hotel to the delights of pismo beach. A very enjoyable stop off between LA and San Francisco!

Stayed September 2006
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Hermosa Beach, California
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31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2006

This hotel was an exceptional value. I travel frequently on business, and I usually search out the best deal I can find for a 4- or 5-star hotel. Although the Shore Cliff is rated only 3 or 3.5 stars, that's a little misleading. True, it looks like a pretty average motel from the outside, but the rooms have been tastefully remolded, they're far nicer than the exterior of the property suggests, and they are quite comfortable with nice ocean views. They're also very quiet, which is essential for me -- unless you count the crashing surf on the rocks 100 feet below the rooms.

One thing I especially like in a hotel is having a good restaurant on the property so I don't have to drive after a good meal. The Pelican Point Bar and Restaurant immediately next to the hotel is a superb value for dinner, and the hotel includes a free Continental breakfast at the restaurant (coffee, juice, rolls, bagels, and fruit). I understand that the restaurant wasn't too good in the recent past, but the current owners do a great job. The food is first-rate, the service is generally excellent, there's a nice selection of uncommon central coast wines, the prices are very reasonable, and the view is spectacular!

Lastly, there are the pelicans! A huge flock of the birds populate the cliffs around the hotel, and you can get very close to them. They're really quite amazing, with an uncannily intelligent look on top of a preposterous body, and their flight is magical. One caution -- the cliffs are covered with pelican guano, which smells a bit. Aside from that, the place would make a great base for a long weekend of exploring the wonderful central coast of California.

  • Liked — Room was very clean, nice furniture, great view, and QUIET!
  • Disliked — Exterior is like a typical motel, with parking next to rooms, but the ocean side of the hotel is very nice.
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask about oven front rooms, plan on dinner in the adjacent Pelican Point Restaurant, and bring your camera.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
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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 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Business 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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