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“It Smells. No View Can Make Up for the Horrible Pelican Poo Smell.”
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Shore Cliff Hotel
Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Kansas City, MO
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“It Smells. No View Can Make Up for the Horrible Pelican Poo Smell.”
Reviewed August 22, 2007

The view is great. But you won't be able to stand outside to enjoy it unless you have no sense of smell. The Pelicans gather on the cliffs here ... and they poo & poo & poo & poo ... everywhere, on everything! I didn't listen to the other reviews on Trip Advisor about the smell because I thought, 'hey, how bad could it be?' The smell was awful ... really, really really awful. This is an average to dated hotel with average service. There are lots of other better options for a 3+ star hotel on Pismo Beach ... properties not on the cliffs so they don't have the Pelican poo problem. Don't limit your search just to hotels.com either -- there are tons of properties that don't show up there. Save your vacation -- stay away from this place. I've never written a review before ... but I feel people must be warned. The pictures they show only tell 1/2 the story. The views drew me in and that's why I took a chance. Don't waste your precious days off from work at this place ... but DO stay in Pismo. It is a great area.

  • Liked — View
  • Disliked — It really smelled. Really -- the Pelican poo was everywhere. You couldn't breathe outside.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2007

We chose this hotel simply for the view and it was worth it! When we first arrived we were given a room overlooking the pool and were rather disappointed but the hotel were very obliging when we asked to move and they changed us to a pismo beach view the very next morning. We were given breakfast vouchers for each morning, which was very pleasant in the hotels restaurant, again overlooking the sea.
Both rooms we were in were very good. Kitchen facilities (fridge & microwave) were really useful. Bathroom very clean. Internet access in the lobby was also very handy. Restaurants about 15 mins walk away. We went to Guiseppes following a recommendation on here and it was great!

  • Liked — The view!
  • Disliked — The sea mist each morning that makes it cold
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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SF Bay Area
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2007

As with many hotels, this one depends a lot on the room. If you want to be by the banging pool gate, the spa where teens gather until midnight, kids yelling all day in the pool, then by all means. But...there are a couple of wings where you can be away from the pool and facing the magnificence of the Pacific, looking down froma 90-foot bluff on Pismo Beach sweeping into the distance. I spent one night in the former room. The management graciously (and without objection) allowed us to transfer rooms and the result was night and day. From the hum of pool equipment at night, we went to crashing surf. Overall, the walls are very thin at this older hotel, but if you get on a top floor away from the pool, this is a great place. The smell mentioned in other notes may be from the fact this is perched on Pelican Point. Aptly named. There are HUNDREDS of pelicans, sea gulls and other seabirds perched all over the cliffs. They smell. They intimidated my daughter (14), but I thought it was an amazingly slice of Pacifica. You could even see pods of dolphins swimming in the rocks below, and surfers on Pismo Beach's wave. I would recommend this hotel...top floor, Pismo Beach view.

  • Liked — Fabulous location and views
  • Disliked — Rooms near pool are noisy and all rooms have thin walls
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2007

Stayed for 1 night travelling from LA to San Francisco, good point to stop off at. We had a room overlooking the ocean, therefore the view was great. Room was clean, no complaints about the hotel. Free internet access in reception which was great for the children. A good experience, would recommend.

  • Stayed July 2007
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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 121 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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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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