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“Wonderful views, great place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Spyglass Inn
Ranked #13 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cypress, CA
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful views, great place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Went to Pismo to see the Monarch Butterflies. The view from our room was wonderful, sat on the patio & watched the sunset. Even though it rained most of the time we were in Pismo, we enjoyed our fireplace & watching the rain from our patio. Would stay again!!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Southern California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We have stayed at the Spyglass Inn four times in two years and they just keep giving us reasons to not come back. It starts with the games that their marketing department plays. Fill out their 15 minute online survey for a $25 discount on your next stay that cannot be used. Get a $50 promotion credit on your next stay which can only be applied when paying rack rates. Their latest scam is charging a $75.00 + ($7.50 tax) pet fee. With most hotels/motels, pet fees range from $10-$20 per night to $25-$50 per stay. Many hotels/motels do not charge for pets at all.

Let's be clear, the Spyglass Inn is a 1970s motel that has only been slightly updated. The rooms have popcorn ceilings, dated wall paper and few amenities. When your neighbor takes a shower, you will hear the water running through the pipes in the walls. If you are on the ground floor, you will hear every step that your upstairs neighbor takes (all night long). This motel survives only because of it's location.

When checking out, we were asked about our stay. We expressed our concerns to the person on the front counter who acted like she had heard it a thousand times before. After two years of putting up with this motel, we have decided to move on.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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JgentrySpy, Manager at Spyglass Inn, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you. This is a new program and the fee is one time only for an unlimited stay, we take all comments into consideration. We will pass this on to our team and review it accordingly. Thank you for your stay.
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Gloucestershire
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59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We were touring down the Pacific Highway and wanted to stay in the area, hopefully to do some whale watching. Bad news: the whales had moved south earlier than normal so we didn't get to see them. But there was some consolation: we got to see humming birds for the first time, right on our balcony. The hotel was quite acceptable (between a mark of 3 and 4 but closer to 4). The rooms were comfortable and relatively quiet even so close to the highway. The food in the restauarant was also quite good for both dinner and breakfast, but for our second night we ate at Zorros for dinner and breakfast. Its a short car ride south along Shell Beach Road and is somewhat better. The walk along the coast is very good here and the hotels including the Spyglass have made a good walkway. I was also pleased that the hotel offered a free of charge computer for customet use. Much appreciated as we are from the UK, did not take our laptop and do not have internet enabled mobile phones. Overall a good value place to stay.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing the sea, probably on the top floor (of 2). The view should be very good, bu...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Derek_and_Judith
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

the weather was perfect, the view was gorgeous from our balcony, the room is comfortable and cozy, we rented movies there is a refrigerator. we went to the casino and local restaurants. we went to restaurant on property at sunset and had a glass of wine, $6.00 you can't beat that. it was a wonderful 4 nights, can't wait to go back

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Morgan Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This is a beautiful place. The rooms are comfy, the bar has a great view. You can eat out on the deck, different levels of seating. Food was wonderful. Great place to spend the new year at. We had a special deal too, $99.00 a night, with a $50.00 restaurant coupon. What a deal! ;)

  • Stayed January 2012
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Thank Symplymore
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

After a long drive from San Francisco, it was a welcome relief to find Spyglass inn and check into our room. We thought about finding another restaurant in Pismo Beach, but after reading the reviews, we dined in the Spyglass restaurant. It was midweek in October, so a bit quiet, but the food and waitress was excellent. We would be more than happy to stay there again, especially as the Elephant Seals can be found up the coast, just a few miles away!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Bubblegtt
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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

By necessity, I requested a room on the first floor (no elevators). This was great as long as I could open the door and get an ocean breeze. There is no AC, the day temp was over 80, so it was not pleasant at night all closed up. For me personally, no AC is a deal breaker, but many people won't mind that. Fire place if it is cold. OK room other than that. Did hear noise from nearby rooms.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Spyglass Inn
Address: 2705 Spyglass Drive, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-1795
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#13 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#13 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Spyglass Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 82
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