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“Terrific Location-Pet Friendly”
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Sandcastle Inn
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 11, 2012

We reserved a dog-friendly room for 3 nights beginning on Easter Sunday. Room was reserved directly with the hotel to ensure a pet-friendly room was available. The only oceanfront room available that was pet-friendly was a 1st floor room with a king size bed. They offered a rollaway or aerobed at a small additional cost for my son since there weren't double queens available, but we just brought a camp cot and mattress for him. It was a tight squeeze with the cot in there, and I think they'd have had trouble with an aerobed in that room unless it was a twin size. The room was quite narrow, and not a lot of open space except for right in front of the door connecting with the room next door.

The room itself was nothing special, and I think it's important to remember that the location of this place is what you're paying for, whatever price you negotiate with the hotel, not for an elegantly decorated room with plush furnishings. I found all the furniture to be rather uncomfortable, especially the chairs on the patio facing the beach. In addition to being lumpy, the bed was kind of weird. It was on wheels, and if more than one person sat on the foot of the bed in front of the television, the head of the bed would flip up and we'd go down like it was a see-saw. On the plus side, the television was a large, flat screen and there was a little fridge inside the TV armoire that we used daily for waters, sodas, snacks and leftovers. The walls seemed very thin though, and we could hear plumbing from the adjacent rooms, entire conversations, and what I initially had assumed was a troupe of practicing gymnasts above us. After three days I realized that no matter who was up there, that every footfall was audible day and night. A top floor room would eliminate that issue at least. I wasn't about to complain though, since our dog seemed to bark at every sound he heard outside our room and every person passing the back patio. This is not a quiet getaway location. Since it's located right on the beach, there is a lot of foot traffic going past the hotel and if you are on the ground floor, people can look into your room, and do. For a pet room, it seemed quite clean. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it seems like they do try to keep a tidy inn.

I heard about the cookies and the continental breakfast, but I tried a cookie on our first day and decided we didn't need to make a special trip into the lobby for them again. We never tried the breakfast because we're late risers and just weren't interested in it. All in all, it's a great location within walking distance of plenty of restaurants, shops, and of course, the beach. If you keep your expectations realistic, you'll have a good time. If you want fancy accommodations, this is not the place for you. If you want a great location, and adequate accommodations, this might be right for you.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Great location, though the surrounding residential / commercial properties are a little beaten up. Hotel has no real lobby, but the service was efficient and warm. Clean rooms, comfy beds, suite was a good size for a family of four plus a baby. Complimentary breakfast was good. Overall, this place is good value, saved by a terrific location. Don't expect luxury and you'll have a good time.

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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised with our room. The bathroom was small but the bedroom was roomy with a nice balcony to sit and watch day go by. It is a clean and tidy hotel. The breakfast room is nice, with a good continental selection. The pier is just outside the hotel but you have to drive to nice restaurants as the ones in town are very average.

Room Tip: An ocean front room on the second floor is the best choice
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

The Sandcastle Inn at Pismo Beach is, in a word, AMAZING! The location is the best of any hotel in Pismo Beach, the owner/staff are unbelievable, the rooms are very classy and the outdoor fireplace and jacuzzi overlooking the Pismo Beach and the pier are unbeatable. Rates are very competitive, especially for this prime spot where you can park you car and forget about it - unless of course you want to tour the region's winerys or take a drive ON THE BEACH at Oceano (one of only a very few spots in California where this can be done). Don't miss the opportunity to take a walk on the beach in front of your room at low tide and pick up sand dollars and shells to take home as souveniers. The Sandcastle is located a block from the center or town, making it easy to walk to restaurants, Harry's bar, and all the quaint and interesting shops (Big Kahuna's Surf Shop). Excellent rates can be had in the "off season" (Fall/Winter) as well. I hesitate to say this as it will increase the visibility of this hotel, but the Sandcastle is our absolute favorite place to spend a weekend at the beach - great for couples and families alike!

Room Tip: Third floor facing the pier or any floor facing the beach! Rooms facing the beach overlook the wood...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

I really enjoy staying at Sandcastle Inn they are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and the service was exceptional. They are in the process of remodeling the hotel which is much needed. I have been staying at this hotel for over 10 years and it remains my favorite place in pismo.

Room Tip: If you have small children don't stay on the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

This was our first time at the Sandcastle Inn and we can't wait to come back. The rooms are neat and cozy and the staff was friendly, kind and helpful. Great walking distance to some awesome restaurants, too. This is a perfect location - your right on the beach!

Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

The Sandcastle Inn is a great hotel. The rooms are spacious and clean. The breakfast area is rather small inside, but there is plenty of seating outside. During our stay, they were starting a renovation. The rooms seemed up to date to me, but a little renovation never hurts! The hotel is right on the beach, so if you are looking to wake up and take a few steps to relax on the beach, this is the place for you. The Sandcastle Inn is also just a short walk away from Splash Cafe and stores.

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Additional Information about Sandcastle Inn

Address: 100 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2644
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#11 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range: $146 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There’s so much to see in Pismo Beach and it begins with our property, featuring an upper deck with lounge chairs and a fireplace and some of the best views in the city. ... more   less 
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