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Sandcastle Inn
Ranked #7 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
La Canada Flintridge, California
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Hoilday Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

Been to Pismo Beach area many times. This is the first time at the Sandcastle Inn. Booked an ocean front room. The room was very nice and comfortable for a family of four with an obvious killer view. There is an outdoor fire pit on the third floor but since it was to cold and rainy we used the breakfast area which had a fireplace. It was a nice place to warm up and drink hot chocolate late a night. Close to the center of town. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Murrieta, California
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

The facility was very clean, the bed was very comfortable. There is a oceanfront jacuzzi and i enjoyed the sun patio for breakfast. The hotel itself is just steps from the boardwalk to the pier and many nice shops and restaurants. Our oceanfront view room was nice, the view was perfect. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: not much privacy on first floor it seemed, loved it on the 2nd floor
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank muffinjen
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Chico, CA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

My wife and I vistit Pismo Beach, CA. at least 2 or 3 times a year. My job takes me there and for years we have stayed at various hotels up and down the beach front. One year, we were walking on the pier and decided to walk down to see what other hotels were available. We walked past the Sand Castle Inn and my wife mentioned that she would like to stay there on one of our visits. I surprised her for our 10th Wedding Anniversary telling her that we were staying at another hotel but when I drove up to the Sand Castle Inn she was very surprised. We had a wonderful Anniversary. I had ordered Chocolate Truffles, roses and champange in the room. A soothing massage and Butlers on the beach (they set up a bondfire and chairs) oh, did I mention that it was a full moon? all arranged for by the hotel before hand. My wife has not wanted to stay at any other hotel when we go to Pismo Beach. I give it 5 stars and hope that you enjoy as much as my wife and I have. The staff is extremely friendly and they go way out there way to make sure that you have a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Two best rooms would be 309 or 317. Full ocean view with a huge balcony. Fire place with plenty of r...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pleasanton, California, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Have stayed here twice now in the last 6 months, great location just blocks to the pier and downtown. Stayed in a ocean front room on the 3rd floor with a balcony, loved sitting out watching the sunset and listening to the surf. Very friendly staff. Will be returning again soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Mark M
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Santa Barbara, California
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143 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Have stayed in the area many times in the last 10 years. This is the best experience we have had. Great front desk and great location on the beach. We had the ocean front location. Completely remodeled in the past year.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HEH352
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

I stay here every time I go to Pismo Beach. The hotel sits right on the beach, and is walking distance from the pier. It can be pricey, but that is typical for beachfront hotels in Pismo. If you want to book a hotel during a holiday weekend or even in the summer, you need to book in advance, as this one fills up quick. Make sure and try the clam chowder restaurant on the pier called Splash!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012

The hotel advertises "Pet Friendly", but charged $75 for a dog for a single night stay, however this is not disclosed at booking time. Once you have a guaranteed reservation, which allows no cancellations within 24 hours of arrival, then adds the $75 at check out time. Even at check in time, your credit card is only charged the standard rate, but the $75 is added at the check out.

The $75 is on the small print of the 4 pages and 10 initials you are required to check during the check in, but you could not at that point cancel as it is within the 24 hour period.

The manager was singularly unfriendly and deferred to "Company policy". As an explanation he cited "Extra Cleaning" as the reason for the charge. For $75 I could hire a cleaner all day! there is no justification for this charge.

The "corporate office" has not replied to my complaint or query, which gives me cause for concern for any other issues with this hotel.

Avoid this hotel if you have pets!

Room Tip: Pick another hotel if you have a pet.
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Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Manager423, General Manager at Sandcastle Inn, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
I sincerely apologize for the initial miscommunication regarding your reservation. We do charge a one time per stay pet fee of $75 plus tax for up to two dogs per room. I would be more than happy to discuss this further with you if you would please contact me directly at the hotel. Thank you.
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Property: 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 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#11 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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