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Cottage Inn by the Sea
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Corning, CA
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Stayed here in early January. This has been my fourth stay at the Cottage by the Sea. It is a really great property. Great location, great rooms, great prices. The winter rates were the best rates we have received! The room is so cozy and fireplace is a must for winter nights. A wonderful four nights at a wonderful hotel!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Our first time in Pismo Beach...Booked directly with hotel for a pet friendly room. Others were having problems having booked online through travelocity/expedia etc, so would recommend always booking directly here. Checkin was swift on a busy Friday night, and the room was ready on time, with a lovely towel arrangement and gift pack for the dog which was a pleasant surprise. Even though our room was by the road it was not noisy. The room was a bit dated, but clean and roomy, even with 3 people sharing with two queen beds. Perfect access to the beach and beautiful sunset walk to Pismo Pier, and a short distance to excellent dining. Self serve breakfast was definitely one of the best we encountered on our trip, with lots of choices and fresh good food available.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We travel up or down the California coast twice a year, so we have stayed in a lot of hotels in Pismo beach and Avila beach, but we had not tried the cottage inn by the sea before! Check in was pleasant and quick and our room (which we got a good deal on) was clean and roomy, big king bed nice bathroom ,good size tv and a lovely gas fireplace!
Access to the beach down forty odd steps ,nice walk to pismo pier then a walk back thru the village was nice before breakfast. Breakfast was a nice self service extended continental affair ,with loads of choices including make your own waffles. There was a computer for guest use , came in handy for printing vouchers for premium outlets only minutes away!
Yet another great choice of hotel for people passing thru or even staying a few day like us!
Pismo is only minutes away from great towns like paso Robles and San Louis obispo with lovely town centres with nice shops and great restaurants and all around great vineyards with tasting rooms that are friendlier than there northern counterparts!!

Room Tip: If you want a treat opt for sea view room!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Goleta, California
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

The rooms were charming and spacious with a great view. Beach access and a gorgeous cliff view of the ocean. Continental breakfast was free, and not half bad. The service was excellent, very helpful and friendly! The price was extremely competitive. We will be coming back for our next trip!

Room Tip: Two beds are the same as one. Sometimes its nice to have an extra bed, just in case!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Redwood City, California
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is my favorite place to stay in Pismo. The charm and quaintness is the first thing one notices, aside from the perfect spot so close to the ocean. As soon as I get into the room, I open all the windows to hear the waves for the whole visit--regardless the weather. There is a convenient path to follow to the 72 stairs to the beach and many people walk through with their dogs and kids from the next door motel, as well. The path is well groomed and maintained.

The employees, constantly moving, are the next thing one sees. The front office staff is very friendly, greeting guests as they pass through to breakfast. The next employee guests encounter is Rebecca, the friendliest breakfast room attendant I've ever met. She greets guests and always make sure things are going well. The housekeeping staff makes sure that you return to a nice clean room after a day exploring the area, and usually your towels are folded into an animal to greet you. Who would not want to return? I've been staying at the Cottage Inn since 2008!


  • Stayed December 2012
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Clovis, California
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Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

Great hotel. Rooms are like cottages, not a boring building. Room was clean. View of the ocean was amazing. Free included breakfast was better than restaurants. Definitely recommend it. Plenty of parking, fireplace in room.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

I have reviewed the Cottage Inn in the past, so I will not be overly detailed. The location on a cliff is superb, and the service continues to be exceptional. I will point out a few differences I noticed most recently.

Pool towels: Two sets of towels are stocked in the room now, bath and pool. The bath towels are more plush than previously.

Breakfast: not too much difference here, although you can choose prepared oatmeal or Quaker packets now.

Afternoon cookies in the lobby: seemed to be better stocked...and tasty.

Room lighting: new, yet annoying energy-miser switches. The lights turned off on me while taking a shower since motion was not detected. I am energy conscious, but it was pretty silly.

Bedding: comfortable, pillowy, plush, the best.

I come here at least once a year and thoroughly enjoy it every time.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Property: Cottage Inn by the Sea
Address: 2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2109
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cottage Inn by the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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