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Cottage Inn by the Sea
Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
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“Our latest return visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We are no strangers to Cottage Inn as our vacations are always in the Pismo & SLO areas and we always stay at the Cottage Inn. We have been going here for years. It’s always wonderful to stay at Cottage Inn and for our family. Every time we have stayed there, it has felt like we are going home to our home away from home. Our recent stay was no exception.

It is always difficult to point out exceptional experiences, because we have never had a less than perfect experience at Cottage Inn. However, this time I do wish to point out exceptional service by one individual in particular and that is a young lady named Kelsi. Kelsi welcomed us when we arrived as if we were family or friends returning home and walked us out and bid us goodbye when we checked out. It was like saying goodbye to a close friend or relative. Kelsi is an incredible individual who brings great value to both Cottage Inn and Pacifica Hotels, which is amazing, because every employee we have dealt with at Cottage Inn over the years, whether the front desk, management, or room service, all have been friendly and welcoming.

We do not get down to Cottage Inn as often as we like, but I do hope that on our next trip, Kelsi will still be a valued member of your staff. Thank you.

Room Tip: Dogs are family too and Cottage Inn makes sure they are welcomed!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Survivor2X
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Jennifer V, Manager at Cottage Inn by the Sea, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Cottage Inn by the Sea. We are very happy to hear that our team--and Kelsi in particular--exceeded your expectations. We look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit to Pismo Beach.

Jennifer Vavroch
Assistant General Manager
Cottage Inn by the Sea
(805) 773-4617
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

My wife and I stayed here 8 years ago. It was like an intimate, comfortable spa. So when we were recently passing through with our kids, we wanted to stay again. What a let down. The rooms were dated. It was 88 degrees outside and our room did not have air conditioning (when I called to ask where the temperature controls were in the room, I was told that I could warm things up by turning on the fireplace. When I said it is 90 degrees in the room and I want to cool it down, I was told to prop the doors and windows open. We didn't feel safe leaving the door open all night - not sure I would do that anywhere -, one window didn't have a screen, and one window had a broken screen). Maybe it doesn't usually get warm in Pismo Beach, but it is hard to believe they don't get requests for cooling. The bathroom had mildew on the grout. The pool was green. The cleaning staff carts blocked access to our room when we arrived in the evening and needed to get our bags up to the room, and when we checked out in the morning and needed to get our bags to the car. The positives - it is nicely located on a cliff overlooking the ocean; the front desk staff was nice; and the complimentary breakfast was really good. Unfortunately, this hotel has gone down hill during the past few years. Hopefully they will invest in their rooms to update them and make them more comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank John W
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Jennifer V, Manager at Cottage Inn by the Sea, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We are truly disappointed to hear that your recent stay was less-than-satisfactory. Please contact me at your earliest convenience so that I may fully address your concerns and resolve them to your full satisfaction.

Jennifer Vavroch
Assistant General Manager
Cottage Inn by the Sea
(805) 773-4617
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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Lovely stay at the Cottage Inn. $250/room gave us two large beds easily shared by three friends, free WiFi, heated pool and spa within walking distance, free breakfast in the morning and parking. Beach was a short walk away.

Friendly staff too.

Would definitely stay again.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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manhattan beach, CA
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23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

We stayed for one night during a trip down the coast and while it wasn't cheap, this place is quite comfortable. I'm not sure its good for more than a few nights (small pool area and limited activities) but it was perfect for our needs. It was a great place to sit and enjoy the sun set. Lovely!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

I loved my stay at the Cottage Inn by the Sea when I was in Pismo Beach for a weekend wedding back in May. I'm originally from CA but live in Seattle now and the setting of this place served as a wonderful reminder of all the beautiful things I miss about living on the CA coast. The cottages sit atop a cliff that overlooks the ocean; you can see all the way up & down the beach and there are steps close by that take you down to the beach. We took a nice walk down the beach one morning to the pier at Pismo Beach. It was such a great start to the day! At that part of the beach there are lots of great little restaurants and surf shops - felt a lot like being in Santa Cruz to me :)
On the property of the inn there is a lovely lounge area up on the cliffs which was great for sunning and relaxing. But beware - the sun that reflects off the water is intense, so use lots of good sunblock! I got fried sitting outside the first afternoon we arrived :(
Aside from the gorgeous setting the inn itself was very quaint. Our room wasn't one of the ones overlooking the ocean but it was still quite nice and comfortable - a good value I felt. Also, the inn offers a complimentary breakfast and the staff was very friendly.
I would definitely recommend Cottage Inn by the Sea to anyone traveling through the area looking for a casual and leisurely stay on the coast.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Very dog friendly, amazing view, clean and cozy. The entire place is really very romantic with fireplace in every room. (only heating source). I enjoyed the private outdoor patio facing the ocean. It was a wonderful place to relax with a glass of wine. The view of the sunset was perfect. The breakfast was simple but good. Great coffee. This location is walker friendly. Lots of restaurants and activities. Staff was great, Jennifer at the front desk was a sweetheart. Take the time to walk down to the beach, it is clean and welcoming.

Room Tip: pay for the ocean side room!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

We were on the way to San Francisco , so we stop for one night, and I'm glad we did. Hotel has a lot to offer. Staff is very accommodating and friendly. Location is the best next to ocean,we enjoy out time there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Cottage Inn by the Sea
Address: 2351 Price Street, 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
#7 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
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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