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“Cheap & close to downtown SLO!” 3 of 5 stars
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Sunbeam Motel
Ranked #22 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Clovis, California
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Cheap & close to downtown SLO!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The price was right & the hotel staff was very friendly. This place was super close to downtown and clean. It had a fridge, microwave, etc. The bed was a little uncomfortable & it was a little noisy but overall we were satisfied with the hotel & the price we paid!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Cameron Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

After reviewing overnight accomodations on TripAdvisor, my wife and I selected the Sunbeam Motel for it's fairly high ratings and significantly lower price than others in the area. We stayed there on 10/18 & 10/19, 2012.

The Sunbeam is a small older place but it seemed clean, tidy and well taken care of. The management was very friendly and helpful too. We really appreciated the central location and actually walked to downtown SLO for sight-seeing, shopping, etc. The walk may be a bit long for some but we made a morning of it and had a great time.

If you are looking for inexpensive centrally located accomodations with no frills, the Sunbeam should work for you.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this motel because it was the cheapest we could find in town. I think that it was a decent motel especially for the price. Pros: price, friendly service, proximity to downtown, safe-looking area, lcd tv, refrigerator, microwave, small quiet motel, updated bathroom. Cons: outdated besides bathroom, our bed was pretty hard, musty smell, dirty towels in bathroom but owner gladly gave us clean ones.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Pasadena, California
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86 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I had a job interview and just need a place to stay overnight that had a bed and a shower. This place was the cheapest I could find close to downtown San Luis Obispo. If you are looking for a place that offers you better features look elsewhere, there too much light coming in the cheap window shades, ugly decor and shabby furniture and fixtures. There are better hotels/motels but you are going to pay for it if you don't want something less than $90.00. I think that they could make this place better and remodel but maybe they don't have any money. The staff were nice to deal with.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Hard to beat this place to stay in SLO for $50 odd a night for the two of us. Our room was on the ground floor behind the parking lot of the motel next door and we were woken early in the morning with guests from that place departing but otherwise the motel was fine.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

If you're going to be in pricey San Luis Obispo for 1 or 2 nights and you want to save on accommodations, you couldn't do better than the Sunbeam Motel. We stayed for 1 night, July 23. We splurged on the $59 room with 2 QS beds! You also get a mini fridge, microwave, flat screen TV, exceptionally clean and modern bathroom. Yes, you do get a paper bathmat that says "Bath Mat" (we took a picture!), but all in all very satisfactory. Plus, you are 2 blocks from the Splash Cafe and their excellent breakfast and bakery - within walking distance. .

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Petaling Jaya
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

It is highly recommended for budget traveller. Sunbeam motel is located on the Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. It is the most affordable motel in the area. A short walking distance to town. For the price that we were paying, we weren't expect much when we booked it. However, the motel did surprise me. Generally, it was clean, comfortable & quiet. Parking was pretty limited.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Sunbeam Motel
Address: 1656 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-2930
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunbeam Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunbeam Motel is a wonderful motel for the budget-minded traveler. It is conveniently located near downtown San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly. Our rooms are equipped with standard amenities, including cable TV with HBO, free wifi, refrigerators, hairdryers, microwaves and daily housekeeping services. ... more   less 
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