We just stayed here in a 2-queen room for 2 nights over the Thanksgiving weekends, during the trip to Hearst Castle and Central Coast. Beforehand I had done some survey of the hotels around Central Coast, and decided to stay here for several reasons: good review, brand new (4-month old), mild weather in SLO as compared to the coastal towns, convenience in SLO (dining choices on Thanksgiving Day), even though it's about 1 hour driving from Hearst Castle.
This hotel is conveniently located near a Hwy 101 exit, and several miles away from SLO downtown. The neighborhood has several hotels and nothing else. Pretty much nothing to see within walking distance, except for a gas station and some car dealers. There is also a shopping mall not far away, which requires driving.
Our room is on the 3rd floor, facing the pool and courtyard, and not facing Hwy 101. There is only 1 room between our room and the elevator, but we didn't hear the elevator from our room at all. The room has contemporary decor, an LCD TV, microwave, and a small refrigerator, an armoire, and no closet. The bathroom has a shower stall, instead of a bathtub. The AC/heater is in-room unit, with a separate climate control on the wall. The heater is a bit noisy, but we didn't keep it on, since the temperature was mild (70F-day and 40F-night outside, and inside always >68F - good weatherproof). We didn't like to keep the heater on for noise and humidity concerns. This is also a part of the reason why we decided to stay at SLO, and we were not disappointed. However, if staying during extremely hot summer or extremely cold winter (I think they are rare here) that requires AC or heater to be on, the noise can be a concern.
At night we could hear the sound from the people in the swimming pool, with the window closed. The sun set by 5pm, so all the swimmers left by 9pm or so. I'm not sure if the swimmers would stay up late in the summer. It was pretty quiet at night. I didn't hear my neighbors talking or watching TV. I believe the wall is thick enough. I also didn't hear any traffic sound. The refrigirator is not very quiet, but still not too bad.
The breakfast in the cafe is pretty good, with delicious make-to-order omelets. It's not cheap, though (~$10 for an adult and $5 for a child).
The drive to Hearst Castle is not bad. Hwy 1 has 4 lanes from SLO to Morro Bay and Cayucos. From Cayucos to the Hearst Castle, it's straight 2 lanes.
In conclusion, it's a bit pricy (~$190 +tax per night for the Thanksgiving weekend), but it's worthwhile, considering the options around there. I'll definitely return if I need to visit the Central Coast again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard by Marriott is San Luis Obispo's newest hotel and is conveniently located near Cal Poly and is 7 mi to Pismo and Avila Beach. The Courtyard San Luis Obispo is 4 mi to San Luis Obispo County Airport with easy access to all area attractions and landmarks. Our San Luis Obispo hotel has a distinctive architectural style where you can enjoy the warmth of the California sun. The Courtyard San Luis Obispo has a customer-focused guest room design combining both comfort and functionality. Our San Luis Obispo hotel offers spacious rooms, complimentary wireless internet, as well as a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool with jacuzzi. ... more less
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