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“Beautifully kept, beautiful location, friendly and homely”
Review of Shell Beach Inn

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Shell Beach Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shell Beach
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“Beautifully kept, beautiful location, friendly and homely”
Reviewed July 19, 2010

We stumbled upon this little place while travelling the pacific coast highway!
We were origianally destined for the palamar...... However we decided to have a drive along shell beach road being that it was so lovely!
We saw a lovely little pool and decided to have a look..... So glad we did!
We were welcomed by the big smiles of edd and janine! Just what we needed after we had been travellig with no idea of where we would next lay our heads!
We were shown our room and it was beautiful! Flat screen tv, bath tub, coffee maker, fridge and microwave! With a lovely carpet and beautiful bed! We stayed in room 5. We likes it so much that we decided to stay for two weeks! It was home from home, being from England this was lovely for us!
If you ever go to pismo or any of the following places, sack off all the other motels, hotels and inn's and come stay at the shell beach inn!

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Reviewed September 16, 2008

We were looking for a hotel in the Pismo Beach area and my husband stumbled upon the Shell Beach Inn on the internet. After checking the TripAdvisor I called and made reservations.

I was pleasantly surprised. It was clean and well kept. The rooms were nice enough. The only complaint I have was the bathtub was old and had scratches in it. The rest of the bathroom seemed to have been redone. The bathroom door was hard to close. None of these complaints were too bad though. All and all I thought it was a nice place.

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  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 24, 2008

We picked this place because it allowed our small dog and I am so glad we did. The rooms are great with two beds for a family of four. Located within walking distance of the Shell Beach cliffs and only a 5 minute drive to the beaches at Pismo Beach. Pool was clean and a lot of fun. I recommend this place to anyone.

  • Liked — Small motel
  • Disliked — No A/C
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2006

Close to the highway and the coast, the Shell Beach Inn is a simple ten-room motel that you may overlook but is worth checking out. Like motels found along the highways in the 1940s or 50s, the rooms are arranged around the parking lot and you park in your numbered spot right in front of your door. Step inside, and you have a simple bedroom with a closet area and bathroom. Nothing fancy, but it'll be nostalgic for those who grew up with motels as a kid like I did.

The rooms are updated with new paint, carpet, furnishings, floor tile, and a nice touch are the bathroom soaps by Bath and Body Works (I was expecting Ivory!). Rooms are not air-conditioned since it's close to the beach, but if you are warm, a floor fan is available, and if you need to really cool off, the motel has a pool. Some minor shortcomings are that there isn't enough room to hang or put things, especially in the bathroom, and the paint covering the old wall tile in the bathroom is beginning to chip off (looks a little dirty).

Again, there's nothing fancy here, so no big hotel lobby (just a small window counter), no internet access (although I was able to find a wireless connection), no restaurant (but plenty of places nearby to eat), and no 600-count sheets or shower massage (but I suppose they could add this someday). It is, however, in a nice quiet community and just four short blocks to walk to the ocean, which has a small beach and lots of craggy rocks to explore. Staying in a nice clean motel like this one is rare, so it'll be memorable. San Luis Obispo is about 15 miles north and Santa Barbara is about 45 minutes south.

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Reviewed August 6, 2005

This quiet quaint motel sits in the extreme north part of Pismo Beach. It has a homey charm, and better than average furnishings. A small heated pool was perfect to enjoy the outdoor cool foggy weather. Close enough to Morro Bay, Avila Beach and Cambria.

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Additional Information about Shell Beach Inn

Property: Shell Beach Inn
Address: 653 Shell Beach Rd, Shell Beach, CA 93449-2050
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Shell Beach
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shell Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Shell Beach Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All ten guest rooms at the Shell Beach Inn are individually decorated with touches from the California coast and make this quaint little getaway a cozy stopover for the weary traveler or a comfortable home base for sightseeing vacationers. The Shell Beach Inn features an outdoor seasonally heated swimming pool and free parking. And...yes we are pet friendly! ... more   less 
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