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Back Bay Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Baywood Park B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Redlands, California
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46 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Worth the search!”
Reviewed 15 September 2006

Once I conquered Mapquest's perverse directions, I was delighted with the Back Bay Inn. Its in a quiet, slightly funky neighborhood studded with artists' studios and populated largely by people who walk their dogs. (Labs, not pit bulls!) The room (101) was not large but as nobody was above, it didn't have any possible noise problems. The view is superb although as one reviewer noted, the bayside is more muddy than sand at low tide. There was a variety of seabirds at all times--not just gulls, but cormorants, pelicans, sandpipers, etc. Halfway between Morro Bay and Montana de Oro State Park, it is perfectly located for an active vacation. . .but don't feel guilty if you just sit on the lawn.
The staff (owners?) were very helpful, such as offering to print out wine country maps etc. and heating up a cup of coffee for me when I arrived late and chilly. It was also pleasant to take breakfast at a "locals' hangout" across the parking lot. I hope to be back next year.

Stayed September 2006
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Toronto, Ontario
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Reviewed 8 September 2006

We visited Central CA in August of 2006. Of all the places we stayed during our 2 week trip, the BackBay Inn was our favourite. Everything was perfect! The staff were wonderful, very helpful and always prepared to offer suggestions on what to see in the area. The breakfast was a sweet deal and the evening wine & cheese get togethers a great way to meet fellow guests. The rooms are bright and tastefully furnished. The Inn garden smells amazing!
If our daughter's soccer games take us that way again we'll be sure to make the Back Bay Inn a place we spend a few nights at.
BTW Larry, we got to visit "The Ranch" for dinner but unfortunately Mr E wasn't home. Thanks again!

  • Stayed August 2006
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2 Thank Soccerrules
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Washington,DC
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2006

The Back Bay Inn is a tranquil piece of heaven on the central California coast. After researching several inns throughout San Luis Obispo County, I chose the Back Bay Inn as the backdrop to propose to my girlfriend on Labor Day weekend.

I chose Room 14, a spacious upstairs room with a fireplace (very nice feature given the cool central coast nights) and two separate windows overlooking Morro Bay. Although the upstairs room are a few dollars more, it's well worth it.... the view was simply stunning!

Being Labor Day weekend, the Inn was operating at full occumpancy. Yet, we thought we were the only couple on premise....amazingly quiet. In fact, all we heard were the birds and gulls chirping on the bay!

Your stay comes with a complimentary breakfast at the Espresso Cafe, a fantastic little cafe just feet from the Inn's entrace. We loved the convenience and the food was great. We enjoyed watching the locals gather every morning for coffee and breakfast, and many folks kayak over for breakfast, too.

The Papillion Restaurant, located directly across the street from the Inn, was fantastic. Although a bit more pricier than most restaurants in Morro Bay, well worth the convenience.

Los Osos and Baywood Park are rare finds on the growing centraol coast. Unlike Morro Bay and Cayucos, the town maintains a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, yet a short drive to other coastal towns.

Overall, I would rate the Back Bay Inn with an A++.

  • Liked — The views of the Bay!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank pjeubanks
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Washington, D.C.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2006

My boyfriend and I stayed here 3 nights during our roadtrip up the CA coast in August. If he were writing this review he'd probably give it an above average rating but since I've stayed at a lot of b&b's and inn's I have to admit I had higher expectations. There are a lot of perks to this place such as the very well-kept gardens, beautiful views, healthy portion-sized free breakfasts and free wine and cheese in the evenings. However, we stayed on the first floor in room 107 (I believe) and it was TINY. When we first walked in the room (and every time after that) there was a strange odor in the room.

I had read other reviews about the noise concerns and they are 100% accurate. We could hear everything going on in the room above us. Luckily, our first two nights the people above us didn't get up too early since this was a romantic getaway for us and we wanted to sleep in. But, the morning of our last night sounded like someone was doing acrobatics upstairs. Thanfully we had planned to hit the road early that morning.

The ladies at the front desk were very nice and gave us a great recommendation for dinner in Monterey which was our next destination, although the girl who worked at the desk when we first checked in was not terribly friendly or helpful.

Be prepared for very cool temps. We were determined to eat breakfast in our little lanai every morning but had to put on lots of layers b/c it was cold. I was a little surprised to discover that not only were the lanai's not very private but there's a community boardwalk right in front of the lanais so people walked by all morning and evening with their pets.

This Inn is in a good location if you're planning to tour the Paso wine country or hit the beach. All in all, we had a wonderful time and it was the romantic trip we had hoped to have so I can't complain.

  • Liked — The views and the grounds
  • Disliked — The thin walls and the size of our room
  • Tips/Secrets — Take time to carefully read the reviews of people who stayed here to decide whether it is right for you.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank ramsfan77
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California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2006

We found the Back Bay Inn to be very relaxing and comfortable. It is a wonderful place to get away and just relax. The room decor was very nice and kept up. The flower garden along with the bay view was an added bonus. Should have stayed longer and plan on going back.

Minor issues - a bit of a lingering mildew oder after using the shower (Maybe a bathroom air freshner would help) and the blinds on the lanai doors were dirty/smelly.

The ADA room is a plus. Thank you so much for having this room at your Inn and for thinking about people with disabilities.

Back Bay Inn is a must see. Recommend it.

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5 Thank Quickiewheeler
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San Dimas, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2006

We spent two nights for our anniversary this past week. My husband and I both were very pleased with our stay. The staff was friendly and helpful. The view of the bay and the surrounding area was like a postcard. The room was clean and comfortable. Glad we took a downstairs room with a patio. So nice for watching the water as well as people walking by. This is a place for friendly people. We will return to this place again.

  • Liked — Location and price.
  • Disliked — Nothing negative!
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank TravelingTime
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2006

We stayed one night in a ground-floor room after having looked for a decent place to stay all along the Santa Barbara coastline.
What a surprise to find such a lovely place in a real Californian neighborhood with a good Mexican restaurant right in front.
The room was very nice, tidy, well furnished and a beautiful view right from the bed.
A complimentary breakfast is served in a small café right in front. (Don't hesitate to trade in your voucher for bagels, muffins and a joghurt.) We will stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Caprifischer
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Property: Back Bay Inn
Address: 1391 2nd St, Baywood Park, CA 93402-1111
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Baywood Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Baywood Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Back Bay Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Back Bay Inn is located in great community of Baywood Park/Los Osos on the Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo County. The Inn is the only waterfront hotel located right on the quiet waters of the Back Bay. The rooms in the main building overlook the gardens, the Back Bay waters and views towards the wonderful hills of the State Park, Montana de Oro. Complimentary breakfast is served at our popular Back Bay Cafe. Across the bay, a short stroll away, is the Audubon Sweet Springs Bird Sanctuary. Golf is available just 1.5 miles away. Morro Bay State Park & Bird Sanctuary and Morro Bay Golf Course are a 5 mile drive away and wineries can be found in San Luis Obispo and North County. Baywood Park/Los Osos is the perfect base camp for hiking, bird watching and biking adventures with numerous trails, particularly in Montana de Oro. ... more   less 
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