When we travel, we enjoy all the amenities & services of a resort hotel. The central coast is limited in resort type hotels. However, we were very pleased with the Kon Tiki Inn. For the value <$200, we had an oceanfront room on a Saturday night. Sunday nights & weekdays are <$175 total. We had a 2nd floor room with a deck, and had a peaceful night, listening to the waves crashing on the beach. The guests at this hotel appeared to be a little older, although there were a few families with small kids. If you prefer a more quiet hotel in Pismo, the Kon Tiki is it. It is located at one end of Price Street, but still within a nice, 5-10 minute walk to Pomeroy and the pier.
POOL/BEACH. There are a set of stairs that lead directly down to the beach. The hotel has a heated pool & 2 jacuzzis. Although the hotel provides towels for the pool, they were quite thin & not comfortable on the lounge chairs. Bring your own beach towels if you like a thick cushion while laying out.
FOOD: There are several vending machines, but we stopped at Trader Joes (less than 10 minutes away just off the 101 going South) to get snacks & beverages. The front desk provided wine glasses/opener. There's also a refrigerator in the rooms. On their website, it says there are microwaves, but I don't recall seeing one in the room. The hotel restaurant Steamers ($$$) was right next door. Kon Tiki provides free continental breakfast - cereals, bagels, toast, hard boiled eggs, waffles, yogurt & coffee. It wasn't a breakfast buffet, but it did the job.
WI-FI: Free throughout the hotel & a computer/printer in the lobby for guest use.
GYM: Free access to the Pismo Beach athletic club across the way. I enjoyed the gym facilities/machines. They also have spin & group classes.
ROOMS: Could use an update - carpets a little old, but for the value & location, we would definitely return. There are 3 floors to the hotel, so if you are concerned about guests above you being noisy, request the 3rd floor. Bed was not a Westin heavenly bed, but was comfortable. Bring your own toiletries (shampoo, gel, etc) if you are particular - hotel does provide it, but we had never heard of the brand, so were glad we had our own.
SERVICE: Front staff was very helpful & welcoming.
TIP: BOOK early!! Kon Tiki gets full if it's high season/weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swaying palms, a smooth sandy beach and the sounds of the Pacific Ocean all welcome you to the Kon Tiki Inn, where every room features a panoramic ocean view. Located on the coastline midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, our oceanfront inn is perched on a bluff overlooking the stunning and serene Pacific Ocean. From the comfort of your guest room watch a glorious sunset or catch a glimpse of a whale. During the day choose from a variety of outdoor activities and at night fall asleep to the rhythmic sound of ocean waves.The guest room décor reflects our seaside location with a neutral and ocean-toned palette accented by natural wood, tropical prints, and rich detail. Our hotel features rooms with one king bed or one king with one queen bed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kon Tiki Hotel Pismo Beach
- Kon Tiki Inn Pismo Beach
- Kon Tiki Pismo Beach