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“Another wonderful stay at the Kon Tiki”
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Kon Tiki Inn
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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Fresno
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“Another wonderful stay at the Kon Tiki”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

While the Kon Tiki is one of our favorite places to stay when we go to the coast, this time I found a few things I wasn't pleased with. The Kon Tiki is located right on the cliffs over looking the ocean. Every room has a beautiful ocean view. You can leave your sliding glass door open at night and hear the waves crashing below. It is simply what we go for. It restores us enough to make it thru until we can go again. We have stayed at almost all the other hotels in the area over the years, but always come back to the Kon Tiki. It is priced right, and some of those hotels really make it tuff. In season some are over $300 a night, and up. So, we have come to the conclusion that you get your best deal, and have the best time at the Kon Tiki. It has a beautiful pool with two jacuzies that are situated right in front on the cliff. Basically it is the view though. You can see down to the pier, or down towards Alila Beach in the other direction. The weather can be foggy, but you still have the whole ocean at your front door, and it just doesn't get any better than that, to me.

So knowing all this about the Kon Tiki, my only disapointments were the towels you have in the bathroom. They are so thin and scratchy. Very poor quality, and for a person going out of town on vacation, you expect better. The decor is getting dated to me also. I think updates are greatly needed. Maybe some granite in the bathroom, and have some pretty fluffy towels. Makes a world of difference. Also I don't think our room was cleaned properly. The bathroom wasn't up to par. I found hair on my body after using one of their towels after showering and it wasn't mine! That is not the way you want to start your day. I know we will continue going to the Kon Tiki, for the view and price alone. Just a little incentive, would be nice if they spruced things up a bit. The staff has Always been just wonderful!

Room Tip: All rooms are ocean view, so you can't go wrong. We always asked for a higher floor for the vie...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

I have been to Pismo many times. This was my first time at The Kon Tiki Inn. I really like it here.
Driving in to the place you get the feeling of a 1950's motel. But you will be pleasantly surprised by the back end or beach side. All rooms have an ocean view. The landscaping is beautiful - a pool, two hot tubs and a long wood staircase to the beach. The grounds are well maintained. You can sleep with the sliders open and be lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean. The sunsets are quite beautiful.
The rooms are a good size with a queen and king in each room. The beds are softer than what I find comfortable. Each room has a balcony with chairs and a small table. Laundry facilities are available for use.
The breakfast is continental - home made waffles, cereal, hard boiled eggs, toast and assorted muffins, juices and coffee. A totally adequate start.
The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful. The Pismo Beach Athletic Club is just across the driveway and available for use while at The Kon Tiki.
I like it here. I"ll be back.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Franklinton, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

we were checking one thing off the bucket list, the Pacific coast highway from LA to San Francisco and needed to stop for one night about half way thru the drive. Pismo beach was a good spot and based on trip advisor reviews we chose kon tiki. Glad we did, even our room on the first floor had awesome beach and ocean views. The price was great too, $133/night including taxes. And as others have said you have to call to reserve, no website or other way to do it online. It is walking distance to downtown Pismo restaurants and a great place to watch sunsets or walk on the beach as long as you do not mind the long stairway to the beach.
Another nice thing about driving the highway from south to north is that you are on the inside lane along some of the step cliffs and narrow winding roads along the coast in case anyone in your group has issues with heights. An added bonus is that you can get up and leave the kon tiki mid morning and visit nearby Hearst Castle, (which is worth doing just for the view), and still make it to Carmel or Monterey for dinner easily. (at least on a weekday).
Room was clean, staff was helpful, couldn't ask for much more at this price.

Room Tip: Even first floor rooms have great views so I would think any room would be fine
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kansas
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

What an amazing place! While it is definitely not a 5 star hotel, the rooms was spacious, very clean, and quiet. And really comfortable. Staff were pleasant and professional and I appreciated seeing a security staff stroll the grounds. We stayed on the first floor and had un obstructed views of the ocean and the sunset was gorgeous! I really enjoyed listening to the ocean from the bed at night. Perfect. Exceptional value.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver
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107 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

On a whim and TA reviews, called and booked two days at Pismo Beach at the Kon Tiki on our driving trip. And what a great move it was!
The previous reviewers were absolutely right with the room cleanliness, beautiful ocean views and satisfying breakfast. But the best part was the rate.....really the best deal in town.
We parked the car for the two days ( except to the hand car wash in Shell Beach, a mile away to clean the bugs off) and walked to get dinner to enjoy on the balcony.......Italian or Thai , a bottle of wine and the gorgeous view and sunsets.

It's off season in Pismo but the Inn is still full, so you might want to phone ahead. Enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2013

We have spent a couple of nights in Pismo Beach for several years. The hotel we had always booked got a little pricey so we thought we'd try the Kon Tiki Inn. We were very pleasantly surprised. The staff at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast room was a good size and had a good selection. All of the rooms are ocean front and you can access the beach from the property. Our room was was comfortable--nothing spectacular but we sure saw a spectacular sunset the first night. We kept the door open all night to hear the ocean. We are planning on going to Pismo in a month and will be booking the Kon Tiki again.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 26 September 2013

My husband and I are generally not big hotel/motel fans, preferring quirkier digs. We needed a place for 1 night on our way back from Southern California, choosing to wing this 1 night, rather than reserve a room. Thinking a Monday night in September would be open, this strategy seemed to work in our favor. We ended up in a tower suite for the same price as a room without a view at another motel down the road.

2 things that set this place apart: staff and views.Staff was genuinely friendly and helpful across the board. Even the breakfast room attendant was warm & helpful (sort of a rare occurrence). The young man who checked us in was charming, professional and gracious.

The outside of this hotel is quite ugly, but not ugly enough to be funny/kitschy. It would have scared me off, if I hadn't read positive reviews here and on Yelp. The room decor basic and unimpressive as well, but if it keeps the price down, OK.These are the reasons the Kon Tiki doesn't get 5 stars from me. It WAS clean and comfortable however. Oh, it's also set down from the freeway a bit more than the others along this strip of Hwy 1. My husband has supernaturally good hearing, so this was a factor for us. Couldn't hear the road at all.

The pool and spa, access to the ocean, wonderful as well. Grounds nicely maintained.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kon Tiki Inn
Address: 1621 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2229
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in Pismo Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#9 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Number of rooms: 86
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 
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