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“Romantic Get Away”
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Shore Cliff Hotel
Ranked #3 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 August 2011

My husband and I stayed here for our 27th anniversary weekend. The property upon arrival looks very much like a Best Western Motel. However, the minute you walk in the registration lobby, you are taken by the floor to second floor ceiling windows with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The lobby is decorated with lodge-type furnishings,comfortable chairs and couches, flat screen TV, and a desk with a computer with open access to check email and print boarding passes. Free WIFI is available, although we did not bring our computers. The desk staff was friendly and helpful and the cookies upon check it were delicious!
The room we had was a third floor pier view king and it was newly remodeled with granite bath counters and new fixtures and furnishings. The Bath and Body Works toiletries were my favorite! It had a kitchenette with fridge and microwave and small sink. We brought back wine, fruit, and cheese from our day excursion and had our own aperitivo on our balcony. Bellissimo! They are going to be remodelling the ocean view rooms this October. Our room had an old style TV/hutch, but the newly remodelled rooms are supposed to be getting the flat screens.
Continental breakfast is served at the restaurant next door for hotel guests. All carbs, except for hard boiled eggs. The coffee was fabulous(Seattle's Best) or Twinnings Tea and they even provided papercups with lids so you could take it to go. The restaurant is on the cliff with 180 degree views from the windows.
The access to the beach below is accessible only by the neighboring properties, but this was okay with us and it made this property feel exclusive. A short walk through the other hotel properties on the ocean front side led to a staircase to the beach below.
This property is a photographers dream! We watched several brides and grooms taking photos on the beach below, very sweet! Also, professional photographers taking family portraits. The property has two gazebos that provide fabulous views off the cliffs. The wildlife is everywhere. There were tons of pelicans, seagulls, squirrels, rabbits, and other birds I had never seen before. The only drawback to that was the tons of bird doo everywhere. Be careful not to park under a tree!
Although this was a romantic weekend spent going to winery's and dining, this would be a great place to bring the kids. The local area is full of activities for families as well. We will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

Stayed here for one night during highway one trip. Excellent views. Pool facilities seemed fine - didn't use it as weather wasn't great. Customer service at desk was good. We had a ground floor room, prefer it higher for better views, 2 large double beds that weren't needed, shower was bit weak. Clean enough. Breakfast - walk 2 minutes to next door restaurant. Breakfast items were fine though more seating needed to be open for number of guests - staff seemed reluctant to do this

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

First time visit to Pismo, great place to stay. My daughters and I greatly enjoyed our visit. It was only for one night, loved the ammenities of this place.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

This hotel Has defenetly a nice view on the pacific ocean, the rooms are good. Unfortunately, the breakfast is really awful. The food quality is ok but the choice is really poor, no bacon, no scrambled eggs,...

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Reviewed 15 August 2011

The location is stunning but it's still a Best Western. The amenities are what one would expect in that type of accommodation; just sitting on the cliff face with a bird rookery down below. A word about that...it's fascinating to watch the pelicans, cormorants and gulls come and go - and they come in great numbers at the end of the day - but it also means that you have birdie smells and birdie leavings to contend with. Not a big problem but if you are sensitive... The continental breakfast, in the morning was not great. They could use a bit more protein in the mix, but it did the trick. We have stayed at the sister property, Shelter Cove, a couple of times and I really prefer it. It is smaller and all of the rooms face the ocean. However, when I tried to book it, the Best Western reservation site showed it as full. There were "vacancy" signs both nights though. Lesson learned - call the property directly next time. If you want to watch the sun go down from your room, don't book the pier view rooms. It's a lovely view down the beach but it faces south east. The rooms were clean and well maintained, just nothing special.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2011

The location is good, close enough to downtown but away from the funky vibe of downtown Pismo. Our room had been recently renovated and was sparkling clean but the rest of the hotel needs some work. The lobbies and hallways are drab and worn looking. The pool area is nice and the views from the property are beautiful. But reports of smell from bird poop are true. There are hundreds of sea birds that roost on the cliffs and on the property and the guano smell can be powerful. I guess that's the price of being close to nature... I didn't smell it in my room, however. The continental breakfast was not bad either - they had hard boiled eggs and oatmeal and not just pastries. In all, an ok place for for nearly $200 a night, I expected more. Maybe that's just what it costs to stay in Pismo. But Pismo isn't exactly Carmel, if you know what I mean...

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

Stayed here during our 3 days stop off in Pismo. The room was clean, comfortable and of a good standard. We were on the second level with an ocean view - MAKE SURE TO ASK FOR THIS. The views were wonderful over the ocean. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was taken in a separate building a couple of minutes walk away. The breakfast options were limited but very tasty! We sat outside in the sun to eat and again had a stunning view. Parking was free - another bonus with a hire car.
I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 2555 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2111
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range: £81 - £226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Shore Cliff Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched atop cliffs above the Pacific Ocean, Shore Cliff Hotel, formerly BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge, is a beautiful, newly renovated oceanfront hotel in the heart of Pismo Beach. Each guest room boats a private balcony or patio, offering sweeping views of the Central Coast landscape. During your stay, enjoy the largest oceanfront heated pool in Pismo Beach, spa services, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and free parking at our premier Pismo Beach location. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Hotel Pismo Beach
Best Western Pismo Beach
Pismo Beach Best Western

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