Attractive lobby with seating areas, apples (and sometimes a few cookies), 24-hpur coffee/tea station, free newspapers. Check-in was easy and we were able to get our room immediately, even though it was before noon. We weren’t able to get the location I preferred, as I had booked an accessible room (that was all that was left; last-minute booking). One oddity with the check-in clerk; she made eye contact with and spoke exclusively only to my companion, and not me. This was especially odd because I answered each of her questions, the room was in my name, and I paid for the room.
The room was on the outer edge of the property, backing to a side parking lot. First floor, which makes sense, as it was an accessible room. The suite was pretty big, and this is a true suite; a pocket door divided the living area from the bed area. Living room area had a hardwood floor, which means that upstairs noise travels. Living room had a larger mini-fridge and microwave, DVD player, small table and L-shaped couch. The square coffee table was oddly high. All furniture in the unit needs updating.
The bedroom had a queen size bed that seemed a bit small, and the sink is in the bedroom area (this may be only in accessible rooms; I don’t know). Bedside clock was extremely bright and actually kept me from sleeping well. Bathroom had a tub with a handheld showerhead. There was adequate shelving/drawers in the unit for two people. The unit was pretty dark, even during days of bright sunlight.
Grounds are attractive and serene, despite the proximity to the freeway. Mature trees, landscaping, and several areas of grass. Pool area includes pool kept heated to 85 degrees, a pretty large whirlpool, and a separate 18 inch deep baby pool. Pool seating included lounges and chairs. An area in front of the breakfast room included several umbrella tables.
The workout room was substandard. One elliptical, one exercise bike, and one treadmill. A tv hung in the corner. That’s it. No weights, not even a mat. This was my least favorite feature of the property. You could probably run on the road that leads away from Pismo in front of the hotel, although I don’t know how far that road goes in that direction. A better option would be to just drive the 5 minutes to the beach (there’s plenty of parking) and run on the hard sand at the water’s edge.
Room rates include full buffet breakfast and drinks/light food in the evenings. Guests receive coupons to be redeemed daily. Evening food was soup and salad, chips and salsa. All meh. Not a salad bar, just greens. Beverage coupons could be redeemed for 2 glasses of wine/beer or one well drink. Beer was a small pour. Some other basic cocktails can be purchased. There were places to sit in the small bar, patio tables outside, and an adjacent “library” with some additional seating. Hotel information states that there is no food/beverage service Sunday evenings, but our stay included a Sunday over a holiday weekend, and both drinks and food were available as usual.
Breakfast was pretty substantial, although not as wide a selection as the Oxford Suites in Portland, OR, where I have also stayed. Hot items are kept warm in a steam table, and not made to order, and there is a little variety. One breakfast meat (ham, sausage, bacon), one grain (waffles, pancakes), and a potato of some kind (home fries, hash browns) rotated. There were breakfast burritos one day. Pancakes were surprisingly tasty and light; waffles did not fare well in the steam table. There was also scrambled eggs and oatmeal daily, as well as a large vat of one kind of yogurt, and a few types of fruit. S-l-o-w toasters were available, with white, wheat, and rye bread, as well as English muffins and bagels. No peanut butter or cream cheese, no hard-boiled eggs, no muffins or donuts. Three kinds of cereal (fruit loops, rice krispies, and something else), juice, milk, coffee and a few kinds of tea. For once, there seemed to be enough seating in the breakfast area (two rooms, plus outdoor seating), and employees worked efficiently to clear plates and were kind. There is one tv in each of the two breakfast rooms. On Saturday morning, staff even changed the tv to the football game for me, so that I could watch my (out of state) alma mater play.
This hotel is a solid value, but the needed updating and sub-par workout facilities keep me from giving it the highest rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exceptional has never been so affordable! Located just a mile from the surf of the Pacific Ocean, Oxford Suites Pismo Beach provides incredible access to the beach, the Oceano Sand Dunes and the nearby Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. Complimentary amenities include Full Hot Breakfast Buffet, Evening Reception, High Speed Wi-Fi, Parking, Heated Outdoor Pool, Kiddie Pool & Spa and Fitness Center. ... more less
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