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“Two night stop with children with sea view!”
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Spyglass Inn
Ranked #11 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Two night stop with children with sea view!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed at the Spyglass for two nights with our 5 year old and 2 year old children. The room is pretty basic but clean and everything you need for brief stay. We had a sea view which is definitely worth the extra as we sat on the balcony while children asleep! The restaurant is good and there is a great deli next door to petrol garage where you can pick up breakfast or wine!
Pool is small but fine. Very close to San Luis Obispo town which is about 5 minutes drive away.

Room Tip: Choose sea view room. The ground floor rooms would allow more space if you have children as they can...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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JgentrySpy, Manager at Spyglass Inn, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Thank you for your recent stay with us. Our staff is thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Spyglass Inn. Our housekeeping staff takes pride in providing clean and comfortable rooms for all of our guests. We look forward to your next stay.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed in this hotel on the drive down the coast from San Francisco. The first thing to stay is that only about a third of the rooms overlook the sea. For the rest it's just like staying in any other motel in America. The rooms as average and could do with an upgrade. We had dinner in the restaurant. The food was average but the views over the ocean were stunning (we sat outside). Had it not been for the view I would probably not recommend this hotel.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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JgentrySpy, Manager at Spyglass Inn, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Thank you for your review of the Spyglass Inn. My staff and I are happy that you enjoyed the view from our ocean front restaurant. We are also pleased to report that our Design Team is planning a full remodel of our hotel in the near future. We look forward to your next visit.
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

I really do not enjoy writing a bad review, but I have to say that this experience simply did not meet expectations. I am sure that if you book a room facing the ocean, many of the issues simply would not seem so bad. We still paid over $200 (including tax) per night, for a mediocre motel experience. The check in was efficient but certainly not personal or friendly, our room smelled musty and unpleasant, with a vague aroma of vomit. I asked to change rooms and was informed there were not other rooms available - instead personal delivery of a room freshener spray. Second night certainly smelled better, but the carpets need a really thorough clean - they are dirty. Upon check out I was hoping for "how was your stay?" but this did not happen.I also requested a change of room for the second night, but that was not possible either. The decor is pleasant, and the Philosophy products are a nice touch, and had I paid $120 a night my review may be slightly better, but honestly over $200 for this is simply too much. A little more customer service would also go a long way.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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JgentrySpy, Manager at Spyglass Inn, responded to this review, 17 August 2014
Thank you for your review about our property. We clearly failed to meet your expectations during your stay. Please contact me directly to discuss your stay so I may resolve it to your complete satisfaction. Jason Gentry 805-773-4855.
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Rennes, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

We were travelling from SF to San Diego and this hotel seemed to be the perfect place on the water front. But our room was on the 101 front, with nothing special. Could have been anywhere ... Very disapointing. Good breakfast, in the restaurant where this time we could enjoy the see view ...

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

We stopped off here for one night as we travel down from Monterrey to LA as part of our tour of California. This is definitely the lower end of the hotels we stayed out of the 10 so we used whilst we were in the US. Though you should not take this as meaning it is a bad hotel, it's not. It met our expectations as a motel with a fantastic location to suit those of us doing the pacific highway. We chose before we came out to go for the slightly cheaper option here as it was a pit-stop.

We had a room at the back of the car park with a small balcony overlooking the adjacent hotel. This wasn't great with no AC. We had to have the balcony door open during the night to allow some air into the room and we got woken very early in the morning with the hotel next door having is bins emptied.

We ate in the restaurant on the evening we arrived... What a view!!! A massive plus for the hotel. The staff were incredibly friendly and polite though we did feel that this was partly been put onto make up what was actually quite poor service in that they clearly didn't have enough staff on or were having problems in the kitchen even though the restaurant was quite quiet. That said we really enjoyed our meal and we were in no rush, when we could watch the sunset over the ocean. The waiter did also recommend some very good beer as well which is always another plus for me.

Positives for the hotel; good parking, good location to the highway, for those of you lucky enough to get a room facing the ocean I'm sure that is a massive bonus too.

Negatives, no A/C, has an impersonal motel type feel.

Reading the other reviews on here I really don't get the people saying it's really poor like wise I also don't understand the people are saying is the best. For me it does what it says on the tin, and met our expectations with the exception of air conditioning.

I would recommend this hotel to those of you doing this Pacific Coast Highway and I would stay at this hotel again if I was in the area.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We stayed here on our way from San Francisco to San Diego. Reading other reviews, some of the gripes seem a little unnecessary, we travelled around the states, and stayed in 12 different hotels, and this one was great. We had a room facing the ocean, with a small patio outside, and the view was great. We needed the ceiling can to keep the room cool, but that was sufficient. We were able to walk down onto the beach from our room, and enjoyed the pol,and jacuzzi at the hotel. For dinner, we drove a short distance down the road to a local pub where we had a great meal. In the morning, we took advantage of the breakfast deal, and it was well worth the money. Especially good for me was he toiletries, I love philosophy products, so was delighted with these!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Simi Valley, California
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We stayed at the Spyglass Inn at Pismo Beach for one night and we were pleasantly surprised with the beautiful full ocean. The room was very clean overall and the beds were very comfortable. The staff however proved to be somewhat helpful but in our opinion they could have a been a little more friendly. Breakfast wise?...... Not impressed at all, they lacked in both variety and piece range frankly! But their private walk near the beach was breathtaking and the fresh air was just what we needed to complete our stay. Overall, we would definitely stay again but our advice is to eat at a better breakfast place in Pismo!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Property: Spyglass Inn
Address: 2705 Spyglass Drive, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-1795
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Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#13 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#13 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Spyglass Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 82
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