BEST WESTERN PLUS Shelter Cove Lodge
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- Continental Breakfast
- Tennis Court
- Non-smoking hotel
- Multilingual staff
- Microwave in room
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Shelter Cove Lodge Pismo Beach
Not Worth The Price
Although the views are spectacular, the service and the rooms are second rate, particularily considering the price, which is steep. Essentially what you are getting is a Motel 6 room with a great view. But, unless you intend to spend all day in your room staring at the Pacific, that alone isn't worth the price.
The young and indifferent staff seems disinterested in helping much. Maybe they are young actors waiting for a big break, who knows? They tend to fix you with a blank stare and seem to think you should just be grateful you are staying there at all, I guess in expectation that you might see a dolphin swim by. Whoopie!
The rooms are actually a little threadbare, bathrooms have lots of little irritating things that don't work right and the carpets tend to be less than sparkling clean. Keep your shoes on.
A far better value is the (BW) Shore Cliff Lodge just down the road which has even more spectacular views. Be SURE to ask for a RE-MODELED room, though, they are beautiful, and the staff here is much more friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast is bare bones and actually quite grim, but it will tide you over until lunch. (The Coffee is not Starbucks by a long shot, but decent.)
Would I stay at Shelter Cove again? Probably not. But I would stay at Shore Cliff Lodge, any time.
Just skip the breakfast, unless you have a thing for overcooked hard boiled eggs, stale pastries and unripe fruit. In fact, go to one of the local wineries and try a few free wine samples. You'll feel lots better.
Shelter Cove Lodge, a nice getaway!
We recently took our 2 grand-daughters for a 3 day stay at the Shelter Cove Lodge in Pismo Beach. The room was very nice, clean and nicely decorated. The double beds were pretty small though. We each had to sleep with a child. The view off the balcony is beautiful. And below the balcony on the grass there are rabbits. Lots of rabbits, just eating and playing. It was great to watch! The swimming pool is small, but nicely enclosed in glass, with tables and chairs and lounges to relax on. The hotel is very well kept and the grounds and views are beautiful. I would definately recommed this hotel to anyone and will stay there again.
We stayed at Shelter Cove Lodge on 6/25/04...it was a perfect location. The scenery was beautiful, the rooms were nice and clean. We stayed on the upper level of 700 bldg...the view was wonderful of the cliffs and rocks in the ocean, and the Pismo pier in the distance, which was lighted at night. There were lots of birds, rabbits, and squirrels to watch. The lodge is very nicely landscaped, has a glassed in pool with a beautiful view of the ocean, AND the lodge has a private cove beach.
I would highly recommend this place. The weather was very warm...in the high 80s.
We'll be back again.
we stayed here for two nights 1-13,-1-15-04. the scenery was beutifull, you could see wild rabbits nibbling on the grass durring th day, and hear the birds at night. the room was more than we expected and the employees where very polite to us. the facility is not like other motels, each group of rooms is seperated from each other, and the upstair rooms have sky lights. very beutifull. we can't wait to return for some more R&R.
We have daughters in SLO and decided to try staying in the beach area.
Big Mistake. We were quoted a rate of 168.00 per night and gave a cc to guarantee the rate. When we arrived we were told the rate was 223.00 per night and we must have misunderstood. If we didn't like this we could find another place to stay. Talk about bait and switch. The room was tired looking and upon arriving back from dinner with the fog rolling in we tried to turn the heater on. This is when we noticed the space heater in the corner, which didn't work either. We went down to the front desk and had them call the hotel manager at home. The manager told us we could have the room for the orginal 168.00 or we could leave. Since all hotels in the area were sold out this was not an option. A small working space heater was found which turned on and off all night making the room glow orange with the freeway traffic in the background. It will be a long time before I stay at another Best Western.
Not Worth $300 a Night!
Since it was impossible to find a 1 night minimum on a Sat night along the coast, we stayed at the BW Shelter Cove. The room was OK, a little worn nothing special. The view was incredible, pool was small but nice and the comp breakfast was so so. For $300 a night I would have expected better. Will not be back.
I wish the service was as great as the property and view!
My husband and I recently stayed in the Best Western Shelter Cove in Pismo Beach for a portion of our honeymoon. There is no doubt that this is the most beautiful view and perfect location for this hotel. And you are obviously paying for the view. We payed 295/night....the room itself was roomy, but seemed a bit outdated. There needs to be some renovations in the room, such as paint, carpeting, bedspreads, etc. The girl at the front counter was completely rude and unhelpful on 2 different occasions. Although the property was so picturesque, she still ruined my experience a bit. I would probably have stayed here again if it werent for her. Overall, Pismo Beach is such a quaint little place that is a lot of fun. If you really want to have some fun, go on the Hummer ride in the dunes. Call Xtreme Adventures. It is awesome!! And for dinner, go to McClintocks. It is the best filet mignon I have ever had, and the place has such character and pleasant staff.
My most disappointing and dreadful lodging experience transpired in this highway truckstop. Despite several calls confirming our reservation and room request, when we arrived the desk clerk assigned us the worst room in the hotel - indeed, a room that should never have been sold at rack rate or even half price. Our "private balcony" was six inches from the lobby sliding door, and our "view" was of the concrete around the pool and an enormous boulder garden blocking the view of the water, and our "king sized bed" was two saggy twin beds pushed together and wrapped with a coarse sheet. When we awakened to the sound of the cleaning staff opening and slamming the door to the broom closet (with which we shared a wall), we discovered that the bags of trash were apparently stored in front of our hotel room door until disposed of properly. It was an absolute insult that the Best Western planned to charge us $249.00 a night for this room, and that this was supposedly a special rate! I will never again even visit Pismo Beach after this experience - a bad taste remains in my mouth.
Great view, nice room
We found our room to be clean and roomy, although the carpeting was showing its age. The staff was very nice. The ocean view was breathtaking.However, because the lodge was close to the highway, we could hear some traffic noise from our second floor room. Maybe the noise would be less with the first floor rooms because they are below the level of the highway. Nevertheless, we would go back to this place next time we visit Pismo Beach.
Every Room An Ocean View
The Best Western Shelter Cove is truly the place to stay for those looking for a central coast getaway.
Every room at the Shelter Cove has an ocean view and great views they are. This cliffside establishment offers great atmosphere at a great price. You go to sleep by the sounds of waves crashing on the rocks below and you awaken to a great breakfast. Pool and frontage walking trails(exclusive to the Shelter Cove) add to the coastal atmosphere.
Located on the famous Price Street area (Several hotels and motels on this stretch) this one is far and away the best of the bunch.
Nearby are several great restaurants and antique shops.
If you're looking for a little city life, San Luis Obispo is only about a half-hour away.
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