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Historical Traveler Reviews Cottage Inn by the Sea Pismo Beach
I will definitely stay here again
Our room was clean and very comfortable. We enjoyed our fireplace. The roomrates were very reasonable. The view of the ocean from the swimming pool was breathtaking. I will definitely stay there again.
Overall very pleased
Thank you to all that took the time to review the hotel. Based on your reviews (and the price) we selected this hotel for a weekend getaway.
Non-view traditional room was $130 on Orbitz first weekend in January.
The hotel is very cute. The cottage theme carried through the interiors, exteriors and grounds. The two queen rooms are spacious. The king rooms a little smaller but nice. All have wallpaper decor, comfortable beds, fridge and micro, and a gas fireplace (which is thermostat controlled so will only come on when the thermostat is pushed above the room temperature). We happened to see 5 different rooms during our stay. We went with my wife's parents. While our room was great, their first room lacked a dresser, so they were moved to another room that was for handicapped with a very institutional bathroom and carpet in need of vacuuming. After being accidentally moved to another handicapped room, they were upgraded to an ocean view room. So, while generally well kept up, some rooms do need a little attention. And the staff, while not highly professional was better than most. Suggest if you desire a good ocean view get a second floor room.
This hotel is especially close to busy Highway 101. View rooms are well away from the highway. For non-view rooms, be sure to request a room away from the highway and you'll be fine.
There is a nice garden at the bluff where you can sit and enjoy the sea below. As of January 2004, the stairs down to the beach have been closed because they are dangerous. There is beach access a couple blocks away (5-10 minute walk).
The breakfast was your typical serve yourself hotel continental breakfast somewhat upgraded with a little better selection, and you can drink out of real glasses instead of styrofoam.
Beautiful location, beautiful inn!
This hotel was a wonderful surprise! It is in a beautiful location, right on the cliff overlooking the ocean. But more than that, the inn itself is darling, with a "thatched roof" it really looks like a cottage. The rooms are cute too. And the bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept on in a hotel. The staff was very helpful.
We had 5 people in one room and they had a rollaway already waiting for us (we're used to having to beg for one). The breakfast in the morning is very good as far as continental breakfasts go (they have hot waffles!) and they staff is friendly and helpful there too. And there is a beautiful English garden right on the edge of the cliffs where you can sit and watch the sun rise. I only wish we had stayed there more than one night!
We was pleasantly surprised when we arrived at The Cottage Inn. It was our 29th Wedding Anniversary and our first trip ever to Pismo Beach.
They upgraded our room to a full ocean view and gave us a bottle of wine to celebrate!!! The room was wonderful, nicely decorated, a fireplace and a beautiful view!!!! Will go there again!!!!!
Stayed one night in Sept. 2003 and had a very pleasant experience. At check-in there were chocolate cookies that were warm and fresh to take with you back to your room. The room was spacious and obviously new with nice appointments such as a fireplace and folding curtain type window coverings. There were only about a dozen rooms with actual full ocean views but they had superb views as the hotel is on a cliff overlooking a long wide beach. The stairs to the beach were formitible but solid and safe. There were chairs along the cliffs where we sat and read and watched the sea gulls and people walking the beach. The grounds are well landscaped and there is a small pool (heated and protected by plexigolas) and a small jacuzzi. There is a restaurant next door and a very nice bar on the cliffs in the adjacent hotel. All in all a very nice experience
We were told we had a partial ocean view. Perhaps we would have, if we formed a human pyramid and then leaned out the bathroom window. We were in a room right near the front, near Hwy 101, but it was surprisingly quiet. The girl at the front desk was rude and they charged me a higher rate the last night, despite saying it would be the same as the other 2 (only $9 more - so I couldn't be bothered arguing--but....). The room was fine, however the beds were atrocious. Really soft mattresses - not good on the back. There is a small refrigerator and a microwave. Also a continental breakfast included - which is good. All in all good value at $129 a night. It also has a pool and some chairs for relaxing and watching out to sea - very pleasant.
Good for families - No extra service, though
This place works great for families...in room fridge and microwave, swimming pool and spa, nice queen beds, free breakfast. However, the stairs to the beach are treacherous...we drove. And, there are no extra services provided. Example: No extra pillows available other than the one extra in the closet. And the carpets were so dirty we had to use wash clothes to wipe our feet off and wear shoes around the room. The front desks' response to the carpet problem was "yeah, that's the way it'll be until the carpet is replaced".
Poor Management - Not helpful at all
I am sorry to share that I had a really disjointing experience at this hotel. Having actually read all of the previous review, I decided to take my family here for a special birthday weekend.The hotel itself is very clean and the rooms we well appointed, but the service and sympathy of the staff was HORRIFIC!Problem 1: Early check-in. At 10:00AM we called for early check-in, as we wanted a place to store our luggage before a kayak excursion. When I spoke with the manager she said that we could have the early check-in, but that we would need to come to the hotel when we are ready and work it out when we arrived. Even though I was calling from one town away, she could not guarantee that a room would be available until 3PM.Problem 2: Too much chlorine in the pool and Jacuzzi. We spent about 30 minutes in the water and our bathing suits were completely bleached (green to yellow). My wife and her friends silver and white gold jewelry were discolored as well.Problem 3: Late Check out. Since we decided to postpone our kayak excursion, due to a lack of concierge service the previous day, we called the front desk, once again, to request a late check-out. Our kayak excursion was to be over by 1:30PM and the standard late check-out time is 1:00PM. As these were extenuating circumstances (we wanted to hop in the shower before our 4 hour drive to the SF East Bay) we asked for an extra 30 minutes. Once again, the unhelpful management said that that extra 30 minutes was too much time and it didnt leave housekeeping ample time to get the room ready for the next guests at 3:00PM. In fact, the women with whom we spoke told us to just go and shower at our friends house in SLO, rather than at the hotel.Over all poor experience :(
The stay was as beautiful as the view!
When my fiancée and I first discovered The Cottage Inn by the Sea we were impressed by the comfort and furnishings of our room. All the rooms are non-smoking, and have an old world motif with all of the modern amenities! Since we opted for the slightly more economical lodgings with a non-Ocean view Debbie, who checked us in, chose her personal favorite from the available rooms. Our room had a high ceiling, and added to the sense of an already spacious living space. The hotel provides a continental breakfast which adds to the value with cheer! I under each room has a gas fireplace. this casts a wonderful spell upon the cold and weary traveler looking for "One of the most beautiful places on the entire California Coast". I quoted a retired couple we met. They were former residents who wondered aloud why they ever chose to move away, this spoken as they lounged in front of their Ocean view room taking it all in! Only steps away from the hotel's property awaits a staircase that descends the sandstone cliffs, and offers a view equally breathtaking to the hike! I was so enamored by my experience that within weeks of my stay I brought my eighty-one year old mother to share, and for me to revisit. She'd honeymooned with my Father in this area back in the early 1960's. I was grateful for a special care a young staff member named Erin performed that I shall not forget. While I was away, my mother needed help. Erin brought a lemon lime soda directly to the room to help with my mother's upset stomach!! I have just reserved a room for tomorrow, which will make this my 3rd stay! The hotel is a precious gem situated upon it's rare setting, and is worth a special trip, and is a place worth staying!! Eric K. Alhambra, Ca.
Went on are honeymoon.It was wonderful.Everything was wonderful.