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TravelPod Member ReviewsSandcastle Inn Pismo Beach
Warm and comfortable suite right on the beach front with delightful staff, off street car parking, and walking distance to the pier and shops. Several patios to sit, relax and enjoy the sauna nod spectacular views along the coastline.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandcastle Inn Pismo Beach
We stayed 2 night at this hotel in January and loved everything about it. The location is right on the beach and is very quiet. The beds were very comfortable and the breakfast was good. We were right next to the pier and the morning walks were a great way to start the day. You could not find a better place in Pismo in my opinion.
Needs a facelift in the bathrooms
When we reserved we were told the Inn had been refurbished within the past two years. When we arrived, we found this refurbishment was for the lobby area and was obviously not for the rooms. Sad to say, the bathrooms and overall cleanliness of the bathrooms left a lot to be desired. The furnishings are "tired" and need an update.
Rust in the bathrooms/basins and black grime in the shower is not what should be expected of a place that demands this type of room rates. Sad to say they are overleveaging on the location and view. Not good value for the price.
Great Hotel, Good Breakfast - Close to Everything!
Great Hotel to stay at. VERY close to everything. Definately within walking distance to everywhere in downtown pismo that you would want to go. The only disappointing thing about the hotel is if you stay in the annex (the rooms with no view). Even though I knew that we would not have a view, I still expected the rooms to be decorated the way that they were on the website. When I opened the door and saw "typical motel beds and linens" I was a disappointed. So, the annex is not remodeled at all. But they gave a great breakfast that's included, and a spa right out front where you can enjoy a view of the ocean and beachgoers.
Best Hotel in Pismo
We stayed at the Sand Castle Inn mid-week in August after researching hotels on tripadvisor.com and we were very pleasantly surprised. I think it's the best hotel on Pismo Beach. We had an ocean front room, right on the beach by the pier. The room was decorated very nicely and was good size. We had a third floor room so we left our sliding door to the balcony open and listened to the surf all night. The lobby is very nice as well, even has a fireplace for those foggy days. The breakfast was good, a large variety of cereals, breads, fresh baked waffles, juices and fruits.
I would stay away from the hotels that are up on the cliff if you are planning to go to the beach, very long stairs and that part of the beach is not as nice.
I can't wait to go back to the Sand Castle Inn!
Great location. Very easy access to downtown pismo and right on the beach. Many places to eat and shop withen walking distance. Nice clean decorated small to normal size rooms. Large balconies. Great views of ocean and pier. Nice staff. Excellent cont. breakfast, but very small breakfast room. No pool and a small hot tub. Overall great stay.
What a find!
On our way back from camping in the 100 degrees plus heat at the Wildflower Triathlon in Lake San Antonio, we were looking for a dog-friendly place to take a real shower, cool off and relax and happened upon this charming hotel on the beach! If you're military, make sure to mention it for a nice discount! Rooms are adorable, nicely decorated and very clean. We had the pier view, only because we wanted to be next door to our friend who brought her dog (rooms for pets have outside entrances so pets never have to come through the hotel hallways) - - but next time would go for the ocean view. Pier view was nice but a full ocean view would be better. Complimentary cookies at check in and breakfast in the morning was nice. Lobby and breakfast area are nice - - you can eat inside or out on the patio overlooking the boardwalk and beach. Highly recommend this place! The only negative is no A/C which probably is not normally needed due to the ocean breeze, so we were hot the whole night. (We visited in the middle of record breaking heat on the coast!)
Nice and simple
Stayed one night on the way up Highway 1 in early April 04, good find.
Right on the beach, hotel does not have a restaurant but does provide breakfast and free flowing tea/coffee and fresh fruit. Clean comfortable room would go for a room with beach view next time (better than parking lot !). Good value wished we had more time there.
February in Pismo
My wife and I vacation in Pismo Beach every February, just after Valentine's Day, and are always looking for the 'perfect' accomodations. We have stayed at the Seaventure and the Inn at Morro Bay, previously, among others. The Sandcastle Inn is not as luxurious as those, but the beachfront location is every bit as good - literally just a few steps from the sand. Given the lower rates, the ocean view rooms are an excellent value and we truly enjoyed our stay. For those tempted by the "pier view" rooms, the immediate view is a ramshackle apartment complex between the hotel and the pier - spend a couple of extra dollars and go for the ocean view. The staff is friendly and helpful.
Ocean View Rooms have a beautiful view!
Worth the extra money for the suite with a fireplace and great location.
A very nice surprise
I stayed at the Sandcastle Inn for the first time this weekend. It really made my first trip to Pismo Beach an excellent one. It is located right on the sand... you can walk down with a blanket just a few steps to enjoy the water. Also is near the pier and close to downtown, so going out for drinks and food is a 3 minute walk. Every room has a spacious balcony, and there is a 24 hr. jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. I would definitely recommend it.
The only think I did not like is that your neighbors could look right in at you... there wasn't much privacy.
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Travel Blogs from Pismo Beach
This morning we picked up the car from Avis at Fishermans Wharf and start our drive from San Fran to Pismo Beach down Highway 1, for lunch we stopped at Cannery Row In Monteray, its a beautiful drive down the coast and one I suggest anyone should do if travelling from San Fran to LA.
... Glacier Point lookout is amazing! You are on a cliff that is over 3,000 feet above the valley below you. The thing I picked out to measure was a concrete truck, it looked like it was only a inch long. It was like being up in the Sears tower. Wish we could have gotten here when we planned on being here because we really would have liked to stay for a week.
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Midday temp: 21C
We left San Francisco today; what an amazing place. It's a big city but very clean, not too busy, and everyone has been very friendly. I would definitely come here again.
Greg and I continued down the Pacific Coast Highway. We saw an incredible diversity of scenery. Not only did we see coastline and surf, we also travelled on mountains and along valleys, and ...
... our conversations so much and want you to know how influential they were in me opening up and having some wonderful experiences. You gave me much to think about and I couldn’t be happier.
My aunts – thanks for putting me in touch with your friends, getting me started on my trip, and offering such good advice and support for my travels!
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... a lot of effort).
Anyway, we left the cable car and walked down to the pier. By this time it was 11am and we thought we were there in good time (departure at 11:30, pick tickets up at 11). Turns out, (surprise surprise), we were at the wrong pier...the one we wanted was a mile in the other direction - panic!
We had to grab a taxi (just as well they all drive like maniacs) and he got us there at 11:15. We picked up the tickets and waited to get ...