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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.
Finally a full night sleep had by everyone. The bed here was magnificent and this morning I feel wonderful. A bowl of cereal and cup of coffee was a welcome 'normal' breakfast to start the day before we take a walk along the beach. Bailey and Josh made their own waffles and Bailey is busy trying to work how to take the waffle machine home in his …
This morning we enjoyed breakfast overlooking Monterey Bay watching a playful otter swimming around just below us before a walk along Cannery Row. After check out we programmed the wonderful GPS to Pismo Beach and were on our way.
Now apart from getting used to driving on the 'right' side of the road we had to learn to turn right through …
... butterflies feed on the eucalyptus trees in the area and there is a pull out off highway 101 with a small interpretative center. The butterflies were pretty quiet as it had been raining. But we were able to see lots in the trees and it had stopped raining while we were there. It is a very worthwhile stop if you’re in the area.
We then traveled south on hwy 101 to Ventura where we had plans to meet up with a ...
... for a while until Karen had to take a conference call. We then packed and made plans of what to do today. In the afternoon we were heading to Alana's but until then we thought we would have a look round San Luis Obispo. Once we'd found somewhere to park, we walked down to the Mission and at 1.15pm had a tour of the church and grounds. After a fasinating history of the church, we had lunch in the van and headed off out of SLO and arrived at Alana's around 3pm.
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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.
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.
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.
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.