Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach
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As is tradition on our honeymoon, on our morning of leaving our destination the skies were overcast! So we ventured up the Pacific Coast towards Pismo Beach. The traffic heading away from LA was as heavy as going in. But we soon travelled past Ventura and Santa Barbara on the scenic route up the coast and the sun made its appearance again. And now …
... to flop onto each other basked in the sun like big globules of jelly flicking their fins now and then to cover their backs with sun. These elephant seals were thought to be extinct for a while after whalers discovered they have blubber which yields high quality oil – they were hunted by the thousands for decades until they were 'gone’. Then in 1990, biologists spotted a dozen on this beach and by 1996 over 1,000 pups were born here – ...
... Motor Home Park. It is very nice—tile paved streets of all things, level lots, good electricity and good wifi. This has been a great choice for tonight. We are about two blocks above the harbor and can see Morro Rock from our lot. Before finishing setting up camp, we decided to take a walk down to the harbor and get a shot of the rock because it will likely be fogged in tomorrow morning. The picture I got was into the sun, so it ...
... emergency flashers on down the shoulder of the road in search of a pay phone. I got to a Holiday Inn, where they were nice enough to let me use there phone to try to contact the road side assistance. The Holiday Inns phone wasn’t touch tone, so I couldn’t contact help...ugh!! Eventually I contacted the roadside assistance who said they would be to the car in 45 minutes.. they actually showed up an hour and a half later. With 3 hours and 45 minutes left to get to LAX, ...
California is famous for many things and wine is no exception... Chris woke up and was determined to go wine tasting, well, when you are in California you have to try some of the local produce!!
Luckily San Luis Obispo is prime wine making country; the marine influence of the Pacific Ocean provides a mild summer and a warm fall which creates a micro climate and longer growing season. When this is combined with the regions fertile volcanic soils there is ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach
New, Clean and Comfy
You never know when you book online, but the Mission Inn was a happy surprise. This new (Jan 07) hotel is on the east side of Hwy 101 bordering a very nice residential neighborhood. The drive to the beach or the outlets is under 5 minutes so the location is good.
The hotel is immaculate. Lovely lobby, super clean and comfy rooms and a snack shop that charges grocery prices for snacks and juice (instead of inflated hotel gift shop prices.)
The nicest surprise was that the stay included free breakfast - a hefty buffet (no continental here). There were eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, potatoes and all the other breakfast stuff. The breakfast crew working was incredibly attentive - nothing ever ran out. Plus, each adult in the room gets coupons for two free drinks in the lobby in the evening (5:30-9:30).
The rooms smelled, looked and were super clean. Staff was incredibly nice and helpful. Parking is easy.
Comfortable beds, great breakfast, and upscale feeling - best deal in the area!
With my son at CalPoly, I've scoured the reviews and availability of all the hotels in Pismo, SLO, and Morro Bay. Having stayed in a handful of them, I definitely recommend Mission Inn as the best value. There are probably nicer locations - right on the beach or in downtown SLO, but you pay dearly for the difference. Needing to stay only 1 night, I looked at all the "cheap" motels in SLO, and their prices were so ridiculous, I started looking elsewhere. When I came across the Mission Inn's web site, with their reasonable rate (we paid $137 for a high-demand Saturday night) I was a little nervous about it actually meeting the description they provided. Being close to the freeway, I requested a quiet room on the other side of the building. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to see how nice the hotel was and how great our room was. If you need a quiet, dark room with a super comfortable bed, this is your place! The pool area was pretty, though we didn't have a chance to use it. You can see the ocean from the south and east sides of the building, but it is awfully far. Not really worth paying extra for in my opinion. What I might pay more for, though, is one of the rooms that has a nice patio opening onto the grassy area near the pool. If you're travelling with kids or maybe staying there a few days, I could see that additional outdoor space as a really nice bonus. The full breakfast was wonderful - such a nice departure from standard danishes and cold cereal. Another of our favorite chains in California is Larkspur Landing; this place was very similar. Actually, the bed and room were every bit as nice as the Hiltons and Hyatts I've been to AND they don't nickel and dime you for every little thing.
Will be visiting again when I pick up my son for the summer. Tip: I checked their web site for rates and saw their best was $119. Called directly and said I was looking for a room for about $99. At first she gave the $119 as best, but when I asked if that was the lowest, she "found" another option at $109 :) Considering the worst dives in SLO were all around $80 with no breakfast, I think this is an excellent deal!
I'm certain that once everyone wises up to how great this place is, their rates are going to rise and they'll be booked all the time. Try it now while you can!
Nice new room with 3rd floor oceanview
It's nice to stay at a NEW motel as it is a scarcity in this area. The motel is located above and on the east side of Highway 101 so it is not on the beach, but did have a third floor oceanview in the distance. Road noise is not noticeable unless one opens up a window, then it might be. We liked the room-darkening curtains, door bell/electonically lit "DO NOT DISTURB" sign, self-serve breakfast bar (an "in-between breakfast" -- step above "continental" and below the made-to-order breakfast) , granite tops/bathtub, 2 sinks, mission-style furnishings to go with the name of motel, and oceanview.
We did not have a chance to try the outdoor pool/spa. No charge for parking.
One little improvement needed: Breakfast bar--The motel temporarily ran out of some food (for example; bacon and scrambled eggs) and my 2- year-old son got a little upset and said, "Oh no... no food! I'm hungry!" We just substituted other food until the motel staff had fixed more in about 10 minutes.
I would recommend this motel based upon this experience.
Very nice new hotel in Pismo Beach. Even thought it is not right on the beach it is located in a very nice area. The outlet mall is right accross the street and the fact that there is a free hot breakfast every morning is great. They also provide 2 free cocktails per person at night. Very pretty rooms and beautiful lobby area. Will stay again.
Great time at Mission Inn
We just needed one day stay at a hotel and we saw the great reviews from trip advisor. We decide to try this hotel and we weren't disappointed. The hotel is new and the room (a little small) was great. The room had a refrigerator, microwave, wireless internet and arts and crafts furniture. There is a free two drink cocktail as well as a full breakfast. I will say that the hotel is on the other side of the freeway away from the ocean. We chose a room facing away from the freeway and it was absoultely quiet. Great time.
One of the best stays I've had
We decided last minute to start our spring break trip early (Easter Sunday). We were heading to San Francisco and decided to look for a place midway. Based on the reviews here, I chose the mission inn. I got a great spring rate. We arrived not knowing what to expect as you know how that goes. Well the front desk staff (Adam) was really nice and informative. He upgraded our room to a ocean view. The ocean is a little far but you could see it. The room was really spacious and well furnished. The hotel is new so that is really a plus. The bed was comfortable as well as the sofa bed my daughter had. We stayed in the Embassy suites in S.F the following three nights and their sofa bed was sooo bad. The toiletries were very nice as well. They have a nice little business office with two new computers as well as printers, which I really liked as I don't like my email to pile up on vacation and I don't have a laptop. Again the Embassy suites being such a large hotel had only two very slow computers with screens bolted on the wall in the foyer where the whole world can see your stuff. Adam recommended a restaurant for dinner and it was good also. After a great nights sleep, you can't hear anyone else there, We had a really good breakfast, Hot eggs, great bacon, sausage, hash browns all different toast and muffins, pastry , oatmeal juices and an ocean view to boot. I can't recommend this hotel enough if you plan to visit pismo beach.
The Mission Inn - What a treat!
the perfect place for a travel weary family. Rooms are huge, view of the ocean (albeit in the distance), gorgeous pool and jacuzzi. Staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was wonderful - actual breakfast, not just wrapped pastries and coffee!! Beds were very comfortable with lots of fluffy pillows. All the necessary conveniences were available. It was a VERY easy place to stay. The kids loved it, I loved it, we wil be back!
Beautiful new hotel!
The Mission Inn of Pismo Beach is a beautiful, clean, spacious hotel. I loved staying here. The staff is terrific, the decor is stylish and I just felt really comfortable. With the free full breakfast and evening reception it's a great deal too! I'll be back.
Spacious, well-appointed room with free extras (HBO and Internet)
Through Travelzoo.com we got a wonderful rate of $89/night, including two queen beds and breakfasts for the four of us.
The room was spacious, clean and tasteful. Normally we would pay around $200/night for this kind of room, naturally depending on the location.
Our kids liked the free HBO movies, and we adults appreciated the free Internet access. These kind of additional services, that are rarely free, added to our pleasure.
As is usual for our family, we arrived late at breakfast, and the selection had been picked over quite carefully. However, the selection was pretty good, with eggs, bacon, home fried potatoes, and an assortment of breads (bagels, wheat bread, etc.).
A bit loud were the bathroom upstairs and heating/HVAC system in our room - the true signs of whether a hotel has been built well or cheaply.
We were glad that we did not pay extra for the "ocean view" as this view is actually right on top of 101.
All in all, we would definitely go back there if we returned to Pismo Beach.
However, we probably won't return to Pismo Beach because this town is not nearly as nice as SLO or Cambria, also as reflected by the clientele.
Nice new hotel
This hotel just opened about 3 weeks before our stay. I saw a promotional "Grand Opening" rate of $89 on the travelzoo website. Called them up while on our roadtrip down Hwy 1.
They had rooms available, no problem.
Their website speaks of an oceanview, and even has room rates designated for it. We couldn't see the ocean from the hotel. Okay, if you craned your neck just right and stood on your car...
But it was a nice place to stay. The rooms were well decorated. Yummy bath supplies. Spacious shower.
There was a buffet breakfast, complimentary for guests. It got the job done. Enough to hold you over for lunch.
I would definitely stay there again!