Cottage Inn By The Sea

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, California, 93449, United States

1 Review

Cottage Inn by the Sea
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 52% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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    Perched O'er the Sea


    We were really happy with our stay here. Here's what it has going for it:

    * Rooms: There was tons of room to roam about in our room (which was also well-equipped and included desk, table and chairs, fridge, coffeemaker, and even a fireplace!). The bed was comfy and stacked with eight (!!) pillowy pillows (a couple feather pillows and the rest poly-filled). The bathroom was good size too, with tub. In-room robes. We didn't have much of an ocean view, as our room was in the middle of the complex, but it was relatively quiet and we didn't hear much highway noise (the hotel is on Price St, which runs alongside the 101). Just in case, when you talk to reservations, I would specifically ask for a room as far away from the highway as possible.

    * Hotel location: We spent a lot of time outdoors soaking up the clean Pismo sunshine. There's a small pool and Jacuzzi on the west part of the hotel grounds, and just below that is an little gardened area with seating along a bluff overlooking the beach/ocean. Really beautiful and relaxing spot, and perfect for a glass of wine at sunset. Just south of this area is a pathway and then stairs leading down to the beach. If you walk south along the beach for 10 minutes or so, you'll reach the downtown restaurants and shops. The beach just down from the hotel is very tranquil, while the stretch near the pier (close to town) will get you to a livelier beach (think kids, dogs, sandcastles).

    The only negative, which was more humorous than annoying:
    * Really bad wallpaper in our room. Very, very floral wall-to-wall; same print on curtains too.

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Pleasant surprise

by TripAdvisor Member OsideMom2three

Room was very pleasant. Had a bit of ocean view. If you want view though, stay at another place. Was quiet. Need to walk to next hotel for access to beach. Don't think their steps will be fixed anytime in the future. Breakfast was crowded unless you are early riser. Usual toast, cold cereal, etc. For the price, it was a good value.

Excellent vacation!

by TripAdvisor Member City_Princess

My husband, our 1 yo daughter and I stayed at the Cottage Inn March 27-29 in a king room with an ocean view. We stayed in room 516, and it was just fine. Here are the nice touches we enjoyed:

-In-room microwave and refrigerator for managing meals for our picky toddler
-Because we were assigned to a downstairs room, direct access through a backdoor to the well-kept courtyard overhanging the bluffs, and two chairs right outside our door so we could enjoy the view.
-How much fun our daughter had exploring the flowers in the courtyard; she just never wanted to walk back in our room.
-Two complimentary bottles of water
-Two bathrobes
-A warm, already lit fireplace that kept our room cozy on a very cold night; never even had to turn on the heater.
-A comfy pool and jacuzzi a few steps away. I read a review mentioning that it was dirty, but it was clean, even saw a pool guy there for an extended amount of time.
-The cottage theme throughout, from the cozy lobby, to the useless but cute well, and our room.
-The amazing sound of the ocean when we opened our backdoor.

There were a few things that we didn't like:
-The scratchy, thin towels; there were plenty of them, but it's almost worth bringing your own.
-Noisy fellow guests who slammed their car doors and yelled randomly out in the parking lot. Please don't do this if you visit.
-The unattractive appearance of the chain link fence partially between us and our oceanview. Not the biggest deal on earth, but made me kind of wish we'd been on the second floor to take in the full majesty of the ocean.
-The fact that when you're on the first level and your curtains are open, everyone who walks past can see right in. This is a VERY IMPORTANT POINT NOT TO MISS. Because my husband won't soon forget accidentally spying a man apparently just departing the shower as we strolled along. Truly, there just weren't that many people walking through the courtyard, so we didn't feel intruded upon in our room. But just don't forget that VERY IMPORTANT POINT after you take your shower.

To update some of the other reviews, they apparently heard you: there were two waffle irons. :-) The wait to make your waffle wasn't all that long. The breakfast also consisted of hard-boiled eggs, sausages you heat up in their microwave, English muffins, commercial pastries, muffins, cold cereal, yogurt and oatmeal. OJ, apple juice, hot chocolate, coffee and tea were also available. It was good enough for "free."

Another update: still no access to the beach via their stairs. Though it is right next door, for our second foray to the beach we drove to the neighboring hotel. It just wasn't too fun to walk up a steepish driveway after climbing up a pretty substantial flight of stairs. Anyways, the beach was amazingly pristine. All around a fantastic get-away.

(P.S. We had dinner at the Cracked Crab. I can scarcely remember being to a more friendly restaurant. We shared a bucket of slipper lobster, snow crab and huge shrimp. Delicious. The sausage, corn and potatoes that accompanied the shellfish were tasty. Dessert was a caramel apple and chocolate shake that we found while walking around the pier shops. Vacations are all about memories, and we generated some fantastic ones in Pismo Beach. We've lived in So Cal all our lives, and had no idea what a gem lay just north of us. :-))

Cottage Inn- Nice Hotel, Average Stay

by A TripAdvisor Member

My boyfriend and I stayed here the weekend of April 1-3rd 2005 for a weekend getaway from Los Angeles. The complex overall had a nice comfy feel, the room was definetly a "cottage feeling", the fireplace was excellent, excellent location too, right down the street from the downtown area. The only complaints that i had were there were a bunch of motorcyclists staying the same nights and they would be revving up thieir engines at 7 in the morning on a sunday its was so annoying. Dont you guys understand people are sleeping? It wasnt just one motorcycle it was like 10 of them. Also, our toliet only flushed when it wanted to and no, it didnt need a plunger it was just almost broken. Also i know this is repititive but the access to the beach would have been so nice but i guess its only for our safety. It was a pretty good deal for 150 a night.

The best anniversary yet!

by TripAdvisor Member Boopsquared

This hotel is absolutly beautiful! We're locals and stayed at the Cottage inn for our anniversary. It was far more than I even expected. The rooms are absolutly gorgeous and in the evening we would sit out on the cliffs, drink champagne and enjoy the view. We hated to leave! I would recommend this hotel to everyone! (The best months to stay are March-June-no to less fog!) WONDERFUL!!!! STAY, STAY, STAY!

Okay place for the night

by A TripAdvisor Member

The pictures on the website make this look like a quaint little inn by the sea. I think it looks a lot different in person. There are more rooms than I expected to see. Yes, there are views of the coast, but it seems very limited, no beach access...but I wouldn't walk down that staircase no matter what! We stayed at this hotel for a wedding, just one night luckily. The hotel is very limited. Average size rooms, average bathrooms. We didn't want to take advantage of the free continental breakfast as the place just seemed too crowded with a lot kids too. And I was shocked there was no room service too.
The weather was quite warm that weekend but the room had NO AC! That was the largest down fall b/c all we had was the ceiling fan and had to keep the patio door open, which offered no breeze anyway. All in all, it was good for one night, but I would probably not stay there again for the price we paid.

Great place to stay!

by TripAdvisor Member Walklady

This is the second time my daughter and I stayed at The Cottage Inn By the Sea. It's a wonderful hotel, very clean and comfy, and almost luxurious. You certainly get what you pay for. We enjoyed walking from the hotel, down Price Street into town, to the beach. The last time we stayed at the cottage Inn, we used the stair access to the beach--a bit scary, so it didn't bother us that the stair access was closed for safety reasons. The Cottage Inn provides a lovely continental breakfast --better than we've had at other hotels. Excellent place to stay ! We will be going back.

OK place to stay

by TripAdvisor Member Chatty_catty

We stayed at Cottage in by the Sea for one night to break up our drive home. Liked the cottage theme throughout the property. Liked that the property is non-smoking. Our room was clean and comfortable and had mini-fridge and microwave.

Our room was on the ground floor facing the parking lot and next to the up and down stairs to the building. Had to keep the shades shut the entire stay. Noise from the adjacent up and down stairs was annoying. Guests would STOMP up and down the stairs regardless of the time. Also, the room has no AC, only a ceiling fan. The bathroom looked clean, but had a funny smell, like it was damp. Window in the bathroom was kept open, I guess for a reason....

There is complementary breakfast served each morning. Looked like an expanded continental breakfast. Didn't get a chance to try.

Also, didn't get a chance to check out the jacuzzi which faced the ocean. Would imagine it would be quite a view...

Probably would not stay here again unless we get a room on a second floor away from the stairs....

Ok, but nothing special

by TripAdvisor Member ruthbern

We stayed for one night at the Cottage Inn and found it reasonable but nothing special. The view is beautiful, overlooking the ocean from up on the cliffs, but you can get that at other Pismo hotels. We did like the nice garden on the beach side of the hotel, but there were just a few chairs placed around. Avoid the 2nd floor ocean view rooms. They do not have balconies so you are stuck inside your room to enjoy the view. Ground level rooms had small patios with plastic chairs. Non ocean view rooms will be facing a parking lot. The stair access to the beach is closed off and you have to go up through the parking lot and through the neighborhing hotel parking lot, and then down a long set of stairs to the beach. A nice walk but not if I was going to the beach for the day with a family. Overall I think this is a decent place to stay if you need a one or two night stop-over, but the poor beach access and small pool keep it from being a good family beach spot, and it really isn't a cozy, romantic get-away for a couple.

Comfortable and Great View

by TripAdvisor Member DERetired

Date: October 26, 2005
Reviewer: Delaware Traveler

Owned by the same group as The Fogcatcher Inn at Cambria so rooms are very similar. All of the same facilities, but add a ceiling fan. Again, nice room and the high ceiling makes it appear larger. The gas fireplace is a welcome plus. An overall larger facility and not quite as intimate, but still good. Being up on the cliff offers a great view of the beach and ocean. The stairs still aren't repaired (insurance/expense?) so walk next door and use their stairs down to the beach. The breakfast was ok, but few hot choices - just make your own Belgian waffles and microwave sausage plus the usual cold offerings.

The Pelican Inn restaurant/bar is just up the road. It's a great place to go after watching the sun set from the cliff - live guitar entertainment and good food as it gets dark outside.


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Address: 2351 Price St, Pismo Beach, California, 93449, United States