Cottage Inn

Pismo Beach, California Coast

The hotel

With its charming English-style décor, the Cottage Inn by the Sea is a true seaside escape. In a fantastic clifftop location on Pismo Beach, overlooking a dramatic stretch of the Pacific Ocean, the atmosphere is elegant yet relaxed. As well as beach activities, there’s an ocean view pool and spa overlooking a true California treasure. A complimentary deluxe continental breakfast with ‘make your own waffles’ gets the day off to a good start, providing you with energy aplenty to explore San Luis Obispo County. Guest rooms are newly renovated and spacious but with a cosy gas fireplace for cooler evenings and a handy fridge and microwave. A wonderful base from which to explore, there is plenty to tempt you in the immediate area, including the 1,100 ft long Pismo Pier, Oceano Dunes and outlet stores. Further afield are the Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Wine counties, well worth a day trip or two!

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Free Parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

In a dramatic location, on the bluffs of Pismo Beach, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pismo Pier, the Oceano Dunes plus shops, bars and restaurants are minutes away.

Hotel information

80 rooms on 2 floors in 4 buildings. Rooms all with ceiling fans, fireplace, cable TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, WiFi access, fridge, microwave, tea/coffee maker, bathrobes. Traditional King Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults. Double Queen Rooms are available but are on a request basis and would need to be confirmed by the hotel prior to your arrival.

Ocean View Rooms have the same amenities as Traditional King Rooms but with stunning views of the ocean and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Cliff-top swimming pool and spa*. Complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast. Complimentary cookies and apples in the lobby daily. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Business centre. Complimentary WiFi and self-parking.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

2 nights at all times for Saturday arrivals.

*Denotes local charge.

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Mar 18, 2020 janinebZ5611XN

Cottage in By The Sea is my go to place in Pismo! Super comfortable beds, very accommodating staff, perfect location.... Fire pits for evenings, beautiful views...Couldn't ask for a better place to stay!!
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Mar 16, 2020 Bitsytay Houston, Texas

I really wish we could’ve spent more than just one night here. It was such a great hotel! We enjoyed the tall ceilings and indoor fireplace. The hot tub and pool were very well maintained and a great spot to unwind. I enjoyed their beer/wine selections in the clubhouse and the fact that the beach was just steps away from our room. Breakfast was… Read more
I really wish we could’ve spent more than just one night here. It was such a great hotel! We enjoyed the tall ceilings and indoor fireplace. The hot tub and pool were very well maintained and a great spot to unwind. I enjoyed their beer/wine selections in the clubhouse and the fact that the beach was just steps away from our room. Breakfast was nice! I highly recommend this hotel! Read less
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Mar 12, 2020 grampsie5 Clovis, California

Swimming pool and spa were very clean and warm. Room was clean. Needs maintenance on the outside. Staff was very friendly. Complementary breakfast was very good. Lady who serves the breakfast was outstanding, very friendly, and very helpful. Would recommend this hotel.
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Mar 10, 2020 Daelight Winnipeg, Canada

As part of an extended road trip through areas new-to-us, this property came up in a search as someplace to take a break and recharge. After the first night, we extended our stay. We did not have an ocean-side room, but took advantage of the fire pits across the front of the property. Watching the sun set with a nice glass, or two, of wine is… Read more
As part of an extended road trip through areas new-to-us, this property came up in a search as someplace to take a break and recharge. After the first night, we extended our stay. We did not have an ocean-side room, but took advantage of the fire pits across the front of the property. Watching the sun set with a nice glass, or two, of wine is easy to get used to. Our room was by the street/highway, but we honestly could not hear traffic. Walking to nearby eateries, or to the downtown area was easy, and you always have the option of going down the stairs to the beach, and taking that route. However, be wary of your footing crossing the rocks at the bottom of the stairs. They are loose, and can be slippery - twisted ankles are very possible. The staff were always ready and wiling to answer questions, make suggestions, or talk with the Canadian tourists about the area Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our Favorite in Pismo Beach

Mar 5, 2020 tclark3296

We have stayed at Cottage Inn by the Sea several times over the years, and have always been very pleased. This last trip was no exception. The hotel staff had our room decorated with towel swans, heart beads, and flower petals, with the nicest note wishing us a happy anniversary, and a bottle of champagne to claim in the lobby! The rooms are… Read more
We have stayed at Cottage Inn by the Sea several times over the years, and have always been very pleased. This last trip was no exception. The hotel staff had our room decorated with towel swans, heart beads, and flower petals, with the nicest note wishing us a happy anniversary, and a bottle of champagne to claim in the lobby! The rooms are beautiful, clean and well maintained. The staff is so nice and accommodating. We stayed in an oceanfront patio room, which is our favorite by far. The sounds of the ocean waves and the gorgeous view of the hotel gardens, ocean, pier and beach are just the best. They have fire pits to enjoy while relaxing in the garden overlooking the beach. It's just so relaxing. I would live there if I could! Looking forward to our next trip! Read less