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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Jan 22, 2020 383brandye

Loved it! Accommodations were great and there was an amazing view. I that we had access to the beach, and that down town shopping was just a few minutes away.I will stay there again in the future and recommend others to stay also!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pretty basic hotel, good location, overall good experience

Jan 21, 2020 followthefive5

Bought a room during Cyber Monday to stay over the recent 3 day weekend with the family. The property caught my eye b/c we could get a room with 2 king beds which I found unique and more comfortable. PRO's: The room was a decent size and set up with a nice fireplace Robes and pool towels in the room Good location with direct beach access great… Read more
Bought a room during Cyber Monday to stay over the recent 3 day weekend with the family. The property caught my eye b/c we could get a room with 2 king beds which I found unique and more comfortable. PRO's: The room was a decent size and set up with a nice fireplace Robes and pool towels in the room Good location with direct beach access great free breakfast Walkable to restaurants Could purchase cute Smores kits to roast smores at the firepits near the ocean Easy, convenient parking Staff was nice-had an issue with the tv remote and they were very prompt to have someone come fix it. CONS: Bathroom lacked good ventilation-could see mold on a wooden towel rack Walls are very thin--we were on the first floor and could hear EVERYTHING above us Very small pool and hot tub Overall it was a pretty basic property but served our needs and would stay again if we got another good rate and would need to request a top floor. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Place to stay in Pismo

Jan 20, 2020 crystalsX7345FC

My husband and I come here every year for our anniversary. We love this place and always leave feeling relaxed. Every member of the staff is excellent and welcoming! The cleanliness is superb! Some highlights that my husband and I always enjoy is the view of the ocean, fireplace in the room, hot tub, pool, and the breakfast that they serve!… Read more
My husband and I come here every year for our anniversary. We love this place and always leave feeling relaxed. Every member of the staff is excellent and welcoming! The cleanliness is superb! Some highlights that my husband and I always enjoy is the view of the ocean, fireplace in the room, hot tub, pool, and the breakfast that they serve! Overall excellent every time and we will be back to spend many more anniversaries here! Read less
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Jan 17, 2020 MalissaC26 Twain Harte, California

We’ve stayed here several times and ea time we are very pleased with the staff & the accommodations, honestly with everything. This is one of the best places you can stay. We usually come for our anniversary but this time we needed to come for a ceremony to release my fathers ashes to sea. The beds are comfortable, nicely decorated, clean rooms.… Read more
We’ve stayed here several times and ea time we are very pleased with the staff & the accommodations, honestly with everything. This is one of the best places you can stay. We usually come for our anniversary but this time we needed to come for a ceremony to release my fathers ashes to sea. The beds are comfortable, nicely decorated, clean rooms. Very quite just a little noise from ppl above us, excellent views! Great parking, excellent location, we’ve yet to be disappointed with this hidden gem! The staff is very helpful & accommodating. The pool is small but always clean as is the spa, the two fire pits are a nice touch. We usually come in August and saw bunnies last time but not this time? Very minor issues this time were the pillows weren’t very comfortable & the continental breakfast oatmeal was way to thick the first day & way way to watery the 2nd day but super minor issues. The coffee here is excellent!! If you want to try an awesome getaway this is it!! A+ as always we will be repeat customers for life & we will continue to tell everyone about this hidden gem! Excellent..... thank you for another wonderful time Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful views along the Pismo Beach cliff.

Jan 15, 2020 STEVEN W

Terrific vista views of Pacific Ocean and Pismo Beach pier. Good room with private patio with ocean view. Clean, quiet and comfortable. Reasonably priced. The service was both friendly and helpful with good local recommendations.