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. 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 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.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (904)
  • Very good (428)
  • Average (145)
  • Poor (57)
  • Terrible (30)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Peace by the sea!

Mar 12, 2021 Tango1156

We recently had the pleasure of staying here and we loved it! We were greeted by Mitch who welcomed us and made us feel at home. The room was very clean! We loved the fireplace in the room as well as the great features the Inn has to offer. The outdoor area was so peaceful. Enjoyed beautiful sunsets. Special thanks to the staff who took care of… Read more
We recently had the pleasure of staying here and we loved it! We were greeted by Mitch who welcomed us and made us feel at home. The room was very clean! We loved the fireplace in the room as well as the great features the Inn has to offer. The outdoor area was so peaceful. Enjoyed beautiful sunsets. Special thanks to the staff who took care of all of our needs (Kayla, Yolanda, and Mitch). Highly recommend Cottage Inn by the Sea!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good Location but...

Mar 4, 2021 Venture42121

I have stayed at this hotel a number of times. It is a no frills older property in a fabulous location. The rooms are old and not as clean as one would expect for the price. The location is great and that is what you pay for. The property is constantly understaffed. The front desk staff often seems overstretched and can come off unhelpful. I… Read more
I have stayed at this hotel a number of times. It is a no frills older property in a fabulous location. The rooms are old and not as clean as one would expect for the price. The location is great and that is what you pay for. The property is constantly understaffed. The front desk staff often seems overstretched and can come off unhelpful. I have experienced long waits after time of room promised. I have had to call to get refunds/ mischarges corrected after being assured it was taken care of. Every time I've stayed I have to ask for cups, coffee, cream, towels and so on as rooms are not fully stocked. Because of covid the pool and hot tub must be reservations. The hotel advertises that the pool is heated, it is not. All of this "stuff" is easy to overlook, especially if the staff is kind , helpful and follows through on what they promised the guest. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WOW! WOW! Wow! What an amazing wonderful awesome experience!

Feb 11, 2021 mggrandma

From the moment we arrived, I was so impressed. The room was absolutely amazing. It was huge! King size beds which were so comfortable with pillows beyond belief. We had a fireplace, huge TV, two tables with chairs, a lounge chair, and so much room! Plus a shower and bathtub!. We overlooked the courtyard. We enjoyed the pool and the hot tub… Read more
From the moment we arrived, I was so impressed. The room was absolutely amazing. It was huge! King size beds which were so comfortable with pillows beyond belief. We had a fireplace, huge TV, two tables with chairs, a lounge chair, and so much room! Plus a shower and bathtub!. We overlooked the courtyard. We enjoyed the pool and the hot tub a few times. They have a beautiful bonfire area that overlooks the ocean. The outside is beautiful, just like cottages. There is a Wishing well in the middle of the parking lot. Best of all is the STAFF! They are so warm, caring, and always asking if there is anything you need. Kayla, at the front desk, is a delightful person, always with a smile. She went over and beyond for us! (thank you Kayla!). Everyone cared about people staying there. You will have a smile on your face the entire time you are here, I guarantee it! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating WOW! So Impressed ❤

Jan 11, 2021 TKELLY43

I booked 2 weekdays for my birthday/girls trip. I had never stayed here before, and I just went off the reviews. We had a 2 king bed cottage. It was clean, spacious and perfect for our stay. The fireplace was nice to come back to after, a long day. We reserved the hot tub, as the sunset. It was beautiful. There are stairs leading down to the… Read more
I booked 2 weekdays for my birthday/girls trip. I had never stayed here before, and I just went off the reviews. We had a 2 king bed cottage. It was clean, spacious and perfect for our stay. The fireplace was nice to come back to after, a long day. We reserved the hot tub, as the sunset. It was beautiful. There are stairs leading down to the beach. Wear good shoes, because you will be walking/ climbing over rocks. The firepits, made for a perfect birthday evening! The staff were incredible! We talked to Kayla and Monique. All of us were very happy with our stay! Definitely will be coming back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a beautiful place!!!

Dec 30, 2020 jrd7603

We booked a last minute room for my wife's birthday to head up to Pismo Beach after Christmas day and decided to stay here. It was a wonderful experience right from the get go. The person I talked to on the phone to make the reservation was very friendly and accommodating. I mentioned to her that we were coming up for a birthday getaway and she… Read more
We booked a last minute room for my wife's birthday to head up to Pismo Beach after Christmas day and decided to stay here. It was a wonderful experience right from the get go. The person I talked to on the phone to make the reservation was very friendly and accommodating. I mentioned to her that we were coming up for a birthday getaway and she offered a "smores" kit to enjoy by one of their fire pits on the outside patio area. I requested a downstairs room with oceanfront views and outdoor access at the same time. Upon check in, I was greeted by a very friendly hotel staff behind the counter asking me how our drive up was and how thankful she was that we chose their property to stay in for the next couple of days. Check-in was a breeze and we were off to our room. We stayed in room 518 which was the very far corner of the property. We opened the door to a very cozy and beautiful room to be greeted by a personalized letter that wished my wife a happy birthday along with the smores kit and towels folded like 2 swans making a heart. Thumbs up!!! Right away, we went outside the back door to see the beauty of Pismo Beach! Wind blowing, sea gulls, waves crashing and the fresh smell of the ocean. Beach access was just a 2 minute walk. The cottage was so conveniently close to downtown where we grabbed food to enjoy around the fire pit. There are so much more to say about this place. The only thing I can recommend is that you come up here and see for yourself. The room was super clean with modern touches. Open all the windows and the back door and you will be immersed in the wonderful sea breeze. I was a little sad to leave, but we will definitely come back and stay here again. Until next time... Read less