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.

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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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good service, odd hotel

Nov 30, 2020 catm128 Los Angeles

This hotel is unusual in that it has no central air nor heat. It also advertises rooms with views that only have views if you stretch on the balcony??? The hotel is also odd in that it supplies zero instruction in the room as to how to heat or cool or anything else!! There is a phone and you can call the front desk. I called first in as the… Read more
This hotel is unusual in that it has no central air nor heat. It also advertises rooms with views that only have views if you stretch on the balcony??? The hotel is also odd in that it supplies zero instruction in the room as to how to heat or cool or anything else!! There is a phone and you can call the front desk. I called first in as the light fan didn't seem operational so they sent an engineer. Then I called in the middle of the night as the room got very cold. They told me the fireplace was the heat. It's a gas fireplace, many don't heat much so I asked for a blanket. They came to the door with a pile of bedspreads? So, to me it seems more like a motel with really good service. No HVAC, weak views and no in room instructions. Read less
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Nov 27, 2020 318trenc Lompoc, California

LOCATION!! LOCATION!! LOCATION!! We had the best experience at the Cottage Inn by the Sea. This was our first time visiting this location and we were not disappointed. The staff were exceptionally very attentive. Especially Devan at the front desk. I explained to her that it was my wife's Birthday and that I wanted to make it a special one.… Read more
LOCATION!! LOCATION!! LOCATION!! We had the best experience at the Cottage Inn by the Sea. This was our first time visiting this location and we were not disappointed. The staff were exceptionally very attentive. Especially Devan at the front desk. I explained to her that it was my wife's Birthday and that I wanted to make it a special one. Devan took time out of her busy schedule to make sure this special moment happened. She suggested places to dine; shop, walking trails and gyms that had outside classes. Our room overlooking the ocean was very nice, clean, roomy and relaxing. Although visiting during COVID and dining had to be outside it was very pleasant, sufficient heating for all guests (Loved the fire pits just outside our room). We'll be BACK!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Too noisy!

Nov 21, 2020 Shurley02

The walls are very thin and it is right next to the freeway. You can hear every car and truck pass by. If you have neighbors above you, their foot steps come right through the ceiling. If you want a good nights sleep DO NOT STAY HERE!