Cottage Inn

Pismo Beach, California

Virgin rating

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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Sister “FUN” at the Beach!!!

Aug 4, 2022 Myrna S

We loved the close access to the beach & watching the beautiful sunsets! Also the wonderful restaurants within walking distance. Lots of great shops & beautiful pier! Very nice & clean accommodations. Very friendly & helpful service. Highly recommended!
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Jul 19, 2022 101krist Acton, California

We booked this hotel on the Hopper app and chose it for its location. The hotel itself is run down and lots of bird poop and feathers everywhere you walk, but the location and views are incredible. We tried to check in about 25 min early and the deluxe room wasn’t ready. The hotel clerk up front was training a new employee and you could tell the… Read more
We booked this hotel on the Hopper app and chose it for its location. The hotel itself is run down and lots of bird poop and feathers everywhere you walk, but the location and views are incredible. We tried to check in about 25 min early and the deluxe room wasn’t ready. The hotel clerk up front was training a new employee and you could tell the new hire was stressed. He continued training and talking without looking up or saying hi for a few minutes while I stood waiting and was quite impatient with the trainee. After being told the room wasn’t ready (other guests were checking in), we came back at 4pm (check-in time) and were told it still wasn’t ready and wouldn’t be for about an hour. At $400 a night, I expected to at least be able to check in on time. I was told an upgrade was available ($100) and ready, so I took that since we had a party to attend and couldn’t wait another hour. The room was fairly standard, but had the most beautiful views and cute patio, so that was great. You could hear the ocean and smell the fresh air. No a/c, so we closed the blinds and got ready for our event. The blinds were stuck and needed some work and the fan was covered in a thick layer of dust.- good cleaning and some new carpet (worn and dirty) would go a long way, but everything else was acceptably clean. We won’t likely return to this property or recommend it for the price, as there are other properties close by that have similar views and just as easily accessible. The grounds by the ocean are lovely, with great seating areas, but if you are a “pool person,” that area was small, packed, and didn’t look clean or inviting. Checkout went smoothly. Overall, we loved the views/grounds that were overlooking the water, but at this price point, the hotel was underwhelming. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don’t get your hopes up

Jul 1, 2022 karlifornia California

The rooms are nothing spectacular, maybe you’d even call them dilapidated, but the views are fantastic. We had a two queen room without a view just because it was such a good deal at under $200/night. If you stay here, it’s probably worth it to get a view with a patio BUT the upper floors with a view don’t have a patio, so you’re risking it with… Read more
The rooms are nothing spectacular, maybe you’d even call them dilapidated, but the views are fantastic. We had a two queen room without a view just because it was such a good deal at under $200/night. If you stay here, it’s probably worth it to get a view with a patio BUT the upper floors with a view don’t have a patio, so you’re risking it with someone above you who could be loud. The walls are thin, the floors are disgusting, the highway is loud, the lighting is terrible, the pool is small, and on and on. But the views…man they’re good, and the beds are decent. They also have two car chargers (Tesla and regular EV, but very slow) which wasn’t mentioned anywhere and that’s a huge plus. You can walk to a couple restaurants too. Overall, it would be fine for a night or two if you don’t plan to be in the room much. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay

Jun 22, 2022 366barbarat Tucson, Arizona

Very comfortable room. Staff very courteous and helpful. Hotel is extremely dog friendly. Took picture of my dog to put on their wall while we were there and after they put it in a scrap book. Dogs allowed anyplace in hotel except pool and breakfast room. Great location. Would definitely stay here again if I am in the area!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice property right overlooking the beach

Apr 23, 2022 700scottf Binghamton, New York

This is a quaint oceanfront boutique hotel just minutes away from the Pismo Beach Pier. It’s well maintained & has a nice area to walk the beach & enjoy a fire pit by the ocean. By only issue was that I assumed for $450/night an Oceanfront Queen would have a balcony. Small windows looking out at the beach was a bit underwhelming.