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The 9 Best Boutique Hotels in Pismo Beach [2023]

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The beautiful scenery of Pismo Beach can be found right between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s central coast. Known for the surrounding wineries and glorious beaches, the area also plays host to migrating monarch butterflies during the winter.

With such upscale locations in and around Pismo Beach, it is no surprise that the area is full of boutique hotels.

The Best Boutique Hotels in Pismo Beach

Avila La Fonda

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Price: From $229

An Old World Mexican-style boutique experience right next to San Luis Obispo Bay, the Avila La Fonda Hotel is a great hideaway. Featuring solid wood doors, Saltillo tile, warm color palettes, hand-crafted art pieces, and a huge rock fireplace, the Avila La Fonda provides instant relaxation in a gorgeous setting.

There is 24-hour concierge service, as well as a 24-hour guest pantry full of indulgent local treats. Gourmet breakfast is served every day, and a complimentary wine and artisan cheese reception is every evening.

Each room at the Avila La Fonda Hotel includes a cozy thermostat-controlled fireplace, a Cuisinart coffee maker, 500-count sheets, down pillows, abd a plasma-screen TV. In the bathroom, you’ll find a 2-person whirlpool tub, luxurious bath amenities provided by LATHER, and comfortable bathrobes provided to enjoy after a long pampering session.

The Cliffs Hotel and Spa

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Price: From $249

With views over the Pacific Ocean, the Cliffs Hotel and Spa provides a scenic boutique experience. Easily accessed via the 101 freeway, the hotel is only a little over a mile away from Avila Hot Springs.

The Cliffs Hotel and Spa provides shuttle service to and from the airport or the train station, depending on availability. High-speed Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and there is an on-site fitness center and heated pool. Guests also have exclusive access to the many cultural and artistic events that are hosted on the property.

In-room coffee and tea are available, as is daily turndown service. Accommodation options include luxurious guest rooms, spacious suites, and exclusive suites like the Lighthouse or the Edgewater. These include refined details like panoramic scenery and furnishings inspired by the coastal Californian atmosphere.

Cottage Inn by the Sea

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Price: From $169

Just a mile away from Pismo Beach Pier and 2 miles from Monarch Butterfly Grove, the country-chic Cottage Inn by the Sea brings English countryside flair to coastal California. This oceanfront setting provides stunning views over the Pacific, with charming design against the dramatic cliff backdrop.

With quaint modern decor, each guest room at the Cottage Inn has garden or ocean views, a driftwood-style headboard to fit the beach ambiance, a fireplace, and luxurious BeautyRest bedding on a king or queen bed. The room also has a flat-screen TV, minifridge, microwave, Starbucks coffee maker, and designer bath products from LATHER. Complimentary Wi-Fi and on-site parking are provided to all guests.

The outdoor heated pool and wellness treatments at the spa provide extra relaxation opportunities for everyone.

Inn at the Cove

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Price: From $239

A secluded location only steps away from Pismo Beach, the Inn at the Cove provides a boutique experience with unbeatable views. Set on a clifftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this laid-back inn offers homey comforts.

There is an on-site lending library, a charging station for electric vehicles, and an oceanfront pool and hot tub. Complimentary breakfast is served daily, and a drinks menu is available from the front desk at any time during the day.

Guests can enjoy a professional massage on request and, during the season, can take advantage of the local wineries sending samples to the Inn to accompany the events of the day.

The guest rooms have king or double options. Each includes ocean views, plush robes, a flat-screen TV with cable, and deluxe bath products from Bath & Body Works.

Inn at the Pier

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Price: From $179

The Inn at the Pier can be found in central Pismo Beach. Its name comes from the amazing views it provides over the Pismo Beach Pier. This boutique experience can be found in a Craftsman-style building that is within walking distance of the Monarch Butterfly Grove.

The hotel offers first-class amenities in a beautiful oceanfront setting. On the rooftop, guests can enjoy the amazing views with a delicious cocktail or a savory gourmet entree. The coastal luxury of the guest rooms and suites at the Inn can be found in every detail.

Each accommodation option has ocean views, a private patio or balcony, a flat-screen TV, and comfortable bathrobes. There are premium bath products, as well as a pillowtop BeautyRest bed and Amazon Echo functionality. Some of the rooms add a comfortable work area.

Kon Tiki Inn

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Price: From $132

Found on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Kon Tiki Inn features panoramic views over the beach from every room. This impressive location has a heated pool and 2 hot tubs for guests to enjoy, with direct stairway access to the beach below.

There are king and queen accommodation options, each with a private balcony or patio to better enjoy the amazing views. There is free Wi-Fi access, and an enhanced continental breakfast is served every morning. Each room has a microwave, compact fridge, and personal safe to keep belongings protected during the stay.

With such a great opportunity to enjoy every sunrise and sunset, guests will always remember the luxurious comfort and beautiful sights at the Kon Tiki Inn. Complimentary on-site parking is available.

Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach

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Price: From $189

The oceanfront Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach provides a great boutique experience right in the heart of Pismo Beach. This laid-back option is steps away from some of the best fine dining and shopping options in the area. It is also within walking distance of Monarch Butterfly Grove, one of the main attractions in the city.

The beach atmosphere outside the hotel is also brought inside through nautical decor touches and color palettes that suit the oceanfront location. The bright and airy guest rooms and suites include a private patio or balcony to better enjoy the views, cozy bathrobes, and a flat-screen HDTV.

Some of the rooms add a comfortable work area with a writing desk, while others have chaise longues for extra comfort. Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi is available on the premises.

SeaCrest OceanFront

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Price: From $219

The hip SeaCrest OceanFront can be found on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Only a short walk from downtown Pismo Beach, this stunning location includes 3 hot tubs, barbecue grills, 2 terraces, and a trendy bar and restaurant.

A complimentary grab-and-go continental breakfast is served to guests every morning. The luxurious guest rooms and suites at the SeaCrest OceanFront include amenities like complimentary snacks and bottled water, a $10 credit for the Thirst Aid In-Room Beverage Service, and huge bay windows where guests can cozy up and enjoy the spectacular 180-degree views.

Rooms also have a flat-screen TV, private balcony or patio, comfortable bathrobes, and plush-top mattress. There are designer bath products along with a fridge, Keurig coffee maker, microwave, air conditioning, and heating. Deluxe rooms add extra-large TVs with Chromecast.

Shell Beach Inn

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Price: From $172

The ultra-relaxing Shell Beach Inn offers a great boutique experience of Pismo Beach. Located next to a park with a stylish gazebo and some of the most top-rated antique shops in the area, the Shell Beach Inn also oversees some of the best sunsets anywhere.

The hotel is just a short stroll from the ocean edge. This beach features rock caves and tide pools that are great for the whole family to enjoy. The Shell Beach Inn provides easy access to the best outdoors activities in the area, from kayaking to surfing and driving on the sand dunes at Oceana.

Each room has a modern industrial design and includes a coffee maker, fridge, microwave, cable TV with HBO and ESPN, and a magnifying mirror.

Final Thoughts

Visitors to Pismo Beach can enjoy the amazing ocean views from the Dinosaur Caves Park trails. They can also discover the wetlands of Chumash Park and the bluff of Margo Dodd Park. This quaint beach city has much to offer to travelers.

About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.


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