Before you hit the mile-long white sand beach of Pismo, a visit to the Welcome Center will help you to organize your stay so you can get the most out of your visit. The center is next to the Prime Outlets of Pismo Beach, so after you get the lowdown on where to go from the experts, you can pick up a new bathing suit or trendy shades at the outlet mall. The mall is conveniently located right off Highway 101 and 4th St., which is only blocks away from the Pismo State Beach Golf Course, the Amtrak Station at Grover Beach, and the Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve.
Between daybreak and sunset, you can step out of your hotel and into adventure. From horseback riding and a grand exploration at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Wildlife Refuge to wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards, your trip to Pismo will be more than satisfying.
Pismo Beach, CA Has Weather for Goldilocks: “Just Right!”
With only 17 inches of rain annually and no snow, Pismo promises a sunny day 282 days a year. For the year-round average of 70o with a January low of 42o, a sweater should be enough most of the time and too much the rest of the time! If you're looking for a great Instagram or Snapchat picture, Pismo Beach can provide the perfect backdrop at any time. For more serious photographers, the gracious weather will help you make the most of your stay. You can find perfect ocean shots off the Pismo Pier (hold on to your hat; it's a bit windy out there), or on the Pismo Creek Trail. Birdwatchers will love the bird life on the Pismo Creek Trail, which begins at Addie and terminates at the ocean.
Pismo Beach gives you easy access to all the outdoor activities that the perfect climate typically allows year-round. You could begin your day with a kayaking trip after morning coffee, go hiking in the Montana de Oro State Park (a short drive away), visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove, one of the largest areas for wintering Monarch butterflies in the U.S., and end the day on a quiet fishing trip. Or maybe you'll be in the water all day catching the surf on your board and soaking in the sweet California sunshine!
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Pismo Beach, CA: Prices by Star Rating Class
Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. nightly cost trends by star rating class in Pismo Beach, CA. Browse these illustrations to evaluate the best months to stay in Pismo Beach for upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Pismo Beach, CA
4 Star Average Prices: $306.74
If you're looking for luxury, the SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant has a lot to offer. For $205 and up per night, you get a wide range of amenities for your travel comfort. The Full Ocean View room offers a king-size featherbed, a fireplace, a private balcony with a hot tub, and a 180o view of the ocean. The Partial Ocean View room also includes a personal hot tub on a private balcony, plush robes, and a wet bar. Other amenities at this hotel include rooms with skylights, complimentary internet, and cable.
The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa has luxurious rooms beginning at $355 per night and suites beginning at $505. The Suites can sleep up to four guests, with cribs and beds available for children. Each suite is equipped with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. Everyone who loves the beach knows the thrill of sand everywhere! Having a washer and dryer right in your suite will make your stay so much more comfortable. In-room massage is also available, there is a heated pool, and the room is easy accessible through exterior corridors. The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is just under two miles to Avila Hot Springs and Margo Dodd Park.
Affordable Hotels in Pismo Beach, CA
3 Star Average Prices: $176.13
The hotels in Pismo Beach offer easy access to Pismo State Beach, which includes a sixty-acre stretch of inviting white sand and mossy rocks, the famous Pismo Beach Pier, volleyball courts, the Harbor Lights Gallery, several parks atop the bluffs, and sporting activities from fishing to kayaking. At the Quality Inn Pismo Beach, rates begin at $89 per night. The hotel features amenities such as a hot breakfast, outdoor pool, and business center. Best Western Plus Shore Cliff Lodge rates vary with the season and can be found as low as $189 per night, but typically run $259 and up. Ocean-view rooms tend to be more expensive, typical of most of the hotels along the coast. Breakfast is included at the Best Western, and there is a pool with magnificent views from the deck, as the hotel sits atop a rocky cliff.
The Spyglass Inn, situated with a beautiful view of the ocean, offers rooms from $159 per night, with averages around the $200 range, depending on the season. Some rooms include a fireplace and a view. There are no rollaway beds available, and breakfast is not included at this hotel. Meeting rooms and screens are available for business. This hotel is about four miles from the Prime Outlets and three miles to downtown.
2 Star Average Prices: $134.10
Best Hotel Discounts in Pismo Beach, CA
Major hotel chains offer many standard discounts for AAA and AARP members, government employees, and members of the military. Some of these chains are the Hilton Garden Inn San Luis Obispo and the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Santa Maria, both with rates beginning around $160 per night.
At the Hilton Garden Inn, AAA/CAA members can save up to 10%, and AARP members will save up to 10% off the best available rate at check-in. The Hilton Garden Inn also offers occasional $25 food and beverage credits. Active and retired military, veterans, and their families can also enjoy exclusive savings; just inquire when booking to learn what is available at the Pismo Beach location. The Hilton Garden Inn offers small meeting solutions with meeting rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, flip charts, markers, an LCD projector, and all-day beverage service.
The Holiday Inn & Suites offers a discounted rate to U.S. military and government employees at all locations of Holiday Inn brand family hotels. Kids will stay and eat free. When booking your room, let the agent know that a discount is available to you, and bring your government issued I.D. with you at check-in. Holiday Inn & Suites also honors discounts to AAA/CAA cardholders and seniors 62 years of age or older. All you have to do is show your membership or other official identification card when checking in to the hotel. Holiday Inn also has a membership rewards program, and points can be redeemed for your stay. There are no blackout dates in the IHG Rewards Club program, and you can combine points with cash.
Best Value Options in Pismo Beach, CA
Package deals are plentiful in Pismo Beach because there is so much to do! At the SeaVenture Beach Hotel & Restaurant, the prices and availability vary according to the season and package, but there is a package for everyone! If you'd like breakfast in bed and the morning newspaper in a room with a view and private balcony, it's all yours! Just book the “Bed and Breakfast with a View” package with rates beginning at $199 per night. If you've only got a weekend and love tasting wine from local vineyards, book the “Ocean to Vineyards” package, which features a two-night stay, bottle of local wine, a $50 gift card to the SeaVenture Restaurant, and a wine picnic backpack. Rates start at $369 per night.
Families should take advantage of the “Family Fun at the Beach” package, which starts at $239 per night and includes two nights, a beach bag filled with a SeaVenture Frisbee, beach bucket, beach snacks, and two towels, as well as two passes for bowling at Pismo Bowl. The SeaVenture Hotel is within walking distance to the pier, downtown ice cream, and famous salt-water taffy. Other packages include “Bubbles and Bubbly,” “Birthday or Anniversary Celebration,” and “Spring Escape to the Beach.” The hotel also offers a free night after three paid nights during the summer months.
Tough to Say Goodbye to Pismo Beach, CA
So now that you've spent your weekend at the beach, vineyards, and spa, you might find it difficult to leave the breathtaking Pismo Beach coast. You might already be considering your next trip. If the weekend just wasn't long enough, then consider staying for up to two weeks at the Avila Village Inn, a secluded boutique hotel with easy access to everything you fell in love with this time. The rooms are spacious and breakfast is complimentary; rates begin at $269 per night. What do you think?
FAQs about hotels in Pismo Beach
How much does a cheap hotel in Pismo Beach cost per night?
In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Pismo Beach can be as cheap as $134.10 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)
How much does a 3 star hotel in Pismo Beach cost per night?
In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Pismo Beach has been $176.13 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)
How much does a higher-end hotel in Pismo Beach cost?
In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Pismo Beach has been $306.74 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)
Verified reviews of the city: Pismo Beach, CA
Below are reviews of the city of Pismo Beach, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.
Score 5.0 / 5
Beautiful scenery, fun little beach town, and good food.
"What a Pleasant Stay"
Score 5.0 / 5
We were in Santa Maria. It's on the coast so the vibe is relaxed. There are plenty places to eat, actually to pick up something and take it to the beach. Laid back environment. Very pleasant.
"Great City and Stay"
Score 5.0 / 5
The beach was great. Only 15 minutes from the Holiday Inn & Suites in Santa Maria.
"A great coastal town."
Score 4.0 / 5
The beach is beautiful and there are a huge amount of things to do.
"Scenic and Atmospheric"
Score 4.0 / 5
We loved the views. Pismo is a wonderful small beach town with a warmth and friendliness often missing from larger towns. It is laid back and relaxed.
The average traveler rating of the city of Pismo Beach, CA shown above is 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 reviews