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Blue Seal Inn
Ranked #27 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Reviewed 26 July 2014

This place was shabby, moldy, chipped and stained furniture and rug, front porch dirty and garden by the door, filthy rocks. no hair dryers or Wi fi .toilet seat chipped and mildew.
At breakfast they ran out of Tang. and served awful buns. And they had the nerve to ask for $252 Dollars. We asked to shorten our stay and the manager said he couldn't. We were stuck!
This is not a place you want on your web site. The owners have some work to do.

Room Tip: Don't! Pay a little more or stay a shorter time and go someplace clean and welcoming.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

This place is great because everything is within a five min. walk. If you looking to sit like a couch potato inside your room then don't stay here. This place is perfect if you want to enjoy the locate environment and places to shop or eat, then stay here.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Rudy O
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

NO air conditioning. So it was hot. The bed was far too soft so didn't sleep very well. On 2 occasions during the night we heard what sounded to be gun shots. The shower was pretty good. It was OK. I'd probably stay again if passing through. Free light breakfast consisting of 2 types of cereal, tea, coffee, OJ, muffins and danishes.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Thank arlucas8
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed at this motel earlier this month, and will not likely try it again.
Pros:
Comfortable bed
Mostly clean
Location is very close to town, beach, and pier, although the immediate area did not seem safe to walk outside alone, at night.
Decent furniture, and room upgrades (new doors/windows/paint)
Fairly quiet, away from Hwy 1, and from neighbors.

Cons:
Smoke detector missing.
Wall heater knob missing, and stem broken - i.e. there was no heat for the room, and we shivered through the night.
Not enough parking for no. of rooms.
Customer service - Hotel staff did not want to try and accommodate these issues. They did immediately offer to cancel the reservation/refund payment, however this would have left us with no place to stay late in the night.

I don't think the cons would be too difficult for them to fix (except for parking), but the management said they would not remedy these things, because they are a 1 star hotel and there was enough demand. When are heat/smoke detectors optional? What happened to genuine customer service? I don't care if the price is lower than the competition, business should be honest.

Room Tip: Hwy 1 can be noisy.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Mrs M
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Don't get me wrong, I love this place and we have stayed there many times since 1999, but they need to improve seriously.... From broken lamps to torn sheets to faded painting...
They have upgraded some items but still not up tp par....this motel gets high rates for the summer due to proximity to the beach and large pool (unheated)......
Breakfast is poor with bad coffee....
So please improve and we will be back.....

Room Tip: Stick to the main building, bungalows are older....
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Stella E
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

This motel is located towards the south end of Pismo Beach. It is painted very "blue". There is a string of one story cottage type in-line buildings and a newer 2-story building. The place is not fancy, but there are regular and family rooms with multiple rooms and bedrooms. Most importantly, it is clean. The rates rise past the point of reasonableness for the quality and lack of amenities when in high seSon, but location, location. All in all, it is an ok alternative, especially when not in high season.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank nadojeff
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

My husband and I booked this hotel for a Friday and Saturday night stay on September 27 and 28, 2013 along with another couple. I chose this hotel because it is just 3 blocks from the beach and walking distance to the Pismo Pier, restaurants and downtown shops. All four of us agreed that the beds were very comfortable (pillow-top Beauty Rest brand), linens and towels were clean, free wi-fi, free coffee and sweet rolls in the mornings, and the price of the King size bed rooms were reasonably priced- $99.00 each night through a booking website. However, the hotel is old and needs much improvements. The television reception was terrible. The little refrigerators in the rooms are loud and there wasn't enough plug-ins in our room to run the microwave and the refrigerator at the same time with the television too. The shower curtains had mildew at the bottom of them but the water was hot. The other couple reported also the refrigerator was loud and they unplugged theirs, dry rot showing along the bathroom baseboards and mildew on the bottom of their shower curtain. Their carpet was worn in spots and had a hole in it under the table. Their television reception also was lousy. The outdoor swimming pool had a piece of the floor missing and jagged edges showing making it undesirable to walk on for fear of cutting open your foot. The attendants were nice and friendly and all in all it wasn't a terrible place to stay since we didn't spend much time at the room anyway. I would stay here again but my husband found too many things undesirable about this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Leachwriter
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Additional Information about Blue Seal Inn

Address: 230 Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2664
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
Price Range: $92 - $140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Seal Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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