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“Comically, Needlessly Terrible”
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Blue Seal Inn
Ranked #27 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Reviewed 13 December 2016

We stayed here over the Thanksgiving holiday, though, after seeing the room, we tried to avoid it as much as possible. The negative reviews about this place are generally pretty accurate. The rooms are just dirty. Several of the surfaces in the room were inexplicably sticky. The bathroom was so filthy as to be unusuable; the toilet wasn't even hooked up to the water at first. The carpet was pretty disgusting, we didn't take our shoes off much. The bedding had some really suspicious stains and the comforter was torn up and looked like it has needed replacing for a while. Oh, and our remote didn't work (which didn't make that big of a difference since the TV wasn't working either). There was a hilariously creepy hole in the wall, which wouldn't have been so bad if we hadn't had the hotel owners on one side of our room and a guy with a teardrop face tattoo on the other side.

We had reserved the room for two nights, but returned in the afternoon on the second day to find that our keys weren't working. When we went to the front desk, the guy told us he wasn't sure if we were coming back or not and that he had rented out the room. Didn't quite know how to respond to that one. He offered to give us a new room, but we were pretty over this place by this point and decided to get out while we still could. No refund on that second night, of course.

Overall, I'm not quite sure what's happening at this hotel, but it is so unnecessarily bad that I'm at a loss. All they really need to do is clean the rooms, buy new bedding and respect people's reservations, but it seems like this has been going on for years here. The hotel is in kind of a sketchy neighborhood, although it is fairly close to the pier and several other attractions. Since there's a dozen other hotels within walking distance of the Blue Seal Inn, I'd recommend avoiding this place if at all possible. You'll pay more, but you also won't wake up worried about transmittable diseases. Also, that cinnamon roll place down the street is legendary, so definitely check that out.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Cheap....walking distance to pier...shops....cinnamon rolls...manager was very nice...brought us a fan for our room...very clean....beds very comfortable...sister stayed in handicap room and was perfect...lots of room for walker and wheelchair...

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Toni E
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped off in Pismo beach for a nights stay as we drove upto SF from LA. We randomly picked this motel but it wasn't the best move we made. It was pricey for what you got, which was very little. The sign outside reception promised a tv in every room - yes, but no remote! It was just as well we were out and about as we couldnt use the tv without the remote. The room was dirty, and tge whole place was just run down. Wouldn't recommend.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Tony G
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Dirty smelly rooms, stains on the carpet and bedding. The owner had fumigated the place for cockroaches which added an additional fragrant smell to the overall stench of the place. We cut our losses and took a partial refund and stayed elsewhere for the night. Very grim!

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

The price and location were right but the room left a lot to be desired...recommend they invest in new bedspreads, and flooring. Next time I would spend more $ and get a nicer place, but considering it was sufficient.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank jill m
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Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

If your looking for hotel that's close to the action and you don't mind the musty smell. This place is the place. We got a queen and it was a very small room but hay if your here at the beach staying in the hotel isn't what you'll be doing. Pool was very clean office staff was very friendly.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The owner was unavailable when we got there, but the person who was looking after it for them was incredibly helpful. We were given two rooms on the third floor, which takes you past the reception, as soon as the gentleman saw my father ( an older gentleman with some problems walking, especially up stairs ) he changed our rooms to the ground floor. The rooms were clean and perfectly serviceable

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
Thank karen19722014
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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
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 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Seal Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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