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.
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Seal Hotel Pismo Beach