Spyglass Inn Hotel

, Pismo Beach, United States
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Spyglass Inn Hotel

, Pismo Beach
2 star

Rooms: 82

2705 Spyglass Drive - Pismo Beach - California - 93449 - United States Hotel Website | | (800) 824-2612
226 Traveller

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spy no class

from BedBuggin
Stayed here In July 2006 which would be my second time in this place. The first time was not bad I had the newly remodeled rooms on the northside of the complex. This time I had the worst room possible across from the pool area on the first floor. It was a hot July and this place has no air conditioning what so ever. I asked the front desk where the a/c controls where only to be yelled at by some teenage college student who told me that these rooms do not require a/c because they are near the ocean. She told me to look for a box fan in the closet which I found falling apart and was very noisy once it was turned on.

My room was next door to the maintenance room which gave me the creeps. It felt like Norman Bates was watching my every move through a peep hole. I asked for another room and they said they were all booked, funny thing was there was the parking lot wasn't even full! The carpet stank because there was not enough circulation once you close the windows.

The only good thing about this place is the Spy Glass Restaurant, great place and good food. The pool area is nothing to brag about, its funny what a wide angle camera can do to place. It is also too close to the rooms so if you're hot and have to open the windows and the kids are at play in the pool, you'll never get any rest with all the noise next to you. If you want a little more class check in next door there's two over to the right heading north. It is much better with all the amenities gym, spa, hot tub and heated pool plus great happy hour at the bar and restaurant. They also have air conditioning ... !

I Liked It!!!

from royzee28
We didn't find any of the problems that the last couple of reviewers had. There was no noise from adjoining rooms or from the road. We did have a room overlooking the ocean. The room was very comfortable and I could almost have wished that it was winter so I could put the fire on.
All in all A very pleasant stay. After a long days drive we just wanted to chill out in the room @ night. I can recommend a visit to Alex's BBQ just along the road for a takeaway. An order of Clam Chowder, Ribs and Fries for one was more than enough for the two of us ( And I have a big appetite!!!) Not just quantity. the quality was A1! The restaurant was busy too with locals!
Pismo Beach is a beautiful little resort and the views over the cliffs, the pelicans and other seabirds, the sunsets are all fantastic and will remain a very pleasant memory for me.
As with all reviews you have to read into what you are looking for and for me and my lady the Spyglass hit the right buttons.

thinnest possible walls

from mistyh
This property is not what their website advertises. We could hear water running and toilets flushing through the walls.

They claim beach access is steps away when actually the beach access is two hotels over and about 1/2 mile away.

They also claim all rooms have a porch or balcony which is totally untrue.

The rooms have no air conditioning and very poor air circulation. Our room came with a ceiling fan and portable box fan, which we ran constantly.

I would never stay at this location again.

close to freeway no AC

from imbatmn
Check in staff was very courteous and helpful. The room was clean except the shower/tub had mildew. The room was a partial ocean view. NO in room air conditioning, they had a box fan in the closet. The room was within 75 yards of highway 101 and 150 yards of the ocean. The soothing sounds of the ocean were drowned out by the highway noise. This is an expensive inn for the service received.

Nice overall

from odalb
We stayed there for 4 nights. The hotel is approx. 2-3 miles from the main beach, which we did not know when we booked it. The price we paid was not expensive for Pismo beach. We had very little interaction with the front desk, once I asked them about a map of the area and the lady replied that all maps they had were gone. We figured out later that there was a map of the area inside our room into the binder with the hotel information. How the front office did not know about it, I never understood. Our room had a partial view of the ocean, and was facing 101which was kind of noisy if the widow was opened at night time. We used the swiming pool and the hot tub of the hotel quite a bit The swiming pool was nice although not very big. Overall I liked the stay, but would prefer a hotel closer to the main beach.

Okay.. smells old, not worth cost

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel looks like it was remodeled in the last 2-3 years... However it still feels dated. The pool area looked old and the rooms smelled smoky/musty - even though it it 100% smoke free. The pictures on their site look much nicer then the rooms did in person. One reason we chose this property is they advertise high speed internet access, but we could not get it to work and the desk staff was not helpful at all. Looks like there are a lot of other, better options in the area.

OK Not Great

from Flyerno.one
We stayed two nights at the Spyglass Inn, it was an OK stay. The hotel offered a wine tour special which we took advantage of, and it was well worth the price, however, the hotel needs some serious updating to stay competitive with the area. We stayed on the first floor, and you could hear everything from the second floor, and I do mean everything ! The only way to the beach is to drive there, there is no other way. The pool area looked old, the resturant was actually pretty good, it was not gourmet food, but not bad, and nice views. I would not recommend this hotel for anyone who really wants beach access.

Okay but a little overpriced

from Picarota
Not too bad but a little overpriced. Don't get a room with a connecting/adjoining door. You can really hear your neighbors. And, don't stay here if you don't like dogs/pets. Our neighbors had a dog and it was a little noisy. Far from wharf too.

I would stay here again

from CSBSC
I have taken three groups of business owners here for retreats; once in February 2005, and two in January 2006. Overall, a pretty good place.

You have to keep in mind that between LA and SF, service is slow. Lacking might be a better word, and you have to take it into account. Or, drive to one of those larger cities and skip the central coast. Because if you are in any of these kind of locations, you have to have lowered expectations or you will have a heart attack over how slow things are.

Anyway, no one complained about the rooms, the ocean view rooms were nice. I know the other rooms were a bit noisy as they were closer to hwy 101.

The restaurant has excellent food. It is hard to find a place that serves a great breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I have eaten here many times (along with the groups that were with me) and they raved about the food.

The service in the restaurant is slow. If you are not in a hurry, it is worth the wait.

I would go here again.

No Customer Service!!!!

from Oceanview Please
I wasn't going to write this but it seems CUSTOMER SERVICE issues are still a problem at Spyglass...

7/16/05 9:18am I made an online reservation, confirmation number #1###### for a two night dinner package. Upon receiving the confirmation I realized it was for a King Ocean view OR Traditional room. This was unacceptable as for us the Ocean View is more important than a $30.00 dinner savings.

I called the front desk of Spyglass Inn at 09:30am. I told the desk clerk (a female) what I had done and what I needed to do. She instructed me to go back on line, cancel the first reservation and rebook. That I did.

7/16/05 9:42am I canceled the first reservation, cancellation confirmation number #87#######.

7/16/05 9:56am Confirmed reservation number #1###### for Ocean View King room for 7/29 thru 7/31.

When we arrived at Spyglass Inn to our surprise we were informed by the young lady at the desk that we had no reservations. I don’t know who this young woman was but she was absolutely no help what so ever. She even stated that she didn't believe intrenet reservations were "Guaranteed ". If not for the young man on duty with her taking over, I’m not sure how much worse this would have been. He found the mistake made by their staff, and was very apologetic and at least tried to be helpful. He said he did have a room overlooking the parking lot and could move us into an Ocean View Queen the next day. He also said he had no authority to compensate us more than 20% without authorization from his manager who was off. It was getting late and we were worn out from our 5 ½ hour drive. I told him had I known that we would be staying in this substandard room we would have NOT made the trip. We agreed to take the room and address the problem with the manager in the morning.

Talking to the Manager the next day gave some but not much relief. He did manage to move us into an Ocean View King, but again stated he could not compensate us more than the approximately 25% (highest authorized on site management) of the first nights rate without contacting his general manager who was on vacation…

This is my position; I had a CONFIRMED RESERVATION with this Company guaranteed with my credit card. Had their employees not goofed up my reservations and had I not shown up, they would have charged me for one night stay as we had a contract.

As their employees were FULLY and TOTALLY RESPONSBIL for my reservations being lost/ignored I don’t believe it right being charged to stay in a room that I ordinarily would not have rented, and believe some compensation for the second night stay is in order for the inconvenience and quality time lost.

We had to contact their corporate office and were finial credited for our first nights stay, and 20% off the second.

Point being our weekend was ruined… discounted or not.

Top Local Tips for Pismo Beach

Alex BBQ Just down the street a ways is a fabulous BBQ restaurant. It is called Alex BBQ. My son and I had tri-tip sandwiches and my wife had ribs and a pulled pork sanwich. The beer battered onion rings were awesome.

Exploring Pismo Beach Main reason I choose Pismo Beach for my weekend getaway is because I wanted to go to Sycamore Hot Springs. I have been to Sycamore before but several years back. I did not find the hot tubs as nice as they once were, but still worth trying. For dinner we ate as Cracked Crab, the dinner was enjoyable. We paid like $48 dollars to split a bucket of crab and shrimp... And it was very messy which I thought was fun, good thing they give you bibs. The night scene in Pismo is strange. We stopped by Harrys Bar. First we had to pay a cover charge and the band was terrible. But the place was packed, unbelievably so, I assume because that is the only place in town to go. The crowd was so diverse, young and older people. The bartender makes a good martini...

kindof seedy not so much a good beach to plan a vacation around. Ok to visit though.

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