Pismo Beach

Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love This Hotel

  • This AAA 4-Diamond hotel nestled on California's central coastline overlooks Shell Beach
  • Lavish one- or two-bedroom suites are complete with full kitchens and balconies
  • Explore nearby coastal trails with complimentary bicycle rentals
  • Lido at Dolphin Bay offers farm-to-table cuisine paired with wine from local wineries


Situated half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Pismo Beach is a picturesque vacation spot on California's central coastline. The AAA 4-Diamond Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa is a relaxing oceanfront retreat for romantic couples and family vacationers alike.

The hotel is made up of spacious one- and two-bedroom suites ranging from 1,000 to 2,100 square feet. Each private entrance opens to large apartment-style suites complete with full kitchens, laundry facilities, private balconies and complimentary Wi-Fi. Although there is no air conditioning in the units, the hotel's proximity to the ocean allows for cool coastal breezes, adding to the beach setting. Select one-bedroom suites have fireplaces, while two-bedroom accommodations provide either Jet Aire tubs or fireplaces.

Soak up some sunshine with a dip in the outdoor pool and hot tub, or stroll along the coastline of Shell Beach. Complimentary bicycle rentals are also available with maps of nearby coastal trails. Other activities in the area include sipping wine at the boutique wineries of San Luis Obispo County, driving an hour to explore the grandeur of Hearst Castle or hitting some balls at some of the vast golf facilities in the area. 

The hotel houses Lido at Dolphin Bay, a casual yet elegant dining experience overlooking the ocean, an idyllic backdrop for a romantic evening. Farmers and wineries come together to serve delicious farm-to-table fare with fresh ingredients from the local area.

Rooms & Rates

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service
  • Off-street parking
  • Public car park


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Pack 'n Play available on request, free of charge for children under 2.
Children 10 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). 
Extra person charge is $100 + tax.  Extra beds are not available. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request in select rooms and will be charged a nonrefundable $65 charge per night on checkout.

Fees: A resort fee of $25 per night (subject to tax) applies; it includes Wi-Fi, newspaper, DVD rentals, bike rentals and activities.
Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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