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“Updated Motel Close to the Coast”
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Shell Beach Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shell Beach
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Reviewed 5 August 2006

Close to the highway and the coast, the Shell Beach Inn is a simple ten-room motel that you may overlook but is worth checking out. Like motels found along the highways in the 1940s or 50s, the rooms are arranged around the parking lot and you park in your numbered spot right in front of your door. Step inside, and you have a simple bedroom with a closet area and bathroom. Nothing fancy, but it'll be nostalgic for those who grew up with motels as a kid like I did.

The rooms are updated with new paint, carpet, furnishings, floor tile, and a nice touch are the bathroom soaps by Bath and Body Works (I was expecting Ivory!). Rooms are not air-conditioned since it's close to the beach, but if you are warm, a floor fan is available, and if you need to really cool off, the motel has a pool. Some minor shortcomings are that there isn't enough room to hang or put things, especially in the bathroom, and the paint covering the old wall tile in the bathroom is beginning to chip off (looks a little dirty).

Again, there's nothing fancy here, so no big hotel lobby (just a small window counter), no internet access (although I was able to find a wireless connection), no restaurant (but plenty of places nearby to eat), and no 600-count sheets or shower massage (but I suppose they could add this someday). It is, however, in a nice quiet community and just four short blocks to walk to the ocean, which has a small beach and lots of craggy rocks to explore. Staying in a nice clean motel like this one is rare, so it'll be memorable. San Luis Obispo is about 15 miles north and Santa Barbara is about 45 minutes south.

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Reviewed 7 August 2005

This quiet quaint motel sits in the extreme north part of Pismo Beach. It has a homey charm, and better than average furnishings. A small heated pool was perfect to enjoy the outdoor cool foggy weather. Close enough to Morro Bay, Avila Beach and Cambria.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017
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Reviewed 28 August 2017
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Additional Information about Shell Beach Inn

Address: 653 Shell Beach Rd, Shell Beach, CA 93449-2050
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Shell Beach
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Shell Beach
Price Range: $137 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Shell Beach Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All ten guest rooms at the Shell Beach Inn are individually decorated with touches from the California coast and make this quaint little getaway a cozy stopover for the weary traveler or a comfortable home base for sightseeing vacationers. The Shell Beach Inn features an outdoor seasonally heated swimming pool and free parking. And...yes we are pet friendly! ... more   less 
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