The Cliffs Resort

4 stars
2757 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
85 reviews
The Mission Trip

Great place to stay with a good restaurant to eat in after a hard day of traveling on a road trip. See full review

  • Dr. D. E.
  • Jan 7, 2014
Great hotel by the beach!

Partial view of ocean and very comfortable beds!! Enjoyed our stay! See full review

  • Pam Beach Lover
  • Oct 23, 2013
Elegant hotel overlooking Shell Beach in Central California

Cliffs Resort, overlooking Shell Beach, is a literal high point on California's Central Coast. The five-story hotel offers a sense of elegance to go with the beachside location. Cliffs Resort underwent a major renovation in 2009 and is equipped to host weddings, business meetings, and family reunions and other gatherings. In addition to a stunning setting, Cliffs Resort features a spa, 24-hour fitness center, and heated outdoor pool with ocean views. Restaurant Marisol offers elegant dining.

Highlights
  • Overlooks Shell Beach
  • Pets allowed
  • Complimentary weekend manager's wine reception
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from San Luis Obispo Regional Airport and the local Amtrak stations
  • Free Wi-Fi access in public areas and guest rooms
Rooms

Each of the hotel's 160 rooms comes with a private patio, an Italian marble bath, and a comfortable workstation with free Wi-Fi access. Other features adding to guest comfort include 42-inch HD flat-screen television, clock radio with MP3 player, telephone with voicemail, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, hairdryer, and iron and ironing board. Every room has a view of the ocean, coast, or mountains.

Features

Cliffs Resort offers a pampering experience, from the smart service at Marisol restaurant to the 84-degree water in the oceanside pool to the views from the stylish, comfortable rooms.

 

Restaurant Marisol serves contemporary Latin cuisine and an award-winning Sunday champagne brunch and offers live entertainment.

 

Spa at the Cliffs provides relaxing therapeutic massage and other treatments by the sea. The 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space includes nine individual spaces, from small meeting rooms to a dividable 3,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom.

Transportation
  • San Luis Obispo Municipal Airport (9 mi/14.5 km)
Nearby attractions
  • San Luis Obispo Children's Museum (9 mi/14.5 km)
  • Morro Bay Natural History Museum (20 mi/32.2 km)
  • Hearst Castle (53 mi/85.3 km)
Business
  • Conference space accommodating up to 350 people
  • Free Wi-Fi service

The Cliffs Resort Rooms

Deluxe Non-ocean View
New oversized deluxe room with private balcony or patio, Italian marble bathroom with premium bath amenities, premium cable with pay movies, 42" flat screen televisions, complimentary wireless high speed Internet, voice mail, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, coffee/tea maker, new "Heavenly Beds" (made famous by Westin Hotels & Resorts), clock radio. Most feature two queens; some with king. Desk & sitting area.
Deluxe Partial Ocean View
New oversized king or two queen deluxe room with Italian marble bathroom and premium amenities. Private balcony or patio for beautiful ocean views. Hair dryer, coffee/tea maker, iron/ironing board, voice mail, wireless high-speed Internet access, 42" flat screen television with premium cable, HBO, pay movies. Desk & sitting area. New "Heavenly Beds" (made famous by Westin Hotels & Resorts).

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

35.1654 -120.6895
Area served
Oceanfront beach resort. Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Morro Bay, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Avila Beach, Santa Maria, Nipomo, Cayucos.
Nearby airports
SBP; San Luis Obispo Regional Airport SMX; Santa Maria SBA; Santa Barbara
Area description
Nearby Airports * San Luis Obispo Airport - 10 miles Nearby Areas * Fresno, CA - 124 miles * Lompoc, CA - 36 miles * Los Angeles, CA - 200 miles * San Francisco, CA - 200 miles. Santa Barbara - 80 miles.

Dining

Room Service
7 AM - 9 PM Seasonal. Extensive menu.
Cliffs Lounge
Live entertainment. Dancing. Lunch, dinner, and appetizers. Mid-week happy hour from 4-6 PM. Large wrap-around deck for stunning ocean views.
Marisol Restaurant
Oceanfront. California cuisine with modern Latin flavors. Breakfast buffet daily, Champagne Sunday Brunch. Extensive wine list. Seats 130. Breakfast: 7-11 AM; Lunch 11 A-4 PM; Dinner: 4-9:30 PM.

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
2944-sf Grand Ballroom, divisible into 8 sections 616 Zinfandel 1112-sf Syrah Lower Lobby 600-sf Meeting Suite 100 654-sf Sunset oceanfront room 324-sf Pacific View Boardroom 1500-sf SeaCliffs Room 5000-sf Pool Terrace (outdoor) 15,000-sf Oceanfront Lawn 5600-sf Oceanfront Tent

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (85)

Ratings and reviews for The Cliffs Resort

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
6 out of 85
Amenities:
4.2
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
3.8
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.3
Value:
3.8

83% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Cliffs Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Winterthorn
Los angeles
Feb 10, 2014

A fantastic place to get away from life

I needed a place to get away from the world. You know stress can be a monster so after a convention I decided to drive north and grab a room here for a little mini personal vacation you know a bottle of wine HBO and lots of sleep. This place was amazing the air was fresh the views were breathtaking and the Sana / pool were fantastic as well. The attached restraint was amazing the wine selection was epic to say the least. And the staff with the exception of the valet was also great. ( he liked my music so he decided to go through my cd changer to see what it was and then did not have the curtsey to put it back.) But besides that it was steps away from the beach and the rooms were quiet and close enough to catch the breeze from the ocean. If I am ever up that way again I will defiantly be staying there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of The Cliffs Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
lovela
CA
Feb 28, 2013

weekend getaway

Location is incredible with stunning views of central coast.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

San Luis Obispo is just a 10 minute drive north

Review of The Cliffs Resort

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Texas
Jul 19, 2011

So-so renovation and service

Though remodeled, the resort felt a bit old, and staff was cheerful but not very helpful, particularly the front desk folks who didn't seem to know anything about the area when asked. The bluff location was scenic but with no usable beachfront, and its location some distance away from the small towns in the area made it even less appealing. I was there for a wedding, so it sufficed for that.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

The Hearst Castle tour near San Simeon was very interesting--about a 45 minute drive though.

Review of The Cliffs Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
CA
Dec 6, 2010

Great place

close to beach

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of The Cliffs Resort

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Reno
Jul 7, 2008

Great Hotel, especially for pet owners

The Cliffs resort was a great place to stay in the Pismo Beach area. I was only staying one night while driving through, and I had my dog with me on the road trip. Because of this I was looking for a resort on the water that was self-sufficient. I'll definately have a longer stay next time. The only downside was the in house restaurant. I attempted to go to dinner, and was told to sit anywhere by the server. I sat at one of the couple of empty tables on the deck for over 5 minutes, and never was greeted by a server. Because of this, I got up and went down the street to a great italian restaurant. As long as you plan on eating somewhere else, I'd definately recommend the Cliffs Resort.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Del's Pizzaria & Italian restaurant is about a mile down the street from The Cliffs, and was a great place for dinner. It's been there for 25+ years, and after eating there, it was obvious why. Great food, great service, highly recommended.

Review of The Cliffs Resort

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
USA
Aug 5, 2007

beautiful Hotel

The room was larger than most, very nice, clean and upscale decor, classy. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Love the free valet parking and ease of coming and going. The Marisol restaurant next door has amazing food and service as well. Poolside drinks and service was wonderful!!! Very close to downtown Pismo Beach. The spa services were exceptional too!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

The onsite restaurant is excellent for all meals, but it's also a very short drive to other amazing restaurants whether you want casual at Splash in Pismo, or nice at Steamers.

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