Ask yourself this: Are you willing to pay a premium (at least twice as much) for a new or newly remodeled hotel in Pismo Beach? Then don't stay here. Is it your honeymoon (as sadly a couple indicated in another review)? Then splurge and go elsewhere. Would it bother you to open your kitchen curtains and see the neighbor's untidy back yard and the motel's rickety back porch that for safety reasons they have boarded up access to? Probably not the place for you. However...are you planning to spend most of your time outside of your room anyway? Are you there for the amazingly close proximity of Pismo Beach, the pier and downtown? Are your requirements simple, like a clean room with clean towels and bedding, and friendly and helpful management ? Then don't worry...I was pleasantly surprised after reading earlier reviews when we walked into our room. (We reserved the 2 bedroom suite which has a kitchen - upstairs #19 - three double beds total) Anyway, I hear they have changed management since last year which is a good thing- They were certainly nice to us; we asked about directions to the "Great American Melodrama" (a must-see live show in nearby Oceana recommended by Sunset Magazine and only about 20 bucks a ticket), also asked where good breakfast places were, etc., and they were always always cheerful and full of information. So how do you rate a motel anyway? I told the manager that they did not deserve the low rating that was given them. Are people comparing this place to the Marriot, or the Holiday Inn? If so - I can understand the low rating. But I think of it as an aging motel (it really is) that is in such a great location that as long as it is clean and safe (seems to ba a very safe neighborhood), I will for sure come back again, based on the price too. I do have to admit that in the morning when people with kids were up before we were, we could hear them running on our front walkway and it was annoying. But that happens at some of the better places I've stayed at too... Anyway, I think the rating system is so subjective, that a one star should be a flea infested, dirty sheeted, hooker frequented unsafe facility, whereas a 5 star should be a Hilton (or whatever - you get the idea). Everything else in between is well - in between! So, bottom line: A place to impress a friend? No. A girlfriend getaway retreat? Probably not. (disclaimer: unless they are there for location and not so interested in frills). For famlly and friends to have a base for all that Pismo has to offer? Sure - the "stuffy" ones can stay somewhere else. This motel has certainly seen better days, and could they spend some bucks to renovate. But there was no mold whatsoever in our shower as an earlier reviewer pointed out, and for travelers who are looking for a clean room to crash in...this fits the bill.
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