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Sea Garden Motel
Ranked #29 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Reviewed 12 February 2012

This place is way past its prime. The bathroom had paint peeling above the shower, and the small bedroom aswell. The refrigerator made so much noice. Every time the compressor went on it would wake you up. The wall heater is extremely outdated and usafe to operate with toddlers. The sheets were a terrible fit for the bed as they were sliding off the mattress at all times. If you need an inexpensive place to stay in Pismo, there are different places to stay.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We were very happy with our night here, we had a large room, for only $50, the location is great, we only stayed one night and found the manager really helpful. Breakfast thrown in too, of course it isn't a classy hotel, but for $50 you can't ask for more! More than happy here!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

The "kitchenette" was in the bathroom, gross. My bedroom is by far larger than that hotel room. The roof looked as if were going to cave in, the floor was FILTHY with stains everywhere, we were awaken every night by loud kids and slamming doors. The entire room had this odor, we had to buy air fresheners.
The management was to by satisfactory though. Dont stay here...

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

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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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2011

January 1st me and my friends were lookin for a close place by the dunes to stay. Found this hotel, price was $70 so figured it would be a nice place....so we got our 2 bed room, walked in and me and my friends started laughing, very very small room, mold on the walls fridge and microwave in the bathroom next to the toilet...had a horrid smell! My cousin actually had to get a car freshener to put in the room, 5 min in, we decided we couldn't sleep in that room, no locks on windows, covers on beds were filthy....went back, complained, he gave us a new room upstairs....walked in and it was worst then the last one, had a gated up kitchen, couldn't go in, shower was disgusting and water damage thru out the room, it got cold so we turned on the heater....heater didn't work. Once again went downstairs and told him the heater wasn't working so he said he would fix it! About 3 minutes later, he comes up with a space heater, plugs it in and says "there you go" after he left, we packed our stuff, all went downstairs and said we would like our money back, it wasn't even close to being good for what we paid for, argued back and forth and he started to yell saying he's never had complaints, his son walked in, using foul language and after 10 minutes of arguing, we got half our money back, I'm surprised the health department hasn't shut them down!!! Worst place, two thumbs wayy down, if u want to keep Ur health! Don't go there

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Additional Information about Sea Garden Motel

Address: 340 Stimson Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2538
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 29 Hotels in Pismo Beach
Price Range: ₹ 3,547 - ₹ 7,600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Sea Garden Motel 1*
Number of rooms: 19
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