by Lissa Poirot
A charming oceanfront hotel just minutes from Pismo Beach, Pismo Lighthouse Suites is a completely renovated and modern hotel with the feel of an oversized coastal cottage. Once a larger motel, when Martin Resorts took over the property and rejuvenated it, it dropped its room count to just 70 rooms in order to expand them and make them more suitable for large families. The Central Coast hotel is now entirely two-room, two-bath suites with free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking for guests, as well as a family play area with games and fun. Of course, the hotel is steps from the Pacific Ocean beaches, as well, making the hotel a perfect place for families who are getting away for a weekend or a week.
Our Editor Loves
- Family suites that sleep six
- Oceanfront swimming pool
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms & Rates
Seventy nautically designed suites are available at Pismo Lighthouse Suites. Each two-room suite provides two bathrooms, a private balcony or patio, and a kitchenette with microwave, small refrigerator and coffeemaker.
Family Suites can accommodate up to six guests with a configuration of two king beds, one king and two queen beds, or two queen beds in each bedroom.
Oceanfront suites come at the highest cost and feature a king bedroom and a living room with a queen-size sofa bed.
Master suites are the largest in the hotel with more than 1,100 square feet of space and oceanfront or partial ocean views with a king bedroom and a queen sofa bed.
We were so surprised at what a wonderful time we had at this hotel! We were driving from Northern California to Southern California and this was a perfect half way stop. We had our grandchildren with us and the hotel had all the wonderful play areas where they could finally get out of the car and play and not just be couped up in a room. The Lighthouse Suites has so many wonderful amenities and large Family Suites. We also left an item behind. A Child's Stuffed Animal. The Hotel notified us as soon as they found it for us. We were already in Southern California so we decided that we would go back and stay again on the way home and pick up our son's toy. We travel back and forth to Southern California frequently, and we have decided that this will ALWAYS be our half way point to stop and stay at. Excellent staff, wonderful service, VERY comfortable beds, cozy, clean rooms. Our new favorite hotel!
by Grace W
I traveled with my boyfriend and his mother and we booked this hotel for its unique room layout: a suite setup with 2 connected bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Good stay overall -- clean and good value. The quality of some breakfast items could be improved, but there's always the mainstays of fruit, yogurt and cereal to fall back on.
The Play Deck at the hotel is a sun-filled terrace with hammocks, a giant chess board, badminton, Ping Pong, other games, and space for young ones to safely play. Removed from the outdoor swimming pool that overlooks the ocean, the Play Deck is centrally located at the hotel.
Walking paths along the cliffs of the coastline are steps away from the hotel, which rests upon the cliffs. Nearby hiking trails include Shell Beach Bluff and Ontario Ridge Trail, the Johnson Ranch Loop and Pismo Preserve. Biking is also available along the coastline, as well as in the mountains. A railroad bike trail runs right through San Luis Obispo.
The hotel also has a Little Free Library to borrow and/or leave a book for other guests to enjoy during a visit.
Pismo Lighthouse Suites offers daily complimentary continental breakfast with hot and cold breakfast items. Fresh-baked cookies, tea and coffee are available in the hotel's lobby.
A new restaurant is opening adjacent to the hotel in 2017, which will provide all-day dining. The hotel is working with the restaurant to provide deals and services to its guests.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The property features coin-operated, self-service laundry facilities for guests to use.
The hotel is pet-friendly and allows for up to two dogs per room at an additional nightly fee that is non-refundable. Pet-friendly rooms come with private walkout terraces so guests may walk their dogs near their rooms.
The resort is one of the few in the area that does not charge a daily resort fee and provides free Wi-Fi, parking and breakfast without any charge.
The Art of Smart Timing
With the Central California Coast's steady Mediterranean-like weather, San Luis Obispo County is a popular year-round destination. Families most often visit the area in the summer months, when they can stay longer and enjoy the warmer days, making fall through spring a good time to visit for special deals.
The resort is minutes from Highway 101 and centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fly into either city's international airports and the drive will take about 3.5 hours. Amtrak also will get you to the area, or fly into the small San Luis Obispo county airport, which is located just 10 minutes away from the property.
For Mom and Dad
The property does not feature a spa but does partner with a nearby spa to provide in-suite treatments or treatments in the hotel's one available quiet spa room. Treatments include hand and foot treatments, massages, body treatments and facials.