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Woodbury, Minnesota
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32 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This resort is halfway between Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. We stayed in a 2 bdrm condo facing the pool and ocean. We brought food and cooked Thanksgiving dinner and every other meal ourselves. The restaurant looked very nice also and the staff were all great. We met people who had been coming to this area to meet up with... More 

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Robinson, Pennsylvania
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220 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in one of the one bedroom oceanfront suites-room 332. The room was on the end. We were looking out on the ocean but we also had a view of the parking lot. The room was very quite & we were right over the spa. Every time we entered our room we could smell the aromas of the spa-which... More 

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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Susan C, We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to post such a nice review about your recent anniversary stay at Dolphin Bay. We strive to exceed all of our guests’ expectations and it is so rewarding to hear we did so with your stay. We are thrilled to hear that you were able to enjoy the beautiful sunsets... More 

Los Angeles, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is right on cliff looking over the ocean.. great pool and lounging area.. the restaurant on the the grounds is great. The rooms are basically condos with fridge, stove and dinning area. If you want to step it up, this is your place.

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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings 1BLAZEONE, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear that you found your accommodations to be comfortable, spacious, and well appointed. We are also happy to hear that you were able to experience our restaurant, Lido We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional stay... More 

Mercer Island, Washington
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Made to feel at home immediately. Helpful staff. Selection of wines, whether by the glass or bottle, fittingly diverse with local flare. Brussels sprouts to die for. Fish fresh and local. Elegant outdoor seating available. Nice location for weddings and family celebrations

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Thank JD98040
Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings JD98040, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear you found our staff friendly and professional. We are also thrilled you were able to enjoy Lido at The Dolphin Bay. We strive to exceed all of our guests' expectation and we are thrilled to hear we did... More 

Burton-on-Trent
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642 reviews
144 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We stayed here for one night on our way down the Pacific Highway to Santa Monica. The room we had was enormous - kitchen, living room and bedroom (as well as walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom). The kitchen was so very well equipped, we could have stayed for many days and catered for ourselves. As it was, we were unable... More 

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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear GerMar60, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on TripAdvisor. Although I am happy to hear you appreciated your beautiful and well-appointed suite, I am disappointed to hear about the mix up during your arrival. This is never the experience we want any of our guests to receive at any time during their stay... More 

Colorado
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Very nice resort! The room is really a condo with washer/dryer, full fridge, full kitchen with dishwasher, and blender. Nice option for a family or anyone who enjoys making some meals while vacationing rather than eating every meal out. They do have some pet friendly rooms for an additional fee. We had friends over for wine and appetizers bought at... More 

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Thank Cdet
Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Cdet, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on TripAdvisor regarding your recent stay at Dolphin Bay. We strive to exceed all of our guests expectations, and it is truly rewarding to hear comments such as yours. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our gorgeous grounds and stunning views. We certainly look forward... More 

Tyrone, Georgia
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Suite was large. Full size kitchen, washer/dryer, dining area, partial ocean view and view of pool. Staff very friendly. Problem with TV not working. Fixed issue while out to dinner. Would stay again.

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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Tyronetrp, Thank you for your recent review in TripAdvisor. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your suite and all the amenities it had to offer. We are happy to hear our staff was friendly and accommodating. We strive to exceed all of our guests’ expectations and we are thrilled to hear we did so with you. We... More 

Winter Park, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Love, love, love Dolphin Bay Resort! Living only two hours north, this is our favorite weekend get away😍. It's more like staying in a high end timeshare than a hotel. Suites are beautiful, well-maintained, Viking range and microwave, etc. in the fully equipped kitchens (or five star restaurant Lido is on premise for in-house dining or room service). Most of... More 

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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear 1Adri54, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your review on Trip Advisor regarding your recent stay at Dolphin Bay. It is wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your time at the resort. It is truly rewarding to hear that you loved your spacious suite, all the amenities and the beautiful views of the ocean... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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90 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for just one night on our drive north on highway 1. We were straight off a 14 hour flight so the early check in and lovely pool was welcome on a hot day. Huge, comfortable rooms with great beds. We ate dinner and breakfast at the restaurant and they were both delicious. A great location for a... More 

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Thank Sharon G
Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Greetings Sharon G, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback on Trip Advisor. We are pleased that you were able to relax and enjoy the beauty, as well as the amenities and location of our resort. We are also thrilled to hear that you were able to experience some delicious meals in our restaurant, Lido.... More 

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Booked this accommodation as a stop off for 2 nights whilst exploring the coast between LA and San Francisco. Very clean, modern, self catering style accommodation with all services and utensils required for a very comfortable stay. Booked a pool view room which also gave us a balcony with great views of the sea. Apartment also had full washer dryer... More 

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Erica C, Manager at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Unclebuz, Thank you for providing us with your feedback on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear you found our suites to be comfortable and our staff to be very helpful and friendly. We strive to exceed all of our guests’ expectations and I am happy to hear we did so with you. We look forward to welcome you... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
  • Room Service
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Food & drink at the hotel
Lido at Dolphin Bay
Lido at Dolphin Bay
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
Room types
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Room Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Set along the bluffs above one of the most beautiful coastlines in America, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offers exclusive 1 and 2-bedroom suites designed for elegance and comfort. Each suite provides a spacious living and dining room, fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a balcony (or patio), along with all of the finest amenities. Lido Restaurant and Bar features tempting California Coastal cuisine with an emphasis on locally produced food and wines. Treat yourself to a luxurious treatment at the resorts' spa, La Bonne Vie. From the sweeping ocean views to the impeccable service, you will savor every moment at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

Address: 2727 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-1602
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > Pismo Beach
Price Range: RM1,715 - RM3,090 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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Also Known As:
Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa
Dolphin Bay Hotel Pismo Beach
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pismo Beach
#1 Spa Hotel in Pismo Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Pismo Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Pismo Beach
#11 Business Hotel in Pismo Beach
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“End room on higher floors have better ocean views”
  • livingroom & balcony
  • balcony
  • sunset from balcony
  • walk in closet
  • washer/dryer combo
  • view from room 332
  • 2nd closet
  • view from bedroom
 of 5 bubbles Y4713KMsusanc, 27 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We stayed on main floor room facing the parking lot. It was surprisingly quiet”
 of 5 bubbles justinhoagster, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Ocean view is extra but worth it”
  • Just after the sun set
  • View from Balcony
 of 5 bubbles Naigle, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask how far your room is from the elevator. Check the weather forecast since there is no air conditioning. Heat waves are rare, though.”
 of 5 bubbles wctraveler34, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ocean view spectacular.”
 of 5 bubbles CindyB424, 30 Jul 2016 | Read review
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