Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Hotels


Dolphin Bay

Lounge area in our suite

At a Glance


  • lavish apartment units
  • killer views
  • walking distance from the beach


  • hefty price tag
  • vibe too upper-crust for some

Fodorite Reviews

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Dolphin Bay Review

On grass-covered bluffs overlooking Shell Beach, this luxury resort looks and feels like an exclusive community of villas. Choose among sprawling one- or two-bedroom residences, each with a gourmet kitchen, laundry room with washer and dryer, and contemporary Mission-style furniture. Many have ocean views. Two-bedroom units include either a spa tub or fireplace; penthouse units have both. Rejuvenate at La Bonne Vie day spa, lounge by the infinity pool, or stroll down a short path to the beach to gaze at the sea—this place was made for upscale escape and relaxation. Lido ($$$–$$$$), the fancy yet casual restaurant (no flip-flops), serves impressive farm-to-table cuisine inspired by the California Wine Country.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2727 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach, CA, 93449 | Map It
  • Phone: 805/773–4300; 800/516–0112; 805/773–8900
  • Website:
  • Location: Pismo Beach

    Hotel Details

  • 60 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-04-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Nicest rooms I've ever stayed in...

    The rooms at this hotel are the nicest I've ever stayed in; they're faultless, but you pay a lot extra for an ocean view room and partial ocean view rooms often have a better parking lot view than the ocean. Still, if I could afford it, I'd stay here often -- all rooms are nice and the rooms with good views are just fantastic.

    by Little_Man, 10/5/08
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    perfect stay

    My husband and I wanted to escape the fall doldrums of our Colorado home. We wanted a 2 bedroom place with a kitchen right on the ocean. Dolphin Bay fit the bill perfectly. We were treated like royalty by the staff, and the setting was beautiful. I would highly recommend this resort. The rooms are well-appointed and have lots of room.

    by mollymartin, 11/1/08

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