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Santa Barbara and the Central Coast Hotels

Dolphin Bay

Pros

  • Lavish apartment units
  • Killer views
  • Walking distance from the beach

Cons

  • Hefty price tag
  • Vibe too upper-crust for some

Updated 05/04/2014

Fodor's 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.

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Hotel Information

Address:

2727 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach, California, 93449, USA

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Phone:

805-773–4300; 800-516–0112-reservations; 805-773–8900-restaurant

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 60 suites
  • No meals

Updated 05/04/2014

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Nov 1, 2008

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.

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Oct 5, 2008

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.

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