Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

2727 Shell Beach Rd | Pismo Beach, CA 93449  [SEE MAP]Pismo Beach, CA  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Affordable property with ample amenities and great ocean views
Not all rooms offer sea views
The beauty of the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach goes undisputed. The backdrop against the jagged Pacific Ocean coastline is breathtaking yet soothing. Guests praise the extraordinarily spacious rooms with their full kitchens, large windows, dining rooms and private terraces or patios. The on-site Lido Restaurant also garners good reviews for its gorgeous ocean backdrop and delectable local ingredients. And, if lounging by the saline pool or along the nearby beach doesn't fully remove the stress of everyday life, book an appointment at the in-house spa, which offers everything from massages to mani-pedis. Most recent visitors say that they feel lucky to have found a quality resort with such incredible accommodations, excellent service and easy beach access, all for a reasonable price. You can find this property north of downtown Pismo Beach along Highway 1.
Pismo Beach, CA
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort, 60 rooms
Primary View
Mountain(s), Ocean
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards


This upscale resort is easily the top option in Pismo Beach, with an oceanfront location, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a lovely full-service spa. ... It's hard to find fault, and most guests find little to complain about.



On grass-covered bluffs overlooking Shell Beach, this luxury resort looks and feels like an exclusive community of villas.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 486 have reviewed the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, giving it a rating of 5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 486 reviews 5.0 (based on 486 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The property consists of one- and two-bedroom suites and penthouses that feature fully stocked kitchens with full-sized fridges, stoves and microwaves, as well as kitchenware. There are separate living areas and private patios. Bathrooms are large and contain a separate bathtub and shower. Sofa beds make the suites convenient for families.
  • Daily $25 resort fee includes Internet, parking and use of the resort's fitness center, spa, pool and recreational activities.

Standard room size985 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa offers ocean views in the Pismo Beach area of San Luis Obispo County. Although the property does not offer direct beach access, Shell Beach is within walking distance. Other popular beaches and recreation areas are a short drive from the resort.
  • About 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport; 180 miles northwest of Los Angeles International Airport
  • 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo Amtrak station
  • The hotel provides complimentary car service and an airport shuttle based on availability
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


    Number of restaurants1

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast


    The palm infinity-edged heated outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, umbrellas and cabanas. The pool area includes ample space for the kids to play while parents will appreciate the whirlpool.
    • Lido provides poolside service
    • Lap pool
    • Wading pool
    • Lazy river
    • Family pool
    • Infinity pool
    • Whirlpool/hot tub
    • Adults-only pool
    • Lifeguard on duty
    • Poolside service
    • Waterslide
    • Deck chairs or cabanas
    • Pool bar


      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna


        • Kids Club
        • Free Kids Club
        • Fee for Kids Club
        • Cribs
        • High Chairs


        Dolphin Bay Resort’s 24-hour fitness center includes treadmills, elliptical machines, weight machines and free weights. Outdoor activities that are available on-site include bocce ball, croquet and badminton. There are many hiking and biking trails surrounding the resort and guided walks and hikes can be arranged through the concierge. The spa offers yoga classes for $25 per person.
        • Golf courses and tennis courts are located nearby
        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


          Number of meeting rooms3

          • Business center
          • Meeting rooms
          • Meeting and event planners available


          Pets are welcome at the resort for an additional $65 per night cleaning fee. Pets must remain on a leash when they are visiting common areas of the resort.
          • Pet beds and water bowls are available upon request
          • Pets allowed (with fee)
          • Dog walking
          • Pet-sitting


          The Dolphin Bay Resort is home to wedding venues with ocean views. The property’s largest special event space, the Pacific View Tent, can host up to 250 guests and features high ceilings and elegant lighting.
          • Catering services are available through the on-site restaurant

          Maximum wedding guest capacity250

          • Hotel hosts weddings
          • Outdoor space for weddings
          • Wedding planners available

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