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From check in to check out, I had a fantastic experience. Staff we’re very welcoming and always ready to assist. I’ll be sure to return to this property for a weekend getaway. It’s also perfect if you have children. The heated pool made all the difference.

We had a wonderful time, beautiful resort it was clean and nicely laid out. Our room was great it felt like home. We will defiantly be coming back.

I am only posting this review after I emailed Dolphin Bay and did not receive a response. Below is the email I wrote to the hotel about my experience. “Last night my wife, child, and I stayed at The Dolphin Bay. There are many issues I would like to discuss. First, the smoke alarm began going off around 8 pm, due to needing a new battery. At bedtime I lowered the blinds, at this time one fell down, leaving people able to see into our suite through the night. At 7 am this morning the alarm clock went off, causing us to wake up far earlier than we would like on a relaxing night away. Additionally, there was a loud event going on below our suite. This would not have been a problem if we had not had a child being kept up until 10 due to the sound. It would have been courteous to have been warned about this event, or placed in a room further away to accommodate our child. That being said, the resort was beautiful, as were the accommodations, however due to this location experience we will not be revisiting resort.”

View of ocean is fantastic! Pets are well accommodated.

Perfect suites for families. Kitchen has all the essentials though we didn’t use it. The on property restaurant Lido Has delicious food. Super friendly staff! I am coming back again for sure !

The staff is very helpful an considerate, I love this resort.

The Resort was Beautiful!!! Unfortunately, the staff at the front deal acted extremely snobby and rude.

We reserved the penthouse suite, over all the room was nice and clean, my only complain is that as soon as we got there we got judged, the front desk "Lisa" was her name , I felt was racist and instantly told us that if there was loud noise or we will get kicked out, and if there where any smell of marijuana they will call the cops to mind we don't even smoke " talk about stereotype , and to top it of she mentioned that it was a high end resort and that they do not allow party's , so we had to keep the noise down, we took a walk around the resort and there was people having party's , over all worse experience ever , to top it off it was my husbands birthday

Great place for a Girls weekend! Location is perfect to do some wine tasting in Templeton & Paso Robles. Love the ocean view unit. Only comment that the hotel could approve is the path for the Kitchen or crew use the ocean view path to cart items back in forth from the kitchen or pool etc. They should go behind the hotel so the noise level of the wheels early or late in the evening does not disturb the hotel guest!!!

Rooms were huge with a full kitchen and great view. The negative part is there was nothing additional added to the experience. Checked into the room and no food, no drinks, not even a bottle of water in the room. Bed was uncomfortable and so was sitting on the pull out sofa. Bedroom TV was no more than a 15" which was too small. Infinity pool isn't what you think. It's a pool, surrounded by a gate and smaller than expected. Overall my experience was average. For what I paid I must admit I expected better services than what I received.

This is our second stay at this resort. We have booked a 2-room suite on both stays. The room is fantastic, but not as fantastic as the people. The valets, desk, spa, and even restaurant staff at the Lido go out of their way to make sure everything is perfect. We will definitely be back again, and we have recommended this resort to many friends.

From the moment we arrived, we noticed that the service was both courteous and friendly and that the grounds were well-maintained. Our room included a full modern kitchen, dining room, living room (with pull-out sofa, flat-screen TV, DVD player), patio, as well as bedroom (supplied with a requested crib) and bathroom. Having two young children, we wished that the bathroom had a bathtub instead of a shower only. We took a stroll down to Shell Beach and the kids checked out the sea anenomes in the tide pools and played at the water's edge. After dinner, we took advantage of the pool and jacuzzi. The resort also supplied the kids with a bucket full of goodies so that they were well-entertained throughout our stay. As we were leaving, our oldest child (who hates showers) asked us when we would be coming back which is probably the best endorsement that can be given.

This hotel is a bit expensive but is worth every cent. The service and staff are very friendly and the attention to detail is second to none. I highly recommend Dolphin Bay Hotel for anyone wanting to make a lasting impression and wonderful memories.

Great. Friendly. Quiet. Amazing room.

Although pricy, this was the perfect choice for our weekend in Pismo Beach. It is a suite of rooms -- bedroom, living room and full kitchen, tastefully appointed. The views are striking. The resort pool is longer than most hotel pools -- about 20 yards -- and easy for lap-swimming. We had a very relaxing weekend.

Went up to Pismo for the weekend. The hotel is the best hotel in the area. Ocean views from every room. The hotel lobby staff and valet were very friendly and remembered my name every contact I had with them. They really know how to make one feel at home. They offer movies of DVD (free) in the lobby, and free popcorn and hot chocolate to boot! The on property restaurant LIDO was excellant as well!

Rooms are wonderful and very large. The beds were comfy. Everything was very clean and very well maintained. The staff was helpful and friendly. The pool was heated which is a plus on the overcast days. Although it was busy for our weekend stay, they had plenty of staff working out at the pool to get you what you needed. The stairs to the beach are just a short walk, making access easy. Would stay again and again.

Our annual tax relief holiday has taken us to many beautiful places but this is definitely one we will remember. The room was so wonderful we didn't want to leave and the staff and food were fanatastic. Hope we have an occassion to come back!

[...] indicated units had king beds in each bedroom, which is not the case. The 2nd BR was small with a queen. The resort indicated they have all different options for the 2nd BR. We did love the resort & it's location, but the pool & constantly banging gate was quite noisy during the day.

Superb staff! Fantastic location! Will definitely come again!

Shell Beach Rd Pismo Beach CA

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Outdoor pool

Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Avila Hot Springs and Margo Dodd Park. This 4-star resort has 60 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. For your convenience, a full breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 11 AM.


Rooms

The 60 individually decorated accommodations feature kitchens and balconies or patios. There's space to spread out with a separate bedroom, dining areas, and sitting areas. Guests can expect 36-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels and DVD players, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding and pillow menus ensure a restful night. Washers/dryers, iPod docks, and sofa beds are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests staying at Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. Free valet and self parking are available, or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available on request) for USD 15 per person roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean View (Ground Floor)

2 King Beds | Sleeps 6

Penthouse, Pool View

2 King Beds and 1 Double Sofa Bed | Sleeps 6

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View, Ground Floor

1 King Bed | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Pool View, Ground Floor

1 King Bed | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa

Everyone (4) Couples (8) Family (10) Friends (3)
5
Family with small children

From check in to check out, I had a fantastic experience. Staff we’re very welcoming and always ready to assist. I’ll be sure to return to this property for a weekend getaway. It’s also perfect if you have children. The heated pool made all the difference.

By , from San Jose, CA on Feb 24, 2020

Review comment responded on Feb 24, 2020

Hi there, Thank you so much for your recent stay at Dolphin Bay! I also want to thank you for sharing your amazing experience with us. We are extremely precise when it comes to training our team, so we are thrilled to hear that everyone was so accommodating. The pool is heated and open all year long, and ready for your next visit. Thank you again, and we will see you next time! Warmest regards,

5
Family

We had a wonderful time, beautiful resort it was clean and nicely laid out. Our room was great it felt like home. We will defiantly be coming back.

By on Nov 18, 2019

Review comment responded on Nov 20, 2019

Hello MannyE, Thank you for taking the time to submit your review regarding your recent stay at Dolphin Bay. Customer service is our top priority, so we are thrilled to hear we exceeded your expectations. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you back to the resort in the very near future for another wonderful stay. Warmest regards, Lisa Carnes Front Office Manager

1
Family Family with small children

I am only posting this review after I emailed Dolphin Bay and did not receive a response. Below is the email I wrote to the hotel about my experience. “Last night my wife, child, and I stayed at The Dolphin Bay. There are many issues I would like to discuss. First, the smoke alarm began going off around 8 pm, due to needing a new battery. At bedtime I lowered the blinds, at this time one fell down, leaving people able to see into our suite through the night. At 7 am this morning the alarm clock went off, causing us to wake up far earlier than we would like on a relaxing night away. Additionally, there was a loud event going on below our suite. This would not have been a problem if we had not had a child being kept up until 10 due to the sound. It would have been courteous to have been warned about this event, or placed in a room further away to accommodate our child. That being said, the resort was beautiful, as were the accommodations, however due to this location experience we will not be revisiting resort.”

By on May 26, 2019

5
Partner Couples

View of ocean is fantastic! Pets are well accommodated.

By on Feb 24, 2019

Review comment responded on Feb 26, 2019

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to post your review regarding your recent stay at Dolphin Bay. We are thrilled you enjoyed your accommodations and our amazing views. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warmest Regards, Lisa Carnes Front Office Manager

5
Everyone

Perfect suites for families. Kitchen has all the essentials though we didn’t use it. The on property restaurant Lido Has delicious food. Super friendly staff! I am coming back again for sure !

By on Dec 25, 2018

Review comment responded on Dec 29, 2018

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to post your review regarding your recent stay at Dolphin Bay. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time at the resort and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warmest Regards, Lisa Carnes Front Office Manager

5

great location

Everyone

The staff is very helpful an considerate, I love this resort.

By , from Bakersfield, Ca. on Apr 3, 2017

4

beautiful resort, but snobby staff!!!

Everyone

The Resort was Beautiful!!! Unfortunately, the staff at the front deal acted extremely snobby and rude.

By on Apr 24, 2016

1

nice hotel, but horrible service !

Everyone

We reserved the penthouse suite, over all the room was nice and clean, my only complain is that as soon as we got there we got judged, the front desk "Lisa" was her name , I felt was racist and instantly told us that if there was loud noise or we will get kicked out, and if there where any smell of marijuana they will call the cops to mind we don't even smoke " talk about stereotype , and to top it of she mentioned that it was a high end resort and that they do not allow party's , so we had to keep the noise down, we took a walk around the resort and there was people having party's , over all worse experience ever , to top it off it was my husbands birthday

By , from m on Mar 6, 2016

5

girls weekend

Friends

Great place for a Girls weekend! Location is perfect to do some wine tasting in Templeton & Paso Robles. Love the ocean view unit. Only comment that the hotel could approve is the path for the Kitchen or crew use the ocean view path to cart items back in forth from the kitchen or pool etc. They should go behind the hotel so the noise level of the wheels early or late in the evening does not disturb the hotel guest!!!

By on Nov 3, 2015

3

great rooms, poor quality hotel

Couples

Rooms were huge with a full kitchen and great view. The negative part is there was nothing additional added to the experience. Checked into the room and no food, no drinks, not even a bottle of water in the room. Bed was uncomfortable and so was sitting on the pull out sofa. Bedroom TV was no more than a 15" which was too small. Infinity pool isn't what you think. It's a pool, surrounded by a gate and smaller than expected. Overall my experience was average. For what I paid I must admit I expected better services than what I received.

By on Jul 1, 2013

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