An Ocean of Options.

Sun, surf and suites.

Around the Area

Choose your way to chill.

We're perfectly situated between Los Angeles and San Francisco in the heart of San Luis Obispo County. That means you're close to some of the coast's top attractions, eats and activities.



Many ways to make waves.

We're located directly above Shell Beach, a sandy shore where you can unwind or make a splash. We're also minutes from other public beaches surrounding San Luis Obispo Bay. If you'd rather be out on the water, there are local shops that rent surfing, kayaking, and paddle board equipment.


Grapes, grains, and more.

California's central coast has become a world-renowned destination for wine connoisseurs. You'll find many vineyards and tasting rooms within a few miles of the hotel. If you prefer hops, there's no shortage of breweries awaiting you.


The links are calling.

Don't forget your clubs, because The Cliffs is within putting distance of California's finest course—including Hunter Ranch Golf Course, Blacklake Golf Resort, Monarch Dunes Golf Club and more. We're happy to help you book a tee time.


California's famous castle.

Hearst Castle is less than an hour away—and it's always worth the trip. Along the way, you'll take in the scenery that's made Highway 1 a bucket-list drive for automative enthusiasts around the globe.


California Polytechnic State University

We're the closest oceanfront hotel to one of the state's most acclaimed academic destinations, California Polytechnic State University. It takes less than 15 minutes to get from our front door to the San Luis Obispo school.


Parks aplenty.

Take in the stunning views while enjoying public spaces on the ocean bluffs. Margo Dodd Park is home to sprawling grassy lawns and picnic areas. Dinosaur Caves Park offers a family-friendly atmosphere, complete with dino-themed playgrounds.


Pismo Preserve.

Pismo Preserve offers 11 miles of public trails for you to hike, bike and explore. Free to everyone (including dogs), this is the ultimate accessible activity. Get outside and enjoy the views of canyons, hills and the Pacific Ocean.


Hotel Amenities

Coastal comforts.

We have everything you need to enjoy yourself for days without ever leaving the property. Our signature oceanfront setting and selection of amenities ensure there’s always something to do just outside your guestroom door—or relax inside it.

You'll enjoy:

  • Direct beach access onsite
  • Free high-speed WiFi throughout property
  • The Spa at the Cliffs, featuring treatments inspired by the spirit of the sea
  • Marisol: our oceanfront restaurant and bar
  • 10,000 square feet of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting and event space
  • Heated oceanfront swimming pool, with ocean views and poolside service
  • 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment, free weights and resistance-training machines
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from San Luis Obispo Regional Airport & Amtrak stations. Reservations are required, and are subject to availability.

Take A Tour

Committed to Accessibility

Our stays are open to all.

We strive to provide an accessible facility that allows all visitors to take part in all our hotel has to offer. If you would like pictures or more details on any elements of our property please email [email protected] or you can call 805.773.5000. Here are the details of our rooms and common areas and how they are accessible: