The Cliffs Hotel and Spa

Oceanfront luxury on California’s Central Coast

A coastal California getaway conjures up images of breezy afternoons sinking your toes into golden sands and fiery sunsets setting over Pacific waves — experiences The Cliffs Hotel and Spa serves in spades. Perfectly perched on a Pismo Beach cliffside, the aptly named San Luis Obispo resort is a favorite detour for families and couples cruising down the 101 and looking for a little beachside luxury.

The real draw here is the sea, which is why the coastal hotel chooses to enhance rather than distract from those picture-perfect ocean views. Signature restaurant Marisol is strategically situated to offer prime sunset vistas while DiaFeliz Spa offers a menu of healing services inspired by the sea. Even the pool is perfectly placed to deliver Pacific peeks and loads of sunshine at the same time, all without skipping a beat.

And when you’re ready to rest your head, oceanview rooms equipped with balconies allow sea breezes to effortlessly flow as you’re soothed into a slumber by the sound of crashing waves.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Spa at the Cliffs goes the extra mile to ensure your day of pampering is one to remember. After every service, spagoers are treated to a warm coconut milk foot soak paired with a complimentary glass of bubbles to send you off in style.
  • No visit to The Cliffs Hotel and Spa would be complete without dinner at Marisol. Savor fresh coastal California cuisine — don’t skip the award-winning clam chowder — with a side of ocean view sunsets.
  • With its waterfront positioning, Marisol’s terrace is a prime spot to hole up with an afternoon cocktail. The specialties are classic cocktails with a California twist, like Rod’s Whisky Rita, a drink sweetened with agave and spiced with a tajin rim, or the Pismo Beach Punch with its citrus-forward flavor.
  • Unlike many hotels along California’s Central Coast, The Cliffs Hotel and Spa offers direct access to the sand via a private path.
  • Looking for a luxury getaway with your four-legged best friend? All of The Cliffs Hotel and Spa’s first-floor accommodations are dog-friendly.

The Rooms

  • Debuted in April 2022, the adults-only Serena Floor features 18 newly refreshed accommodations boasting pale wood floors, luxe marble bathrooms and in-room fireplaces for an extra romantic touch.
  • Cozy rooms embrace a cozy coastal theme featuring pale wood furniture, sandy tones, blue accents and plantation shutters. Be sure to request a signature room if you want to wake up to an ocean view.
  • For direct beach access from your room, opt for an Oceanfront Ground Floor Suite. A floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opens onto your private terrace just steps from the waves — perfect for those looking for an early morning swim or late-night walks on the sand.
  • If it’s unbeatable ocean views you’re after, check into the Lighthouse Suite. Located on the luxury hotel’s top floor, the ultra-spacious accommodation offer panoramic sea vistas through wall-to-wall windows, visible anywhere from your open-concept accommodation.

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Getting There
2757 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach, California 93449
SBP  (12-16 min)  
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