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Hotel Description

4-star beach resort with outdoor pool

Oceanside stay

You'll be steps from The Spa at Dolphin Bay and within a 10-minute walk of Pismo Preserve. Avila Hot Springs and Margo Dodd Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Poolside dining

This resort features an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a restaurant. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center, free WiFi in public areas, and airport shuttle. Enjoy the gym and perks like free valet parking.

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Poolside (Ground Floor)

Bed Count 2 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Pool View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non-Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Pool View, Ground Floor

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View, Ground Floor

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean View (Ground Floor)

Bed Count 2 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa ratings based on 9 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
5.0 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa

Family (1)
5 out of 5
It felt like I was at a resort far away even though I live within 25 miles. A little paradise

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 30, 2019 by Lisa Carnes

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding you recent stay at Dolphin Bay. We are thrilled you found our resort to be your little paradise so close to home. We look forward to welcoming you back to the resort in the near future for another relaxing staycation.

5 out of 5

Elegant and classy place

Came here for our anniversary and was very pleased with the luxurious apartment-like room we had, amazing view and top notch customer service. The surrounding area offered plenty to do when we weren't enjoying the view from our amazing room or walking along the beach. Will most definitely stay here again! 

Posted by , from Puyallup, WA on Nov 14, 2013

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5 out of 5

Perfect getaway with your special one.

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
While looking for options to spend our third anniversary night (which happened to be on a weekend this year) one of our friends suggested we try out Dolphin Bay Resort. Looking at the website, we decided to give this a try. We made a phone call to book a reservation for one night and happen to talk to the Manager, Erica. She was very helpful with the reservation process & after hearing that it was our anniversary she said she would make our stay special. We spent one night at the resort and we were very happy with our stay. Erica even had the room ready couple of hours before and arranged some special stuff for our anniversary. We got the best 1BR suite and the views were ecstatic. We would highly recommend the resort to anyone who would want to spend a day or two with their special one.

Posted by , from Mountain View, CA on Mar 17, 2013

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5 out of 5

Fantastic place to spend a night or two on your special ocassion !

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, romantic
On our friend's recommendation, we decided to spend our third anniversary night at The Dolphin Bay Inn Resort. We were initially bit skeptical on the price, but the comfort, reception and the wonderful time both me & my wife experienced is worth mentioning. We got in touch with Erica who is the Manager at the Resort. She ensure in every possible way she could that our stay would be memorable. From getting us the best 1BR suite, to having it ready before time, to patiently attending all our requests, she was phenomenal. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to spend the special night with your special one. We would definitely love to come back again Thanks, Debopriya & Abhijit From Mountain View, CA

Posted by , from Mountain View, CA on Mar 16, 2013

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5 out of 5

This hotel made me feel welcome and at home.

Pros: Free Internet, Quiet
This hotel made me feel at home and not at a hotel. From the moment we pulled up at he door to the time we left we were treated as guests should be treated - welcomed and appreciated. The rooms were well cleaned and maintained. This is the place to stay for someone who wants to relax and be pampered.

Posted by , from Milwaukee, on Apr 15, 2012

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5 out of 5

Love the Dolphin!

We're seasoned first class travelers, and we LOVE this place! We've been 3 times now, in the last year. Dolphin Bay has so much going for it: The rooms are casual/chic/comfortable (we always stay in the 3rd flr corner penthouse) and it feels more like a home than a hotel room. The location is super-relaxing, gorgeous views, and we love watching the dolphins swim by, the surfers surf, etc., from our balcony. All the food we've had was excellent, and customer service has been great as well. It just has a great vibe-I don't know how else to put it. And we've been to the 4 Seasons, the Wynn, The Ritz-all kinds of stellar hotels. We love the Doplhin because it feels like home! Check out the killer gourmet grocery store half a block away, and drive onto the pier (yes, onto it, and park there) at Avila Beach. (you can see it from the hotel) Tons of marine life-sea lions, etc, live around the pier, and under it; there's an old-school restaurant and fish market there, etc. Just a fun diversion! Plus you're near Pismo and all kinds of fun, relaxing stuff! We love Dolphin Bay for super relaxing getaways-it's just a great, quiet getaway!

Posted by on Aug 24, 2010

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5 out of 5

Great place

We drove through Pismo during a busy weekend and were fearful that this hotel would be in the heart of the busy section. As it turned out the hotel was just to the north of the action and ended up to be quite the oasis, away from the hectic Pismo Beach area. The room was amazing. One of the best suites style rooms we've stayed at. The hotel staff was great and very helpful. The rooms have relly nice full kitchens so you can eat in if you choose. I suggest finding the large grocery store about 1 mile south off hwy101 if you want to buy groceries. There is a small refined grocery store about 2 blocks from the hotel but it's very....very expensive. Great areas to explore if you drive north towards Ragged Point.

Posted by on Aug 13, 2009

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5 out of 5

Great find

Luxury, Privacy, good food, friendly staff and beautiful location. Not very occupied although the surrounding hotels appeared to be very busy. In time this find will be discovered and we will have to share, will definately travel to this resort again. I understand the units were originally intended for sale but have changed to this resort, wish we could own one. One problem that the Hotel did straighten out was a deserved change of rooms, our selected room was a "partial view" you would have had to walk out onto deck turn your head over to the far right and then you could spot the ocean between 2 buildings. They said it was a mistake and was being corrected that department, which I did not feel was my problem, so they were willing to honor what I felt was the proper view for the rate I agreed to. This started the trip off on the right note and the rest of the stay was a pleasure.

Posted by on Apr 6, 2008

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5 out of 5

Better than Vegas

By far the best hotel on the central coast. The rooms are immaculate and the hotel in general cannot be beat.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2007

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About the Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa

Location 2727 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Property Features

As a guest of Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa, you'll find an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. Spa services, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa. An area shuttle within 15 mi and an airport shuttle (available on request) are available for a fee. Free self parking and valet parking are available. A complete renovation of Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa was completed in April 2016. This 4-star Pismo Beach resort is smoke free.

  • 60 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Built in 2006
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • Bar by the pool
  • Dining venue

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 1
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Separate dining area
  • Sofa bed
  • Washer/dryer
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired internet


Free self parking , Free valet parking


  • Train station: Grover Beach Station (9.7 km / 6 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and area shuttle within 15 mi available for a surcharge
  • Parking: Free valet parking and self parking

Room Amenities

Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa offers 60 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature iPod docking stations and washers/dryers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas and include queen sofa beds. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. 36-inch flat-screen televisions come with cable channels and DVD players. Accommodations at this 4-star resort have kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include bathrobes, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Pismo Beach resort provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include safes and coffee/tea makers. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Private balcony or patio
  • Separate bedroom
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Pillow options
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 8 AM to 11 AM.

Lido at Dolphin Bay - This poolside restaurant specializes in Californian cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness center.

Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the fitness facility without adult supervision.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Basketball nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Surfing/bodyboarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Cave exploring/spelunking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Hot springs nearby
  • Health or beauty spa nearby
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. There are 4 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. There are 15 hot springs open between 8:00 AM and 10:30 PM.

  • Number of treatment rooms 4
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Number of hot springs - 15
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Detoxification wrap
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom (in select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (in select rooms)
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchairs available on site
  • In-room accessibility (in select rooms)
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 4:30 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). To arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 72 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 72 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 65 per accommodation, per day
  • Weight limit: 4 lbs per pet
  • Food and water bowls are available
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Service animals are exempt from fees


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is not accepted.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Pets allowed in specific rooms only
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • No gap period between guest stays


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 34.05 per accommodation, per night

The resort fee includes:

  • Pool access
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Faxes
  • Concierge service
  • Housekeeping

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: approximately USD 15–50 for adults, and USD 1–25 for children
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 15 per person (roundtrip)
  • Pet fee: USD 65 per accommodation, per day
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Bay Dolphin
  • Dolphin Bay
  • Dolphin Bay Pismo Beach
  • Dolphin Bay Resort
  • Dolphin Bay Resort Pismo Beach
  • Resort Dolphin Bay
  • Dolphin Bay Hotel Pismo Beach
  • Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa
  • Dolphin Bay Resort Spa
  • Dolphin Bay And Spa Pismo
  • Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa Resort
  • Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa Pismo Beach
  • Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa Resort Pismo Beach

You should know

  • Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Hot springs access available from 8:00 AM to 10:30 PM.
  • Pets are welcome in specific rooms only, which can be requested by contacting the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).

Awards & Affiliations

The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.