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"We stopped here as we traveled up the coast on our way from LA to San Fran. We stayed here because it was close to the Hurst castle. This is a nice pl ... " More

By corig, from Milwaukee, WI, USA on Fri 24 Aug 2012

Hotel Description

Motel perfectly located for exploring Cayucos

City center stay

You'll be steps from Paul Andrew Park and a 5-minute walk from Estero Bay. Cayucos State Beach and Cayucos Pier are also within half a mile (1 km).

Free perks

This motel features free self parking and free WiFi in public areas. Free breakfast is served.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

Offering conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 19 guestrooms also have free WiFi and cable TV. Other amenities include coffee/tea makers, ceiling fans, and showers.

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$76* Per night/room Nov 14 - Nov 15

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Dolphin Inn ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.7 out of 5 2.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Dolphin Inn

Everyone (1)
3 out of 5
I like the weather. There was a large box with a table in it in the room, why? No chair to sit in the room, lights in ceilings did not all work. Only 2 pillows per bed. Room very basic.

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019

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3 out of 5

Looks cute.from outside

This place could be so much more. Looks like they are working on fixing it up. Shower door didn't close, bathroom was really small, tv was in weird spot. Beds were comfortable, and it was pretty quite.

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017

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4 out of 5

Great location, Clean and friendly. Good value

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, close shopping, close beach, close to hurst castle
We stopped here as we traveled up the coast on our way from LA to San Fran. We stayed here because it was close to the Hurst castle. This is a nice place to stay in a great little town. The staff was friendly and the motel was clean. The decor is dated and the facilities could use an update but everything works and for the price it was a good value. Walking distance to an awesome little town with beaches, shopping, and good resturants. The complimentary breakfast was not great but that is something we generally are not interested in so it did not bother us one bit. I recomend this motel.

Posted by , from Milwaukee, WI, USA on Aug 24, 2012

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3 out of 5

Great location, good for the price, but a little noisy.

Pros: close to beach
Cons: Noisy
We got what we were looking for: a location near the beach at a low price. It was a little noisy, but not so bad we couldn't sleep. It's a sweet establishment and within walking distance of other family-owned restaurants and shops.

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA, USA on Jan 2, 2012

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4 out of 5

Friendly receptionist

The hotel is old just like many of the hotels in Cambria but it was clean. Within walking distance to all the shops and beach. The receptionist was very nice we arrived after 10 pm we called and she waited for us with no problems. Very nice continental breakfast in the AM

Posted by on Jun 28, 2010

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1 out of 5


This is the most horrible motel in Morro Bay. It hasn't been updated since it opened in the 60's. The place was filthy and run down. The breakfast was cold, stale danishes/donuts & watered down OJ. The owners know nothing about service. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

Posted by on Jun 16, 2010

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1 out of 5

Hotel is ok but not worth the money

So my entire family stayed here for a long weekend to celebrate a birthday. The rooms were okay, older but cute and in a great location. Our door kept sticking but we made it work. I had a problem with the hotel staff though. I had accidentally double booked my room which was my mistake but when I called (twice) to confirm my room they never mentioned that I had double booked. Also, when I arrived, they had given my room key to my sister so when I went in to check in, they stated that I was all set (again, never mentioning the second room). It was not until the next day that I was told I had a second room and would be charged for the previous night. Not only that, the room that was supposedly mine (that I did not stay in) was getting cleaned so obviously someone stayed there. When I tried to pursue this with the hotel management, they blew me off and pretended not to understand what I was talking about. And when I mentioned that I would write a bad review, I was yelled at. To add final insult to injury, the woman claimed that when my mom had checked in, she hadn't supplied a credit card and they wanted to know what I planned to do about it. So while the rooms were cheap and the location good, this place is not worth your money.

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009

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2 out of 5

Worst Customer Service EVER!!!

I just came back from the Dolphin Inn where I was yelled at by the man behind the desk. Not sure if he was an owner or employee, all I know is I've never been treated so rudely in my life. Long story short, I checked in early and through a language barrier was given a smaller room then I had booked. Later on I asked for a room with a bigger bed as I had booked but, was told the motel was booked. Although the vacancy sign was shining over my head. I then asked for extra blankets and pillows for a make shift bed for my children on the floor. The rude man behind the counter fought with me and did not want to give me extra blankets, then he proceeded to loose his temper when I asked for two pillows. He was standing in front of a storage closet full of linens and told me he had no pillows, when I could see a mtn of pillows behind him. I personally, run a customer service line and this guy needs to go back to customer service 101. I hope people read this and find another place to stay. I will pay double the price at another hotel before I will ever give the Dolphin Inn another dime.

Posted by on Apr 7, 2009

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3 out of 5


Cannot believe that when we arrived, we would actually be spending over $100 for a 1 night stay. (kind of like spending $20 on a bottle of budwiser beer). Very old, with little upgrades. Room was worth maybe $50-$60 dollars per night. No scenery (Driveway), no airconditioning (very small ceilling fan). There was mold on the shower ceiling and floor and the bathroom window was out of alignment. Bed was too firm. Walls are so thin that you can hear your neighbor snoring!! Adequate parking (now I know why). Cordial staff. Close to pier.

Posted by on Nov 18, 2007

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3 out of 5

Barely adequate

Old and shabby with terrible showers. Stained mattress was scary, but sheets very clean. Room was clean enough, but the stained mattress which I noticed in the morning was revolting.\n\nOkay to crash overnight during the week, but way overpriced on weekends

Posted by on Aug 14, 2007

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Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. Free self parking is available. This Cayucos motel is smoke free.

  • 1 floor
  • 19 guestrooms or units
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) (36.1 km / 22.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Dolphin Inn offers 19 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include showers. This Cayucos motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Cable television is provided.

  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free breakfast daily.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible parking

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 10:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 11 PM.


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets: USD 10 per pet, per night
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are 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.

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 are 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.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

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

  • Pet fee: USD 10 per pet, per night

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

Hotel Names

  • Dolphin Cayucos
  • Dolphin Inn Cayucos
  • Dolphin Hotel Cayucos
  • The Dolphin Inn Motel
  • The Dolphin Inn Cayucos
  • The Dolphin Inn Motel Cayucos

You should know

  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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*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.