Inn at the Cove

Perched on a remote cliff in Pismo Beach, Inn at the Cove overlooks coastal pebble beaches and rocky coves of the pacific. With great views and a modern contemporary style, this exceptional Inn meets your needs for comfort, relaxation, and romance.

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Front entrance and parking of Inn at the Cove in Pismo Beach.

Complimentary amenities offered at Inn at the Cove are self-parking, wifi, and daily continental breakfast. There is even a little library to borrow a book if you are looking for something to read while hanging out in a hammock.

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The lobby of Inn at the Cove. The staff was friendly and helpful during check-in.
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Lobby amenities include fresh water and yoga mats.
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The pool and spa area has a beautiful coastal views of Pismo Beach.

Scattered around the Inn’s grounds are over-sized lounging swings with or without a canopy. It was great to relax in the swing while looking out at the blue ocean.

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Small landscaped path along the back side of the Inn.

Oceanfront King Upper Level

We couldn’t pass up the chance for rooming in a suite with a 180° view of the ocean from our balcony. The vaulted ceiling added to the spacious design of this fresh and modern coastal decorated room.

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Inn at the Cove Oceanfront King Upper Level suite.

The linens were soft and the bed was comfortable. A basket with lap blankets and binoculars were at our disposal, making the early morning lounging cozier.

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In suite…

Other in-room amenities included plush bathrobes and toiletries from Bath and Body Works.

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Our spectacular view from the balcony.
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Simple bathroom inside the Oceanfront King Upper Level suite.

Complementary Breakfast

Their website states they served a complimentary continental breakfast. However, we were surprised to see they also served hot waffles, eggs, and sausage.

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Complementary breakfast area is located downstairs of the lobby.
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Coffee and other breakfast items.

The coffee and juices were fresh and adequate. The pastries were almost gone by the time we got down to the breakfast area, but there were plenty of other options. I liked the yogurt and gourmet granola with extra toppings like coconut, dried fruits, and seeds.

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Complementary breakfast served at the Inn.
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Hot waffles available.
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Complementary breakfast was decent.

“Private” Beach and Wildlife

Down a pathway from behind the Inn, is a staircase leading to a cove called Elmer Ross Beach. Surrounded by wildflowers and beachy shrubs, there was so much to look at while descending. Different kinds of birds soared in the sky while singing their hallelujahs.

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Beach directly in front of Inn at the Cove, Pismo Beach.
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Super steep staircase leading to the beach.

While walking on the sand, I was surprised to find it was course and hurting my feet. To relieve the discomfort, I tried walking in the shallow water but stepped into tar. The tar got stuck on my foot and sandal and took a long time to remove. I highly recommend wearing laced up shoes or good water shoes if you plan on spending time on the sand.

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The “private” beach to enjoy while visiting Inn at the Cove.
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Rocky beach with course pebble sand.

One of our favorite things we did at this beach was to observe the wildlife. There were several sea lions, plenty of birds, and sand crabs to find.

Birds, sealions, and sea otters are some of the wildlife we spotted.

Staying at the Inn at the Cove was a great decision for a stop on our romantic anniversary getaway because the views and ambiance fit our desires. It would be a fantastic location for families and other travelers (including pets.)


  • Book online from their website and check for discounted special rates.
  • Make a note if celebrating a special occasion.
  • Upgrade to the upper-level room…it is worth it.
  • Bring sunblock and water shoes for strolling on the beach.