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Featured Motels in San Luis Obispo

Spyglass Inn
3 out of 5
2705 Spyglass Dr, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $178 per night

Situated on the waterfront, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Avila Hot Springs, Margo Dodd Park, and Pirates Cove. Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly ...

4.3/5Excellent! (906 reviews)

"Nice place to stay, very relaxing the ceiling fan was a bit noisy"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Spyglass Inn
Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
2.5 out of 5
651 Five Cities Dr, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $139 per night

Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,535 reviews)

"Great hotel, clean and great parking. I wish the price was a little better, for a Wednesday night stay it was a bit out of my budget"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
Motel 6 Pismo Beach, CA
2 out of 5
860 4th Street, US 101 at 4th Street, Pismo Beach, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is $80 per night

Situated by the ocean, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve, Pismo Beach Pier, and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Pismo Beach Prime Outlets ...

3/5 (975 reviews)

"Great stay but the beds are a bit hard. In a good location for food and gas. Not too far from the beach."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Motel 6 Pismo Beach, CA
Sands Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1930 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $82 per night

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Fremont Theater and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from California Polytechnic State University. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (957 reviews)

"Rooms were very clean, front desk clerk was very helpful and knowledgable about the location and super friendly. Definitly just as nice as the one across the street (which i stayed at the night before) with a better price."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Sands Inn & Suites
Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo
2.5 out of 5
345 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night

Located in Downtown, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cerro San Luis Obispo and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from California Polytechnic State University. Emerson Park ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,048 reviews)

"Nice staff. Clean. Comfortable bed. In a quiet neighborhood walking distance to downtown."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo
Olive Tree Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1000 Olive St., San Luis Obispo, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Santa Rosa Park and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from California Polytechnic State University. ...

3.4/5 (512 reviews)

"Diaper found underneath the bed. Should have came and got the diaper nasty"…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Olive Tree Inn & Suites
Quality Suites Downtown San Luis Obispo
3 out of 5
1631 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $137 per night

Situated in San Luis Obispo, this motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Fremont Theater and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from California Polytechnic State University. Dallidet Adobe ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (966 reviews)

"Overall a nice hotel and comfortable bed, however it was very loud (screaming children at the pool, people slamming their doors and little to no sound proofing in the rooms). We were bothered multiple times throughout our stay by these loud sounds."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Quality Suites Downtown San Luis Obispo
Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo
2 out of 5
210 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $75 per night

Situated on the Strip, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bubblegum Alley, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and Fremont Theater. California Polytechnic State ...

4/5Very Good! (45 reviews)

"The rooms here are modern and freshly updated rooms that are very clean. We loved how close we were to lots of shopping, downtown slo, as well as the Madonna Inn."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2020

Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo
Dolphin Cove Motel
2 out of 5
170 Main Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $123 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Downtown motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Beach Campground, Pismo Beach Pier, and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Price Anniversary House ...

4.1/5Very Good! (474 reviews)

"The location was the best part. Right by the Beach. Right on the Pier. Next to a lot of food."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Dolphin Cove Motel
Motel 6 San Luis Obispo, CA - South
2 out of 5
1625 Calle Joaquin, US 101/SR 1 at Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is $66 per night

Located in the heart of San Luis Obispo, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Johnson Ranch Open Space and within 3 mi (5 km) of Laguna Lake Park and Irish Hills ...

3.5/5Good! (985 reviews)

"Very clean, quiet rooms, friendly staff! To bad the corona virus has the pool shut down."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Motel 6 San Luis Obispo, CA - South
Masterpiece Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1206 Main St, Morro Bay, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night

Situated in Morro Bay, this motel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Morro Bay State Park. Morro Rock Beach and Morro ...

4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)

"Very clean and quiet. Location was perfect and staff were friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Masterpiece Hotel
Edgewater Inn And Suites
2 out of 5
280 Wadsworth Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $123 per night

With direct access to the beach, this Downtown motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Price Anniversary House, Pismo Beach Pier, and Monarch Butterfly Grove. North Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (969 reviews)

"Great hotel right by the beach, shopping and food."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Edgewater Inn And Suites
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Inn at the Pier
Inn at the Pier
4 out of 5
601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $199 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,053 reviews)

"good, nice staff and clean lobby and rooms. quick valet access and spacious rooms with decent balcony."…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Inn at the Pier
Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn
3.5 out of 5
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA
The price is $208 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,293 reviews)

"Overall, we had a okay stay. The only issue I had was the host that sat us for lunch. She sat us,& completely forgot us! 20 mins latter, I approached her. I initially asked was there indoor dining,& she tells me that here in California there’s none. Assuming I wasn’t from Cali. The food: I took 3 ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Madonna Inn
Spyglass Inn
Spyglass Inn
3 out of 5
2705 Spyglass Dr, Pismo Beach, CA
The price is $178 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (906 reviews)

"Nice place to stay, very relaxing the ceiling fan was a bit noisy"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Spyglass Inn
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San Luis Obispo Motels for the Frugal Traveler

You can select from 71 economical motels in San Luis Obispo among more than 891 hotels and other lodging choices. These budget-friendly accommodations can help you save some cash when compared with traditional hotels, which may have more amenities but also come with a higher price tag.

Because you'll save on your room, you can experience more of the activities in San Luis Obispo. Not-to-be-missed sights include Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Pismo Beach Pier, and Morro Bay State Park.

Fun fact: Motels made their debut in the 1920s as a convenient place to stay for the tired traveler driving along America's major roadways. Motels often have free parking, and many have outdoor pools.

Here are some of our customers' recommended San Luis Obispo motels available to book:

Oxford Suites Pismo Beach

  • Stay within a quick 3-minute drive of Pismo Beach Pier.
  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including breakfast, WiFi, and a manager's reception.

Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo

  • Free WiFi and free parking are available during your stay, along with room amenities like a flat-screen TV.
  • You'll be located within a 5-minute drive of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and California Polytechnic State University.

Spyglass Inn

  • Enjoy access to the restaurant and outdoor pool, as well as room amenities like an MP3 dock.
  • Stay within a 5-minute drive of Pismo Beach Pier and Avila Hot Springs.

Quality Suites Downtown San Luis Obispo

  • You'll be located within a 5-minute drive of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and California Polytechnic State University.
  • Room amenities like free WiFi are included, along with freebies like breakfast, parking, and an airport shuttle.

Inn at San Luis Obispo

  • Stay within a 5-minute drive of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and California Polytechnic State University.
  • Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including breakfast, WiFi, and parking.

What to Do in San Luis Obispo

While you're sightseeing around the area, enjoy its popular beaches and wineries. Those who've visited San Luis Obispo speak highly about the local art scene, restaurants, and cafés.

Here are some popular places:

  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
  • Pismo Beach Pier
  • Morro Bay State Park

These are some of the parks and outdoorsy places:

  • Los Padres National Forest
  • Avila Hot Springs
  • Dallidet Adobe and Gardens

You'll find these family-friendly attractions:

  • Paso Robles Event Center
  • Ravine Waterpark
  • Charles Paddock Zoo

Best Time to Visit San Luis Obispo

Figure out the ideal time to visit San Luis Obispo by reviewing these seasonal weather details:
  • The hottest months are typically August and September, while December and January are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 65° F and nighttime temperatures average 43° F
  • April-June: 75° F is the daytime average and 46° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 78° F and nighttime averages are around 53° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 75° F during the day and 43° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 22.52 inches in a year

How to Get to San Luis Obispo and Around the Area

San Luis Obispo Transportation
NameTypeDistance
San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) Airport 3 mi (4.9 km)
Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public) Airport 28.8 mi (46.4 km)
San Luis Obispo Station Train Station 0.4 mi (0.7 km)
Grover Beach Station Train Station 11.1 mi (17.9 km)
Guadalupe Station Train Station 22.5 mi (36.2 km)

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from a motel trip to San Luis Obispo?
Because you’ll save on your room price, you can experience more of the activities in San Luis Obispo. Not-to-be-missed sights include Pismo Beach Pier, Avila Hot Springs, and Avila Beach Golf Resort.
What is a motel?
Motel properties often include free parking, and many have outdoor pools. Often one or two stories tall, motel properties usually have outdoor access to guestrooms from the parking lot. The first motels popped up in the 1920s as a convenient place to stay for the weary traveler taking a road trip along the major roadways of America.
What are the best motels in San Luis Obispo?
Spyglass Inn: Stay within a quick 2-minute drive of Avila Hot Springs. Enjoy access to the restaurant and outdoor pool, as well as room amenities like WiFi. Oxford Suites Pismo Beach: Free breakfast, a bar, and a business center are available during your stay. It’s located within a quick 3-minute drive of Monarch Butterfly Grove. Dolphin Cove Motel: Enjoy access to the terrace, and freebies including WiFi and parking. Stay within a 5-minute drive of Pismo Beach Pier and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo: It’s located within a 10-minute drive of California Polytechnic State University and Avila Hot Springs. A restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi are available during your stay. Olive Tree Inn & Suites: Stay within a quick 4-minute drive of California Polytechnic State University. Enjoy access to the outdoor pool, and freebies including WiFi and parking.
What things can I to do in San Luis Obispo?
Take time to check out the area’s acclaimed theater scene and enjoy its scenic seaside while you’re sightseeing. Visitors to San Luis Obispo love its restaurants, wineries, and cafés. Some popular places to visit include Pismo Beach Pier, Avila Hot Springs, and Avila Beach Golf Resort. These are some of the parks and outdoorsy places: Morro Bay State Park, Monarch Butterfly Grove, and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. You’ll find these family-friendly attractions: Sensorio, Boomers! Santa Maria, and Paso Robles Event Center.
What's the weather like in San Luis Obispo?
The hottest months are usually August and September with an average temp of 65°F, while the coldest months are December and January with an average of 54°F. Average annual rainfall for San Luis Obispo is 23 inches.
How should I get around San Luis Obispo?
Fly into San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP), which is located 3 mi (4.9 km) away. Otherwise, look for flights into Santa Maria, CA (SMX-Santa Maria Public), which is 28.8 mi (46.4 km) away. If you’d like to venture out around the area, you may want to rent a car for your trip.

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