Motor Court-Style Hotel Gets a Boutique Makeover
by Tara de Lis
Located in scenic, but sleepy Morro Bay, the Beach Bungalow Inn & Suites was reopened in 2010, following a substantial renovation to the 1940s-style, U-shaped motel. Done up in retro blue and yellow pastels, it's hard to miss. And like many classic lodging establishments, the inn is family-owned and operated.
One of the most notable aspects of the remodel is that the property's original 22 rooms were reduced to only twelve, making each one much more spacious. Of the dozen rooms, two offer kitchenettes, and two others are family suites, with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. The remaining eight each have a king-sized bed or one or two queens. Request a room in the center of the hotel for outstanding views of Morro Rock.
All rooms are outfitted with gas fireplaces (except the ADA one), flat screen TVs, free WiFi and bottled water, refrigerators, coffeemakers and even umbrellas. For convenience, there are also irons, ironing boards and hairdryers.
Décor elements are modern, bold and functional — in shades of dark browns and soothing blues — giving it the feel of a boutique motel. Thanks to the Denver Mattress Company, the pillow-top beds are beyond comfortable — so much so it's almost a shame to leave them in the morning. Since there's no room service, it's hard to enjoy breakfast in bed (unless your travel companion wants to spoil you), but the hotel provides complimentary certificates for each guest to enjoy a full breakfast at one of three nearby restaurants. Tip: Frankie and Lola's is popular with locals, and is a hub of activity, especially on Sundays for brunch.
If you're traveling with a canine companion, doggie amenities include water bowls, bags, blankets and treats. The front desk can also provide suggestions on pet-friendly restaurants and other spots.
Whether or not you bring a four-legged friend, there are some nice outdoor areas on the property, including a small garden and fire pit. For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, take advantage of the free beach cruisers (bicycles).
This is a nice spot for couples or small families who want a low-fuss getaway without incurring the cost of a pricey resort. For those who choose Morro Bay strictly as a base camp to explore the pricier areas of the Central Coast on daytrips, there are certainly less expensive options that are also clean and safe, just not as nice. And the old-fashioned, personalized service can't be beat.Free parking is included in the rates. Be sure to book well in advance for popular annual events like the Harbor Festival, Oyster Fest, Savor and Independence Day.