The Best Hotels in Morro Bay, California
Morro Rock dominates the landscape in the laid-back Californian town of Morro Bay | © Panoramic Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this Pacific Coast Highway stopover offers a classic Californian blend of wholesome outdoor activities and laid-back, small-town living, where cafés, seafood shacks and boutique shops are accompanied by the hiking trails and wildlife viewing at Morro Bay State Park.
This welcoming combination means that Morro Bay tends to keep people sticking around. So, keep your plans flexible even if you’re just planning to stay overnight, and reserve a room at one of these hand-picked hotels, bookable on Culture Trip.
The Landing at Morro Bay
Hotel, Independent Hotel
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Drop anchor (or just your bags) at the Landing at Morro Bay. Only a block from the ocean, you can see the bay from the Landing’s patio. From there, you may spot (and smell) the fish and chips at Dutchman’s Seafood House or the clam chowder at Rose’s. Just be sure to watch your step walking down for dinner; there’s a giant chessboard perched along Centennial Parkway.
Hotel, Boutique Hotel
4.2/5 (937 Reviews)
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It’s not the decision of whether or not to book the spacious king rooms at Ascot Suites that create a problem (you should); it’s deciding between balcony or bay window views. Feel free to mull it over with a blended iced mocha at Rock Espresso Bar across the street. If you need a few minutes more, chew on it at Pizza Port with cheesy slices and beer. Whichever you choose, don’t miss views of the sun setting behind Morro Rock from the rooftop deck.
Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.3/5 (924 Reviews)
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The Masterpiece Hotel wasn’t named such just for its location in Morro Bay – on the hillside, looking towards the water. Slip into your swimsuit and you’ll be soaking with life-sized murals of mythological creatures in the indoor Roman spa. Their guest rooms, especially the La Bahia Suite, with its cozy fireplace, are both comfortable and affordable, and while the classical and modern art hung throughout the lobby may be reproductions, you can be guaranteed of a fully authentic Morro Bay experience here.
Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites
4.6/5 (851 Reviews)
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Get ready to beach-bum it out, Big Lebowski-style, at the Beach Bungalow Inn and Suites. The only items on your to-do list for the day are to wake up in your queen bed, hop on a Bungalow bicycle and roll down to the beach for a few hours, then warm up by the fireplace when the sun goes down. Whether or not you then throw on a complimentary bathrobe and shuffle over to the Libertine Pub for a white Russian is up to you.
4.3/5 (395 Reviews)
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Like the name, this family-owned hotel keeps things simple but does them well. Right from the start, you’ll feel right at home in their king suites with full kitchens, open-beam ceilings and hardwood floors that mix classic coastal cottage with stylish, modern living. Whenever you take the mile walk to Morro Rock, take a few minutes to admire the old school Monterey-style Spindrift and other vintage boats at the Morro Bay Maritime Museum.
Gray's Inn and Gallery
Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Inn
5/5 (1 Reviews)
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The bay is all yours when you stay at Gray’s Inn’s fully furnished apartments, right on the Embarcadero. The bedroom, bathroom and kitchen all cater to everyday living, but it’s the unobstructed bay views and waterfront patio decks in every apartment that bring those vacation vibes home. Before checking out, browse the collection of local artwork in the gallery and bring a little piece of the Central Coast home to hang on your wall.
Bayfront Inn at the Waterfront
4/5 (439 Reviews)
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The pet-friendly Bayfront Inn at the Waterfront is located a few paces from where otters play. Grab a handful of saltwater taffy from the lobby, then run down to the pier to snap a few photos of the playful rascals. Seals have been known to photo-bomb by hopping up on the docks, so you might land yourself one heck of a selfie. Just don’t be surprised if your dog gets a little jealous when you make it back to the hotel.
Inn at Rose's Landing
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How does the Inn at Rose’s Landing ensure an enchanting escape? A bottle of wine and chocolates in every room is a good start. Add in suites with fireplaces, private decks and bay views, and you’re well on your way to an unforgettable stay. Let their crew double down on their hospitality by cooking you up some surf and turf at Rose’s Bar and Grill. When the sun sets, and the wine and the chocolates are long gone, you’ll see just how magical the Inn at Rose’s Landing makes Morro Bay feel.
These recommendations were updated on May 20, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.