The Best Cheap Hotels in Morro Bay, California

Many budget-friendly hotels in Morro Bay have views of Morro Rock
Many budget-friendly hotels in Morro Bay have views of Morro Rock | © Panoramic Images / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 July 2021

Nowadays, you don’t have to splash the cash to take a vacation on the California coast. The Pacific paradise of Morro Bay is accessible no matter how thick or thin your wallet is. Also, there’s no chance of finding run-down motels here – just cozy, comfortable and cheap hotels that’ll keep your budget as sunny as the Golden State itself. Here’s our pick – bookable on Culture Trip.

Pleasant Inn

4.3/5 (395 Reviews)
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The Pleasant Inn is one colorful motel that won’t cost you a lot of green. You’ll lay your head on a king bed in most rooms, with views of the bay in some. Even if you don’t spring for the rooms with a full kitchen, the microwave, refrigerator and coffee service will get the job done. With the waterfront only a block away, you’ll spend most of your time hanging out by the harbor.

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Harbor House Inn

4.1/5 (940 Reviews)
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Turn the Harbor House Inn into your home away from home. This pet-friendly hotel is right in the center of town, keeping you within view of Morro Rock. From the Morro Bay Dog Beach to the Morro Bay State Park, there are plenty of green spaces where you and your dog can explore while keeping your budget on a tight leash. If you feel tempted to splurge a little, treat the two of you to hand-carved roast beef at the dog-friendly patio of Hofbrau der Albatross.

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Morro Bay Sandpiper Inn

3.8/5 (466 Reviews)
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There’s no nautical nonsense at the Morro Bay Sandpiper Inn, sitting in the quiet downtown area. These calm, comfortable rooms don’t have noisy neighbors, though you’re never more than a few blocks from the best views, restaurants and shops in the city. Surround yourself with silence and serene views at the Morro Bay Golf Course or the Morro Bay State Park. At night when you return, prepare to be lulled to sleep by the seals barking and the waves crashing on the shore.

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Morro Crest Inn

Budget Hotel, Motel, Hotel
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Get to know this seaside city on the cheap with a stay at the Morro Crest Inn. This roomy hotel puts you within 1mi (1.6km) of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum, where you’ll spot a fleet of historical ships and maybe even spy a few playful otters in the harbor. Also, you won’t need to venture too far to get a taste of the city’s seafood scene – the Dutchman’s Seafood House is down the block, serving fish and chips, clam chowder and the fresh catch of the day.

Fireside Inn

Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel
3.7/5 (795 Reviews)
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Snuggle into the Fireside Inn without having to warm up your wallet. You can start your morning with a cup of piping-hot coffee from your in-room coffee maker, followed by a window-shopping stroll through the boutiques on Main Street. You can also save a few bucks by skipping the shopping spree and opting for a sightseeing hike through Morro Bay State Park. After your trek, Bayside Cafe has a basket of fish and chips waiting for you, with no extra charge for sunset views on the water.

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  • Pacific Shores Inn

    Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel
    3.9/5 (945 Reviews)
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    Though not quite on the beach, the Pacific Shores Inn is a budget-friendly beach getaway, complete with a great view of Morro Rock from its private sundeck. King and queen rooms have private bathrooms and enough space to stretch out – when you’re not stretching out on Morro Rock Beach 1m (1.6km) away, that is. With a dozen cafes, bars and restaurants within a block, you may find yourself spending more time around Pacific Shores than the actual Pacific shores.

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    Blue Sail Inn

    Hotel, Inn, Budget Hotel
    4.4/5 (925 Reviews)
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    Set a course for the Blue Sail Inn, and never worry about cutting anchor. This seaside budget hotel is around the bend from the bay and offers views of the rock from most rooms. Take in the ocean panoramas on every short walk to the Suns-N-Buns Bakery & Espresso Bar. Not sure if you should spend the day staring at the rock from the beach or the park? You can chew it over with a stop at Carousel Taffy or Crills Salt Water Taffy.

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    Masterpiece Hotel

    Hotel, Independent Hotel
    4.3/5 (924 Reviews)
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    No forgery around these parts; the Masterpiece Hotel will treat you to a fine stay for the price of a knockoff. Modern and classical art adorns the hallways, but the pièce de résistance is the indoor Roman spa surrounded by stunning tile murals. Feel free to take your time exploring this mini gallery, making sure you get your fill of complimentary wine in the lobby. For more wine and art, there are half a dozen galleries and twice as many bars within walking distance.

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    These recommendations were updated on July 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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