BEST WESTERN Hotel El Rancho,  Morro Bay

4.0/5  - based on 519 guest reviews.
2460 Main Street, 93442-1552, Morro Bay, United States - See map
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Morro Bay and the Best Western El Rancho is ideally located at the midpoint between Los Angeles and San Francisco and boasts must-see attractions like Hearst Castle and San Luis Obispo. When you spot Morro Rock, you know you're close to your home away from home at our Morro Bay hotel. The Best Western El Rancho is conveniently located on Highway 1 at the gateway to the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. Relax at our seasonally heated outdoor pool with sundeck, garden area and scenic views. We have two restaurants within walking distance including the famous Taco Temple featuring California Fusion fresh seafood cuisine. This Morro Bay hotel features Motorcycle parking directly in front of your room. RV parking and bus parking is available. Close to wineries and the Pacific coast, everything guests imagine sunny California to be comes alive here. Guests are close to the beach and Cal Poly. Centrally located, a world of adventure awaits, including, boat tours, spotting elephant seals and biking. Nature is right in the backyard of our Morro Bay hotel. Montana de Oro, Hearst Castle, Cayucos and Cambria are all just a short drive away. You can't beat the location and comfort of our Morro Bay hotel. Our Morro Bay hotel has refurbished rooms, fast complimentary high-speed Internet, guest room ceiling fans, and a free continental breakfast. There are many local businesses that require employees to travel to our gorgeous region. A few common guests include employees of Cal Poly, Camp San Luis Obispo, the US Coast Guard and PG&E®. It doesn't feel like you're on the clock when the great outdoors and great weather is calling. Reserve your next escape at the Best Western El Rancho and start planning the first activity! The front desk is closed from 9 p. m. to 7:30 a. m. daily. On-site hotel personnel are available 24-hours a day via night bell at lobby entrance. After-hours check-ins are accommodated, please contact hotel prior to arrival to make arrangements.

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BEST WESTERN El Rancho,Morro Bay
  • 5
    « excellent customer service »

    From the time I arrived til the time I checked out I felt like I was the most important person to the staff at this Best western. I was given plenty of information about the facility and the surrounding area. The breakfast was well stocked and the staff always had a smile on their faces. The housekeeper went out of her way to make sure I had what I needed. The rooms were very clean and well maintained. I would recommend this hotel to all my family and friends. I travel a lot and this is one of the best stays I have ever had at a hotel.

    5
    « Great Place »

    Excellent location and great customer service! There are stores locally and just a short drive to Etascadero and the Morro Bay rock. This was a wonderful getaway! Cambria is close by, so is San Luis Obispo and San Simeon. There are lots of shops and places to eat. I recommend it highly.

    1
    « Don't stay here ! »

    There's no air condition, rooms are small, noise, Tv not working right, internet was ok, staff was rude. I'm shocked that this is a Best Western, as it should labeled as motel 6. Not worth the money charged!!

    4
    « Highly recommended place to stay for a night or even longer with good service »

    We needed a room just for a night. We had reserved in advance and the room was ready for us at the determined time. The staff was especially pleasant and helpful, the room had a just renovated bathroom, parking right in front of our room. The highlight was having the continental breakfast in the morning which was included in the price. This was the best breakfast we had, although the hotels we stayed at before the Best Western El Rancho were more expensive. You could even prepare yourself waffles! Fantastic!!

    5
    « A quick visit that I wish had lasted longer »

    My husband and I did a great circle visit of California, combining visiting friends and relatives with sightseeing. Hearst Castle was one of our visits, but rates for hotels in San Simeon made me look a little further out. We arrived at El Rancho just at 4. Our room was not quite ready. The owner offered us coffee and gave us a couple of bottles of water to make sure that we were comfortable while we waited the 10 minutes till our room was completed. The room was very comfortable and tastefully decorated. There was a small fridge and a microwave in the room and a restaurant right next door. We took a ride to Morro Rock and walked the beach before dark, which was delightful. I'd highly recommend El Rancho as a friendly and comfortable place to stay.

    5
    « Redux of California Nostalgia on Highway 1 »

    From my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, this destination is a nice easy drive and ideal as a first leg of any longer journey transiting the length of California. In the year since my first review new owners and managers have come in but with no adverse impact on the property, its presentation or guest-friendly welcome. It wins my vote and stays on my list of best bookings for the money.

    4
    « Near ocean one story units »

    The motel is not on the water but is very close. The place is all one level and spread out in a number of units. It does not have air conditioning so if you leave windows open you hear the traffic. It does have a large fan but we did not use it so not sure if it would have negated having window open. It was relatively cool when we were there so worked for us. Being near ocean not sure if it cools down at night in hotter months. It seemed like an older place but was good for us as we basically only slept there and was gone during day. It does have an outdoor pool but not sure if it was heated. Since all units are ground level could be handicap accessable. Not sure based on the room we had if could get wheel chair in bathroom

    1
    « Would Never Go Back. Find Another Local Place to Stay »

    My wife and I frequent hotels and motels in Morro Bay, and once stayed previously at the El Rancho. We picked the El Rancho this time because it was advertised to be "pet friendly" and we confirmed that in our reservation. They are not pet friendly or guest friendly! After being told that they would not honor our reservation, the desk clerk looked away and did not offer any apologies or assistance to make sure we were not going to be stranded, even something as simple as picking up the phone and calling another Best Western in town. Fortunately, there are many other great hotels and motels in Morro Bay. Try any of them, but certainly not the El Rancho.

    1
    « Horrible Front Desk Experience at Checking Out »

    When we checked in we had a great experience. The lady at the front desk was great. But when we had breakfast it was a different woman. This one was a mean one. We asked her directions to Hearst Castle and she did not even pay us no mind. We asked her for sausages because it had finished and she gave us an attitude. The only thing she was doing was on the phone and paying no attention if things were running out in breakfast. Because of this woman I think her name was Janet we will never come back to this hotel. If you are looking for customer service don't come to this hotel. Spend your money some place else.

    4
    « Overnight stay »

    A nice stop over for us in Morro Bay. The hotel was nice and clean with friendly staff. A small breakfast was nice with the option of a pool. Morro Bay is a nice little town with some surfing, paddle boarding and a few nice eateries.

  • 3
    « Fair enough »

    We went to this hotel to spend the night before driving the Big Sur. We only spent one night (too much already for Morro Bay!). The hotel was clean but mainly basic. Do not expect much. It is just dew rooms around a parking space .. Staff are very friendly and wifi free...

    5
    « Updated, solid place »

    A lovely motel. We'd recommend it to friends looking to stay at a nice, well-run older place which has been updated recently. Not a posh upscale place but comfy, quiet, safe, and complete. Enjoy the real shower, sizable with great pressure. Relax into the clean environment. Make coffee in your room. Use the small fridge or microwave. We were in the 300s and it was totally quiet. We can't vouch for breakfast, but it's there for free from 7:30 - 10:30 am.

    4
    « Easy to reach hotel with nice rooms »

    Despite its location along the highway (which guarantees good accessibility by car) in the room it was not too noisy. room (2 queen size beds) was of comfortable standard and reasonably large; clean !!; good beds; US standard bathroom; American breakfast only (unfortunately as often in US with plastic tableware). Morro Bay beach is quickly accessible by car, but not reasonably by walking; fridge; small supermarket nearby at same road.

    2
    « 2 night stay in morro bay »

    Booked two rooms for 3 children and 2 adults. Initially the rooms we were given could not have been further away. I initially asked to be moved nearer and was told this was not possible. My husband asked and after some discussion we were given the adjoining room !! The staff tried to charge us extra for this until we refused to pay for this. Breakfast was nothing special but was ok. The rooms had just been upgraded. Glad we only stayed two nights. Was in the middle of nowhere - wouldn't use again.

    5
    « The best Best Western ever... »

    We have stayed at a lot of BW hotels, and this one by far is the cutest. The layout of the pool/public area is so cozy and welcoming, with tables, chairs, a love-swing, and a white picket fence! The rooms are clean and cozy, and the staff is friendly and helpful. We were just passing through, and I now wish we had stayed more days.

    4
    « A nice place to stay »

    I enjoyed my stay at this hotel. It is a convenient location to the beach and the Morrow Bay Rock. It's also close to San Luis Obispo. Though not directly from the room, you can see the ocean from the parking lot. The climate is great. I would recommend this BW if asked.

    3
    « problems for disabled »

    This is a pleasant motel and a very good value, but the disabled facilities are inadequate. The bar next to the toilet was too short to be of much use in getting up and the shower needed more bars. So we wouldn't recommend it for a disabled person, but otherwise it's quite nice.

    5
    « cool, cute place to stay....why pay for downtown »

    across the street from the ocean, and can see the rock on a sunny day. has been redone every well, cannot express how clean it was and about half of other over priced stuck in the fog why did I go to Morro in the first place. very quiet, right on PCH, will definitely go back, you can park your bike right outside your door....all the pleasures of home.

    4
    « Recently Renovated! »

    Our room had been recently renovated an it was spotless, clean and quiet. The hotel staff was very friendly and they had they typical hotel breakfast. If you are expecting a hotel right downtown, forget about it. It is right off the highway and not really within walking distance of downtown Morro Bay. I took one star off because the bed was really HARD and uncomfortable. If you like a mattress that is like a board then you will be right at home!

    5
    « Beach vacation »

    Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The exterior and interior of the hotel is very well maintained. The room appeared newly remodeled and there was a great selection of cable channels. Enjoyable stay and appreciated the extended breakfast hours.

  • 5
    « Service oriented place »

    This is my second time there. I needed a 9 page document copied one morning and when I asked the front desk where I could have it done they took it from me and did it right there at no charge. One morning I was very late for breakfast and there was no more sausages. The from desk immediately prepared some for me. The entire staff have an "ownership mentality" and are service oriented always asking how are things and is there anything we can do to make you happy. I was given 2 bottles of water to the room when I arrived. Of course the rooms are clean, quiet and comfortable with plenty of parking. Heated pool which is nice on the cool foggy coast. I will stay here on my next trip to Cayucos.

    5
    « Good basic accommodations »

    Okay, if you are looking for a flashy high-end Resort hotel with a spa, this is not for you. If however, you are looking for clean beds, close parking, and a hot breakfast the next morning, this is your place! It just recently changed hands, so they are no longer dog friendly as in the past. That is the only caveat I will offer to someone who has stayed here before with a furry friend. The only other drawback is that you are not near to the beach. It is true, you are on the wrong side of Highway 1. However, the upside to that is that it's nice and close for when you want to hop up to Cambria to Hearst Castle for the day. All in all, it's a great place with clean beds and we will continue to stay there!

    1
    « Not sensitive to special needs »

    At 80 and 84, we were fleeing the intense smoke in the biggest wildfire in CA, the Big Sur/Soberantes Fire. We made reservations for three nights, not knowing the direction of the fire, but the smoke cleared in our area in two days, so we could go back. We were still made to pay for the third night, no excuses, because that was the rate. We left to go home after two days, having to pay for a motel room we didn't use. The person at the front desk knew we were fire refugees but still insisted that we must pay. We are members of Best Western and have good times at the BW in Grass Valley, but there's no heart here in Morro Bay. Would never go again to this particular motel. I would like the money for our last night refunded.

    5
    « Great Location, Great People »

    Just returned from a 3 day stay in Morro Bay. I booked the hotel on a booking site. Having never stayed there before I was a little skeptical but from the moment I checked in, it was clear I made the right choice. Chris & Sugeil "Sue" are the property managers there. Great friendly people! Each time they saw me, they made it a point to check and make sure I was happy and comfortable. El Rancho was newly renovated. This property is clean, comfortable and great location. To me, people make all the difference and Chris and Sue are those people. I highly recommend BW El Rancho.

    5
    « Wonderful place to stay. »

    Excellent trip, very nice place to stay. Clean, newly renovated rooms. I would stay there again. Great location and wide parking spaces. Staff is very nice and friendly. Close proximity to the town and beach.

    4
    « Clean and updated »

    Arrived in Morro Bay without a hotel reservation (long story on that one!) but called and was able to get a room without any trouble. A little pricey but had to have a room for the night. Customer service was excellent, very pleasant and happy. Our room was fresh and clean. All of the amenities a hotel should have, which was very nice. Free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast. A little disappointed there wasn't movie channels to watch but not a deal breaker. Overall, a nice place to stay

    4
    « new retro »

    new on the inside. retro on the outside. easy parking. i refuse to pay a ridiculous $200 dollars for a motel 6. mid state fair prices? i want amenities for that price. i didn't mind driving across the highway to the harbor. And highly recommend The Galley for lunch or dinner.

    3
    « It's a Best Western .... »

    It's not a BB or anything fancy. You get what you over-pay for. Pros: Room was clean. Free coffee in the lobby. Pool was cool but falling apart. Breakfast was nice. Bacon, sausage, and hard boiled eggs. Cons: Beds were stiff. They had no roll away beds Pool and pool furniture was broke and tattered. My friend snores bad.

    5
    « A pleasant stay »

    Clean and comfortable rooms, close and convenient to the highway, a nice pool area, friendly and helpful staff, and a tasty filling breakfast, whats not to like? It's also a convenient driving distance away from San Simeon and the Hearst Castle.

    4
    « BW Morro Bay Management »

    The husband & wife team that manages the place are very professional & provided great restaurant recommendations & directions to them. The hotel is well located and has a pool and play area for children. It is close to places to eat & grocery stores.

  • 1
    « Worst customer service »

    This place has the worst customer service ever. The girl at the front desk is rude and talks to customers in a threating manner. I needed two beds and she refused t o change it or cancel my reservation. It was eleven at night and I had my child sitting in the car for over two hours trying to resolve my problem. She said I could sleep on the floor and she tried to charge extra for an10 yr old child. I have always stayed at best western hotels when I travel, but I will never again do so.

    2
    « Not Worth It »

    We've stayed at this hotel before and it would seem it is under new management as the quality is not as good. In our room, the dresser drawers were either dirty or broken, the toiletries in the bathroom were inconsistent (there were several lotions but only one shampoo), and the breakfast wasn't very good. On both days, the sausage was lukewarm at the warmest, the hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator were frozen, and there wasn't a good balance of savory or sweet breakfast (it was almost all sweet). Check in was slow and did not match the website (both the check in time and the rollaway bed availability), and the staff asked one of our party to leave the lobby before checkout. We've stayed here before and left with good feelings and wanted to come back. That's not true this time.

    4
    « New Owners taking pride in their family business »

    A really good job on remodeling the rooms. Great location and the Mexican restaurant next door has a great Chili Verde Enchilada. New owners are working hard to make this a better place and the cleaning crews do an excellent job. Plus the location is great with ocean views and only 15-20 minutes from San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly, maybe 30 minutes to Pismo Beach area.

    4
    « Quaint motel »

    Enjoyed our stay. The room is small. The location feels isolated yet the beaches and downy town is just few minutes drive. Beautiful garden and my children enjoyed the swings and running around the grassy area. The room is clean but the walls are thin. The property is clean and well maintained. The staff are accommodating.

    4
    « Not glamorous »

    We spent a week in Morro bay visiting family. Our stay was very pleasant. The room was not spacious but newly renovated. It was very clean and comfortable. Soap, shampoo and body lotion were provided. The breakfast bar included make your own waffles, sausages, cold cereal, a selection of oatmeal packets, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, toast, English muffins as well as prepackaged pastries. It was well maintained.The managers are extremely hospitable and helpful.

    5
    « Best Western El Rancho »

    I stayed for 2 weeks and my experience was completely positive. The staff members were efficient and friendly. The room was clean an large for the price. The hotel is located close to HWY 1 north and south entrances and only a few minutes from the Morro Bay Embarcadero. I look forward to my next stay.

    5
    « Quaint Hotel Right off the 1! »

    Our stay here was very short but it was still a lovely stay. We were taking our time to travel down the 1 from Monterrey and mistimed our arrival. The staff called us to make sure we were still coming and offered an over the phone check in, just in case we didn't arrive before the office closed at 9pm. I'm really glad we did that because we arrived around 10:30pm. The over the phone check in went smoothly and the concierge informed me of our room number and where to pick up our key after hours. I was worried about the difficulty of finding the pick up area but it was very easy to find and get our key. The hotel is ranch style so there's only one floor and we were able to park right in front of our room. This was a huge bonus because we were both exhausted from the long drive. The room was very clean and practically decorated. We slept very well. The next morning, we checked out close to the time and that process went quickly as well. They had even saved breakfast for us since we slept in past the breakfast time. My only complaint was that when we turned on the TV, it was difficult to get a picture. We heard the shows but continued to get a message saying that they couldn't find the channel. This wasn't a deal breaker for us, we still had a great time and enjoyed the stay. I would definitely use this hotel again if we're in the area.

    5
    « A spontaneous trip to the beach with the love of my life. »

    Room was brand new and smells new too. Very clean, polite and the beach is so close and has a view of the beach too! I would definitely recommend it. Right by the highway and easy to find. The Morro Bay Strand state beach is just nearby.

    5
    « El Rancho Best Western, Morro Bay,Ca »

    A nicely redorated motel near the ocean and a short drive from the elephant seal beach. A nice touch in decorating and a unique room. We were placed away from families with children withot even asking (nice).

    5
    « Brand New....Everything and Great Rates »

    We were so pleasantly surprised by how new everything was in this hotel. Even the carpet is brand new. I think I may have been the first person to use the washer and dryer. The pool is lovely; the kids really enjoyed it. The breakfast consisted of waffles sausage patties, hard boiled eggs and your standard cereal, toast, pastry, etc. A Mexican restaurant can be found at the far end of the parking lot. The staff are all wonderful. You can see the ocean...and the prices are very moderate for the area....what's not to like?

  • 5
    « El Rancho Inn Monterey »

    Excellent motel on the north side of Monterey. Well-maintained, clean, and comfortable. Very pleasant experience with check in. Great breakfast. Flower beds add a nice touch to the motel, especially the roses.

    5
    « Very clean and hospitable staff »

    I stay in many hotels each year for business and usually some very nice ones. This little hotel was a refreshing stay, and a step back in time in a good way. The courtyard was quaint and I loved being able to drive right up and get to my room. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to make sure our needs were taken care of. The hotel is not near the main attractions of Morro Bay so keep that in mind but it was a short drive to any attraction. The advantage is that the noise is minimal. I would come back and stay again if ever in the area.

    4
    « A comfortable stop over point »

    We stayed here as a stop over point en route from LA to San Francisco. After initially discovering ants in our room, we informed the owners who were extremely apologetic and immediately moved us to an upgraded room. Ours and our friends rooms (who had no issue with ants) were comfortable and well kept. The owners are very friendly and accomodating. Breakfast is offered with local eateries also close by if preferred. Despite an initial hitch I would recommend this hotel.

    5
    « Friendly Best Western »

    We were tired by the time we arrived and the friendly front desk made use feel better. The gave us a couple bottles of water and explained about breakfast in the morning which come with the room. When we walked to breakfast all the staff we passed said good morning. It was a nice touch.

    3
    « New paint for an old motel »

    This was the 4th time I have stayed at this location. I was told that it has been freshly remodeled and upgraded. It was a pretty paint job and the compact bathroom wasn't handicap-friendly, but it was clean. It was very pricey compared to other BW sites in the vicinity. Breakfast was better than a sack lunch compared to other BW breakfasts. I will look for a cheaper stay next time.

    4
    « Best Western El Rancho Morro Bay »

    Hotel layout gets an A+. Plenty of parking. Ability to park right in front of room. Plenty of space between parking spots. However, these amenities don't seem to be what is important to most Morro Bay travelers, as the hotels in the heart of town appeared largely to have their parking lots packed tightly with cars. Quiet, even though it is right next to Hwy 1. Pricing was a little high considering this facility was not in a premium location and that I am a long time Best Western customer.

    2
    « Overpriced »

    When I travel, I usually stay at Best Western hotels, and have a membership with BW. The stay at this particular property (BW El Rancho) was disappointing. In my opinion, the price did not correspond to the value the hotel provided, and the hotel looked more like a motel. Further, it is located on a street with high traffic, and since I'm a light sleeper, I did not get a good night rest. The room, although clean, was very basic. There were also a few other issues. I do want to mention that the gentleman at the check-out desk was nice and professional, and seemed concerned about my experience, but was not in a position to do anything.

    5
    « Economical Stay on Central Coast »

    The El Rancho is a well maintained motel located only a few minutes from downtown Morro Bay, Morro Rock, and the Main Beach. The rates are very reasonable. It also makes a nice base location for day trips up the spectacular Highway 1.

    4
    « the best motel I stayed in »

    I spent two weeks traveling, from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas to Disneyland to San Francisco. The service and quality at this hotel was outstanding. The overall cost was a little high, but the continental breakfast compensated for the difference in price. Even though I could not find my AARP card she still provided me with the same discount. During the period of time I was registering the elderly couple as well was looking for a room, she also provided them with a discount which saved them greatly compared to the hotels in the Morro Bay area, The owners are very pleasant and will be happy to work with you in regards to the price of a room. It very peaceful and quiet they have a beautiful garden surrounded by roses and a heated swimming pool.

    1
    « Bad Experience! »

    We had booked 6 months ago and then showed up with our 2 small dogs. The hotel no longer accepts pets and the clerk was rude in advising us. He then allowed us to stay (two other cars in the parking lot) but charged us TWICE the usual BM pet fee. The town was pet friendly so this attitude doesn't fit. Rudeness of staff and overall experience made for a bad stay. Also, you could see the beach but it was too far for us to walk (and we like to walk) so the website was deceiving. Stay away - lots of choice!

  • 4
    « Almost on the Beach »

    Very nice. Comfortable bed (very). Very close to places to eat and not far from beach and Embarcadero. Walking distance to the beach, we found a lot of shells and sanddollars. Clamming is possible had I wanted to get closer to the cold water.

    4
    « The property is now updated? rooms are good? but do not pay too much (we did!) »

    Hesitated to stay here, based on the previous guests' reviews. Here is the scoop: the place is now updated and the rooms feel clean. Not hugely spacious, but?. pleasant and inviting. I have two major issues with the place: 1. the price charged (presumably on some days) is outrageously high. $200/night is too much! Also, do not like the fact that this was the only BW property where the cancellation called for 72 hours. I wanted to move a date 24 hours before checking in but it was not possible? The place has come along way, the staff is very friendly, but to ensure more satisfied travelers, do not jack up the price on weekends so high, and do not restrict changes. Otherwise, thumbs up!

    4
    « The nicest people. Thanks Norman »

    There were a few maintenance issues but the rooms were very clean and Norman the desk man was excellent. Friendly and helpful Fix the pocket doors and get a 5 star rating. I'm very picky about clean rooms and they were very good. Comfortable beds too!!

    1
    « Avoid this Best Western! »

    From check in to check out this Best Western was a terrible experience. There were ants in the room (and bed), front desk staff would not initially honour a travel coupon from Best Western. They were reluctant to print me a receipt upon check out. Small rooms with poor lighting. This looks to be converted old motel and is terribly overpriced! Never staying here again.

    1
    « This place sucks big time! »

    First the location is awful: an area you can tell is NOT safe! Second, the manager is unprofessional. He does not know how to resolve issues + he is a crook from how he talks with customers who are calling him. Third, the breakfast sucks Worse than a Motel 6 for 4 times the money of a Motel 6! You have to be nuts to stay there.

    1
    « Do Not Stay Here!!! »

    The pictures of this property on the Best Western website are not true. The ocean or Morro Rock are not visible as shown in pictures. When you arrive you will find it in the middle of factories with an empty parking lot and men hanging around outside smoking. The desk staff are discourteous to women and the Best Western Customer Service staff refuse to cancel a reservation when you don't feel that a property is safe to stay at. Will never reserve a room with Best Western again. Worst customer service ever.

    1
    « Feb. 26, 2016 »

    Would not stay there again. Was not notified hotel was under construction when booking. Water was turned off in the room when we arrived, no air conditioning, front desk staff continued talking on the phone while we were checking in.Ice machine covered in dust and dirt. Roll of toilet paper lying beside the pool. Coffee maker did not work in the room, breakfast was not till 7:30 and no one could be found. Hotel is next to freeway

    1
    « Feb. 2016 »

    Would not stay there again.Was not told hotel was under construction when booking. Water was off when checked in. No air conditioning. Coffee maker did not work, and office did not open till 7:30.Front line employee was talking on phone all the time while we were checking in. Roll of toilet paper lying beside pool.Ice machine covered in construction dust. Worst Best Western we ever stayed at

    3
    « OK, But no housekeeping »

    This motel overlooks Morro Bay, a beautiful location. It is close to Hearst Castle, just up the road on CA1. Room clean. Needed to know that must manually change to channel 3 to get to cable. Bathroom has good new water saving toilets. Shower head did not move, so difficult to wash. Also, no place to put soap/shampoo while in the shower. No tub. Also, breakfast sparse. I stayed 2 days, and there was NO HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE. NO ONE EVEN CAME IN TO EMPTY THE GARBAGE. Only worth staying here for good price. WiFi very good.

    4
    « Good, Clean and Comfortable »

    I turned up without a prior booking and stayed for one night. They had a vacancy and the guy on the desk was very nice and efficient. The rooms were big, comfortable with a clean bathroom. A continental style breakfast was provided in the morning, with a facility to make waffles! Very close walk to the dock which was lovely.

  • 1
    « last resort only »

    Sorry to say but this hotel is dreadful. The rooms are tiny, smelly and way overpriced. The pool is basically on the side of a busy road, surrounded by a lawn where guest have their dogs do their business. The manager is friendly enough but the rest of the personnel is sullen and incompetent.

    1
    « Very Tired 70's Style Motel »

    There is some updating going on in the bathrooms but the "new" bathroom looks like a poor fix up by unqualified workmen. Very old motel and when I stepped out of my room I stepped over the garden to get to my car and ended up in mud past the top of my shoes. Old carpet, no closet, very few TV channels. Very polite man at check in and check out. Mexican restaurant at the end of the lot was decent. This motel is on the main road but not on the water and is noisy.

    5
    « Pleasure trip »

    Had a wonderful experience with staff and room. Love the beds and plushy pillows, nice breakfast menu and park area for my pet. Staff was very friendly and helpful with info on dining, local sites to see and area maps.

    4
    « Great stay »

    I stayed with my two dogs and it was a great experience. They were very accommodating and provided great service. It is also in a great location and within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, grocery store, baseball field, dog friendly park, and others. I have been going to Morro Bay my whole life. I would recommend to anyone.

    4
    « Good »

    Other higher end hotels were booked for the night so we took our chances here and found it to be very quaint, clean and friendly. We felt very comfortable and safe and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly.

    5
    « very reasonable price »

    This motel is very reasonable priced of accommodationsin the Morro Bay area. Close to restaurants, nice services, friendly manager. Very nice revitalization of the Embarcadero with lovely restaurants and shops.

    4
    « Efficient, Caring Staff »

    I would like to say that my one night stay at this property was trouble free. However that would not be true. The first room I was given had a major problem. Upon reporting it to the front desk, their concern was very evident and I was immediately moved to a similar room right next door. This second room has a minor problem with the TV and within two minutes someone was there to fix it and make sure I was satisfied and comfortable. Maybe there shouldn't have been any issues to begin with, but once they were surfaced they received instant and effective resolution. Great and concerned management. The one issue that causes me to rate this property as just Very Good is location. It is easy to get to, but on the east (inland) side of highway 101. This means that anytime you want to go to central Morro Bay or the waterfront you need to travel a winding service road, go under 101 and then travel quite a bit further to your destination. Not real convenient, but.the rate takes in to account the less than ideal location. I will stay here again. Clean and very customer friendly..

    5
    « Clean and friendly »

    I stay at a lot of high end hotels for business, but when I'm traveling on my own dime, I like to stay at small, inexpensive hotels. The one challenge is cleanliness -- you never know how well a small place will be kept. The BW El Rancho was super clean and comfortable. It's old-fashioned, but honest. Just the ticket when all you want to do is get a good night's sleep, then on to the next city.

    4
    « Nice Beach View »

    The beach view is the attraction. Nearby beach to the north to park and take in Morro Point and Morro Rock. Just north of SLO about 15 miles. Great Mexican restaurant, Maya, in the same parking lot. Easy in and out off Main street rather than highway 1

    2
    « WORST WESTERN? »

    New owners had just taken over so Iwill give them the benefit of the doubt. Lots of issues here. Old hotel - exterior has been updated so it looks OK from the outside. Rooms are fairly clean but need some serious modernization. This is not what I expect from a Best Western. Nothing worked properly here - guest printer would not print, sink was plugged (problem corrected in short order), pool was green with algae (still green when we left 6 days later so we never got to use it), bed was lumpy, breakfast area was very small, not much of a food selection and the guest laundry was so filthy we had to use laundry in town. Some problem with our reservation when we arrived which was eventually resolved after a couple of calls to BW head office. Every time I went to the office there was someone there complaining. Payment for the whole stay was taken upon arrival and after 6 weeks on the road we didn't have the energy to move to another hotel. I got the feeling that trying to get my money back would be a big hassle so we stayed put. I have not seen a BW like this in all my travels. Its just a run down old hotel and my advice - pay more if you can afford it and find a nicer place. .

  • 5
    « GREAT VALUE »

    Well maintained property, Excellent staff/management, romms are small (cozy), but comfortable. Parking in front of rooms.Easy access to Fwy & Morry Bay resturants. Minutes to Hearst Castle, San Luis Obispo and Cambria. We have been going here for years and enjoy each visit.

    2
    « Looking for another hotel in the area. »

    We have stayed at the El Rancho, Morro Bay for decades through several owners through good times and bad and we stayed because we loved the location and the people who represented the owners and because it is a Best Western. Our pets were welcome and we were treated like respected returning guests. This Thanksgiving we stayed for the second time in less than two months and in that short time things had drastically changed. It took me at least 15 minutes to figure out what the clerk was telling me because he barely spoke English. The conversation got pretty heated because he didn't understand me either. I finally realized he was telling me that my reservation, which I made personally with the new owner, would not be honored and I would have to stay in a lesser room because I had my dog with me. I reminded him that we had requested that room and that I had a reservation confirming that room and in the end I got that room (and not at the higher price he insisted that room was now worth) but still I was insulted by his attitude and puzzled as to why Best Western would let someone like that represent them. We are also, looking for another hotel in the area.

    2
    « New management, what happened? »

    With new management most all pet friendly amenities are gone, and the pet fees increased by 30%. Hotel rates have also increased without any increase in amenities. Service is good however. Time to find another favorite facility in the Morro Bay Area.

    4
    « Nice place »

    We stayed here for a few nights with two of my grandkids, and one of the things we liked the most, is that they had a selection of VHS tapes and DVD's movies at no extra charge to guests. Very, very nice.

    4
    « Comfortable stay »

    The place is under new management and the quality of service and our stay was wonderful. The staff was pleasant and eager to please. We were always greeted with with a smile. They told me that they are in the process of upgrading the entire property . The room was comfortable and very clean. Its right off the 101 which is convenient, quiet, and a quick ride to town. The rooms are not large but it works. They are stocked with complimentary soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. Breakfast offers muffins, pastries, toast, make your own waffles, cereal, sausage, and hard boiled eggs, juice coffee. Standard continental. The hotel accommodates pets which is great. Dogs receive a basket with treats and towels. Parking is right in front of your room which makes loading and unloading convenient.

    1
    « Best Western Morro Bay CA »

    Find another place to stay. This property must be under new management and it is falling apart. The lobby smells horrible and basics such as water glasses and shampoo were forgotten. We received as 4 a.m. wake up call. WE DID NOT REQUEST A WAKE UP CALL. On top of that we had not hot water.

    4
    « Nothing fancy and fit the need »

    Cute place, nothing fancy and old school where you park in front of your room. Comfy room, cozy and clean. Right on Hwy 1 so no easy beach access. Nice outdoor tables/chairs for sunset viewing. A bit out of town so quiet but oh so close to Taco Temple!

    5
    « Convenient location and good amenities for a budget hotel »

    Easy to find, free car parking, free Wi-Fi, friendly reception staff and a good breakfast offering. Nice large showers and plug point by a mirror for a hair dryer. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

    4
    « Nice weekend stay »

    A very nice hotel with a budget price. A little bit out of the main town of Morrow Bay, but a great value. On the East side of Highway 1 with a good view of the ocean. An older property that has been maintain very well. Clean comfortable room and a very friendly and accommodating staff. If you don't need to be on the Bay or in the main business district, I would highly recommend this place.

    3
    « Just a so so hotel!!! »

    The rooms are old with no air conditioning. When we were there, it was warm so we had a hard time sleeping. The windows need to have locks on them. The toilet is the SMALLEST LOWEST one we have ever seen . . you would expect it had been manufactured for a child. As an older person, it is hard to get up from such a low "instrument"!!! We would never stay here again. The staff is nice. The breakfast was mainly sugared so it was difficult for the husband of this couple to have breakfast. They need to have NON SUGARED items!!!

  • 5
    « CALIFORNIA NOSTALGIA ON HIGHWAY 1 »

    The BW El Rancho reminds me of family vacations, everyone piled in the station wagon and you're driving down the coast to that new amusement park, Disneyland. You turn off the coast highway where the Pacific rolls ashore on one side and this 'ranch-style' motel awaits your arrival on the other. The swimming pool is crystal clear and just waiting for someone to 'cannonball' into it. You park right in front of your room, and the first thing you notice is the planter is full of roses. Open the window, open the door, and that soft sea air makes you feel like you are in an island bungalow, as the sun sets luminously into the west. The rooms are clean, the beds comfortable, many amenities make you feel right at home. I've considered several other options on my trips from north to south or vice versa but I always come back to the El Rancho because I like the idea that it's uncomplicated, it feels extra roomy, and it has that road-trip nostalgia many of us still love from our younger days.

    2
    « Hard Bed »

    The bed was incredibly hard and uncomfortable. One of the few reasons I stay in a hotel is a bed. I don't hang out in the room for hours. It's there to sleep and shower. It's an older motel on the north side of town and was built before A/C. Normally on the central coast it's not a big deal, but it was a rather warm day in late September.

    2
    « Not my cup of tea »

    I don't know what happened to Best Western that decided to adopt this road side motel before Morro Bay. The rooms don't have air conditioning and in a hot day as we arrived the room was stuffy..A fan in the ceiling was the only cooler and didn't do the job. I expect Best Western to have the same standards for all its hotels. Even if the staff were polite, still the overall experience was that we received a stuffy room with no moving air. Opening a window was not considered during the night because the window is on the corridor and we don't need people peeping in. Breakfast didn't have all items like some other Best Westerns I stayed in. They gave the minimal choice. No Yogurts, No Philadelphia Cheese. The price of this hotel was over rated in comparison to other hotels available on that night. We paid over 100$ and we chose it because it was Best Western. There were better located hotels in Morro Bay which were even cheaper.

    4
    « Great dog-friendly place near the beach »

    We really enjoyed our stay at BW El Rancho. The room was clean and the people running it were great. The pool was really nice and there is a great Mexican restaurant MAYA right next to the motel so we had good food there too.

    2
    « Didnt like it!! »

    We just took a one night stay when on the way to santa barbara. The room when we entered kind of smelled weird and there was dirt hanging from the ceiling. Breakfast was ok. Just that from outside the hotel you can see the humongous morro rock

    3
    « nice location »

    I went to morrobay and I spent a night in this little motel its nice location next to the beach but I got some negative points toward the motel #1 NO WINDOW SCREEN. IN BATHROOM FLYS WHERE COMING IN .#2 NO LOCK SECURE IN THE MAIN WINDOW AT THE ROOM MAIN ENTRANCE.#3 an stuff person did open the door while we where inside the room that is not nice

 

Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: The north on Highway 101. Take the Morro Bay/Hearst Castle Exit. Turn right onto Santa Rosa Street. Santa Rosa becomes Route 1. When you reach Morro Bay, take the Main Street Exit, turn left. The BEST WESTERN El Rancho will be on your right hand side about two miles from the Main Street Exit. ·From: The south on Route 1. Go south on Route 1, go left at the San Jacinto stoplight. Take a quick right onto Main street. The BEST WESTERN El Rancho will be on the left about a mile from the stoplight. ·From: The east. Take the Atascadero Road/Highway 41 Exit off Highway 101. At Main Street in Morro Bay, turn right. The BEST WESTERN El Rancho will be on the right about a mile from Highway 41.