Morro Bay Salty Sister Hotel on California Central Coast

If you’ve ever visited the small coastal community of Morro Bay, you’ve undoubtedly seen Morro Rock. It’s quite hard to miss this massive 581 foot volcanic plug rising up from the earth in California. Marking the entrance to Morro Bay harbor, Morro Rock is actually a causeway connecting it to the shore. The famous landmark is protected as the Morro Rock State Preserve and is a sight to see. My husband and I recently drove down the California coast line from the San Francisco Bay Area and stayed at the brand new Salty Sister Hotel at Morro Rock.

Fishing boats at Morro Bay with Morro Rock in background.

Their first foray into the boutique hotel scene, Seven Sisters Vacations Rentals has capitalized on the vacation beach home concept by turning this 5,000 square foot custom built beach house into six individual hotel suites. It’s also the only hotel around that is literally right across the street from Morro Rock.

The unique floor plan is available to rent in its entirety with all six suites, or each section may be closed off and turned into an individual hotel room with its own kitchen or kitchenette, living room and bathroom.

Salty Sister Hotel living room with beach house decor and high, white beamed ceilings.

This communal vacation concept appears to be a growing trend, with multi-generation family travel and group travel on the rise. I could certainly see renting out the entire house for a girlfriend getaway or destination wedding experience. Together time is a wonderful thing with both family and friends, but it’s always nice to be able to retreat to your own private space for some quiet time in a beautiful seaside setting.

Dining room wooden table with nautical themed chandelier and open living room look out to Morro Rock.

Morro Bay Hideaway

My husband and I had half of the beach house at our disposal for a two night getaway to California’s Central Coast.  I loved the open floor plan and high beamed ceilings. The interior design reflected a casual beach feeling with California chic artwork throughout the property and nautical-themed lighting in the dining room and bedroom.

The fully-stocked kitchen featured new stainless steel appliances, including refrigerator, oven, stove top, dishwasher and microwave oven. The Keurig coffee maker and tea pot came in handy when we headed up to the rooftop to sip our coffee and tea, while drinking in the view of Morro Rock. While we could have prepared breakfast here, I confess that it was easier to simply walk next door to Frankie and Lola’s Cafe for my morning cinnamon roll, while my husband had a spicy Mexican egg dish that he loved. I will add that we did barbecue fresh fish each night on the deck. There was both a gas and charcoal barbecue grill for hotel guests use.

Bird's eye view into the Salty Sister Flagship kitchen with stainless steel appliances and white counter top.

Each of the six suites has a nautical name, as in Spinnaker, Flagship, Port side, and such. All bedrooms include dressers, smart TV, fresh linens, hairdryer, bath toiletries and white cotton towels. All suites had their own walk-in shower.

If this is a romantic escape, there are little tea light, battery operated candles that create a cozy atmosphere in the bedroom. Nautical lamps on the end tables and whale art on the wall complete the beach vibe in the Spinnaker Suite.

Rose petals in the shape of a heart are arranged on the bedspread in one of six suites.

There are stairs to the first floor hotel entrance, downstairs bedroom, game room and laundry room, as well as the second floor rooftop deck. There is an ADA-approved lift to reach the first floor suites. There is complimentary public parking available in front of the hotel and two private parking spots for overnight guests. No pets are allowed on the property.

Prices for Salty Sister Hotel begin at $400 for a two night minimum with higher prices for the complete buyout of the boutique hotel. Check the website for seasonal specials.

Exterior of Salty Sister Boutique Hotel with parking spaces and red Mini Cooper in private parking lot.

Review and all photos by travel writer Nancy D. Brown, who was a guest of Salty Sister. As always, all opinions are her own.

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