2460 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442-1552
Phone: 805/772-2212   |   Fax: 805/771-9620   |   27 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Morro Bay is 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. We have great TripAdvisor reviews. 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 kayaking, boat tours, spotting elephant seals and biking. Nature is right in the backyard of our Morro Bay hotel. Montana de Oro, golf, Cayucos and Cambria are all just a short drive away. Whether you're in town to explore the central coast, looking to buy a home in the area, or to indulge in shopping, dining, surfing and fishing, you can't beat the location and luxury of our Morro Bay hotel.

Our Morro Bay hotel has new mattresses and bedding, refurbished rooms, a heated pool, BBQ, furnished patios, 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.

The staff of our Morro Bay hotel is committed to making every guest's stay memorable. Friendly service, only the highest quality amenities and plenty of free perks make us stand out. However, it's the ideal location that's the icing on the cake. Everything you imagine a California getaway to be is realized right here.

Reserve your next escape at BEST WESTERN El Rancho and start planning the first activity!

Full balance of your stay is due at arrival. Front Desk is closed from 9:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily. After-hours check-ins are accommodated, please contact hotel prior to arrival to make arrangements.


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • 100% Smoke Free Hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary continental breakfast choice of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee, and hot items.
  • Outdoor pool
  • Exterior corridor
  • Guest laundry, coin operated facilities, 24-hour
  • Express check out
  • Late check out, with approval
  • Safe deposit box, available in lobby
  • Cable or satellite television, premium movie channels/pay-per-view not available
  • Free wireless Internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms
  • Business center, open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Fax services
  • Computer available
  • Dataports, if RJ-11 dataport is required, please contact hotel to verify availability.
  • Mail services, free outgoing mail
  • Physically challenged facilities, roll-in shower, grab bars. Lobby NOT wheelchair accessible
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor parking
  • Truck/RV parking
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • Front desk hours 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Barbecue grills and grassy picnic area
  • Furnished outdoor patios


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Conveniently located, the best western el rancho in Morro Bay, California is shown on the map. Detailed driving directions from popular points or nearby cities are listed below. For those with GPS, here you go:

Longitude: 35.387045  /  Latitude: -120.857575


Driving Directions to Hotel


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.


We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Morro Bay State Park

Yielding unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, Morro Bay State Park is a must-see for visitors to Morro Bay in the central coast region of California. This state park features Morro Rock, the prominent landmark, as well as a natural bay habitat and lagoon. Bring your binoculars for birding or bring your clubs for a round of golf at the 18-hole public course. Sailing and hiking are also popular activities in the park.

Visit the park's Museum of Natural History to learn about the area's rich Native American history. Join in a lecture, enjoy a nature walk and view the exhibits. Stroll past the Chumash garden outside of the museum to see the native plants that the Chumash used daily. 

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 1.00 mile(s) from Atascadero State Beach
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Morro Bay State Park
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Museum of Natural History
  • 10.00 mile(s) from wine tasting
  • 13.00 mile(s) from Mission de la Tolosa, California Historic Site
  • 13.00 mile(s) from San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
  • 30.00 mile(s) from Hearst Castle
  • 1.00 mile(s) from antique stores

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • Outdoor pool
  • 1.00 mile(s) from beach
  • 1.00 mile(s) from whale watching
  • 1.00 mile(s) from golf course
  • 1.00 mile(s) from boating
  • 1.00 mile(s) from deep sea fishing
  • 1.00 mile(s) from scuba diving
  • 1.00 mile(s) from hiking trails
  • 1.00 mile(s) from harbor cruises
  • 9.00 mile(s) from Montana de Oro , recreational Area

Nearby Restaurants

  • Adjacent to Maya Restaurant, bar/lounge, Mexican, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, open 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., 2490 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA, 805-772-5312. Mexican and American cuisine
  • 1.50 mile(s) from The Galley, bar/lounge, seafood, open for: lunch, dinner, open daily 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for lunch, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for dinner. Reservations are recommended (805) 772-7777
  • 1.50 mile(s) from Dorn's, bar/lounge, seafood, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, open daily 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Phone: (805)772-4415 Try the clam chowder!
  • 1.50 mile(s) from La Harada, full service, Japanese, open for: lunch, dinner, open for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and for dinner 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Phone: (805)772-1410
  • 1.50 mile(s) from DiStasio's, full service, Italian, open for: lunch, dinner, open daily 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Phone: (805)772-8760
  • 1.50 mile(s) from GianCarlo's, full service, Mediterranean, open for: dinner


Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Morro Bay. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

February 2016

February 24
Hooking up with The Second City

Plan for an evening of knee-slappers and gut busters at the Sunset Center when the legendary comedy ensemble The Second City comes to town. The laughs start at 8 p.m.

February 4 – 13
31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Screening more than 200 films, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 31st year. With screenings held at various locations across downtown, the 10-day event is a can't-miss for film lovers. 

March 2016

March 18 & 19
Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars

Hosted at the Pavilion on the Lake near downtown, Atascadero's Dancing with Our Stars is a must-see event. Two days of local celebrities and luminaries providing excellent displays of modern and classic dance – just like the smash hit TV show. 

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