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“To Bedrock we go” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Madonna Inn
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Lakeport, California
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40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“To Bedrock we go”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

My husband and I stayed here for his 30th birthday and we had a blast. This would have to be a splurge because the rooms aren't cheap and if you plan to eat there you will pay a pretty penny, but it is well worth it.
We got the caveman room and it was a very unique experience. It had a rock waterfall shower that was a fun way to get ready for your day, but since the whole bathroom is rock it doesn't dry out so well. The bed was comfy, the room was quiet, and felt very secluded. If you stay in this room watch for the sensor that flushes the urinal. It can be sensitive.
I would recommend taking your time to walk around and check out the intricate details they put into the decorating. It is fun!
The restaurants are great and have a good selection. We had a brunch with family at the Copper Cafe that was reasonably priced and delicious. I love their goblets!
We had a birthday dinner at Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steakhouse and they went out of their way to make my husband feel special for his birthday. They had a live band playing that added to the dining experience nicely. If you have an aversion to pink or Pepto Bismal, you may want to choose another restaurant because it is ALL pink.
The whole hotel is very over the top, but that is what makes it a fun and different experience.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 1 April 2012
First off we would like to wish your husband a belated “Happy Birthday” from all at the Madonna Inn. The Caveman room is by far the most popular, and were are ecstatic that your were able to experience its primitive whimsy. Both the Café and Steakhouse are indeed and experience to indulge in and we couldn’t be happier that you were able to enjoy both. Thank you for leaving your comments, and we hope to see you in the future.
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  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Rindge, New Hampshire
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64 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

This was our 3rd stay at the Inn over 32 years. We stayed in the Kona Cave room, a rock room with a rock shower. Fun but dark. It is showing its age, the light dimmers did not function. Older folks may find the floor of the rock bathroom difficult to walk on due to the unevenness, but it is unique. The restaurants, however, are very good to excellent. we had the filet mignon and it lived up to its expectations. The oak wood smokey flavor was very good although a steady diet of it would get old. Breakfast in the coffee shop was good; well executed but food was not out of the ordinary. Service in both restaurants was superb. Very professional and attentive waitstaff in both places. The hotel is worth a visit once for its unique style.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kokosuki
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 1 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time and effort to write a review on your previous stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Our café and steakhouse are indeed fantastic and your glowing comments have been forwarded to both managers. We do hope to see you again in the near future.
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San Jose, CA
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193 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

We selected the Madonna Inn as the place to stay at, to break up our auto trip from the Bay Area down to the Los Angeles area. Though we had stopped at the hotel a few times in the past to "visit" the fabled public men's bathroom, we had never stayed overnight. The hotel has the unique characteristic of each room having a one-of-a-kind style. Its web site was easy to use, and one great feature is the ability to see what each room looked like. We reserved a room, but after arriving, changed to the Pioneer America room. This room had a large map behind the headboard of the bed, showing some national features and individuals involved in the development of the USA. It was quite large, with a sofa and loveseat in addition to typical room furnishings. Yet it wasn't crowded because the room was very large. A nice feature was two fold-away luggage stands, bathrobes, and a large bathroom with stone floor. We strolled through the property, saw the ornate white circular outdoor stairs and balcony of a nearby building (ours had only one floor). A walk through the main building with its thick rug, seeing the various eating and shop areas, and ornate carved woodwork and doors, was enjoyable. We also walked up the hill to the pool and exercise room area. Landscapiing was a notable feature. Almost made me think I'm in a botanical garden, what with the numerous, well-tended, plants and flowers. The inn is a landmark in the San Luis Obispo area. We ate in the coffee shop. One notable feature there is that each table has a copper surface. Actual copper, I think. Go and enjoy!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Greetings valued guest. We are so ecstatic that you were finally able to stay the night with us. We couldn’t be happier that The Pioneer America room was everything you hoped for. We couldn’t be happier that your expectations were exceeded; from the restaurants and gift shops, to the pool, spa and landscaping. We hope that you will soon visit us again, soon!
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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

it was fun to stay here. TWICE.
had the Love and rose room ( red, VERY RED)
stone cave shower!
VERY uncomfy bed!!!
but it was fun!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Allan C
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on your past stay with us. We hope you will join us again for a third time in another one of our uniquely themed rooms. All rooms have new top of the line mattresses, and we’re sure the next time you join us you will find one that better meets your comfort. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Denver
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

We stayed at the Madonna Inn during a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. We stayed here at the recommendation of several people. So, we didn't take the time to research it much or look to see where it was located in relation to the PCH and the beach.
We were disappointed to realize it was not a beach town/hotel.
When we arrived was the only time we dealt with hotel staff and they were a little preoccupied and didn't provide the greatest service. They weren't rude but they weren't kind either.
We were excited to see our room as we spent much time selecting it. We were disappointed when we walked in because it felt very dated. Also, we were looking forward to sit up on our second level and read. To our disappointment the 'second level' is literally the top of a set of spiral stairs on which you can only stand in one spot. No sitting together was going to happen. Now we know why there are no pics of it up there.
We decided to stay at the Inn for dinner after a long day of driving. We were not impressed with the cleanliness nor smell of the diner. We at there anyways and were not impressed with our food either.
This is a fun idea that was probably cool back in the 50s when it was originally built but now it leaves a little to be desired. It would benefit from a better website and a remodel.
We will not go back.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AdrienneWolf
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Dear valued guest. We appreciate your feedback, as all comments help better improve our guest satisfaction. All your key points have been address to the appropriate departments. We apologize that your expectations were not exceeded, but we look forward to seeing you again next time you pass through town, even if it’s just to stop by and do a little shopping or to have lunch in our café.
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Santa Barbara, California
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

Every few years we like to visit the Madonna Inn with a group of friends ranging from 12-24. It is always so much fun. The decorations are so kitschy spectacular- you must go at least once in your life. The restaurant is quite good and can serve large groups. The coffee shop has tasty breakfast and a sweet staff. The pool is sparkling clean and so nice and warm- probably around 92 degrees...and they have a pool bar, spa, great music, and comfy lounges. Some of the rooms have hi-tech toilets which are surprisingly wonderful. The rooms are nice and quiet because they were nice enough to put in double pane glass. Even though the decorations are cheesy- which is why you go- each room has its own over the top character. Everything is impeccably clean. We will definitely be returning in a few years.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
What a fantastic review. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. It’s always a delight to hear about each of our guests unique experiences. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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London
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22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

My husband stayed here in the 70s when he was a kid and was so excited about going back. It lived up to all his memories! We stayed in the Starlight room which was a bit pricey considering wifi and breakfast are not included but it was a lovely room. Very peaceful, nice size, comfy bed and fabulous toilet!! We had breakfast at the copper cafe the following morning which was great. This place has such history and it's a great stop on the coastal highway. We would rather pay a bit extra and stay somewhere with character when it's as fabulous as this!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank small2006
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Joe_Forgette, Front Office Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Thank you for leaving such a glowing review on your past stay with us! The Starlite room is quite popular and we are thrilled that you were able to experience it. Thank you again, and we hope to see you soon!
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Property: Madonna Inn
Address: 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5489
Region: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Luis Obispo
#7 Family Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Madonna Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 110
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