My parents stayed here years ago and other than a stop at the coffee shop we'd never quite made it. This time we did stay over after a graduation in southern Cal.
The degree to which the kitsch and pink theme are carried out is remarkable--down to pink sugar in the coffee shop and pink his and hers bathrobes (hubby passed on this one) and gaudy water goblets. The common areas are also decorated extensively and the steakhouse which we passed by was also decked out. Could be a fun wedding reception. The inn is definitely an institution and the family photos and connections make it seem personal.
Our room was located in the building closest to the scrubby hills behind the property, at the top of a circular white picket/curlicued staircase (actually two) -- the room was unremarkable--decorated well enough (a blue and yellow "marguerite" theme) -- not especially large but well appointed -- but quite stuffy when we first came in; I imagine it rents later in the evening when it rents (we arrived late). Good shower, some sort of bidet attachment to the toilet which was a remarkably modern touch to an old-timey vibe property. In room coffee as well. We were not there long enough to try the spa/pool.
Although the property is right off Highway 101 we were not troubled by any highway noise inside the room (as others have noted, though, the walls were slightly thinner than they could be-- no "honeymoon" sound but we did hear neighbors arrive and depart and talk briefly.
The staff were as pleasant and cordial as has been reported elsewhere -- reception staff and even the very hard-working wait staff in the cafe.
The outside area is pleasant and well landscaped -- we did cross paths, nearly, with a baby Diamondback rattler snoozing between parked cars at the edge of a landscaped area (on the way up to the hillside buildings, not down by the main area), so I would at least keep my eyes open and maybe wear closed shoes/jeans if I went exploring.
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- Also Known As:
- Madonna Hotel San Luis Obispo
- Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo
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