My husband and I have been driving past the Madonna Inn to and from various destinations for years. We had even talked about staying there, but something always came up. Years ago I had attempted it, but the room I wanted was booked. At that time I was told that I would need to make reservations six months in advance. This year I finally decided to try again. I went on the Madonna Inn website (I know I could have tried one of the discount sites, but I really wanted a certain themed room. Here is the site for the names and features of each of their rooms where you can click on the name and see a picture: http://www.madonnainn.com/features.php). In the past you could reserve a particular room, now what Madonna Inn does is group rooms into categories then there’s a special “request” you can submit for a certain room. Whether you get it or not is subject to availability. I was fortunate. (I’d recommend you trying to call the inn directly.) This time I booked a few days before our departure and I actually received confirmation my request was approved for the “Yosemite Room, Room 130” combined with a “hike” package also available on their website (2 free canteens valued at $24 – realize we went on Tuesday and only stayed 1 night). When we entered the Yosemite Room, my husband and I marveled at the artistry of the placement of the rocks/boulders in the room. We were later told that this room was built around the existing rocks. When we entered, we were immediately surrounded by giant boulders sticking out from the walls everywhere. There was an iron rod for clothes, an ironing board and an iron --- where the iron was cleverly tucked onto a rock ledge. The small table/mirror with internet access was placed in between two large stacks of boulders. The gas fireplace required just a push of the button to turn on. During the day, light came from a large window. The door had obscure stained colored glass which provided additional light. Our bathroom was definitely unique where the rock theme continued. The floor, shower and two basins where all cleverly made out of rocks. There were standard metal fixtures for water and towel bars, but everything else was ROCKS. It made for a slightly uneven floor while “level” counter space (though there was plenty) was limited and challenging, but it was all so amazing. The shower was plenty big enough for two. The floor had been sloped so water naturally drained down the drain hole. There were no curtains. There were just two large rock formations marking the shower area with the center open allowing entrance. There was one rock ledge within the shower that was just big enough to place the shampoo. For those of you who haven’t experienced it, the toilet was a bidet. The seat is heated then there is a remote control unit capable of squirting a gentle steady stream of warm water to cleanse your anatomy and a dryer to dry, too. That was a new experience for both of us. On close examination of the Yosemite Room, we could see where modernization patches for fireplace gas ignition switch, fan, extra wiring for tv and cabled internet connections (no wireless available in this room because of the natural boulders). There were also multiple extensions so electrical devices could be plugged in. It was too bad the modernization touches couldn’t have been camouflaged better. After checking in, we walked to a park that had a lagoon. We also walked to check out the other facilities – heated pool whose entry was a gentle slope instead of stairs and it was open till 11 p.m. with a giant waterfall and gazebo in the background, a fitness gym, pool bar room and spa treatment area. (Note: there is an additional $15 resort fee which includes the use of the pool, fitness room, basketball court, and internet access). The experience was wonderful and we’re glad we did it, but we would not stay again because of the price (Yosemite Room -- $251 + taxes ~$38 + resort fee ~16.50 with more tax for a total of ~$300). When we checked out, we were given a professional post card of our room. Now whenever we drive past this place it will be with very fond memories.
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- Also Known As:
- Madonna Hotel San Luis Obispo
- Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo
- Madonna San Luis Obispo