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“Affordable majestic grandeur”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Madonna Inn

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Madonna Inn
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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“Affordable majestic grandeur”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

This was the first time I have traveled to America. My friend and I were traveling from San Fran to Las Vegas via San Luis Obispo - just to stay at the Madonna Inn. We booked one of the Rock Shower rooms and stayed for one night.
The Madonna Inn is a piece of modern paradise with a country backdrop. While it is the only thing within a half-hour drive, there is enough awing to be done on the hotel grounds that will keep you entertained for long enough. No expense has been spared in constructing the individually themed rooms and unique landscape.
The dining hall is very... bold. An interesting array of red, white and every imaginable tint between those two. Stacks of decorations. Excellent menu and service though!

Only negative experience:
After checking out, we went to have breakfast in the cafe attached to the dining hall before setting off. We waited 15 minutes to be seated and waited a further 45 minutes before we both received a cup of complimentary coffee. Our order still hadn't been taken despite asking the waiters, twice. We left without eating after more than an hours wait. They were extremely busy and the waiters seemed understaffed. As we were leaving, the manager asked if we were happy with our stay. We explained what had happened and she was very apologetic and gave us the complimentary cups of coffee for free. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the stay, I wouldn't let a tiny thing like missing a meal turn me off staying here!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

We stayed here for one night in the Safari Room a couple of weeks ago. We had a fantastic time, the room was amazing and really quirky but very comfortable. We parked the car right outside, access was brilliant. The dazzling and twinkly lights all over the buildings was very pretty and we ate in the steakhouse. We had seen pictures but wasn't prepared to see the magnificence of the place inside! they were starting to get ready for Christmas, and there was no music on the monday night, but a group of local enthusiastic dancers, doing swing, which was very entertaining. Food was good, my steak was the best I had all week, and the cocktails were fabulous! Ended up having the champagne cake for dessert which was fantastic. The staff were courtesy and the waiting staff were lovely, well done and making visitors feel very welcome! We used the poolside area the next morning, lovely warm pool and very hot jacuzzi, a lovely relaxing few hours spend there in the morning sun, they also provided towels especially for the pool in the room. Robes and hairdryers and great toiletries were provided!!! The shop was amazing and I managed to bring home the glass goblets without breaking them, to the UK, shame they didn't have any hoodies in pink for me that day! All in all, we had a great time, and recommended the hotel to people we met in San Francisco! Sure to be on our list for travelling again!! Well done Madonna Inn!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 7 December 2013
Thank for your recent stay with us and for the wonderful comments. So happy to hear the goblets made it safely home! We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in our area.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

Wow! What an incredible experience. Surprised my wife with a Birthday week end. This was one that she will never forget. She ranked it as the best I've ever done. ! Cool! ! We stayed in the "Cabin Still" room and it was a masterpiece. All the rooms are individually themed. We look forward to going back and experiencing a different room and we are telling everyone we know about this location.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 7 December 2013
We are so pleased to hear that both you and your wife were happy with her birthday weekend! Thank you for choosing Madonna Inn for such a special occasion, we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

Not at all what I'd expected to find along the road when traveling with friends. It was during the first day of an classic muscle car show. The hotel was full of elderly travelers and their families; however, if you ever want to do something out of the ordinary and aren't scared of the color pink and traditional venues that harken back to the 50's, then this is the place for you. My friends and I chilled by the pool's large water fountain in peace. As a History buff and lover of the American Spirit; this place really appealed to me. Each room in the hotel has its own unique theme, and you can see through their windows if they're vacant. Be sure to choose your room knowing that function may follow form for some rooms; so ask about the standard hotel amenities before booking your room.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Avila Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

Pink, creepy, strange, pink, old, overdone, pink, dirty, weird. Those are the adjectives that describe this place.

The outside is starkly different from the inside. With beautiful grass fields, horses, rocky waterfalls and flowers...you might think you're entering a serene place but once inside, you'll probably have nightmares about pink and the movie The Shinning.

My mom and I did stop and have a piece of pie. An $8 PIECE of pie. The price was ridiculous but it was so rich and decadent - probably the best piece of apple pie I've ever had.

If you're passing through the area, this place is worth a stop but I definitely wouldn't return.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

this is the most beautiful hotel i have seeing... their restaurant is amazing, and this is the only place in the world i have seeing the men taking their women into their restroom... you will see why!
Food is excellent, and the rooms are so unique and incredible...

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

We just checked in to our Jr Suite. We booked online and requested one of two different rooms. We got here and were given a different room, one my wife didn't like at all. Not even a hair dryer! I guess I would have expected that they would have notified me that the room we requested was not available.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. When booking online unfortunately we cannot guarantee a particular room. If you are interested in staying in a particular one, please contact us directly and we can always check specific availability. When you reserve a room directly over the phone with us you are guaranteed into an accommodation. We do provide hair dryers in all of our rooms in the closets in a small bag. We hope you will consider giving us another try again in the future and please call us if you have any questions. It would be our pleasure to assist you.
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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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