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“A whimsical stay that has us talking about the visit months later” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madonna Inn
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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150 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“A whimsical stay that has us talking about the visit months later”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We have stayed at many properties and the Madonna Inn truly blew us away with it's uniqueness. They're more of a resort with rooms fairly spread apart (you will drive to your room). We stayed at the American Room and it was HUGE!! We had two beds and they even supplied two cribs for our toddler and newborn. The fireplace and lounge area was a nice touch as it allowed us to relax once the kids had gone to bed.

I love a toilet that washes and dries everything for you ;)... seriously we spent a good fifteen minutes marvelling the contraption. Only down side is that the tub was a bit high and difficult for 5 ft me to get in. Beyond that everything was amazing. The room was comfortable and very unique. I got a chance to see one the Madonna Suite with it's rock waterfall and must say I'll be back to experience that first hand!!

YES the cake is amazing. You MUST get a slice. It's definitely worth the $7.

Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to lounge by the pool and maybe even horseback ride up the mountain. Sunrise and Sunset was gorgeous here and walking around the property is highly recommended. We didn't dine at the resort but I did pop into the cocktail lounge around 10 p.m. with kids in tow. There was live music but it was a slow night - worked out perfectly for us as the toddler was able to dance and run around.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank YasHKinZ
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Los Angeles, California
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

I just loved this place and everything about it. We stayed in the Dez room and the decor was beautiful, I wish I could have taken a look inside some of the other rooms, and I am already picking out what room I want to stay in on my next visit. The room was very clean and came with everything you need and more. Great nights sleep.

We went to the bar area, restaurant pool area and cafe in our visit and thought they were equally as lovely as our room. Great customer service, great options and great pink drinks! Oh and I live band with lots of people dancing on the dance floor - it seems like a popular spot, not just for hotel residents.

Great location, we went hiking in Prefumo Canyon, which has some surprisingly challenging trails. Shops and stores near by also. I just wished we had a chance to take advantage of more of the area, however we only stayed for two nights.

Can't wait to come back again!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kerri_lousie
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review of Madonna Inn. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the facilities as well as the local hiking options in the area. Prefumo Canyon is a beautiful area. For your next visit, the Lemon Groove Loop Trail or the Cerro San Luis Trail are located right near our property. Or if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, Bishops Peak offers amazing views from the top! We are looking forward to welcoming you back to try another room!
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Denia, Spain
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122 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 455 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Even if you never get the chance to stay in one of the 130 plus themed rooms at his hotel you really must find time to stop here, if only for a coffee or a cocktail. The public areas of the hotel have been decorated in the most amazing style based on the colour pink. Everywhere you look, every public room you go into, there is something in it which will bring a smile to you face. All the hotel rooms have different themes - caveman, wagon train, film kitsch. The downstairs gentlemens rest room is something to see with a rock faced waterfall urinal which comes on remotely as you approach it. Quite an amazing place

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

20+ years after going to Cal Poly I finally stayed here and it was worth the wait. Pleasantly surprised with the variety of options, things to do, and rustic retro charm. Chose a room by cost and it was an end-unit which was nice as it had more windows (Swiss Chalet). Funky neat older decor, as expected, but updated bathroom and TV - what more do you need? Walls are not super thick (heard our neighbors when they were talking loudly) but otherwise it was quiet everywhere and felt private. 85-degree gorgeous pool with two hot tubs, great view, bar, cafe, restaurant, gift shops, and hot pink tennis courts! We did it all except the restaurant (we stayed casual and had all of our meals in the cafe). Great service, and you feel like you're a world away - a pink rustic retro escape. We were going to go to the Farmer's Mkt but once at Madonna Inn we decided to stay and spent the whole time there. Great trip, will be back.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GForce2012
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Thank you for your review and for making an effort to stay with us after 20+ years! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here and that we could provide activities to make your trip special. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
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Milan, Italy
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213 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 740 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

The most pictoresque, kitschy and flamboyant hotel (or motel) I ever visited. Not possible not to notice if you pass there. Therefore not possible to miss. All the rooms are different and creatively designed and furnished, like a movie set. A crazy experience that you never forget

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Orange County, CA
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18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

The kitschy nature of the hotel was great and about what we expected, so no surprises there. It's old and needs updating, but that sort of adds to the experience. What we didn't expect was service that was horrible and staff that acted like they were serving out a prison sentence. We had some friends send some wine to our room and when we didn't get it, we called the front desk to ask about it. The woman gave us a, "arrgh, let me check"....click. Turns out it went to an empty room. After a few more phone calls, we finally got it and then a little while later they brought an opener for the wine too. They all acted like it was a huge hassle and time consumer for them which was a bummer. I was told to ask for a military discount on the room, especially since it was a Sunday night (the place was empty), but was told no. OK, no big deal. I said that I had seen discounts for military listed among reviews on trip advisor and asked if they no longer offered them. They finally offered me $20 off (a $279 room) which was appreciated, but it sounded like they felt they were doing me a huge favor. So other military guys and gals out there, make sure you mention Trip Advisor when asking if they offer a discount for your service.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank goninety54
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Kamloops, Canada
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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

we were told by our friends about this place when we stopped in San Jose, we would have not stopped other wise and what a treat! the building is so amazing and the decorations for Christmas were over the top I loved it!! We decided to have dinner there was a wonderful band playing and people dancing we didn't want to leave. I had steak and my husband has fish and both meals were absolutely perfect, the service was wonderful, I can't say enough and the history is so cool, cant wait to go back and spend more time!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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1 Thank Debbie U
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Thank you to both you and your friends who gave you the recommendation! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Christmas decorations, food and service. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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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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