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Madonna Inn
Ranked #6 of 32 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 December 2008

The Madonna Inn was a fun and unique experience. We stayed in the Caveman Room and it was amazing. The room was stone, floor to ceiling, including a few jutting stones that server as shelves. The animal print bedspread and curtains added to the theme, as did the hide covered chair and ottoman. There was even a waterfall activated by a switch.

As amazing as the room was, the bathroom was even more impressive. The only “normal” part of the room was the toilet. The room also featured a large shower with a conventional showerhead (and VERY powerful water pressure) plus a full overhead waterfall. The sink was also a waterfall, and there was even a waterfall urinal! The bathroom also featured a stained glass window featuring a caveman.

It was a fun place to spend a night, but overall the practicality of the room would have been difficult to tolerate for more than one night. The stone floor was very uneven and the waterfall shower was impossible to fully contain so the bathroom floor was VERY wet after a shower. The waterfall sink was also difficult to use in a normal way. The towels were also very utilitarian, possibly even dating to the inn's earliest days.

The room was quiet and comfortable overall, however.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2008

This was our 2nd trip to the Madonna Inn. First one was 35 years ago, so some things have changed. Obviously, our room had been renovated-the picture didn't do it justice. Everyone was very nice. We had complimentary champagne with an attached Happy Anniversary balloon. The room was clean and pretty quiet. Basically, we didn't have any problems. The bathtub was a little too long for soaking, but was glad to have a bathtub instead of a shower. They have added a spa and beautiful swimming pool with a waterfall. Didn't have the chance to try them, but they looked very clean and well kept. There was a lamp in the room that needs to be fixed, leaned quite a bit. Otherwise, room was what we expected and was glad they now have color TV. Only negative: I had the impression that local calls (within the area code) were free. I made 2 calls and was charged $9 and $11 for each call. I think they should tell you exactly how much each call will be before you make them. Overall we had a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2008

This was my fourth visit to the Madonna Inn. We have travelled down Route 1 from San Francisco each time. Have stayed in Safari Room, Cave Man Room, Jungle Rock and Yosemite. Friends traveling with us have stayed in Irish Hills and Kona Rock. We have found it a great place to stay on route towards LA. Great fun. Now has a fantastic pool area. Nice boutique, restaurant, cafe etc. We have nothing like this in the UK. No doubt when traveling route 1 we will do it again.

Well worth staying in.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

My wife and I stayed here for one night recently on our honeymoon, while travelling up the California coast. We had researched the Madonna Inn online and picked out a few rooms we'd like to stay in. Calling the Inn directly was helpful since some of the rooms were already booked and it helped us narrow the options down quickly.

If you are thinking of staying here for just a night or two, embrace the tackiness. If you are not easily amused and like to take yourself seriously, or you want a real luxury experience, go somewhere else.

We stayed in the Swiss Rock room. The floor was all rock, and a little cold, but the room had its own heating/cooling unit. The bed was big and comfortable and the rock shower was a neat oddity. We had dinner in the Madonna's restuarant, the Steak House. The experience was equally as tacky, but the staff was great. Very friendly and accomodating, and they are clearly experienced with honeymooners and birthday parties. The food was good, but not excellent.

The highlights would have to be the pool area (on the side of the hill complete with rocky waterfall) and the inn's breakfast. The food at the Copper Cafe was excellent, though not provided with the room. All-in-all: tacky and cute, expensive for 3 stars, but worth a night or two.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2008

I'd seen the rooms of the Madonna Inn on the Travel Channel so when my husband had a conference there I was excited. We had the What's Left room which is up on the third floor thru a back staircase. The room was spotless and the tile work is unbelievable since there were at least a dozen different patterns all meshed together. The carpet, drapes and wallpaper are all a hodgepodge of different colors while the painted walls were a bright cotton candy pink. We were assigned this room but when we go back I’d request a different themed room.

Outside of the hillside rooms are a patio with several tables and chairs to enjoy the weather, the pool is gorgeous with a rock waterfall and the outside architecture is whimsical.

They had a live band every night we were there playing everything from classics to country. Most of the dancers were in the 60+ range but it was wonderful to watch and wish I could dance like that. The bartenders are a bit reserved but the bar with pink and red vinyls and the gold cherubs are just hilarious. We enjoyed both restaurants and the cakes are to die for. If you look past the gilding the wood carving and masonry is just spectacular. She shows her age in places but the Madonna Inn has great bones.

If you are expecting the Ritz you will be disappointed, but if you want to embrace a kind of wacky-tackiness it is a very fun place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 20 October 2008

My husband and I booked a night in the "Cloud Nine" room for our anniversary trip up the coast. This is the first time either of us has stayed at this hotel. I heard mixed reviews from friends, ranging from it's tacky don't waste your money to you have to stay there at least once. We were a little skeptical, but ended up loving our stay! We loved the room, especially the heated toilet seat!! We ate in the Gold Rush Steak House and I swear it was the best tasting Filet Mignon we had! The next morning we got a couples massage and then had lunch in the cafe. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2008

We landed in San Luis Obispo, tired after a delayed flight, called the motel asking if they had any rooms and they whizzed to the airport to pick us up! We were given a great choice of rooms, they're all so amazing it was difficult to decide. The front desk were very helpful and friendly, the room was fantastic but our favourite bit was lounging in the pool and hot tub in the sun.
We can highly recommend The Madonna Inn, it's absurd and brash but glorious with it! There is nothing dull about this motel! If you want a plain, straightforward room, don't stay here. If you want fun and colour, this is definitely the motel for you! Well worth splashing out.
Incidentally, San Luis Obispo is a great, fun stop off on the drive up or down the west coast, a buzzing college town, particularly on a Thursday night when they have a great farmer's market.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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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
#6 Family Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range: £99 - £236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Madonna Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 110
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