My boyfriend and I were traveling up the PCH from LA on a four -day trip, and the Madonna Inn was our first stop. After seeing the hotel on The Bachelor, we were pretty excited to check it out for ourselves.
Now we first arrived in the pouring rain and went to registration. The two attendants were busy on the phone and I had to wait for them to finish their conversations before even acknowledging me. That's how I knew I wasn't in LA anymore.
However, where I now was resembled a toned-down version of Disney Land meets Coney Island. it's not a posh, chic hotel experience, so if that is what you are expecting, you will be disappointed. Instead, it's a place with humor, frivolity and flair--very unusual in this day of ultra- modern, sleek design with which comparable California hotels seem obsessed.
Our room, the mini maxi, was tasteful, although outrageously pink. The bathroom had a toilet with a bidet function and heated seat. That was definitely an odd, but nice touch. And that toilet seat experience may sum up the Madonna Inn-- odd but with a nice touch.
We had dinner at the Gold Rush Steak house. Our steak was cooked over a wood-burning grill, which gave it a slightly smoked, bacony taste. Plated with a baked potato, it was delicious and comforting, although the snap peas were over cooked. In the beginning, the service was slow, but picked up later on during the meal.
The same could be said of the Cooper Cafe where I had a super-tasty breakfast of corned beef hash. The cafe is happy and reminiscent of either a time long gone, or a time that never was. I was given a huge plate, and I ate everything, to my surprise and that of my date. Needless to say it held me until our 8:45pm dinner reservation at Post Ranch Inn.
What the staff lacked in service they made up for in genuine enthusiasm. While I'm in no rush to go back, until I have kids who might get a kick out of the whole scene, it was good for a one night stand.
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- Also Known As:
- Madonna Hotel San Luis Obispo
- Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo
- Madonna San Luis Obispo