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Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   1800 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Whittier, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights with 2 of our grandchildren. A little getaway before they start school. We travel quite a bit and we knew that staying at a Holiday Inn Express would give us simple no frills accommodations. The room was very plain, but sufficient for our stay. Beds were comfortable and I did like the... More

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. As a father of two little girls, I know how a pool can be a big hit with children and parents alike. I am happy to hear that you had the opportunity to enjoy this amenity. But I am disappointed that we fell short of your expectations with breakfast. Please contact me so that I... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a straight forward hotel, without any fancy touches. Clean, quiet, in the neighborghood of most other hotels. For me not at a walking distance fron the city downtown. If you look for a simple place to spend the night, this could work, as it did for me and my family of five.

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We look forward to your next stay with us and allow us to provide the best possible service and comfort to you and your family. James Davison General Manager More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this was fine for the single night I stayed it felt very cheap. Also, I had booked a king bed and was given a queen. Finally the workout room was not sufficiently air conditioned so I had to cut my workout short. Very disappointing!

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide a review from your recent stay at the Holiday Inn Express in San Luis Obispo. We here at the Holiday Inn Express pride ourselves on providing the best possible service and comfort for our guests. We apologize for the issues with the bedding of your room and your experience with the fitness... More

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've come to this HI Express for several years and have never been disappointed. The rooms are quiet and clean. Appliances (TV, coffee, air conditioning/hearing, wifi) have never been out of order, and the beds are comfortable. Breakfast offers a nice array of choices in a spacious room.

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

Thank you for your years of return visits. We greatly appreciate it. We pride ourselves on our clean, comfortable, and well appointed rooms and we will work hard everyday to make sure you will always have a great stay. Thank you for your review and we look forward to your next visit with us. James Davison General Manager More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thus hotel was in a very good location to downtown SLO. It was within walking distance to restaurants and was not hard to get in and out of. The continental breakfast was decent for what you pay for and the rooms were well cleaned. The bathroom needed some cosmetic work and certain attention to detail by the cleaning staff was... More

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San Ramon, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for the cheap route next door at the Sands and regretted it. This hotel is 10x better and worth every penny when it comes to the room facilities and amenities. Don't be a cheapo. Spend a little bit more specially when traveling with the family. You'll thank me later :)

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Will stay here again in the future. Comfortable room close enough to enjoy the beach.without the hassle of staying on the beach. We were on vacation from Denver, heading for Silicon Valley to visit Google. Great resting place.

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

As a resident of San Luis Obispo myself, it is wonderful just being a 10 minute drive to the beach but still getting to enjoy the "SLO" life. We are pleased you got to have a little of the same experience we treasure. Thank you from all of us for your review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's always a treat to stay here. Nicely appointed rooms, excellent friendly service that goes above and beyond expectations, and easy access to downtown without being too close to anything noisy. Shout outs to the AGM, Amy and the FOM, Lauren. Didn't get I meet the GM but he seems to be doing a fantastic job. Thanks!

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

We do have a wonderful staff. Thank you for your kind remarks about them. I will definitely share your review with them. I am also happy to hear you liked our rooms. We recently renovated them and everyone is very excited about the new look of our rooms. We appreciate your comments and we hope to have you as our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Excellent front lobby staff, Alex was professional and friendly, room upgrade to 3rd floor suite, room recently updated, very welcoming, very comfortable, would recommend this location. Randy Thompson

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James D, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the newly remodeled look of our rooms. We are very excited about how they look now. Also Alex is always great with our guests and I will be honored to share your comments with her. We look foward to seeing you again soon and checking out some of our other renovated rooms.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We've stayed here several times with our dog Max. They recently remodeled the rooms and the beds are very comfortable. The staff is fantastic. They really make you feel welcomed, especially when traveling with your pooch! We stayed in room 112 which was convenient to the exit to walk the dog, but a bit noisy since its near the ice... More

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Amy S, Manager at Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo, responded to this review

Dear JandMHWD, Thank you so much for your recent review of the Holiday Inn Express in San Luis Obispo. I am so glad to hear you and Max had a nice time in our newly remodeled rooms! I am sorry to hear about the noise you had experienced. Next time you are here with us, we will try to get... More

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Address: 1800 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo 2.5*
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel at San Luis Obispo is the area's closest hotel to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Enjoy the best of small town charm surrounded by the unrivaled natural beauty of the Central Coast - from the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo, to the colorful shops, restaurants, wineries, hiking, and beaches. The rustic neighboring communities of Cambria, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach and Paso Robles are just a short drive away. Our hotel offers a relaxing getaway with newly renovated, spacious rooms and suites featuring refrigerators, bath robes, and amenities to make you feel at home! Enjoy our complimentary deluxe full American breakfast. AAA approved, 3-Diamond rating. Come hop the trolley this Thursday to our weekly, regionally-famed, Farmer's Market. You will find an extensive selection of fresh produce, BBQ & live music! ... more   less 
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