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“Just Missed Being Good” 3 of 5 stars
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Apple Farm Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2015 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   |  
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Ranked #4 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Ayr, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
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“Just Missed Being Good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Our 1 night stop over welcome was excellent. Friendly staff offering a complimentary glass of wine, including freely available tea/coffee cookies. We suppose someone has to stay in the Trellis part of this attractive motel, our small room was only one removed from the busy road, which wasn't too bad, however we'd have preferred the main building, but the hotel was full. Because we were only in for 1 night, this was acceptable. The restaurant food and service were reasonably good but to have milk for our coffee supplied in a glass because there was no jug, at breakfast, and being stuck in their unattractive bit of the quiet dining area for dinner & breakfast, irked a little. Breakfast food quality was poor. When checking out no one asked how we enjoyed our stay, which we'd regard as obligatory. Make no mistake, this is a pretty motel with clean rooms which have tea/coffee facilities and a quaint touch of a fire in the room. We were just spoilt by previous and subsequent accommodation in our Californian fly drive and expected a higher standard.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are sorry to hear that your stay and meals with us did not exceed your expectations. We agree that we should have asked you about your stay upon checkout and this is usually a standard for us. We will definitely be addressing this with our Front Desk staff. In regards to your breakfast with us, we will be sure to pass on your comments to our restaurant manager so that he can retrain our serving and kitchen staff. We sincerely appreciate your feedback as it continually helps us to improve. If you find yourself in our area again, we certainly hope to be able to welcome you for another stay in our main Inn.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We needed an overnight between LA and San Francisco, and San Luis appealed as we had stopped for lunch on a previous trip, so I wanted to explore more. Our welcome could not have been finer with excellent cookies to boot. Our room for 3 adults was well sized and the decoration was very flowery. All along the corridors were Christmas type decorations though our stay was before Halloween, this seemed a little over the top for my tastes. We were invited back to the lobby for a glass of wine. The quantity was generous and the quality very acceptable. The other guests were very friendly and chatty which added to the ambience. This is a comfortable stop and if you like the type of decor you will love it here. We would return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Thank you for your review and recent visit to our property. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our welcome cookies and wine are a guest favorite and we love surprising our first time guests with these little extras. We certainly appreciate your feedback and your recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you for another stay soon!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Stayed there last night. First time to stay here. Very nice looking hotel, friendly staff and the room was spacious and very comfortable. Nicely decorated and very pleasant environment.

Apple Farm restaurant is on the same property but a separate building. Had a confirmed dinner reservation for 9PM. Showed up at 9:10PM and the doors were locked. Front desk confirmed that they shut at 9PM. Taking a reservation for 9PM and not letting me know that if I show up 10 mins late (or probably even 1 min, who knows) I would not be allowed in is ridiculous.

It is also right at the exit of the 101 fwy so there's a little noise. Didn't bother me but if my wife was with me on this trip she probably would not have liked that aspect.

Inn on its own would be 4+ stars but the restaurant was a huge downer.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent stay with us. While we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay in our Inn, we are so sorry to hear of your restaurant experience. We agree that we should have explained our closing time more explicitly. We will retrain our host staff on this and make sure that our online reservation system will only take reservations up until 8:45pm. Thank you again for your feedback. We sincerely hope to be able to welcome you for another stay soon!
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Davis, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is our third stay at this hotel, but it is the first time we stayed in the Trellis portion of the hotel. We love the Main hotel which is pretty and more set up like an inn. The Trellis on the other hand is "very small" bearly fit in a queen size bed. The bed isn't comfy like those in the Main hotel either. The bathrom is tiny. You can't have more than one person walking into it. Unfortunately for us, the toilet was backup in the middle of the night. It was gross. We ask for a plunger in the morning and fix it ourselve since it was too hard to think about waiting for them to march into our tiny room. The staff is very friendly and the cookies they gave us at check in is delicious. The place is bit pricey. Trellis is a little cheaper side, and now we know why. I will stay in the Main again, but not in the Trellis. The front desk mentioned that they have plan to update the Trellis. Until than, no Trellis for me again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank your for your review of your recent stay with us. We are so sorry to hear that your visit did not exceed your expectations. The maintenance issue was certainly unfortunate and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please know that this is not typical of our hotel and our maintenance team has solved the plumbing issue that caused this. As you mentioned, the rooms in the Trellis Court are smaller than the rooms in the Inn. We have begun renovations in this area of our property and we plan on enlarging the bathroom space in many of the rooms as well as updating the decor and adding a flat screen television and refrigerator to each room. Once again, we really appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to contact us directly for your next reservation so that we can ensure you reserve the best room that we have available.
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Oakland, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Our family just stayed at the Apple Farm for Parent Weekend at Cal Poly. What a treat! The moment you walk into the lobby, guests are offered a chilled glass of chardonnay and yummy chocolate chip cookies. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The rooms are beautifully decorated - we stay in a different room each time. It is very quiet for sleeping. Don't forget to go to the complimentary wine tasting room - I believe from 3 pm - 5 pm. We first stayed here when my son was touring Cal Poly - now we will stay here every time we visit. Book in advance for Cal Poly events - often sells out. Also the Apple Farm Restaurant is delicious!

Room Tip: The rooms with 2 beds are a little larger and book room on back side if you want to sleep in - some...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
We really appreciate the time you took to write such a nice review and for your recent stay with us. We are honored that we are your place when you visit your son at Cal Poly. Thank you for your feedback on our rooms and amenities. We are so glad to hear that you enjoy them so much. We are grateful for your recommendation and we look forward to welcoming you for many more stays in the future!
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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Apple Farm is a nice location, proximate to the Cal Poly Campus. The charm is inviting, kind of like staying at grandma's house. However, they need to update their look. 80's calico country clutter is tiresome and annoying. They should go with a sleeker, more modern country theme of decor. Otherwise, nice place if you don't mind all the stuff. I would not stay again, as we found all the matchy matchy everything a little too much and not restful at all.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write your review and for your recent stay with us. We really do appreciate your feedback on our country theme. Currently, we are working on renovating many of our rooms right now to a more contemporary country decor. We are about 70% finished with the renovations. We would certainly love another opportunity to welcome you and ensure you are staying in a renovated room. Please feel free to contact us directly if you do decide to return so that we can pick out the perfect room for you!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

on our trip down to LA we stopped for one night at this charming hotel.we picked this out because it seemed the best one in the area and downtown looked like a good place to stop and stroll around for dinner.
the hotel itself is very nice,like a doll house I would say..people are very nice and in the hall you can find complimentary tea,coffee and a very good apple cider,warm and tasting! everything is colourful and gives that welcome home feeling..the property is spread in different buildings so it is like to be in a little village, 20 min walk distance from downtown.
we were given a very spacious room with direct access to the little swimming pool they have outside the main building,we had even chairs and table outside our room.gas fireplace was funny...but unfortunately so nice was the room and so unfortunate was its location,we had the lift just on one side and it was very noisy till late in the night and then again early in the morning.They have for sure better rooms,we could not change ours but they said to us that the direct access to the swimming pool area and the possibility to be outside compensated the location of our room.

Room Tip: do not take room number 100!!it is -1 floor and really noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you for your review and recent stay with us. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our property and amenities so much. Thank you for your feedback on room 100. That room is near the elevator and below the lobby and so it tends to be noisier than our other rooms. The room itself is lovely with a larger bathroom and direct access to the pool 24 hours a day. We are sorry that we were unable to relocate you to a quieter room due to our availability. We will be sure to assign you a quieter room on our third floor for your next visit. We really appreciate your feedback. We hope to be able to welcome you for another stay!
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Address: 2015 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in San Luis Obispo
#2 Family Hotel in San Luis Obispo
#5 Business Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Apple Farm Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Apple Farm Inn is located near downtown San Luis Obispo and very close to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. All the rooms have fireplaces and complimentary wireless internet access. The property has a heated swimming pool, an on-site spa, a restaurant featuring comfort cuisine and an elaborate gift shop. It is centrally located for exploring the Central Coast with wineries and beaches no more than 10-15 miles away. ... more   less 
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