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“Beautiful place-needs some upgrades” 4 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
Brea, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Beautiful place-needs some upgrades”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband and I reserved a queen room in the trellis section. Although the room was smaller than I thought, it was very clean and nicely decorated. The bathroom was another story. Our shower door wouldn't close all the way causing water to drench the floor. There was also no place to place your toiletries. The bathroom window was extremely difficult to open and close.
The outdoor spa was awesome. It was set back in a very private fenced in patio. The water was warm and clean. We really enjoyed our evenings in the spa.
Overall, we had a very pleasant stay and would return. Loved the restaurant and the gift shop and bakery were a wonderful addition.

Room Tip: Next time we will probably stay in the Inn. The rooms look larger.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your private patio hot tub and our restaurant and gift shop. We really appreciate your feedback on the bathroom in your room. We will be sure to address the shower door and storage as soon as possible. We are currently in the process of renovating our Trellis Court and the new bathrooms will be very functional. We look forward to welcoming you for another stay soon!
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  • Sleep Quality
    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
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My friend and I stayed here in July when we were driving down from San Francisco. We were pleasantly surprised as it was really nice. It was decorated in quite a quaint style but it was all quite modern. Really nice pool and we were lucky enough to be able to sit by the pool for a few hours.

Our room was clean and the bathroom was a good size as well. It was a really nice stay. We got free cookies when we checked in. There is a $5 service fee but we had already paid ours through our travel agent.

We ate in the restaurant which was a nice place for dinner and not over priced. The bakery had lots of nice food.

We drove into the downtown part and had a walk around. Look out for bubblegum alley in the town. There are plenty of places to eat and drink there.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, July 21, 2014
Thank you for your review. We are so happy that we were a stop on your California tour and that you enjoyed your stay so much! We really appreciate your feedback on our rooms, restaurant, and pool area. Our pool is a nice place to relax in our perfect Central Coast weather. It's nice to hear that you liked our downtown so much too. It really is a fun place to dine, shop and explore. Bubblegum Alley is especially unique. We look forward to welcoming you again when you visit our area in the future!
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Dana Point, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Just stayed at Apple Farm inn with my husband and teenage daughters. We all loved our rooms. The hotel was very cute and clean. We were welcomed at check in with fresh chocolate chip cookies. There were complimentary bottled waters,bottled apple juice, and Hershey Kisses in our room.
The only con that we had was the internet was not that great. We had a hard time getting a connection. It was very intermittent.
We had breakfast at the Apple Farm Restaurant and loved every bite! We will definitely stay there again the next time we are in SLO!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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, July 21, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are so thrilled that you had such a wonderful stay. We really appreciate your feedback on our rooms and amenities. Thank you for letting us know about your internet connection. We will be sure to address this with our Internet Service Provider immediately. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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Lakewood, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We have come to the Apple Farm many times and have never been disappointed. It is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy all that they offer. The rooms are exquisite with lovely things to just enjoy.
We ate almost every meal in the restaurant and it was always superb. We shopped the gift shop and made some lovely purchases. The coupons given out for the restaurant/bakery were a nice touch and there were discounts every day on gift shop items. We had a wonderful stay and the staff was excellent in every way. Warm, welcoming, helpful always. We loved the chocolate cookies every day and the glass of wine as well. We cannot say enough positives and we will be back again soon.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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, July 18, 2014
Thank you for your review and your many stays with us over the years. We are so happy to be your home away from home here in San Luis Obispo. We really appreciate your feedback on your most recent stay with us and we will be sure to pass your comments on to our entire team. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Previous memories of this delightful property brought back warm, welcoming, close-family recollections. In this case, the memories were a bit better than the real thing. Sadly, life is like that in all too many instances. Memories have a hard time living up to current expectations. Here's how it broke down for us:

Location: Apple Farm Inn is probably as far from the downtown fun, activities, and "life" as one could possibly find lodging. It is a very long (but very nice) walk to all that which draws the visitor to this lovely location. Plan accordingly, wear good shoes. Between the downtown hub of activity and Apple Farm Inn there are any number of charming B&B's and Inns, etc. which we will explore in the future. Apple Farm Inn is a destination in and of itself. Gift shops, etc. are enough to keep most folks busy for one afternoon.

Bakery store: Oh, this is wonderful! Prepare to be tempted beyond reasonable expectations! Hard decisions to be made between the apple bars (hello apple pie!) or the salty caramel chocolate bars (chocoholics, you absolutely have got to try this!) and all the fun dipped cookie choices are such fun transgressions. Do not, under any circumstances, miss this bakery stop!

Rooms: this visit, we stayed in the main inn, as opposed to the Water wheel room we stayed at in the past. We did like the main inn because it had such a nice family feeling. The hallways are decorated with umpteen little knick knacks which border on being a little over-the-top. Our room (#110) was a darling little step back in time but in need of some basic maintenance. The carpet was soiled enough for us to easily recognize and in serious need of carpet cleaning. The lamp on the coffee table (between the 2 comfy chairs) had a loose socket which saw the light bulb resting on the inside of the lamp shade (scary and potentially a fire hazard), the head board for the bed was missing a bolt and nut to hold the center support in place, and everything else was comfy but showing its age.

Perks: Apple Farm Inn has traditionally held a very welcoming wine reception in the early hours of the evening. Our memories were of being offered a "glass" (more on this to come) of your choice of wine while you settle in to meet fellow travelers and enjoy some cheese, crackers, and grapes and fun conversation. Some folks even had a second "glass" of wine during this truly hospitable reception. The sad reality is that today things have changed. Now, the setting is moved to a location near the restaurant on an upper outside setting(go through the gift shop, [past the bakery, and watch for the patio door). Upon arriving on the patio, the visitor will be greeted by the hostess who will offer the visitor a "splash" of wine (not our words but the words of the hostess). We figured that about 4 "splashes" equaled a 1/2 "glass" of wine. So much for the cordiality of visiting with your newly met friends and fellow visitors and enjoying a "glass" of hospitality. After the requisite limit of "splashes", if a "glass" of wine is requested, it will be provided by the hostess and billed to the requestor's room.

In full disclosure fairness, the reception rules should be spelled out: " NOTICE TO VISITORS: You will be allowed up to 4 "splashes" of wine and any further wine requests will be billed to your room at an undisclosed rate.

Wine tasting? Yes, that is what this really is. Wine reception? No, this is not what this should be called. We will pass on this "event" next time we visit. Just not worth it.

The bathroom toiletries were very nice, the towels were soft, bedding was comfortable, and the inn's reception area also had coffee service set up at 6 a.m. Nice touches

Room Tip: Wall-mount a/c is loud and hard to regulate the temperature
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
We really appreciate the time you took to write a review of your recent stay with us. We are so grateful of your many stays with us over the years. Please know that we take every suggestion to heart and we are sorry to hear that this stay did not exceed your expectations. We will be sure to repair the maintenance issues in your room right away. We do shampoo our carpets regularly and we will make sure that this room is next. Thank you for letting us know about your Guest Wine Reception experience. While we are currently offering tastes of our Winery of the Month's wines, we also are happy to offer full glasses of locally produced house wine for any of our guests during the reception. It sounds like our reception host was misinformed on this and we will be sure to address this with them immediately. Once again we really appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to contact me directly at christeng@applefarm.com for your next reservation so I can ensure that you have a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Sincerely,
Christen Goldie
Public Relations
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Sao Paulo, SP
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This hotel is now one of favorites. The property is really beautiful. There are rooms (so charming) large enough for a family of 5. Good restaurant/bakery and the store has a lot of charming things (I bought some soap bars and hand creams to give as souvenir). Although the site has warned that the room could be noisy facing the street, was not enough to disrupt a good night's sleep. They have a watermill and I definitily want to go back and spend more time at the hotel!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay with us. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and that we are now one of your favorites. We love being able to welcome families to our property and we are glad that you found it comfortable and convenient for yours. We can't wait to welcome you again soon!
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California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We booked into Room 300 at the Applefarm, not expecting much. But we've been greatly impressed with not only the room itself, once of the nicest we've ever had at a hotel/motel, but the grounds are a feast for the eye with flora and fauna everywhere you look. It's worth stopping in San Luis Obispo just to experience the ambience and service at this place.

Room Tip: Room 300 is wonderful.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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applefarm, Public Relations Manager at Apple Farm Inn, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Thank you for your review of your recent stay in room 300. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the room and our property so much. Room 300 is such a unique room as it is located in the turret of our building and it is nice to hear feedback on it. We look forward to welcoming you for another getaway soon!
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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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