We stayed at the Garden Street Inn for two nights in February 2013 -- selecting it primarily because the out-of-state friends we were meeting had already made reservations here. The location is excellent (just a block from downtown with its restaurants, bars and shops), the staff is very friendly, our room (the "Ah Louis") was clean & comfortable with a reasonably modern bathroom & cable TV, and the Inn offers free Wi-Fi. The building is a 19th-century Victorian home refurbished in the mid-1990s as a B&B, and while the original renovations were done well (each room with a particular theme) the place is starting to show its age and needs a bit of TLC.
Breakfast: although a few other reviews on this site were unhappy with the breakfast, I thought the food was pretty good and typical of a larger B&B. Be aware that the dining room seating capacity is significantly less than the hotel occupancy, so when they're full you may have to wait a bit for breakfast.
Parking: there is no on-site parking (you'll find this buried on their website), and while they are still validating for parking in the nearby city garage they've instituted a daily parking fee. It's certainly reasonable to charge separately for parking (many people don't bring a car) but that should be clearly disclosed when making a reservation. Oddly, I was NOT charged even though we did drive -- but our friends were charged for parking and had to argue to have the charge removed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo on the Central California Coast, The Garden Street Inn is just steps from all the sights, sounds, shopping and history of vintage San Luis Obispo. This nostalgic college town surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling hills and coastal valleys is a short drive from Avila and Morro Bay, Hearst Castle, Pismo Beach and artistic Cambria. Golf, tennis, biking and hiking opportunities abound. The myriad local tourist attractions including world renowned vineyards and wineries, California Missions, Museums and Beaches, make SLO a wonderful choice for a vacation getaway.Classic decor reflects Victorian charm in the 9 guest rooms and 4 suites of this San Luis Obispo Boutique Hotel - all with private baths, appointed with antiques, fireplaces or jacuzzi tubs and historical, cultural and personal memorabilia. The staff at the inn prepares a delicious breakfast each morning which is served in the McCaffrey Morning Room surrounded by original stained-glass windows.With spacious outside decks, a well-stocked Goldtree Library and well appointed accommodations, our San Luis Obispo staff in residence is proud to host your romantic interlude or a relaxing getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Street Hotel San Luis Obispo