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“Sweet B n' B, great location” 4 of 5 stars
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Garden Street Inn
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   1212 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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“Sweet B n' B, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed at The Garden Street Inn at the end of a two week roadtrip, en route back to San Francisco. We didn't have a reservation but the chap at the desk was really helpful booking us in and giving us directions to the carpark (the bnb doesn't have on street parking but they have a set up with the local multi storey carpark - ask when booking).

The Garden Street inn rooms each have a theme. Our room "Field of Dreams" had a baseball theme and the owners had really gone to town displaying memorabilia throughout the room and even in the en suite. It was a little ott for us but you have to admire their dedication. The Inn itself has a lovely homely feel, with a traditional feeling library/lounge downstairs and a huge sweeping staircase up to the rooms on the first floor and all the rooms have traditional key locks...no issues with cards that haven't been properly loaded.

We were a little concerned we'd find the room noisy having read some other reviews and seeing how close we were to the main street but we needn't have worried, the room was blissfully dark and quiet. That said, the bnb IS ideally located just off the main shopping street and close to a range of restaurants and bars.

We also didn't expect much in the way of breakfast having read reviews and also hearing the chef had been asked to leave the night before! Again, nothing to worry about the breakfast was delicious! Not bad seeing it was put together by (we're guessing) the proprietor who was also looking after other 8 guests.

The Inn is a bnb so don't stay expecting all the trappings of a fancy boutique hotel (although you may well still get them), its charming, quiet, well positioned and perfect for a short stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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13 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I recently stayed at the Garden Street Inn on a business trip passing through the city. I called for a last minute reservation and the reception not only upgraded my room to a suite at no charge but also gave me a discount when she found out I had to leave prior to breakfast. A quaint bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown.

The prices were good given the location and the bed and breakfast was well maintained. A few quirks with the sink being in the room instead of the bathroom and the design of the space, but this was a bed and breakfast and perfectly charming.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We just spent 3 days in the Garden Street Inn, which is just as charming as on the website and in photos. The location within walking distance of downtown SLO is why we chose it. Our 1st floor room was spacious & clean, however it's time to clean and plump up the "tired" sofa. Innkeeper John was helpful, efficient and friendly.
The BIG disappointment was the very mediocre breakfasts. The menu selections & presentations were unacceptable for a "Bed and Breakfast". The food was always barely warm, served 30 minutes after the posted start time, thus causing guests to have to wait for table openings and then being late to start the day's activities. Even more frustrating was the attitude of the cook/server. He never greeted anyone, smiled, made eye contact or asked if anything was needed.
We've enjoyed the small, quaint, personal experiences in other B&B's, and had expectations based on those previous trips. Special, unique, fresh fruits and home baked foods have been the offerings, but NOT at the Garden Street Inn.
LOCATION: Ideal
BED Rooms/Furnishings: Charming & Clean
BREAKFAST: go to Louisa's Place, cause there's nothing satisfying about it here.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We made all of our friends jealous finding this lovely inn! We were wedding guests in the area and by far had the best accommodations. Very clean and close to all the main restaurants and bars. Wish we would have booked an extra day in advance as they were already sold out. We will definitely stay there again in the future.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Codsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

This is an excellent place to stay. We just happened on it whilst looking for a one night stay in San Luis on our way to Carmel. If we hadn't already booked Carmel we would have stayed longer. Really lovely house with oodles of character, the rooms were spacious, very clean comfortable beds and decorated in keeping with the age of the house. The breakfast was good and the price was also good. The owner was very helpful and gave us advise on where to eat on the night, 'The Slow Brewhouse' the food was good and their own sweet apple cider was even better !!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Rehovot, Israel
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This beautiful place is the perfect combination of location, friendly staff, and rooms that makes you feel at home. Breakfast was very good, parking arrangement for our car, free WiFi. In short - everything you need to spend a good time in San Luis Obispo and the area around.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

This is the perfect location for checking out the main area of San Luis Obispo on foot. We stayed 2 nights and didn't run out of things to do. We love this town!

The breakfast was very good and different each morning.

Staff were friendly and helpful and the old house is Beautiful.

Wifi was hit and miss in our room on the iPhone but worked fine on our laptop. I phone worked fine elsewhere.

Nitpick detail, include local preserves with breakfast, this area has so many neat producers it would add a local touch.

We stayed with our dog.


  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Garden Street Inn

Address: 1212 Garden Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Street Inn 3*
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 bed and breakfast inn - 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 Bed and Breakfast accommodations, our San Luis Obispo staff in residence is proud to host your intimate wedding, private event, romantic interlude or a relaxing getaway. ... more   less 
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