After much prodding and pleading my boyfriend convinced me that a one-night stay at the Madonna Inn would be a fun diversion from our beautiful and breathless coastal vacation. So knowing myself as well as I do I prepped myself for what was to come and lowered my expectations further than they had been lowered before for I knew this could not be good. The first sign of trouble was when we asked a young college student for directions and she looked at us rather oddly and giggled. I could only envision what went through her mind as she looked at this rather cosmopolitan couple seeking refuge at such an establishment. How could we have missed this place? The road sigh alone took up an entire intersection corner and welcomed visitors like flies to flypaper. Immediately, the place brought me way back to road trips spent with my family when airline flights were the exception and motel stays were the norm. I am not sure if it was the creepy guy behind the reception desk or the moldy, smoke-filled room that surfaced such memories. I made certain to wear my dark-colored sunglasses to ensure that I would not get noticed by anyone remotely in the area! We stayed in room 216, the Matterhorn. The room was dark, dank and dingy and the faded portrait of the VonTrapp children above our bed ensured that I would never sleep a wink. Naturally, my boyfriend slept soundly. I must admit that as gloomy as our room was the vista view was very pleasant. I tried hard to convince my boyfriend to sleep out on our terrace but he was confident that we would be eaten by coyotes. Thankfully, the sheets were clean and fresh and I was impressed that they were monogrammed, however, after further review the monogram noted, Madonna Inn 2003 (it is now 2007). The bathroom was clean and somewhat pleasant and the cake soap was deliciously scented and fun. As creepy as this stay was I was completely struck by the many happy faces that surrounded us at dinner. Perhaps it was the pink sugar that rested on the tables but it made me recognize the wonder in how we all share different tastes. Hey, whatever works! The Madonna Inn was clearly for them and definitely, definitely not for me.
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- Also Known As:
- Madonna Hotel San Luis Obispo
- Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo
- Madonna San Luis Obispo