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#8 of 12 motels in San Luis Obispo
Location
4.1
Cleanliness
3.6
Service
3.6
Value
3.4

Looking for a place to stay in San Luis Obispo? Then look no further than University Inn, a budget friendly motel that brings the best of San Luis Obispo to your doorstep.

Rooms at San Luis Obispo Travel Lodge provide a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at San Luis Obispo Travel Lodge guests have access to a 24 hour front desk, 24 hour check-in, and room service. You can also enjoy a pool and breakfast. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Travel Lodge San Luis Obispo.

Close to some of San Luis Obispo's most popular landmarks, such as Dallidet Adobe and Gardens (0.6 mi) and Ah Louis Store (0.9 mi), Travelodge San Luis Obispo Hotel is a great destination for tourists.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the diners, including Franks Famous Hot Dogs, Cool Cat Cafe, and Louisa's Place Restaurant, all of which are a short distance from Travelodge San Luis Obispo.

Should time allow, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, California Polytechnic University, and Mission Plaza are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at University Inn as you experience everything San Luis Obispo has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Vending machine
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Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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Halfmac wrote a review Oct 2023
Sequim, Washington195 contributions85 helpful votes
This is a updated motel that is very close to the university Cal Poly. The room is basic but nice. The bed was comfortable. There is a continental breakfast. And an outdoor pool. The Internet is OK but not great. I had to move a dresser to plug in my tablet for power as it was covering up the power receptacle, when I was at the desk they provided.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: They have one parking space for electric vehicles for charging
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Responded Oct 29, 2023
Thank you for your review and being our guest. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We always want to offer comfort and take pride in our beds. We appreciate your feedback as to what we can improve on as well. Thank you again, and we hope to welcome you back again soon!
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yeems wrote a review Sep 2023
Sacramento, California8 contributions1 helpful vote
This review is for customer service, not the stay. I didn't even get that far... I booked a two night stay through their direct website five months in advance at a decent rate (Night one at 150 and night two at 399.61 due to Friday night college move-in week). As the check in date got closer, I tried to modify my stay and drop the second night. The only option online was to cancel the whole reservation, so I called the front desk to see if they could help me. Shelby said she could not help me as I booked it online and I have to modify it online. I told her there is no option to modify it online, only cancel. They she said I need to do it online.....you'll have to cancel and rebook it online. I wanted her to rebook my one night at my original rate while on the phone before I cancelled my online reservation. She said she couldn’t because there were no rooms available. I ask if a manager could override the online booking to modify the reservation and she said the manager (Michael) “probably cannot do it”. Of course when I asked for the manager to at least try, she said the manager wasn’t in until the next day. Also check out the more recent Y E L P reviews, and see why others say their customer service is so bad. If you need something, they aren’t helpful. I don't know if she didn't want to give me the better rate because there are rooms still available online, but now for 310.61 for the first night! The room may be basic for just sleeping, but if you need something, good luck. I ended up cancelling this online reservation and a future reservation. They don’t deserve my money with customer service as bad as this and an archaic online reservation system and I haven’t even stayed there yet! Read the other reviews for yourself and look at the other one star reviews and hope you don’t run into any issues while you are there, they probably will ignore you.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Response from Jerre Leahy, Marketing at University Inn
Responded Sep 17, 2023
Thank you for your review and being our guest. We are very disappointed to read about your experience. We never want our guests to receive terrible service from our staff, so we will look in to this further to make sure it isn't repeated. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention, and other areas where we can improve. We hope to welcome you back in the future for a better experience.
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northernk wrote a review Jul 2023
Phoenix, Arizona12659 contributions330 helpful votes
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So room was just for a stop over so was trying to keep it reasonable cost and this Inn is certainly that, though by far looking around not the most interesting of hotels in San Luis Obispo which has some more expensive but neat Inns. In any case room was updated in an older hotel, interesting to know what it originally was... It took up a very narrow slice of land of the road . Room was on first floor and was ok. Few issues I had was not enough power plugs or charging plugs for one. Second, the floor was a faux wood floor which should have made it easy to keep clean, apparently not true. I could see spots on it and dirt in areas which makes me think it's not really cleaned so much as the dirt is pushed around between guests. And last, worst of all bed was very uncomfortable.. too hard in my view plus the pillows were small and very poor quality, had a hard time falling asleep. That all being said I will say on this night it was quiet.. despite not one but two adjoining doors which isn't seen often. Overall, I suppose it was average given the price and not by any means horrible.. and would of risen above had the bed been any good .. also the room seemed to have alot of wasted space be nice if there was one comfortable place to sit.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Response from Jerre Leahy, Marketing at University Inn
Responded Jul 30, 2023
Thank you for your review and being our guest. We are disapointed to read about the condition of your bed as we always want our guests to get a great nights rest. We will work to improve where we can as we are always looking for areas to do so. We hope to welcome you back in the future for a better experience.
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PDXGandhi wrote a review Jul 2023
Hillsboro, Oregon87 contributions10 helpful votes
Way better value than the La Quinta next door! Friendly service, clean and mostly updated rooms, quiet at night. You can tell this is an independently owned hotel, but it is still very well maintained and operated. Breakfast was ok, but for the price this hotel was a really great value.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Jerre Leahy, Marketing at University Inn
Responded Jul 9, 2023
Thank you for your review and being our guest. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your room and clean accommodations. We strive to be the best in town while offering a fair price, so we are happy to read you feel you received this. Thank you again, and we hope to welcome you back soon!
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Serendipityjl wrote a review Jun 2022
135 contributions37 helpful votes
The staff was friendly and the room was clean. There was a fridge for leftovers and a basic coffee setup. If that’s all you’re looking for, this will work. I would not stay here if I was going to hang out in the room. The smell of the cleaning supplies was so overwhelming we had to leave the door propped for awhile and we couldn’t get a room earlier than three (could be because of their staff shortage though). The room’s visual flaws were just painted over instead of fixed. Parking is tight the later you arrive. The pool is in their parking lot. Very basic.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Jun 22, 2022
Thank you for your review and being our guest! It was a pleasure having you and we are pleased that you overall enjoyed your stay. We will take note of your comments and work to correct the issues you listed. We hope to welcome you back in the near future!
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Stan wrote a review Mar 2021
Los Angeles, California36 contributions29 helpful votes
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The room was clean, the bed was uncomfortable (cheap mattress) and EV charging was quoted at $10.00. The walls were thin and we got to listen to our neighbors yack through the night with music. The paint and surfaces needed a big touch up and the TV is small. For $90.00 a night this is a bargain? Your decision.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Mar 21, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am sorry we did not provide you with a satisfactory stay. Your feedback regarding updating our accommodations has been shared with appropriate team members. We hope you will consider staying with us again so we might serve you better in the future.
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Kay Daniel wrote a review May 2020
San Luis Obispo, California2 contributions
As someone who travels more than 10 times a month, due to business reasons; University Inn is my new go-to. I have stayed at numerous hotels in San Luis Obispo, but this one is definitely in the top 3 for me. The staff is beyond great and friendly, the breakfast is good, the rooms are excellent, and the wifi is very fast. Even though there are many things to do in town, it is very quiet; which is amazing for business trips.
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Date of stay: April 2020
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Room Tip: quiet floors
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Responded Feb 6, 2021
Your business means a lot to us! We appreciate you sharing your review with us and other travelers, and we are delighted you were satisfied with our service and accommodations! Thank you for choosing our hotel, and we look forward to your next visit with us.
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TRAVELODGE7047 wrote a review Jan 2020
San Luis Obispo, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
Friendly,nice and cleaned room with 2nd floor view.Stay again.Thaursday we got Old trolly from motel.Continental breakfast little but ok.Easy check in and check out.Cal poly is near by.Front desk very helpful and tell us about Farmers market.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Responded Feb 6, 2021
This review made our day! We appreciate you sharing your experience. Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back again next time you are in our area.
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EdieAS wrote a review Mar 2019
San Francisco, California6 contributions8 helpful votes
Husband stayed in hotel for two weeks with a team. First room seemed to be okay. Second room was infested with bedbugs. Now we realize that the bags all the mattresses are in are actually "casements," which are used when you have a bedbug infestation but you don't want to buy a new mattress. Unfortunately, husband came home between first stay and second stay, so we are waiting to see if he brought little friends into the house and have to go through our own in-home infestation. Owner was a nice guy, but no amount of niceness will compensate the possibility of his lack of maintenance possibly infecting my home with bedbugs. AVOID! Particularly room 211.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Jan R wrote a review Jan 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark104 contributions42 helpful votes
University Inn, SLO is newpainted and well situated. If You are going to Farmers Market on a thursday evening, there is a cheap tram service to and from The Inn. Rooms are fine. Breakfast is basic and OK. The hostess is kind and charming.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
39
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Frequently Asked Questions about University Inn
Which popular attractions are close to University Inn?
Nearby attractions include California Polytechnic University (0.5 miles), Fremont Theater (0.7 miles), and Dallidet Adobe and Gardens (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at University Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at University Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at University Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to University Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Firestone Grill, Splash Cafe, and Buona Tavola.
Are there opportunities to exercise at University Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is University Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of San Luis Obispo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at University Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to University Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Dallidet Adobe and Gardens (0.6 miles) and Ah Louis Store (0.9 miles).
Is University Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.