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Madonna Inn
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Carlsbad
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“What's Left Room...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Very kitchsey patched together room that hurts the eyes initially but works well! We had a very pleasant stay for one night on a road trip. Drinks by the pool, dinner in the restaurant and a hearty breakfast in the coffee shop were all very good with excellent service. The staff at the Madonna Inn are all very warm and inviting and yet efficient. From the shuttle pick up at the train station through check out we were greeted and treated very happily! This is a place you must stay at least once!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night while travelling up through California last year. We knew what to expect as I had read about this hotel on multiple site. And it was everything I expected. Rooms where so much fun, water fall shower and etc! The staff were very very friendly and helpful with all aspects. I asked for a fridge and they brought it over immediately and hassle free. I would definitely return to try a new room. Must stay here at least once in your life!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I wasn't sure about staying here but it is definitely worth a visit. I was mainly worried about cleanliness but I was wrong. The place is extremely clean. From reception (special mention to Cynthia) to the bar, going through the dance hall with live music, the swimming pool and the pink basketball court, everything feels cinematic and weird - good weird that is. And most importantly, once again: clean, tidy and well looked after. It will be nothing like you've done before. And http is rare these days.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Thank you for writing this review and providing special mention to one of our employees, we made sure to recognize her for the effort. We appreciate both your comments and your business, hopefully we can see you again!
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Auckalnd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

This was quite possibly the highlight of our 25 day trip in the US. The Madonna Inn is a cross between the Moulin Rogue, The Great Gatsby and Disneyland. I love the attention to detailed and the service. This place is totally nuts kitsch cool and we would go back in a heartbeat. Oh and the pool is superb for kids.

Stayed October 2013
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The Madonna Inn is an institution - yes it's outlandish and a little tacky, but you've got to see it as it really is a feast for the eyes! My partner and I spent one night in the Caveman room. The decor was really fun and we loved the waterfall shower. The bed was comfy although in truth all the rocks meant the room was quite humid and hot - a bit like sleeping in an actual cave, so not to be recommended if you're claustrophobic. In terms of the rest of the facilities, the pool area is really nice and it's enjoyable to relax with a cocktail as the sun goes down. The restaurant is great fun to see, and the food is very tasty (although the portions are way too big). Just don't get sucked into all the overpriced gift shops and Madonna Inn souvenirs and you'll have a trip to remember!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

We did not actually stay here but we did stop by to check it out, the hotel is bizarre and the restrooms are definitely something to see, the area is very pretty and it's right off the freeway, glad we saw it

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had two crazy rooms and found the beds unbelievably comfortable. The shower was a cave-like room and the linen and amenities were perfect. My friend stayed in Swiss Belle and was awake most of the night listening to a couple next door getting their money's worth but generally the hotel seemed quiet however we were both glad we had made the effort to book in advance as it was very full.

The bar was great fun and the decor did not disappoint. Over the top. The staff at the bar were so lovely and friendly. It couldn't be handier to the roadtrippers heading either up the Pacific Highway or 101 - this place is a must-see.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review! So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, the beds, and the service. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future!
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Property: Madonna Inn
Address: 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5489
Location: United States > California > San Luis Obispo County > San Luis Obispo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in San Luis Obispo
#7 Family Hotel in San Luis Obispo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Madonna Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 110
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