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Madonna Inn
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fun and Frivolous!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Probably by far the best place to stay in San Luis Obispo. The only thing you will ask yourself here is 'where do I look?' Madonna Inn is an attraction in the area by it's own right. Everything is flamboyant and fun. All the rooms are themed differently and are completely over the top. On booking, most of the crazier rooms were taken unfortunately and ours was more on the tame side but the bathroom was a sparkling dazzling aray of purple bling. Awesome. We stayed in the 'Time of your life' room which was great for privacy but still close enough to the main hub. The restaurant had brilliant staff and food. They also do great breakfasts!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Yes that's right heated toilet seats. Stopped in on a whim on the way home from Gemala beach.
It was dark and the place was all lit up. Nice lady at front desk gave us a big book and a list of rooms they were available. The book had photos of all the rooms. took what we thought was the best of what was left. Got to the room after caring every thing in and took in the vistual asalt. And sat down on the seat and wow that feels nice. Fallowed by the cool whats this button do?
They have a live band 6 nights a week some times 7. Just fantastic. Oh and the best pancakes I have ever eaten that next morning.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, February 1, 2014
Thank you for your recent stay with us! The heated bidets are such a neat feature that we are happy to offer. Hopefully we will see you again to try out another themed room!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I've driven by this place since I was a kid and always wanted to stay. It's better than expected. The 50s kitsch is impeccable. The place is still run by the original family, and I would love to know where they get the replacements for refurbishment. Everything is spotless - it feels like you just walked into the mid century. Nightly dancing (swing, jazz) and music, great bar, wonderful pool - away from any rooms, so reasonable hours. Loved this place! The pictures on their website do it justice, which is rare. The one slight bummer is that you can't choose your specific room, although they do take requests. We've always been happy with the surprise!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Madonna Inn exceeded my expectations. I knew the decor was going to be kitschy, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it also clean, luxurious, AND kitschy. The photos just can't do the rea thing justice. The rooms are really something worth experiencing if you have a fun spirit and willingness to stay somewhere that isn't a cookie cutter standard hotel.

Luxury touches include those Japanese toilet functions, lovely showers, resort style pool, and first rate customer service.

I appreciate that the "room service" options are reasonably priced, even though it's more like delivery take out than traditional room service.

I didn't do the horseback riding or use the tennis courts, but I'm sure it would be fun given the fun spirit of everything else.

My one complaint is that the walls are thin and you can hear all the merriment had from neighbors.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, February 1, 2014
It was our pleasure to exceed your expectations and thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on the inn. I enjoy discussing the small details of the rooms with our guests, most of which don't show in the photos so I'm happy you appreciated the decor! We hope to welcome you again!
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Really enjoyed my stay at the Madonna Inn. My room (Rose Room) wasn't quite as unique as I had hoped, but it was large and comfortable. The facilities were nice, the food solid and staff accommodating. The restaurants were packed on Saturday night, so I'd recommend reservations if you want to eat there. The pink champagne cake was quite delicious.

It's definitely worth a 1 night stay as you wind you way up/down California. I recommend checking out the Sunset Drive-in movie theater just a mile or so away as well.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed here for one night in The Rock Room but wish it had been more!

Truly amazing experience and a wonderful concept for a hotel.

The atmosphere was great, only downfall was the price of the restaurant and it is the only place to eat. However the food was amazing.

If I am out this way again then I would definitely stay here for longer and make use of the pool facilities which unfortunately we missed out on due to our own travel times.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

My mother and I recently spent 2 weeks driving the California coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back. When preparing for this trip I spent many hours on this site reviewing accommodations knowing that tripadvisor never steers me wrong. I can honestly say that the reviewers have once again come through for me - every single hotel/motel/inn I booked was amazing.

Our stay at the Madonna Inn was one of the highlights! A couple of points:

Booking: I booked online; it was quick and easy. You can also view all of the rooms on their website prior to booking and make a special request and if available, they will accommodate you.

Check-in/Check out: It was a little busy at check-in but we didn't wait long. Staff was super friendly. We were approx. 3 hours early but we were able to kill time at the pool/spa.

Lobby: Welcoming; Glitzy and Pink!. There are pamphlets available which give you more info on things to do at the Madonna Inn. There are also postcards of each room available. We were given 2 of them, free, when we checked out.

Rooms: We were in "Captain's Bridge" which was a ground level room. There are no elevators that I am aware of so if you have mobility issues you may want to check when booking as some rooms were only accessible by a winding staircase. The room we were in was very spacious, clean and the bathroom was gorgeous! There were 2 sinks so there was enough room for all of our stuff. Beds were comfortable and we found that it was nice and quiet at night.

Restaurants: Since we were there on New Year's Eve we weren't able to dine in the steakhouse as there was a special dinner going on but we did eat dinner and breakfast in the Copper Cafe. We found the food to be excellent and the staff was outstanding. Very attentive to our needs, always making sure we had water and providing updates on the status of our meals. The desserts are to die for but make sure you get there early - they tend to run out of things as the day progresses.

Parking: We had a ground floor room and were able to park right in front; parking was free.

Miscellaneous: As I stated earlier we managed to spend time at the Pool and SPA before we checked in. We didn't use the pool but the pool area was beautiful with a relaxing waterfall. The pool deck was clean, lots of chairs, and had a great pool bar where I had a great smoothie. The SPA was INCREDIBLE! The staff were extremely friendly and patient with all of our questions. It was a very relaxing and quiet environment which was welcomed after a long day of driving. The massage itself was one of the best I had. My mother had a facial and she too, said it was an amazing experience and one of the best she's had. What a wonderful way for us to pamper ourselves.

And yes, as other reviews have stated you need to check out the Men's Restroom below the Steakhouse (next to the Gourmet Gift Shop). The waterfall is a must-see.

Overall, would definitely recommend to others and would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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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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