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“Very Interesting Hotel - Have to try at least once!” 5 of 5 stars
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Madonna Inn
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Very Interesting Hotel - Have to try at least once!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

The hotel is simply beautiful and extremely interesting. It is one of those 'attractions' that you do not want to die out because of its quirkiness!

Booked the Oriental Fantasy room which was prettier in real life than its picture on the website. Felt pampered like an emperor in the room with its colors, decorations, automated heated toilet seats!!

A must try when one's doing a roadtrip on the pacific coast highway.

Room Tip: This hotel is famous for its themed rooms. Oriental Fantasy which we had was colorful and beautiful.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Booked a waterfall room. Got the YAHOO room which was right next door to the laundry. Partially our fault because due to illness had to postpone original date booked (November) when we arrived was told another $100 because "season change" hokey and not worth nearly $300. Pool and spa was nice. Food good. Just not for me.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Joe_Forgette, Manager at Madonna Inn, responded to this review, February 1, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm disappointed to hear you were not 100% pleased with your room. Our rates are consistent year round with the exception of New Years Eve when we have increased rates for the holiday season. Perhaps we can have you as our guest again in the future to try another room. We would love another opportunity to exceed your expectations.
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London, United Kingdom
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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.

Room Tip: if the pool is your thing then its heated nice and warm even at night and it has two hot tubs one is...
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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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Thank Cleander
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars
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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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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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