Madonna Inn

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Average rate: $207 - Hotel class: 3 stars
100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

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trinademattei trinadem…
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Love Kitsch? You’ll Love The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo Aug 08, 2017
San Luis Obispo lies roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s rugged and majestic central coast. Growing up in California I’d driven by The Madonna Inn more times than I can count. My parents loved to grab a bite in their coffee shop or bakery and grab a delicious treat on our vacations to Los Angeles. I finally fulfilled a lifelong wish and stopped for the night this past weekend!

Alex and Phyllis Madonna opened their kitsch palace in 1958 and it very quickly became a California landmark. Each of the 110 guest rooms is uniquely themed and was designed with a perfect mix of quirkiness and fun. My mom and I stayed in “The Swiss Chalet” room. The room was very spacious and included a large comfortable king bed, writing desk, love seat, complimentary robes, water bottles and tiled shower.

We arrived in time for dinner at the Gold Rush Steakhouse. The decor is equal parts circus and a 1960’s Hollywood set. Fake flowers hang from every possible direction; large pink round booths lie underneath dimmed lighting. I could picture smoke billowing in the air before California banned cigarette smoking indoor. A large ballroom was visible from our booth. We enjoyed watching couples glide across the room to the hits of Neil Sedaka and Barry Manilow. The menu is on the pricier side but my mother and I were prepared to splurge. The portions are sizeable and the food was tasty. Looking to save money?

The hotel offers a variety of amenities, which include:

*Heated infinity pool, which sits adjacent to a gazebo, waterfall and two hot tubs. The pool area offers sweeping views of San Luis Obispo.

The hotel also offers a spa, wine tasting on site and you can book trail rides with the beautiful horses that share the grounds. When I woke up I walked along the fences and said "good morning" to the beautiful creatures!

 Whether you are looking for a comfy place to lay your head or a perfect spot to time travel The Madonna Inn should be on your list. Oh ladies! Be sure to check out the men's restroom at the Copper Cafe. Yes, you read that right. You will not be disappointed. I am not posting any pictures, as I do not want to spoil the surprise.

The Madonna Inn - 100 Madonna Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA. 93405
Gold Rush Steakhouse
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Nowhere else! May 23, 2009
We didn't sleep in the hotel because it was full. But we spent like an hour just walking around and to eat a big strawberry cake at the bar. This hotel is amazing, you like it or you don't!!! The hotel is famous by wedding couples and there families. The hotel has 109 theme roomes all in there own style. Try to book well in advance because it is a busy hotel. No room just have fun at looking at all the hotel has to offer.
mellisa_fern mellisa_…
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The Famous Madonna Inn of San Luis Obispo, California Jun 04, 2008
The Madonna Inn has been around for almost 50 years. Sitting on the Madonna Ranch, it is known for its theme rooms, gaudy decor and over the top architecture, it is really a jewel of California's central coast.

The coffee shop is known around the world for having pink sugar. Although that might not be such a novelty now, back in the 1960's it was very unique. It was actually the question to a Jeopardy answer once.

Madonna Inn's bakery makes some of the areas most beautiful cakes for restaurant patrons, parties, weddings, and more. Their desserts are delicious.

Theme rooms at the inn are fantastically creative. I remember visiting the jungle room when I was a little girl and I wanted to live there. Since every room has a different name and theme, people who visit regularly can experience an entirely different vacation each time. With names like; Fabulous Fifties, Cabin Still, Caveman Room, and so many more, it's no wonder I wanted to live there as a child!

Be prepared; Alex Madonna let his wife, Phyllis, design all of the interiors and she loves PINK!

The wine cellar is a favorite gathering place for local reunions, wedding receptions, parties, etc. The men's bathroom there has a waterfall urinal that attracts the curiosity of women and men alike and makes it a bit of an adventure for the men who actually need to use it.

Monday nights is swing dancing in the dance area next to the bar on the main level.

The Inn offers a gift shop, women's clothing store, coffee shop, wine cellar, restaurant, bar, banquet room, and a separate building for larger gatherings; the Expo Center, located north of the brood mare and foal pastures.

Because the Madonna’s breed beef cattle and breed and train champion quarter horses, you'll see a rodeo arena, dozens of brood mares, foals in season, stallions, barns, pastures of beef cattle, and all of the things you'd expect on a working cattle and horse ranch.

I used to ride my horse to the arena for practice and competitions so I have very special memories attached to the ranch itself. I boarded a horse next to the Madonna's property and had free run of their entire ranch. If they knew how many times I got tossed on my butt on the ranch when a horse lost its footing or bucked, they may have changed their mind about having me there!

A steep road from the base of Madonna Mountain to the top takes time to hike but is well worth it for the views. I'm not sure if the mountain is still open to hikers but there used to be a sunrise Easter service on the top of the mountain every year.

Phyllis used to have a Christmas tree of lights placed on the top of the mountain every December. I don't know if she still has them put up.

The Madonna’s operate a limousine service! I'm not familiar with it but because we're in wine country, it's not a stretch to assume you could rent one out for a few hours and go on a tour.

I invite you to come to my hometown of San Luis Obispo and experience Madonna Inn.
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Madonna Inn Overview

For nearly 50 years the charm of the Madonna Inn has been one of California’s landmark attractions. Guests can treat themselves to an unforgettable experience. Using the natural materials of native stone and utilizing the workmanship of skilled artisans, the beauty and charm of the Madonna Inn became a reality.

Each of the Madonna Inn’s 110 rooms are decorated with an individual attention to detail, providing returning guests a unique and distinctive experience with each visit. Choose a romantic honeymoon suite with European-style luxury, the novelty of a Western, Old Mill or Merry-Go-Round theme or an unforgettable stay in one of our famous, all-rock grotto rooms with waterfall shower. Our experienced staff will help you select an away-from-home haven that’s just right for you.

The Madonna Inn offers an impressive amenities including a picturesque European-style pool and state of the art exercise room, a celestial Day Spa and the largest convention center on the Central Coast.

Madonna Inn Amenities

  • Business Center
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • News Stand
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Garden
  • Ballroom
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Exhibit Space
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Massage
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Spa/Jetted Tub
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Cots
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Picnic Area/Tables
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Free Parking

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