At the tail end of our trip, we stayed at the famous Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. We had been camping for a couple of nights, so a real bed sounded soooo good. I’ve also long wanted to stay in the weird hotel, and this was the perfect opportunity.
I highly recommend you Google Image Search Madonna Inn, since every guest room (there’s over 100) is decorated differently, and I mean decorated. They are all themed and named accordingly, some with rock walls, rainbow carpet, and daisy wallpaper. Basically, they are all picture-perfect. We stayed in the “Indian room.”
The hotel was built and built onto for a few years before being completed in the late 60s. It definitely feels like a trip back in time, except that the bathrooms and facilities are updated nicely. They have a great pool and hot tubs, and there is a steak house with insane decor on premises. There’s also a bar connected to the restaurant, and a cafe called the Copper Kettle. We really enjoyed the pool, had a drink at the old school bar while watching a band play in the restaurant, and ate breakfast at the Copper Kettle.
The dining is all fine here—nothing amazing and a bit over-priced—but we loved staying at the hotel. The atmosphere is fun and the staff is friendly. I’m sure we’ll be back to stay in as many rooms as we can.