We recently spent a night at the Madonna Inn and found it to live up to our expectations. I will agree that it is expensive, but when you consider that most rooms in the San Luis Obispo area are going to run you over $100 per night on the weekends and the fact that you are paying for an experience, just not a room for the night, the price isn’t out of line. Also since each room is unique, you can imagine that the overhead and maintenance must be quite a bit more than it would be for a hotel where all the rooms have the same fixtures and furnishing.
After reviewing the rooms on their website we called and reserved a room, ‘Love Birds’ a couple of weeks in advance and found the room just to be as described and pictured on the website. The room was clean and well equipped, bed was comfortable and we were very satisfied. All of the staff that we had contact with in person or on the phone were pleasant and helpful. Their website is very good and has a description of each room and everything else that you would want to know about the Madonna; so spend some time there before making your reservation. There was some adjacent room noise and since the doors open to the outside you get some noise from people passing by in some locations, but nothing out of the ordinary. The only thing that keeps me from giving the Madonna a top rating is that there is no free wireless in the rooms. The internet connection that is available for a fee is hardwired and thus not usable for tablets and wi-fi on smartphones. This is the 21st century and I consider in room wireless a necessity that should be provided just like water and electricity and I deduct points for a property that doesn’t have it.
We had dinner in the steakhouse and had breakfast at the restaurant. Again some might consider these as pricey, but remember you are paying for the entertainment and the experience. In both cases the food was ample and delicious. Service in the steakhouse might have been a little quicker, but it was Saturday night and they had a good crowd, and besides you shouldn’t be in a rush anyway; just enjoy the atmosphere.
The bottom line is that this is a great place to stay, not just a room for those passing through. If you consider that it is a destination and a unique experience I think that you will be pleased with the value that you receive. We would certainly consider another stay for a special occasion and I already have my list of rooms that I want to try.
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- Also Known As:
- Madonna Hotel San Luis Obispo
- Madonna Inn San Luis Obispo
- Madonna San Luis Obispo