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Reviewed 6 December 2017

This hotel is not corny or cheesy - it is actually super fun, the staff is great and the property is beautiful. We stayed in the Rock Bottom room and had about 100 photo shoots in there!! Everything is done well - and it is super fun to stay in a cave like room. Also the staff in the restaurant, front desk and bar were so customer service oriented. The meal at Thanksgiving wasn't that great - but I think because it was so packed in there - so there were rushing out food. We went again two days later and it was fine. Would stay here everyday if i could.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Nadiah21
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We return here for our anniversary almost every year and we've been married 36. It's very sentimental for us. This year we had the Kona Rock room. It's a sweet place and not cookie cutter. We hope to return for many more years!

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank TheDunks
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

You've got to check out this little gem! It is so quaint and cozy! I felt like I was being taken back to a classic 1930's movie. The rooms are super clean and come with precious little details! We tried the steakhouse and breakfast here, too! Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Check out all the rooms, as each one is unique!
  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled on business
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Thank James H
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

Yes it's a bit quirky and something of a landmark but in reality it's tired and lacking a bit of TLC. I quite like the kitsch aura of the main dining room and unusual room choices but our bedroom was, well, dull with a English hunting theme but where the horses has bolted years ago. The pool area was good and the grounds spacious but the main restaurant was average and over-priced. A restaurant specialising in steaks but without steak sauces? One good point is its location and easy walking distance to San Luis Obispo which is a lovely town with some great restaurants. As far as Madonna Inn goes - perhaps its had its day but I got the feeling someone needs to grab it by the collars and shake some life into it.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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2  Thank Catherine Z
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Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

From the moment you lay eyes on this roadside motel from the highway guests understand that the Madonna Inn is all about California kitsch. You might think ‘Awww, that looks like fun’ but you’d be dead wrong. It feels more like a sad backroad carnival that at one time entertained and delighted guests with vaudevillian charm and cached quirk-but today this soulless depressingly farcical attraction smacks of grotesque greed.
Cute and friendly front desk help.
Not cute...paying almost $200 a night for a dark and dingy room with wood paneling and broken, outdated fixtures. The shower was grimy and the towels were threadbare 10-years ago. The linens in general should have been given a proper burial in the early-2000s.
Cute dining room and bar, if you like Pepto pink and nylon table cloths.
Not cute... over $150 for dinner for two with the worst food we have ever had outside of a Golden Corral in rural Oklahoma. The prices for food and drinks are criminal-which we wouldn’t care if it was edible but I think my grandmas nursing home serves better salmon and Birdseye frozen veg medley. Awful.
Not cute...the restaurant has absolutely worst staff. The hostess was just plain rude and apparently couldn’t spell the word “smile” never mind bear one. The bartenders were cold and could answer basic questions about the menu. The only saving grace of the night was a sweet, clearly “in the weeds” waitress and the swing dancing that was happening on the Dining-room dance floor. At the bakery in the morning, we stood for over 10 minutes waiting for someone to ring up our “to-go” muffins and a coffee, but were reduced to begging for someone to acknowledge us so we could check out and leave.
If you’re driving by then stop in and gawk at the absurdity. Delight in the garish melange of decor and perhaps have a drink but don’t, I sincerely mean DONT... stay here or eat dinner. When you spend over $400 for a one night stay with dinner and drinks-the Madonna Inn stops being kitschy fun and starts to feel like a suckers game at the carnival. Don’t be that sucker-

Stayed: November 2017, travelled with friends
5  Thank babymoses1313
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