Have you ever booked a hotel stay based on pictures alone? Blog posts and Instagrams from friends and another personal recommendation from a former local led to adding Madonna Inn to my Pacific Coast Highway itinerary.
I didn’t have the sunny weather that I’d seen captured before, but thankfully what the February skies were lacking, the colors and textures of this offbeat property made up for. We’d booked a room in the Canary Cottage because it reminded us of The Birds and Alfred Hitchcock, but with everything in yellow. Each room at Madonna Inn is decorated in a different theme, some built into rock walls and others resembling a mountain hideaway.
Each room comes with their signature pink details like the soft bathrobes, pink room keys, and pink ice buckets. I even wore my bathrobe to the pool one afternoon for a glass of pink champagne, despite the fact that it wasn’t quite warm enough to sit out. Thankfully, the pool was heated. Madonna Inn also has a spa and nearby hiking trails as well as bike rentals.
But what I liked best about the inn, however, was doing nothing. Most of our time here was spent exploring nearby towns and enjoying San Luis Obispo’s best restaurants, which I’ll cover in a later post. It was a great home base, especially as I caught up on writing work. Madonna Inn has so much to explore, including their quirky gift shop.
Madonna Inn also has a number of restaurants on site. We didn’t take advantage of the steakhouse, which was decked out for Valentine’s Day. The bar area was also being used by a corporate retreat. But we did have breakfast at the coffee shop, which ahs a carousel-type area and croissants the size of your head. The desserts here are no joke.
The two-night stay was one of my highlights of the trip and I can’t wait to come back and spend an entire week here one day! Madonna Inn is located in San Luis Obispo, located between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Rates start at $209 and go up based on the season and room size. Book your stay here.