by Whitney Rife
The Madonna Inn is a resort located just outside of downtown San Luis Obispo. The grounds hold a squiggly outdoor pool and 45-foot cascading waterfall that kids will love. There is a shopping boutique on the premises that sells men’s and women’s clothing, specialty foods and a range of souvenirs. Parents will want to frequent the spa, offering facials and body treatments. The spa also caters to teens. As for feeding the troops, there are two restaurants, a pastry shop and a lounge.
All rooms have a unique theme with custom-made designer furniture to match, and some accommodate up to eight. Families will like the larger rooms with living and dining areas, such as the Country Gentleman with a king bed and two twin beds and the Fox and the Hound with a king and queen bed. Select rooms have a rock shower, waterfall, balcony, or fireplace. Children under 18 stay free when in a room with their parents. All rooms include two luxury terry bathrobes, Wi-Fi, MP3 plug-in, and a refrigerator by request.
Families can hike, bike or fly via hot air balloon when discovering the area.
Our Editor Loves
- Kid discounts
- Shopping outlets
by Serita C
This place is awesome, we didn’t stay overnight but had lunch and dessert. Love the selection and the food was great. Friendly staff which is always a plus. A wonderful place to visit and great for families with kids. Will definitely go back.
The Madonna Inn is a one-off; I've never stayed in a hotel room like this - 'Yosemite Falls' was our home for two nights - and it was absolutely delightful. My wife and I made the conscious choice to toss the car keys and just relax at the hotel, lounging by the pool by day, and enjoying the beers and steaks at night.
The location in the central coast is ideal, and we'll certainly be back. Shout out to Alena (hope I have you name right?) who was working the bar/restaurant both nights we were there.