The Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo (SLO), California is ICONIC. Why? Because it's colorful and gaudy and quirky and everything you'd want in a unique and fun place to stay. We stopped for the night on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip > read more about that here, but read on for more about the Madonna!
About the Madonna Inn
What we know now as the Madonna Inn began in 1958 with just 12 guest rooms. Over the years, the Inn went from 12 to 110 rooms and became a multi-purpose resort. Each and every room at the Madonna is unique - that's 110 completely different rooms! I'm talking color schemes, wallpaper, furniture, etc.
We stayed in the Marquerite, which is classified as a King economy room. According to the Madonna Inn, "The colorful blooms of the marguerite daisy are symbolic of innocence and joy." The bold yellow and blue complimentary colors made for a fun and whimsical experience, and the best part is that if we are able to return to the Madonna one day, we can stay in a completely different room inspired by different elements of the world around us.
More about the history of the Inn can be found on their website.
How to Enjoy Your Stay at the Madonna Inn in SLO
Relax at the Pool or Spa - The definition of treat-yo-self, Madonna Inn style!
Have Dinner at Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House - Being vegan, our options were a little limited here, but we made it work just to be in this pink paradise! Pink chairs, pink booths, pink tables, pink napkins - you get the idea. We enjoyed live music and each tasted a glass of one of the Madonna Inn private label wines!
Enjoy drinks at the Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge - After dinner you can stop by the bar here for a drink and to admire the hand-carved wood archways, and maybe people-watch a little bit too!
Make Your Own Photo Shoot - Did someone say, teal and pink basketball and tennis courts?! Yes, girl. They're real, they're at the Madonna, and I'm not actually sure if they're really used for basketball or tennis. But they're so fun for a quick photo shoot.
The Madonna Inn also has a variety of shops to explore, plus a famous bakery!
So there you have it! If you're planning a Highway 1 road trip with a stop in SLO, you've gotta stay at the Madonna Inn! Brace yourself for bright colors, including LOTS of pink, and an eclectic style not found at your average hotel.