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Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California is an over-the-top lodging experience

Experience a different vibe each night at the Madonna Inn. All 110 rooms at the Inn are decorated differently, from an African Safari to the Amazon Jungle. Don't miss the 5,000 square foot Gold Rush Steakhouse on the grounds with its pink tablecloths, pink receipts, pink sugar and pink flowers. You can choose a romantic honeymoon suite with European-style luxury, the novelty of a Western, Old Mill or Merry-Go-Round theme or an unforgettable stay in one of their famous, all-rock grotto rooms with waterfall shower. The Caveman Room features rock walls, floor and ceiling, and a waterfall for a shower. This room boasts a waiting list that's a month long!

For nearly 50 years, the charm of the Madonna Inn has been one of California's landmark attractions. The Madonna Inn offers an unforgettable experience with fine dining and entertainment, unique overnight lodging, banquet rooms, exclusive clothing, gift and wine shops and limo service. Located on the grounds: 110 rooms each with a special theme, a picturesque European-style pool and state of the art exercise room, a celestial Day Spa and the largest convention center on the Central Coast.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience and discover what distinguishes the Madonna Inn from every other hotel destination in the world.  

Madonna Inn exterior
Madonna Inn at night
Madonna Inn pool
Anniversary Room
Bridal Falls Room
Cabin Still Room
Carin Room
Caveman Room
Irish Hills Room

Brief history of the Madonna Inn

The first 12 rooms were completed December 24, 1958, and were given complementary for that night's stay, to a very surprised group of travelers. An additional 28 rooms were quickly built, making a total of 40 rooms available to travelers. Demand for public areas to handle the rooms encouraged the Inn in April 1960 to start construction of the main inn, which was to eventually consists of the wine cellar, bakery, coffee shop, dining room, the cocktail lounge, banquet rooms, ladies' boutique, men's gift shop, and the gourmet shop. The 110 unique rooms now exist, each decorated differently to suit many individual tastes: rock rooms, waterfall showers, rock fireplaces, European fixtures, and fine furnishings to name a few. The Madonna Inn sits on approximately 2,200 acres and the large rocks used in the construction came from these surrounding acres. The leaded glass work throughout Madonna Inn and the large etched glass windows in the coffee shop, almost things of the past, were custom made for the Inn. The leaded glass inserts in the windowed area facing the large fireplace are of particular interest, since each insert illustrates one of the various Madonna enterprises: construction, lumber and cattle. The hand-carved marble balustrade in the Gold Rush dining room came from the Hearst Castle. All copper and brass items were etched and/or shaped from original designs and fabricated right on the premises. The 28-foot gold tree fixture in the main dining room was made from electrical conduit left over from building projects as well as from left over remnants of copper. Several wood carvers were brought in for the specialty work of hand carving the doors, beams, railings and the many other carved adornments you see here at the Madonna Inn.

Jungle Rock Room
Lucky Rock Room
Old Mexico Room
Old Mill Room
Rock Bottom Room
Vous Room
Yahoo Room
Madonna Inn banquet room
Madonna Inn Gold Rush Steakhouse
Madonna Inn Gold Rush Steakhouse 2

Bakery & Pastry Shop

Enjoy delicious treats fresh from the oven at the Madonna Inn's famous Pastry Shop. All are homemade with the finest ingredients. Try French cream puffs, cinnamon pull-aparts, cookies, or Danish pastries. Their luscious cream, whole fruit, pumpkin, and pecan pies are baked fresh daily.

Cooper Cafe

The famous Copper Café is popular with tourists and locals alike for breakfast, lunch, and dinner served in a continental atmosphere! The horseshoe-shaped Coffee Bar is where locals gather for an early morning cup of coffee and a fresh, hot Danish pastry. Elaborate woodcarvings, red leather seats, and hand-painted walls are all part of the unique setting. Pastries are baked fresh daily in the bakery adjoining the Copper Café. Enjoy fine American Style food and special treats from the Pastry Shop any time of the day.

Gold Rush Steak House

Treat yourself to unforgettable fine casual dining. Indulge in a delicious oak-pit-barbecued steak or seafood dinner in the warm and inviting Gold Rush Steak House. It's a spot to remember with outstanding service, superb wine list, mouthwatering entrees, and rich desserts. Don't miss their elaborate fantasy holiday decorations because they are spectacular! Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House was awarded Open Table Diner's Choice Award by diners who rated it the best restaurant for special occasion and romantic dinners.

Silver Bar

An intimate, quiet atmosphere for cocktails is provided in this charming setting adjacent to Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House. Enjoy your favorite cocktail or bottle of wine and appetizers in the Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge with dancing to live entertainment Thursday-Monday evenings on stage in the Gold Rush Steak House. Hand-carved wood and rock are used throughout this comfortable room.


With a consistently mild climate year round, guests are able to take part in a wide array of outdoor activities. There are hiking and biking trails located near the Madonna Inn. Madonna Inn is centrally located for day trips to the beautiful North County wine country or to the rolling dunes and wide beaches of the South County. For the adventurer, you can soar high above the mountains, along the coastline, or through the wine country for a bird's-eye view of San Luis Obispo County by balloon or paraglider.

Source: Travel Channel

Posted by Amanda, in Travel.

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