San Luis Obispo is the quintessential boutique hotel town located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles just off the 101 Freeway. The Downtown area is beautiful and thriving and wineries line the outskirts of town. Naturally any visitor is going wonder where the best local places to stay in town are, and we’d have to say SLO’s Boutique Hotels are the place to be. The real question then is, “Which are the best boutique hotels in San Luis Obispo?” Boutique accommodations are plenty in town, but which ones are the cleanest, friendlies and hippest? Our street team has done the research for you so you don’t find yourself sleeping in a the worst place in town.
Here’s the 3 Best Boutique Hotels in San Luis Obispo:
Granada is definitely the swankiest place to stay in downtown San Luis Obispo. The 17 beautifully decorated and and uniquely intimate hotel rooms boast Persian rugs, original hardwood floors and classically designed marble and tiled bathrooms with nickel-plated fixtures. You can rest peacefully in their Goose down duvet comforters and pillows and seersucker robes while enjoying a fireside glass of wine from their carefully curated in-room mini bars. Each room also has original works of art and brick walls.
Granada Hotel also is home to their namesake Bistro which happens to be one of the best restaurants in town. Their menu is full of locally inspired items, organic produce and handcrafted specialty cocktails. Try their Crispy Coho Salmon, Pan Seared Diver Scallops and for starters, the Grilled Flatbread with Burrata. If you’re there on Sunday morning, check out their Sunday Brunch from 10:30am-3pm. The Bistro is also an excellent place to get a nightcap at the end of your evening with your love.
Granada Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo and is within walking distance to the historic Fremont Theatre, many awesome breakfast spots (including Louisa’s Place) and is just steps away from the famous Thursday Evening Downtown Farmer’s Market.
If you’re looking for the hippest boutique hotels in San Luis Obispo, Granada Hotel and Bistro is the place to be!
1126 Morro Street, San Luis Obispo
2. Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn is definitely the most well known and iconic boutique hotel in San Luis Obispo. Built by Alex Madonna in 1958 with Mr. Madonna’s mission “I try to give people a decent place to stay where they receive more than they are entitled to for what they’re paying“. The Inn includes a decadent spa, outdoor pool, bakery and restaurant. This boutique hotel is well known among locals for their extravagant and DELICIOUS bright pink cakes sold in their Copper Cafe Bakery.
Each room of the 118 rooms at the Madonna Inn are uniquely themed and named, including rooms called “Just Heaven”, “Cloud Nine”, “Love Nest” and “Rock Bottom”. Mrs. Phyllis Madonna had a love affair with all things pink and the Inn has been decorated accordingly, including the large Madonna Inn pink neon sign which overlooks Hwy 101 and is the marker for the hotel’s location from the highway. The property is adorned with western murals, pink roses, and hammered copper, as well as boulder-adorned walls from mountainsides of the surrounding Seven Sisters peaks.
The Madonna Inn is an iconic San Luis Obispo landmark and always a lively place to be on a Saturday night! The Gold Rush Steak House restaurant offers delicious cowboy faire such as Surf and Turf entrees, Buffalo Wings and Truffle Fingerling Potatoes. You can also find locals dancing the night away on the beautiful hardwood dance floor adjacent to the restaurant and bar.
If you’re looking for the most festive and historical boutique hotels in San Luis Obispo, The Madonna Inn is your place!
100 Madonna Road
The Apple Farm Inn has been a staple of San Luis Obispo for decades and is located just outside Downtown San Luis Obispo on Monterey Street. The Apple Farm Inn is a beautiful sight and is very well maintained and decorated throughout the year. The property includes the Apple Farm Restaurant offering traditional American faire as well as a Millhouse which harnesses water power from San Luis Creek to fuel their ovens and bake their fresh apple pies sold in their bakery and gift shop. Make sure you try their awesome Lemon Meringue Pie!
The Inn follows a Victorian-style theme and most of the rooms have different decor. Rooms offer cozy fireplaces and seating nooks as well as air-conditioning and free wifi. The property has a lavish outdoor pool, spa tub and meticulously maintained garden.
The Apple Farm Inn definitely is the most family-friendly and wholesome boutique hotels in San Luis Obispo!
2015 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo