One of California’s most famous hotels is the Madonna Inn off Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo. This hotel prides itself on having no one room the same, and the amount of weirdness present in the rooms is unlike any hotel I have visited (in a good way). It has rooms wholly made of rock, rooms with nothing but pink and rooms that would make Austin Powers proud. The hotel also features a famous bar, dining area, pool, and infamous urinal that allows men to pee right into a waterfall fountain. All of this adds to the charm of this eclectic hotel; here is all the information.
Here is a video I made from my visit in 2018.
Gypsy Rocks is the room I stayed in when I revisited the hotel in 2018. It had a rock wall and a rock shower along with a fun pastel-colored wood ceiling.
Old World Suite
This review and photos are from when I stayed in 2013 in a room called the Old World Suite. The room is fully rock with rock ceilings, floor, and walls.
It has a kitchen complete with four chairs and a sink, and a full rock fireplace that operates with a wall switch. Past the rock wall that divides the living room is the bedroom complete with a red bed that matches the rock well.
From there, you enter the bathroom with a waterfall that runs water down a series of rocky steps into the basin to wash your hands and a shower enclosure that has a set of two rock showers that rain on you, as well as a typical showerhead.
It is one of those rooms you never want to leave.
The Dining Room
The dining room in the main lobby is also a sight to behold. It is mainly pink with lots of booths that the patrons can sit in. I didn’t eat here on this trip, but I have before, and it is good, but it is pricey.
Copper Cafe and Horseshoe Lounge
Another must-see spot in the hotel is the Copper Cafe with the horseshoe bar. The horseshoe bar is precisely that, a horseshoe that guests can sit around to order everything from food and drinks to their famous cakes.
Amie and I each tried a slice of cake, and if you only have two people, you just need one as these are huge!
Copper Cafe is also an excellent place for breakfast if you are staying in the hotel.
The Madonna Inn also has a beautiful pool at the top of the property that is a great place to relax in the summer and has a man-made waterfall that flows down near it as well.
Men’s Urinal Fountain
One of the most famous attractions at the Madonna Inn is that of the Men’s downstairs lobby bathroom. This urinal is unlike any you have used before, and when you step up to the area, a motion sensor turns on a fountain from the ceiling that runs water down a rock wall before it cascades off to the ground below. You merely relieve yourself into that water stream. Almost every time I have gone, there have been women in the men’s bathroom checking it out as it is one of the reasons people stop at the inn.
Now, if all of this doesn’t make you want to stay here, the towns surrounding it of San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Morro Bay also have a ton of fun things for the traveler to do. Making Madonna Inn an all-around great place to spend a night or a week on vacation. Check out the rest of the pictures and make sure to book the rooms you want in advance as some of the popular ones book out a year ahead.