• The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn
  • The Spa at Madonna Inn

About The Spa at Madonna Inn

Set amid 2,200 acres in the shadow of the majestic San Luis Mountain, the Madonna Inn Resort and Spa fosters a whimsical and fun atmosphere. Opened in 1958, the resort's over-the-top design is an assortment of Swiss Alps-inspired architecture accented with vivid pink, stained glass, and boulders as decor. Guest rooms are individually themed, ranging anywhere from Safari to Caveman to Just Heaven (the celestial-style room is outfitted with golden cherubs and a staircase leading to a private viewing tower). The resort's full-service spa and swimming pool area, comprising a waterfall, lagoon, and gazebo, help create a calming environment at this unique resort. Located in the heart of the central coast wine region, the property offers two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, a pastry shop, retail stores, a 20,000-square-foot Expo Center, and ample hiking and biking trails.

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100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 United States
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Bathed in soothing blue and gold hues, complemented by plush furnishings, soft music, and delicate aromas, the Spa at Madonna Inn offers an elegant and inviting ambience. The 3,500-square-foot spa has six treatment rooms, including two couple's suites, pre- and post-treatment areas, and separate locker spaces. Spa-goers begin their visit with an exfoliating shower scrub of lavender, piña colada, or chocolate chip scents and conclude with an after-session snack of raspberry cream-filled meringue cookies and herbal teas in the post treatment room. The celestial-themed spa features a wide selection of services, ranging from waxing treatments to lemon verbena and peppermint mocha body scrubs to white chocolate soufflé and warming spice foot massage modalities. The spa's signature facials use Naturopathica products, created with pure ingredients.

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Dry Cleaning
Locker Room
Meeting Facilities
Relaxation Lounge
Retail Store
Robes Provided
Slippers Provided
Swimming Pool
Toiletries Available
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Customer Reviews for The Spa at Madonna Inn (2)

January 21, 2010
My sister and I came to the Madonna Inn Spa and spent the day relaxing with a few treatments. I must say, the staff is very accomodating and the treatments were wonderful! We both felt rejuevenated and refreshed! loved their heated pool! We are defenitely planning a trip to come back soon.
November 23, 2009
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My girlfriend and I spent two nights at the Madonna Inn, the week before Thanksgiving. We both agree that this is the best hotel we have ever stayed at, and I'd like to explain why. 1. The uniqueness of the rooms - We actually stayed in two different rooms: "What's Left [room 158]" the first night and "Madonna Suite [room 141]" the second night. Oh, wow. The uniquely tailored, custom designed rooms were so impressive. "What's Left" had a glitter wall, a colorful tiled floor and shower area, a double set of sinks, and - my personal favorite - an electronic bidet installed on their toilet. This toilet had a warming seat, and then one had the option of "front cleaning" and/or "dry cleaning" after going to the bathroom, complete with a final "drying" option. I was utterly amazed. The bathroom in the second room had a rock waterfall shower, as well as a waterfall sink. The room itself also had an electric fireplace, and the warmth was definitely appreciated by us Phoenicians who haven't had to adjust to cold weather in our hometown just yet. Before we even left, my girlfriend and I decided we would return because we want to start trying out as many rooms as possible. They are all so different. Rooms designed in these ways could have ended up looking tacky or gaudy, but that wasn't the case. The specific details of each room, upgraded flat screen televisions, upgraded bathroom options, consistency in their design, and individual tailoring of each room definitely made the rooms unique, NOT tacky. 2. Comprehensive binder of information - The binder included information on events around the area, activities occurring at the resort, spa opportunities, and dining options, along with a variety of other pertinent information (e.g. channel numbers, for us out-of-towners who wouldn't have known them otherwise). 3. Hiking - They had different levels of trails that were close to the hotel. 4. Friendly staff - The three womyn at the spa were amazingly friendly and accommodating. The two front desk staff members, as well as employees in the eating areas, were the same way. 5. Spa services - Oh, wow, did I want to take Pial (sp?) home with me. She gave me a scalp and foot treatment, as well as a body soak. I had never had these particular treatments, so I have nothing to compare it to. However, my body felt so relaxed and smooth afterward. Another lady completed a Swedish Deep Tissue massage on me, and I really felt it made a difference. That is the best deep tissue massage that I have ever had from a womyn. After all treatments were finished, a different lady brought me into a room and served me tea, cookies, mixed nuts, pineapple, and orange slices. She even gave me two extra cookies when I raved about how good they were. 6. pool - The pool is heated, which makes it useable for most of the year. It was also huge - definitely big enough for people to swim laps if desired. 7. workout area - It had enough cardio equipment, and you could plug your headphones into their TVs, making it easier to zone out while exercising. They didn't have a great selection of weight machines, although there were free weights available. DRAWBACKS 1. Internet connectivity - We paid $10 for Internet connectivity in our room, but it was a slow speed. This wouldn't be good for the businessperson taking her/his kids on a trip while needing to also get some work done. 2. Staff is hit and miss with their knowledge. The front desk lady didn't know how to set up wireless Internet in our room and in fact told my girlfriend she couldn't, when it was clearly listed in the binder as something we could pay to do. The older lady selling truffles said she had no boxes to sell me truffles, even though there was a stack right behind her, and there were also boxes right in the next station by the cakes. Also, when I called in an order to the Steakhouse, I ordered a salad and specifically requested no meat on the salad. She, along with the guy at the front desk where I picked it up, assured me there was no meat. ... There was meat, so I had to walk back and get it exchanged. 3. Food was mediocre. With a resort so lavish in so many ways, I expected to be impressed by the food as well. I wasn't. The breakfast omelets and egg salad sandwiches were standard diner style. The salad I got for dinner one night was $20 for spinach, one tomato cut four ways, six water chestnuts, and a sliced hard-boiled egg. It was overpriced, bland food. It will fill your stomach, but it certainly won't be something you remember them by. With all this said, I will absolutely return to the Madonna Inn someday. I believe I have a few dozen other rooms to try out, so I have just gotten started.
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Facilities & Amenities

Facilities & Amenities

Health enthusiasts will enjoy working out in the exercise center or taking advantage of the miles of hiking and biking trails that lead up the San Luis Mountain. The resort's outdoor infinity pool, an impressive 90-foot hourglass-shaped complex, is architecturally designed with a 30-foot beach-style entry and a 50-foot lap swimming area. A 45-foot cascading waterfall flows into a lagoon, surrounded by bridges, a gazebo, and two Jacuzzis nestled into rocks. Meeting and wedding accommodations are also available.

Shopping is just steps away; the resort is home to three retail shops for designer clothing for men and women, gourmet specialties, and wines. Guests venturing off property can visit popular sites such as the national historic landmark Hearst Castle and the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Outdoor activities abound in the surrounding area, with options such as golf, kayaking, surfing, swimming, hot-air ballooning, and paragliding.


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Rooms & Dining

Rooms & Dining

Keeping with the resort's unconventional vibe, the avant-garde accommodations, housed in three stand-alone buildings against a hillside, are uniquely themed and include custom-designed furnishings that harmonize with each decorating scheme. The "Pick & Shovel" suites feature tractor-seat barstools, while the "Old Mill" has a working water wheel. Interiors of the "Merry-Go-Round," a trio of three rooms, are styled with vaulted ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and green-sequined walls; guests may also opt for the resort's famed "all-rock" rooms, which come outfitted with waterfall showers.

With its horseshoe-shape coffee bar, ornate wood carvings, red leather seats, and hand-painted walls, Copper Café has an inviting and entertaining feel. Open all day, the café serves classic American specialties and fresh pastry from the adjoining Bakery & Pastry Shop. Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steakhouse offers hearty steak and seafood dinners, topped off with a selection from the extensive wine list. Nightly dancing and entertainment are featured on the restaurant's stage, and live music is performed on select nights.

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