Since 1958, the Madonna Inn’s unique combination of roadside attraction mixed with mountain top vacation destination has drawn travelers traversing the California Coast. The quirky property in San Luis Obispo is famed for its eclectic décor, although you may not suspect it from the exterior, designed to look like a rambling Swiss chalet.
Step inside, and you’ll be met by eccentric California creativity, including 110 over-the-top, individually decorated rooms. Unique highlights include wagon wheel beds, Barbie pink-hued walls and floors, carved rock caves, and in-room rock waterfalls and showers (even the men’s lobby bathroom has a waterfall urinal!).
Public spaces are all highly Instagrammable, especially the hot pink, round leather booths in the gold-and-vine encrusted Gold Rush Steak House. The festive restaurant is the site of multiple celebrations every evening, often enhanced by the in-house bakery ‘s pink champagne cake frosted to match the rose patterned carpet.
Even though you can keep busy checking out the inside décor of the inn for days at a time, outdoors is pretty special, too, with hot pink tennis courts, pool-side cocktail bar, wine and cheese trail rides, and pink bike rentals to explore the surrounding area.