I’ve never been to California but that doesn’t stop me from planning my daydreamin’ trips out west. The hotel featured for today’s crush is one that has made me weak in the knees since I first saw that oh-so-pink dining room and the ridiculously awesome/simultaneously kitschy rooms. The Madonna Inn, located in San Luis Obispo, CA is a gem of unknown quality. I saw unknown because I can’t even decide which of the 110 differently themed rooms I’d want to stay in first.
One of my absolute favorite things about the Madonna Inn is how much (and well) they’ve run with their “Think Pink” branding (bonus points for y’all if you remember/adore/have vaguely heard of this movie!). Their signature cake is even named Pink Champagne because, well, pink! I’m a little fluttery thinking about all the PINK. Their dining room, the Gold Rush Steakhouse, has nothing to do with gold and EVERYTHING to do with pink too. You’ll think you died and went to a 50s/60s glamorously kitschy aesthetic heaven.
For simpler bites than Gold Rush, they also have Copper Cafe, the Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge (again, nothing to do with Silver), and if you’re just craving one of their perfect confectioneries to take back to the room or home they have a Bakery with their sweet treats!
Before getting really cozy in some of these rooms, lets talk about how the exterior is clearly fused with an awesomeness concoction of adorable whimsy and super bright colors. The Terrace Pool & Fitness Center/Bar is located right outside the Madonna Inn Spa – a totally perfect placement. With the pool and fitness center being located on a hilltop I might actually be encouraged to work out! Hahahahahahahahaahahah ok but for real, I would definitely be persuaded to spend a little time in the Spa or swimming. I mean, a vacation shouldn’t include your health, right?
I went through all 110 rooms just to give you a sampling of how dreamy they are. The rooms range in themes from the quintessentially elegant Austrian Suite, to the just-as-bright-as-its-namesake Madonna Suite (which includes a rock formation bathroom!!), to the slightly understated but over the top fun that is the Old Mill room! If their pillows are as comfortable as their rooms are exciting, I expect I’ll end up staying in every room (who needs a retirement fund anyways, right?).
The Madonna Inn might be classified as over the top, dated, and campy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Most of my personal crush is based completely on those three words pouring out of every part of the inn. Every part (that I can see through photos, mind you!) screams development by people who weren’t afraid to go against the grain of standard white sheets, white walls, and all around bland decor. They went outside the “box” with the inn and I couldn’t be blushier about it. So, dear reader, have you found any hotels that speak to your soul lately?
Wishing you so much pink you need pepto (did I say pink enough in this post?),