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210 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-5409
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#27 of 33 hotels in San Luis Obispo
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See why so many travellers make Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo their hotel of choice when visiting San Luis Obispo. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, and Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including 24 hour front desk and express check-in and check-out. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and free breakfast during their visit. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

Close to some of San Luis Obispo's most popular landmarks, such as Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (1.3 mi) and Mission Plaza (1.3 mi), Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo is a great destination for tourists.

Travellers looking to enjoy some fish and chips can head to Splash Cafe and Artisan Bakery, Splash Cafe Seafood & Grill, or Lahainas. Otherwise, you may want to check out a Spanish restaurant such as Taqueria Santa Cruz Express, Las Delicias, or cinco de mayo.

Should time allow, Bubblegum Alley and Laguna Lake Park are some popular attractions that are within walking distance.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo as you experience all of the things San Luis Obispo has to offer.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Express check-in / check-out
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Telephone
Clothes rack
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
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Complimentary toiletries
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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English, Spanish, Hindi
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groovology wrote a review Jun 2022
Cupertino, CA184 contributions92 helpful votes
We travel to SLO fairly regularly, and we have stayed in a lot of different properties at different price points, but never here. And never again. Despite being on a Monday night, our $150 stay with taxes and fees was a huge disappointment, highlighted by obvious cost-cutting measures and poor maintenance by the facility. About all the manager was willing to do is promise that the items will be fixed for our next stay, but we won't ever know because we won't be going back. Here are but a few of the issues: the Jacuzzi was broken, the TV remote only let you see every other channel (skipping over the +1 and instead giving you the +2 channel), the air conditioner was loud enough to wake the dead, the ice machine was broken, and the pillows were hard and small and would be better as thrown cushions on a couch rather than being pillows. Oh, and the premium price comes without breakfast... not even pastries or coffee in the lobby. The manager said that the Dennys next door offered a discounts to customers, but to me that is cold comfort when you pay so much for a room, and most of the other motels in town offer at least pastries. The place itself seemed like it catered to contract workers that come in to town to work on telephone and cable systems and the like. There were a ton of trucks in the parking lot, and although there is nothing wrong with that, they seem to want to smoke and drink after their shifts so families might want to consider that for their stay. The one thing I can say about the place is that it was clean... spotless in fact, which is a huge relief during Covid. But would we stay there again? No way. Not sure how they justified the prices being so high, but I feel pretty ripped off considering all the things that were not working or cut back.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: The rooms in the upper area are farther away from the road.
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Thanks for being open about your experience with us. As much as we wouldn't like to receive negative feedback, it does help us do a better job - so we appreciate you taking the time to let us know.
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Kate H wrote a review Jun 2022
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Our family, two adults and four teens, stayed in the 3Q room one night. I was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The pool and hot tub were very nice. The man who checked us in was very nice. The room had everything we needed and was large. Good location, close to a lot. There was a smell outside our room that was pretty bad, like urine, but once we closed the door we couldn't smell it. We didn't have any issues with noise. Liked having the fridge. I liked the set-up of the bathroom - toilet and shower enclosed with the sink and closet separate. This allowed some of us to brush our teeth while someone else showered or used the bathroom.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There aren't any towels at the pool, so you'll need to bring one from your room.
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Thank you for your detailed review. We appreciate you staying with us.
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Gabriel D wrote a review May 2022
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I only give it two stars because they refunded my money and the front desk staff was nice and apologetic. The bed sheets were stained with multiple colored substances. The room was extremely loud! Someone was taking a shower in a room next to us and it sounded like a train passing by. There were long hair strands on the pillows and mattress sheets. The final straw was a lady outside of our room yelling “i can’t find my lighter. Do you have one? I found some good s**t, let me know if you want some”. Very shady. There was a baby crying somewhere in the hotel and we could hear it as if it was next door. Paper thin walls! This is not something I was expecting for $220 a night. Very surprised on how other reviews were good. Stay away.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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We'll be addressing nay points made with our staff so this experience is not repeated. Thanks for the honest feedback.
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MikeandCyndy wrote a review Jan 2022
Chula Vista, California30 contributions7 helpful votes
We have stayed at a variety of places in SLO from the funny /touristy Madonna Inn to a variety of nice and budget priced motels. We have flown in and out of SLO's little gem of an airport several times to pick up our stored RV and begin our fortunate travels. We need a motel when arriving to sort things out over a day or so and have stayed the last 2 times at Vagabond = basic but very convenient, affordble, clean, with pool and hot tub and 20% discount on breakfast at Denny's next door. We could afford more, but why pay more? Check them out! M&C - married 52 years, retired RNs from Quincy,MA
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Room Tip: No real views- first floor best.
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Thanks for taking the time to write us a review, and we appreciate you staying with us twice. We hope to see you again.
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Cornelia wrote a review Oct 2021
Santa Rosa, United States2 contributions
We were unable to get a reservation at the Madonna Inn so had to stay here. I think convents provide plusher accomodations. The bed was tiny, the noise level was over the top, and the furnishings were strictly low level Home Depot. Fake wood flooring, no drapes, poorly fitted blinds. The ac was ineffective and very loud. This place defines cheap but it's not. It was over $230 for 1 lousy night. Never again.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Stay somewhere else.
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Thanks for the feedback and for giving us a try.
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Robert E wrote a review Aug 2021
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Needed an extended stay here is SLO and the Vagabond was extremely accomodating. They provided excellent service and went above and beyond anytime a question arose. They have continued to improve their property as well as their service. Recommend highly and will visit again when in the area.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Room Tip: Easy access to rooms. Plenty of parking. Staff friendly and helpful.
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Sandra H wrote a review Jul 2021
8 contributions5 helpful votes
The Vagabond has gone through some changes. The rooms are clean and updated and most of the outlets do work. The beds are okay -- not great. However, they haven't updated the air conditioning. Ours was the old box variety, stuck in the sink area behind a wall. Not very effective. It's bare bones and we'd have been fine with that -- except it costs $$$. Avoid.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room and they will help you out.
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Thanks for sharing your feedback about this. Since then, we have made some changes to the A/C setup in most of our rooms.
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Prakash G wrote a review Jul 2021
San Luis Obispo, California63 contributions26 helpful votes
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I live in San Jose and commute each week and stay here Sunday to Friday. The accommodations here have been more than expected from management to the staff. The rate has been fair and helpful on my wallet. They understand the hardships of traveling and have made this weekly journey as painless as possible. I would recommend this location for business or family. It's just off 101 and near several stores and restaurants. Plus you get discounts of 20% off for staying here at IHOP and dennys.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Weekends can be busy but plenty of parking and we'll lite area with new renovated rooms. Compare...
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Thanks for your gracious review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again,
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carmen c wrote a review May 2021
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Be careful. Do not stay at this place and do not book with BOOKING as they don't even let you give a review. The hotel rooms are sort of clean but definitely not worth anything other than 80 dollars (not the almost 200 we payed for it)plus walls are so thin as if made out of cardboard and you can hear the neighbors. Pretty much you cannot sleep until 12 pm and wake up at 5:30 or so
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Date of stay: May 2021
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We're sorry there was an issue during your stay. For any inconvenience, the front desk is there to help so please don't hesitate to reach out.
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raisorby1 wrote a review Oct 2020
68 contributions47 helpful votes
I stayed here for 3 nights and I was pleasantly surprised with how nice my room was... Very updated and clean, with all of the most important amenities . Also, The parking lot was spaced out well with larger parking spaces and the was an ice machine and soda machine just down the walkway. The pool area was open and very clean as well. The staff was quite pleasant and helpful. I would certainly stay there again. I would rate this particular Vagabond Inn as being fairly nicer than most other Vagabond inn's I have stayed at in the past. My 3 night stay was quite reasonable price as well.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo
Which popular attractions are close to Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Nearby attractions include Sunset Drive-In Theatre (0.8 km), Laguna Lake Park (0.8 km), and Cultural and Performing Arts Center (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Top room amenities include a view of a nearby landmark, a view of the mountains, and a pool view.
Is parking available at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Madonna Inn Copper Cafe, Alex Madonna's Gold Rush Steak House, and Silver Bar Cocktail Lounge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dallidet Adobe and Gardens (2.5 km) and Ah Louis Store (2.2 km).
Is Vagabond Inn San Luis Obispo accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.