Sands Inn & Suites
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... and feels slightly gross to walk into, but hey; this is original street art. After experiencing this stellar piece of still-evolving art and a quick dinner in Pismo Beach, we go move on to another piece of art - our hotel, Madonna Inn.
Madonna Inn was built by Alex and Phyllis Madonna who wanted to build a truly unique and personal establishment. There certainly succeeded:
My sweet daughter in law, Aurora, discovered that there were only two tickets left for the Willie Nelson concert tonight, so she bought them for Rob and me to attend the live performance.
Rob and I enjoyed a guys night out dinner at the Eureka Burgers and Brew house in San Luis Obispo. Great gourmet burgers and over a dozen micro brews on tap. I had a ...
My grandson, Austin, his friend, Matt, and I decided to hike up Bishops Peak as a good way to finish this year. We arrived at the take off point about 9:45. It took almost 1 1/2 hours to climb the 1,500 feet, a hike of about 1 1/2 miles to reach the top.
At the top of the peak, I had a beautiful view of both the ...
... but did hear a few stories about what could be the work of a reprobate or two. Hearst did hire Samuel Clemens or Mark Twain at the San Francisco Chronicle, along with Ambrose Bierce, and Jack London. All great writers, adventurers and bohemians of record. Bierce disappeared in Mexico following the Pancho Villa campaign when he was 71. London, I'm afraid, did himself in with morphine as he suffered from alcoholism, dysentery and kidney ...
... Even though the sky was grey it's an impressive sight. Our first guide took us to some of the upper rooms, all lavishly furnished but quite cosy. With a penchant for all things medieval there were quite a few icons and religious pictures even though Hearst was not a devout man. We saw several guests rooms, plus his own, quite modest bedroom. We waited outside for our second tour of the grand rooms, led by an amusing guide called Bev. The ...
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Pet Friendly and People Friendly
I stayed at the Sands for a wedding I attended in SLO and loved my accommodations and so did my pooch. Consideration for pets was a big plus and the staff and the room were both warm and friendly. Whenever I go to SLO, my pooch and I stay at the Sands and we're planning on coming again this year.
The Sands maintains a high standard of service and cleanliness and offers good value despite the challenges of operating in a partying college environment where peace and quiet can be hard to come by. We've enjoyed several stays and two graduations.
Would have rather slept under an overpass!!!!
Please, avoid this place at all cost. The Motel itself is respectable, but the staff was one of the worst I've ever encountered. As a paying customer, I have never before, in my life, been treated the way the Sands Motel staff treated me during my 2 night stay. I wanted to check out after my first night, but they held a $50 cancelation fee over my head, which made me stay one more night. Looking back, I shoulda payed the $50 penalty and got the heck outa there. SLO has way to many nice places to stay, LOOK ELSEWHERE!!!!
Dishonest staff....unauthorized and non explainable charges to credit card. Was not allowed to use the pool even though we paid to stay at the hotel. You're better off bringing a tent and camping by the freeway.
This hotel is extremely overpriced! We were treated worse than if we were staying in a hostel while we were paying resort prices. I would NEVER stay here again!!!
Don't waste your time
There are a lot nicer facilities at much better prices. Management and staff were very rude. Stay at the Peach Tree right across the street.
This hotel is horrible
Don't stay here- this place is a **** hole and way over priced for what you get!!! Plus even though I was a paying customer they told me I could not use the pool facilities. The management is rude, unfriendly, and inconsiderate. I also had an UNAUTHORIZED charge of $500 on my credit card 2 days after checking out- that no one at the hotel could seem to explain. There are way better places to stay in San Luis Obispo than this dump!!!!
Thanks to a referral from Days Inn in SLO, we found the Sands pet friendly. Also visit their website to mention their upgrade promotion to a suite, complete with a separate sofa bed. Free VHS rentals also included from their small collection. Terrific value.
Smoke and COLD water
The non-smoking room smelled like smoke. Bathroom window was left open. While taking a shower I got a shot of COLD water.
We stayed here a few years ago...it was wonderful.