"Retro charm: Wow, this is how my parents & grandparents traveled - now I did!"
08/20/14 MLMeyers Houston, Texas
I'm a down to earth gal & loved staying here! These old adobe style, courtyard, carport motels are disappearing, like an iconic part of the American culture and being replaced by big chain hotels. Staying here felt like traveling back in time. First off, I can't help but to notice an interesting assortment of mixed reviews here. Fact 1: Hotels are fairly pricey near and in downtown San Luis Obispo. Fact 2: Most hotel prices sky-rocket on the weekends in this town but the Los Padres Motel didn't go up too drastically on the weekends. I greatly appreciated that since I was traveling on a budget. When I'm looking for a modestly priced hotel, my priorities are safety, clean rooms and a well kept property. Lost Padres met all of my criteria and more! I was very surprised by the homey and retro charm of the motel and really got attached to the atmosphere. I appreciate how it's family owned, the staff were friendly, attentive and very professional. The property was overflowing with charm with their care in potted plants, tidy landscaping and an overall inviting courtyard atmosphere. Staying at such a charming place that's near downtown and... also nestled in the coolest residential neighborhood made all the difference with my vacation. I live in a very car-city and loved the fact that I could walk around in a pleasant neighborhood and get to pretty much everything I wanted to, by foot. Some of the furniture is a bit eclectic, funky and old. But, if that's what's helping keep the prices down... leave the furniture alone! I'll take retro, charm and personality over sanitized and homogenized, in a heartbeat! A BIG THANK YOU to the staff, for keeping this motel in its original historical form. Like I said, old motels like this are getting harder to find. Thank you!! I'll definitely come back when I have the opportunity.
"Terrible customer experience - BEWARE"
07/25/14 lacrosse14 San Diego
It takes a lot for me to write a review, but I felt compelled to do it this time. I made my reservation through the hotel's own website, and received a confirmation e-mail. Upon arrival, we were told that they didn't have our reservation. After some stressful debate, the manager booked us into a 1 star motel across the street, and told us that they would take care of the charge. The following morning, we were forced to pay for the substandard room. They didn't honor our reservation and they lied about taking care of the room charge. Never again.
"Very nice place and reasonably priced as well"
07/21/14 Darren C Chico, California
We all think it is a very nice place , nothing extremely fancy but clean and comfy and less than $100 for the night, very worth the cost and would stay here again if ever back in this area . If your looking for a nice place to rest than I we recommend the place for you
"In Bad Shape and $200 a night !"
Our room had dirty cushions on the chairs, mold on the shower door, paint peeling off the wall in the bathroom and a badly worn heater grill. I would recommend you not stay there. It's worth about $50 a night, not $200. Please tell your friends. The bed was hard as a rock.
07/19/14 NucPower San Luis Obispo, California
This is the worst most overpriced motel we have ever stayed in. Over $200 for a small, old, dingy room with a creaky bed, no A/C, noisy fan, falling apart shower and slow internet speed. It may be worth more like $95.
"Excellent place, great value"
04/24/14 SaritBenTzur Tel Aviv, Israel
We were visiting for only one night. The motel is authentic, and located in a lovely area, close to several restaurants, cafes and city downtown. Smoking is allowed in the middle of the parking area, with nice table & bench setting (other places will send you outside the premises to smoke). The room was basic, but clean and nice and the shower was great. The host was really nice and friendly, took care of our needs and gave many tips for the area. Thank you :)
"A good home base"
04/21/14 MissChiVus Los Angeles
Living a bit of a gypsy lifestyle I was in need of a place to call home for a few days.Traveling solo this space is safe, clean, affordable, family owned & operated, and conveniently located to downtown San Louis Obispo and the 101. I will stay here again for sure.
"Easy location, fair price"
03/04/14 MiltRundquist Danville, California
If you are looking for a convenient and affordable hotel in SLO , this is a good choice. Rooms are clean, bed is comfortable and the hotel is easy to find. There is even a coffee shop adjacent to Los Padres to help you jumpstart your day's adventures. I've stayed here twice and will stay again!
"Basic, But Much Nicer Than Some Reviews Suggest."
12/15/13 wbsk San Francisco, California
I think a lot of the negative reviews stem from people who paid high prices on some "special" Cal Poly weekend and/or who are used to more Four-Seasons-y accomodation. I use tripadvisor a lot to find basic, non-chain motels and hotels when I am road-tripping. For that purpose, this place was great. I stayed here for one night when there was nothing special going on at the University. Walked in, got a great price (lower than online) and a nice room. There were some spots that could use fresh paint and the like, but it was clean and smelled good and comfortable. Guy at front desk (owner I think) was very nice and easy to deal with. Most important it was comfortable walking distance to food, downtown and the like. And per previous reviews there is a good, comfortable coffee shop next door so the morning caffeine fix has been easy. I'd probably be less positive too if I'd paid $200 for the room, but I paid less than $100 and it was a good deal on that basis.
"Just what we needed when we needed it"
12/08/13 Laurence and Br... C London, United Kingdom
Drove in late and were given a nice room at a great rate. We were delighted to wake up and find a lovely town with good shops and cafés within easy reach and so had a tasty bagel and good cup of leaf tea under the orange tree in the courtyard/car park of the motel. Friendly, accommodating staff.
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