You can check out the restaurant, bathrooms (of course lol but you really should look at them, even if you don’t have to go! They fancy AF – the dude’s bathroom has a freaking WATERFALL in it), shop(s), pool area (although I don’t think you can swim unless you’re actually staying at the hotel), tennis courts (they’re also PINK!), garden, and the outside of all the pretty hotels. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and someone will be leaving theirs when you walk by and you can get a glimpse inside! (I’m actually the creepiest)…If you’re not familiar with the Madonna Inn, each room has a different theme. And they are decorated waaaaay over the top, and are so amazing! I’m dying to stay in Carin or Merry (both pink glitter rooms), Daisy Mae (yellow and rock walls), Caveman (animal prints and more rock walls)…All the other rooms are just as equally ridiculously themed. I’m literally down for any of them, as long as there’s glitter and rocks involved. The bathroom doors have these amazing plush red doors. Next time I’m planning to achieve ultra creep status and take better photos of the rest of the bathroom! And okay, a very short history. Originally, it was built by Alex and Phyllis Madonna in 1958 – only to burn down in 1966. A year later, they reopened with the 110 fantabulous rooms that make it up now. One day, I will swim here, in all its retro pool glory. We went during the day, and just ate at the cafe, but I’d imagine the restaurant at the Madonna Inn comes alive at night!
In short – The Madonna Inn is one of the most unique hotels to ever sit on this earth. I am obsessed and I hope you are, too.
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CC Flight says
Hi there! Did they let you walk around the tennis courts even though you weren’t staying there?
I didn’t walk around in the tennis courts, but I believe you can at least see them from the outside.
Were you able to walk to the waterfall outside?
The waterfall is located in the gated pool area, and I didn’t try to enter since I didn’t have a hotel key. I don’t think you can see it from outside the gate, but I could be wrong. You can ask hotel staff if they’d let you into the pool area or ask if they have a day pass. You can purchase a day pass for the spa, so they might also have one for the pool!
Im staying in Paso Robles for a couple of days. I’ve been looking at things to do and I stumbled upon Maddona Inn. Are people allowed to walk in and take a look and have lunch or purchase pastries? Also how much is a day pass?
Hi Audrey, I hope you’re having a great time in Paso Robles! Yes, you can walk around the grounds and go in the restaurant and order food/pastries. I didn’t need to pay for a day pass to walk around (that’s free), but I believe you’ll need one if you want to swim in the pool. I didn’t go into the pool area, so I’m not sure and it doesn’t say how much it costs on their website, but you can call them at (805) 543-3000. Have fun!