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Very Good 1515 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The entire inn smells like someone’s baking an apple pie…and someone probably is
  • Great comfort food: Meatloaf, turkey pot pie and roast chicken are always on the Apple Farm Restaurant’s menu
  • Free shuttle service to the Amtrak station and into town
  • A working fireplace in every guestroom
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • Ongoing renovations to guestrooms are currently in progress through 2012
  • The decor is very floral — like your grandma’s farmhouse out in the country
  • The inn fills up quickly on weekends when the college is playing home games or hosting other events
  • The Apple Farm Restaurant is loosely divided into two areas: the front for special events and older folks, the back for college kids and their families
  • Families and couples enjoy the grounds all day, so there’s lots of activity
  • The Millhouse Gift Store on property will not be open Tuesday through Thursday.

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

If you like sleek chrome-and-glass midcentury minimalism, this inn probably isn’t for you. Every room — from the lobby to the guestrooms to the restaurant — is decorated in florals, ginghams and stripes, and many of the beds are covered with patchwork quilts. The effect is a unique country charm, and it radiates from each of the 104 guestrooms. It provided me the kind of comfortable feeling I get when visiting my much-beloved grandma out on the farm.

The King and Queen Specialty Rooms are recently refurbished in warm shades of cobalt blue, apple green and tawny beige, with fewer competing patterns. They still have that Apple Farm style but are more relaxed and restful. The beds, some of them big four-posters, are very inviting. On a recent visit I turned on the gas fireplace, pulled up the throw that was folded at the bottom of my bed, mounded the pillows behind me and curled up with a book. Except for the sound of the fire, it was perfectly quiet.

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There’s not so much a spa on-site as there is a “Massage Center,” and one afternoon I enjoyed the signature massage — apple cider and shea butter — with a face wrap that smelled good enough to eat. I’d recommend it if you need to work out some kinks from a long road trip. Don’t miss the early evening wine receptions, which are a great time to taste local wines and chat with some of the other guests while sitting outside soaking in the California sunshine.

If you like simple, well-prepared food and lots of it, you’ll love the restaurant. For lunch I ordered a turkey potpie with a side of Apple Farm salad and washed it all down with unfiltered apple cider. Yum. And for dinner? Country pot roast with a hot apple dumpling à la mode for dessert, of course. Alas, the portions were all too big to finish…and I have that back-at-Grandma’s-farmhouse feeling again.

How to Get There

Apple Farm
2015 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1515 Reviews
Excellent Grad weekend!
Reviewed 6 days ago

We absolutely loved our accommodations (3 rooms) for Cal Poly grad weekend. No issues. Extra requests handled professionally. Staff was very friendly each day. Loved how the lobby was decorated in Cal Poly theme decorations. After 4 years visiting SLO and staying in various hotels, our stays at the Apple Farm were the most enjoyable. We've been in both the main building and Trellis Court rooms and the extra touches make for a pleasant experience. Loved shopping in the gift shop, and our meals at the restaurant were always good.

Solid Four Owl Eye Property
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed one night here as we were in town to pick up our CalPoly student for summer break. The room was well adorned with modern decor, flooring and artwork—country themed to go with all things Apple Farm.

The bed frame was not a good fit for this room due to the size and knee breaker design. Someone has or will mess up a knee pretty bad on the corners that jut out into the narrow walking area (see photo). Mattress was a little soft for our liking but otherwise comfortable. Television picture was fuzzy but likely due to coax cabling versus hdmi.

We were well warned ahead of time that we would be near the highway end of the property—which did not bother us. It was the grizzly bear coughing and bathroom noise throughout the night coming through the paper thin walls from the neighbors that made for a loud stay.

We used our $5 meal voucher for breakfast and we both ordered eggs Benedict. Despite ordering soft eggs when the server asked if medium was okay, the eggs were served closer to hard boiled. We also witnessed a busboy stealing tips off of a table and reported what we saw to the manager who was thankful. Service was average and the food was less than expected. Highlight of the meal was the boysenberry preserves served with our basket of toast.

One night was not enough
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning quaint American Hotel. On check in, our room was upgraded to one with a hot tub outside in the small garden space, along with a bottle of their own wine, The room was lovely, although very compact & bijou, was fine for one night.The bed was very comfortable.
We ate in the restaurant and the food was delicious. We were also given some of their own cookies & they too were rather tasty.
All the staff were friendly & helpful and the setting was beautiful.

Wonderful hotel!!!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful staff!!! We wanted to to get into my sisters room early to decorate it for their anniversary. Everyone pulled together to make it happen. Beautiful hotel with wine & chocolate chip cookies at check in. Large, beautifully decorated rooms with fireplaces. Beautiful grounds with lots of flowers & plants. Restaurant has wonderful food & gift shop has something for everyone. They made us feel special!!

Like staying in grandma's guest room :-)
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a neat place to stay since it is so iconic in SLO. The rooms are good size and quaint...like staying at grandma's house. They have complimentary water and apple juice in the rooms, and they give you a decorative apple as a gift. That will be a nice addition to my desk, since I am a teacher. In the lobby they have coffee, tea, water, apple cider, and they also put out chocolate chip cookies and scones from their bakery. They do a wine tasting as well. The grounds have a ton of plants and flowers which are very beautiful. Their shop, bakery, and restaurant are on site. A must do!