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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.


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


4.5 Very Good 1594 Reviews
Our Favorite Get-Away !!
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been going to Apple Farm Inn for years. It cannot be beat for ambiance and amenities. It's charming rooms and grounds are always impeccable....love the beautiful gardens, cookies/chocolate candies/cookies for guests...wine/cheese afternoons...also always coffee,tea, cider or Hot Chocolate in the Lobby......Plus good specials if you book in advance. The staff is helpful and courteous. The restaurant and gift shop make it extra-special.,,,and handy if we do not feel like driving to a restaurant.
We have family in the area and this is our "home away from home". Love it !

Quaint, clean and friendly
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2 nights in one of their King Size rooms in the main building and had a lovely stay. The bed was very comfortable, the room quaint (but not small!) and charming. There was a fire place and small sofa/sitting area. They greet you with cookies and a glass of wine. There is a daily "happy hour" from 3:30 to 5 with wine tasting (or buy a glass) and some food. We got there at 4:30 the 2nd night and the food was gone, FYI so I don't think they continuously refill. However it was a very busy weekend with a wedding party/guests staying there.
They were DECKED out for Christmas as well. There is probably a separate review for their restaurant so I won't include that here in the rating. It was fine for dinner, but definitely heavy on the "comfort food". We are more of foodie style so it wasn't our favorite. Breakfast and pastries were delicious.
Highly recommend!

Amazing place
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, it's an amazing place and made me smile. Christmas twinkle overload and pretty chintzy and twee and I loved it! Welcome wine, a cookie and a money off offer that we used for breakfast. It's certainly different. 😁

Great place and customer service
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent only 1 night with my friends here over the weekend but I will definitely go back. When we arrived, we were welcomed with a glass of wine and informed with all the amenities information. Our room was spacious and very clean. We had breakfast the following morning at the restaurant and food was great. And the gift shop is very charming.

The "Hallmark Movie" of Hotels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please do not pay attention to Apple Farm visitors who have rated this hotel anything less than a 5! The rooms are very nice. The hotel staff is amazing. The food is wonderful. The location to landmarks such as the Hearst Castle, to amazing beaches, and to Paso Robles wineries is super!!

We knew nothing about San Luis Obispo (SLO). We saw the movie "Destination Wedding" with Keanu Reeves, and said "Hey, that would be a really cute place to celebrate our 40th anniversary." We were more than delighted with this place once we got there. We flew into San Jose the night before and drove down Highway 1 to see the coast before checking into our hotel.

Our check-in host - Hitesh - was amazing. We told him we were there because of the movie, and he gave us a great background on how the movie came to be shot there. He was not there at the time they filmed it, but he had a lot of information about it nonetheless. He showed us Waterwheel C and D (the two rooms in which the movie was shot) and we happened to be staying in Waterwheel C.

California is one of the most beautiful places in the US, and SLO is even more beautiful. It reminds me of what California must've been like back in the 40s or 50s.

If you are going to tour wineries, go to beautiful beaches (such as Pismo), or eat at terrific restaurants (including Apple Farm's), SLO is the place go to, and the Apple Farm is the place to stay. The place was all decorated for Christmas and was absolutely charming.