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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 1676 Reviews
Many Visits here!
Richard S

Had a little trouble with making reservation with new front desk woman yet unfamiliar with AAA discounts on phone but upon arrival met my expectations. Free in room Bottles of water, free apple cider and free cookies after 3. Plus beverages available in lobby. Check web site for specials before reserving. Had 3rd floor room. Very quite even with young child next door. Needs more Handicapped parking in front of Inn.

beautiful grounds and beautiful victorian hotel
5bambies

I was travelling with my young grandchildren. Warm chocolate chip cookies every night scored points with us. Fantastic bakery and restaurant. we encountered prompt efficient service every time and you cant beat the charming decor and beautiful gardens and grounds. Each guest room has a different themed decor. very lovely. The evening wine and cheese get together is a great touch as well. We will definitely return. Great experience.

Disappointing for the price
lclark02

I was looking forward to our visit for months but it ended up being a let down - for the price we paid for our room (almost $350 for one night) we were expecting a lot more. We were stuck in the Trellis Court part of the hotel which is separate from the main building. Rooms were tiny and very little charm in that section of the hotel. The main part of the hotel is cute and the fresh cookie and wine during check in is a nice touch but again, not worth the price we paid. We will happily be staying elsewhere on our next visit to the central coast.