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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

My new favorite!
travelswu

My husband and I did a one week road trip from San Jose down to San Diego. We decided to take the scenic route down HWY 1 and stayed one night at Apple Farm Inn on the way down.

I absolutely fell in love with the charm of this place. I was a bit car sick when we arrived, but the welcome from the gentleman at the front desk made us feel SO welcomed! My husband isn't 100% sure, but he thinks the gentleman checking us in was the manager. He was extremely friendly, greeted us with cookies, wine, and an overview of everything great about the Apple Farm Inn. Some other things I loved: they had cute little fall decor everywhere you looked, there was flowing hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and coffee in the lobby, a welcome gift basked in the room, the restaurant/bakery had a delicious apple dumpling, and the gift shop is adorable! The rooms are super comfortable and cozy. I can't wait to find another excuse to come out to SLO just to stay here again - the holiday decor looks amazing! Thank you Apple Farm Inn!

The best in SLO!
catgetsdown

Had to stay overnight in San Luis Obispo for a family event and did the usual search for hotels/reviews, pics, etc. Wanted a safe, clean, comfortable hotel/motel and there were a lot of hotels near the family but none seemed great. Apple Inn was the most expensive but looked nice. I read one of the reviews about treatment of a person who was Asian and was sensitive to how I might be treated, being part Japanese. Parking was easy on arrival. The lobby is very welcoming. Comfortable benches by the windows and centrally. Many people were visiting with each other, families, couples. Warm. Checkin was very fast and friendly, offering home-baked cookies and wine (happy hour had just started). (The cookies were really good - definitely baked there) My room was on the first floor and the hallway to the room was a bit over decorated for the holidays but - hey - that's ok Many rooms were set back in twos (i.e. two rooms) with another door that could be closed to the hallway - making the rooms really quiet The ice and vending machines were also behind a door which was a nice touch - keeping traffic and noise contained. All doors are locked after 9pm making guests ring the bell at the front to get entry - very safe. Yes, a bit of a hassle but it keeps non-guest from walking hallways. The room was large, very clean, warm, comfortable. The fireplace was a nice touch, the bed was comfortable - not overly but nice. I like a really soft bed and this bed was softer than many hotels but not really soft. Temperature control in the room was good - not overly noisy. Complimentary bottles of water and apple cider - nice! Lots of channels on the TV. Refrig. Everything was in working condition. Bathroom, large - bright! Nothing worse than trying to put on makeup in a dim bathroom. Overall - I would definitely recommend Apple Hill Inn and if I have to stay overnight in SLO again, it would be here. Another family member stayed at the San Luis Inn and Suites on Santa Rosa. I picked her up for some of the activities and the differences was significant - I am very glad I stayed at Apple Hill!

Amazing
Traceycullen15

I loved this hotel, the service was brilliant, staff were so friendly, food was lovely, bedrooms was so clean, comfortable and cute. I wish I could have stayed here longer. Beautiful place. Id highly recommend, we stopped here on our pacific coast highway trip. I fell completely in awe with this place, even got to bring home some of their gorgeous jams