The Tacky Hotel Experience


Choosing a hotel is one of my favorite things about planning a trip. I’ve stayed at quite a variety of places: youth hostels, fancy hotels, motels with bedbugs, beach hotels, Disney resorts, and charming bed-and-breakfasts.

I have yet to experience anything quite like the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California, though. It looks like it provides one of the tackiest, most interesting hotel experiences for people exploring the West Coast.

(Tony showed me this article, which sold me on visiting the Madonna Inn some day.)

While staying in the Madonna Inn’s unique hotel rooms, people can feel like they’re in a different country or even a different era. It would be difficult for me to choose from the 110 rooms, but here are some of my favorites:

The “American Home” room


The “Carin” room


The “Gypsy Rock” room


The “Old Mill” room


The “Caveman” room


The “Swiss Belle” room


According to the article, “some guests stay at the Madonna for a week, changing rooms every night.” (We might just have to do that.)

One woman successfully completed her stay in all 110 rooms, after only 7 years. If I ever announce that I’m going to try to beat her record, please remind me that I live 2,388 miles away!

8 thoughts on “The Tacky Hotel Experience

  1. You seem to have have had an experience of both blunt and sharp
    blades of life.Ranging from luxurious hotels to motels with bedbugs.
    I can imagine such an experience,seeking shelter to rest,only to encounter
    a team of hungry bedbugs.I guess such moments are meant to prompt one to
    get out of comfort zone.What is your view?

  2. Yes, I’ve definitely been outside of my comfort zone. While I don’t usually enjoy moments like that, I think that the difficult and uncomfortable experiences in life can help us to become better people. I like the phrase “Do one thing a day that scares you.”

    Have you had experiences that have pushed you outside of your comfort zone?

  3. The assignments,exams and the most strenuous thing have ever had.”The research project” back in college.I cant forget waking up at 4.00 a.m and rest at 12.00 a.m.I still
    remember the pressure.I thank God i made it.

  4. And if you did research work during your final year in college you can bear me
    witness that it is not fun at all.

  5. I’ve done research work, and it was very tedious at times. I still enjoy doing research, but at this point in my life, I try to stick with topics that I’m really interested in.

  6. Indeed,research can be satisfying in that it helps one collect,analyze and present
    a comprehensive information aimed at decision making.
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