San Luis Obispo, United States

San Luis Creek Lodge

Price per night from$239.00

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Downtown SLO

Farmhouse-inspired interiors, lavish Italian linens and Aesop bath products – no design detail was overlooked at San Luis Creek Lodge, an elevated bed and breakfast in downtown San Luis Obispo with interiors by Nina Freudenberger, the arbiter of surf-shack chic. In this easygoing California city that’s almost exactly midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles off the cliff-hugging Route 1, the streets brim with art, culture, independent shops and character-filled cafés (there’s been a ban on drive-thrus since the 1980s). Just beyond, you’ll find surfers’ paradise Pismo Beach, dramatic coastal hikes and the vineyards of on-the-rise wine region Paso Robles.

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Need to know




11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £214.06 ($272), including tax at 13.695 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $13.64 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a daily breakfast of coffee and pastries.


The framed prints in each bedroom were hand-picked by Nina Freudenberger from Block Shop in Los Angeles – the textile brand supports family-owned block-printing businesses in Jaipur.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, free parking, Linus bikes to borrow. In rooms: TV, Aesop bath products, minibar filled with local wines and Erewhon goodies.

Our favourite rooms

Cosy couples should opt for a Premiere King – snuggle up around the gas fireplace on windy winter nights.

Packing tips

Walking boots and lots of layers.


All public areas and a number of dedicated bedrooms are accessible for wheelchair users.


Well-behaved dogs under 40lbs are very welcome; there’s a charge of US$75 a booking and bowls can be provided. There are a limited number of dog-friendly rooms so you’ll need to request one when you book. See more pet-friendly hotels in San Luis Obispo.


All ages are welcome though not particularly catered to.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

A branded tote bag with coffee and pastries will be delivered every morning at 7.30am.

Dress Code

You’ll be having breakfast in your room, so stay in your pyjamas if you like – it’s dress as you please.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant on-site but you’ll find the city’s best dining in San Luis Obispo’s vibrant downtown hub – it’s twenty minutes on foot or five minutes by bike.

Room service

There’s no room service, but you’ll find local wine and beer, healthy Erewhon snacks and not-so-healthy truffle potato chips in your minibar.


Photos San Luis Creek Lodge location
San Luis Creek Lodge
1941 Monterey St
San Luis Obispo
United States

You’ll find this former roadside inn in San Luis Obispo, a charmingly laidback city in Central California.


There’s a small airport in San Luis Obispo, but you’ll need to connect through a larger hub like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas or Denver.


The San Luis Obispo Amtrak station has daily services by the Coast Starlight train (which travels between Los Angeles and Seattle) and the Pacific Surfliner (which travels along the coast from San Luis Obispo to San Diego).


A former roadside inn, the lodge makes the perfect overnight stop if you’re cruising California’s coastline and there’s plenty of free parking on site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Borrow one of the hotel’s stylish Linus bikes to explore San Luis Obispo; one of the city’s unofficial landmarks is Bubblegum Alley on Higuera Street, a 70ft-long alleyway where passersby are actively encouraged to stick their spent bubblegum on the walls (squeamish types, you can probably skip this one). You’ll find fresher fare at the famous farmers’ market (every Thursday from 6-9pm) which is more of a weekly block party than a place to do your weekly shopping – as well as fresh produce and street food, there are live bands, bars, a bouncy castle and face painting. The next day, walk it off with a hike on the coastal paths and (in spring) wildflower-strewn trails of Montana D’Oro state park. Or, if you’ve brought your board, head out and join the surfers at Pismo Beach (if you’re just spectating, you can watch them bobbing in the breakers from the safety of the pier). 

Conditions are optimal for creating premium wines in this region of Central California and the rise of the Paso Robles region’s prestige is proof. Book ahead for tastings at Tablas Creek in the Santa Lucia mountains, Austin Hope where there are outdoor cabanas facing the vines, or Justin which offers food pairings of cheese, charcuterie and chocolate with their Bordeaux-style blends.

Local restaurants

For breakfast, head to Scout Coffee, a locally-loved specialty coffee shop with freshly baked treats; there are smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juices and avocado galore at Seeds that sits, aptly, on Garden Street. For a casual lunch, wholesome neighbourhood café Sally Loo’s specialises in local and seasonal fare (quinoa bowls, burgers and flavour-packed soups). At Novo there’s a sprawling patio with views of a creek and a long list of local wines. For rustic Italian, go to Giuseppe’s – the Pugliese-inspired dishes are made with ingredients fresh from Giuseppe’s own farm in Edna Valley; the Ox and Anchor puts a modern spin on the classic steakhouse with a menu that shines a light on the county’s land and sea suppliers.

Local bars

Sidecar is the place for artisanal cocktails – you could spend a whole evening quizzing the bartenders about the names behind the drinks (‘Oh Damn Trina!’ and ‘Karen’s New Attitude’ raised a few questions for us) – they’re paired up with comforting bar bites like tater tots, Baja fish tacos and cheese-laden fries.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this design haven in Central California, unpacked their bottles of Paso Robles wine and waxed their surfboards, a full account of their restorative road trip will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside San Luis Creek Lodge in San Luis Obispo

Just off the main streets of downtown San Luis Obispo, San Luis Creek Lodge makes the perfect base for exploring Central California’s surf-pounded beaches, the up-and-coming Paso Robles wine region or hiking the rugged coastline (where, if you time it right, you might spot a migrating whale). The problem is that leaving this luxurious lodge is easier said than done when there’s just so much to ensnare you: healthful Erewhon snacks in the minibar, local HoneyCo coffee and pastries delivered right to your door, Aesop bath potions and Fili D’Oro linens. And then there’s the just-so design by the doyenne of coastal cool herself, Nina Freudenberger – it’s all rattan blinds, vintage rugs, and where-did-she-find-that ceramics. So if your big plans for morning exercise on one the hotel’s Linus bicycles dissipates at the prospect of a lie-in and another croissant, don’t worry – round these parts, it’s all about going SLO.

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Price per night from $239.00