Pasadena Travels: A Hidden Jewel in Plain Sight

San Luis Creek Lodge stands apart from its neighbors
By EDDIE RIVERA, Editor, Weekendr Magazine
Published on Sep 25, 2022

Sitting amidst a couple of blocks of nondescript motels along Monterey Street headed east off the 101, the San Luis Creek Lodge discreetly hides in plain sight among inns clearly designed for parents visiting their brood at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Just before the Downtown area begins to appear and bloom, the distinctive white San Luis Creek Lodge appears like a quiet and stylish vision. 

The lodge “has been reinterpreted with a sophisticated California aesthetic that combines a contemporary farmhouse inspiration and a Central Coast bohemian flair. Borrowing influences from the nearby wine making region and California beaches, San Luis Creek Lodge seeks to invoke the culture and design inherent in the surrounding area and community,” its website said.

What that means is that the property stands out as unique and inviting. We stayed in the hotel’s 300-square-foot Fireplace King room, an impressive, oversized second-story room, packed with the hotel’s best amenities and custom furnishings, from an oversized walk-in shower with custom cement tiles, to fili d’oro bed linens. 

There was also an oversized flat screen television (that we never watched) and a state-of-the-art in-room movie system which also, unfortunately, was never used, since most of our time was spent in the busy Downtown area, on a day and evening when the City was staging its weekly renowned Farmers’ Market, the largest in the state. 

This made returning to the hotel even more pleasurable, with its welcoming quiet and luxuriously comfortable setting and furnishings.  

The oversized bed was built to keep you there, and the next morning brought the best surprise of the stay, a thermos full of hot, fresh complimentary local Honeyco coffee and an assortment of fresh pastries, hanging from our door. 

The morning couldn’t last long enough. 

With an itinerary to maintain, it was difficult to bid farewell to the San Luis Creek Lodge. As I told the desk clerk while purchasing one of the hotel’s oversized coffee mugs, “We’ll come back, and we’ll stay longer.”

You likely will, as well. 

The San Luis Creek Lodge is at 1941 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA. (805) 541-1122.


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