SLO Travel

San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Hotels

San Luis Obispo County includes more than just San Luis Obispo City and Edna Valley. It also encompasses famous California cities like Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano (where the famous Dunes are), Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles and San Simeon.

Find a list of Family-Friendly Things to Do all over San Luis Obispo County!

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To see pictures of restaurants that I've visited in San Luis Obispo County, go to the Restaurants Page.

Madonna Inn 

Madonna Inn is the the most famous hotel in San Luis Obispo. Each room is styled differently and they're all eclectic! Its full-service amenities are perfect for any stay. They have a couple of restaurants that many tourists and locals come dined at. We always take visitors here for breakfast. I think their breakfast is better than their lunch! Don't leave without trying a slice of their Pink Champagne Cake and their gift shops!

La Quinta Inn & Suites in Downtown San Luis Obispo

After SLO was officially in the orange tier, my family did a staycation at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in downtown SLO. It's a much nicer La Quinta than I'm used to and the breakfast is still free. It has a pool on the rooftop on the 4th floor and an amazing restaurant called 1865 Craft House & Kitchen right next door. I felt safe having a drink and walking next door to relax afterwards.

Below is a picture of the view from the La Quinta Inn & Suites' rooftop that I took while we stayed there. Read more about my La Quinta Downtown SLO staycation.

The Carlton in Atascadero

Click here to read about our staycation at The Carlton while visiting 3 breweries/beer house in Atascadero. 

Atascadero is part of San Luis Obispo County and only 18 minutes drive north of San Luis Obispo City.

Pismo Beach Hotels

Pismo State Beach encompasses Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, and Oceano Dunes. Pismo Beach has a famous pier with shops and restaurants in walking vicinity. See a list of hotels in Pismo Beach.

pismo beach pier picture

Avila Beach Hotels

Avila Beach has 3 piers with two that are open to the public. The third one is owned by Cal Poly. Avila Beach is an upscale beach community with a unique flair. I love that it's easy to find the swings right on the sand on the beach that faces the ocean at Avila Beach. There's also a playground steps from the beach and an aquarium called Central Coast Aquarium.

There are many fine restaurants along the beach and during the warmer months, they have a weekly farmers market. See more pictures of the Avila Beach Pier.

See a list of hotels in Avila Beach.

Morro Bay Hotels

If you've ever watched Finding Dory, the movie sequel to Finding Nemo, Dory was originally from Morro Bay, California. Although the exact aquarium in the movie does not actually exist, Morro Bay is an amazing and beautiful bay and is the natural habitat of many sea animals.

Famously, many come here to see the Morro Rock. See more pictures of Morro Rock and the beach there.  

See a list of hotels in Morro Bay.

Paso Robles Hotels

Hundreds of wineries are located in Paso Robles with some of the most famous California wines. There are over 300 wineries in Paso Robles, even one that looks like a castle!

See reviews of wineries and winery pictures by In the summer time, The Ravine Waterpark opens and it has slides, a lazy river and a section for the little ones! The California Mid-State Fair is also open during the summer for 12 days. See our pictures taken at The Ravine Waterpark and California Mid-State Fair on the Family-Friendly Events section.  

See a list of hotels in Paso Robles.

See a list of Paso Robles Hotels near Ravine Waterpark

Grover Beach has one of two entrances to the Oceano Dunes, which are part of Pismo State Beach and many lumps these small beach towns as Pismo Beach when in fact they are incorporated as their own cities. You can ride on the beach for a fee or walk on the beach. See more pictures of Grover Beach. Many amazing restaurants are located in Grover Beach, along Grand Avenue. See a list of hotels in Grover Beach

grover beach picture

San Simeon Hotels

Home of the famous California castle called Hearst Castle is located in San Simeon. Alongside the beach, you can also visit the elephant seals in their natural habitat for free! See pictures of our day at Hearst Castle and the Elephant Seals. 

See a list of hotels in San Simeon.

san simeon beach picture

San Diego Ticket Deals

Many attractions in San Diego offer online discounts when you buy tickets ahead of time instead of buying it at their ticket booth:

SeaWorld San Diego

Family Visit to SeaWorld San Diego

Buy discounted SeaWorld Tickets and go straight to the gate to scan. They have rides, shows and a beer garden at the park.

San Francisco Ticket Deals

California Academy of Sciences

Come visit the most amazing museum in California. Buy discounted tickets through our affiliate arestravel. California Academy of Sciences has now re-opened.