Welcome to the Garden Street Inn

Located in downtown San Luis Obispo's historic core and the heart of California’s Central Coast, Garden Street Inn offers old-world hospitality with new-century passion.

Locals call it SLO; offering excellent shopping, first-class restaurants, wine-tasting, art galleries and museums. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling hills and coastal valleys, SLO lies just a short drive from Avila Beach, Morro Bay, and Pismo Beach. Golf, tennis, biking, and hiking opportunities abound. SLO hosts a myriad of local tourist attractions, including world renowned vineyards and wineries, California missions, iconic museums, and breathtaking beaches.

drawing of Garden Street Inn
Garden Street Inn room

Old-World Charm Meets New-World Hospitality

Classic decor reflects Victorian charm in our uniquely boutique hotel - many with fireplaces and private decks. Grab a book from the well-stocked Goldtree Library, or sip your morning coffee on our spacious outdoor communal deck. Meet the chef in preparation of a delicious breakfast each morning which is served in the McCaffrey Morning Room.



All of our guest accommodations are uniquely curated with beautiful decor, fabrics, and stunning lighteliers. Each room features a wardrobe, a spacious bathroom, LCD TV, and a queen size bed. Suites also include a parlor room. Select rooms are pet friendly (View our pet policy).

Garden Street Inn accommodations
Garden Street Inn enterance

Our History

This 1887 Victorian home, known as the Garden Street Inn, rests on land that was once part of the Mission Vineyard. The Italianate/Queen Anne design was originally the single-family home of German/Jewish immigrants, Morris and Helena Goldtree.

After changing hands to several different owners, the property was purchased in May of 1989 and converted into a bed and breakfast. In 2018, Kirkwood Collection became stewards of Garden Street Inn, expanding our collection of first-class hospitality. Read more of our history!


McCaffrey Morning Room

Named for Elizabeth and Patrick McCaffrey, who purchased the home in 1898, this sunny room is the setting for a delicious gourmet breakfast featuring historic Inn recipes.

Goldtree Library

Named for Helena and Morris Goldtree, who built the house in 1887, the Goldtree Library is well appointed and the perfect place for pleasantries and conversation.

Garden Street Inn reception lounge

Emerald Isle

The Luck of the Irish flourishes with Shamrocks and Lily of the Valley décor. This room is located downstairs and features a private deck, queen size bed, and the enjoyment of bathing in an old-fashioned Clawfoot tub/shower. Pet friendly.

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Emerald Isle room
Valley of the Moon room

Valley of the Moon

Jack London lives! The spirit of the West is captured in warm shades of tan, rust, and green tucked away in a secluded corner of the Inn. This room is located downstairs, has a queen size bed, and an antique Clawfoot tub/shower.

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Thoreau's beauty of nature emerges in the green of the forest, leaves of tan, and serenity of blue shining waters. Expansive windows look out onto a massive deck. This room is located downstairs and has a queen size bed with a large bath/shower.

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Walden room
Edelweiss room


The Sound of Music comes alive within this Austrian themed room. The fireplace is original, although the tile was added later (due to state and local regulations the fireplace is non operational). The antique Clawfoot tub dates back to the early 1900's.

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Field of Dreams

You will hear the crowds cheering as you delight in memorabilia of the sporting world of yesteryear. Gather 'round the fireplace or enjoy views from the expansive deck. This room is located upstairs and has a queen size bed and an antique Clawfoot tub/shower.

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Field of Dreams room
Close to Home room

Close to Home

Classic warmth in blue and mauve grace a sitting room with exceptional views. Yesteryear's stately pocket doors separate the bedroom. This room is located upstairs, has a queen size bed, beautifully tiled shower with glass doors, a couch, and a 27" flat screen television.

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The Lovers

Romantic hues of an English Garden design surround an acclaimed Picasso print, The Lovers. A private deck adjoins a secluded master bedroom. Bathing pleasure abounds in a Jacuzzi bath/shower. This room is located downstairs, has a queen size bed, and a 27" flat screen television. This room is wheelchair accessible with an outdoor lift. Pet Friendly.

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The Lovers room
Concours d'Elegence room

Concours d'Elegance

A cozy cast-iron stove warms the sitting room focusing on the beauty and old-world charm of classic cars. Shades of burgundy, tan, and red combine with grand pocket doors. This room is located upstairs, has a queen size bed, beautifully tiled shower with glass doors, a separate seating area, a 27" flat screen television, and features an antique Clawfoot tub/shower.

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Dollie McKeen

She nurtured this grand dwelling from 1923 until her death in 1965. Her spirit lives on in gold, lavender, and black architectural decor around an ornate fireplace. Original stained-glass windows and a soaking bathtub/shower are added features. This room is located downstairs, has a queen size bed, table with chairs, loveseat and a 27" flat screen television.

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Dollie McKeen room


The Garden Street Inn is 200 miles north of Los Angeles, 92 miles north of Santa Barbara, 32 miles south of Cambria/ Hearst Castle, and 230 miles south of San Francisco on Hwy 101. Morro Bay is less than 15 miles away to the west of Garden Street Inn. The Inn is just a 10 minute walk ( 0.5 mile) from the San Luis Obispo Amtrak Station.


Traveling North or South on Highway 101:

Take Marsh St. Exit driving north on Marsh (a one-way street) for six blocks; turn right on Garden Street - Inn on left hand side.

Driving Directions from Highway 1:

Traveling south on Highway 1, as you enter the city limits Highway 1 turns into Santa Rosa Street. Continue on Santa Rosa Street for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Pacific Street. Proceed 4 blocks and turn right on Garden Street. The Inn is located on the right hand side.

Getting Around Town

Bicycling is a very popular way to get around SLO, with some great bike trails both in the city and the surrounding areas. If you'd rather leave your bike at home, we can arrange for rentals. During your visit, you are welcome to use our bike rack located on site.


Dining and Entertainment


A visit to San Luis Obispo isn't complete without sampling the local wine! Stop by the front desk for more info, or check out some of the following tours:

SLO wine

SLO Wine

SLO wine tours

SLO wine Tours



Central Coast Wines

Central Coast Wines


Local Restaurants

Click below or call reception to make a reservation at one of these exceptional restaurants.

Granada Bistro

Granada Bistro

Sidecar Cocktail Company

Sidecar Cocktail Co.

Luna Red

Luna Red







With historic sites, local events, and the beauty of the outdoors - San Luis Obispo is filled with plenty to do! Be sure to visit the surrounding areas of Morro Bay, Edna Valley and Paso Robles Wine Country. For ideas and information, check out the following:

Visit SLO

Visit SLO

SLO County

SLO County

SLO Vacations

SLO Vacations



Email Us: stay@gardenstreetinn.com

Call Us: (805) 545.9802

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