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"Wanted a night away from home so headed up to SLO. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable and clean, a welcome change aft ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 06 Jul 2015

Hotel Description

3.5-star hotel near Fremont Theater

Heart of San Luis Obispo

Within 2 miles (3 km) of this San Luis Obispo hotel, you'll find Fremont Theater and Performing Arts Center. San Luis Obispo Superior Court and Bubblegum Alley are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Renovated in 2018

This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 2 conference rooms, along with free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the fitness center and perks like free self parking.


Along with premium bedding, the 100 guestrooms offer coffee/tea makers and LCD TVs. Hair dryers, safes, and phones are also available.

Room, 1 Queen Bed (Campus)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$128* Per night/room Sep 18 - Sep 19

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible (Campus)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds (Campus)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite (Grad)

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.SofaBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed (Campus)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Kinney San Luis Obispo ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Kinney San Luis Obispo

Everyone (3) Couples (1) Family (2)
5 out of 5
The only thing that prevented the stay from being all "excellent" is the missing microwave oven that took the management 3 hours to bring to the room. Otherwise, the stay is better than expected.

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 14, 2019 by GM

Thank you for reviewing your experience. We apologize about the delay the microwave request, but are happy to hear your overall experience was a positive one. We hope to have you back soon!

4 out of 5
Nice concept but finishes are low quality, and with time will show even more signs of wear.

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Mar 22, 2019 by GM

Thank you for reviewing your stay at The Kinney. We hope to see you again soon!

4 out of 5
Excellent room, service and location except for the lack of privacy available to our room from the outdoor patio/courtyard. the sheer draperies were not enough, and the heavy draperies do not pull all the way closed. Like I said, excellent except for this item!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 30, 2019 by GM

Thanks for the review!

3 out of 5
Decor is certainly geared toward the college crowd. Staff was very friendly. Room had not been vacuumed after last guest. Restaurant had very few breakfast options. Beds were stiff. Not horrible but not not great either. Bedding was really nice.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 15, 2019 by GM

Thank you for your review!

3 out of 5

Comfortable If a Little Noisy

Wanted a night away from home so headed up to SLO. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable and clean, a welcome change after 11 weeks of mediocre hotel rooms all over the US. My only complaint would be that I was downstairs and could hear every move the guests upstairs made and the breakfast, while warm, was not very good. That said, I would still recommend this hotel to a friend. Conveniently located right off the highway and near downtown it was worth what I paid for the night.

Posted by , from Santa Barbara on Jul 6, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 9, 2015 by Amy Swink

Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you found our accommodations clean and welcoming. I am sorry about the inconvenience you had experienced with the noise. Again, Many thanks. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

4 out of 5

A very welcoming and friendly hotel!

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, fantastic customer service
Cons: Noisy
I enjoy staying at this hotel because the staff is always very warm and welcoming and willing to help out with anything from business related deliveries and such to my mother calling in and having cupcakes delivered for my birthday. The staff here really does a lot for their customers! I would recommend this to most people, one word of caution the noise does travel pretty well between the doors. If you call and the staff has rooms available though they will move you without question.

Posted by , from Chicago, IL on Feb 8, 2011

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1 out of 5

The Hotel Smells in October

We checked in late on Friday and walked into a room that smelled so bad we had to have the Manager bring a fan in to clear the air. It took about an hour before the room was tolerable to sleep. The Manager said they had no other room and that we would have to speak to the Day Manager to get a different room for the next night. He said we would have to pay for the room if we stayed in it or not, because he wouldn?t be able to rent it out that night. I told him no one should sleep in a room that smelled that bad. He said that all his rooms smelled the same way. The next day we found out he was right. A friend of ours that stayed in the room next to ours smelled just as bad. Management did up grade us for Saturday to a very nice room, but it still had a hint of the smell. The Day Manager was very nice, but we would still not recommend this hotel to anyone.

Posted by on Nov 1, 2008

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4 out of 5

Good value

Although the property is a little rough (it appears to be an old Holiday Inn), the place is clean and quiet. The linens are fresh and the staff is friendly. Breakfast is first rate for this class hotel. Would stay again.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2008

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3 out of 5

I don't think we would return.

The staff wasn't very friendly when we checked in and the room had trash on the floor. The next morning when we went downstairs for the breakfast, it was so crowded we didn't stay. It is located close to downtown. We used points on this room, so we didn't have to pay.

Posted by on Oct 25, 2007

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2 out of 5

Friendly Staff makes Mistakes w/ little attempt to correct

I stayed for two nights with them. I was lucky to find a place that excepted my five lb. furry friend, my dog. The guy, X, who checked me in was great. The room was nice and they have a breakfast I enjoyed. I didn't reserve my stay, but they had two nights available. Like most places, they told me they needed a credit card to hold it, but I could pay cash at checkout. I had to wait awhile when there was one lady busy behind the desk, but I made sure to close out the authorization to my card, and I paid 278.88 cash and got a receipt. Later, my bank account was off and I noticed that was charged to my card after all, and they surprisely charged me for october 9, 2007 when I was nowhere near the area and had no intent to stay. I never make reservations and the manager (when I finally got ahold of him) said he would credit me for a no show, but that was a poor excuse. I had my card on me at all times, so nobody else was authorized to hold a room with it. I did not make a reservation ever with them like the manager said. He also was no help in resolving the matter of being double charged because I paid cash when I checked out september 21, 2007. So, I don't know what really happened, I just paid 391 dollars extra from the 278.88 I already paid and I was shocked at this, since they seemed nice and their records now don't match the receipt I got. The manager said they can't find anything. I know they keep everything on file and he should pay attention to that girl.Beware!

Posted by on Oct 24, 2007

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About the The Kinney San Luis Obispo

Location 1800 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Property Features

The Kinney San Luis Obispo offers its guests an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. There are 2 meeting rooms available. The business-friendly The Kinney San Luis Obispo also features laundry facilities and an elevator (lift). Free self parking is available. A complete renovation of The Kinney San Luis Obispo was completed in October 2018. This 3.5-star San Luis Obispo hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 100 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP-San Luis Obispo County Regional) (6.7 km / 4.2 mi)
  • Train station: San Luis Obispo Station (2 km / 1.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Kinney San Luis Obispo offers 100 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Beds feature premium bedding. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bathtubs, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Cribs/infant beds (complimentary) and rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) are also available. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • LCD television
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Bathtub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.

Leroy's - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Union Pay
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 6 and USD 16 for adults, USD 6 and USD 16 for children (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel San Luis Obispo
  • Kinney San Luis Obispo Hotel
  • San Luis Obispo Holiday Inn Express
  • Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express San Luis Obispo Hotel San Luis Obispo
  • San Luis Obispo Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn San Luis Obispo
  • Kinney San Luis Obispo
  • The Kinney San Luis Obispo Hotel
  • The Kinney San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo
  • The Kinney San Luis Obispo Hotel San Luis Obispo
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