Madonna Inn – A Few Unknown Facts #MondayMinute

By Jennifer Bravo

The Madonna Inn is a true treasure on our Central Coast. An international landmark destination to thousands, its reputation for eclectic, unusual and far out guestrooms definitely lives up to its notoriety. Here are a few facts you probably do not know about the enchanting Madonna Inn.

1) Built in 1958 the original 12 rooms actually burned down in a 1966 fire. From their ashes the Madonna family redefined unique with 110 eccentric and whimsical rooms to fit anyone’s style and taste. Stay in the 'What’s Left', a patchwork of fabrics, carpet and wallpaper collected from other rooms to create this masterpiece.

2) Madonna Inn had its own lion! Her name was 'Duchess' and guests could actually pet her.

3) In the early years buffalo roamed the 1000 acre ranch. Tragically one was hit by a car and died. He now watches over the appropriately named ‘Buffalo Room’.

4) Take a closer look at the Alex Madonna Gold Rush Steak House entrance fireplace mantle to see protruding dinosaur vertebrates.

5) Many celebrities have stayed and dined at the Madonna Inn but none have made more of an impression then the Chimpanzee that sat fork in hand and dined at the Copper Café.

6) Famous for their to die for Pink Champagne cake we suggest you walk to the Silver Bar and try their crazy popular ‘Peep Tini’ at Easter, a cocktail made with cake vodka and topped with a Peep.