3.0 on November 19, 2016
The Kaleidoscope Inn is an older house and could use some sprucing up. It is charming and yet could use a make over. In particular the bath tub REALLY needs to either be changed or serviced. It was clean but old. One thing is that the website states the rooms have private bathrooms, while that is true, most of the rooms have this private bathroom down the hall. You are given a key and can lock the bathroom but it is not part of the room so that's definitely inconvenient. Becky is great. She is most helpful and tries so hard. Really appreciated her great dining and places to see tips. Breakfast was ok and she did all she could to make things work. It is not gourmet but she'll make you eggs if you ask. I doubt we'd stay here again but we had a nice weekend getaway.
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We really appreciate your honest feedback and will definitely be taking your comments into account when we are looking at renovations for the future. When possible we will be doing our best to ensure the majority of rooms have en-suite bathrooms; without compromising the historic nature of the house. Until then we are always happy to answer any questions on rooms prior to and post booking. Furthermore we will always do our best to accommodate guest requests where possible. Please accept our apologies that we were unable to get you into one of our 3 en suite rooms. We do know the unattached bathroom is not what everyone is used to and thank you for giving it a go. Glad you enjoyed your time on the central coast and thank you for staying at The Kaleidoscope Inn.
4.6 on November 07, 2016
The room was cozy. The service was terrific. The bed was so comfortable. The Apple pancake was delicious. Would stay here again and would recommend it to a friend.
5 on October 22, 2016
Beautiful gardens, fantastic library, and nice private room and so soft bed!
4.0 on October 11, 2016
Wonderful experience, only a short walk away from the famous Jacko's restaurant in Nipomo.
3.8 on October 09, 2016
Charming, clean, quiet and convenient. Host very accommodating. I stayed alone in the house and felt safe.
3.2 on August 15, 2015
We found the listing by looking for places advertised as close to Hearst Castle. This b&b is over an hour away (67 miles). Although the place was lovely, it was much further than we wanted to be for the purpose of our visit.
Thank you for your kind review. First of all we want all our guests experience to exceed their expectations, we are sorry that the distance to Hearst Castle was not made clear to you prior to your stay. Our Hearst Castle Package is our most popular package and we are supporting members of the historic site, but it is true we are about an hour drive door-to-door. Most of our guests are aware of this and make the most of the beautiful drive along the coast and make a day of it, possibly stopping at Cambria and the Elephant Seal Reserve. Once again sorry the distance was not clear to you. We will check our website and other information available to make sure it is accurate. Thanks.
4.6 on August 09, 2014
Very clean rooms and beautiful gardens. Friendly and helpful staff.
5 on August 07, 2014
I believe this is our 7 th stay. This time for 3 nights. (Too short) We have been very impressed with Kaleidscpoe for every stay. We sent our middle daughter here for her honey moon and they loved it so much they came for their anniversary as well. We have had all three daughters stay with us when they could. This is our #1 favorite place to get away with so much to do within an hour to great places. Thank you!!
3.4 on August 06, 2014
Stayed at Kaleidoscope during a weekend golf trip. The courses I played were within 10 minutes of the B&B, whereas any hotel I could find would have been a 30+ minute drive! Was a great place in a perfect spot!
4.4 on July 21, 2014
The garden and rooms at the Kaleidoscope Inn & Gardens are truly delightful. I stayed in the Carriage House which has it's own private garden area as well. The only thing I would caution is that my reservation made through bedandbreakfast.com had trouble getting through to the owners. I would recommend calling ahead of time to confirm the reservation. Even though that happened, the owner was awesome and upgraded my room for the inconvenience. The breakfast in the morning was top-notch and eating it in the garden is highly recommended. Loved every minute of staying here and I recommend it to anyone traveling in California.
4.8 on July 16, 2014
My wife and I had our wedding at the Kolidescope the night before the wedding she and her friend dtayed in the carriage room and said it was wonderful the night of our wedding we stayed in the same room I found it very comfortable the staff was excellent and very friendly ... For our wedding Carolyn was very helpful she set us up with the central coast dream team of wedding services the staff at the Kolidescope went above and beyond for our wedding day celebration everything was beautiful I couldn't of asked for anything better
2.6 on May 22, 2014
Staff was friendly and helpful, rooms were clean. But the house is in a neighborhood hood with several noisy dogs. They weren't noisy at night, it was very quiet, but during the day was another story. Breakfast the first day was great, the second day I couldn't even eat it (prepared by a different person). This is a cute little house and we enjoyed our stay, but the property needs some work/upkeep, and the noisy dogs really should be reported.
4.0 on April 18, 2014
Me and my wife stayed here for couple of days and a very pleasant stay. Very polite management. Beautiful garden, good breakfast. I am not one of those folks who easily put 5 stars so 4 stars to all!
3.6 on August 19, 2013
Room was very clean,but was in need of a handy man. Paint needed to be touched up, closet door would not stay closed(had to stuff paper under it), had to pull bedroom door firmly to make sure it would stay close. Shower was in bathroom at top floor of house, that has a slanted roof. Husband & son had to hold head sideways to get under water. When it came time for the wedding, the staff turned the backyard into a wonderful venue. We ate 2 breakfast there, and they were good, but my men would have liked to have meat with their meal. At night there was homemade fudge that was delicious.
4.0 on April 16, 2013
We arrived to an empty house, however, Kevin came quickly and set us up with locations of interest, directions, reservations adn everything we needed to enjoy our stay and the area. The rooms and bathrooms were very comfortable, the gardens and grounds astounding adn inviting. We would definitley return. The breakfast and the cook were great starts to each day that we were there.
3.4 on December 03, 2012
A good value in a town that is mostly forgotten by travelers.
1.8 on August 20, 2012
My girlfriend found the Kaleidoscope B & B online and read several reviews, previewed the beautiful property and we thought it would be a charming place to stay. However, nobody mentioned that the house was right in the middle of a Low-income neighborhood. Their brochure showed the lovely 1880’s house and beautiful gardens, but failed to mention that their appeared to be a “Title 8 apartment” right across the street (I own two Title 8 properties so I’m familiar of low-end rental properties). Upon arrival I spoke with the owner Kevin and told him this was not what we expected and didn’t want to stay here. His response was “it’s not the first time he heard that comment but give it some time and you will appreciate the charm” and politely told us that if we cancelled we would have to pay for the first night, so we stayed the first night and cancelled the second night. I’m only 5’9” and I banged my head twice going up the stairs and once in the shower, so I feel sorry for anybody taller than me. I expected more than scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast but that’s all that was served. Lesson Learned: PREVIEW THE PROPERTY ON GOOGLE MAPS! I’m not sure why the other people writing reviews were not as honest?
4.2 on June 19, 2012
The cook meet my gluten problem with no problem. She also big help in thing to do around the area. The only negtive when call to find out arrival time. Was not told about wedding going on so could not get in room on arrvial .
4.4 on June 07, 2012
Nice rooms and a great breakfast. Bathrooms are private, but down the hall.
5 on January 09, 2010
Kaleidoscope Inn rocks! This is a nice, clean B&B which has been very nicely restored by the owners. They have several different types of rooms to choose from, including some detatched units, like a standalone stone-built cottage. The grounds are nicely maintained and manicured; they have a gazebo in back and a nice patio area to relax. I think they even host weddings on the property. They're just down the road from so many great things to do, like wine tasting in Edna Valley, Oceano Dunes, Pismo Beach, and more. They put on a great breakfast in the morning. It's not a fancy, elegant place - which is a good thing in my book. They're a little more casual and laid back, in a good way. The owners seem very nice and went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay. I highly recommend Kaleidoscope in next time you're passing thru the Central Coast!
4.0 on January 31, 2009
Our wedding at the Kaleidoscope Inn was perfect! The first time we saw the gardens we both knew it was the place for our wedding, but we looked at more places and then came back and were lucky to get the date we wanted. They were really helpful in our wedding planning meetings and on the day of the wedding. Everything looked beautiful and everything went just as planned. So much so that my new husbands cousin is getting married there next year. We did a fake getaway from the reception and then snuck back to stay over in one of the suites for our wedding night. We stayed in the suite in the garden, forgot its name, but it was big and cozy and we loved every minute of it. We didn't go to the dining room for breakfast, so can't talk about the food, but we will always remember our perfect wedding and the first night of our honeymoon at the Kaleidoscope:)
5 on October 05, 2008
This B&B was such a treat! They should really put more photos on their website because the intricate Victorian architecture and the amazing gardens blew our socks off – we didn’t expect it to be so nice. This location was perfect. Close to home but yet so different than the city. This B&B is close to lots of things we wanted to do (beaches, wineries, hiking), with about a ten minute drive to get back to the hotel in the evening. Not being right in the middle of a bunch of hotels or busy Pismo Beach meant the place was nice and quiet. Our room was great. We stayed in the Carriage House. Our bed was soooo comfortable. The mattress was great and the sheets were super soft. It did get a little nippy in the evening, but we were able to find extra blankets. The gardens are very pretty and serene. We saw three hummingbirds and a monarch the first day. There is a fountain in the garden too, which is a great place to sit and watch the birds since they gather there to drink. We had our coffee there both mornings before breakfast. Coffee was good and strong. Breakfast was very good too. We had a full breakfast each day - a baked egg dish with potatoes, fruit, toast, juice, coffee. The cook was also very helpful with directions and advice. We also liked the way everyone ate together in the morning. Some of the other guests passed on some information on a nice hike that they had done the day before. This B&B was just right for us. Not too big, but with five rooms it was big enough so that we did not feel like we were intruding on someone’s home. We felt like we had as much privacy as we needed, which is generally the one thing we don’t like as much about B&Bs versus hotels. We will definitely visit again and will likely invite our best friend couple to meet us there (they are from LA). Almost forgot about famous Jocko’s. We highly recommend Jockos too - we had the Spencer, which is what most people call a Rib Eye!
4.8 on January 30, 2008
My husband and I stay here nearly every time we visit the SLO area. The rooms are clean and beautiful, the place is in a residential neighborhood so it's very quiet, and did I mention the food? Maryanne is quite the chef and never disappoints with her company and reccomendations on what to see and visit during our stay. We would go up every weekend if we could!
4.0 on January 26, 2008
What a pleasant surprise when we stayed at the Inn. Everything was so homey and pleasant the food was delicious Marianne does a beautiful breakfast. The rooms were each unique and so clean. We will be back again soon I hope.
5 on October 01, 2007
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in the stone cottage this summer. It was just what I wanted--an enchanted summer break. The room was delightfully quaint, the food was wonderful, the staff was incredibly kind and generous with time, information, (and even some chicken feathers for my project collection). Jocko's, just down the street served the best steak either of us had ever had. With the adventure package we enjoyed sea kayaking and hiking in the local area. We learned about the wineries from the chef, who is also a local pourer and provided excellent advice to the serious wine lovers staying at the inn. It was a wonderful stay and we look forward to returning!
4.8 on August 08, 2007
Our stay at the Kaleidoscope Inn was very pleasant. The home has been kept up wonderfully and the breakfast was AMAZING! The pictures and history of the home were quite interesting as well. We could literally spend hours in their gardens just relaxing and would definately return to visit again if we go through that area.
2.4 on July 28, 2007
We arrived at the Kaleidoscope 10 minutes after our scheduled arrival time. Based on a message from the owner stating that if they were not home, they would be back in 5-10 minutes, we waited for over 30 on the front porch. We finally called the owner, he told us he would be there in 15 minutes. So we continued to sit. He finally arrived, but did not even apologize for leaving us sitting on the porch. We got settled into our room, and wandered down to the common area to see what was available, and we came upon a prominently displayed note asking the morning caretaker to charge our credit card. The evening passed uneventfully, and we got up for breakfast. The morning caretaker greeted us with "I suppose you want breakfast" and grudgingly handed over two plates. The food was admittedly pretty good, but my partner and I felt pretty uncomfortable eating it after that reception. We paid the lady, who seemed irritated to be troubled to take our money. After breakfast we took a stroll around the neighborhood, and, well, the inn is not in a great neighborhood, to say the least.
5 on July 01, 2007
The Kaleidoscope Inn was a wonderful retreat. We found the staff to be amazingly helpful and warm. The breakfast was delicious and the room clean and very comfortable. We booked the spa package and couldn't believe what a great deal it was. We're planning another visit this month.