Dark, Dark, Dark
The location of this hotel is excellent--right downtown in vibrant SLO. You can walk anywhere, and that is great. The hotel is also very charming, an impressively restored and updated piece of history. That history, however, works against it in several ways. For example, the access to the parking area is an extremely narrow alley, with high walls and high curbs on both sides. Bring a smaller car. For some reason, the managers have decided to keep the interior, both hallways and rooms, very dark. That is not a big problem outside the room, although there are some unexpected stairs scattered around the upstairs. The rooms themselves are unbelievably dark. It is impossible to read at night unless you have a Kindle or the like. My room had no desk or desk-like surface, one chair by the lovely window, with no light source nearby, and no light switch near the bed. If you need to get up during the night, you are stumbling around in the dark.
There are many thoughtful touches here: turn down service, high-end morning coffee, premium hair and soap products. But they need to turn on the lights.