Nice -- but could use a few tweaks
Posted Sep 19, 2016
My daughter and I stayed 1 night in Santa Maria on our way to Santa Barbara. This hotel was conveniently located, clean, in pretty good shape, and the staff was friendly and efficient. The pool and hot tub were located in a beautiful private garden setting and were open until 10:00, which was a welcome surprise. We shared a delicious plate of sliders and fries at the restaurant bar. But there were a few downsides: the decor is dated and sparse; some areas are more shabby than historical. Our room was small, charming and clean, but the pillows were terrible. They were extra-firm square-shaped foam; it was like resting your head on a beach ball. The air conditioner was very loud. We ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant and it was dismal. Rather than have the buffet, which looked quite nice, we chose a la cart items, which was a mistake. Inedible! And the coffee was absolutely awful. Luckily there was an espresso bar in the lobby, so we paid for our uneaten breakfasts and got some good coffee there. My takeaway: Nice hotel, but bring your own pillow, bring earplugs, and get the buffet for breakfast.