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Sanja Cota Motor Lodge

3099 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Sanja Cota Motor Lodge
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

C'mon folks, this place is a gem for any writer, novelist, anarchist, student of life, student of entropy, or felon on the lamb, (hey, ex-cons need accommodations too ya'know). If your looking for a resort experience, well, keep on driving --Duh. But if your looking for a mix of bombed-out croatia meets ghetto-redneck, well this is just the spot. The... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We picked this motel being in desperate situations, because all other hotels in Solvang were full (and we didn't have any opportunity to read the hotel reviews on the internet). The room looked and smelled really scary. I couldn't imagine that there can be a place like this in the middle of California. Dirty carpet that looked 50 years old.... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We drove up to Solvang for the holiday weekend on a whim, and of course, there were no hotels available EXCEPT the Sanja Cota. The rate was $99. The pillow cases had "Property of Sanja Cota" written on them in black marker. I think the towels had the same thing written on them, but I can't be sure because there... More 

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Greenfield, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2010

Me and my boyfriend go to the santa inez casino quite often and we usually stay at this motel yes it is a lil old and needs alot of repairs but the owner is a sweeteheart and hey you get what you pay for @ $60 a night what do you expect a suite? all i am saying is this... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

I actually never have seen anything I would see out of the movies like this. This is from the Bates Motel but better. I think they can do the next "Dexter" episode here. They should never tear this historical landmark down. It is pure Hollywood. We drove up to neon light. Dexter would love to slice up somebody under that... More 

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Lakewood, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

My husband and I traveled to Solvang without reservations Labor Day weekend( I know, dumb move) It was the only place with vacancies (no wonder!) Thought the place would be okay. Paid for room ($189!) but when we saw a couple of them, we knew we couldn't stay there. A flop house would have been better. Filth and stench. It... More 

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Santa Barbara
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2006

Not a place that I would recommend. When we made the reservation over the phone they gave us one price and then when we there around midnight we were charged $181.50 for a very dated room that smelled of stale smoke. There were no little amenities such as soap and shampoo. When we asked for an extra blanket and pillows... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2005

Our room was definitely dated but clean and functional, if everything else is booked this is still better than sleeping in your car. They have only the barest necessities, a tiny TV, no internet access, not even a phone in the room. The motel 6 only a few miles down the road in Buelton is probably better and is the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2005

This place/motel!!! is extremelly dirty, very old and ot well taken care of, rusty shower, it is incredible how dirty and smelly the room where we stayed is, I don't think they ever cleaned the toilet, it had a black ring around the water level that must be very old. The shower floor/door was so moldy, it was just a... More 

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