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“Comfortable and friendly stay for family vacation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Ynez Valley Marriott

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Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   555 McMurray Road, Buellton, CA 93427   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Buellton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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6 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable and friendly stay for family vacation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This was our first stay at this Marriott and we very much enjoyed it! We are a family of four that stayed two nights for a short but relaxing visit to the Solvang area. We stayed in a suite that had one bedroom with two beds with a living room that had a table, chairs and sofa. Everything was very clean - linens, towels, etc. The bathroom was spacious and had a second sink and counter just outside which helped with two kids. The pool was nice a roomy compared to other hotels we have visited and well stocked with towels. Although we didn't utilize it, there was a game room with pool tables,vending machine and pinball machines. The staff was very courteous and helpful. We had the breakfast plan and enjoyed delicious hot breakfasts with omelet bar and friendly staff. There is a movie theater and fast food next door, so we took a walk one night and utilized both. It was very convenient not having to move the car to get to food or entertainment. It's close location to Solvang is perfect. We will definitely visit there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Hi mtbiking,

We are so pleased you chose us for your recent stay in the area. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It sounds as though you found our amenities family friendly and that your trip was a truly enjoyable one. It is wonderful that you were able to take advantage of our convenient location and that your experience with our staff was so positive. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back for future stays!

Sincerely,
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Clara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

So I struggled with this review. The employees work really hard to make your stay nice, but the actually accommodations are lacking.

First off, I have to say the staff is friendly and helpful! Everyone works to make your stay enjoyable. Unfortunately, when you consider other Level 6 Marriott hotels, this one definitely needs to be refreshed. We had a Queens Suite up on the top floor. The room was nice and the beds were comfortable, but everything was dated:

What Works Well:
1. The room had three sinks, a microwave and a mini-frig. With the heat of the valley, you definitely need to stock up the frig with water!!! It was really nice to have these amenities.
2. If you have read my other postings, you will know that I like my room COLD!! The air conditioner, while a bit loud, definitely worked!
3. Location to everything! Close to wineries, Solvang, and Santa Barbara.
4. Breakfast!!! Being Marriott Gold, I got complimentary breakfast! The omelet bar is really nice and the there is plenty of food and selection.
5. Room was clean and housekeeping did a good job of cleaning!

What could be improved:
1. The overall decor is dated. The carpet looked like it was new, but reminded me of carpet from an 80's conference. Horrible geometric patterns with very bright colors.
2. Room decor is also dated. Carpet and the dark wood trim everywhere. The only thing it was missing was paneling and it would have been a basement from Wayne's World.
3. No instant hot water. If you take the mountain pass to Santa Barbara through Solvang, you will pass by a reservoir. It is so low. I felt bad about having to let the water run before I got hot water knowing there is a going to be a huge water crisis this winter if we don't get rain.

Overall, I would stay here again, but compared to some other places I've stayed at, I can't give it a high rating.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a room AWAY from people with pets (barking dogs).
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Hi A W,

Thank you for selecting our hotel for your travel accommodations and for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us and future travelers. We do strive to provide our guests with the best travel experience possible and it sounds as if we delivered! In particular we are happy to hear that the details of your room, our prime location and breakfast offerings made your trip that much more enjoyable. Be assured that we will share the noted aspects of your stay that were not to your liking with our team. Please keep us in mind for your future trips to the area, as we would love to have the opportunity to welcome you back.

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We have been staying at the Santa Ynez Marriott for years! We love the Santa Rita Hills wine area. We always dine at the Hitching Post down the road. Solvang is near by for great pastries as well. The rooms are always clean and cozy!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Hi Cheryl J,

Nothing makes us happier than hearing a review such as yours from an honored returning guest! We would like to thank you for taking the time to send in your feedback and share your travel details with us. It sounds as though our convenient location and our rooms provide you with a great travel experience. We look forward to welcoming you back for many future stays!

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This would be a 4-star if it had a lounge, but it really wasn't needed. We were halfway through our California vacation heading from San Fran to San Diego, and this was a perfect spot for our family. I think we were in a standard room, facing a road but could see the hotel garden below and a bluff beyond the road. 3rd floor, can't remember the room. Great room layout for a standard double, I am a gold marriott member so they gave us vouchers for breakfast - which was great for the kids. Perfect location for trips to wineries and local sites. Weight room was good size, better than average. We enjoyed the game room (ping pong, pool, juke box, and pinball) one night - nice break. We were also able to enjoy the brick oven pizza on one night which hit the spot (taste and convenience). We would absolutely stay there again. Great location for local wineries. Hit the Ostrich farm - lots of fun!

Solvang was ok, but we had been to Helen GA so were ready for the touristy vibe. Fun to see, eat some candy/baked goods.

Great stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Hi FLBIZTRVL,

We are delighted you and your family chose to stay with us during your recent travels south! Thank you for sharing your experience and taking the time to make note of the details that made your stay enjoyable. We do strive to provide a top-notch guest experience and it sounds as though we delivered. It’s great to hear that you were able to enjoy many of the aspects of our hotel that make it special including our outdoor pizza night, our game room and our proximity to the fantastic surrounding area. We definitely look forward to welcoming you back in the future for another great stay!

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This hotel is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains, just minutes from Solvang.

Rooms were clean and large with a great view. Hotel restaurant was delicious for dinner and the free buffet breakfast was delicious with tons of options and even a made to order omelette bar!

Pool area was large, tons of chairs and a great hot tub, plus tons of water toys for the kids.

Staff was friendly and helpful with recommendations and directions.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
LindsayLou80,

We are delighted you chose to stay with us during your recent travels! Thank you for sharing your experience and taking the time to make note of the details that made your stay enjoyable. It sounds as though you were pleased with your room accommodations and with our menu options and quality. It is also great to hear that our pool area and kid friendly accessories made your trip a memorable one! Should your travels bring you back to our area, we look forward to the opportunity to host you again!

Sincerely,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stayed here one night and it was really nice. I only have one complaint and that was I could here snoring/coughing in the room next to me. Now, I had a sleepness night to begin with because I had a little too much wine and they may have made me hear it more than normal. But otherwise, they gave me a great room. I happened to be in a group of rooms that shared a patio area and had tables. You were out front and saw people checking in but it was also fun to watch them. These would be great for a large group staying together. Rooms 208, 210, 212, 214. The pool was nice but not very deep. It had 2 shallow ends. The hotel is good location for wine tasting and lots of places nearby for food.

Room Tip: Rooms 208, 210, 212 and 214 have the large shared balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Hi itzatrip,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your stay with us. While we are so pleased to hear that your overall visit was a positive experience for you, especially your room and our pool amenities; it is disappointing to know that you were not able to enjoy a great night’s sleep however. Be assured that your feedback regarding the snoring situation will be shared with our team for future better guest stays. We hope you will consider staying with us again for an even longer stay, should your travels bring you to our area in the future.

Sincerely,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you want to explore the region (Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley, Los Padres national park) this is the place to be. We booked late and fortunately they still had a room available. Because it was a Saturday night it felt like we paid for the honeymoon suite.
The hotel is good, clean and staff is kind.

We slept like babies and after a good night we continued our trip North. There is not much to say rather than that it was a good typically Marriott experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Hi Barlin63,

It is wonderful to hear that you were pleased with your travel to our area and that we were a part of it! It is always great to hear that a guest was able to get a good night’s rest and that you found our staff’s generous hospitality and our proximity to the local areas to your liking. Thank you for taking the time to give your detailed review and share your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to host you once again should your travels bring you our way.

Sincerely,
Guest Experience Manager
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Address: 555 McMurray Road, Buellton, CA 93427
Location: United States > California > Buellton
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Buellton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 3.5*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax and unwind at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in our newly renovated great room - featuring the only Starbucks in the valley! Stay connected while staying with us, with our complimentary wireless internet in all our guest rooms. Take advantage of our many packages, and great midweek specials! The Santa Ynez Valley is famous for over 80 vineyards and wineries, casino, cycling races, horseback riding, and the Danish Village of Solvang. ... more   less 
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