My wife and I just got back from a weekend wine-tasting trip in the Santa Ynez Valley. We wanted to stay in Solvang, but literally every hotel room was booked. With some trepidation I opted for this Embassy Suites in Lompoc, about 20 miles away from Solvang. It turned out to be a great decision.
First of all, I get the impression that some of the negative reviews are expecting this Embassy Suites to be the same as a property in a major city. That's simply not going to happen in Lompoc. You've got to understand that the two major employers in Lompoc are the Vandenberg Air Force base and a federal prison. It's pretty far out in the middle of nowhere relative to most other towns in the area.
So given the Lompoc setting, this hotel is absolutely great. The price was half of what Solvang or the Santa Ynez Marriott would have been. Totally worth it. The hotel and room decor is dated, but that's unsurprising. The rooms are true "suites" and a good size. An LCD TV in each room with a good selection of channels. Nice shower with steady hot water. The sofa had a pull-out bed but we didn't need to use that. In-room coffee makers, a fridge, microwave, etc. Everything you expect from an Embassy Suites, just never completely renovated (nor can I blame them; I can't imagine it would be make financial sense).
But the best part is the pool clubhouse / dining room in the middle of the property. Every night they have a happy hour with free drinks! Firestone Double Barrel Ale on tap, all you can drink! Plus a bartender mixing up any other drink you want. What a deal! Let's just say that after happy hour, my wife and I had to change plans and find a hotel within walking distance... the car was no longer an option.
I really liked that the happy hour was even offered on Saturday night. Typically this amenity is only for business travelers and thus weekday nights.
In that same clubhouse they have free breakfast in the morning, with a fruit/bread buffet and an open kitchen with made-to-order meat, omelettes, and pancakes. We got up late and thus there was quite a line to wait for your hot breakfast, so we didn't bother. One thing I wish they would do is offer both made-to-order and set out some hot food in the buffet area of commons items such as bacon or scrambled eggs.
Pool was also nice, and it had a very big in-ground hot tub that could seat probably around 10 people. Lastly, there's a "tropical garden" section in the rest of the middle common area that's offers nothing special except a nice little ambience with coy ponds and such.
Employees were extremely friendly. I do wish there was more stuff in walking distance, but we could have driven somewhere if not for over-imbibing in the happy hour. However we still were able to find options within a couple blocks walk -- wound up at a Mexican place that was just okay, but suited us well enough.
Lastly, we were pleasantly surprised at all the wineries on the road into Lompoc off highway 101. It's a nice spot that doesn't seem to be as crowded/popular as Solvang, Los Olivios, Santa Ynez, etc. I highly recommend Babcock.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At A Glance: Welcome to our Embassy Suites Lompoc - Central Coast hotel. Our all-suite hotel provides a fantastic base for corporate, military, and leisure travelers wanting to explore the heart of California's breathtaking Central Coast. Conveniently situated one hour northwest of Santa Barbara and just minutes from Solvang, this Lompoc hotel is close to Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Sta. Rita Hills wine region, and the tranquil Jalama State Beach. Relax and unwind in a spacious two-room suite offering everything you need to feel at home. Begin each day with our complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and relax in the evening with a complimentary beverage at our nightly Evening Reception* in the Garden Room, offering access to our beautiful outdoor atrium. Host an important meeting or event for up to 100 people in our 1,476 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space or catch up with work in our BusinessLink™ business center. Allow our dedicated staff and catering service to ensure each event is a success.After a busy day exploring all the things to do in Lompoc CA, refresh with a swim in our outdoor pool or work out in the fitness center. Retreat to the comfort of one of our two-room suites designed with a separate living room and bedroom, and enjoy more space to work, entertain friends, or simply relax and unwind with room service. *Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Lompoc
- Lompoc Embassy Suites