My sister and I stayed at the Candlewood Suites in early February when visiting family in Santa Maria (Dad’s 70th birthday). Since we were staying 4 nights and sharing a room, your “average” cramped hotel room wouldn’t have suited us. We’re glad we found the Candlewood Suites, which at first had us tearing our hair out because the entrance to the hotel was not on the ‘main drag’ (Broadway) as would usually be the case. The front entrance to both it and the Fairfield Marriott next door is on Roemer Court, which you have to access by turning off Broadway onto Roemer WAY then on Roemer Court, then going around the “back” of the hotel which should be the “front.” Don’t get me started, it was dark at the time!
Front desk clerk Jose was friendly and efficient, bordering on a teeny bit too flirtatious, but he was very helpful throughout our stay. Our room was generously sized, neat and clean. Our kitchenette had a full-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker (4-cupper) and stovetop. All dishware and utensils were brand new. No oven, but they rent toaster-ovens for a nominal fee (we didn’t use this service).
Since we spent most of our time out sightseeing and spending time with family, the Candlewood was just a place to lay our heads at the end of the day. But we so enjoyed being able to kick back and relax with a bottle of wine (yes, they have corkscrews people!), make some snacks, maybe watch a movie; the front desk has a DVD library from which you can borrow movies for free, thought that was pretty cool. The beds were very comfortable, pillows and blankets were plentiful. I particularly liked their business center (seeing as though I am not tethered to my iPhone like everyone else LOL). Took advantage of it several times to check e-mail, print boarding passes, maps, etc. There was never a wait and it was always neat. Other facilities on-site that we did not partake of were a small convenience store, gym and laundry service.
Inconveniences – aside from finding the door LOL - were minor, but for what it’s worth, they don’t have a continental breakfast service (which I never use at other hotels anyway – too many carbs), and most restaurants are not within walking distance. In order to get towels or linens exchanged, you have to physically walk them down to the front desk, which I personally didn’t mind, but someone who is elderly or disabled may find that problematic. The Candlewood is definitely catering to the extended stay market, so maid service is only provided once a week.
All that aside, if I ever get the chance to revisit Santa Maria, I would definitely stay at the Candlewood Suites again.