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Santa Maria Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   801 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454   |  
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Ranked #6 of 19 hotels in Santa Maria
Waynesville, Ohio
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Elegant Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Stayed at the Santa Maria Inn early December, 2012. This is an older Inn and so the amenities you may get at a newer hotel may be better. The hotel was absolutely charming, historical, well maintained , and clean. The staff was very friendly, except for one bartender. The breakfast buffet was tremendous, not large but very tasty. The grounds were nice and well-maintained. I would definetly go back and probably will.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Thank you kindly for sharing your thoughts. It seems as though you were able to enjoy many aspects the hotel has to offer and enjoy the amenities our guests appreciate. We are happy to hear you considered our property to be clean and well maintained with a friendly staff. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and will look forward to having you back. Thank you!
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  • Location
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We scored the best room in the place for $119 a night. It was a suite with fireplace, large jacuzzi tub, a full kitchen and a great view. The staff was great, there is a nice restaurant on site, a really nice gift shop with a very amiable owner and a wine cellar, along with numerous others shops. We only stood there 1 night so I'm not sure what there is to do in Santa Maria but I would have been very happy just to mill around town and spend a week or so in that room with my loved one.

Room Tip: If you're coming here book well in advance and ask for room 671., The Vineros Suite
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thanks for sharing! You are correct, that is one of the best rooms we have to offer and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed it to the fullest, if only for one night. When you return to the area, inquire about our Wine Passport Package, it offers overnight accommodations, picnic boxed lunch for two, complimentary tastings along our amazing wine trail and breakfast for two in the morning. Our very own Foxen Canyon Wine Trail is breathtaking and our staff will welcome you back with open arms. If you have some time, pay us a visit!
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My sister selected this hotel to house the wedding party and guests for her wedding and we're so glad she did! We had a HUGE family room in the newer section and had ample amounts of space to sort out all our wedding paraphernalia, press dresses, etc and visit with family. We all enjoyed the big pool, set back by a garden, and also hosted a bridesmaid's luncheon in the restaurant--a lovely setting for a slightly formal lunch with delicious salads. The housekeeping staff made an extra effort to nicely arrange the children's stuffed animals which made them smile and they kept us in fresh towels which always seems to be a challenge for other hotels for family rooms. I HIGHLY recommend this for a family stay and our friends traveling solo who stayed in the old part said that they loved their movie star rooms. A California gem!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Congratulations on your sister's wedding! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, we appreciate it! Our housekeeping department is hard-working and dedicated to our guests. They go above and beyond each day to provide detailed and specialized attention to our rooms. Thank you for pointing out the small touches that added up to a great stay for you and your family. We hope to have you back at the Inn again for another wonderful occassion!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Stayed in the older section for two nights while attending a reunion. The room was great, though a tad small compared to the newer section, but we loved it! Bedding was wonderful, and the service was great. Even thouse our room faced the side street the noise was minimal. Enjoyed the bar with live entertainment at night (free popcorn) and decent prices. Friends who ordered several items from room service were astounded at the quality/presentation of the food (great burgers).

Room Tip: If you can afford it, you might really enjoy the Charlie Chaplin room with a nice patio overlooking...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
We appreciate you! Thanks for sharing. We are glad you shared your experiences with the many aspects of our hotel, from the Tap Room to the Garden Room Restaurant to the charming accommodations. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay; don't wait for another reunion to pay us a visit!
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

My family has stayed at this Magical property many times and most recently in august 2012 . They have brought back the classic of an elegant hotel in the old grand style. But it has a very country home feel. The old part of the hotel is just dripping with history. Every old time movie star stayed there on the way to frisco in the day. Santa Maria is a wonderful town amidst fields of strawberries so big they will blow your mind. They also have wine vineyards and wine tasting. If you do visit do not miss the world famous BBQ tri-tip it has few equals

Room Tip: All suites in tower are wonderful and the suites in the old hotel are cool. the garden is magical.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
WOW, what a great review! Thank you for taking the time to describe your impression of our Inn in such great detail; we truly appreciate your continued business. It makes us feel great when our valued guests say they feel like this is their second home. We treat our guests like family and are happy to hear about the many aspects of the hotel that you cherish. We look forward to having you back again soon!
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

If you are driving between LA and San Francisco on Hwy. 101 and would like a peaceful, interesting place to stay, this is it. My husband and I drove up Highway 1 from Malibu and stayed at the Santa Maria Inn. Our room was very clean, comfortable and a great value. We were able to get it for $83 + tax on Priceline. We enjoyed a nice cocktail in the Wine Cellar and had dinner in the Tap Room. Everything was great - including complimentary appetizers in the Wine Cellar. Service was a bit slow in the Tap Room but they were very busy and our server was delightful. History buffs will especially enjoy this hotel. Our room was across the hall from a room where Marilyn Monroe had stayed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for your review! It is great that you recommend our property for a stay while traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco as that is the reason we had so many stars stay at our Inn. It was a stopover for celebrities traveling from Los Angeles to Hearst Castle. It sounds like you were able to enjoy some of our many amenities and we appreciate you sharing your experience!
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Santa Maria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I made lunch reservations for the Garden Room, mentioned my sister had just gotten engaged so we were shopping for wedding dresses and would like champagne with lunch. When we arrived, the table was labeled "Reserved", set up with the finest china, linen, champagne flutes with a strawberry in each, and elegant, simple roses in a vase. The servers were incredibly friendly, helpful and engaging without being intrusive in the least. It was the perfect setting, the food was delicious, and service was the finest. Thank you Santa Maria Inn staff for making a wonderful day even more memorable!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HistoricManager, Director of Sales at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
What a sweet way to spend lunch with your sister! We do take pride in making our guests feel very welome and appreciated and we are grateful you selected the Garden Room Restaurant within the Historic Santa Maria Inn to celebrate such a special event. We thank you for sharing your experience and hope you come back again to celebrate her marriage!
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Address: 801 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
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Location: United States > California > Santa Maria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Maria
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Maria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santa Maria Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a historic, full-service property located in the heart of Santa Maria along California's beautiful Central Coast. We offer an award-winning Garden Room Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, an Olde English Tap Room and a Wine Cellar and Martini Bar. We also feature an on site massage therapist, heated pool and spa, sauna, fitness facility, salon and barber. We are only minutes from the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, championship golf, beaches and shopping. Secure your reservations now or take advantage of one of our many packages. ... more   less 
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