Stayed here October 2013, through a friend who is a high roller and gets comp rooms. They truly take care of their good players because the room and meals are all comped! They also give newcomers free play so it's a great incentive. When we arrived, it was still a bit early and our rooms were not yet ready at noon so we headed to the buffet. Small compared to Vegas standards, it is still pretty good as they have a variety of salads, breakfast, lunch/dinner options, prime rib/ham and desserts. The crowded noisy smoke filled casino is separate from the hotel, thank goodness! The lobby is very clean and quiet and has huge paintings of Native Americans and Native American art, I assume of the Chumash tribe. Front desk are friendly, we go up to our rooms. The elevators are operated by key card only, so you have to make sure you have the key to go up or have to give it to family or friends visiting. On the way up, we saw the pool which was small by resort standards, but there was hardly anyone there because everyone comes for the casino and the buffet, aside from the fact that it was already cold.
The spa is also a ghost town, there wasn't anyone there on that side of the hotel.
The room was surprisingly beautiful! I love the blue and brown tones, the cabinetry, the desk workspace, the huge flat screen TV, the Keurig coffee maker, fridge, flat iron, their own branded water. The bar is fully stocked, but be careful not to move anything or else you will be charged. The bathroom is huge, with a rainforest showerhead, nice toiletries, blowdryer, moodlighting. I love the scented soap and the shampoo/body wash! They also have turn down service, chocolates and water or towel refresh every night. There is also a big balcony that looks out to the front driveway, which is very busy at night on weekends.
The Chumash Casino isn't walkable to any nearby shops or attractions, but they do have shuttles to Solvang and their sister properties Hotel Corque and Hadsten Inn that are in the hear of Solvang and walking distance to the shops if that's what you want. However, it is a 3 mile shuttle ride to the casino. It might be nice to try those other ones in the future.
The weekend we went, the casino hosted an Oktoberfest event for high rollers, with German beer, food, desserts, coffee and apple cider. They gave away free play as well. We were shuttled on big motor coaches, which was very nice and the event was fun in the brisk October fall weather.
The casino treats its players very nicely-they are mostly in the older demographic 50's-80's, so this is not for the young crowd but the hotel has lots of families too (especially at buffets).
The hotel was nice and I had a surprisingly great time even though I'm not much of a gambler!
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- Also Known As:
- Chumash Hotel Santa Ynez
- Chumash Casino
- Chumash Resort