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“Chumash Casino: an oasis in the desert!” 4 of 5 stars
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Chumash Casino Resort Hotel
3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Santa Ynez
Los Angeles
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“Chumash Casino: an oasis in the desert!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor balcony!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Los Angeles, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Chumash Casino is an nice casino/hotel. Hotel has been updated with in the last year, clean & nice. Casino floor, slots/tables are esay to get to and use/play. buffet is small, food is so so, buffet staff are vary good. The casino has cut back on the comps given out. Comps are generally better at other casinos in California. overall Chumash is a nice casino, with room for improvement in regards to comps.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Norco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

the place is very nice but it is the first casino i have ever been to that you cant have a drink on the floor there is only one place to get a drink and that was at the restaurant upstairs but the drinks are very good

Room Tip: get a top floor room
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The hotel rooms were nice and modern. All rooms have a balcony. The pool was very small. It reminded me of a backyard pool. The food was surprisingly good. The parking structure was crowded with small spaces. Hotel access is located on level two. The fitness center has no weights but a few machines. All access requires your room key card. The hotel does offer free wifi but only Verizon cell service works in the Santa Ynez valley. The casino level had a decent amount of slot machines and a few tables.

Room Tip: We enjoyed a room on the fourth floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

we've been going to chumash since the first month it opened. one tent, then two, then three. security rode horses on the gravel parking lot. i remember the laughs at the appearance of chumash. but oh baby look at her now. yes, some of my favorite slots
are gone, but i've found new ones. i'm sure everbody wants more free play. so would I.
how about a bonus for the folks that's been with you from the humble tent days.
chumash means fun. my wife and I have fun. but can we please have more free play?
like what you did to the chumash hotel. sweet!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Lots of desserts to chose from. There was a station where you could have custom made wonton noodle soup or pan-fried with varieties choices (including mushrooms, snap-peas, bean sprouts, green onion, shrimp, chicken, and bbq pork).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grover Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We have been going to Chumash over the last few years at least 10 times a year & have a fairly good time, (usualy1x a month) but after todays visit it will be a very long time before we return. We go for the day, (we live 45 min. away) to play & have a nice lunch, as we walked in we noticed that they have replaced the machines we went down there to play with all new machines, which sucked. That is the first reason we said it will be a long time before we return. Went to have lunch, as always it's a good buffet, but this time our server (male) didn't EVER come by, not to refill our drinks or even ask if we wanted a refill. There were so many Casino workers walking around the restaurant & casino (get rid of 1/2 & there would still be to many) & none of them would even acknowledge you, no smile or anything. They walk in front of you, they stop a dead stop if your not paying attention you run into them & they act like you are below them. They have remolded the front women's bathroom, it is so ugly inside (everything including the stall doors are bling, so ugly) but worst of all the toilets are so low to the ground they have a handrail next to them, I guess so u can pull yourself up & down. It's horrible. There were 2 older women in there washing their hands saying "what were they thinking with those toilets" I spoke up & agreed with them. After about 1 hour of playing a few slots & getting disgusted we said forget this ???. We know we're not going to walk out breaking the bank, but with $100 each you would think we could at least play awhile & have some fun??? It's so hard to get the bonus & when you do get it you get 10 free spins, to only pay out 30 cents, WTF!!! not only once this happened but numerous time. we said enough is enough. Over all the property is always lovely & well kept, but that's not our reason for being upset & it will be a very long time before we return, Now off to Chukchansi!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Chumash Casino Resort Hotel

Address: 3400 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Location: United States > California > Santa Ynez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Santa Ynez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each of our luxurious rooms is distinctively designed to provide you with the best in comfort and convenience. Guest rooms range from our Premium Guest Room to the ultimate Master Suite, each with the amenities and features you would expect from a AAA Four Diamond hotel. ... more   less 
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