I'd actually rate the place excellent except that the outdoor pool was freezing and filled with bugs. I guess its a bit cold to be swimming, but if it were a heated pool and kept clean I think people would have swam in it, because people were coming and going out of the pool area to see its condition, then leaving when they saw how dirty and cold it was. People were swimming in the indoor pool, including me, but its a small pool and still on the chilly side unless you were able to be near the heating port to the pool. It was only enough to get in, do a couple of short laps, just enjoy being in the pool and then they'd get out after 15 minutes. I stayed in for about 45 minutes, and that was plenty. I thought there would be a jacuzzi, but no luck. They could definitely use it, I think people would enjoy it.
Room was clean and kept up well. The king bed was comfy, and the microwave and frig were a plus. No freezer area for ice or to keep your cooler's ice packs in. I had bought a small pint of ice cream, and thought I could keep it in there, and was disappointed that what I couldn't eat melted. (I tried to keep it cool in some ice - funny thing is it turned into a milkshake consistency then turned bad fast) Anyhow, the room was otherwise nice and the housekeeping staff accommodated small requests I had for extra towels and cleaning it later in day because they always came by early at around 9AM when we'd go downstairs to grab some breakfast stuff. We'd bring food back to the room and find a note saying they had come by, but since we had a "do Not Disturb" sign up, they'd come back later when we called for it. So if you do the same and leave early with the intention of coming back, put your sign up, or they'll be in it when you return and you can't come into the room or they have to leave.
The main gripe I had is that from the handicapped parking, you have to go all the way around through the front door, thru the lobby and around to the elevators, (a big U shape path) when there's a door right next to the handicapped spaces that's almost right in front of the elevators. But its unaccessible because of a fence that encloses it for a small outdoor area. they should make an opening thru the fence so that people can just go straight in. It's a pain to go around when there's a perfectly good door entrance if the low fence weren't there. My husband could jump it, but I have a bad back and use a walker and a cane, so I couldn't. There's a keycard access thru the door, so its a safe way to enter, so I'm not sure why they would put the fence there. Weird and stupid.
Breakfast munchies were good; plenty of different things to eat, eggs and sausages were good quality and tasty, but not anything special to rave about. Its acceptable and convenient, and I enjoyed having this service and made the effort to get up and grab it. You can always put in frig and reheat stuff too, if you're not the type who eats early. Breakfast hours end at 9:30, so you have to get up early to get it. Wish it was till 10, but I won't rate it any less for closing early. I have been to other Springhill suites where it does go to 10 tho, so I just needed to get up a little earlier to get food.
This was a comfortable stay for me and my husband for a quick weekend trip. Would go back to this hotel again. I like this chain of properties and wanted to check this place out for future trips to the area. The hotel is a quick drive to the downtown area where there's antique shops, and lots of great places to eat.
BTW,we tried the front St restaurant run by Baily's winery at the recommendation of the hotel front desk staff. Excellent place. We went upstairs to the fine dining area, rather than eat in the bar area, and it was a wonderful dining experience. I'd go there again in a heartbeat. They have a prix fixe special that for a few dollars more, you can add an appetizer, soup/salad and dessert to any entree. Wow, its great food and service!! It was A LOT of food. Try their butternut squash raviolis and butternut squash soup. I'd rate the dining 10+!!! For the 4-course dinner (we both had a surf & turf special) and a bottle of wine, it cost us about $120 incl tax/tip. So worth the price for a special evening! We almost had the whole dining room to ourselves on a Friday evening at 7:30pm. I'm surprised the place wasn't crammed with people.
It wasn't too far of a drive to the wine area. We explored a few wineries, and we enjoyed Mt Palomar, Wilson Creek and South Coast Wineries, checking out the art/craft fair and wine at Maurice Carrie, and having dinner at Thorton the second night. If you get a chance to go to the area, there's a lot of different wines to try so pace yourself. It can get expensive paying for the tastings and its a lot of wine. Some wineries were definitely more generous pourers than others. South Coast Winery is a resort too and it looked really nice. It looked expensive to stay there, but the bartender there said they give discounts on wine purchases, have a bottle in the room, and other freebies. So if you want a higher class experience than Springhill, check that place out. Otherwise, I thought Springhill was great for the money, and offered a lot to their customers.
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