This space was so cozy, the people were so friendly, & the food was amazing! This is the perfect getaway trip! Whether you’re in your way somewhere else or this is the destination! I already can’t wait to go back
Cuyama Buckhorn is like an enchanted oasis literally in the middle of Santa Barbara County's high desert. I called the property a few times prior to my stay and spoke to a wonderful and helpful clerk named Reyna (sp?) - who answered my questions and also took my order for a dinner box to be prepared for my room since I was arriving late. After a long drive in the dark from turning onto CA-166 from Santa Maria, when I eventually made it to Cuyama Buckhorn, it was about 2045 and as expected, the restaurant was closed. In fact, the property - save for a few lights - was pitch black (at least from the outside). I phoned CB and Moni picked up and I asked her for directions to find the lobby. One thing that would be helpful - better or more visible signage. It's one thing if you get here while there's still daylight. It's another if you get here, it's dark, AND it's your first time at the property so you don't quite sure know where to go. Check-in was quick - Moni was friendly and efficient. She confirmed the dinner box was in my room, and provided a map of the property. I pulled into the parking lot - lit by a single flood light - which did a great job hiding the fact that I was driving onto a gravel lot. Note to drivers with low clearance - you might want to opt out of parking in the gravel lot and park on the side along the property. I had trail wheels and decent clearance so I was fine - but the parking lot could use pavement and better lighting. The room was well-appointed, had just the right level of amenities and my dinner box was thoughtfully placed on the desk, with a Smores Kit on my bed. I started to unpack, after I did my usual flashlight sweep of the hotel room. All was well until I noticed a huntsman spider just chilling by the mini-fridge in the room. It was the largest spider I've ever seen in California and in the split seconds following the initial sight of this monstrosity, I processed that 1) I was in the middle of the high desert, spiders this big do exist 2) I didn't want that thing to get away since I needed to sleep tonight. 3) it was the size of a silver dollar. I left its remains by the trash can. Minibar is well-stocked - prices are reasonable for what you get - unique items not like your typical minibar. A lot of the snacks/drinks were sourced locally. Another plus - the mini fridge actually has space for you to place your things in it. The shower stall and bathroom were nicely appointed with luxury toiletries. I had breakfast at the Cuyama Buckhorn Restaurant the following morning - had the best buttermilk pancakes in years, along with chorizo, eggs, and a matcha latte. Service was friendly and I was able to use a drink coupon for the coffee since I was Platinum Elite with IHG. Overall a great stay with some hiccups. Had a double charge on my card (which was addressed after I brought it up) since I booked through IHG which is partnered with Mr&Mrs Smith Hotels which CB is part of, better lighting/signage to find the hotel lobby for evening arrival guests would be great, and a paved parking lot with better lighting would be appreciated. Hoping to make it back here with some company so I can more thoroughly explore the area!…
We went a bit out of our way on a road trip to stay here because I wanted to stay here forever. The property is beautiful, well appointed and they've thought of everything here- Brooklinen robes, slippers, great body products, and solid wifi. Food and drinks were excellent and both breakfast and dinner were stellar. Make sure you try the cocktails because they're not to be missed. The S'mores kits were a nice touch and we really enjoyed them after our evening soak in the hot tub. Speaking of... their hot tub is seriously one of the best in the state! Great size and has awesome views of the mountains. If you find yourself anywhere near here, you need to stop. Just a head's up that there's nothing else to do in the town so you need to take full advantage of all of the property's amenities!…
3 plug in chargers, 2 Tesla and one universal. Could never plug in during our stay. Bathroom fan kept going on, had to keep turning it off manually. Pool not heated. Food and service was excellent! We had 2 great dinners, and a wonderful breakfast. Nice coffee bar, and good wine in the guest rooms.
We stayed at this hotel for my birthday celebration. I liked how they renovated an old property and the rooms were cute. The walls were thin and given the design of the hotel there wasn’t much privacy in the rooms. We could hear our guests next door. Honestly, the best part was their food.
I love this place! Don’t pass up an opportunity to stay here, it’s so worth it! The decor, the staff, omg the food! I need an excuse to go back already! I will forever tell as many people as I can about this wonderful place!
Well worth the detour if traveling north or south, and a longer stay would be even more refreshing. In this stylish oasis, we enjoyed the hot tub, pool, adorable sauna. Each and every member of the staff was welcoming and enthusiastic. Large updated rooms with western accents. Gated parking. We were charmed; we expected a motel and found a resort! A 5-star experience.
Looking for a "dine and stay" place in a less travelled location. The Buckhorn totally fills the bill. The appearance from the highway is a bit deceiving as it looks like a traditional motor court with a coffee shop. What is hiding behind that facade is a fabulous Western-style bar and cloistered courtyard with games and fire pits where one can spend a delightful evening making smores and sipping red wine.
Perfect everything, it's like Palm Springs but without the crowds and better style. The food was fantastic, drinks were great, and each room comes with a s'mores kit. What better way to wind down from a work week than a super cute and trendy staycation in the middle of nowhere?
I had one night in the Cuyama Valley and it was great! Was traveling for work and instead of driving over an hour to get back to a chain hotel, I took advantage of the beauty of the valley and relaxed for the afternoon. It was great not needing to leave the property for great food and beverages.