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“Central location” 4 of 5 stars
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Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Buellton
San Bernardino, California
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58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Central location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Our two night stay at the Buellton Marriott was most enjoyable. The location is perfect for visits to wineries, Solvang, Lompoc, and Vandenberg AFB. Rooms away from the roads (the hotel sits between Highway 101 and a local road), on upper floors are quieter.

Upgrade to include the breakfast buffet, since it is well worth the price, especially for couples or families.

The staff was friendly and helpful, and the room was clean and comfortable. Regular rooms are a bit small; bathrooms are compact, but there is an additional sink, and the room includes a balcony.

Restaurants nearby include The Hitching Post and the Firestone Taproom.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hi sbca2010,

Thank you for staying with us! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience here, and found our location convenient to The Hitching Post and Firestone Winery. It's great to hear that you found the breakfast buffet to be worth the upgrade and our staff friendly. We appreciating you taking the time to share your feedback. Your comments will be shared with the team. Please keep us in mind for any future trips back to the area.

Sincerely,
Guest Experience Manager
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Santa Barbara, CA
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239 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We are locals and live about a mile away from the hotel. My wife and I had to stay at the hotel for two nights while we were having new flooring installed at our house. While I had driven by the hotel thousands of times I had never actually stayed there. What a gem this place is. Beautiful property, well trained and polished staff and very nice rooms. It's also pet friendly which really helped us out since we have a German Shepherd. Lot's of dining options within walking distance and a great brewery and wine bar a very short drive away.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank dlb0758
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Hi dlb0758,

We are so pleased you had the opportunity to stay with us. It's great to have some perspective from someone who resides in the area. We strive to ensure that all of our guests have a great experience here, no matter the reason for their stay. It's wonderful to hear that you, and your German Shepherd, found our accommodations and staff to your liking. Thanks for sharing your feedback, and we hope you enjoy your new floors!

Sincerely,
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Los Angeles
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our stay here. I was worried at first because the hotel is close to the highway, but noise wasn't a problem at all. We stayed in the bridal suite 361 which was a very nice room. The only problem we had was that the heart shaped spa tub didn't work after about a minute. I did call the front desk and they offered to send someone to fix it, but we really didn't want an engineer in our room so late at night, therefore we turned them down. Also, the radio/clock was disconnected. I connected it but for the life of me couldn't figure out how to set the time (alarm yes, time no). It didn't really matter since we weren't on any kind of a schedule. I let them know on the day that we left that someone needed to connect it and set it. I also wish the hotel had a better view. I must say that the all the staff that we interacted with were very friendly and helpful. Also, breakfast was included in the price of our stay, and it was one of the best breakfast buffets we've ever had. I should also mention that there is a movie theatre right next door and that there are many good restaurants in the area.

Room Tip: The bridal suite is far from the elevator which means less people coming and going near your room. I...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hi Onthegovalleymom,

Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. It's great to hear that you found our staff friendly, and that you enjoyed the breakfast and location to area attractions. We do apologize for the inconveniences you encountered while you were here. Your comments will be passed along to the team to be sure that they are corrected, and ensure better future stays. If you travel back to the area in the future, please keep us in mind for your accommodations.

Sincerely,
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sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Im so glad I booked his hotel, as I was unsure of where to stay in Santa ynez and I wanted to be close the wineries

! The rooms are really nice, we have a great view of the vineyards and it's a 15min drive to Los Olivos - where we spent most of our time!! And the hitching post from sideways is just down the street!! So Cool!!! Beds are comfortable & breakfast was included!!!!! Perfect!!!

Room Tip: High floor requested room with view on level 4 - stay here!!!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank daforeignergirl
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Hi daforeignergirl,

We are so glad you stayed with us for your journey to Los Olivos and the Santa Ynez Valley! It's great to hear that you found our location convenient to your destinations, and that the hotel accommodations were to your liking. It sounds like you did quite a bit of exploring. Please consider staying with us again if you return to the area. We would be happy to help recommend some other sites close by that you may enjoy.

Sincerely,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

This property is a find for those who want to be close to Lompoc, the wine region with the most Pinot noir and Chardonnay. We checked in with a reservation for a standard room. I asked if they were any upgrades available and the kind man at the front desk upgraded us to a king suite with a beautiful view of the mountains. The four rooms are hugely spacious with a very comfortable bed and crispy white sheets. Nice to have Starbucks in the morning and the barista was super friendly and nice.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Hi smilingathena,

We appreciate you selecting our location for your trip to the area. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the upgraded room and found the bedding to your liking. Our staff is eager to provide top-notch customer service. We are pleased to hear that you found the barista to be pleasant and accommodating. If you plan to return to the area in the future, please consider staying with us again. Your feedback will be shared with the team.

Sincerely,
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florida
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43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Great location for wine country experince. Easy to get to, suite was confortable, nice breakfast. Greatly appreciated the benefits of traveling with a "points" earner as we got one night free and also breakfast included:-)

Would recommend to anyone who is headed to Santa Ynez for wining.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank ohm2
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Hi ohm2,

It's great to hear that you found our location convenient to the wineries, and accommodations comfortable. We are glad you selected our location for you trip. Thanks for the recommendation, and we hope to see you again soon if you return to the area.

Sincerely,
Guest Experience Manager
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Boston, Massachusetts
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106 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The work staff here couldn't have been nicer, that made our stay so much nicer. The hotel is fine, nice that they offer Starbucks coffee, but it is NOT a Starbucks, just their coffee. Purchased a blueberry scone, which looked good, only the three blueberries? We're placed on top, that was it.

The breakfast buffet was terrific, made better by our server, Martha S. she should be recognized for excellence with a smile.
Note, the restaurant is fine for breakfast, but a bit depressing for other meals. They could use a nicer setting for dinners.
The room was fine,view was ok, we stayed in the standard room with two double beds.

Room Tip: Don't get near an elevator
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank jeannette e
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GExperienceMgr, Guest Experience Manager at Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Hi jeannette e,

Thanks for staying with us, and sharing your feedback. We strive to ensure that all guests feel welcome and experience top-notch customer service. It's so great to hear that you found our service exemplary. Your comments and appreciation will be shared with the team and Martha S. We will also take your comments regarding our breakfast and dinner accommodations into consideration to ensure better future stays. We hope to see you again if you return to the area in the future.

Sincerely,
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Property: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott
Address: 555 McMurray Rd, Buellton, CA 93427-9559
Location: United States > California > Buellton
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Buellton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santa Ynez Valley Marriott 3.5*
Number of rooms: 163
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Currently under extensive renovation. Loud noise disturbance from 8am until 6pm seven days a week until approximately October 1, 2016. Sporatic water shut off's Monday through Friday 9am until 5pm. Ultra comfortable accommodations in the Santa Ynez Valley Wine country. Only 3 miles from the Danish town of Solvang.Over 80 local vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms nearby in the Santa Barbara Country wine country. We also offer beautiful wedding, event, and meeting space in the Santa Ynez Valley close to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Our certified meeting and wedding planner will ensure your event is flawless. Plus earn Marriott Rewards Points and promotions with your event. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott conveniently has a Lobby Bar, featuring Starbucks Coffee and Teas, and the Starting Gate Restaurant. You will also enjoy our gift shop and Hertz Car Rental. For your recreation, our 24 hour fitness center, outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, with brand new lounge furniture, will keep you fit and relaxed. Established in 1984. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, CA upgraded all their beds and linens to the Marriott Revive Collection, featuring ultra comfortable beds and luxurious linens. We also feature complimentary Wireless Internet in our guest common areas and in our guest rooms for those guests registered with Marriott Rewards. From September 2015 until approximately October, 2016, the hotel will be undergoing a total and extensive renovation. The new 555 Restaurant and Lounge will inhabit the new lobby greatroom, along with a newly updated double size fitness center. All guest rooms are being completely renovated from the ground up including stand alone tiled showers in 70% of the rooms, luxury vinyl flooring and a beautiful brand new full furniture package. What a way to celebrate our 30th Marriott Anniversary!! ... more   less 
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