My mom booked a double queen room for the night while we visited my Grandparents in Vandenberg Village. We were traveling with a 3 year old and a 1 year old so I was a little nervous that it wasn't a big chain hotel since I've not had great experiences with 'mom and pop' hotels in the past.
We pulled into O'Cairns charmingly decorated Christmas wonderland around 8 pm and were greeted by a very sweet woman at the front desk who offered us free drinks and ice cream. We were also given tickets for the bar's happy hour (which went until 11 pm!) as well as for our made to order breakfast the following morning. We were able to easily change our room from an upstairs room to a downstairs room upon check-in as well (so that the kids weren't stomping on people's ceilings) and parked directly in front of our room, no problem. We weren't able to hear any of our neighbors during our stay, so I hope nobody had to hear my excited children.
Upon entering the room, we found a tidy place to spend the night and popped our free ice cream into our full-size refrigerator while we got our stuff brought in. Although the room was fairly basic, the beds were very comfortable and such amenities as a coat rack, a fancy, plush computer chair at the desk, and a lit, magnified mirror for doing your makeup made it feel like they were anticipating all of their guest's needs. There were a couple of little things like the back of the remote being taped up since the back was missing, and one of the bed liners below the mattress that had some questionable stains, but overall our experience was absolutely wonderful. It felt like instead of upgrading the rooms and pouring money into fancy modern furniture, they were spending their budget on really wonderful amenities that made their guests feel valued and comfortable.
We got wine and margaritas from the bar and were able to take them back to our room, although I could have stayed and listened to the live music for another hour, and the breakfast the next morning was absolutely wonderful. It was also nice that check out was at 11 so that we didn't feel rushed to get to breakfast.
Overall, I was SO impressed and will definitely be booking here again in the future.