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Candlewood Suites Santa Maria
Ranked #5 of 21 Hotels in Santa Maria
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“Looked nice but upon closer inspection...”
Reviewed March 15, 2010

When we first go into the one bedroom suite it looked really nice, like a nicely furnished apartment. It was new and had plenty of space. The suite had a kitchen too. The layout was the same as other Candlewood suites I have stayed in the past. The decor and furniture was a lot more modern though; even had two flat screen LCD TV's (I couldn't find the HD channels though and the analog signals looked bad with these LCD's). Internet (wired and wireless) was free too. The front desk staff was helpful and friendly.
The location was convenient since it's right off Hwy 101 and near a shopping plaza.

So we thought we had found a great place to stay. Then after we settled in we started noticing some dark colored stains on the bathroom door frame and on the bathroom floor. The tables and counter tops in the kitchen were sticky as well. Finally, we found hair and other dirt in the bathtub. The room must not have been cleaned thoroughly from the last occupant. This ruined an otherwise pleasant experience.

If I could be sure that the room would be clean I would consider staying here again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 14, 2009

Candlewood Suites is a type of extended stay brand in the ICH brand (Holiday Inn etc), but they are independently operated. I used my Priority Club points to stay here one night. The hotel is next to the new and similar-looking Fairfield Inn, at the north end of Santa Maria, at the Broadway exit from the 101 Freeway. It really isn't in town, rather than in an industrial park area. Nothing much nearby. Since it was nearly brand new, it was in pretty much perfect condition, other than a sink aerator that sprayed a stream of water onto the counter. I stayed in a standard studio room, no divider between the kitchen area and the rest of the space. The room feels like a new Holiday Inn Express, with the section near the door outfitted as a full kitchen. Kitchens include a dishwasher! full sized refrig micro oven rangetop coffee maker and cooking and washup gear. The room has a recliner chair and a table, a few chairs. No sofa. Nice big flatscreen TV and a DvD player, they have a lending library of videos at no charge. The standard rooms may seem a bit small for two people, but for one person it was fine. The one-bed is a queen not a king. There were standard amenities like iron, hair dryer etc. , internet, etc. that you'd find in a hotel room.

The exterior windows seem to be double glazed windows and I didn't hear any outside noise when they were closed. However the individual room a/c units are the noisy type. They do work well. I also didn't hear any noise from adjacent rooms.

Common areas include a single computer, printer (free), laundry (no charge except for soap), workout room, and 24-hour coffee (no charge). There are some food items for sale on the honor system.

The clerk was friendly and since I had not been to a Candlewood Suites before she explained that the front desk is not manned after 11 pm except on weekends and you are pretty much left to do your own thing. The rates go down the longer you stay. Weekly housekeeping is included. I think if you need it more often you need to request this.

If you're looking for a comfie clean hotel with lots of included amenities, and like to be self sufficient and save money by preparing your own meals, this is a good choice. I believe they do limit the number of people that can stay in the standard room to two. BTW they take pets!

The one thing that was annoying was that there is only one elevator car and it was slow!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 7, 2009

It' was a Birthday Get-a-way for some wine tasting in Santa Maria Valley. We stayed overnight at the Candlewood suites and it was great! Nice mini suite with full kitchen. One couple brought their doggies and they were welcomed too. We definitly will return.

We also reserved a Limo with Gold Coast Limos and they picked us up at the Hotel. They offered to pick up sandwiches for us & we really appreciated it. We gave them a list of the wineries we wanted to visit and we were on our way! Our driver, Mark, was great! He was patient and tolerant as our wine fueled gaity increased. Highly recommend their services too!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Candlewood Suites Santa Maria
Address: 2079 Roemer Ct, Santa Maria, CA 93454-1107
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Location: United States > California > Santa Maria
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Santa Maria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Candlewood Suites Santa Maria 2.5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Candlewood Suites is located in Santa Maria California, nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara County Wine Country. Guests will experience California’s Central Coast beauty, championship golf courses, pristine beaches, performing arts, world famous barbecue, succulent strawberries and picking farms, hiking, festivals and award winning wineries for touring and tasting.Candlewood Suites Santa Maria provides guests with a fitness center, Gazebo BBQ, free guest laundry facility, a complimentary business center, IHG Rewards Club Program and complimentary Internet. Minutes from Candlewood Suites Santa Maria you will find a variety of restaurants, family entertainment, attractions and nightlife. Designed to provide the business traveler and the leisure traveler with extended stay comfort, accommodations offer a kitchen equipped with stove top, full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, plate, silverware, glassware and cookware. Suites also host pillow top mattress, recliner chair, flat panel TV, in-room DVD player & free DVD library. Nearby businesses include Vandenberg Air Force Base, Northrup Grumman Mission Systems, Ratheon, Boeing, Denmat, Marian Medical Center, Santa Maria Speedway, California Space Authority, Cal Trans, Santa Maria Fairpark, Haggerman Sports Complex and Santa Maria Airport. ... more   less 
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