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“Marilyn Slept Here” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Maria Inn
Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Santa Maria
San Francisco, California
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108 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Marilyn Slept Here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

I am a sucker for old Hollywood. The emotive glamour of the screen stars of Hollywood's golden age never seizes to enchant and impress me. So, as soon as I'd arrived at the Santa Maria Inn and saw the names of Hollywood icons like Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe displayed on the stars of the room in which they had stayed, I was thrilled.

Although the hotel has definitely seen better days and can use a bit of renovation, unlike so many generic chain hotels in the area (Santa Maria Valley), it has managed to keep a lot of its old charm and ambiance.

Also, it is situated in an ideal location (just off of HWY 101) for visiting/touring the Santa Inez/Barbara Wine Valley, which is a wonderful (and my preferred) wine region in California.

The best part of staying in Santa Maria Inn is to experience a small piece of Hollywood's bygone era that's long gone but not forgotten.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Thank you for your review of our Inn! It sounds as though you were able to truly enjoy the rich history the Inn. We try and represent Hollywood's golden age through our many photographs, antiques and historical stories. The Inn was the stopover for many of Hollywood's top celebrities as they journeyed along the old El Camino Real, which is now Broadway. Thank you for mentioning our easy access from the freeway and close proximity to many area attractions. We hope to have you back with us soon to enjoy some more of our rich history!
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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

We're just leaving after 4 very pleasant nights at the Santa Maria Inn. Our room was where
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard stayed, and this is just the tip of this hotel's rich history.
We've especially enjoyed the courtyard gardens, with a large lawn area, fountains, sitting areas, and pool. This is a great hotel to wander around and enjoy the historic furnishings, photos and paintings on the walls. The price is very reasonable. We've slept well with a great bed and fresh air from the little patio.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
We appreciate your response! We are thankful you were able to peruse the property and enjoy the history of the Inn. It sounds as though you were able to walk the grounds and we are grateful for it! You will have to come back and try the Charlie Chaplin or Marilyn Monroe rooms.
Thanks again!
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Eureka,CA.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

I spent four days in comfort this hotel is under rated amenities were never ending and the restaurant and bar were priced right and the food was very good ,the staff were very friendly. The free WiFi worked through out the hotel thats a plus in my book.I would return again , 4 stars easly

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Thank you for your review! It sounds as though you were able to get away for a few days and enjoy yourself. We are grateful you were able to experience some of our many amenities and appreciate your mention of the experience in your review. We do offer plenty of things for our guests to take advantage of and thank you for sharing your stay with others!
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

I have family in Santa Maria and am there quite a bit. There really is nowhere else that even compares. The hotel is almost 100 years old and the charm and character are delightful. Personally I always a choose a "boutique" hotel with character over a boring chain when given the choice. If you stay in the newer tower the rooms are quite large. Beds are comfy. The view is nice.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Thank you kindly for your response to the stay at our Inn. We enjoy when our guests take notice of our history and can appreicate the history of the property. Thank you for your tip on tower rooms, as they are much more spacious. The Inn rooms exude more of a bed and breakfast feel and we have guests that prefer one side over the other. Thank you for your business and reccommendations and we look forward to having you back again!
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West Covina, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

Just a quick note of appreciation to the fine folks at the Santa Maria Inn. On the occasion of my 44th Birthday, my girlfriend and I decided to visit my good old hometown of S.M. I booked on the hotel's online reservation page the "Executive Suite"... We were put in the "Rancho Sisquoc" suite (on the sixth and top floor in the Tower) Our suite had ah, shall i say, a unique layout. It looked to be originally two separate rooms joined together in a rather odd floorplan that created the Executive Suite. Anyways, the suite was really too much room just for the two of us, yet it was still very cozy..we enjoyed the fireplace (gas logs on a timer) and jacuzzi tub. What we really enjoyed however, was our excellent room service dinner sent up from the Inn's Garden Room Restaurant. What a treat...the New York steaks we had were exceptional. And everything from the appetizers to our desserts was outstanding. Then in the morning we went downstairs for the Inn's Sunday Champagne Brunch. Again very enjoyable. Nowadays I rarely get a chance to come back home, when I do I plan to stay at the Inn again. Thanks guys for a relaxing getaway.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, January 11, 2012
Thank you for your stay and Happy 44th Birthday! We are grateful you selected the Inn for your trip back home and it sounds as though you were able to enjoy some of our many amenities. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed not only your room-service, but the Champagne Sunday Brunch. We will be happy to host you again and hope to have you back again for your 45th birthday- enjoy 2012!
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Santa Barbara
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2011

Had a blast and didn't get kicked out! Ha ha :) nice place, great staff, good location and no complaints.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Thank onederfullovelight
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, January 11, 2012
Thank you for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to note our central location within the heart of Santa Maria, as well as our proximity to beaches, golf, shopping and wine country.
We are also grateful we didn't have to kick you out! Thank you for your business and we hope to have you back in the future to enjoy another stay with us- Happy New Year!
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San Diego, California
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110 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

The hotel is almost 100 years old, so it has some "historic" class and charm, but is located on a busy street and next door to a high school. Not what I'd pick for a romantic getaway or leisurely vacation destination. Our trip was business & pleasure. We stayed in the newer 6 story section, the room was very large and comfortable. When my wife realized she wanted a new jacket for an evening business meeting, we found plenty of retail within 5 minutes or so of the hotel. The on-site barber shop had customers though the sign said "closed" - and the hair salon had no hours posted, the door was locked but we could see customers (?!?) inside. Never saw the gift shop open either. Struggling small businesses I suppose. We some time to site-see in the countryside and visited Solvang, and did very much enjoy our visit to the area. We would stay at the Santa Maria Inn again.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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HistoricManager, Manager at Santa Maria Inn, responded to this review, November 21, 2011
Thank you for making the Santa Maria Inn your choice! We appreciate the review and are grateful you took the time to share your experience. We are located in the heart of Santa Maria along Broadway and are located within very close proximity to many shops, restaurants and activities. We do appreciate what little traffic noise the street brings to our Inn in relation to the benefit of the amenities being so close. We also feature many in-house shops and stores which do cater to the public as well as our guests. Many feature rather flexible hours but always strive to welcome walk-in business and take care of our visitors. We hope to have the opportunity to be your host again and have you experience all Santa Maria and the surrounding areas have to offer. Thanks!!
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Property: Santa Maria Inn
Address: 801 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454
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Location: United States > California > Santa Maria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Santa Maria
#3 Family Hotel in Santa Maria
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Maria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santa Maria Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a historic, full-service property located in the heart of Santa Maria along California's beautiful Central Coast. We offer an award-winning Garden Room Restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, an Olde English Tap Room and a Wine Cellar and Martini Bar. We also feature an on site massage therapist, heated pool and spa, sauna, fitness facility, salon and barber. We are only minutes from the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, championship golf, beaches and shopping. Secure your reservations now or take advantage of one of our many packages. ... more   less 
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