Santa Maria Inn
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSanta Maria Inn
Simply fantastic. New years eve dinner was superb, the hotel is an incredibly well kept testament to a different era of staying in a hotel. Stay at this hotel. They do it like it's supposed to be done.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Santa Maria Inn
My Haunted stay at mission in
I visited the Santa Maria Inn for 4 days. My intent was a Halloween convention and to"hunt the Ghosts of the Inn"Those who have reviewed this Inn saying it felt haunted are correct. However the people were helpful the rooms were clean and the food was good. We did encounter ghostly interactions but we were thrilled. The Inn provides a printout on past ghostly activities and rooms 221 and 579 are the spookiest. If you want a fright spend the night
Old but good enough
The hotel / room is above average with large rooms and good facilities, the location is okay, the service (especially in the restaurant) is great.
The furnature was quite old though.
I stayed here on the 22th of july 2004 for one night.
No bugs OR ghosts . . .
My husband and I stayed here for the Easter Weekend. We were looking for a little inn, so imagine our surprise when we saw a great big hotel. Check-in was fast and very friendly; they have a very nice lobby. We stayed in the old part of the hotel (the John Wayne room) and it was quaint & cozy; it felt like we stepped back in time. It was interesting to read about the history of the hotel and how many movie stars stayed here. Maybe next time we will encounter one of the paranormal versions of some of them . . .
We would definitely stay here again!
Still a home to Mr. Valentino's ghost
Just a follow up to my visit there on April 4, 2003...I recently wrote on my previous experience at the Santa Maria Inn heavily influenced by the fear and confusion that I felt due to the paranormal interaction that I had. Upon further research into this experience I have changed my review on the Historic Inn, and have now based my review on if you are interested in the paranormal or not. I have found out that Rudolph Valentino, a film star from the 20's, used to stay at the Inn regularly...and still does. He stayed in a room on the same floor that I stayed in when I went to the Inn in 2003. There have been numerous reports of similar experiences as mine. Apparently, it is said that Rudolph loves to lie down on the beds and that was what I felt when my body was held down on the bed by an unexplained pressure. There have also been accounts of Mr. Valentino sitting at the head of the bed. If you are interested in the paranormal, then I highly recommend a stay at the Inn and maybe Mr. Valentino will pay you a visit.
OK, But a Few Bugs to Work Out
I had a one night stay just to get up early and play a round of golf at Vandenberg the next day. The first room they put me in was in the older part many hallways away from the front desk. I was in there for less then an hour. The toliet tank flapper wouldn't seal so the thing kept running. The front desk said they would call maintenance. Long story short...Maintenance was gone for the day, the receptionist gave me a bigger room over in the renovated side. The room was clean, big, and very nice. The downside--I had to turn on the A/C unit's fan just to drown-out the mainroad's noise. I opened the refridgerator and saw a little roach. BTW, my friend across the hall said she saw a roach too.
I don't think the place is infested it's just when you have room service trays sitting in hallways your bound to have some bugs. I would stay here again. I liked all the history they have displayed in the lobby. The grounds, gardens, and pool looked nice too!
A Fine establishment
We stayed overnight at this fine hotel, our room was clean and very spacious. The staff including a young gentleman bell hop provided us with excellent service and local knowledge.
Renovations are wonderful
I live in Santa Maria and when I have lots of family coming into the area for a visit, my husband & I recommend the SM Inn for their stay.
The hotel has undergone many renovations since its new ownership. The rooms are pleasant, the Wine Cellar superb, the English Pub Tap Room excellent, and the gardens and fountains are beautiful. They also provide an on-site restaurant and coffee cafe. They are truly a full service hotel with a lovely staff ready to accommodate your needs. My family always enjoys staying here. The original part of the Inn puts you in a timecapsule of that era and the newer section is wonderful and my preference. Even when the family is not visiting, we enjoy meeting up with friends here for an evening. We ALWAYS have the best time here.
Has gone down hill
Visited Santa Maria Inn in '87. It was a mobil 4 -star hotel. That was then, this is now. It is not even close to a 2 star anymore!! Good price but it stops there. It's worn out and the service leaves much to be desired. Pool cloudy, hot tub green. I would rank it as comparable to a Holiday Inn on a bad day.
Wouldn't go back
Please take my review seriously, because I am in no way joking or lying about my stay at the Historic Santa Maria Inn. I stayed there for one night recently, and would not go back ever. The rooms were nice, the help was nice, and the food was good, but something else will forever prevent me from going back. From the moment I stepeed foot in the lobby of the Inn, I got this strange feeling. I couldn't put my finger on it, but it felt very cold in the Inn. That night I swore to my brother that this Inn was haunted. Aside from being extremely cold, there were no one else staying in the same hall as my family. As expected, I received all laughs and mocks from my family. That night I went to sleep at 3 am....right after my brother. I suddenly awoke to find myself in a position that I have never slept in before in my life.....arms straight out to my side, and my legs slightly spread, while laying on my back. I felt pressure on every part of my body and couldn't move despite the struggle I put up. I then felt the mattress of my bed (by my right arm) dip down as if someone were leaning on it and heard a voice that I could not make out what it said......After the initial fright I tried desparately to call for my brother but found that I couldn't talk either. After a couple of minutes I was able to move again. Frozen by the experience I just had, I was too scared to do anything and eventually fell asleep. I never felt of saw anything afterwards, but I will never go back to that Inn after the experience that I had. Please do not think that everyone there will experience what I have, because my other family members did not feel or see anything and claimed to have a great nights sleep. I just thought I would share this chilling experience with you so that you are aware of what may happen.
Great Breakfast at Santa Maria Inn!
I also stayed here the first time. This is actually a very busy hotel. The staff were Okay, not as good as the Holiday Inn's. Just needed some polishing up. The room I booked was in the old part and very "old" looking. It was nicely refurbished but I still couldn't stay in it. I went down to the reception desk and requested a room in the newer "tower". Of course the old room I booked was $89 and the Tower room was $119. I have to say that I was very happy with this room. The size was twice as large as the older one, and we had a nice large window. The bad thing it was the only one they had left and was on the smoking floor. To our surprise as soon as we closed the door, we couldn't smell the smoke! The breakfast was FANTASTIC! Very inexpensive and delicious. We sat in the victorian dining room which is so beautiful. The only flaw really was that it's really too much money ($119!?) for Santa Maria. But it is a full service hotel and that is the nice thing.
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