I first picked this hotel for its name: when I hear Marriott, I think of a luxury hotel, really nicely finished, newer-ish looking, etc. This was actually an older hotel, decor out of date. Walls were paper thin, I could hear next door and across the hall really easily. Everything else about my stay was wonderful, the staff was nice and the facilities were clean. Although this place didn't break my budget, I did spend more just to stay here because of the Marriott name, and I was a little underwhelmed. To be honest, I may have booked somewhere else if I expected an average old hotel that was clean. Other than expecting something else nicer, everything else about this stay was good. I would recommend staying here to other people if it was cheap and they didn't expect something fancy.
Located on the main road through town, it is right next to some good restaurants, and a short walk from the remaining shops and restaurants, and wine tasting rooms, of Solvang. Staff was friendly and helpful. Room was a good bargain and easily met expectations for a 2 star hotel.
Pocket Guide: Santa Barbara Santa Ynez Valley Hotels
The Santa Ynez Valley is flanked by the Santa Ynez and San Rafael mountains. The valley was the site for the 2004 film Sideways and is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts. Sideways fans often visit The Hitching Post restaurant, where portions of the movie were filmed. More than 70 wineries and tasting rooms wind through the valley.
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