As the perfect home base to explore California’s Central Coast, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in Santa Maria Valley, we have some of the best hotels to fit every budget and every kind of stay. When you’re here, you’re treated like family. So, rest assured that when you do finally lay your head down after a day of exploring wine country, our buzzing foodie scene, or the many miles of expansive coastlines, that wherever you stay—you’ll always feel right at home.
Kick Your Feet Up, Santa Maria Style
When it comes to exploring California’s Central Coast, we’ve made sure that no matter what your getaway plans are, we have a style, trip and hotel in Santa Maria Valley to match it. With so much to do, see, and experience in Santa Maria Valley, we definitely encourage visitors to stay awhile—you just can’t fit all that this region has to offer into a day! Whether you’re seeking adventure, the rolling hills of wine country, or the uncrowded coastlines that hug our wide-open and inviting spaces, we’ve got the perfect place for you to stay and play, with a vibrant community ready to welcome you with open arms.
Hotels For A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Santa Maria Valley is home to one of the most historic wine countries on the Central Coast. If you’re looking to stock your wine shelf (and your fridge) while you’re in town, there are many hotels in Santa Maria Valley close to some of the area’s most exciting and award-winning wineries.
The Wine Stone Inn
The Wine Stone Inn offers visitors and locals alike premier guest rooms alongside a well-appointed wine list featuring many local and international vintners. With new restaurants, wine-tasting rooms, boutiques, and so much more popping up all over the growing city of Old Town Orcutt, the Wine Stone Inn is an ideal place to get a feel for Santa Maria Valley and all our wine country has to offer. The inn’s atmosphere is fun, friendly, and gives a right-at-home vibe with luxury amenities, local food, and all the wine refills you can handle.
Conveniently located near the Santa Maria Airport about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria is perfect for both business and leisure travelers who have their eyes on the wine (and have their furry friends in tow!). Enjoy this pet-friendly Santa Maria Valley staple’s onsite dining at the beautiful Vintner’s Bar & Grill, which has meeting spaces for conferences and social events (did we hear wedding bells? Or a “Vino Before Vows”-themes bachelorette party?). With a number of notable wineries and the Santa Maria Country Club all within arms reach, the Radisson offers home-like conveniences with elevated service, guaranteed.
With 15 beaches and 24 trails all within 30 miles, whether you’re heading to the Central Coast for the sandy surf or to cycle the hillside, you can experience it all within minutes of your hotel in Santa Maria Valley.
The Best Western Plus Big America
Plush beds, thoughtful in-room amenities, and special extras make the Best Western a perfect place to relax and unwind before (and after) your adventures throughout the valley. Each room in this Santa Maria Valley hotel comes equipped with a flat-screen TV, luxury linens, and high-speed wireless internet, creating the perfect ambiance to relax and unwind. (Did we mention it’s pet-friendly?) Hotels in Santa Maria Valley like this one give guests convenient access to a variety of different outdoor adventures and attractions like the Santa Maria Museum of Flight and the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Reserve. Pismo Beach and Oso Flaco Lake are also only about 20 minutes away from here, too!
Spacious, efficient, and comfortable. If you’re looking for hotels in Santa Maria Valley with deluxe amenities, world-class service, and a relaxing atmosphere for a memorable stay, check out the Holiday Inn & Suites in Santa Maria. Whether you’re only in town for the night, traveling with a group for a long weekend, or want to book an extended stay, the Holiday Inn & Suites makes sure that you’ll always feel at home while you’re on the road. Hike, bike, or horseback your way through Los Flores Ranch Park, a first-of-its-kind 1,778-acre open-space area just 15 minutes away from your hotel. And if you’re itching to touch the ocean, make your way to Avila Beach for picturesque views, a cool ocean breeze, and a seriously Instagram-worthy shot of the wooden Avila Pier, just 25 minutes away.
Home to more than 50 restaurants, seven AVAs, 34 tasting rooms, and a growing local brewery scene, there’s no better place to fill up on the Central Coast. Looking for hotels in Santa Maria Valley near some of the best food and drinks in the region? We’ve got some ideas:
Spacious, comfortable suites at the Candlewood Suites provide business travelers, military personnel, and extended stay-ers plush bedding and luxury accommodations that will suit any budget. It’s also pet-friendly and minutes away from restaurants like Shaw’s Famous Steakhouse–which offers everything from traditional Santa Maria Style Barbecue to filet and scampi–and The Swiss, one of Santa Maria Valley’s most popular traditional Santa Maria Style Barbecue restaurants where you can enjoy mouthwatering plates straight off their red oak barbecue pit. Don’t forget to knock outNaughty Oak Brewing Company, just 15 minutes from your suite, for cold drinks and great vibes. Simply put, Candlewood is in the heart of it all when it comes to food, flavor, and fun.
With wide open spaces to gather, relax, work, and play, the Fairfield Inn & Suites are the perfect place to settle in before exploring Santa Maria Valley’s food and drink scene (and trust us, it’ll be hard to choose what to pick first!). This vibrant hotel in Santa Maria Valley’s bustling downtown district has an indoor pool, spa, high-speed internet, flat screen TV, refrigerator, and coffee and tea makers all at an exceptional value (not to mention they also offer free breakfast). When you’re ready to head out on the town, uncover new levels of taste and hospitality at The Salty Brigade Kitchen (just 15 minutes from your hotel) — all ingredients are sourced from local farms and markets. Oh, and speaking of markets, make sure to stop by Woody’s Butcher Block before you head home for some of the finest cuts of meat so you can try your hand at preparing your own Santa Maria Style Barbecue. (Trust us, you’ll be thinking about it long after you leave.)
Local history, murals, interactive museums, theaters, galleries, and more are scattered all throughout the region, and we’re here to help you find the right hotel in Santa Maria Valley to put you right smack dab in the middle of it all. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate some culture into your trip, check out:
The Historic Santa Maria Inn
This local landmark blends the style and elegance of an English country inn with modern hospitality. It’s not only a registered historic landmark, but a celebrity retreat, featuring beautiful guest rooms, luxury suites (some with fireplaces and patios), all set against a stunning background surrounded by palm trees, soothing fountains, and sprawling vineyards. The Garden Room Restaurant at the inn serves up farm-fresh California cuisine, and guests can sample local wines at the Wine Cellar and Martini Bar while they wait. You can also savor a variety of local craft beers on tap or sip on your favorite cocktail in a cozy European atmosphere at the Olde English Tap Room (check out their small bites menu by the warm glow of an inviting fire). Make sure to explore the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail while you’re here, too, and don’t forget your pet—yes, they can come, too! The Santa Maria Inn is actually one of the few historic California hotels that welcomes pets with comfortable accommodations and over an acre of lush grounds for them to explore. Hotels in Santa Maria Valley like the Historic Santa Maria Inn are sure to envelop you in our rich history while giving you close proximity to fun things to do.
Modern guest rooms and studio suites feature homelike surroundings and a wide range of great amenities including free WiFi, a 49-inch HDTV, a coffee maker, a mini-fridge, and a microwave in every room. The Suite Shop at the inn also takes care of any late-night cravings or last-minute toiletry item needs. After you wake up to a free hot breakfast after a refreshing rest in clean, fresh and comfortable Hampton bedding, head out just down the road to start taking in the Santa Maria Valley art scene. The Hampton Inn & Suites Santa Maria is just minutes away from The Santa Maria Civic Theater, Santa Maria Town Center, and the Santa Maria Historical Museum. There’s also a number of installations (both murals and sculptures) that are scattered throughout Allan Hancock College, which is only about 3 miles away from this hotel in Santa Maria Valley.
With so much to do and see from here, get the most out of the Central Coast by making Santa Maria Valley your home base. Find lodging to fit every budget, explore different hotels in Santa Maria Valley to find your perfect place (and pillow), and don’t forget to check out additional itineraries while you plan your trip. We can’t wait to see you.