Overall we enjoyed our stay here. It was clean and affordable- nothing fancy but had everything we needed.
Thursday and Friday were really quiet but there was a lot of noise on Saturday morning- loud and crying kids, lots of thumping upstairs (we were next to a stairwell), and we must've been next to the laundry room cuz a couple times it sounded like a washing machine was out of balance and shaking violently and loudly... So a bit noisy that morning, but that's to be expected in a budget hotel on a weekend I guess. But I recommend coming during the week when it's quiet. There were still footsteps upstairs on the quiet nights but it wasn't too bad. There was only one other car on our side of the building those nights, and I have a feeling that side was king beds. The other side looked pretty full (when I was young and my family came here, we were always on the other side and it was always queen beds)
Jacuzzi was perfect temperature- not too hot but hot enough.
We were in room 152 (King bed which I thought was pretty comfy), our sliding door opened right up to the jacuzzi. We didn't have an issue with noise from the jacuzzi but if there had been teenagers or kids or drunks in the jacuzzi it might've gotten too loud.
Our room was close to the lobby so our wifi was working but it was too slow for streaming video. We brought an Ethernet cord for the wired internet but it kept saying "it has a self assigned IP address so you won't be able to connect to the internet"- not sure why that didn't work. Oh well.
The tv has lots of channels but the reception was really bad. Most were too fuzzy to watch enjoyably. That's really my only complaint that I wish was better. The tv is a flat screen and not very big but not too tiny either. Maybe 36"???
The shower has a liquid dispenser for blue liquid soap but no shampoo. We brought our own shampoo and soap but they also have soap bars by the sink. There is no electric vent in the bathroom but there is a window high up that you can open to ventilate the bathroom if you need to.
My husband did the "checking in" and "checking out" so I can't comment on the friendliness of staff at the desk, but the maid was the friendliest maid I've ever seen at a hotel. She was very helpful and cheerful. I did go to the lobby at 4:30 one morning to check out some brochures because I couldn't get back to sleep (I had gone to bed really early the night before), and the man there wasn't the friendliest. Not rude but kinda stand-offish. Seemed too busy and I felt like I was bothering him. It's possible he was closing up though- I assumed they were open 24 hrs but it looks like they might have an hour break in there... That would explain it
There's a fridge and microwave in the room but the microwave is VERY old with a manual dial- It was hard to tell where the dial was supposed to be (like maybe it had come off and someone put it back on with the pointer in the wrong place) so trying to microwave my popcorn took awhile to get it popped and then it was burnt. I probably could figure it out if I had played with it more but didn't care enough to. There's a hair dryer also but I didn't try it out. We were able to adjust the temperature in the fridge enough to keep our ice cream hard enough too.
I felt like none of these issues were a huge deal, except the tv reception, and we would come back again, definitely during the week and not on the weekend when it's noisy (unless I plan on getting up around 7 anyway- I'm pregnant and my husband was sick so we wanted a little more sleep). This is probably the best hotel you'll get in this price range in the area for sure though. Only a few minutes drive to solvang too, and not as crowded as solvang either!
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- Also Known As:
- Pea Soup Andersen`s Hotel Buellton
- Best Western Hotel Buellton
- Best Western Buellton
- Buellton Best Western
- Pea Soup Andersen's Inn Buellton, California