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The Skyview Motel
Ranked #2 of 2 Los Alamos B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 December 2012

We have been staying at this place 1-2x per year for the last five years. It is a very affordable motel, with a throwback feel, and the price is definitely right......what is not to like about that!! We had a nice vist with Scott and commented on some recent face lifts that had been done around the place and he seemed very appreciative with the compliment and said the place was under new management. It's a good place to stay and pet friendly, yeah. The Good: location for wine tasting, price, clean rooms, quiet, the bed sheets smell great, shower water pressure, complimentary continental breakfast, pet friendly!! The not so Good: As previously stated it is a little worn, furnature is adequate but it's inexpensive (but set your expectation to the price). I guess the bottom line is the place is adequately priced and if you set your expectations to that you will be pleased with a stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

The clerk at the desk, I believe she said her name was Valerie.The first impression was slurred speech, unkept, and unprofessional. Door was impossible to close, and carpets dirty. The rooms smelled musty, and the water was yellow. Only 1 star for the scenery.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Gamay T
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

The Good - The maintenance of the exterior was very good. It is a ranch-theme and I thought they executed that very well. It is located on a hill so you get some good views. You could walk to Bell St., but it is a little scary at night because it is so dark. The room had very good A/C & mini-fridge and was also decorated in ranch-theme.

The Bad - The pillows were lumpy. The water took a long time to get lukewarm. And the shower had more broken tiles and worn stains than I was comfortable with.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank LongBeachJack
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Spent 3 nights here using the hotel as a base for daily long distance bicycle rides in the surrounding mountains and valleys. Checking in the staff was very nice and efficient as were all of the staff I had contact with. I tend to be a person who looks for detail and the following is just my observations. Upon getting to my room I found that the door lock was very hard to operate and the door was stuck in the door frame requiring a lot of body force to open. Then I couldn't get the key out of the lock. The door was next to impossible to close from the outside. Upon entering I noticed that the windows were all open yet there was a strong musty smell. I figured it was just from the age of the place and since I had stayed in worse places it would be OK (more on this later). I went to open the front curtains and saw there were no rods attached to open the curtain with and one had to grab the curtains to open them. It appeared that this condition was long standing problem as the curtain was heavily soiled in this area and the vertical finished edge was almost completely torn off leaving a fraying edge. I saw this in several of the other rooms the group was staying in as well as blinds that had pieces broken out or did not work at all. I went to use the glass in the room and upon looking at the glass it was very dirty with lip marks on the rim and stains inside. The other glass had a dried dark substance in the bottom of it. The light next to the clothing rack had a bare bulb in it and the switch in the bathroom was upside down. The rest of the room looked clean and was stocked with motel soaps and towels but no hair drier, no extra blankets or pillows. Not prefect but but acceptable for the price of the room. After finishing the ride the next afternoon and returning to the room, it had been made up but the dirty glasses remained. Returning from dinner I walked across the carpet in socks and found that my socks had gotten soaked from the walk. Looking around I found a 3 foot circle in front of the bathroom door where the carpet was soaked with standing water. As it was late the hotel office was closed and I found no information in the room of who to contact if there was a problem. By morning the wet spot had increased to 6+ feet. Upon reporting the problem in the morning the staff quickly checked the problem and said it appeared that a pipe was broken under the cement floor and said it was from the age of the building. They reassigned me a new room but made no offer of any compensation for having to stay in a flooded room. The new room was clean including the glasses. The carpet in the new room was frayed and torn at the entry to the bath which could cause a trip hazard and the toilet seat was broken.

The place looks like they have been trying to fix it up but it looks like a very slow process, with more as needed maintenance being done than fixing up/remodel. The pool is unheated but after getting numb to the cold (low 60s) water, I was able to get a good swim in. They serve a continental breakfast on weekends which had the standard assortment of bread products, cereal juice and coffee.

It needs a lot more attention to detail. I can understand the pipe breaking as there is no way to know a pipe is about to break under the cement, but the musty smell might have been a tip off. The other detail problems should have been noticed by housekeeping and either were not reported or not fixed. Management should be doing daily inspections of the rooms from a guests point of view.

Room Tip: Rooms on the north side are quieter from freeway noise.
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank mans265
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

I have stayed at the Skyview for a week every Spring for five of the last seven years. My most recent travel there was in April 2012.

The Skyview is a classic 1950's motor court hotel with two long rows of rooms separated by a common parking area in the middle to the two buildings. The room are reasonably sized and comfortable. I think they all have small showers (I haven't had a tub in any of my stays). The rooms are furnishd with basic furniture which has been painted to make it more quaint. Most rooms (probably all) include a 19" picture tube tv (out of date) and a mini-fridge.

This isn't the Four Seasons or Rtiz but what did you expect for $65 a night? If you want 600 thread count linens, a big flat screen, and a Tempur-Pedic mattress stay elsewhere. If you want a clean room, plenty of hot water, and a decent bed than stay here.

Why come to a town with only 515 people? There are tons of wineries within a 20 mile radius of the Skyview plus Bell Street Market and Full of Life Flat Bread are witin a mile and Side Street Cafe among other restuarants is nearby in Los Olivos.

The reason I come is that the roads in every direction from te SkyView offer some of the best cycling anywhere. Foxen Canyon Road. Tepusquet. Figueroa. Jalama Beach. From the hotel take Alisos , Drum, or Cat Canyon Roads and you will be on your way to absolutely stunning cycling. I've come with a group for a week of cycling every Spring and have nothing but good things to say about the Skyview.

The new manager (I think his third year) is tremedous and really tries to accomodate the guests needs and make for a comfotable stay. There is a swimming pool which after the winter could have used a thorough cleaning but I bet is tremendous in the summer. There is also a clubhouse where breakfast is served on the weekends nd there is a pool table and comfortable couches and a big screen TV to relax with friends.

If you are looking for a great value give it a try and bring your road bike and an appetite for great food and world class wines. You will be happy you did.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 December 2011

Not only did I feel very welcomed when I arrived by a very courteous staff, but I also found the room to be very comfortable, spacious and clean. The area is quiet, yet close to the highway. The Western themed room I stayed in was very authentic and matched the surrounding landscape. The internet is fast and the beds are comfortable. They are very military friendly and I would recommend this hotel to anyone passing through the area. I will be planning my future travels through the area around staying in this motel.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Sean B
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

situated high on a grassy knoll above the quaint little town of Los Alamos, this place is a kick. A kick right into the old west! rustic and charming, the staff is pleasant and unobtrusive. I couldn't hep but imagine that this is where the local winemakers meet their lovers. Plus, being on a hill, you can see anyone who is coming! Good price too.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Skyview Motel

Address: 9150 Highway 101, Los Alamos, CA 93440
Region: United States > California > Los Alamos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Los Alamos
Number of rooms: 32
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The Skyview Hotel Los Alamos

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