Historic Santa Maria Inn

One-Night Stay at Santa Maria Inn in Santa Maria, CA

English Country Inn in Central Coast Wine Country

When movie stars such as Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe needed a break from Los Angeles, oftentimes they’d stay at the historical Santa Maria Inn. Just like the Hollywood royalty of cinema’s golden age, guests today can lounge amid palm trees and fountains in the rose garden or bask in the old-school elegance of the interior, which features historical photos and period furnishings. Offerings such as a heated pool and spa reinforce the feeling of luxury and relaxation.

Originally built in 1917, the inn sits in the heart of the Central Coast wine country. You can sample local reds and whites at the onsite Wine Cellar & Martini Bar. The Olde English Tap Room, meanwhile, is decorated in rich wood and leather and serves imported beers on tap. For a full meal, head to the Garden Room Restaurant, which was voted Most Romantic Restaurant in the valley by the Santa Maria Sun for its casual California dining.

Santa Maria, California: Central Coast Wine Country and Hearst Castle

Situated about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Santa Maria lies in an enormous valley carpeted with rows of grapevines and olive trees. The Central Coast wine country is actually the oldest of California’s grape-growing regions, predating the better-known winemaking operations of Napa and Sonoma. Fifty-eight wineries are scattered among the Central Coast’s rolling hillsides. Some of the best are located just down the street from the inn.

Another local flavor is Santa Maria–style barbecue, a tradition stretching back more than 150 years. Prepared at a number of restaurants in town, the recipe involves a sirloin in a special dry rub cooked over indigenous red oak and served with pinquito beans.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

One-night stay for up to four in a Historic or Executive room

  • Option 1: $78 to check in Sunday–Thursday (up to a $129 value)
  • Option 2: $87 to check in Friday–Saturday (up to a $129 value)

Book by: 3/15/13
Travel by: 3/31/13

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Restaurant
  • Pub and wine bar
  • Starbucks
  • Heated pool and spa
  • Fitness facility
  • Onsite massage therapy

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 3/15/13 or promotional value expires. Must complete travel by 3/31/13
  • Not valid 1/25-1/26, 2/16, or 3/8-3/9
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 24-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • 10% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Flat-screen TV with cable and in-room movies

Historic Room

  • One king bed, one queen bed, or two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2 in king and queen rooms; 4 in double rooms
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in king and queen rooms; 4 in double rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Patio overlooking gardens in some rooms

Executive Room

  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2 in king rooms; 4 in queen rooms
  • Maximum occupancy: 2 in king rooms; 4 in queen rooms
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • 400 square feet of living space
  • Bay windows

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $10 per stay
  • Smoking policy: smoking rooms may be available upon request.
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $50 per stay.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available for an additional cost during booking or check-in.

Getting There

  • By plane: about 30 miles from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP); about 64 miles from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
  • By cab: about $70 from SBP
  • By car: about 64 miles northwest of Santa Barbara; about 157 miles northwest of Los Angeles
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