Thanksgiving week I stayed at Radisson Santa Maria Airport for one night on a $107 AAA rate for an upgraded room.
This was my qualifying stay for the RadissonBigNightGiveaway.com promotion offering 50,000 bonus points for one stay at a Radisson Hotel in U.S., Canada or Caribbean by December 30, 2011.
50,000 points posted to my Club Carlson account last week.
50,000 points are sufficient for one night at any Carlson Hotel globally. We still need to have another stay for my wife to earn her 50,000 points. My parents completed a stay over Thanksgiving week also at the Radisson Suites Buena Park near Disneyland. We both enjoyed our hotel stays.
Radisson Santa Maria Airport is truly at the airport. I didn’t hear any plane noise from our room, but the fitness center windows look directly out to small aircraft beside the hotel. The fitness room is kind of small, yet there is a sauna room.
Our hotel room was on the top 4th floor and had an outside balcony with chairs overlooking the pool area.
The room at Santa Maria was basic and comfortable. There was a chaise lounge and desk chair and two deck chairs on the outdoor balcony. The Best Available Rate (BAR) for Radisson Santa Maria Airport was $119 and I booked a AAA 10% discount rate for $107.10. There was a lower rate at $102, but for an extra $5 I received a top floor room with a Sleep Number bed and balcony. That was a good upgrade choice for this hotel.
When I hit the bed I was ready for sleep. Kelley complained the bed was too hard and the Sleep Number remote was on my side of the bed. I didn’t bother to study the control options. I just reached over and pressed buttons until Kelley said the bed felt good and then I passed out.
The hotel room seemed to be comparable to a Four Points by Sheraton or Hilton Garden Inn style room. There was a desk with coffee maker for work space.
Kelley and I arrived too late and left too early to try out the fine dining restaurant and bar at Vintner’s Grill. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the accommodations and facilities at Radisson Santa Maria Airport. I highly recommend this hotel for travelers needing a hotel midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles a couple of miles off Highway 101.
[Update Dec 8 10:11am Pacific – Note to all my readers – I am colorblind. The photo above stated the Radisson sign has a yellow streak. The fine people at Carlson Hotels pointed out to me the color is actually green. I really am colorblind. I see color, just not the same way as most people see it. So help me out please with my disability when I mislabel colors. Thanks.]
In my post yesterday on transferring hotel points between members is the statement that Club Carlson currently has the most liberal points transfer rules of any hotel loyalty program. Basically points can be transferred between any two members.
I could spell out the possibilities for you. But I won’t. I don’t want the Club Carlson transfer rules to change.