Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc Review

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Booking & Stay Details

I booked the Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc in the week before my stay on the weekend. A rocket launch was initially scheduled for Sunday at noon. The scrub of the launch was announced on Friday but I decided to keep my reservation even though I was still within the cancellation window. I just wanted to get away from the LA area for a little bit and out to the countryside.

Prices were up for the King Room as the hotel was about to sell out and demand was high because of the upcoming rocket launch. Originally the weekend was sold out when I first checked on Monday. As I checked again the next day, rooms were available again and I booked right away through the Hilton app.

Date: Mid-October 2021

Location

The Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc is located off H Street. It is just a short drive from the main road through town, the famous Highway 1 which hugs the California Coast for most of its stretch. This places the hotel at the northern end of the city, close to the Lompoc City Airport. Downtown is not really within walking distance but there is plenty of parking everywhere in Lompoc and I never had problems finding parking. Parking is for free as well here in town. 

Check-In

I arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc around 6 p.m. after a long day of exploring. I was already a little bit familiar with the hotel as I recently participated in an event here. I walked inside with my mask on, as I am just used to it. I am not sure what the actual mask guidelines were in Santa Barbara County at the time of my visit. 

The check-in process was nothing special. Showing ID and credit card followed by signing on the digital pad for the incidentals. Unfortunately, they were out of water bottles, which I would receive as my welcome gift. They offered me to check back later that night to get my water which I actually never did.  The elevators are down the hallway to the left of the front desk.

I also asked if they had an upgrade available for me as a Hilton HHonors Diamond elite. The agent told me that they were sold out and don’t have a suite available. However, when checking there was still a hearing-accessible suite available. I would have taken it if offered. Many hotels seem to come up with this “excuse” lately to get away with not upgrading. Something similar happened to me at the Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach.

1 King Bed Room (Room 202)

As I opened the room door I was surprised how spacious the room actually is. On either side of the King bed is a shelf that acts as a nightstand. In the corner of the room is a sofa chair.

Opposite the bed is a large flatscreen TV on top of a closet. To the right of the TV is a small stand on which you can put your suitcase. Left of the TV is a work desk with an office chair.

When you walk into the room, you have a large walk-in closet to your left. It comes with wall-mounted basket drawers for your clothing as well as hangers. Inside the walk-in closet is also a wall-mounted dressing mirror.

The inside wall of the walk-in closet forms a small niche where you find a small refrigerator that is hidden in a closet. On top of it are a coffee maker, ice bucket and microwave.

Opposite the walk-in closet is the bathroom. You can separate it from the rest of the room with a large wooden sliding door. Inside is a single-sink vanity and a large wall-mounted vanity mirror with LED lighting around the edges. opposite of the vanity is the shower with a glass door.

The room has one window which is facing the parking lot behind the hotel. An AC unit is mounted directly below the window and can be controlled with the wall-mounted remote next to the bed.

Public Areas & Amenities

The lobby area has the usual “Garden Inn” layout and is very spacious. There are some chairs near the front desk to sit down and hang out. Most of the rest of the lobby is part of the on-site restaurant. 

As Lompoc is located neighboring the Vandenberg Space Force Base, many of the people working there stay at this hotel as well when there is a rocket launch scheduled. You can find a 6-foot tall model of a ULA Atlas V rocket next to the front desk.

Next to the rocket model, you find the hallway leading to the outdoor pool and whirlpool. Next to the pool are a bunch of chairs, tables and pool loungers. The pool is open daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. 

There is a printer located off to the side from the front desk, towards the elevators. This seems to be the on-site “business center” where you can at least print.

If you are looking for the guest laundry, It’s next to the back entrance door near the elevators. You need your room key to enter. To use the washers and dryers you can either use coins or the Wash Connect app and save your quarters. The laundry facility is open 24 hours a day.

The fitness center is down the long hallway next to the elevators. You need your room key to enter. It’s a well-equipped fitness center but nothing special. It has a view of the pool area if the sun shades are up. It is open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily.

Dining

Breakfast

The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, but only during the week at the moment. On weekends (Saturday/Sunday) you only get a to-go back for breakfast. The to-go back has a pretty good selection actually for a breakfast bag at a hotel. This was rather sad as I was so excited for a good hot breakfast. The worst part is, that you have to pay for the to-go bag if you don’t have pre-paid breakfast which comes with your room rate. I guess, it will probably cost $15 which is the amount you get now as a Gold and Diamond member rather than a free breakfast. As I was only staying for one night during the weekend, I can’t give any details on the actual breakfast offerings during the week. There is some limited outdoor seating available at the restaurant.

During the weekends, breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. while on the weekend breakfast runs from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Valle Eatery & Bar

The Valle Eatery & Bar is the on-site restaurant. I had dinner after checking in and settling into my room. The service was good but not great, but this could just have been because it was a very busy evening. I also had some food when I attended the event a few weeks before. Overall, the food was very good. Great taste and presentation. You can use your food and beverage credit as a Gold and Diamond elite at the restaurant as well. You have to use it daily as it otherwise expires but you can maybe talk to the hotel and they will roll over some of the credit to the next day. This is not guaranteed but it never hurts to ask, as it worked for me at another Hilton hotel.

24h Market

Next to the front desk is a small market where you can buy some essentials for your stay. They have a good selection of beverages, beer, wine and snacks available for purchase. Some hygiene articles and some over-the-counter medications.

Nearby Dining

There are a few dining locations within walking distance of the hotel. A pizzeria and Mexican restaurant are across the street from the hotel and a Wendy’s is not too far from the hotel either. Other than that, you have plenty of other dining options in town. Lompoc is also well known for its wines and you might want to go wine tasting while in town. If you are looking for a great steakhouse, visit Shaw’s Restaurant/Steakhouse in Santa Maria. It’s about a 30-minute drive away.

Conclusion

Overall it was a great stay. Most of the time I spent at the Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc was sleeping. Other than that, I only had dinner and left right away again after an early breakfast. I was a little shocked that there was no actual breakfast service on weekends. Which is not even noted on the little flyer you get. It only shows the weekend breakfast hours. These hours are the time frame in which you can pick up the to-go back at the front desk.

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