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Psst: We Found the Coolest Renovated Roadside Hotel in Los Alamos for Your Next Group Trip
Erica Nichols
byErica Nichols

You’ll know by now that California’s Los Alamos, tucked in the hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, is the latest small town to attract groups and couples for a much-needed weekend getaway. Thanks to Skyview, an iconic roadside motel turned trendy boutique hotel, you and your crew can make yourselves right at home on your wine country retreat. With 33 modern-rustic chic rooms, an on-site, full-service restaurant and unbeatable views, Skyview stands as your perfect—yeah, we said it—home base for relaxing, exploring and unwinding in Los Alamos.

Photography courtesy of Skyview Los Alamos

The Stay

As if the giant neon motel sign from the original business wasn’t enough, Skyview captures the fine balance of old-school charm with modern amenities. Take your pick from a number of room options including classic and cozy, and deluxe and superior—which both come with outdoor patios, in-room fireplaces and dreamy views (especially after a long season of rain). Each room is artistically designed with pops of color from globally-selected pieces, modern wood furnishings and a thoughtful selection of local bath and beauty products to make your stay completely luxurious.

The Dining

While impressive eats are around the corner in town, one of Los Alamos’ best dining options is just a few steps from your room. Norman serves elevated California food with a touch of comfort in a mid-century modern-inspired space.

For happy hour, we suggest taking your dining outdoors to soak up the sunshine on their patio and enjoy light bites like cheese plates and scallop tostadas, and sip on their tasty cocktails. Complete with a tree sprouting through the floor and a view that overlooks the vine-dotted hillside, the outdoor patio is the kind of place to sit back and stay awhile.

If you’re looking for a more intimate evening with your loved one, make a reservation indoors for dinner. With a piano in the corner and cozy booths lining the walls, the scene is set for a romantic evening together. Start with delicious offerings like Morro Bay oysters and brussel sprouts with creamy goat cheese, then move on to filling mains including Baja scallops and a chimichurri skirt steak. All this with a bottle (or two) of regional wine? Signed, sealed and delivered.

The Amenities

No matter if you’re looking for a restful retreat with your boo or a fun getaway with your girl gang, Skyview rolls out the red carpet with ideal amenities for all of your needs.

Hoping to laze peacefully on your patio? Refuel with their fully-stocked snack bar or order room service from Norman or from a number of eateries in town, delivered right to your door. You and your S.O. will also love going for a swim in their heated pool and lounging on the striped chairs with a cocktail in hand. Perfect for groups, Skyview has fire pits to gather around in the main space, as well as Linus bikes available to rent for free for a breezy ride into town. Traveling with your four-legged pal? The hotel is even dog-friendly! Skyview has all your bases covered (and then some!) in a global getaway fit for every type of vacationer.

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