Santa Barbara Inn

Santa Barbara Inn

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4.5
#5 of 58 hotels in Santa Barbara
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Restaurant
Beach
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

901 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 62 out of 100
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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
15.5 km
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles687 reviews
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The Santa Barbara Inn garners acclaim for its spacious rooms boasting ocean views and heated floors, yet a handful admit the decor feels outdated. While some guests find value in the breakfast credit and praise the hotel's refined ambiance, others balk at the mandatory valet fees. The impeccable service and cleanliness receive consistent applause, as does the prime location near State Street. Amenities like the celebrated Convivo restaurant add to the hotel's charm, despite mixed feelings on its overall value.
Location
Convenient
Atmosphere
Welcoming
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Spotless
Service
Attentive
Amenities
Top-notch

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Theresa N wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed this past weekend with my husband and my mother. We had one king ocean view and a regular king room, both very well appointed.

We were genuinely impressed by this hotel, and especially how they handled COVID. Masks were worn by guests and staff, and never once did we feel unsafe.

The rooms were absolutely spotless, with great decor and amazing views (and large balconies); both breakfast and dinner were fantastic - one of the best hotel breakfasts we've ever had in the states. The room service was excellent as well!

The hotel in general has obviously been recently updated / renovated and they did a wonderful job capturing the classic SB look with some flare.

It happened to be very hot when we were in SB, so we stayed mostly at the pool and in the ocean. Pool was lovely - not too crowded and not too loud either!

Can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Libbycali wrote a review Jul 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and I had planned to tour UCSB and Cal Poly and that, of course, was cancelled due to Covid. After a few months, I decided I’d just look and see what travelers were saying about visiting Santa Barbara and what I heard was mostly good. People are wearing masks, no indoors activities, mostly social distancing on the beaches. So I started looking at hotels and found that the SB Inn has been highly rated for sanitation practices. I have to say that is absolutely true! Upon entering the hotel and the room, it was obvious that everything was CLEAN. Nonetheless, we were very cautious and brought disinfectant wipes and wiped down everything- doorknobs, tables, switches, the entire bathroom, etc. all of it. Not a single spot showed up on any of the wipes! The beds nice and comfortable, the staff is extremely courteous behind their masks, the food (outside, patio and lawn) at the adjacent restaurant was excellent. Tiny thing—the walls are a bit thin, but it was very quiet at night. I wish I had asked to be moved to the top floor (but my daughter would have been mortified). The beach across the street is lovely. It’s a bit of a (beautiful) walk or short drive to State st and the pier where there’s tons of restaurants open for outdoor dining only. But, it was a bit much for me. Too many people, even outside. Your mileage may vary. We only picked places next to the water and upwind from people or we got take out and ate outside. All in all,with the constant gentle sea breezes, the cleanliness of the Inn and all of the SB marina areas, this was the perfect place to get a break.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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ojerio wrote a review Oct 2020
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose Santa Barbara as the destination for our first getaway since March. The Santa Barbara Inn was an excellent choice, we felt very well looked after and very safe. An ocean view room is definitely worth the small extra expense, we really enjoyed the lovely large balcony. Of course, some of the high touch items were removed from the room, the coffee maker of particular importance to me, but coffee was available in the lobby quite early and was actually delicious. Breakfast in the restaurant downstairs was also very good and staff obviously diligent about cleaning.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Maurice A wrote a review Sep 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Simply loved the hotel and the service. Frankly chose the Santa Barbara Inn due to comments related to the cleanliness factor given these crazy times. Of course the location of the hotel cannot be beat, and the room was impeccably serviced. Even the balcony was swept and cleaned daily. 100% of the staff wore masks all the time, and even when parking the car, the attendant put your keys in a sanitized plastic bag. The restaurant served great meals in the outdoor space and enjoyed breakfast overlooking the beach on a couple of occasions. Will be staying at the Santa Barbara Inn when back in the area. Loved it!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Best rooms are on upper floors for better views of the beach.
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hankypanky505 wrote a review Apr 2022
Albuquerque, New Mexico
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a splurge for us as it was our anniversary. I'm only giving this hotel four stars because of a few things that could be easily fixed. But it's a beatiful hotel with a fantastic restaurant and it is in a superb location. A couple of things that make it not a five star: They should have refillable bath wash/shampoo/conditioner/hand soaps in the bathrooms, better for the environment and less chance of running out of it, which we did. In-room coffee and tea. There is none. This is just their way of making you go downstairs to either A, use their restaurant; B, use room service, or C; walk down to the lobby to get it yourself. This is an easy fix and probably the most annoying of them all. But I get it from a business perspective.
If you have a room overlooking the park/ocean on the 2nd floor, keep in mind there is a concrete barrier and you cannot see the ocean if you are on the patio sitting at the table. A hightop table would be an easy fix and your guests would want to hang out there and order food from room service, etc. But for $450 a night, this is not a five star setup. Location is fantastic, one block from beach, but the park/ocean rooms face Milpas Street and it's a cut-through for lots of vehicles so there's tons of traffic noise. It's still a great view, but just keep that in mind when you're booking. Cabrillo is also a busy street, which runs along the beachfront and hotel front, with lots of activity, but it can get loud at times. The hotel sits across the street from the beach, which is super convenient. Overall, this is a really nice hotel, fantastic restaurant, fantastic staff, excellent location and easy 20 minute walking to the Funk Zone of SB.
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Date of stay: April 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Rach_Mary wrote a review Mar 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We came here from the UK in January. The hotel is in a great location with amazing views of both ocean and mountains, and a not overly expensive price. We had a mountain view room, which was spacious and comfy. The free continental breakfast everyday is delicious and high quality. Proper orange juice, yummy bread for toast, bagels, cream cheese, pastries and cereal. Even in January we sat outside to eat some days and used the pool, which was lovely and clean. We walked along the beautiful beach front path for about 1 mile to reach Stearns Wharf pier. While on the pier we saw pilot whales - amazing! We then walked about another mile into the city centre to shops and restaurants. I’ve given the hotel 4/5 because parking was over $20 a night, and while we were there building works during the day meant it felt a bit chaotic. I’d definitely return here one day though! Great choice in Santa Barbara.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ernie B wrote a review Apr 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A hotel that sets the Bar a bit higher and other hotels need to follow suite. Listening and paying attention to detail to each INDIVIDUAL GUEST is what separates them from the rest. From the moment of driving in, the valet was nice, engaging and exceptionally helpful throughout me and my family’s stay. Front desk was just as professional, friendly and thorough with billing, charges, amenities and offerings also any questions I have in mind. Celebrating my wife’s birthday was acknowledged by the front desk and a complimentary bottle of wine that was placed on the nice dining table with a birthday card, wifey all smiles. The room with beach front / ocean view patio was just delightful! The room was certified clean and disinfected with a sticker of approval. Safe, happy, family fun and recharged. I highly recommend this hotel just because I expect their presentation and professionalism exceed my expectations and they did, they pay attention to details large or small. Great Job Santa Barbara Inn! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ➕👍🏾😊

Ernie B.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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criancadodeus wrote a review Feb 2022
Washington State
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Been here several times now and have always enjoyed this hotel. The location is great since it is an easy walk to downtown, but not in the middle of it. Recently several restaurants have opened up around the hotel, but the hotel's restaurant Convivo is a favorite. Valet parking is easy and catching UBER is also quick if you don't want to drive. The room we had had a fabulous view of the ocean where we could watch migrating porpoises right out our window and balcony. If you are celebrating a special occasion they provide you with several treats, a bottle of wine, and a nice card. Really like the texting service asking if everything was ok and it is an easy to ask for any special requests. Housekeeping was daily and you could specify a time so that you knew when your room was being cleaned. A wonderful stay and we plan to be back.
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Date of stay: January 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Gerald P wrote a review May 2021
Falls Church, Virginia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I had a fabulous stay at the Santa Barbara Inn in Santa Barbara, California. The architecture and decor of the lobby and throughout the hotel was beautiful and majestic and reflected the Spanish and First Nation history of Santa Barbara. Our room was impeccably appointed and the king-sized bed, bathroom and TV were first rate. We used the modern fitness center that looked out onto trees and tropical plants and seemed like a replica of our excellent gym back home. Our meal was exquisite, especially the grilled shrimp appetizer, the beef tartare appetizer, and the large beet salad. My wife and I ordered a whole chicken as a main course, thinking we’d split it, but took 1/2 back to LA the next day. The Inn is right across from the ocean with the coast lined with palm trees that made for a spectacular walk at sunset. Finally, street parking was easy to find allowing us to save the $24 valet fee - and the car jockeys encouraged us to take advantage of this saving! Maria, the hotel manager was friendly and accommodating, as was Alanna at the front desk. We recommend the Santa Barbara Inn to all!!!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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famtrav_ca wrote a review Feb 2020
Costa Mesa, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You're probably going to Santa Barbara for the beauty, ambiance and relaxation it offers, and your stay at the Santa Barbara Inn will insure you realize all this beautiful destination has to offer....

With a great location (across from the beach, with walking/running/biking paths paths) and proximity to downtown shopping and restaurants (including a free hotel provided shuttle).

The Inn facilities offer large beautiful well appointed rooms, heated pool and spa, fitness center, terrific restaurant serving complimentary continental breakfast, lunch and dinner and friendly bar - there's a good chance you never leave hotel...

Have fun!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Free parking available on surrounding streets
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Therese K asked a question May 2021
2 contributions
Are pets allowed
SO sorry. No pet policy.
DPTerrell asked a question Aug 2020
Lakewood Ranch, Florida45 contributions10 helpful votes
What is the cancellation policy?
Answer from Coe
3 contributions2 helpful votes
I believe it was a 72 hour cancellation policy a month ago.
Answer from Robin S
Atlanta, Georgia
I saw a few homeless people further down the beach but none near the Santa Barbara Inn. The area around the hotel was very clean and safe. The valet crew is very close to the street.
KerryRandal asked a question Apr 2019
Los Angeles, California67 contributions12 helpful votes
Do you have a hairdryer in the room?
Answer from Caroline W
Washington DC, District of Columbia18 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes
Sean M wrote a tip Jun 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The hotel parking (valet) is $27 a day."
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Laura S. K wrote a tip Jun 2024
3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is street parking if you don't want to pay for valet!"
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Glenn M wrote a tip May 2024
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mandatory valet parking $27"
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1rmcbrl wrote a tip Mar 2024
San Bernardino, California568 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Park on Milpas for free if you can find space."
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Jacqueline G wrote a tip Mar 2024
Cambridge, United Kingdom30 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be nice because they’re all amazing over there."
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PRICE RANGE
₱22,618 - ₱33,080 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSanta Barbara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
70
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Barbara Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Santa Barbara Inn?
Nearby attractions include Santa Barbara Rustys lighthouse (0.2 km), The Cabrillo Ball Park (0.1 km), and East Beach Batting Cages (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Santa Barbara Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Santa Barbara Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Santa Barbara Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Santa Barbara Inn?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Santa Barbara Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include East Beach Tacos, Convivo Restaurant and Bar, and Habit.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Santa Barbara Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Santa Barbara Inn offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Santa Barbara Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Santa Barbara Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (2.8 km), Old Mission Santa Barbara (4.5 km), and Casa del Herrero (3.8 km).
Does Santa Barbara Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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