Hotel Mar Monte Santa Barbara
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Mar Monte Santa Barbara
Not bad....from A TripAdvisor Member
Close to East Beachfrom A TripAdvisor Member
SAVE your $252. Keep driving, ... do keep driving and do not stop!from A TripAdvisor Member
I was, though, fortunate enough to see the next day, the dredging barge, out in the large, and undefined bay, that is, after we leaned out over the balcony railing, so that we could see our way clear of the dead palm frons hanging from the tree. Of course, that was in the morning and after we had dressed, only to find that the railing had not been washed recently, and the remains of some sticky, syrupy beverage was now clinging to our clothes and arms. Not to mind though, we could just take another shower, and redress. ... Oh, yes, lovely shower, as we found out at 11:30pm the night before.
You see, we checked in late with our pre-paid reservations at about 10:30pm, and after waiting for thirty minutes for a car to vacate the hotel parking lot so that we might have a place to park our car, we toted our bags up to the third floor with-out the help of the non-existing bellboy in the same way we managed to park the car, ... without the help of the non-existing valet. Exhausted from our trip, my wife began to busy herself with the removal of her make-up, while I proceeded to un-pack, and make myself ready for a hot shower. The shower was indeed hot enough, and plenty of pressure, almost relaxing. Yes, it would have truly been relaxing had the water not started backing up from the drain! I let out a curse, my wife a long sigh, and we ended the night propping each other up at the bathroom sink so that we could wash and rinse our feet clean.
In the morning after, the sticky encounter with the balcony, I proceeded to march down to the front desk to vent my displeasure. I was greeted with a "Why didn't you call maintenance last night, they would have come over and unclogged your drain for you?"
I was stopped short. I immediately envisioned the scenario of the night before, of my wife and I having to get redressed, her scrambling to pack up her make-up box, and our waiting at the bed to the sound of the roter-routing machine, and plunger doing its work.
I calmly replied, "My drain? I am sorry, but this is your drain. Perhaps you should try washing the tub." "Oh but we do", said the young lady.
I again calmly replied, "Then perhaps when you wash the tub, and the water does not go down the drain, but rather backs-up, then you should call the maintenance people, and in this way you could say that you have stars attached to your hotel instead of a crescent shaped moon carved into the door." (I didn't even bother commenting on the other problems.)
She then steered me to the comment cards at the end of the front desk. I asked for an envelope, and she replied that I didn't need one, and that she would take the comment card. I again stated my desire for an envelope, and she said, with a short voice, "Then I will have to go get one." And I replied, ..."Good."
As we drove out of the driveway, we noticed a Motel 6 down at the end of the street, ... Had we but known.
Surprisingly great!from CamileV
Relax and enjoy the oceanfrom dankay
Choose another hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Will never stay there again!from CCRR
Terriblefrom A TripAdvisor Member
This property is horrible!from SOBEMiamiBeach
terrible servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
And when they finally agreed to move some of us (although a couple rooms were still in a separate building), they told us we could move our stuff at our convenience, yet after dinner, my parents found their room locked, and after inquiring, discovered that their stuff had been packed up and moved for them! Worse, some of their things were missing, and after they called to ask, it turned out that they were at the front desk! That's totally unacceptable.
We moved our own stuff during dinner, so didn't run into that problem. However, our first room was a non-smoking room that reeked of smoke, and in our second room we found an old paper cup of soda in the refrigerator!
And the restaurant they have there (next to the pool) was ridiculously bad. They took an hour to take our orders, the food came very late and at different times and was badly prepared. My wife and a cousin's pasta had huge chunks that were stuck together and hard. And some of the children's sandwiches had moldy bread! At least they gave us free cheesecake to try and make up for it, but I don't think that was hardly enough (and my slice wasn't fully thawed).
Ridiculous. And that's just the stuff I heard about. I'm sure there were other complaints.
Top Local Tips for Santa Barbara
Reaching State Street If you want to go to State Street from the hotel, use shuttle. You'll get less of a headache by the end of the day!
Sunset Kidd Sunset Tour I highly recommend going on a sunset tour on the Sunset Kidd. Board the sailing yacht at the Harbor. Captain Dennis Longaberger and his crew were exceptionally accomadating to us. The cost of the trip is reasonable but the views of the sunset and memories were priceless. Check them out at www.sunsetkidd.com.
Tar on the beach; bring good shoes I was really disappointed that there was so much tar on the beach. It was like a disasterous oil spill! I could not get the tar off for days. Bring good shoes. Also, get to the nightlife early - everything closes around 9.
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- Address: 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard - Santa Barbara - California - 93103 - United States
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