Hotel Santa Barbara

, Santa Barbara, United States
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Hotel Santa Barbara

3 star

Rooms: 75

533 State St - Santa Barbara - California - 93101 - United States Hotel Website | 805 957 9300
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Lovely hotel .... a little gem!

from dmg923
This hotel is very good as this area is quite pricey. We got a double room for $129 with complimentary breakfast. Great location, downtown and on main street with lots of shops, reastaurants and bars. Short walk to seafront. Room is small but modern and new. Nice toiletries. We stayed here one night on the way up to San Francisco and it was a great stopping point. Wireless internet available free in the lobby area, which is large and relaxing with lots of sofas and tables. They also have laptops which are free to borrow if you don't have your own. Highly recommended.

Not worth the money

from cardreaderme
This place isn't worth the money. The rooms are way too small, and the first room they put me in was too noisy. I had to be moved to another room, which was even smaller than the first small room they put me in. The front desk staff are young, which is OK, but in some cases they didn't know what they were doing--the evening shift told me something different than the day shift, etc. The one desk clerk had very little Internet savvy when I asked her for some help. You can't get a good Internet connection, even in the lobby, which is supposed to be wi-fi. Friday night, there was a lot of noise out on State Street--just from the bars, I assume, but the hotel is on the corner of State, so there's not much that can be done, even with the airport glass that some of the rooms are supposed to have. The rooms are clean, which is good, but the bathroom is small, and the tub is smaller and dinkier than the one I have at home. I've stayed in much nicer hotels for less money than this, and will not stay here again. The breakfast buffet is nice, though.


from marshall
If you're travelling on the great scenic road, Highway 1 between San Francisco and LA you really should spend a night or two in Santa Barbara and especially the Hotel Santa Barbara. Good value for money, superb location in the heart of the town. A fine, unassuming hotel with a touch of elegance. Perfect for Brits abroad.

Great hotel if you need JUST a place to crash.

from Michelle92010
I stayed at the hotel the week of Halloween which is infamous in Santa Barbara.
Overall the hotel served its purpose as a place to crash after a drunken night of partying.
Excellent service from the staff. Hotel rooms were very clean, but alot smaller than anticipated...(i felt like i was back in Europe). Beds were uncomfortable, and seemed smaller than your typical queen. This hotel is all about location though, and its right on State Street with all the wonderful boutique's, restaurants, and bars. Only a 5-10 minute walk from the pacific ocean.
All in all i would stay here again next year for Halloween, but wouldnt go here for a vacation.
The staff were extremely professional and efficient. I had lost a button and needed a sewing kit and it was brought up to my room in less than 5 minutes.

This is a great little hotel if you just need to crash.

This place could have been so great....

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here on 10/14-10/16 on a road trip down Pacific Coast Highway from San Fran to LA. First off, let me recommend that everyone take this trip at some point in their life. My wife and I had SUCH a great time. As far as the HSB is concerned, let's see - perfect location, stylish decor, soft bed, free wireless internet laptop service in the lobby, hearty continental breakfast. What could be wrong with this place? How about the fact that it is the nosiest hotel I've ever stayed in. We were even in a secluded corner and I could hear everything going on in that hotel. The first night wasn't so bad. I did notice, upon check in, that our room was located right next to a maid's service closet and that I could hear their entire conversation from inside my room with the door closed. The second night was a nightmare. I turned in around 9:30. The hotel is right on State
Street and there are lots of bars and restaurants all along it. It is really quite a scene, and looked like a lot of fun. The outside noise wasn't really the problem, though. I drifted off until around 10 PM when I was awoken by the sound of eight pound bowling balls being dropped on the floor above. Muffled thumps continuous through the night at intermittent intervals. The kind where you lie awake on edge and try to drift off to sleep, only to hear a thump or a bang that startles you from your sleep and begins the cycle anew. This literally went on from 10-4AM. The problem is, I could never identify where it was coming from. The hotel is OLD, and the sound travels throughout the hotel. I went out in the hallway twice, ready to grab the guilty party by the scruff of the neck and shake the living you know what out of them. But I could never find the source of the noise. I did however, manage to stumble upon the sounds of one of our hotel neighbors in the throes of wild passion, so be careful what you do if you don't want to be heard by an audience. At 4AM the noise finally stopped. I was just watching the clock at this point waiting for it to be over with.
At checkout the next morning other guests were complaining as well. The staff seemed to brush us off. I talked to the valet, who said that they had a graduation party AND a bridesmaids party that night. Ugh. Could have been so nice, but I don't think I'd go back.
As an aside, go to Enterprise Seafood Restaurant. It was the best seafood I had on the entire week long trip. It is 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel. We ate there 3 times in 2 days. Amazing, amazing food.


from A TripAdvisor Member
WOW!! The property was perfect. My wife and I stayed for the weekend and never needed our car due to the awesome location. I was also amazed by how quiet the inside of the hotel was, despite its middle of the city spot. I would reccomend the hotel to anyone who loves to travel with style.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Bring your earplugs! We might as well have spent the night in a sorority house. What started out as a romantic weekend getaway turned into a huge disappointment. We were kept up all night by a group of girls across the hall slamming doors and giggling until 4:00am. Countless calls to the front desk were never answered. The rude management knocked off a whopping $30 after our complaints the next morning. For $200/night, this place is a rip-off!!

wonderful hotel

from vabeachlady
Family of 5 stayed here in two rooms in July, 2004 as part of a cross-country trip. This was the only non-chain hotel we stayed at on the trip. It was also one of the nicest places we stayed. I'm usually too chicken to try indepedently owned, local hotels because of the uncertainty of what you're going to get. (If you book a room at an Embassy Suites, you have a pretty good idea of what it's going to be like.) But in Santa Barbara, there are not many chain hotels to be found. So we took a chance, and I am very glad we did. The location is ideal - right downtown, with an easy walk to dozens of restaurants and shops. The waterfront is about a 10-minute walk away. The overall feeling was one of elegance, but not stuffiness. My three children (ages 11, 14 & 16) did not feel or look out of place. Despite being downtown, the hotel is very quiet, with no street noises intruding on your rest. You pull up right in back of the hotel and a valet parks your car. There is a doorman in the lobby whose main purpose is probably to keep the wrong people from wandering in off the street. (Santa Barbara has a large homeless population, one of whom approached my daughter and me to ask if we had $30,000 we could spare.) We had two rooms. One room. number 200, was extra-large and appeared to be handicapped-accesible. There is free wireless Internet available in the lobby and the desk clerk told us it would probably also work in Room 200, which is directly above the lobby, which it did after the clerk loaned us the proper wireless card for our laptop. My husband was impressed that the desk clerk knew the name of the wireless network, which was needed to change the settings on our computer. In other hotels we stayed at with wireless Internet, no one else knew that vital information. The rooms were very comfortable - each one decorated a little differently. There were 4 pillows on each bed - which earns bonus points with people like me who need two pillows all to ourselves. There is a complimentary continental breakfast served in the lobby, with very good coffee and lots of fresh pastries and fruit. At $229 per room, this wasn't one of our better bargains, but it was definitely worth it. I would gladly stay here again.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Great hotel with a great location. Service was excellent and the staff was friendly. Some of these reviews make it seem like the rooms are closets and there are hidden fees everywhere - not the case.

The room was a good size, quiet, and very clean. Valet parking was $5 and the lot was directly behind the hotel. Great place to stay.

Great location

from A TripAdvisor Member
We were here for one night making our way from LA to SF. We picked this hotel based on website, price, and location. The owners have put a lot of energy into keeping this property viable. The building is 75+ years old, but a complete remodeling in 1996 has made it up to date. Our room was comfortable and quiet. The best feature is the State Street location. Only disappointment was the continental breakfast, which was a bit lackluster.

Top Local Tips for Santa Barbara

Restaurants within walking distance Joe's Cafe across the street is a long-standing landmark with great food and some say the strongest drinks served anywhere! Holdren's Steakhouse is right across the street too and has excellent steaks and atmosphere. Within a five minute walk is Fish Enterprise with excellent seafood. All great choices right in the immediate area.

Great dinners & breakfast Had wonderful dinners at: Emilios, Sage & Onion and Bouchon. Good breakfast (daily) at Cajun Kitchen, even if the 'soup nazi' is running the show. You - wait outside! No breakfast for you! : )

dinner and lunch chipotle and starbucks one block away holdrens in same block for dinner

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