Marina Beach Motel Hotel, Santa Barbara
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A bit disappointedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
t want to sleep at night....from A TripAdvisor Member
It was my first time staying at the Marina Beach Motel and based on the reviews and the lovely images of the motel, I was expecting a stellar experience. The room was clean and appeared to be comfortable. However, once it was time for sleep I learned that the motel walls were paper thin. Consequently, I could hear my neighbors periodically making noise throughout the night and morning. In the morning, I was awakened several times by the sound of doors opening and closing. I also noticed that once a person vacated their room in the morning, the cleaning personnel would immediately begin preparing the room for the next guest. This just contributed to the noise. Most hotels wait at least until 9:30 a.m to clean their rooms so as not to disturb other guests. The motel does provide a security service that will address noise issues. However, the noise problem was not a result of excessive noise, but due to poorly constructed walls.
The bed was extremely uncomfortable. It felt as if I was sleeping on a sack of coils. I spent most of the night trying to figure out how to position myself so as to avoid back and hip pain.
Between the noise and the uncomfortable bed, I gave up and got up at 7:45 a.m. even though I was exhausted and had planned on sleeping in until later.
I went to the continental breakfast and hoped to find some wheat bread and at least two kinds of fruit juice. The motel only offered orange juice and white bread or high carb breakfast food items such as bagels, cinnamon rolls, etc. The only fruit offered was oranges and apples.
I tried to communicate my experience to the lobby staff, but they just seem uninterested.
Perhaps if you are hard of hearing and can stand sleeping on a hard floor then you will enjoy your stay at the Marina Beach Motel.
t Beat It!!from A TripAdvisor Member
The walk from the motel to State Street was quite manageable especially with supportive athletic shoes and coming back laden with shopping bags we were able to catch a ride back on The City Trolley for only a quarter each. We ate at a fabulous Mexican Restaurant 'El Torrito' right across from the ocean and had great fun shopping on State St. and buying goodies from the Farmers Market which sets up on State Street every Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm. We had a terrific time in Santa Barbara and I was very pleased as was everyone else in my party that we chose to stay in the Marina Beach Motel. The motel staff was very accomodating and helpful, the property was excellently maintained and the price was very reasonable. (I made our reservations in January). Keep up the good work, Marina Beach... Good Luck & God Bless!!
Great Placefrom Ricardo92
However, I must say a couple of things, firstly what a shame a train runs through the middle of town. The Marina Beach is probably as far away as you can get whilst being close to the sea but the trains still sound their horns all through the night - and you can certainly hear them! And secondly a message to Santa Barbara - drop outs and beggars are spoiling your town - Get rid of them!
Great SB Place to Stayfrom SanNicola
Bright, Cheery, and Cleanfrom Leisurehead
The location is great: A block away from the beach and two blocks away from State Street. The best parts of State Street with all the restaurants ands hops are beyond convenient walking distance, but I had a car and found it quite convenient. I didn't take up the Motel on the bicycles that they offered, but I'm sure you could reach downtown with those.
The lobby offered a free continental breakfast and an Internet-connected PC for you to use. Even better, all of the rooms have 802.11b wireless access, so it's worthwhile to bring your mobile computer to research restaurants and excursions.
This motel is the perhaps the only one that does not show deceptive wide-angle images of their guest rooms on their website. What you see on their website is what you get. I stayed in the queen room. One could call their rooms cramped or cozy, but I think they really make up for it with their cheery aesthetic. Also, all rooms are equipped with heat/ac.
My one complaint with the rooms is the lack of soundproofing. If you have loud neighbors, you will hear every single word of their conversation. For me, this manifested when the guests in the room next door was saddling up to leave at 7:00am. They might as well have been talking at the foot of my bed.
Super Cute!from smcneil99
Lovelyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Lovely Marina Beachfrom spygirl
Loved itfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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Other names for Marina Beach Motel Hotel
- marina beach santa barbara
- marina beach hotel
- Address: 21 Bath St - Santa Barbara - California - 93101 - United States
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