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1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3027
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A Victorian treasure in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Upham Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Santa Barbara, Southern California. Constructed of redwood with sweeping verandas, the 50-room 1871 landmark is surrounded by an acre of gardens and combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
24-hour front desk
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Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
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Non-smoking rooms
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Historic Hotel
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Jeanie T wrote a review Feb. 5
Pasadena, California1 contribution
Quiet and serene. My more than boyfriend brought me here for a weekend getaway. It was simply amazing, and walking distance to Front Street where great shopping. Several excellent restaurants near by that are highly rated by Michelin. On of the best restaurants was at this hotel. Will come again.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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amysW4778RC wrote a review Jan. 2023
Los Angeles, California2 contributions
We booked a suite; sitting room separate from the bedroom. Unfortunately, we couldn't use the sitting room because there were no heating vents and the room was very cold (the temperature in Santa Barbara this morning was 39 degrees). So we really only had the use of one room where the heater is. Also, one needs to run the water in the shower for a long time waiting for it to get hot. As another reviewer wrote, it's not really a B&B because the "breakfast" is inedible fare: cellophane-wrapped pastries like you would find at a 711 store. I also agree with the other reviewer about the pathetic "happy hour" - better not to offer than to put out a glass of wine with no crackers or cheese. It felt very cheap. The lobby fireplace was nice though. The grounds are pretty and well-maintained. The bed was comfortable. Parking is good. The staff was very friendly but it is not on par with other B&B options nearby although prices are comparable to the Cheshire Cat B&B (which, last time we stayed, offered a lovely breakfast). We will not stay at the Upham again.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Becky W wrote a review Jan. 2023
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This is the perfect place to stay regardless of whether you want a couples get away, a family vacation or a wedding party venue for family and friends which is what we did. It has amazing outside spots to sit whether on the porch, in the garden or in the gazebo. The staff is so friendly and it is impeccably clean and the grounds are well groomed. We had wonderful breakfast of croissants, pastries, coffee and fresh orange juice daily and happy hour by the fire in the lobby each evening. We stayed in a cottage with our own fireplace and outside patio. It is 2 blocks to State street with many shops and restaurants and easy walk down State street to Stearns Wharf. We stayed a couple of extra days after the wedding because it was such a comfortable place to stay. I wouldn't consider any other accommodations in Santa Barbara.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Becky, Thank you very much for your great rating and wonderful comments. You managed to hit on all of our key points and we are happy that you were able to extend your stay and enjoy them all. We hope you will return to and stay with us again in the future and relive some of the recent memories you created. Best,
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Life-is-a-Banquet-JM wrote a review Jan. 2023
Pasadena, California22 contributions16 helpful votes
From the outside the Upham still holds its charm. The grounds are beautiful, the staff is friendly, and the main reception area is quaint. Unfortunately, when you turn the key and open the door to your room, the quaintness disappears. Rooms are run down with cracked tiles, stains on the furniture, and a general lack of upkeep. Breakfast is prepackaged and uninteresting while the wine “happy hour” is some glasses on a counter with a quick pour from the front desk clerk. It’s time for a little rehab to bring the Upham back to life.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear JM, Thank you so much for the great feedback. We appreciate your honest opinion about your experience and where we can improve. I regret that we did not meet all of your expectations but want you to know that we are making progress in all those areas you mentioned as we start the new year, with the hopes of making significant changes to our operation and the amenities we have to offer. We will also take a closer look at your particular room to determine what actions or upgrades we can make that will have more of an immediate impact on our guest experience. We hope you will return again one day and enjoy the changes we have made up to that point. Take care and safe travels!
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thedirector wrote a review Nov. 2022
London3 contributions
Charming boutique inn. Tastefully decorated, loads of character, lovely atmosphere. Several buildings in pretty gardens. Excellent, friendly staff. Great location close to State Street, good parking. Lovely touches such as wine by the fireplace each evening. Enjoyed a wonderful dinner in Louie’s Restaurant. Great find and would love to visit again.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Dec. 14, 2022
Thank you for the great rating and wonderful feedback. We are thrilled that your expectations were met and that you enjoyed your experience in our restaurant as well. Have a safe Holiday season and we look forward to your next stay at the Upham. Best
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Makoto N wrote a review Aug. 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania347 contributions150 helpful votes
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I stayed at Upham in August 2022. I stayed here for the third time, as the conference I come to SB for always uses this hotel. Pros and Cons: Pros: (1) Historical hotel, and cozy atmosphere. (2) Quiet location. But not too far from the center of downtown Santa Barbara. Less than 30 min walk to the center of tourism (Wharf). A lot of restaurants and bars around but not too close so the hotel itself is quiet. (3) Friendly nice staff. (4) Happy hour with free wines. (5) Pretty garden where you can just relax. (6) My room had a cute private balcony. Cons (1) A bit far from the center of actions. (2) Not the cheapest hotel. Overall, I think it's a cute hotel with great service and staff. I am happy I come back to this hotel many times.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Oct. 2, 2022
Dear Makoto, Thank you very much for the great rating and detailed feedback you provided. We appreciate the time you took to list the pros and cons. We hope that you will return to stay with us again when you're in the area and if we can be of any assistance during your next visit please let us know. Safe travels!
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Mblaca wrote a review Jun. 2022
The Sea Ranch, California186 contributions217 helpful votes
My wife and I spent a night here while in Santa Barbara to see a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This was our second visit to the Upham, having done the same in 2021. We liked the hotel then but our room was small (king room in Lincoln Building). We paid to upgrade this year to a cottage king room in the Rose Cottage and it was wonderful. Bigger room and easy access to the nice outdoor lawn/garden area. If you are going to the Santa Barbara Bowl, you can walk (~about 25 minutes in total) and stop 1/3rd of the way for dinner (ten minutes to the Courthouse Tavern) and walk the last 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. The famously beautiful SB Courthouse is a five minute walk and well worth dropping in for a tour. Complimentary happy hour wine and morning breakfast were simple but satisfying.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: We liked the Rose Cottage King room
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Responded Jun. 28, 2022
Dear Mblaca, Thank you so much for the great rating and kind remarks...we hope you will stay with us again when you're visiting the Santa Barbara area. Meanwhile, safe travels and have a great summer. Best,
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fcrane35 wrote a review May 2022
Troy, Michigan423 contributions133 helpful votes
At first I was apprehensive staying in a hotel from 1871 since I am a terrible sleeper and enjoy modern conveniences. Bill, the manager, did not help when he said I had a terrible room for sleep. To his credit, he was able to switch me to an upper room that was peaceful and very functional with period furniture but modern amenities. The bathroom was spacious and the room, along with the entire property, was very peaceful. Not sure why the wall air conditioner had to be positioned right next to the desk and bed making it impossible to leave on when I was in the room. Luckily it wasn't too hot. Erica, at check in , was extremely helpful and friendly. A great resource during our stay and very pleasant to chat with over complimentary wine. The continental breakfast is nice and everything is individually wrapped and most appropriate for a pandemic. Hot food would be nice, maybe someday it will come back. The onsite restaurant is amazing. Excellent food, outdoor seating, and service. A little far from the beach as my non walker friend would complain, but otherwise a great choice.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Try not to face the street if you are a light sleeper
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Response from Tamara Bushnell, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Jun. 20, 2022
Thank you so much for staying with us! We are happy that we were able to find you the accommodations for a restful stay. We appreciate the shoutout to the staff that helped make sure your experience was a great one. We hope to see you again soon.
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James Scott wrote a review Apr. 2022
Binghamton, New York515 contributions119 helpful votes
Quaint historic hotel in quiet residential neighborhood! One of the oldest hotels in California dated back to the gold rush days of the late 1800’s. In a very safe neighborhood & only a short walk to restaurants & shopping. The beach is an easy 10-15 walk as well.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There is parking behind the hotel & on the street adjacent to the property. On street parking can...
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Robert Y Feldman wrote a review Apr. 2022
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The rooms, lobby and restaurant are well appointed, clean, comfortable and picturesque over looking beautiful landscaped gardens. The Upham serves a continental breakfast and offers wine in the evening. State Street is located two blocks from the hotel - a perfect location for the Courthouse, SB Museum, restaurants, theater, etc. Money very well spent. Parking is included.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: We were in Hibiscus #49. Rooms looking over the Patio are must be great.
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Aug. 13, 2022
Thank you for the great rating...we hope to see you again when you're in the area...stay safe and healthy! Best,
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US$320 - US$398 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Upham Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Upham Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Granada Theatre (0.4 km), Arlington Theatre (0.3 km), and Ensemble Theatre Company (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Upham Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Upham Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Upham Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Upham Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bouchon, Arigato Sushi, and Jane.
Does The Upham Hotel 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 The Upham Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Upham Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.7 km), Casa del Herrero (6.8 km), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (1.6 km).