Hotel Santa Barbara

Hotel Santa Barbara

533 State St corner of State and Cota Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
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#22 of 58 hotels in Santa Barbara
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Hotel Santa Barbara, where the atmosphere is alive and the options are endless. Be our guest and discover the personal service and incomparable downtown location that is Hotel Santa Barbara. Experience world-class shopping, fine dining, theaters, galleries, entertainment, great beaches, and so much more...all within walking distance of our front doors. Downtown Santa Barbara beckons from this beautifully restored Spanish/Mediterranean-style hotel mingling historic charm and contemporary comfort. Valet Parking (overnight fee)
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Kids stay free
Children's television networks
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Secured parking
Wifi
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bathrobes
Safe
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

533 State St corner of State and Cota Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1601
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
13.3 km
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Santa Barbara Station
7 min
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ROKChicago_IL wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California77 contributions138 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Santa Barbara in early March 2020. We visited the city as we had tickets to a show at the Arlington Theater and selected this hotel as it is in close enough walking distance to the theater with easy access to all of the restaurants, shops, and wine tasting offerings along State Street. The hotel provides valet parking, so this was important as well. Breakfast was included in the room rate, which was a nice amenity served in the hotel lobby and consisted of muffins, danishes, bagels, croissants, cereal, waffles, hard boiled eggs, fruit, coffee in to go cups, and juice.

We reserved the Deluxe Queen room, and it was on the small side, but it had a sofa, writing desk, empty refrigerator, Keurig single serve machine, plenty of drawers, hair dryer, iron with board, and nicely decorated. The queen mattress seemed small and not true to size - more like a full sized bed. The bathroom was newer and exceptionally clean.

All hotel staff were organized and efficient.

The room rate was a bit high, but given the location and overall quality of the hotel, it was worth the amount for a short stay.

We stayed over a weekend, and Friday night was exceptionally loud on State Street, as bars are next to the hotel -- we could hear all of the noise until early morning hours. Saturday was quiet.

However, we would most definitely stay here again and recommend to friends and family.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from HotelSB, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara
Responded Mar 10, 2020
Dear ROK, Thank you for the lovely review of our boutique hotel here in SB. We know we've done a job well done when we hear you say you'll be back and would recommend us to your friends and family. It was a pleasure hosting you and we do hope to see you again soon! Warmest Regards, Jennie Jacobs Director of Sales and Marketing
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Leslie N wrote a review Jan 2023
Los Angeles, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were on our way to Santa Ynez but due to weather closures we decided to pull off the freeway and stay in Santa Barbara. We were lucky to find two rooms available at the Hotel Santa Barbara right before the mandatory evacuations. The hotel is in a charming historical building located on lower State Street surrounded by restaurants and stores. The minute we walked in the door we felt safe and welcomed. We put our luggage in our room and brought a bottle of wine down to the lobby to relax and appreciate how lucky we were to find the Hotel Santa Barbara. The manager came over to greet us and gave us some wine glasses. They were doing their best to accommodate everyone despite the fact that several staff member were not able to get to work due to the storm. But Chris was lovely and went out of his way to check in with us throughout our stay.

The hotel is preparing for a remodel beginning probably at the end of the year. The property is very clean and inviting as are the rooms. Some of the rooms are very large and some a bit small but comfortable. It doesn't have a restaurant but Joe's right across the street serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers room service. There's coffee and tea all day long and fresh cookies in the afternoon.

If you're looking for a boutique hotel in Santa Barbara with a great location, welcoming staff and reasonable prices it's definitely worth considering Hotel Santa Barbara.
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Michael B wrote a review May 2021
Bellflower, California24,137 contributions1,571 helpful vote
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
This centrally located historical hotel with a few modifications has been here since 1876, surrounded by lots of bars, restaurants, and wine tasting room on the traffic-free State street. It is just a brisk half-mile walk from the beach and Stearns Wharf, and a block from the Paseo Nuevo outdoor shopping center, making it the perfect place for a couple of day's getaway.
We loved the ornate lobby and classically decorated side rooms; all the reception staff was very friendly and helpful with lots of local knowledge.
The elevator was a real blast from the past and beats the stairs after a long day shopping or sightseeing. Our room was small and decorated with vintage Santa Barbara photographs, along with a basic bed, coffee maker, and refrigerator, but considering that we only wanted a safe place to sleep and change clothes, it was perfect.
The weekend is always busy, come mid-week it's less crazy, and do check out Jills place round the corner for the best steaks in town.

TIP: Behind the hotel is car parking and a place to unload your luggage.
If you’ve found this review helpful I would appreciate a thumbs up below.
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Date of stay: October 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Elwyn wrote a review Sep 2021
Daly City, California1,191 contribution122 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel Santa Barbara’s lobby is wonderfully decorated, it gives a very good first impression as you first enter the hotel. Front desk employees were welcoming, and the check in process was quick. Valet parking is at the rear of the hotel. Our bellman, Levy, was helpful and friendly. This is an old but well maintained hotel, the sole elevator is tiny but we encountered no major problem.

Our beautiful room is small but adequate for me and my wife. Bed and pillows were comfortable. Bathroom is updated, with better than average amenities. Sadly the cable tv was not working, I was informed that the cable company was doing some maintenance work. In my opinion, the flat screen tv size is small in these day and age.

Hotel is located a walking distance away from many restaurants, bars and specialty stores. The AmTrak train station is only a few city blocks away from this hotel and the beach just a couple of blocks more.

The downtown area where this hotel is located has clean streets, clean sidewalks but this city has problem with homeless people so the faint smell of urine is noticeable. I will definitely consider staying in this hotel again next time I visit Santa Barbara, California.
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Date of stay: September 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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PeregianPair wrote a review Feb 2020
Brisbane, Australia56 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for just one night when travelling from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The hotel is located right in the middle of town with easy valet parking behind the hotel. The valet staff were very efficient and friendly.

Check in was easy, again with friendly front desk staff.

Our room had been renovated and brought up to date with all modern conveniences. The bed was very comfortable and there was no street noise despite being located in State Street.

The complimentary buffet breakfast was a real bonus as were the make-your-own waffles.

Will stay here again on our next visit.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from HotelSB, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara
Responded Feb 6, 2020
Dear Peregian, Thank you for the review. Nothing makes us happier than hearing a guest say that they look forward staying with us again. Glad you enjoyed the waffles! They are a guest favorite. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Jennie Jacobs Director of Sales and Marketing
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zralos wrote a review Aug 2022
ny548 contributions45 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
PRO..We LOVED the location of this hotel. Go right and you get to the pier walking and go Left and you can go to more great shopping/restaurants. Free bikes which we loved and took great beautiful bike rides.
CON..the decor is a bit tired and they only have one elevator so it runs a bit slow but fine to walk the stairs.
Its not upscale but it certainly is a good value based on location, free bikes, parking ($25), free tea/coffee and even cookies and ice tea later in the day.
we were a group of 4 couples and we all were very happy.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Eliza M wrote a review May 17
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I have never been compelled to write a review about anything until my experience at this hotel. Future visitors be warned, this hotel is directly next to extremely loud bars that do not close until 1:45am and the hotel itself is under construction. Do not stay here as you will not sleep during the night time and then will not be able to nap. It’s truly appalling to pay $450 a night and not be able to do the one thing you are supposed to be able to do in a hotel… never had a worse experience at a hotel before
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Daniel G wrote a review May 2020
Los Angeles, California72 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My girlfriend and I stayed here for our anniversary and were welcomed graciously. William was very helpful both over the phone and in person. I recommend calling in because William gave us a more affordable rate via booking directly. Furthermore, he greeted us with a room upgrade from a standard to a suite, had a welcome gift waiting for us in the room, and left us a handwritten note. We would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: May 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for William. He was very helpful and accomodating.
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Response from Hotel Santa Barbara, Marketing at Hotel Santa Barbara
Responded Apr 2, 2021
Thank you for the 5 star review. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. :) Kindly, Melissa Escalante Director of Sales and Marketing
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Aga wrote a review Sep 2022
Oxnard, California1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I decided to stay a few nights in the Santa Barbara hotel while visiting Santa Barbara for an extended weekend. We picked this hotel based on location (walking distance to most of the "must-see" and "must-eat" spots offered by this amazing city. We were not disappointed, as a matter of fact, the experience we had at SB hotel exceeded our expectations. The crew made us feel welcomed and part of the family from the first experience with the valley, front desk, and room service. Kelly at the front desk was very personable yet professional, and full of tips on what to do and see in town and Jeff Love took our experience to the next level. The rooms are cozy, clean, and equipped with anything you need. They also have free bikes for guests to tour the city and their coffee and iced tea in the lobby.
We will be back soon!
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Date of stay: September 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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winecountrysouth wrote a review Aug 2020
Temecula, CA89 contributions69 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is in the perfect location. It is a 15 minute walk to the beach and Stearns Wharf. The stores and restaurants are immediately outside the front door going left and right. The hotel is very clean and well kept. I can't really add anything to the other reviews but I made my decision to book here because of the reviews and I am glad I did. I can tell you that currently State St. is closed to car traffic and this hotel is in the heart of the pedestrian only area. All of the restaurants and nail and hair salons are operating on the street. It is a bustling fun atmosphere. Most everyone is wearing masks on the street.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Hotel Santa Barbara, Marketing at Hotel Santa Barbara
Responded Oct 6, 2020
Thank you for the 5-star review WCS! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you back again soon! :)
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Robert Bonilla asked a question Jul 2022
Los Angeles, California
Do I have to show proof of vaccination
ryan2915 asked a question Oct 2020
Orange County, California2 contributions
Are you pet friendly?
Santa Barbara, California16 contributions
Hello Ryan, We are not pet friendly.
Santa Barbara, California16 contributions
Parking is $15 per night. Since COVID we are no longer offering valet parking. Parking is first come, first served. One car per room, please. There is no fee for going in and out of the lot.
Yvonne B asked a question Feb 2019
Close to beach?
Answer from Travis L
Laguna Niguel, California18 contributions20 helpful votes
Yes. In fact, we walked to the pier a few times. It took less than 10 min :)
Carol (Bermuda) wrote a tip May 2
16 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I didn't give 5 stars for service as they forgot my early morning wake up call"
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richm3477 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Canton, Michigan16 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Valet parking is reasonable and necessary"
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Anita O wrote a tip Feb 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This hotel is withing walking distance to several great shops, coffee shops, and restaurants. The Front Desk Staff gave great recommendations!"
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Elise P wrote a tip Feb 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take advantage of the perks program! The hotel is also walking distance from the amtrak train so no car needed really."
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Salvatore R wrote a tip Nov 2023
San Diego, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They have a 3 nights for the price of 2 during certain times of the year."
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PRICE RANGE
C$364 - C$500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesCaliforniaSanta Barbara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
75
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Santa Barbara
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Santa Barbara?
Nearby attractions include Jamie Slone Wines (0.4 km), Moreton Bay Fig Tree (0.5 km), and Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Santa Barbara?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, meeting rooms, and dry cleaning.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Santa Barbara?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Hotel Santa Barbara?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Santa Barbara?
Conveniently located restaurants include McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, The Black Sheep, and The Palace Grill.
Is Hotel Santa Barbara located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Santa Barbara.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Santa Barbara?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Santa Barbara offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Santa Barbara?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Santa Barbara?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.8 km), Old Mission Santa Barbara (2.8 km), and Casa del Herrero (5.9 km).
Does Hotel Santa Barbara have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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