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.…
We selected this hotel based on reviews on Trip Advisor. It’s in downtown Santa Barbara, on State Street. The one really good thing -placement amongst restaurants and shops. The hotel itself is older, lovely architecture, but needs a serious upgrade in rooms. Staff was almost non-existent when we stayed in November. They were helpful, but the hotel is woefully understaffed. No restaurant on the premises, no room service. While our stay wasn’t terrible, I wouldn’t recommend this hotel to other travelers. Water pressure in the bathroom was very low and the heating system was iffy. We asked for a refresh of the coffee service in the room, never got it. While in in the city we saw lovely hotels that I had seen while researching a place to stay for a few days that were much nicer for the same price.…
The hotel is in desperate need of a renovation/update. The staff was unfriendly and really ill equipped to be in the hospitality field. The location was fantastic, but there are better options available.
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!…
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.
Nice, clean hotel along State St., the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. The staff was very friendly and helpful. More observations than complaints—-the room service is from a restaurant across the street, which limits options after 21:00, and the elevator is small, so there is a wait and it can be cramped if others decide to ride with their luggage. Shout out to Andrew with the valet service team. Definitely recommended.
Beautiful, clean, friendly staff! Although it's right on State Street, the rooms are very private and quiet. Shout out to Andrew and Antonio, the two valets that assisted us in getting our luggage up to our room! They were friendly, eager, and gave great suggestions for restaurants and activities!
This hotel had great charm and is centrally located off State St close to many restaurants and tasting rooms, and a quick 15 min walk to the beach/Funk Zone. Room- we had a king which was comfortable and the room itself was a nice size. We faced the back of the building so our room was quiet, personally I think the rooms facing State St would be loud at night. Bathroom- like other reviews stated, the bathroom was small and the shower flooded the bathroom every use. They have a half door on the shower that doesn’t cover the length of the shower head causing flooding every time. It was a nuisance to deal with every day and could easily be fixed if they added shower curtains. Staff- everyone was pleasant and the daily cookies and tea were nice.
Lovely hotel in the perfect location for enjoying Downtown Santa Barbara. The hotel is immaculately clean. Lots of added value like delicious afternoon cookies and complimentary bikes to tour the city. Rooms have coffee pots and coffee was also available in the lobby. So glad we chose this hotel. It was perfect.
Perfect location on State Street surrounded by so many great restaurants of every cuisine and price range. The city closed State Street to traffic during covid and it has remained closed. It looks like they will continue with the 8 block closure and the hotel is right in the middle of it. No traffic, no exhaust smell when eating outdoors and lots of outdoor cafes up and down the street, The hotel is historic, lovingly restored and clean. Staff friendly and helpful, and I walked to the beach, the mission, the courthouse, art museum and to many shops from the hotel. My only complaint was that the window in my room would not open to let in the lovely fresh air that Santa Barbara is famous for.