Marina Beach Motel

Marina Beach Motel

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4.5
#3 of 23 motels in Santa Barbara
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Family owned since 1976, Marina Beach Motel is located in the heart of Santa Barbara's harbor, wharf, and beach district. At only a half block from the beach, Marina Beach Motel is the ideal spot for couples, families and the occasional lone traveler to immerse themselves in the beauty and leisure of Santa Barbara. At Marina Beach Motel, we understand the importance of providing excellent amenities at an affordable price. We focus our efforts on catering to the needs of the customer while striving for a high level of satisfaction, making us one of the best places to stay in Santa Barbara. Our dedicated, family-owned business promises to become one of your favorite vacation spots in California.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Newspaper
Street parking
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Microwave
Refrigerator
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Value
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

21 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3802
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 89 out of 100
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Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
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Santa Barbara Station
6 min
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Julie T wrote a review Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California16 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I almost hesitate to give this place the marvelous review it deserves. Why? Because it can get sold out when I want to come there!

People who have discovered Marina Beach motel return and return. And they don't just stay for a day. Many stay for a month.

There are many reasons. It is close to the beach, they have a continental breakfast (with chocolate macademia coffee as an option!!! If that doesn't tell you something, WAKE UP!)

It has a lovely large lawn, with rooms surrounding it. It is understated in the nicest way and is landscaped with beautiful plants and lawn chairs.

It is a place to relax and leave all your troubles at home.

The staff is welcoming, the rooms are immacculate and when you find a hotel owned by "people" instead of a "chain", it is so rare these days, it is important to support them!!

There is a reason why everyone comes back!

You can feel the difference!!

Julie T.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Mar 2, 2020
Wow--thank you so much for your kind words, Julie! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and all of our amenities. We hope to see you again soon!
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h0lmes49 wrote a review Oct 2020
Albany, California21 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As previous reviewers have noted, this is a lovely motel. It's very well kept up and only a half block from the beach. The bathroom was terrific with a large walk-in shower that had two shower heads including a rain head. The room was midsized but included a closet and a large flatscreen TV as well as a mini fridge. There was a modified cold breakfast available in the lobby. The woman at the evening desk even made hot cookies for us when I lamented that I'd love a fresh cookie. They also have free beach bikes available. The only downside was the pretty tight parking situation.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Oct 28, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay.
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clubcar165 wrote a review May 2021
pacific palisades, ca81 contributions67 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Pleasantly surprised. We were traveling with our Golden Retriever and needed a dog friendly facility. I found Marina Beach Motel on “bringfido.com. The motel is a 1950 U shaped motor lodge that is immaculately maintained with renovated interior/exterior grounds. $15.00 pet fee. The bed was comfortable, the shower was amazing with a standard shower head along with a rain drop shower head and great pressure. The location is very walkable-1 block from the beach, 1/4 mile from the pier and about 1/4 from numerous restaurants. The hotel is situated nearby apartments and homes so walking your dog at night safe and quiet. I would definitely consider returning in the future.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded May 17, 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you'll visit again.
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meanjean79 wrote a review Sep 2020
Irvine, California2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff were so friendly and accommodating. We had a girls getaway to celebrate a few birthdays. They even gave the gals a bday card. They served a great lil continental breakfast during covid. In my opinion all hotels and motels could do this easily. They wrapped everything individually, asked us to wear food prep gloves and it was great. The rooms were clean and comfy for a beach motel. They offered free bikes and a suri. We for sure took advantage of and it was fun! I would for sure recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Sep 17, 2020
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DianeLosAngeles10 wrote a review May 2022
Los Angeles, CA48 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff in reception were very friendly and welcoming. Complimentary cookies too. We stayed in Room 24. It is an updated room with parking right at our door. Everything was very clean. The room is not large but has everything you need. With a king bd and an armchair it was very comfortable. The floors were laminate and the windows in the room had shutters. Both the window in the room and bath opened.

The bathroom had a large shower with both a rain shower head and regular wall shower head. It also has a magnifying mirror for make up and wall shelves for storage. The Kerrigan coffee maker with complimentary coffee was a real treat.

The grounds were very clean and pretty with lots of flowers, lounges, benches, tables and chairs. Complimentary beach towels and beach cruiser bikes. The complimentary continental breakfast included OJ, cold cereal, hard boiled eggs and pastries and bagels along with coffee. There was a microwave and toaster.

It appeared that there is ongoing updating of a few rooms but there was no noise or inconvenience.

We highly recommend this motel and would definitely stay again when we are in the area.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded May 18, 2022
Dear DianeLosAngeles10, Greetings from Marina Beach Motel. Thank you for your 5-star review of our hotel. We are proud to know that you enjoyed the delightful breakfast, reception, coffee and beautiful beach. Once again, thank you for your excellent review and we look forward to welcoming you again soon at Marina Beach Motel. With Best Regards, Jenny The Marina Beach Motel
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Nick wrote a review Mar 2021
Texas76 contributions14 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The motel's location was excellent, very close to the beach! They had free bike rentals which was great. The blonde girl working the customer service was helpful and made sure to sanitize the bikes before and after our use which was much appreciated. Room was nice too, very clean. WATER PRESSURE was great in the shower.
Only con is that it was on the more expensive side, although it feels like that's the case for any hotel/motel in SB near the beach.
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Date of stay: March 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Mar 30, 2021
Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again.
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mackanna wrote a review Jan 2020
Bellingham, Washington938 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I came looking for a motel just like this, and what a pleasant surprise when I arrived and there was one more room available for me. Truly one of the quietest places I’ve ever stayed with not a sound from 8 PM till 7 AM. The room was beautifully appointed, comfortable, immaculate. I could not think of anything else I could need. They offer a continental breakfast that is perfect. The vintage atmosphere but modern convenience is what sold me and worth every penny. I’ll be back. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🤗🤗❤️
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from MarinaBeachMotel1, Guest Relations Manager at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we're looking forward to seeing you again!
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Seetheworld wrote a review Sep 2020
Santa Barbara, California22 contributions26 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Laid back beach motel with updated rooms and all the amenities. Great waterfall showers after days of fun whale watching, kayaking, beachcombing and bike riding (bikes and beach towels available to borrow).
Great location! Friendly staff! Great fun! Very clean.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Sep 16, 2020
Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon.
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Sally M wrote a review Mar 2021
Los Angeles, California678 contributions347 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cute vintage motel one-half block from the beach. Upon check-in, the room they had reserved for me wasn’t ready yet (they had had a sold out weekend prior to my stay) so they assigned me a different one. I walked in and noticed the room had clearly not been properly cleaned and I could smell cigarette smoke as well. Yuck!

I really appreciate Kim at the front desk for working to make things right by getting the staff to clean and sanitize my originally designated room and eventually getting me all settled in. The other young lady at the front desk seemed new, but was very nice as well. And thanks, Kim, for recommending Rusty’s Pizza for dinner. Delish!!

The room I ended up with was great. Very clean. Excellent towels. Extremely comfortable bed. Loved having a kitchenette to prepare my dog’s meals and store his meds in the fridge. But by far, the best part of the room was the rain head shower!! Niiiiice!
They offered a good variety of breakfast items, and there were plenty of tables set up around the property to enjoy outside dining. Extremely walkable to the beach, the pier, State St, and Funk Zone too. They provide free bicycles to all guests as well.
I would definitely stay here again and will make sure to request the same room I stayed in.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Mar 10, 2021
Thank you for your review! We'll be sure to pass this compliment on to Kim and we hope to see you again soon!
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David W wrote a review Jul 2020
Mountain View, California146 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 5 nights in July to escape the drudgery of quarantine. I was a bit hesitant about putting a family of 4 and a dog in a motel room. But after reading all the positive reviews and since so many of the Santa Barbara hotels were so dang expensive, I took a chance. I'm glad I did! Everything was perfect at the Marina Beach Motel. The location is perfect, the rooms are bigger than what you'd get in a hotel. Ours had a mini fridge, microwave and an oven range (although we didn't cook in the room).

The front desk people were ALL super friendly. They were all wearing masks. The breakfast each morning was an adequate snack, considering they couldn't really do a hot breakfast.

And the grounds are kept in super clean condition. The gardener does a nice job keeping all the flowers and plants looking great. I was really impressed.

So don't let the Motel name fool you, this place is legit. At $270/night it was kinda steep, but we understand they gotta make a living during these tough times too. Doggy fee was only $15 a night, compared to the Hilton at $50/night! Free parking as well.

West Beach is minutes from your front door. Santa Barbara Sailing company offers paddleboards and kayaks. And lots of restaurants within walking (or use their free cruiser bikes) distance to get take out. You can't miss with this place!
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Dan Warren, Owner at Marina Beach Motel
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Thank you for your kind review, David! We greatly appreciate it and are glad you enjoyed your stay!
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lisserie73 asked a question Jun 2022
Florida Keys, Florida2 contributions
Can I ride a bike to Lobero theatre?
Barbara R asked a question Aug 2021
Do you accept pets?
Answer from Brian D
Bakersfield, California21 contributions2 helpful votes
They do accept pets.. Reasonable $15.00 fee.
scincalifornia asked a question May 2021
Aptos, California12,960 contributions77 helpful votes
Do any rooms have a private patio? Looking for nice room for out anniversary.
GelbermanGirl asked a question Nov 2017
Los Angeles, California2 contributions1 helpful vote
Do you have handicap access rooms Also wanted to make sure beds are not too high to sit on
Answer from Sparkkay
Tuscaloosa, Alabama101 contributions59 helpful votes
Yes has handicap and I don't believe beds to high
janie3000 asked a question Sep 2017
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
Are there beds on the beach we can hire or places to sunbathe at the motel
Answer from sergirisco
Worldwide38 contributions8 helpful votes
No, there are no beds at the beach but it is very close to it (1 street). It has a small space in the middle of the hotel with some chairs and tables but not really to sunbathe, just to have some relax there.
Kayel B wrote a tip Dec 2023
45 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request west side rooms. Parking is a little easier. "
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Roberta B wrote a tip Sep 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Call ahead and you might be lucky enough to check in early!!"
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olivia64 wrote a tip Apr 2023
Paso Robles, California58 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The parking area is tight, a little hard to navigate with big vehicles. "
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cindy c wrote a tip Aug 2022
cheltenham14 contributions13 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask if you don’t have bathroom soaps , breakfast continental"
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Tone M wrote a tip Jun 2022
Phoenix, Arizona89 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Research bike routes before you venture out. Some areas are uphill."
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PRICE RANGE
C$322 - C$542 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
32
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Frequently Asked Questions about Marina Beach Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Marina Beach Motel?
Nearby attractions include Cabrillo Bike Path (1.1 km), Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (0.6 km), and Santa Barbara Harbor (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Marina Beach Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Marina Beach Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Marina Beach Motel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Marina Beach Motel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Marina Beach Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, The Black Sheep, and Toma Restaurant and Bar.
Are pets allowed at Marina Beach Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Marina Beach Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Marina Beach Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.7 km), Old Mission Santa Barbara (3.7 km), and Casa del Herrero (6.0 km).
Is Marina Beach Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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