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116 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3810
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#32 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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The La Playa Inn is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Santa Barbara just steps from the beach.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Beach
Business Centre with Internet Access
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Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
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Private balcony
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
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Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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BKguy5555 wrote a review Jan. 2
Seattle, Washington13 contributions3 helpful votes
Really enjoyed my stay here. Clean and quiet. Breakfast was very good. Hot coffee and tea available 24/7. Location is fantastic and just a block from the beach. Parking is included and include both covered and uncovered.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your heartfelt review! We are always delighted to receive fantastic feedback from our guests about their experience staying with us. It's great to hear that you found our place quiet and peaceful during your stay. I am glad you liked our ideal Santa Barbara location. Our healthy breakfast is the ultimate way to start the day for our guests at our hotel. We can't wait to have you back for another pleasant stay with us on your next visit to Santa Barbara.   Thank You, La Playa Inn Management P.S. Always remember to book your stay directly at laplayainn.com where you will find the lowest rates anywhere online.
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ciciSanFrancisco wrote a review Dec. 2022
Mill Valley, California72 contributions15 helpful votes
We had a wonderful stay at La Playa Inn. Harry the GM was just wonderful and helpful. Room was large, quiet and hotel had lovely ambience. Breakfast was nice with terrific baked goods from local bakery and other options. We had breakfast each morning on lovely outdoor patio. Very convenient to beach, state street and in a cute neighborhood. Thank you for making our holiday vacation so lovely.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from Guest Satisfaction Team, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, You MADE OUR DAY! Thank you so much for leaving us A PERFECT 5-STAR REVIEW of your recent stay at La Playa Inn.  It is awesome that you enjoyed the quiet ambiance La Playa Inn provides.  We are happy to see that you enjoyed our complimentary breakfast.  We are happy to learn that you had an excellent time staying with us in Santa Barbara and found our accommodations clean, comfortable, and spacious. We look forward to hosting you again soon for another enriching stay on your next trip to Santa Barbara.   Thank You, La Playa Inn Management   P.S. For amazing offers and the best rates on our accommodations, book directly on our website: laplayainn.com.
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p o wrote a review Nov. 2022
East Los Angeles, California64 contributions16 helpful votes
This place seemed pretty new. The customer service was good- they upgraded us to a deluxe room when we got there. Everyone working there was super friendly. Breakfast is simple but does the job. It's a 15 minute walk to State street. The bed is comfortable but also very soft - just in case you like or need a firm bed.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Response from Guest Satisfaction Team, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded Nov. 27, 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your All-star review! We will share this with our team to let them know to keep up the fantastic work.  We are honored by your praise for our hospitality, service, and maintenance.  We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and that our staff members were able to provide you with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Our healthy breakfast is the ultimate way to start the day for our guests at our hotel.  Thanks for noting our great location--it sets our hotel apart from the competition.  Come back and see us soon on your next visit to Santa Barbara. Until then, take care!  Thank You, La Playa Inn Management P.S. Always remember to book your stay directly at laplayainn.com where you will find the lowest rates anywhere online.
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tkjames7 wrote a review Oct. 2022
10 contributions10 helpful votes
Large, loud group of high school students WITH NO ADULT CHAPERONES ON SITE during our entire trip ruined our stay. From running up and down the balconies after 10:00 pm and before 7:00 am, to throwing football from upper balcony hallways down to courtyard, yelling, jumping the fence to the adjoining hotel pool where they were incredibly loud after 10:00 pm, to being utterly obnoxious when asked to quiet down. Staff at the hotel was completely unable to control the situation and quiet them down, and unresponsive to our complaints. It appears that their stay was paid for by a young conservatives seminar program funded by the Reagan library, and that the money/income for these teenagers’ stay took precedence over the stays of the rest of the paying guests. We have stayed here before and enjoyed our stay, but this was absolutely ridiculous. We were shocked at how unresponsive staff was to asking them to have the teens quiet down after 10pm, and given how many other nice properties are in the area, we will never return. LOOK ELSEWHERE, at this price point there are MANY other options.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid this hotel
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Response from Harry Kazali, General Manager at La Playa Inn
Responded Oct. 26, 2022
Dear James, Thank you for your detailed review of your recent stay. We want to apologize regarding the noise disturbance from the group that were staying at our hotels and the surrounding hotels. We realized that they were gone most of the day but they definitely made some noise leaving the hotel in the morning and coming back at night. They did have a curfew at 10pm, and we warned the chaperone on site. There was definitely NO alcohol, loud music, or any partying , and there was only one room that complained about the noise. We have shared your feedback with our team and I am truly sorry that we didn’t handle things better and have followed up with my team to ensure such a situation does not recur. My apology,
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Graeme wrote a review Aug. 2022
Loughborough, United Kingdom91 contributions63 helpful votes
Well appointed, large, clean room. Free parking was a great touch, as was the unexpected free grab and go breakfast - which made life a lot easier. When we stayed, the Spanish festival was on which meant the road outside the hotel was closed the day we left. Unfortunately, despite asking twice, no one at the hotel could advise on how we could park/leave on the day the road was closed.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded Aug. 29, 2022
Dear Graeme, Thank you so much for giving us a valuable review for your stay with us in Santa Barbara. Our staff works hard to provide spotless guest rooms and well-maintained facilities. We are pleased to learn that you were impressed by our complimentary grab-and-go Breakfast, Free Parking, and ample-spaced, clean, comfortable guestrooms. We regret the unusual situation that no one was there to assist you. Please accept my sincerest apologies for the same. It was a pleasure to host you, and we look forward to having you back soon for another pleasant stay during your next trip to Santa Barbara. Thank You, La Playa Inn Management P.S. Be sure to book directly at laplayainn.com to find the lowest available rates for our property.
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John H wrote a review Jul. 2022
San Jose, California289 contributions151 helpful votes
Nice little boutique hotel. Located couple blocks from the wharf. Check in was easy. Soft beds and pillows. Free refreshments and snacks in the lobby. Free breakfast. Nice little parking lot. Quiet rooms. Nothing fancy, just all the smalls things that makes a good stay.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded Jul. 20, 2022
Dear John, Thank you for leaving us a positive rating. I am glad that you enjoyed every bit of your stay. We work hard to deliver 100% guest satisfaction; it’s great to learn that our efforts succeeded. I hope you took advantage of all of our on-site amenities. We would love to host you again on your next visit to Santa Barbara. Once again, thank you for choosing to stay with us. Please take care! Thank You, La Playa Inn Management P.S. Be sure to book directly at laplayainn.com to find the lowest available rates for our property.
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Kristin H wrote a review Jun. 2022
Houston, Texas88 contributions20 helpful votes
My mom, sister, and I stayed here May 20-25th and had an amazing time! Jasmine greeted us our first night in and gave me a "wink" when I mentioned my mom's birthday. When we went to our room there was a wonderful surprise waiting. They gave us a bottle of wine and some delicious pasties for my mom's birthday. What a sweet gesture! It's so rare to receive that personal touch these days. This inn is quite new and opened in 2020. It was perfectly clean and in a fantastic location close enough to walk to everything. They also offer unlimited water bottles and a complimentary breakfast. We saw Jasmine many times during our stay and she was always friendly and had great tips on the area. She reminded me of Emmy Rossum. ;-) I highly recommend staying here! We loved every minute!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded Jun. 14, 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for the PERFECT SCORE. We are glad to see that you had a wonderful stay at the La Playa Inn. We work tirelessly to ensure our guests experience the best hospitality in Santa Barbara and that we were able to make your mom's birthday special is all that we desire. Again, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we would love to host you again. Thank You, La Playa Inn Management P.S. For amazing offers and the best prices on our accommodations, book directly on our website: laplayainn.com.
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DMBgal wrote a review May 2022
Los Angeles, California118 contributions86 helpful votes
Stayed at La Playa Inn for 2 nights over MDW weekend for a wedding. The pictures don’t do the rooms justice as they are much cuter in person! The property appears to be recently renovated & is spotless. Check in was a breeze and our room was ready early. Parking is free & easy (compared to $40+/day at other SB hotels) plus free continental breakfast (although we didn’t partake) as well as free waters 24/7 in the lobby. The property is well located & within walking distance of beach, the pier & Funk Zone. Staff were very friendly & housekeeping was efficient. I would recommend a room on the top floor towards the back as there is a park across the street which could result in some noise during the day. I would gladly stay at La Playa Inn again for my next Santa Barbara visit - highly recommend!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded May 31, 2022
Dear Guest, Thank You for a PERFECT SCORE and an excellent review of your stay with us at the La Playa Inn. We are delighted that you enjoyed our recently renovated & spotless property and our helpful staff. We always strive to provide our guests with the hospitality they would remember. We hope you had fun exploring our Santa Barbara attractions and nearby restaurants. Thank you so much for recommending us to others! It was a pleasure to host you at our charming & well-located Santa Barbara property. We can't wait to host you back on your next trip to Santa Barbara. Thank You, La Playa Inn Management P.S. Book your stay directly on our official website laplayainn.com to get excellent deals and discounts!
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983kirstenh wrote a review Apr. 2022
9 contributions5 helpful votes
We planned to stay here as the finale to a special trip, by splurging on a great room with a great view. When reserving the front desk staff confirmed the room we were viewing online would be the room we'd be in. Upon arrival, we were surprised to instead find a nice room with a patio which had a cement wall blocking any view . The patio itself barely had space for two chairs and to have any view you'd need to sit on the other person's shoulders. When we expressed our disappointment with the front desk, they said they were fully booked & no one could be called or help us for atleast 2 hours. We canceled our reservation & would suggest looking down the road at superior quality accommodations.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded Apr. 20, 2022
Dear Guest, We are sorry that you weren't happy with your accommodations at La Playa Inn. Please accept my sincere apologies for the state of your guest room and overall experience. This is a very uncommon scenario, and we again apologize for any inconvenience it caused you. I will investigate the matter and make sure it does not happen again. Our entire staff works hard to deliver the best facilities, offer excellent customer service, and ensure a fantastic stay for our guests. We hope you will give us another chance in the future so you can see that this was an isolated occurrence. Sincerely, La Playa Inn Management
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glennsails wrote a review Mar. 2022
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan5 contributions
The hotel is in a great location, clean, and well maintained. The service was very responsive and accommodating to our requests. Our room was very quiet and cleaned daily. The coffee in the lobby was very nice and available 24-7. The breakfast bar was good to grab a meal, as well as bottled water was available 24-7. We highly recommend this hotel and the lovely staff.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from INNsight Reputation Management, Owner at La Playa Inn
Responded Apr. 3, 2022
Hello there, HIGH FIVE!!! Thank you for your GREAT FEEDBACK and PERFECT SCORE RATING of your stay at La Playa Inn. I hope your vacation in Santa Barbara was incredible. It is a great feeling to know that we could deliver great service to our guests. Thanks for appreciating our location, in-house coffee, and breakfast. We have a well-trained and accommodating staff that works very hard to keep the hotel clean and well maintained. Thank you so much for recommending us and saying such kind words. We cannot wait to host you again on your next visit to Santa Barbara. Kind Regards, La Playa Inn Management P.S. Don't forget to book your next stay directly on laplayainn.com, where you will get exciting offers and great discounts!
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US$238 - US$395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesCaliforniaSanta Barbara
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Playa Inn
Which popular attractions are close to La Playa Inn?
Nearby attractions include Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (0.6 km), Santa Barbara Harbor (0.7 km), and Moreton Bay Fig Tree (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Playa Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a business centre.
Which room amenities are available at La Playa Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
Is parking available at La Playa Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Playa Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, The Black Sheep, and Toma Restaurant and Bar.
Are there any historical sites close to La Playa Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.7 km), Casa del Herrero (6.1 km), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (3.6 km).
Does La Playa Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.