Harbor House Inn
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Deluxe King Studio with Kitchen - 118B
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Outdoor lounge
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17 One-of-a-kind studios located one short block from West Beach nestled between Stearn's Wharf & the Santa Barbara Harbor. Room amenities include free wireless internet access and complimentary use of 3-speed cruising bicycles. Beach chairs, towels & umbrellas are also available at no charge. Harbor House Inn is Santa Barbara’s premier family-owned and operated boutique hotel. STAY LOCAL.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Express check-in / check-out
Street parking
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Fishing
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Complimentary toiletries
Telephone
Bottled water
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
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
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Location

104 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3805
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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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,862 reviews
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The Harbor House Inn garners high praise for its comfortably designed rooms, which, despite occasional noise complaints, offer guests a clean and charming retreat. Its standout location near the beach and downtown areas is a highlight for many travelers, who also appreciate the hotel's overall value, with reasonable pricing that competes with more upscale options. The staff's welcoming attitude and the thoughtful amenities, including kitchenettes, complimentary bicycles, and beach gear, earn rave reviews, elevating the guest experience at this well-regarded establishment.
Location
Convenient
Atmosphere
Charming
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Reasonable
Cleanliness
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Helpful
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laura181739 wrote a review Jan 2023
Simcoe, Canada31 contributions16 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We needed a hotel for only one night while touring the coast; the reviews are not wrong. Every step of our stay was managed professionally and with the constant friendly charm known to this town. Our room was extremely clean (please tip housekeeping) and wonderfully appointed from the kitchenette to the neat interior design. The grounds allow for parking while encouraging guests to sit in garden areas for coffee, tea…. The convenient location makes the beach, pier, wharf, and State Street for shopping all within easy walking distance. Breakfast items including biscotti and fruit are offered to accompany the coffee available in each room. The nighttime chocolates are a bonus. Checkout can be extended for a small fee. All the staff we encountered from housekeeping to the front desk (Tanya, Aaron, and Cody) seemed to love their jobs as they were keen to enhance our stay. Kudos to hardworking people! We didn’t have time to use the cruiser bikes (free of charge, well maintained, and even a beautiful colour), so we just have to return this week. Room number 7 was ideal for us, and in a few days we will experience room 9 at this quiet, quaint, unique and affordable family owned hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SanDiegoPhil wrote a review Oct 2020
100 contributions94 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was very impressed with the owners and all of their employees. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.

The standard queen with kitchen that we got was cozy, but was well appointed and decorated very nicely. With respect to drawers and a closet for clothing, there was plenty of storage for 2 people who overpacked for a 5 night stay.

The decor was very much to my liking. I have no idea how the style would be described, but they took a cozy bedroom, a very small kitchen, and an average sized bathroom and made it feel like you were actually staying in a nook of a large home... it didn't feel like any hotel that I've been to. Whoever designed the decor for this place deserves big kudos; very talented IMHO.

As far as cleanliness, the place was spotless.

The bed was very comfortable; it was firm, like we like, but also seemed to have a nice pillowtop to it.

The location was quiet, and though we occassionally heard a neighboring room's TV or screaming kid, it was quite muted....not enough to really bother me, and I am quite sensitive to noise. We got a sound night's sleep every night.

I don't think one could pick a better location for a hotel. Off the main drag, but close enough to walk and bike to it. And speaking of bikes, they had complimentary 3 speed bicycles included with the rental. They also supplied sanitized helmets and locks if you wanted to borrow one.

Besides bikes, they provided beach umbrellas, beach chairs, and beach towels... they also had great recommendations for beaches.

The kitchen had a small two seater table, and had a q small under the counter refrigerator freezer (about 3 - 3.5 cubic feet); but it was enough to keep our yogurts, cheese, a gallon of water, and some other drinks cold. It was fine for using as quick breakfast place, or to prepare some snacks, but too small to really want to hang out there for a nice dinner or anything. The kitchen was definitely the weakest spot out of the rental, but it worked out fine for us.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Reserve early to get a choice of rooms ... we decided to go only a couple of weeks out and there...
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Maria Isabel L wrote a review Jan 2021
Sebastopol, California517 contributions123 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel has very high standard health protocols and sanitation in the pandemic. Stayed in room 118C. The owners have so much consideration for guest needs from slippers to All television and cable networks. This place has everything you need with the well equipped kitchen microwave, coffeemaker, hot pot, oven, toaster etc. This is a five day trip staying in different hotels from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara. All hotels we stayed in , the water in the shower and the faucet was slimy EXCEPT this hotel. Considering that the water is near the beach five minute walk, The water seemed filtered esp when you shower. This is the only hotel we stayed in this five day tour that has fresh flowers in the room-A true sign of hospitality, and class. No breakfast are being served but snacks are available in the reception. Not to be missed is the family recipe of a banana bread! Don’t look elsewhere. Stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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grant6398 wrote a review Feb 2021
Redlands, California6 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I highly recommend the Harbor House Inn. From the moment my wife and I arrived, we felt welcomed at this very charming hotel. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful. I cannot emphasize enough how the hospitality made our stay so much better. We had a deluxe queen studio room which was very clean upon our arrival. The room was very nicely decorated and had everything we needed. There are some nice, subtle touches that show that the owners really care about the comfort of their guests including free Netflix, new slippers for the room (really nice touch!), cordless mobile phone charger, and extra towels. The air conditioning and heating worked great. The room was a perfect size for my wife and me. A major bonus is that bicycle's are available for guests to use. I'll be honest. I was expecting low-end beat up bikes but the the bicycles are new and in excellent condition. Beach chairs and towels are also available for guest use. The location is fantastic--just a block to the beach. Free parking. We got a great rate booking directly on the hotel's website (it was lower than any third party website that I checked). In short, we had a great stay and we look forward to returning. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Kristen S wrote a review Apr 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff at this hotel there treated myself and my son as family. They are a family owned business a few steps from the harbor and beach. Everything is is walking and biking distance, wether it it be the Santa Barbara Fish Market in the harbor, where you can cook your fresh fish in your room, or the many restaurants along the ocean and pier to have your meals served to you. You can walk donw downtown in less than 5 minutes, and have access to bikes to get around. The rooms have Hulu and Netflix in the room, and the best host and maid service imaginable. I would live here if I could!!
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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
Room Tip: Any room is a good room and your booking staff will help you decide.
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JTM419 wrote a review Dec 2021
Dallas, Texas19 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This charming hotel exceeded all expectations! The quiet neighborhood location is just a few steps from the waterfront but off the busy main road, parking beside the room, easy walk to beach and restaurants. (Don't miss breakfast at Jeannine's), Each room is differently configured and decorated and with the help of Paul and Cody in the front office, we were able to reserve the perfect room for our particular needs. There was a small kitchen thoughtfully supplied with anything you could need for preparing a light meal and the bathroom offered amenities you would expect to find in any deluxe accommodation. All around wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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erinmargaret67 wrote a review Apr 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our experience at Harbor House Inn! The room was very clean and had everything we needed. Despite the room listing stating there was no kitchen, we were pleasantly surprised to find the cabinets full of dishes, glasses, silverware, etc. We enjoyed taking the beach cruisers along the beach path that is just a minute away. The location was easy to find and we had no trouble with parking. We hope to come back soon!
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Date of stay: April 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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kscsc wrote a review Mar 2022
State College, PA93 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The property has a great location, a block from the beach and walking distance to restaurants and wine tastings near State Street. We stayed in 116c, which is in a well maintained historic building with high ceilings, gas fireplace, comfy bed, and updated kitchen and bath. Kitchen was nicely equipped and even included half and half, butter, salt, pepper, honey, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap, making it easy to cook. Fruit, biscotti, granola bars, and gourmet candy in the office were a nice touch. We enjoyed the free access to Hulu and Netflix. Nice outside space. The hotel was also reasonably priced compared to other similar properties.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a room with a king bed, preferably 116c.
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Quest2014 wrote a review Mar 2020
Kansas City, Missouri18 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Harbor House is truly a little hidden treasure we found quite by chance on the internet. It is in a perfect location very near the water with extensive bike and walking trails all along the water including beautiful parks and lovely residential areas as well as the famous Stearn’s Wharf. There is a trolly that runs up and down the main street that is very convenient as well. We stayed in the Deluxe King Studio that was so comfortable, quiet, spacious and well-equipped. I have a very strict diet so we always look for a place with a kitchen. This studio has a genuine full kitchen with everything needed to prepare tasty meals and there is an excellent natural grocer Lazy Acres just minutes away plus wonderful seafood. We especially enjoyed the charming outdoor patio area and on site parking. The staff was amazing, friendly and very helpful from booking to arrival to departure. Cody gave us great suggestions for walks, hikes, and local attractions we were not aware of. I highly recommend staying at the Harbor House. You will be delighted with all the amenities and service. We stayed two nights and wished we had booked another two.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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CycleGrrrl99 wrote a review Jan 2020
San Diego10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Harbor House Inn represents quality in every way from the moment you check in to when you check out. The welcome basket with snacks, fruit and drinks is an added bonus, not to mention the home baked banana bread. Our room had a kitchenette that also included the basics so we did not have to buy them - paper towels, liquid dish soap and a dish towel. They supply ground coffee for the drip coffee pot as well as filters, and liquid creamer. Everything about this place is generous. Service is friendly. Location is great a block from marina and beach, and a few blocks from Funk Zone with many great restaurants. It was only a few minutes drive from the heart of State Street. This was our 2nd time staying here and look forward to staying again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Elizabeth S asked a question Jun 2022
Indianapolis, Indiana
Is your hotel dog friendly?
Answer from PaulSHHI
Santa Barbara, California
Although we love animals, not everyone does. We ask that you please leave your pet at home during your visit to the Harbor House Inn. Our No-Pets policy applies to Emotional Support Animals, Comfort Animals, and Therapy Animals.
Meanderingsoul asked a question Sep 2017
Wisconsin547 contributions15 helpful votes
Is it possible to walk to downtown from the Harbor House Inn? What is the distance?
Answer from michaelrichardfenn
Los Angeles, California6 contributions
We always walk from the Inn to wherever we want to go in town - restaurants and shopping are a 5 to 10 minute walk. You probably won't walk to the Mission from the Harbor House but I would say well over 80% of everything you want to see or do is within walking distance.
CindySierraMadre asked a question Apr 2017
Sierra Madre2 contributions
Is on-site parking available?
Answer from Cody Traxler
Santa Barbara, California81 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi there! Yes, we do have on-site parking for small to midsize vehicles. Large trucks and SUVs are able to park safely on Bath Street just steps from our property. If you have not yet made a reservation, be sure to visit our website to ensure you receive the best available rate! Cheers, Cody T.
Jeri F asked a question Mar 2017
Bear Valley, California44 contributions17 helpful votes
Which rooms (numbers) have private patios?
Answer from TheHarborHouseInn
Santa Barbara
Greetings' Room 3 and 2-A. There are 2 beautiful out door lounge areas on the property for your enjoyment.
Kimbrel M asked a question Jan 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina
Are there connecting rooms?
Answer from TheHarborHouseInn
Santa Barbara
Hello, Thank you for your inquiry into Harbor House Inn. Unfortunately, we do not have connected rooms here. We do have rooms next to each other, but no connecting doors. Thank you for the inquiry once again! Harbor House Inn
jill13176 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Lindsay, California5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is a little tight especially if you drive a large truck like we do. "
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steven_esher wrote a tip Mar 2024
London, United Kingdom38 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had of the larger studios with guaranteed parking and that was a good option. "
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M. J. wrote a tip Nov 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Harbor House Inn enables you to walk almost anywhere and I would take advantage of it and leave the car behind. "
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Drew A wrote a tip Nov 2023
Minneapolis, Minnesota3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking can fill up but there’s on street parking which is pretty simple."
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ladymamoru wrote a tip Feb 2023
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You can actually view all of the rooms on their website!"
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C$322 - C$635 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Harbor House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Harbor House Inn?
Nearby attractions include Moreton Bay Fig Tree (0.4 km), MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation (0.4 km), and Downtown Detectives Santa Barbara (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Harbor House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Harbor House Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Harbor House Inn?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Harbor House Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Harbor House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Toma Restaurant and Bar, Finney's, and Santo Mezcal.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Harbor House Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Harbor House Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.7 km), Old Mission Santa Barbara (3.7 km), and Casa del Herrero (5.9 km).
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