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TravelPod Member ReviewsOld Yacht Club Inn Santa Barbara
Stayed in the original structure (there is a newer building next door). The staff were very friendly but not in your face. Interesting pictures and decor. The wine social was a nice touch and the breakfast was delicious. Good location and quiet.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Yacht Club Inn Santa Barbara
Just like home - if I was broke!
In my entire life, I've never been so happy that I didn't get the room that I really wanted. I booked a spontaneous and romantic birthday weekend getaway for my boyfriend and myself less than a week in advance, and I was initially disappointed that only the smallest room was available. However, now I'm thrilled that I didn't pay a single cent more for this place.
I live in a 1920s era beach house, and I expected this bed & breakfast to be at LEAST as nice as home. Instead, the Old Yacht Club Inn was exactly like being at home - if I had no money, had to buy cheap shampoo (Suave), lived next to the train tracks instead of the ocean, never cleaned my mildew-ridden shower curtain, and failed to fix the "antique" plumbing when it needed it. (Yes, the sign in the bathroom asking you not to use too much tp actually called it that.) And don't let them fool you - despite what they proclaim on their website, it's not "beachfront." It's walking distance, but a couple blocks away.
I think what bothered me the most was that the innkeepers fail to even TRY to appear as if they value their guests. Okay, if the current state of the econony means that you have to cut back on amenities and refill your shampoo and lotion bottles (yes, they tell you in writing that they do this), fine. At least get some NICE bottles for your Costco toiletries. I have a sneaking suspicion the stuff provided was actually cheaper than the Suave on the label (I didn't use it), and the ugly plastic bottles were just an unnecessary slap in the face to guests paying $150+ a night. And if you have to provide cheap wine in a jug for the afternoon social hour, pour it in the kitchen. Yes, when we taste it we'll know. But still. Seeing that jug was just too much.
Granted, when we asked for a day spa recommendation so that we could get massages, the innkeeper went on the internet to try to find one for us. However, she was not successful. We found one on our own the next day, and it was wonderful! (It's called Peace, FYI) But I would think that would be the type of knowledge that anyone who runs a bed & breakfast should have at their fingertips. It's not like we asked for a good archery range or a restaurant that makes the perfect peri-peri sauce. Nobody was actually rude, but we always felt like we were somehow in the way and that a simple request was interfering with something more important.
And then there was the train. It runs throughout the night, every night. And trash day is Monday. You'll find that out bright and early as the trash truck hovers a few feet from your window. At least you don't need a wake-up call.
Now I know why they made their cancellation policy so crystal clear. (NONE after you arrive.) Still, we would have tried to get out of our second night if we hadn't been totally exhausted from a great all day hike. It just wasn't worth the hassle. There were good reviews on other sites, but I wish I'd seen this site before booking! It's the accurate one.
In the end, we did extend our stay in Santa Barbara and we loved the city, which is amazing. We highly recommend the Eagle Inn, whose friendly and helpful staff and beautiful, clean rooms saved the day!
Worst b and b I've ever stayed at
This bed and breakfast is not worth the $250.00 a night price tag--rude hostess, worn out upholstery in the room, cheap fireplace and bed comforter, horrible train noises (from ll p.m. on), creaking floors, and mediocre food. I will not make the mistake of returning.
Don't Waste Your Money Here! A Pathetic Place!
My sons gave my husband and I a $150 CABBI gift certificatefor Xmas, so this March my daughter and her family stayed at an oceanfront hotel in Santa Barbara and we had the unfortunate experience of staying at the OLD YACHT CLUB INN right next to the railroad tracks. It looked okay at first, but our experience was a nightmare (see other negative reviews right here on TripAdvisor-wish we'd checked first!). We paid with the gift certificate as soon as we arrived (???) and although the total for the tiny little room was $142+, we were never given any change! We told the staff person (seemed like a teenager) that we wanted to leave before breakfast was being served so he said he could leave some granola and coffee out for us. As I said, the room was tiny and faced toward the railroad tracks so all through the night we kept hearing the trains and couldn't sleep at all (remember "My Cousin Vinny"?)
Old Yacht Club touts of their romantic rooms and lovely decor and it all sounds so wonderful on their website, but beware...Smart and Final soap in the original bottle was an added touch we would never have expected-as well as full size bottles of VO5 shampoo and conditioner (half used-apparently by previous guests!). How cheap can one be? We were also surprised by the afternoon wine and... no, not cheese and crackers...how about cookies? Who has ever served dry wine with cookies?? After all people are only paying up to $239 without tax, why should they go to the trouble of putting out little soaps and individual bottles of shampoo and conditioner as well as have CHEESE (of all things) with WINE?? The bikes that they have to let guests use are old rusty pieces of metal-what a joke.
When we went down for breakfast after a sleepless night, we didn't see any granola or coffee. After waiting 20 minutes, we finally spoke to the teenager, and he pointed out two aluminum paper covered bowls on one table that he said were for us (no card or anything with our name or room number on it, which could have helped immensely). These people put no thought into anything they did-the entire experience was horrible. While we ate our rock hard granola, we spoke to a couple from Britain who had stayed there years ago, and they would never return. They said they were extremely disappointed; it was like a different place entirely. When we returned from our trip to central California, I attempted to reach the owner, Elaine-I believe was her name. It took 6 phone calls to finally reach her due to being told she'd be in at a certain time, then she wasn't there etc. I explained our disappointment in staying at her inn, but she sounded like she couldn't care less. I brought up the fact that we'd been charged $150 for a $142 room, so she irritatedly said she'd refund the difference. She did send a check which the bank would not cash because she hadn't written it correctly (instead of writing my name she had written the dollar amount on that line, plus the line below). When I called her to tell her, she was truly rude and even more irritated! Next time she sent a business check.
I am shocked that this inn is recommended on many B & B websites and reports-maybe the people writing the reviews need to stay again without telling them who they are! Save yourself a terrible nights' stay and take yourself and your money somewhere else in Santa Barbara-its too beautiful a place to waste it at the Old Yacht Club Inn!
Old Yacht Club Inn, Santa Barbara
We went to the Old Yacht Club Inn for a weekend get-away. It has a wonderful location on a side street near the beach, but we really didn't take advantage of it since it was winter. Our room was not very big and the decor was nice, but not exceptional, yet it was clean and pleasant. An unusual touch was the small decanter of sherry in the room, and a larger one was always available in the breakfast room. Our room was in the second house--the inn is actually in two adjacent old homes, and it was a nice, quiet place to stay. The breakfasts were quite good, served in a room which also had a sitting area with reading materials and a fireplace. The innkeepers were very accomadating and made eggs for me on the morning when the menu was French toast, but I was on a low carb regime and they cheerfully met my request. This was a very pleasant place.
They could do better...
I stayed at the Old Yacht Club Inn last month, primarily because it was one of the few places still available in Santa Barbara that weekend when I booked. (If you plan to go to Santa Barbara in August, book early! I waited til May and had few affordable choices.)
The good things about this place: I had a lot of questions regarding places to go in Santa Barbara and the inn-keeper was very helpful. The food was also very good, and not just your basic danish/croissants fare with o.j. No matter how tired we were in the morning, we made a point of getting up to catch breakfast. They also have snacks out throughout the day and in the afternoons you can have wine and mingle with the other guests. The inn is also only about 2 blocks from the beach and the neighborhood is safe and pretty quiet. The best thing about the room, I think, was probably the shower. Great water pressure and plenty of hot water. It is my pet peeve when the water barely trickles out of the showerhead. The room we stayed in was a decent size, no bigger or smaller than the average hotel room.
The things I didn't like about this place: The neighborhood is quiet... unless the train is coming through, which it does twice a day. I stayed in the building next to the main house and it felt like the train might actually come through the door. Also, the rooms have that musty smell, like you'd find in an old house, as if it needed to be aired out more often, or could maybe use an air freshener here and there. Same goes for the linens and towels, and you could tell the bed was on the old side. There was a musty old wardrobe in the room, but I decided not to put my clothes in there because I was afraid the smell would cling to my clothes, and since there was no other closet in the room, my storage space was limited to my luggage.
I think for what they charge in the summer, they should definitely have better sheets and towels, and at least make the rooms smell fresh and clean. I had friends in the newer Cottage room and even their room had that musty smell.
Run Down. Shabby. Neglected.
We stayed at The Old Yatch Club Inn to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, a lonnnng time ago! At the time I was young and not a very experienced traveler. We had a big nice, antique filled room, in a big old historic house. I think my parents paid for the room as an anniversary gift, so I wasn't paying much attention to whether it was a good rate or not. At time, I think we had to share a bathroom/shower with other people on the 2nd floor, and that was not my cup of tea on a romantic vacation. Other than that, I think I was fairly pleased with our stay.
I must have been, because, out of nostalgia, we went back and booked a weekend for our 10th wedding anniversary. (We had honeymooned in Santa Barbara). I had remembered the shared bathroom and didn't want to go that route, so we booked a little private cottage, unttached to the main house. I don't know if my expectations had ballooned or the place had really gone downhill, but I was disappointed beyond words.
I have to admit, it was my 10th anniversary and I had high expectations. We had spent Thursday night at the Blue Lantern Inn, in Dana Point, which was so clean and nice, with every luxury. We came from there to here at the Old Yatch Club Inn. And it was quite a departure from the night before! Run Down is what comes to mind, if I had to distill it down to a few words. Honestly, from a girl hoping for something special on her 10th wedding anniversary ... it felt like a real dive.
The towels were threadbare and worn; Like old hand-me-downs you'd have in your first apartment. The toilet ran constantly, unless you shook the handle. The bed linens were shabby and musty. And worst of all, there were little notes all over the room, admonishing you not to tax their system too much.. "Please don't flush the toilet too often. We are trying to conserve water in California." (huh?) Please don't use the phone too much. Other people may be waiting to use the line." "Please don't wash your face with the washclothes. Makeup can stain the towels." Everywhere you looked, there were nagging little cards telling you what-not-to-do. To me it all said "we really don't want you here. We're not set up for guests."
I felt ashamed of myself for being such a princess, but on the night of my 10th wedding anniversary, I stood in the mildery shower and cried. I couldn't believe we were paying almost $200 a night for this dive. I begged my husband to check us out and move to a nice clean Motel 6, where I was allowed to wash my face and flush the toilet.
We stayed, but we never went back. And from that trip on ... I've learned my lesson that beautiful rooms and fine service are well worth the money.
Now, this was several years ago... I hope it's under new ownership and I hope the proprietors have an opportunity to respond here if they have made some major improvements. If not, I would say that the rooms should run about $80 a night, because it's quaint and historic. Unless they have improved the place, they have no business charging over $100 per night. I usually believe that you get what you pay for... this did not hold true at the Yatch Club Inn.
The property is located in a quite neighborhood on the east side of town. Yes, you can occasionally hear the train, but it is not really loud. We stayed in the delux room in the house adj to the main house. It was very large with a sitting area and a comfortable bed. It even had a cute electric fireplace, that we used besause it got chilly during our stay in March. the Jet tub worked well, but only had jets on the sides, not on the back.
As others have mentioned the bikes they have are very used and rusty beach cruisers, sometime an originally multi-speed turned into a beach cruiser, they are all single speed. I almost crashed when the chain came off just after we finished going down a very very steep hill. If it had come off while still on the hill I would have, as there are no hand brakes, only foot a foot brake, as it was I was still going 10-15 mph and had to drag my feet on the ground to stop. But, as we had come by train, it was our only means of transportation, besides walking and they did get us from plase a to place b.
The food in the morning was excellent, a full meal of eggs, french toast, strawberries, juice, coffee, lots of tea choices. You could even have a custom made omlette if you wanted. They have different meals each day, definately not a continental type breakfast offered at other B&B's or hotels!
The wine and cheese in the afternoon was also good, plus it gives another oportunity to meet other guests staying here, breakfast being the other time.
Overall it was a nice place, but probably not really worth the $ they charge. For a just a little more $, try the Inn of the Spanish Garden, A truley first class B & B. Wouls I stay here again, probably not unless they lower their prices.
Not what it pretends to be
We stayed at this place for two nights desiring a two day getaway. Our advise, keep looking.The train line is close by and the trains rumble by starting in the very early am so do not expect to sleep late. The bikes that are available are a ouple of rtusted cruisers and you are better off walking. I echo the sentiments of another reviewer in this regard.The place is managed by a bunch of inexperienced young people. The owner is not-resident and it appears that he/she has let things slip considerably. To be frank, the sheets on the beds were stained and did not appear to have been washed after the previous occupants checked out. We would have bolted, but it was quite late at night when we arrived. BTW, they close the place down by 8 pm or so so if you arrive later, you have to find your way. Also, if you have a problem with the plumbing, or the like, there is nobody around.Bottom line, this place is NOT up to par for a place that professes to be a first rate B&B. For example, the handles for the bathroom fixtures comes off in your hand. The advertised Jacuzzi is a one-person tub with some jets.
Better to avoid
I had 2 rooms in October at the Old Yacht Club Inn B&B and I am not impressed with it. Although everything functioned well, the smell of old house was in the rooms, maybe due to the lack of ventilation in the bathrooms and the moisture.
The location is OK, but too far for walking into the center of town. Otherwise the beach is close by. The personnel of the Inn has a rather smug attitude.
Also, when making a reservation, make sure that you call them if you don't receive a confirmation email with the rate spelled out, so that you don't find the morning of departure that the rate they had in mind was different than what was mentioned over the phone....
That is what happened to me...
Unpleasant stay at this b&b
My husband and I did stay at your B&B on this date, and we must tell you that we were disappointed. His parents had looked on the internet for a place in one of their most beloved cities. When they looked at your website, they enjoyed what they read and saw. We were given a $150 gift certificate for your property. When we called to book a room for Saturday, Feb. 23, we were told that the only room available was the deluxe suite. Although we were hesitant to pay so much for a room, we agreed to it. We were initially told it would be a two-night minimum, which was a complete surprise to his parents, since it is was not mentioned when the gift certificate was purchased. Somehow we were able to have a one night stay. I wish we hadn't.
When we got to the property, we were greeted by a cheerful young lady who showed us to our room in an adjoining property. The stairway smelled as though someone had tried to cover up a musty odor with some type of air freshener. Once inside our room, we were appalled that the "fireplace" the website speaks of is actually more like a space heater with a rotisserie of paper flames in the background. The "in room Jacuzzi" was nothing more than a one person bathtub with some jets. There were no "fresh cut flowers" in our room, as you advertise. Nevertheless, we had a gift certificate to use, and we were running out of daylight, so we headed for the bikes that are provided. We went out to find rusty beach cruisers that were wedged together in the bike rack. Still, we had our mind set on biking around, so we took them out. While cruising, there was some clatter and uneven motion attributed to the chain area. We later figured out that the chain was loose. It unded up coming undone while we road down State Street. Fortunately, we were able to find a spot to pull over and fix it. We soon returned the bikes and got ready for the evening. Upon our return, I was in the mood to try the bathtub. However, I soon realized that it is prohibited to use the jets after 10:00 p.m., and being 10:30 p.m., I had to skip it. The shower head was underpowered, and I figure it would take at least a half-hour to fill the bathtub. The french toast the next morning was good, but only one server? And one glass of juice per person? For $220, we feel as though we were ripped off. I certainly feel that the least I could do is send you my honest assessment of our stay in your "deluxe" room. For $220 a night, we could have stayed nearly anywhere in the city, and I am sorry to say that we spent the money on your property.