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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
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.
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.
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"?)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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...
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.