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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites Santa Barbara
Encina Lodge is great
We had a lovely stay at this hotel. It wasn't fancy, but it was very nicely laid out, and the rooms were clean and reasonably spacious (we had a one bedroom suite with kitchenette for a family of five and had plenty of room). The neighborhood was quiet, the grounds were very well kept (and we loved the birdcage next to the pool and restaurant), the restaurant was fine (not gourmet, but it did the job for breakfast). The service was exceptional: whenever we needed anything, it was brought to us in minutes. And, given hotel prices in Santa Barbara, it was a fantastic value.
We really liked this hotel. Our family spent five nights there in late June. We had the room with a small kitchen. Plenty of room for the three of us. The buildings were old but well maintained and very clean. I loved the quilts on the beds... there were a lot of touches like this that made it feel like home. Pool was the perfect size my six year old. And the setting was just beautiful.. lots of flowers and shade trees. We especially loved the aviary with finches (and also one canary and one diamond dove). It was so lovely to sit by the pool and watch the birds. They made the hotel really special, setting it apart from the typical room and pool.
Don't let the staff place you in the unit at the back of the property with the underground parking!
O.K. but not great
We stayed in Santa Barbara during our recent vacation and found the hotel staff to be very helpful and the area wonderful. The grounds are very well kept with lovely flowers. However, the room, although large and airy if you opened the windows, is in serious need of updating. The bathroom's wallpaper was peeling from the wall and the smell of mildew was overwhelming. The price is too high for what you get, even considering the expensive Santa Barbara area.
We "settled" for this place because we could not get into a beachfront hotel without spending tons of $$$ on a Sat. night. We moved to Fess Parker's Doubletree the next night right across from the beach. We preferred the room at hte BW.
My husband and I loved this place! I spent hours and hours searching for inexpensive lodging in Santa Barbara but that was impossible. Once I realized that a basic decent room at the BW Ramada Inn Limited was going to cost me $153, I started looking again and comparing suites to basic rooms. I found this Encina Lodge and Suites was rated well enough and fit in for my ideal location for a quiet neighborhood, away from the beach with it's noisy train whistle as well as away from State Street and it's night life. It is very near the Cottage Hospital. The Encina was wonderful. My room was really large and sunny and airy with lots of windows in the dining room/living room area, the kitchen, the bedroom, and bathroom. The place had 2 wall unit air conditioners/fan, but we only had to use it once in the afternoon as the weather was wonderful the sunny weekend we were there. We were there to visit my son and his fiancee for the Mother's Day weekend. So I didn't need the beach or the night life.
Good but nothing great
The room was quite big, but the decor looked like it was from the 80s. It needed to be updated. The room got a bit stuffy after showering, but if you open the windows, it aired quite quickly. The staff was nice. I felt the room was expensive for the quality of the room...but then again all hotels in Santa Barbara are expensive...I would try something different next time.
Comfortable and good value
We were pleasantly surprised at this hotel and happily recommend it. Our room was very clean and airy (although you should note that the first floor rooms are much cooler). The hotel has a small pool which our children enjoyed. The front desk staff were very helpful.
The location is well away from the sea front but within walking distance of the Mission and in a pleasant environment. It is also incredibly easy to find by car as Bath Street is one of the marked exits from the freeway.
Very cute place
This hotel was not my first choice, but rather the result of last minute plans to stay in Santa Barbara. I was pleasantly surprised by how quaint this hotel was. It is not decorated in the motel standard, but more like an old inn or cabin. My only complaints are that it's not close to the beach and that my room only had a shower -- no tub. But there was fruit and cookies (free!) in the room and plenty of space for my stuff. Also, I ended up checking out about an hour late and there was no complaint or charge at the front desk.
Clean, Comfortable, Great Location
Our family of four just completed a long weekend trip to Santa Barbara and we were very pleased with the hotel. Outside the hotel looks great with fresh paint, great landscaping and nice brickwork. The architecture is slightly dated but maintained very well. We selected a two bedroom apartment that was huge for a hotel. The kitchen had a oven, full size fridge, stove, and sink. Zero pots, pans, plates, etc.
The room was great for the family. The furnishings, carpet and fully mirrored wall were very dated. The room had three beds, one was new the other two left much to be desired. For the money I would stay again at this hotel many times to come.