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Miles driven: 234 miles
Total: 1674 miles
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... Durango until we had to put Velcro on the sliding doors to stop her from opening them. Hmmmm, who taught her to do that?
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Fantastic service, beautiful room, central location, can't fault it. Would definitely recommend.
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I see myself as a very low maintenance and low key traveler so I discounted the prior comments of rude service and/or a lack of service. Well, unfortunately, I have to agree with the other reviewers. I asked four times for the minibar to be emptied (you need a key to get access to the minibar which I did not have) so that I can put a few of my own beverages in there and finally I found an engineer on the floor with a key and I accessed it myself and placed all of the beverages on the table in the room. I then asked the front desk a total of three times to have someone clear all of the beverages from the table as it was an eyesore to look at and that was never done.
Since this hotel is only about 5 or 6 months old, it's understandable to have some prowing pains. But since every hotel in town seemed to be booked and required at least a 2-night stay, we were lucky to be able to spend just one night in deluxe accommodations in the heart of the city. Pulling up, valet service was expedious and courteous; one gal at the front desk was extremely friendly, telling another party who was checking in about the rooftop Happy Hour until 10 p.m., the other front desk clerk somewhat surly and refrained from mentioning anything of note about the hotel and just handed us our room keys. The room itself was on a corner where traffic (mostly motorcycles) noise plagued us all night, plus construction work was being done right below all morning long. Although the hotel claims to be non-smoking, there was a very distinct lingering smoke smell, but it seemed to dissipate once we opened a window to air the place out -- but then heard the street noise full-force. A previous reviewer's comment about the bathroom being shutter doors is right on the money -- you'll not only hear everything your companion is doing in the bathroom, but you'll also be able to peek through. The bathroom itself, though, doors notwithstanding, is wonderful. Its fixtures are entirely Andalucian (hence, the name) in theme, with a separate decorative-tiled tub as well as a standing shower. The bath products are top rate, and you'll enjoy a (provided) candle-lit soak in the tub, reading the complimentary novel "Driving Over Lemons" included in the room. Plush robes and a cozy throw blanket on the easy chair are some of the more uncommon nice touches. The price of room service, while seemingly reasonable on the menu, can shock you once they tack on the service charge and you add a tip; I do like how the front desk calls you to inform you that the server is outside your door -- yet another uncommonly good touch -- although make sure they include napkins with your meal, which were omitted from our order. With the hard-to-beat location and luxurious-in-a-boutique-hotel-sort-of way, but with some minor glitches, I'd be hard-pressed to pay more than $200 to $250 (at most) per night.
The location is great - right off of State Street. The lobby is gorgeous, but the rooms were not up to par with a Leading Hotel. If you have stayed at many of the Leading Hotel properties, you will not be impressed with your room. There is probably no side of the hotel that has a great view--but we had a view of the Greyhound bus station--would have requested a different side of the hotel if I would have known that. The service is really lacking--they don't have it together yet and a lot of the staff are probably college kids. If you get a good rate (under $250) and want a close location to State Street, stay here. The bar/lobby is great for a drink, dessert, or nightcap. The room is not impressive but the chenille bathrobe was nice and the bed was comfortable--wish there would have been slippers and more bathroom counter space for make-up bag, blowdryer etc. Also, the bathroom has those closet-type doors with slits. The roof was ok. Unless you get one of the few chairs next to the fireplace, you are better off having drinks at the bar downstairs. We didn't take advantage of it but Golds gym is right next door and is free to hotel guests---nice. We had notated early check-in on our reservation and they did not allow us to check-in early. If you travel quite a bit and are used to great service, you will be pretty annoyed with the little inadequacies of this place. It might be worth it to spend $100 more and stay at the Four Seasons.
Excellent service. Arrived quite early and they allowed us to check in right away. The staff greeted us by name every time we left the hotel. We stayed in a corner room with a balcony. The streets that hotel is located on are very busy so we did not spend any time there and did not even leave them open due to the noise from the street. They provided great atmosphere anyway. The room was beautifully decorated with an upscale spanish flair. The bath area was large and luxurious with robes and beautiful amenites and tons of thick towels (although be aware that the doors to the bathroom and the separate toilet area within it are not solid doors but more like shutters if that is important to you). When we arrived back at around 10:30pm from our event we discovered that they had performed turn-down service, filled the ice bucket, refolded the towels and tidied the room. It was a treat we did not expect. One thing to note - they have a limited room service menu after 10:00 and we were shocked at the $40.00 we paid for literally 1/2 a cup of macaroni and cheese and glorified grilled cheese sandwich. The room service is the only reason we did not rate excellent. We would just hit a restaurant next time. Despite that small issue, we wouldn't stay anywhere else if we traveled to Santa Barbara again. Just a tip -- this is a new hotel and is on the cover of Resorts and Great Hotels. We were able to get an excellent room for a little over $250 through Orbitz but this wont last long once people discover this gem!
I'm usually really, really hard to please...yet the Hotel Andalucia exceeded our expectations on every level. The room was spacious and well appointed (hubby liked the plasma TV), the bathroom was to die for (loved all the products, especially the bath salts in the bamboo shoot), and the service was nothing short of spectacular.
While the location is great, the pool deck and patio are wonderful and the rooms are very nicely appointed (great fabrics, nice bathrooms, etc...), the service does need some work. My wife and I stayed here for several days. 1) On one morning we left at about 9Am to go do a day of wine tasting. We returned at 5Pm in order to take a short nap and get ready for a dinner reservation. The room had not so much as been touched by housekeeping. We gave them a call and they came up to do a half a** job. In the meantime, we sat down in the lounge to wait for them to finish cleaning - we we're offered a drink, but ended up being charged for it even though it was their lack of service which drove us to the lounge in the first place. 2) front desk staff never followed through on 2 requests we made of them. 3) several other minor glitches with valet/bell desk workers.
My boyfriend and I also tried out the Andulucia and were very impressed! Sure they have some minor glitches to work out, but I am sure they will be running smoothly by their six-month anniversary. The glitches we incurred were things like our room not being ready, and when we were assigned a new room the keys did not work. Just a bit of running around, but the front desk staff were very helpful and appreciative of our patience - they offered us complimentary cocktails at the bar which we unfortunately did not have time to have. Our room was very comfortable although we would have preferred some directions on how to use their DVD player. The shower had some drainage problems, but we loved the candles, the bedding, and the wonderful robes that almost made its way into my overnight bag! The next day when we overslept and bypassed the check out time, the front desk again was very nice. They also gave us some great tips for Sunday brunch - the Biltmore Four Seasons had the best buffet I have ever seen! We would definately like to return, but also would not pay more than the introductory rate of $195 - If we have to pay $400 or more we are staying at the Four Seasons.
We just returned from a two night stay at the Andalucia in Santa Barbara and had we had a great time! The location is great, just one block from State Street....next to all the shopping & restaurants. When we arrived for check in- it was around 1:45pm. At first, the ladies at the front desk were a little bit rude, insisting that check in was at 3:00pm and that the rooms were not available. At first I was upset because we had a wedding to attend at 3:30pm and I had specifically called to inquire if an early check in was okay before I booked the hotel.....the problem was quickly remedied. They found us a room and we were able to check in.
My boyfriend and I just got back from staying at the Andalucia for two nights. We enjoyed staying at this hotel because of its ideal location to restaurants, shopping and museums! It is a block off State Street which is where everything is located in Santa Barbara. You can even walked to the beach which is probably a mile or so away. We did this and found it to be a very enjoyable walk.
I was a little nervous about coming to this hotel cause it is relatively new...and i couldn't really find any traveler's reviews....but when my husband and i came to our room, we were so impressed. the room is a great size and there are countless details that make this room very special. the rate that we paid, $200, for the night felt like a bargain. the hotel is in a perfect location. just one block from state street. just wondering if and when the prices will go way up....