Hotel Santa Barbara

Address: 533 State Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93101, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located on 533 State Street, Santa Barbara, is near Convict Lake, Arlington Theatre, Pacific Surfliner, and Santa Barbara Land Shark.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Santa Barbara

    Quiet, central location, good deal


    having stayed in santa barbara yearly since 1986, i was surprised and delighted to find this gem. central location with valet parking at $5 per night, easy walking distance to the wharf, shops, museum, etc.. 24hr beverages and fruit in the lobby, continental breakfast. very attractive rooms with soundproofed windows. Its an older hotel that has been nicely refurbished - sort of french country. great friendly staff a good value.

    Affordable elegance.


    We really enjoyed the convenience of the centrally located hotel as well as the historic charm of the hotel. Great service. Valet parking was great with a toddler in tow.

    We loved it, and the valet parking was only $5.00.


    Someone wrote about having to pay for parking and the size of the rooms. We payed $5.00/day for in and out parking. I haven't seen that anywhere. We could walk around in ours fine. We like it because the location is a vacation on it's own and the people that work there went out of their way to be extra helpful.

    Tiny Room


    This hotel is in a great location, but the rooms are very, very small.

    You could barely walk around the bed to get to the bathroom. Overpriced for what it is, so I guess you are paying for the location. You have to pay to park too.

    Good for a short stay/first time in Santa Barbara


    For a one-night stay, this was perfectly located--right in the middle of the shopping and restaurants on State Street and a few blocks from the beach. For $169, our room was a bit smaller than expected, but nice. Our room faced State Street but there was no problem with street noise. Convenient, cheap parking behind the hotel is another plus.



    Clean hotel with nice rooms and great location. Continental breakfast was excellent but there is no room service or bar located inside the hotel.

    I've seen better


    First time I went to Santa Barbara I stayed at this hotel because I thought it was THE place to be. Right on the pedestrian mall in the middle of everything. I found the hotel to be nice and average. The rooms are nicely decorated, but very old-fashioned. This is a very old hotel. Don't get a room near the old-fashioned elevators. Charming to ride in, a nightmare to listen to in the middle of the night. Too much money just for a great location and a little charm. Read my review of the Holiday Inn Santa Barbara. This is a great hotel (the rooms are much nicer) just two blocks from Hotel Santa Barbara and still in the middle of everything. If you want to spend lots of money, stay at one of the nice beach resorts. You don't need to pay $150+ per night just to say you've been to Hotel Santa Barbara. NOTE: Holiday Inn is our little secret.

    Tasteful, Clean, & Great Location


    As the other reviews mention, the location is great. We had a room facing State Street and had no noise problems at all. The hotel has put up a thick glass on top of the original windows which totally blocks out any State Street noise. The downside is you can't open these windows. Nice details: free bottled water, newspaper, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. The hotel and our room was very clean and looked like new. Our room was satisfactory in size but it was not what I would call spacious. Could improve on the sound insulation between the bathroom and bedroom. I would definitely stay here again!

    Location, location, location.


    We recently spent a night here on our trip through California. Great place if you like to walk around and not drive. Close to great restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Can't see the beach, but it's only a ten minute walk away. Bright and big room. Nice added bonus was complimentary continental breakfast which included good donuts, muffins, and fresh fruit. Valet parking only five dollars and they have a gate to keep your car safe at night. Ask for room facing parking lot as noise from State Street may keep you awake.

    Good location


    We stayed at the Hotel Santa Barbara in early April. The location is terrific -- there were plenty of great restaurants and bars located in a three block radius from the hotel. The hotel is also located in the middle of the wonderful shopping district.The hotel room itself was average, with a good sized bathroom and comfortable bed. You pay more for the location than for the room itself, but for Santa Barbara it was a good deal.

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    Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara

    Superb Santa Barbara

    A travel blog entry by alwaysastory on Sep 09, 2015

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    ... I had the most amazing beef stroganoff with rice followed by a lovely stroll along the gift shops which were along a cobbled road. We went into a great vintage store where I bought a little gift for myself. It was going to have to be shipped to England though because it was a little bit on the big size (oops) After all that excitement it was time for bed. The next day I got up and visited a Spanish church ...

    Hiking + a beautiful night

    A travel blog entry by tnanoble on Jul 20, 2015

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    A beautiful night's sleep and we wake up feeling energetic. We eat breakfast and head straight to Starbucks for our regular caffeine hit.

    We head towards Big Sur and drive along the coast line for an hour or so, and it’s beautifully scenic. It’s a bright sunny day and the water is beaming blue and it’s an amazing drive along the windy roads. It sort of looked like the Great Ocean Road (not that I’ve been on it, but ...

    First exposure to Santa Barbara ... had to shop

    A travel blog entry by renebabin on Mar 22, 2015

    1 comment, 1 photo

    Not typically my first thing to do, but we HAD to go shopping. Seems the airline didn't want to load all our luggage, our friend Fran got hers, but Leslie and Rene's ... The cute matching Tumi suitcases didn't show up. Filled out the paper work, gave them a contact cell number ... Fast on texts messages to let you know they are looking for it. But ... Four hours ...

    Courtney's birthday

    A travel blog entry by beckerli on Aug 13, 2014

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    ... we went to the beach at Olive Mill exit. There we met some of Jenny's friends with their kids. It was quite high tide so not too much beach. The air temperature was warm but the water was very cold. Back at the house I played "Eile mit Weile" with Kira at the little guest house. So she is the expert in the family on this game. On my way up to Courtney's I stopped for some shopping in Santa Barbara. Courtney, Damon, Merritt, Colleen, Ron and me celebrated Courtney's birthday at the ...


    A travel blog entry by bildungskarenz on Apr 06, 2014

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    I can tell you one thing: Brasilian folk knows how to have parties. We drove to the Santa Barbara Springbreak, starting drinking at 10 a.m...oh man, I don't even dare recalling how many drinks we had. Was funny, cause when we departed from L.A. everyone was sober, then after we met again two hours later in Santa Barbara nodody bar the drivers hadn't been boozing for hours.

    By the ...

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