Hotel Santa Barbara
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... feast - String Hoppers, kri hodi, prawn curry, lamb curry, seeni sambal, pol sambal and Dhal. Of course more central Californian red wine. For dessert we had a choice of five different Ice creams, they all sounded delicious a difficult choice to make
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... is pretty good - you can tell that Santa Barbara is a bit more upscale. We have dinner at California Pizza Kitchen - think your traditional Italian Pizza restaurant, but with a very Californian twist with Club Sandwich type of pizza fillings among other things. Fun concept, and certainly one of the better franchise restaurants.
Santa Barbara is only a brief stop-over and tomorrow we're moving on to the greater LA area.
We left on a Sunday afternoon, making the usual stop at the Starbucks in King City and a gas/pee break in Buellton. We stayed at the Hyatt Santa Barbara, a multi-building Spanish style resort right on the beach, about 1.5 miles east of downtown Santa Barbara. We had both the dogs with us, so we reserved a pet friendly room, which was in a building off the main hotel that was quiet and private (we didn't see another ...
... a new career path in the force. Me and Jez kept giggling to ourselves in the back about being like criminals in the back seat! When he dropped us off I obviously asked if we could have a picture and then he parted by giving us a religious $1trillion bill.
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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.
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.
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.
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.