Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
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Which in Santa Barbara means do you want the sauce on the top of the burrito or beside it. Poor girl, had to explain everything to us. Blackened or boiled. Wet or dry. After they had a giggle about us being Australian, they were really lovely and helped us out. And the blackened was really nice, plus I had it wet with cheese sauce. Mmmm yummy.
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Always feel as though I'm in some kind of sanitised nature park when in California. This is not nature "red in tooth and claw" but nature manicured with nail scissors. Even the Pacific looks as though ...
... in this pass surrounded by cool mountains. I remember this road from a few years ago when we spent a couple weeks in Lompoc. Not much at this rest area but washrooms and barely enough room to park a couple motorhomes and a dozen or so cars. We ate and moved on. The ocean was in view again shortly and the road was right beside it for the rest of the way. We made a short detour through Carpenteria, where my sons ...
... in a BBQ marinade. We also got to see bubble gum alley, the world record for the most bubble gum stuck to a wall. Aside from being slightly repulsive it was pretty cool to see and walking down there were some minty aromas filling the air. It was here that we also learned that Big Sur National Park had been closed due to mudslides. This put a massive dent in our plan as it had pretty much been the whole reason we had driven up the coast in the first place. So we had ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Express Santa Barbara
The hotel is located in one of the historical buildings from 1917 and it is very special in that sense. The rooms are a little bit small, but they are nice and clean and provide what you ask and pay for. The breakfast is included and is pretty standard though it had scrambled eggs and saucage as the hot part of the breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Our stay in Sept. in Santa Barbara was a delightful experience. As a long time priority Club member, my husband uses his points for family vacations, and to be honest, Holiday Inn Express sometimes means staying in hotels where every corner possible has been cut. The one in Newport Beach has no soap dish in the bathtub, and the free breakfast was the bare minumum. What a pleasant surprise ! No corners cut here - the room had everything and the breakfast was great. Only one complaint, the rollaway bed was really bad.. Our adult daughter sometimes stays with us to maximize our time together when we are visiting her in Ca. But to be fair, we have never had a good rollaway bed. They are always very old and we just put the mattress on the floor. We really did enjoy the charm and history of the building, and also it's convenient location.We are planning another trip to Santa Barbara in the future, and will definitely stay at the Holiday Inn Express.
Great Location. Leave the car at home.
Just returned from a Labor Day weekend stay in Santa Barbara and my family and I were very satisfied with the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is ideally situated just off State St. and a short 10 minute walk to the Amtrak station. Combined with the trolleys which run up and down the main drag, there was no need to take the car and fight the holiday traffic. The hotel itself was well staffed and the place looked pretty clean. We asked for a room off the street and found it very quiet. The bar accross the street seems to have gone out of businesss for now anyway, which made for quiet evenings. We also were able to get a roll-away cot for our daughter at no extra charge. The breakfast was OK, nothing to get excited about, but sufficient enough to have something to hold you over. All in all, a very nice place to stay if you want to be close to everything.
Just returned from wonderful California,July 2004.
We only managed to stay in Santa Barbara,for the one night.I think the reviews ,for the holiday inn express are quite accurate.The hotel is a basic and clean,with a limited breakfast,also not great for parking,but the big plus is the location,just off state street with plenty of night life.So considering the location it was reasonably priced compared with others in the area
Nice hotel shame about the noise
We stayed here for 2 nights at a weekend. The hotel was nicely decorated and the rooms clean and comfortable. The free breakfast was good with plenty of choice and the cinnamon rolls were particularly good. However the hotel's convient location means that it is very noisy at night with the bar opposite and police sirens etc and traffic noise during the day. There is no double glazing or sound proofing and we did not get much sleep. It would probably be better in a room over looking the car park than the street.
Considering the price I would have stayed somewhere quieter.
Very nice little hotel
Stayed in December for one night at the SB HIE. The staff were extremely pleasant. The room was clean and spacious and very clean. The same again for the bathroom. I liked the fact that you could open the windows to let in fresh air which is nice. The refrigerator in the room and the upgraded toiletries were especially welcome. The breakfast was not bad at all - a welcome surprise. The hotel was also conveniently placed. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Just came back from a short trip to Santa Barbara. Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is not glamorous by any means, but if you're looking for a decent place to stay in a good location ... with a decent price tag, this is a good one. Pros: Nice little complimentary breakfast, good location, walking distance to State Street shopping.
Cons: Limited hotel parking (decent street parking), small rooms, thin walls. If you want a quiet room, request an upper floor away from the street. Haley St. isn't too busy, though.
Quality Stay @ Resonable Price
Stayed three nights 11/14-17. Hotel is located 4-5 blocks up from the Pier and just off of State Street where most of the shops and resturants are located. A great location.
The hotel is 'basic' (it's actually a Holiday Inn Express not a Holiday Inn)...it's not a 'resort' type facility...but a rather a nice, clean, pleasant hotel from which to have a base to explore the sourrounding area. The room was relatively large and clean. The heat/air system worked fine...the toiliteries were higher end than your typical HIE.
Parking is $7.00 per night. As an HIE a free Continental Breakfast was available each morning in the lobby. It was your basic Co. Breakfast with bagels, cereal, milk, juices, danish, yoguart, coffee, teas, hot chocolate, oatmeal, fruit or hard boiled eggs. As an HIE free local calls were included.
If you're comfortable with Santa Barbara and aren't looking to be pampered in the confines of a resort but rather want a base of operations to explore...this is a good choice.
Excellent Basic Hotel in a Pricey Area
I just returned from 3 nights at the Hotel Virginia and it was an excellent bargain considering the location: a half block from State Street. The room I stayed in had 2 doubles and was fairly spacious and very clean. The bathroom appeared to have recently been redone and was quite nice and spacious. The front desk staff was friendly. I travel for my job, so I stay in lots of hotels in varying price ranges. I will be returning to Santa Barbara, and unless I choose to stay along the beach, the Hotel Virginia will be my choice.
Excellent hotel in excellent location
I was reluctant to stay at this hotel because it is a Holiday Inn and the picture on the internet doesn't look too great. What a surprise!!!
The building is beautiful and the location is excellent. Near the pedestrian mall and walking distance to the ocean. My room was large, clean, and nicely decorated. The staff was very helpful. I would not stay anywhere else. You are not going to find a better bargain in Santa Barbara.
The room was good-sized. The free breakfast area was well-maintained.
The hotel staff was helpful. The location is excellent - very close to pedestrian shopping and numerous good restaurants.