Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara
Here we were all ready to go, packed and waiting for the shuttle that had been ordered and was to pick us up in the designated spot...trouble was we weren't in the designated spot we were a long way away from it. The pick up point was were we were dropped off two days ago...on the other side of the enormous hotel....by the time we got to where we …
... Walmart shopping – we are on the road through the dry bare northern California. Endless orchards, fields were our sights.
Rest stops/Truck stops
The big trucks are everywhere, in front of us – behind us – passing us or we are passing them. I think there are more trucks than cars on the road. So for lunch break we parked between them – actually ...
Today we had to be up and ready to go by 10am when Thommo came and picked us up. We checked out and headed in the van to get breakfast then met up at the guys hotel and they checked out, then we went and got a park for the van in front of Santa Barbara pier. We spent the morning checking out the pier which has been rebuilt after a massive fire on it a few years back. We got ice cream and walked along the pier checking out some shops and taking ...
... little undercover filming! But going back to the night, the craziness had only begun. We went and sat in Mikes bedroom, a reclaimed cat room where he slept on a camping mat surrounded by 40oz bottles of malt liquor, the cheapest you can buy. He asked if we wanted to watch a movie, and we, being the little naive kids we are thought he might put on The Lion King or something, instead we sat there on boxes seemingly watching one of his porno's! We both literally looked each other in ...
... the sight of them both breaching, four times in total!! This was undoubtedly one of the greatest things we have ever seen, anywhere, and we were so awestruck (plus it happened so fast) that we have little photographic evidence! Mandy will post a rather grainy photo taken in a hurry, but ( to be honest ) I was so shocked and overwhelmed that I simply forgot that I even had a camera around my neck!!! David Bailey I will never ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMontecito Inn Santa Barbara
Don't think twice about this place stay here...magnificent. Luxury, professional and clean.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Montecito Inn Santa Barbara
Get a cheap room, because the suite they gave us at $450 per night was on the 1st floor facing the street by an intersection. It was not the only suite on the 1st floor, so check it out before you make a reservation.
They would not change the room, because they have an attitude problem.
Ask where the room is, where it faces and if it is non-smoking. Maybe you will be luckier than we were.
I just returned from a 3 day conference at a different hotel. My stay at the Montecito inn was all that I expected from a boutique hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful. My room the first night was the smallest of their rooms with a view of the alley and Lucky's restaurant next door. there was very little noise at night even though my window was open. I never heard the train, but some of the expressway road noise did filter in but became background noise. The next night I was moved to a larger room with 3 windows facing Coast Village road overlooking the entryway to the hotel. the room looked very well appointed with new looking lush bedcoverings and carpeting. Yes the bathrooms in both rooms were small. Luckily I was travelling by myself so I did not have to bargin with my husband for possession of the bathroom. The pool and hot tub were beautifully adorned with flowering shrubs. The restaurant had excellant selections of food and very reasonably priced.
Never had I stayed at a hotel as lousy as this. The rooms were tiny, and the walls were paper thin. Not only that but the rooms were subject to all sorts of traffic noise from the street and highway 101.
The decor of the room I was in was so out dated and ugly. The carpet felt dirty. I did not get a good night's sleep. HORRIBLE I tell you.
Great location and friendly staff
I recently stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms - and I mean newly renovated! I had to wait for an hour to check in because they were hanging the curtains and making the bed! Very friendly staff, they sent up a bottle of champagne for my trouble! I did not notice much noise as some of the other reviews stated. I would definitely stay there again.
I chose the Montecito Inn, because my wife and I love old hotels. We were doing a weekend "getaway" for my wife's birthday. This place is old, but we were not impressed. The faux-marble on the cabinets in the room was poorly done, and the dusty plastic flowers gave a cheap effect (not better than nothing!). There was a noisy kitchen downstairs, so all night we got to hear dishes clanking and flatware being sorted. We were awoken to bottles being thrown into a dumpster at 7am!!! When we complained to the staff in the morning, they just gave us a "feedback" form which I filled out and mailed back, along with a page-long letter to the manager. A month later, they still haven't written back. I told them I would expect this kind of thing from a cheap motel, not a $200+ per night hotel. Unless you have lots of $$$ for a big, quiet room STAY AWAY!!!!!!!
My stay at the Montecito Inn
the service was tremendous, the rooms very small but very nicely decorated, the bathroom very small enough for 1 person. Was very hard to blow dry my hair since the mirror is so high and so small. need extra power outlets in room for laptop and need a desk and mirror to style hair. had no air conditioning but an exceptional ceiling fan, We had a corner room with mountain view which faces Coast Village Road and we could still vaguely trains and noise from freeway. At night they turned down the bed and put two chocolate candies on pillow. The towels were a very good quality, along with bedding. I would stay there again.
The Montecito Cafe in Inn is wonderful.
We had a great time, the place has lots of character and the staff was great. Can't wait to go back
Nice rooms, but noisy location
The rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and cozy. Nightly turndown service. Complimentary valet parking. The staff was friendly, professional, and helpful. Dinner in the restaurant was delicious with reasonable prices for a "beach" community. Complimentary breakfast was coffee, juice and pasteries. Workout room had limited, basic equipment/weights, but easy to use. Pool/jacuzzi area was nice and pool appeared to be heated. Rooms do not have A/C, but ours had a ceiling fan. The only drawback is that the hotel sits right on the 101 freeway and is also near train tracks. It was fairly noisy as we slept with our windows open due to lack of A/C. The place is a 4 star inn, but due to the location you may want to spend the money on a place that is further from the highway.
The staff was great! Always so friendly and ready to cater to our every needs. The Hotel is very neat, a step back to the days of the 1930's.
Free bikes to ride, fantastic rate, very quite, a perfect get away.
Watch Room Location
Nice looking hotel. Clean rooms and helpful staff. Pretty pool area.
The rooms are not air-conditioned. One side of the hotel is is adjacent to the restaurant next door. We heard the sound of glass shattering from 7:00 am on and the beeping sound of trucks backing out. We had to pay in full one month in advance of our stay.