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Historical Traveler Reviews Pacifica Suites Santa Barbara
Upon arriving at the hotel I was pleasantly surprised by the spacious room and free wireless internet connections. While I agree that the hallways and rooms could use some renovations, I was not as offended by this as some of the other reviewers.
We've stayed here three or four times over the last several years -- always on visits to UCSB. (And yes, I wish I'd known about that UCSB rate before now!) While the location near campus can't be beat, I have to agree that this property has seen better days. While the grounds are nice, the rooms are a bit tired -- worn carpet, stained lampshades, banged-up bathrooms, etc. The indoor hallways look even worse. The bed in the bedroom was pretty comfortable, but my kids said that the fold-out bed in the living room was awful. I've noticed in the past that a lot of traveling teams (teenagers) seem to stay here, which could account for some of the wear and tear.
Just returned from a visit to UCSB outside of Santa Barbara. Found a hotel that was perfectly located about a mile from the campus. Normally they require a two night minimum but we were able to stay for just the one night. The grounds appeared very nice but the staff and structure left a lot to be desired. Attempting to check in at 2 PM after a very long drive, I was informed that the rooms would not be ready until 3 PM. I wondered how all the rooms would not be ready until 3 PM and I was going to ask but I decided to take the family over to UCSB for the hour. At 3 PM we checked in and requested a rollaway. In the room ( which was sorely in need of refurbishing eg. threadbare and stained carpet) I found no blankets on the sleeeper sofa and only one extra pillow. So after 3 calls to the front desk for the rollaway and some extra pillows and blankets, I got a very angry phone call from Art ( don't get him angry, he is the general manager) who demanded to know why I needed more blankets and pillows as I already had one extra of each. It was not until 6PM when we left for dinner that I opened the door and found the rollaway, one blanket and a pillow without a pillowcase in the hallway. Not exactly the way to promote goodwill and return clients.
Pacifica suites is a very nice hotel surrounded by lush trees. Since it's right off of the freeway, it's best to get the eastern "sunnyside" room for less noise. This hotel is about a 3 minute drive from the UCSB campus which makes it probably the nicest and most convenient hotel around(if you are visiting the campus). They have a heated pool and spa and you get a cooked-to-order breakfast in the am, which was good. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, is because the beds could be more comfortable. Hotel beds are typically marginal, but having been to to Marriott which has the most comfortable beds around, I've come to expect more in this area. The room and bathroom were spacious and immaculate.I especially liked the "mini" living room. The bath products have too much perfume in them , but I didn't care because I always bring my own brand. This hotel was a good value as the Santa Barbara is pretty expensive.
Though the location is nothing to look at (right off the freeway and aways from downtown and the beach fronts), this hotel was very nice! We were there just for a day, but the rooms were large and clean, we had a very nice veiw of the pool (I highly recommend requesting a pool view room), and the breakfast was very good, though a bit skimpy on the servings. Also, if you get to breakfast 1 minute too late, they will not serve you, so get there on time! :)
Great Hotel! Loved it!
We spent one night here and really liked the hotel. We had a crib for our 5 month old and our 6 year old slept on the sofabed in the living room. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfy. The bed was comfy too.
The pool and the breakfast were nice.It is a good 5-10 minute drive to State Street and the heart of Santa Barbara but if you have a car then I think this is a wonderful place to stay and we would stay there again.
Very comfortable, Excellent staff
We always stay here when we visit relatives in Santa Barbara. They are one of the few hotels with no size limit on pets. Judging from the barking when we walked down the hallway, I would say the majority of people in the smoking rooms are there for their pets, not cigarrettes.
Although the rooms are getting a bit threadbare, they are very large, with two rooms, two TV's a decent sized refrigerator, microwave & VCR.
The included breakfast is excellent, with your choice of eggs, meat & bread. Unlimited juice and coffee. I too hope they keep some pet-friendly rooms after they go non-smoking!
Great for Families
Great Place if you have a car and Kids and dont mind the drive to town.
Good rooms with seperate bedroom you can shut off from the living room ( where the kids slept ) Fantastic Beach only a mile or so down the road toward Gelotea at the beach park, this beach much better than those in santa barbara itself. we stayed in one of the rooms overlooking the pool. it was worth it as we could see the room from the pool and from the breakfast area( good if you have younger kids that want to stay in the room while you have breakfast or go to the hot tub.
Good breakfasts. overall would definitely stay there again.
A Real Jewel
What a pleasant surprise to stay in this cute hotel! The rooms are all suites, they have dog-friendly rooms [a genuine plus for me and my pet], nice amenities, and beautiful grounds. The hotel is located conveniently off Hwy 217, so you are very close to the university, as well as close to town. For someone returning to SB having moved away long ago, it was great to have a quiet, yet homey place to stay. FYI, the pet-friendly rooms are smoking rooms that the hotel staff ozinates before your stay. The process seemed to work very well. I have heard that the management intends for the place to go completely non-smoking in 2003; I only hope they maintain their pet-friendly policy so that we may return.