The Sandman Inn

Address: 3714 State Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93105, United States | 2 star hotel
 
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This 2 star hotel, located on 3714 State Street, Santa Barbara, is near State Street, Mission Santa Barbara, and Jesusita Trail.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Sandman Inn Santa Barbara

    Reviewed by theresacole2228

    Great place to stay.

    Reviewed Oct 1, 2014
    by (1 review) , Ireland Flag of Ireland

    Friendly staff, complimentary hot drinks in lobby 24/7, very clean rooms, nice area & free breakfast.

    Having lunch waiting to check in
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Sandman Inn Santa Barbara

    Great pool and spa

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    We've stayed here a few times, and the experience has always been enjoyable. They have simple, clean rooms that are close to the pool and jaccuzi. The front desk is always efficient and courteous.

    Like the Sandman, but gee...

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    Management comes and management goes, but the Sandman goes on forever.

    The place is charming and usually quiet; amenities are acceptable.

    Reservations are often hard to get because the motel staff doesn't seem to know how to use their own reservation service. It's almost never booked solid, but you couldn't tell by the number of rejected reservation requests you get. Their latest trick seems to be requiring that you reserve a room for two nights (?!). There are too many competing motels within driving distance for them to pull that kind of malarky. I've been staying there for over 15 years, but I've about had it with trying to get a room there. It seems to be part-and-parcel of Santa Barbara's new deal of treating tourists like trash and the panhandlers like royalty. Good reason to go to Solvang instead.

    Very nice place!

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    I recently stayed at the Sandman Inn this past August for one night. It was a very enjoyable experience except for one thing. I have an extreme fear of spiders and there was a big one in my room. That is my one and only complaint. This is a great place to stay especially for a budget traveller.

    Clean, pleasant-nice area

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    The Sandman was a very pleasant experience from the get-go. It was very clean. The sheets clean & pressed - a good bed. The furnishing were '70s but clean and adequate. The property is described more elaborate than exists today but still has mature plantings. The neighborhood was much better than described. We found Jeannine's Bakery a delight nearby for Sunday Breakfast. Fresh, organic juices, Coffee house coffee, fresh fruit, baked goods - beautiful presentation. Free parking.

    Lovely older style motel

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    Set in pleasant spacious grounds away from the road, conveniently located on the main street, older style decor but perfectly clean, functional and pleasant, nice shower, comfortable beds, excellent breakfast with rolls from the local bakery, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Santa Barbara is a beautiful town. The only down side - it's a little too far from the town centre/beach (2-3 miles) and parking downtown can be a problem.

    Rude Staff

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    During two recent stays at the motel, we experienced rude and unhelpful attitudes on the part of several of the employees behind the front desk. In addition, the restaurant that is indirectly connected with the motel has unfortunately copied the employee bad behavior traits of the motel, as well as posting incorrect hours of operation.

    Home away from home

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    The Sandman Inn was such a pleasant and cozy place for me to stay while on business trips, it is now my top choice to take my family as well!

    Not only is the Inn a great place to stay, but theres great food right next door at their restaurant. Highly recommended!

    Bad management

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    The manager at the hotel was so rude to me, when they were the ones that messed up. They made a booking mistake with my room, and all he could do was say it was my fault.

    Smelly unsafe heater

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    I had reserved a room at the Sandman Inn because it had 3 queen beds, which was hard to find for 3 women on a weekend shopping trip. We arrived on a cold, rainy night in May 2003. My heart sunk when I saw the room - old, musty, damp, motel-type room with the bed next to the front window & parking lot. Felt like people could see in the window because the curtains didn't offer full privacy. Not what I expected for a discounted rate of almost $150/night. The room was very cold. After attempting to turn on the old wall heater, we had to call maint to fix it. The maint man had trouble starting the heater. The pilot light had blown out & was refusing to start. When the heater did start, it emitted an odor. We felt the room was unsafe because of possible carbon monoxide poisioning. I complained to the front desk, stating that the room was unsafe & I wasn't going to stay there. They refused to refund my deposit & the manager refused to talk. Knowing no one would sleep well due to the cold & our fear of carbon monoxide posisioning, we checked out anyway. Even though it was almost 11:00 at night & would be a big hassle to move, we felt that strongly. I'm currently disputing the charge with Visa. We moved to the Best Western Peppertree Inn right next door on State St & am glad we did! We actually got a better rate & the grounds & room were very pretty. Reminded me of how Santa Barbara should look-Spanish style with lots of colorful flowers. When I mentioned my Sandman experience to the front desk at the Best Western, the clerk said she had worked at the Sandman Inn for 2 weeks & left because it was a dump. My feelings exactly.

    Older but nice

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    Santa Barbara is a beautiful town. The Sandman Inn is an older hotel. But the room had a fridge and iron and ironing board and hair dryer. No bathtub just a shower stall. It had two pools to choose from. One had a hot tub. Did not eat in the resturant. A great place to eat is a place called Woody's Beaudacious BBQ. Its a bit of a drive up State ST. But it is really good.

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Sandman Inn Santa Barbara

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
     

    Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara

    Day 2 cont

    A travel blog entry by theresacole2228 on Oct 01, 2014

    9 photos

    Arrived sandman inn santa barbra 2:30pm, cudn't check in till 3pm so had lunch round pool. Courtesy of Ray the chef, sandwiches, crisps, salad, yogurt, fruit & orange juice.
    After we checked in we took drive down through the lovely town (american riviera) to the beach & had a sroll across the pier. At the end of pier where locals were …

    USA Road Trip - A Day in Santa Barbara

    A travel blog entry by nath_and_rach on May 21, 2014

    28 photos

    After waking we enjoyed the complementary continental breakfast including the famous American bagels and waffles covered in syrup before heading into Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal town, with sandy beaches, surrounded by picturesque mountains. We parked up by the West Beach, near the harbour and walked along the beautiful coast …

    The Way to the Warm Jan, 6 – 12, 2014

    A travel blog entry by raroboy on Jan 12, 2014

    65 photos

    ... even not overly large.

    From there we walked through some real nice palm tree lined streets and admired the big mansions, until we reached the main State streets: shopping, banks and restaurants…. Finally we reached the Stearns Wharf…. From here we enjoyed nice views back to Santa Barbara and the mountains; we felt the cold wind…. Which made us walking a little faster, ...

    Day 123 - Road trip to Santa Barbara

    A travel blog entry by jayandbob on Oct 23, 2013

    12 photos

    ... he uses that on everyone. We got on the road and out of San Francisco and heading south in the direction of Santa Barbara. Thommo wanted to drive the pacific highway, although it's 2 hours longer it has better views as you drive right next to the ocean. It took a bit to get out of San Fran, then we drove through national park areas because there were lots of trees and also various national park signs with camping grounds and barbecue areas, also RV ...

    New friend (again), shopping (again) & Museum !

    A travel blog entry by jproulx on Apr 14, 2013

    4 comments, 13 photos

    ... after a day's work. MY
    week was like the other weeks. Thursday me and my family went in a Bar (Yes I
    know, I didn’t be 21, but it’s a restaurant/bar so I can go there). We play a Pub
    Quiz game. It was really fun. We win the game! WWWOOOUUUUHHHHOOOOOUUUUUU!!!!
    Free drink next Thursday! LIKE THAT! Saturday I went in downtown and I found a
    boutique who sells souvenirs, gift ...

    Traveler Photos The Sandman Inn Santa Barbara

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