How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Franciscan Inn Santa Barbara
Staff to be proud of!
Although we've rated this Inn as average, the staff is anything but! They are the most helpful and friendliest people and nothing was an inconvenience to them. The room (suite) was pleasant and clean. Breakfast was a disappointment. Would we return? Definitely!
Great for beach and self-catering possible
We choose family suite with kitchen/ dining area so could cook meals and price worked out reasonable(Santa Barbara expensive!). Room a bit gloomy. Nice clean pool. Location - fine for walk to beach but long walk uptown. Breakfast Hostess astounding!!
We will be back
We stayed here in July and loved the location and cleanliness of the inn! Very charming and the staff is friendly and helpful. The building and grounds are very nicely kept up!
Quite even with the windows open
we stayed for four nights with our four year old. our room was a king bed with a full size in a small room add on. The room was in a quite location and had air that we needed in the day. At night we opened the windows. The TV had a VCR with free movies. Towles were fine. Pellows are to flat. Breakfest was muffins and cresents. The location was good but we still needed to drive with a kid. The trolley was taking to long and stopped running after six.
Lived up to other reviews
We chose this hotel based on other reviews and the hotel definitely lived up to our expectations. A fraction of the price of other hotels near the beach, we had a very large room, thoroughly enjoyed the secluded hot tub and the free video hire and the breakfast was delicious. Definitely worth the money.
The secret of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara is a remarkably beautiful and pleasant destination; thus, accomodations are pricey. However, we love this area and fortunately have not had a bad hotel experience.
However, this hotel stands out firmly among others and deserves a rave review. The staff is very competent and very friendly. Rooms are very nicely decorated, cheeful, and roomy. A great swimming pool is available, and the location--just a few blocks from the beach--is the best.
There are many "name" hotel choices in this city, and some people need the prestige of that "name." But why would you want to pay more than you have to for a beautiful, quiet room in an atmosphere where you will feel right at home?
Be sure to ask the staff where Julia Child's favorite Mexican restaurant is located!
This inn was clean, decent price, charming and homey. The room we stayed had another separate bedroom within the room itself: a delight for parents with children too young to have their own hotel room. The rooms were bright and appealing in decor. I loved this inn and highly recommend it.
Nice and clean
We have been staying at the Franciscan for many years. It's always been our number one choice. The staff is always friendly. Rooms are clean.
We love to stay in the suites. I highly recommed this lovely hotel near the beach. Good rates too!
Much better than the competition
We stopped in Santa Barbara on our way home from Thanksgiving in Orange County. After phoning for rooms, we decided to do walking interviews of inns. The folks at Franciscan were hospitable and went out of their way to assist us. We ended up in 122, a 2 room suite that was as neat and clean as any place, regardless of price. The price was significantly less than ocean view places (a 4 minute walk to the beach was nothing).
Next time in Santa Barbara, I know where we will stay. A definite "two thumbs up"
The Franciscan lived up to what its AAA ratings promised - clean, bright, lovely rooms, good location. But bring earplugs, there is NO sound insulation between rooms or from outside. Loved Santa B., it was a great place to explore & relax.
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... historical documents, and intricate ship replicas. We poked through the museum for a while and then decided to walk around the downtown area. At times we felt transported to Spain as we walked through some of the courtyards between buildings. We stopped to have a happy hour snack and glass of Sangria at a cafe where we sat at an outside table watching the happenings about town. We paused our adventures to sit down in a coffee shop and accomplish a few things. In ...
... mascot. They had named the turtle Sandra and when I got all the nomination forms back and kept seeing the name Sandra, I was really confused. I thought it might have been a nickname for one of them. Anyhow, Sandra the Sea Turtle wound up winning "Ms. Fashion" and had a tie with one of the teen girls for “Ms. Congeniality”.
Back to my cabin after work to pack my bag and brought it down to security to have it scanned. Once I was in ...
... We pulled up to the gate to be greeted by a massive metal sculpture of a siamese cat glued to the gate as a welcome. It was then that this tale got even crazier, turns our his mum had recently become a mad cat women and was now on a cat collecting mission, only siamese cats mind, and she already had a total over 80 which had taken over out building, bed rooms, pretty much everywhere! In the morning when I went to the toilet in one of the cat houses I cleverly took it upon myself to ...
... about 30 minutes further south than Santa Barbara. Yesterday we drove up to Santa Barbara, which has definitely become a favourite. We spent the day on the beach and walking along the pier. The seafront area is beautiful. This was very much what I (Alex) had thought California would be, big wide sandy beaches, blue sea, the runners and cyclists and even a slack liner! Sadly we are only here for two nights and so tomorrow we are moving on down the coast to San ...
... mission and used today still for retreats.......................
TOMjoined th mission as FRIAR THUMPER....................
so i had to join..............why am i so over weight................?
so then back tothe long beach and the pier...............
tom after being at asilomar still seeks out imaginary non speaking friends