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250 miles of traffic from Las Vegas to the coast, but it was moving along well. Ferraris started in Vegas, then added Bentleys once we made it to the LA basin. Hard to stop from crying when we entered Ventura and saw the ocean, knowing that we are here for good. Straight to the beach to see dolphins and pelicans. Nice cool ocean breeze to meet us. …
So after an amazing time in Oz, the time had come to head on over to the setting of many a reality t.v show/teen drama... the West Coast! And to be honest I can totally see why. We visited in November and were met with endless sunshine and, by the coast at least, t-shirt weather.
In light of this amazing weather we upgraded to a …
After leaving Palm Springs we headed up the California coastline stopping first in Santa Barbara. The crosses on the beach are set out every Sunday. Irish coffee at the local Tavern; great music! And, a wonderful sushi dinner of original rolls. A day at the Santa Barbara Mission, and then a visit to the Force Fin factory - those of you whom are …
... airport. and then more waiting. So we hired the car for less than how much it would have cost for the bus.
We stopped off at the wharf on our way out of Santa Barbara, its a lovely place to be. heaps of different types of seagulls and pelicans.
It didnt take long to get to the airport so we were really early and wondered what we were going to do. but it was fine as we could drop our bags off and go through security and go to ...
... some of the antiques. Time for the movie...which I kinda nodded off thru - hey...it was hot out and I was tired! And it was dark...
So now the rush was on a little bit to get to Santa Barbara, as we wanted to stop in the Danish town of Solvang. It was about 2pm...and I thought we'd only be at the castle til noon or 1pm. But I enjoyed the visit. If we ever get back, I would for sure do one of the other tours.
I had read about ...
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.
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.
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.