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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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.
TripAdvisor Reviews Franciscan Inn Santa Barbara
Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara
... the room to spread out. Becky had her own double room, Mike the double sofa bed in the lounge and Rach had our own double room. It was very ironic, the the smallest hotel of the trip had the largest room. Rachael and I were hungry so we headed out to grab some food. We found a great place down by the beach called the Shoreline Cafe and has hotdogs and milkshakes. All back in the room, Mike and I were immediately restless so we went and got some bikes from reception and ...
... but still have homework to do...). Besides, I might go visit either the SB Zoo, the SB Mission or the SB County Courthouse. There is so many attractions I want to visit and so many restaurants I want to eat at! Also, I might go back to the beach and do some shopping, since I never seem to get tired of these two things (#TypicalMe). I think I have too many words (what's new?!) and need to stop here so that is what I am going to do!
See you next time!
... I've been spoiled by the quality of oysters in the Pacific Northwest so now California coast oysters don't have the same appeal. I ordered a shrimp and crab louie, which was also fine but not great, and Oscar ordered the cold seafood platter, which he did like. I would definitely try the restaurant again, though, I would just order something different if I went there.
By the time we finished eating it was getting late and I ...
... coming in here was the very circuitous route and the wind still blowing 20 plus knots. So with Patti on the spotlight we slowly inched our way in.
As we left the channel and entered the main fairway of the marina the tone for the rest of the evening was set when someone on a dock hollered "turn off that #&*% spotlight!" Of course they were shining their own spotlight into our eyes. Welcome to Santa Barbara.
... green in color like broccoli were a puzzle. Several stages of growth and so many fields that we never knew what they were. Then came large orchards of trees like nothing we have ever seen. Miles of them! After so many orchards went past us, we stopped for a break and a cold drink, plus to ask questions. We were told these were almond and pistachio trees! Almond bags always say they come from California, but we did not ...