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... however is also not a great one as the pair arrive into the town to find the streets full of people. After contacting up to 10 hotels they are finally told that the whole town is booked out for Memorial Day weekend. Cirsty puts up the idea of sleeping in the car but this is rejected so more calls are made and a lodge is found back up the highway about half an hour. The receptionist boast that ...
Today is March 21th, which means that two weeks have passed since my arrival in California. That also means there are six weeks left! I can already tell that I will miss the warm climate and the breath-taking landscapes of Santa Barbara. Time is flying by a little faster than the first few days after my arrival and that, partly because I have started working at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on March 11th. The staff is incredibly friendly and ...
... The night before we stayed pretty close to stearns wharf in a lovely room, unfortunately it was so noisy and expensive we decided one night was enough. Because the weather has been superb everyone has decided Santa Barbara is the place to be. It really is a lovely little town, with more decent food than we could ever want. Anyway, we finally found an ok place not far out of town and are staying here for our last two nights. One now. The only issue is the internet is ...
... with back pack and spare laces for $70.50. Shorts $26.00, and Linnie two new tops. Also got Belinda her Este Lauder stuff. Walked back via the markets to the Jetty to enjoy great views over the beach and mountains behind. Only small sea bass being caught by the fishermen on the jetty. Later on we walked to the Marina and had Lobster Bisque in bread bowl for supper. Then back to the hotel ...
... wiped the water off my visor and read the 'No Vacancy' sign. Back on the road, following the 'cats eyes' (reflectors in the middle of the road), and in about 10 minutes I saw a sign for another resort. I swerved off and up the dark lane. Eventually, I arrived at a manned booth and asked if they have accommodation for one person for one night. Indeed they did, and I asked how much. I honestly do not remember if it was $685 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Upham Santa Barbara
After a recent visit to The Upham, I thought I would come here and leave "high marks" as a reward for my time spent in Santa Barbara. I read some of the other reviews and could not believe that this was the same place that I had visited. The rooms were not fluffy, but very handsome and well done for my needs. I like to walk to restaurants and enjoy a hotel were someone isn't standing waiting for a tip. My only negative about this hotel would be that the homemade goodies at breakfast were too good. I admit that I could have selected the Atkin's egg choice, but I have a real weakness for great tasting carbs! The staff should be congratulated for assisting all my needs and I look forward to another visit. I will ask for the same room. Thank you for this website, I am in business and enjoy applauding someone for a job well done. I will follow this with a letter to The Upham Hotel.
I highly recommend the Upham!! We have stayed at this wonderful B & B on many occasions and continue to enjoy the wonderful, relaxing setting the Inn offers. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious. We were especially pleased on this most recent trip to see that the Inn had put on a new face lift with new paint, carpets and furniture in each room.
After returning home from our 2 night stay at the Upham we were curious to see if we were being unreasonable in our criticism of this property, We checked on the internet for reviews and weren't too surprised to find some negative ones. Our experience was that we were put on the defensive with their rates. When the tourist bureau called on our behalf, they were quoted a rate but when we checked in the rate had increased by $5.00. We were tired and decided not to mention it. We asked for a reduced rate for the second night and they obliged us with a $4.00 reductions. When we went to check out, the regular rate had been charged for the second night. The staff member was quite adament that we were to pay the higher rate for the 2nd night. We were put on the defensive and when they realized we were a walk-in they honoured the agreed upon rate and apologized twice.
Not as good as I expected to beWhy? Because the quality, architecture and decor are far below standard for a Bed and Breakfast at this price range. The water wouldn't drain and the faucet was broken. The TV was miniscule and just everything seemed to be old, used, and definitely not updated? Breakfast, ?Cheese and Crackers? and ?Cookies and milk? were just any products you buy at the supermarket (Oreo?s? Cheap yogurts and even low priced bagels, juice, fruits? etc!). Anyways, to make it short, it is not worth it? and if you are planning on a vacation or weekend getaway, you definitely don?t want to waste time at this place or complaining at them? (that?s why I never complained? I?m there to rest and avoid problems, not to complain and get stress).Hope this helps.Martin Shin Martin_shin@ml.com
Love this place
My husband I visited the Tiffany House and we loved it. The wonderful smell of baked goods through out the house was unforgettable. the taste was just as wonderful, we had wine and cheese at check in a bottle of Champaign in our cozy room, cookies and milk at bed time and the most delightful breakfast with juice, baked goods French toast and quiche. I cant wait to visit again.
Helpful staff made for a terrific weekend...
We had a great girls weekend at this adorable Inn.The Executive two room suite was perfect for our group and very spacious. The old charm of the room was very cozy. We found the staff to be very helpful with restaurant recommendations and they even mailed us a bag of clothes we left behind.Breakfast was light, wine and cheese at night in the back garden was a treat as well as the cookies and milk searved after 6PM.
It is two blocks from State street so we were able to walk everywhere.
I would recommend it to a friend.
I think the garden setting around which the Upham is situated is lovely and in past years I happily stayed here many times. However, for the past few visits, my husband and I both feel that the hotel is run down.
Nice Guest House
While the Upham may be a little pricy it does offer some nice rooms, an decent location and most noticeable a relaxed B&B feel, with bread and juice in the morning and wine tasting in the evenings. Its nice to sit out in the back court yard and enjoy a complementary glass (or two) of wine. I recommend this above the standard hotels.
The Upham isn't headed up...
Once a charming large Victorian inn, the Upham's quality has not kept pace with its prices in recent years. With ceiling fans creaking, the paint in rooms chipping, and the carpets fading, the Upham has still seen fit to raise prices about $25 a night in the past five years. This inn is, regretabbly, driving on the fumes of its past...