Cliff House Inn on the Ocean
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... journey was a little bit disappointing as the whole western coast between San Diego and LA is urbanised and very busy. Stayed the night in a trusty Travelodge near Juicy HQ and up early in the morning to get rid of it!!!!We then picked up Freddy the Fiesta cut directly to the west coast through Los Angeles exploring some of the LA suburbs and nicely surprised by Manhattan Beach. Progressed through Santa Monica stopped for ...
... yet - mozzarella chicken), we are sipping our wine and feeling very happy and we spy a critter in the night time gloom… on closer inspection, it turns out not to be a raccoon as suspected, but a skunk!! Our first!! We know that skunks react badly to being buggered about with (what Wendy actually said was 'don't shine the torch in its face and **** it off, it'll spray you') so we leave the little fella to go off and do his skunk stuff elsewhere. ...
... compared to the typical 5% body fat Navy Seal, is an immense downhill advantage. About 30 of us rolled into the Santa Barbara Harbor as the first group to arrive for lunch!
We had lunch in the Harbor under clear blue skies and 75 degrees....perfect weather! The SB Harbor has a 2 mile long water front road lined with palm trees and beach on one side and hotels and restaurants on the other. We were lead into ...
... quite funny. Marlboro smokes were $4.25 pack of 25, and you can buy a 600ml bottle of coke for $1.75 at subway. Some advice though, do t buy the cherry cola, it tastes like medicine. As does Dr Pepper. Yuk!
Graviota state beach was a lovely surprise, where there is a huge pier running quite a way out with a crane at the end for lifting Tinnys out of the water and onto their trailers before people push them up the pier to their cars. ...
After a crazy night Mactar and me woke up on a couch in the garage of the frat house we partied in. A little hung over we walked to the a burger place about 5 blocks away and had a very good morning Burger with some sweet potato fries and a shake. As soon as we came back played a couple rounds of beer dice and spitz pass auf. At around 2 o'clock we went to the fret house next door where a big day party was going on. They had a DJ, ...
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I received a stay here as a gift. If given the choice, I would NEVER stay here. I will try to describe as much as possible, the good and bad.
Like an earlier review, we stayed in room # 24 and after reading that one, was a little hesitant about paying $170 for it...Glad we did.
I must say," It was the Best "...Spending time with my high school sweetheart and visiting an old surf spot..mondoes...after 36 years being apart from both, I can only say that dinner last at the shoals was a world class event....from the time we arrived and were immediately seated on the lanai, next to the lawn with the glassy pacific ocean waves gently breaking on the beach , I never anticipated what a great restaurant we were about to experience....our server and waitress was business like with information.and a smile, first the wine, perfect...bread , warm....the salad ..out of this world, the main entres...quite spectacular.....over the top...coffee and deserts, made with passion....well, the complete meal and surroundings and service was far above what we were anticipating....from the South Pacific, Tahiti, Kauai. and around the world, this was just on top of the my list of favorites, ....California Style..World Class Quality.... I am hard to please and am very critical of resturants .....Honestly, It was the Best ........David Whipple
This is the place we come for a getaway! Granted it's not a new place, but that's the charm of it! It makes you feel like you are in the past, when romance was in style! Just to sit and look at that ocean view, and hear the waves crushing down, hmmmmmm. The Shoals is the best around! Dinners are excellent!! The staff very friendly! Yes, this is our getaway!!
My wife and I now make it a point to stay at the Cliff House Inn at least once a year. If you're looking for Corporate style accommodations with that "starched regulation feel"......go elsewhere. If you're open to experiencing a place with character, the most awesome view of the ocean, an excellent restaurant and the potential for making memories, try the Cliff House Inn.
Well! I knew what to expect because I stopped in and previewed a roo before booking my stay. I stayed in room #24, a "deluxe" corner room on the second floor. The deluxe rooms boast a panoramic ocean view with a little more privacy than the regular rooms. However room #24's ocean view is blocked by a huge queen palm tree if you're laying in the bed!
Best Inn in Santa Barbara area
From the moment we first visited the Cliff house Inn we were rather in awe. Walking through the lobby onto the veranda, we were treated to an amazing view of the surf and the pool. Our room was simple beach accommodations: clean and comfortable. I was surprised that they had free internet. I had just been charged $9.95 at another establishment.
When we sampled a few bites in the restaurant, my wife and I looked at each other in pleasure delight. i would recommend this place to my friends, but keeping it a secret crossed my mind. Staff were nice. Bill and Nancy
I asked the receptionist 3x how far the "motel" was from Santa Barbara, every time she responded, "it's just outside SB". We found out it was 16 (out of the way) miles.
The setting is great, though the "private beach" is not really accessible and is only there at low tide. Nonetheless, the place does have that soundtrack of surf and the terrific view. The room was OK (#6) -- but the shower either scalded or froze, several times during the same shower! It was also VERY small/claustrophobic; the room needs some help. . . but, again, there was the great view and soundtrack. Desk staff was very helpful and pleasant, hostess in the dining room much less so; we had to mount a campaign to get more than minimal humanity from her. Food was good, though no better than it should have been given the menu prices. I'll go back because of the great setting; I'll put up with some of the aggravations because it's gorgeous outside the windows -- but I probably will not eat there again, and I won't go expecting more than the setting and adequate accommodations. My pain lies in the fact that it COULD be so much better with minimal effort and dedication; this could be a jewel!