Sandpiper Lodge

3525 State Street, Santa Barbara, California, 93105, United States | 1 star motel
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This 1 star motel, located on 3525 State Street, Santa Barbara, is near State Street, Mission Santa Barbara, and Jesusita Trail.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsSandpiper Lodge Santa Barbara

    Reviewed by raymarietinetti

    Sandpiper in is a nice family run place.

    Reviewed Jun 17, 2014
    by (3 reviews) Perth , Australia Flag of Australia

    Santa Barbara is a nice laid back place. Sandpiper in is a nice family run place.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by wolfsea

    Greit Stopover

    Reviewed Aug 1, 2013
    by (18 reviews) Oslo , Norway Flag of Norway

    Litt langt unna alt som betyr noe i SB - men grei standard. Rett ved HW101 og flott utgangspunkt for reise.

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    Reviewed by cjnjrn

    Sandpiper Lodge

    Reviewed Sep 20, 2011
    by (7 reviews) Highfields Queensland Australia , Australia Flag of Australia

    Great room - well appointed with tea and coffee facilities available. Staff friendly at check in and very efficient. Free internet and parking. Hotel is situated a little way from the centre of town. Continental breakfast included with room

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Sandpiper Lodge Santa Barbara

    Clean--Nice Even, and Close Enough


    We were in SB for a wedding. This hotel was just fine. Prices for everything are inflated in SB--even the Sandpiper. In other locales you'd pay less for this too--We paid $130 on a weekend--but it is remarkably clean, and close enough to the main downtown area and beach.

    I wanted to be near the water but no hotels are on the beach directly anyway--and it is a harbor. It would be lovely to walk across the street to the water, but for the price, the Cabrillo St. hotels didn't look THAT nice. As far as staying in downtown, the area is quite congested with cars and people--not my preference. I would think that most people would drive from downtown to the Wharf anyway so for half the price, the Sandpiper was a good value. Especially if you are in SB for an event, other than just touristing, its a great alternative to the more expensive lodging.

    It isn't a luxury hotel, but has everything one really needs. It is a little further away from the main tourist area, than some, but close to a grocery store, and many shops. The pool area is decent, has a couple of palms, with a view of the mountains. The hotel is on a busy street, but we didn't hear anything from our room. There was a group of 35 families with small children and we barely noticed.

    The breakfast is comprised of pastries, juice, coffee and tea--and is plentiful. The service was courteous and prompt from everyone we encountered from reservation to check-out.

    Does the job...


    We stayed here August 14th to 15th. One of the few places in Santa Barbara that allow a one night stay during the summer. I was expecting the worst, but was pleasantly surprised.


    The room was clean, the furniture was nice and you can tell the shower had been recently remodeled. The front desk was friendly and offered a handy little tourist map. The muffins and pastries for breakfast were sufficient. Loved the orange juice. Got all the channels on TV that we needed and it is close enough to drive around to wherever you might want to visit. The room has a blow dryer and iron and ironing board.


    The pool was small and packed with kids. The parking lot was packed with large SUVs that didn't know how to stay in their spots. And being on the 1st floor, you could hear the soccer team running around at 7am pretty clearly. Also could hear them kicking around the ball at 7:30 - not too happy about that, but overall would stay here again.

    Really satisfied


    I stayed here during the Fourth of July weekend (04'). At first I was a little skeptical about staying here, after reading a couple of the reviews on here. When I got there, as soon as I came into the lobby the person working behind the counter greeted me with a big smile. Already I felt like this place was not going to be that bad. My friends and I got in the room. NICE. Decent. You could tell the place had recently been remodeled, it looked really good. Considering the price, this place was really worth it, I suggest it to anyone staying out there. It is NO paradise, but it is also not a crappy hotel.

    Wonderful experience!


    We had a wonderful time at the Sandpiper Lodge. The person who reviewed it in June must have come on an off day. The service was nice and it was recently remodled. I recommend the Sandpiper Lodge.



    I got screwed over when I stayed here, just like the reviewer who submitted comments in 2002. I called and made a reservation for two nights on a holiday weekend. However, when I got to the motel, I found out that the price I had been quoted over the phone for both nights was not what I was going to be paying. The rate for the Saturday night stay was higher than the Sunday night stay. I could not vouch for my rates because the confirmation letter that was supposed to be sent to my house was never sent; I had no written proof. The manager refused to give in to the quoted price for the night so I left and had to scramble for another place to stay (which was hard to do that weekend!) I had to file a complaint to the Better Business Bureau before action was taken and an apology given. The manager (a different one) kindly apologized for the inconvenience and refunded me for half of the price of the Sunday night stay.

    As for the rooms, they were OK. The bathrooms didn't have locks on the doors and there were no amenities. It was really a one-star AAA rating. The pool was small and open only during certain times of the day.

    Not Bad for the Price


    Generic motel room at bargain, last-minute weekend rate (at least for Santa Barbara) of $89:

    Good: room was fresh and clean; two large, comfortable, queen-size beds; lots of counter space in bathroom; coffee in office at all hours; fridge in room.

    Bad: Heard every step those in the room above us made; greeted with a grunt at the front desk; "continental breakfast" was a generic sweet roll sliced into pieces, two muffins and two scones laid out on the counter with OJ, coffee and water, Nothing else. Very small tv. When heater or a/c is on, curtains on window above it blow open continuously.

    Very nice


    I got some good impressions of it. It isn´t very expensive and the room was very nice and clear.Oh! they serve a very nice breakfast include.

    Pleasant Surprise in a great location


    Having tried and failed to get much choice at the last moment for a weekend in August we checked into the Sandpiper with much trepidation due to the one poor review. We were very pleasantly surprised to find a good size clean room with reasonable décor and a quiet location on the top end of State Street. The pool and spa were much appreciated by the kids and the location is very convenient as a great bakery is nearby as well as a variety of shops and restaurants suiting all budgets (Aja and Kyoto are in walking distance and are top picks in Fodors). The staff were fine at check in after all this is a motel style lodge and not the Ritz Carlton and breakfast is free and well provided for.So on balance very pleased with the hotel and we will try and book our soccer team there next time we are in town for a tournament.

    Pleasantly surprised


    After reading the scathing review of Oct. 2002, we were prepared for the absolute worst. Much to our surprise, we had a most pleasant experience. The personnel at the front desk acted in a professional manner and were very helpful in recommending nearby eateries. The lobby was recently renovated. A very pleasant atmosphere prevailed for having a continental breakfast, which consisted of very good coffee and pastries. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom had an excellent shower and the lighting was very adequate. The room consisted of amenities such as a hair blower, ironing board, refrigerator and toiletries. The price was very reasonable for the services rendered.

    The worst lie and too expensive for accomodations


    I recently stayed at the Sandpiper Lodge Oct 15, 2002. Prior to my coming to the lodge, I call the manager, Shawn. In talking to him he had agreed just the Thursday (at 9:30am) before to give me a rate of 69.00 a day to stay in a one bedroom apartment which had not be remodeled yet. They are old but adjustable. I wanted a rate from Monday to Wednesday for the next 9 weeks since I would be commuting to Santa Barbara for attending school at UCSB, he agreed at the rate OF $69.00. Then I could not arrive for Monday but called on Tuesday afternoon and spoke to one of the clerks, he was very rude and I explained the agreement and he just laughed and said the manager would not make such an agreement. He agreed to call the manager who was not in at the time, put me on hold and came back to say that the manager did not say such a thing but his words were "if Shawn says that if you say he said that then OK. First of all I have stayed at many places and never have I been treated as if I did not know any better. At this point I was frustrated but I was on my way and so I ask the gentlemen to make me a reservation and he REFUSED to make the reservation because then he would not inform other clerks of my arrival and would be forced with out any other instruction to charge me more. OK that's not even the beginning of the problems. I arrived there very late, tired from traveling I wanted to rest. I got to the room it LOOKED clean but as I sat on the couch, it was filthe and I began to itch as if there were fleas. Annoyed and tired, I got into bed and then the sheets were all old and wrinkled two colored sheets, rags and there were human hair all over the blanket. The shower was not in working order either with only a drip to shower with, I had to use the tub and rise with the ice bucket. In the morning, I spoke to the manager and he did not even apolize for my inconvenience or for his clerks who were very rude. He just said that since I was leaving he would charge me not the quoted rate of $69.00 but th

    t it was funny I had all these problems she just smirked a smile. But not once did the Manager Shawn give any attention to my terrible stay. He did not offer any other alternative. What a total disgusting stay I have ever had. I hope you take this serious because they are not the kind of company I wish to ever do business with again. I would not recommend the Sandpiper Lodge to anyone. There are other places like the one I found to have some integrity and class. IF THEY TREAT THEIR CUSTOMERS LIKE THIS, I DONT EVEN TREAT MY DOG WITH THESE KIND OF CONDITIONS!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Sandpiper Lodge Santa Barbara

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

    Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara

    Yes you can drive on the wrong side of the road.

    A travel blog entry by raymarietinetti on Jun 17, 2014

    5 photos

    Woken by the alarm at 8.30 having only slept about 6 hours already tired. Showered and set off for K24 for breakfast.

    On the way I thought I'd replenish my store of cash from the Wells Fargo ATM out the front of the hotel. After a couple of false starts I got a wad of 20s from the machine. As I slipped them into my wallet I thought that …

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    A travel blog entry by jon-and-nic on Feb 09, 2014

    1 comment, 20 photos

    This is more like it! After leaving in the rain and about 3 hours driving (230 miles) later, we arrived in Santa Barbara in the glorious sunshine. When Nic saw the temperature was 73 degrees Fahrenheit she got the summer clothes out straight away!
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