Travel Blogs from Santa Barbara
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!
Arrived at the lodge for our 1 night stay. Room was nice and clean and location was ideal. Decided …
HW1 har mange svinger. Det går opp, det går ned og så bortover. Det tar tid. Virkelig lang tid. Og klokken gikk. Målet var Santa Barbara.
Vi kjørte fort. Så fort man kan gjøre. Flott utsikt til Stillehavet fra HW1. På sitt beste var det som å kjøre på vestlandsveier. Over fjell, rundt fjorder og små daler. Alice var med, kjørte flott. …
Due to our travel schedule, I am a wee bit behind in my blogs so have decided to fill you in on our last couple of days and I will complete the missed bits once I am home!
We arrived back in America via train from Vancouver to Seattle. It was a great way to travel and we caught up on a little sleep during this time. Seattle was a great …
Very excited about driving the coastal road and the Big Sur - and having been told when we checked in yesterday that everyday for the last week that there has been blue skies first thing, we were looking forward to the 6 hour drive with the roof off....except today there was complete fog and a little bit of rain first thing! Went via Carmel (next …
After a lovely relaxing 2 nights stay in San Diego we drove up the west coast in pouring rain yesterday to Santa Barbara the town looked beautiful but when we walked through later on we realised how looks can be deciving. The town is obviously very poor and there were lots of beggers and a surprising amount of people who seemed wired on drugs …
How has this motel rated in the past?
Litt langt unna alt som betyr noe i SB - men grei standard. Rett ved HW101 og flott utgangspunkt for reise.
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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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TravelPod Member ReviewsSandpiper Lodge Santa Barbara
Historical Traveler Reviews Sandpiper Lodge Santa Barbara
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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