Marina Beach Motel
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... lovely. The houses were incredible the beach was gorgeous; you could certainly tell if was an area for the rich and famous. We chilled out on the pier for a bit and had lunch enjoying the views. We then headed on to Santa Barbara of course with stops the whole way at the viewing points (one of the best things about having our own car!)
We arrived in Santa Barbara fairly late on the Wednesday so we settled in and headed out to the ...
... We stopped off at a Mexican restaurant for a meal and sat and watched the world go by. The buildings on State Street are stunning, with several small arcades with lovely little shops inside. The next morning we headed out early to visit the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, this is the most stunning building. It is beautiful, inside and out and the view from the top is just breathtaking. We then walked all around the old quarter of town, past the City Hall, ...
... of downtown. I can also imagine the number of weddings that happily take place there, and the grounds are perfect for taking engagement photos. We walked around for a bit, stopping to see all the architectural details of the building (tilework, fountains, etc.) and reading the historical plaques. The police station exterior and interior on the show Psych was clearly inspired by the building.
After walking around ...
... Angeles half an hour early, which was soon gobbled up by having to wait for the very soulless customs man. It took over half an hour, but luckily we were in no rush. Had a gingerbread latte, at Starbucks, which is our first and last. We chucked most of it out, what a waste of $5.94. Very funny using one cents again. Then went and found out where to catch the bus to Santa Barbara, really easy to find. Early again and had to wait over half an hour for the bus. ...
... the sign saying PRIVATE PROPERTY. Around six in the morning we both were awoken by someone shaking the tent and shouting "get the **** out of here, this is private property!" ******* off an American on their property where they can legally have a gun is not the best of ideas so we quickly packed up the tent and escaped before he came back with some dogs or something to tear us up! On the plus side though we were up in time to have breakfast whilst watching the sun rise.
How has this motel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Marina Beach Motel Santa Barbara
Perfect for the price
We picked the Marina Beach Motel for 2 reasons: location and price. The location was right on... walking distance to the beach, easy bike ride or brisk walk into town where all the shops and restaurants are. The price was very reasonable for Santa Barbara, which is expensive overall. Breakfast was great every morning with a good variety. We usually went and picked it up and took it back to our room, but we could've sat on the patio or in the courtyard, which are both very lovely with lots of flowers. They also allowed us free access to the internet in the motel lobby and were very helpful in choosing restaurants for dinner. The only down side is that our neighbors were fairly loud over the weekend, and the walls/door are not the most sound proof. This wasn't a problem in the middle of the night... we just weren't early risers on our vacation and our neighbors were! Also, be aware the rooms are simply functional... they are fairly small, as are the bathroom, but are cleaned daily, and are well-kept. It's hard to believe we paid almost double for the Friday and Saturday night ($194) as we did for Sunday and Monday night ($104), but I think that's the way prices go in this town and overall we were pleased with the motel.
Loved this little gem!
My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of staying at this little gem while on college tour in October 2004. We were doing a college tour traveling down from Mendocino to Santa Cruz, and then many stops on down to Santa Barbara. I found this motel through Traveladvisor---, and it was perfect! Safe and clean, with newly remodeled rooms. We had a nice little kitchenette, but no corkscrew, dishes, or plates. So, bring your own! Great little breakfast in the morning (bagels, fresh oj, etc.)clunker bikes to ride around town, and close to everything, but quiet!
We found the BEST Italian restaurant right around the corner, called Emilio's. We ate there three nights! We walked, and walked, and loved the shopping on State St. Don't miss the farmer's market! Would hightly recommend this place, and I will be back!
A group of us that belong to a SoCal car club have been getting together here yearly for a fun weekend, often driving our specialty cars, which makes for a very colorful driveway. It's the perfect setting with parking in front of your room and a park-like center courtyard complete with fountains, tables and benches.
The rooms are great and many have different amenities such as kitchenettes, patio with BBQ, etc. The lobby is quaint and serves continental breakfast. They even have bicycles for guest use free of charge. The location is within walking distance to the beach, Stearns Wharf, the Marina, numerous restaurants and the zoo is an easy bike ride.
We look forward to this little trip each September and will be arriving again next Friday - can't wait!
Nice stay by the beach
My wife and I stayed one night here on the way to catalina and found the Marina Beach Motel to be very nice. The complimentry bicycles were great! how nice to ride along the beach at sundown. The breakfast is good also. We will recomend this motel to our friends.
We stayed 1 night in June 2004. It was truly lovely: the courtyard, the little patio out behind our kitchen. Clean, cozy, friendly. We might not do it again with kids (relatively small room; we had a roll-away bed & no pool), but alone definitely!
Wonderful place to stay.
Stayed 3 nights at the Marina Beach Motel in October of 2003. The room was very clean & beds were quite comfortable with extra pillows on the beds. Staff were friendly & helpful. The continental breakfast that was included was great with plenty of variety. We also appreciated the complimentary bicycles to ride around town on. Quiet at night, so we slept well. Would stay here again.
Really great small motel
This is a really pretty, small motel, ½ block from the Ocean. Care is taken on almost every detail. Cleanliness, flowers, helpful & knowledgeable staff, all are first rate. We definitely plan on staying there again.
Delightful in Santa Barbara
When we want to replace the Arizona desert with ocean, we head to California. This time our May destination was Santa Babara. Their "carfree" promotion caught my attention. Our trip started with a low fare on America West to Burbank, then a rental car to Santa Barbara & three nights stay at the Marina Motel. The motel is newly renovated and provides a pleasant pastry (not the grocery store variety), fresh juice and coffee breakfast. It does not have the largest rooms and quite small showers but our king bed room had a full kitchen & a large TV. It is a short walk to the trolly stops, and Sterns Warf. I would recommend this motel to anyone wanting an excellent location and great value.
A Santa Barbara Special
I don't know what Pickle Pete was pickled in, but my friend and I just spent a wonderful three nights at the Marina Beach and would go back in a heartbeat. It was great to drive literally right up to our front door; the room while not huge was certainly large enough for two; clean, comfortable and with lots of pillows and towels. This place is a nice find and I for one (and my friend for two) will be back.
More than meets the eye
We have stayed at the Marina Beach Motel over 15 times in the last 7 years and we are amazed that every time we stay, there are new improvements that make our stay even better than the last time. While the motel itself is something out of the 1950's in appearance - with parking places in front of the door, a single level and small bathrooms, the owners have put in new furniture, new mattresses, new AC units, hair dryers, a very nice continental breakfast, internet availability in the office, new landscaping and enlarged reception area. Bikes are available for riding down the beachfront. We hardly ever use the kitchens except to keep things cold, but many units have them. All this off the main beach drag by one block in a quiet location. Easy to get to from the 101. Nan, the manager, has become like family, she is a great host-(weekdays only). Catch the train from LA and arrive 3-4 blocks away from the Marina Beach Motel. You could do without a car here as many restaurants, the marina and the trolley for State street are fairly close.