Marina Beach Motel
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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.
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... strolled by. I would guess that pup was about six months old. He or she was a real beauty and made both Marilyn and me quite puppy-sick for our kids!
We continued on strolling the streets and heard a great oom-pa-pa band playing at the local German pub/restaurant... that added great energy and spirit - character - to the area.
Without much to see except for some lovely old architecture, we resigned ourselves back to the car and headed home for our final dinner ...
Our time in Santa Barbara was a little limited as we had a few hours drive from the coast to get there in the morning. But we made the most of it, we parked up in the centre of town, and quickly made our way down the Main Street of the town. Being away for almost 6 weeks, my hair had reached an inappropriate length, and so I dropped into a local barber shop to get the short back and sides at Willie's, by Willie aged around 85. ...
After a strong MacDonalds coffee we headed up the coast to Santa Barbara, what a beautiful place. We caught the electric train and went to the beach. Had a walk on the pier, and walked through the town, so pretty. After lunch we got back on the road and headed north. We ended up driving up a windy road to find a camping spot. We saw some beautiful big redwoods in the forest, but decided to stop and camp close to the beach area.
... and lunch. And the sign “Next exit State Prison” and right underneath the sign “Do not pick up hitch hikers” – wonder why? I think its super exciting and a lot to see – we love it
Time difference: it gets dark earlier… and then we discover we cross over and are one hour ahead… but finally we do arrive in Mesa / Arizona – 2758 km after leaving ...
Yup. About 8 weeks left until I am in the town that I will call home for 7 months. Bologna, Italy. It has been my dream since I was a little girl to travel through Italy. Now, I am getting the chance to live and study there? How rad.
I am so have my fears though, as I have never been to Europe. But I guess I'll learn along the way. :)