Ramada Limited Santa Barbara
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRamada Limited Santa Barbara
Nice place, room good, pool good
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Limited Santa Barbara
Best value for your money in Santa Barbara
Solid value here. We had a clean, quiet room in a non-smoking wing. The pool and hot tub were clean and spacious. An addad treat: the legendary In'n'Out Burger is right down the block.
Wonderful continental breakfast.
Wonderful continental breakfast! Very complete meal. Desk staff very pleasant. Room with two queen beds a bit crowded. Room, especially bathroom, could use some updating. Wired internet access in the room a plus; very fast. Pleasant lagoon/pool area.
We stayed at the Ramada for two days in March 2006. It is approximately a 10 minute drive from downtown. It was a pleasant surprise. The rooms are old but clean. It is everything else that is different. The room look onto a lagoon, with ducks walking around. It was very pleasant. They have a pool and hot tub that were clean.
The hotel offers a continental breakfast that is absolutely fantastic. They stop short of bacon and eggs but have everything else.
The hotel has free internet access in the rooms and for those who dont travel with their lap top it has a computer in the lobby for guest to use as well (they allow 10 pages of printing per day).
This hotel was a pleasant surprise.
Forgot to mention the breakfast!
Whoops! I forgot to mention that they also offer a "continental breakfast." However, it's much more than any continental breakfast I've had elsewhere... They not only offer the usual toast, bagels, pastries, cereals, juices, but also a huge bowl of fresh fruit, and the hostess will also take orders for fresh-cooked waffles, and they're big!
Beautiful Garden Hotel
I have been coming here for several years as my child attends the local university. The hotel has beautiful gardens and a pond with ducks and fish. The rooms are clean and well-maintained and the staff is always friendly and eager to please. They offer a very nice free continental breakfast in the morning that even includes freshly baked waffles. Although the rooms are not inexpensive, it is a very good value by Santa Barbara standards.
Really Terribly Nasty
My husband and I would certainly not stay here again. "Funky" is not an adequate description. The word would be "disgusting". It was gross, outdated and dirty and we paid $125 (the lowest price we found for said weekend anywhere near Sta Barbara) and it was a complete waste of money. Really, you're better off paying more to stay somewhere decent or stay farther away from town somewhere cheaper but less of a pigsty.
The Worst Experience Ever!
If you are looking for a hotel in Santa Barbara with a friendly staff and people that treat you with respect then this is not the hotel for you! My husband and I stayed there for a wedding we were invited to the next day, and it took us at least 40 minutes to check in to our room because the night manager, Penny Fleming lost the reservations, and wouldn't honor the online price! The bride and groom left their dinner party to come down and meet us at the hotel to straighten it out. The night manager still wouldn't honor the online price! I would never stay there again! That night manager needs to be fired for the way she treats the customers!
OK if you can get a cheap rate
I've stayed at many of the "cheaper" motels in Santa Barbara, and this one was one of the better ones, but certainly I would not pay more than $80/night. The building and rooms are very funky in a retro kind of way, but since it was upkept well the old stuff was kind of interesting. My one complaint was that they could have upgraded the beds after apparently keeping the same mattresses for about 20 years.
They were so caved in and disgusting that I could barely sleep. The heat took all night on high to warm up the room to a normal room temperature.
I thought the pond was nice, and the breakfast food was pretty good. It is close to UCSB and the airport, but too far from downtown and the beach if that is what you are after.
A Rip Off.
When I pay a $150 a night, I expect the room to be clean and decent but this place was a joke. From the moment I entered the lobby, which is nothing more than a 50's style drive through staffed by incompentent teens. I asked for a no-smoking room and later, the girl offered me some matches if i needed to smoke, go figure. Anyways, the motel is nothing more than a 1960's architectural ruin, a two level type motel that was popular during the 60's. The design is awkward, as there is a slight elevation in the entrance sidewalk that is dangerous for those who can't see it. The room is disgusting, from an old toilet with a lid on it (yuck) to a bath tub lined with old stains around it. This place was really nasty and the roof is some stained wood that looks like a cabin. The "lake" that everyone is so gratiously mentioned in the flyer is nothing more than a little sludge filled pool that was broken down and everything here was a joke. Every room overlooks the lake, which is in the center of the courtyard and the thin window doors let in an awful amount of noise from people playing in the pool. Considering this is Santa Barbara, I guess they think they can charge ridiculous amounts of money for a room that is below Motel 6. Don't waste your time.
Pleasant Stay for a Good Price
Have stayed here many times. Always friendly service and clean rooms.
Ask for a room facing the central lake. Little ones love to feed the fish and ducks. Spa and pool, continental breakfast, walk to restaurant, close to UCSB. Nothing fancy but a pleasant stay for a reasonable price.
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