Friendly staff, but still a dump! A review of Cliff House Inn on the Ocean
I asked the receptionist 3x how far the "motel" was from Santa Barbara, every time she responded, "it's just outside SB". We found out it was 16 (out of the way) miles.
This place is literally right on the highway and the train tracks. You have to close the windows in the stuffy motel style rooms to hear the TV or have a conversation. If you open the window facing the ocean, other guests can look right into the room as they walk to their rooms.
The phone in our room didn't even work. Rooms are tiny and extremely cramped and the entire structure is rundown with sloping floors and chipping paint. All this for $135. per night???? In all fairness, the room was clean and the staff was friendly.
The motel 6 just North of The Cliff House would be a better choice for $44.00/night.