The secret of Santa Barbara A review of Franciscan Inn
Santa Barbara is a remarkably beautiful and pleasant destination; thus, accomodations are pricey. However, we love this area and fortunately have not had a bad hotel experience.
However, this hotel stands out firmly among others and deserves a rave review. The staff is very competent and very friendly. Rooms are very nicely decorated, cheeful, and roomy. A great swimming pool is available, and the location--just a few blocks from the beach--is the best.
There are many "name" hotel choices in this city, and some people need the prestige of that "name." But why would you want to pay more than you have to for a beautiful, quiet room in an atmosphere where you will feel right at home?
Be sure to ask the staff where Julia Child's favorite Mexican restaurant is located!