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Hotel Santa Barbara

2.5 of 5 533 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

First stayed here in 1996, right after they restored from residence to a modern update of its former 1926 glory. Fabulous then and now. Staff is attentive and cordial. Rooms are well appointed and the thick masonry walls and double paned windows make for a quiet experience despite the often enthusiastic weekend bar crowd on State Street.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Hotel Santa Barbara on the first night of our California trip, and we liked it so much we returned to Santa Barbara to stay there again on the 6th night of our trip, just before returning home. It is a first class, traditional hotel experience.

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Lahaina, Hawaii, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've stayed here a few times after discovering it in 2010. You're not near the water; however, impeccably situated within walking distance to a variety of first class eating establishments and shopping. Accommodating staff and valet, you'll feel at home at Hotel Santa Barbara.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found this quaint hotel a couple of years ago and it is the only place I stay when I am in town Large rooms, location is the best in SB, staff is awesome, restaurants everywhere and everything is in walking distance Beds and sheeting very comfy I highly recommend this hotel

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Los Angeles, California
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121 reviews 121 reviews
17 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked 45 rooms here for my department's offsite and also booked The Garden Room for the following day. The Garden Room is 480 sq. ft and we asked for them to set it up "Theatre Style" since we had a couple folks doing presentations. I really love their new room décor with shades of platinum, gold and cream yellow.... More 

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Charlene - Thanks so much for your kind words! It's so encouraging to hear when we do it right. So glad you love our new decor, and all of our amenities and the little touches and details, and that your group's meetings in the Garden Room were a success. We'll look forward to your return! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The staff was so nice, the room was clean and spacious, and the breakfast was very good. My husband and I loved the location being that it was smack in the middle of State Street surrounded by plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars. We looked at other hotels in the area and this was by far the best value for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The Hotel Santa Barbara is perfectly situated on State Street near the historical precinct and amongst the majority of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars that make up the ‘action’ in Santa Barbara. It is a charming old-fashioned hotel with updated rooms and lots of character that gives you a comfortable and friendly option for your SB stay. Our bedroom was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I'm pretty flexible and understanding when I'm traveling, but these people pissed me off. There was confusion about the credit card I wanted to use and though the confusion was ultimately cleared up, before that the person we initially spoke with actually was not at all apologetic and LIED about what she had done. Her supervisor could have cared less... More 

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Beverly - We hate it when the paperwork side of check-in goes wrong for any reason, and I'm so sorry for the mix up you had to endure. I'm glad it was resolved and that you enjoyed our breakfast and our incredible valet staff. We hope you'll give us another opportunity to do it right. Feel free to email info@hotelsantabarbara.com... More 

Del Mar, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I stayed here for a weekend but was not happy about the 2 night min. they have. The only reason I had to stay for 2 nights is because my family was there for a wedding. I don't like to feel forced to stay somewhere. The hotel was remodeled and it's nice but it still feels old for the price... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

My friend and I stayed here for four nights during the "Awakened World International Film Festival" which was wonderful! The hotel and staff made our adventure even more special. We appreciated the service of the people providing the parking valet service and the person attending to the continental breakfasts.

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Address: 533 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 75
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#18 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara

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