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Ala Mar Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   102 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Paula, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Okay: the Ala Mar has some not so good reviews. But we needed four economically-priced rooms to attend a wedding in Santa Barbara. Visited the motel two months before we booked the rooms; looked okay. Motel is on Cabrillo, one block from Sterns Wharf and across from the beach. Issues: no coffee pot or coffee in room - coffee, cereal,... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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33 hotel reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We arrived in Santa Barbara with no reservation and were able to score a room at the Ala Mar Motel last minute for $129. What a great value for such an amazing location by the beach and pier! The room was clean, comfortable & even had a jacuzzi tub. Only downfall is that there was no air conditioning so the... More 

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9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We had no reservation in Santa Barbara and arrived at 7pm. We parked the car on the main beachfront road and proceeded to search for accommodation. The price per room was staggering in many if not all the hotels that we checked in this area. It was getting late so we settled for the cheapest we had found so far,... More 

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We needed a room for the night in Santa Barbara, and after scouting around a few hotels ended up at the Ala Mar with it's promises of a bungalow, pool and happy hour for (slightly) less than the alternatives. The room may have been OK if you didn't mind staying in a war zone. We were shown to our room... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Great location, close to beach , restaurants etc. However . For a room that cost more than $200 I would expect Airco that works A bed side light that works An internal dead lock that works A wall painted in one colour not a mish mash of shades of one colour Towels that resembled towels not sandpaper The $50 cheapy... More 

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Sydney, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This hotel is perfectly situated along the beachfront and like other reviewers, the attraction was the the lack of minimum nights stay. Our room had two queen beds, fridge and flat screen. Unfortunately, there was no a/c or ceiling fan and the room was extremely stuffy with only a pedestal fan to try and shift air around. We couldn't take... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stayed in the room that over looks the beach along Cabrillo Blvd. Room 110. Great, great view. French doors open right over the sidewalk, a small wood balcony with a cozy little table and two chairs. You get to see the pier and the beach all day and night. Now for the bad news. There is a community (motel) wood... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Don't come for the breakfast or the toiletries, but this is the place if you want to pay less than the competition for a beachfront stay and no two-night minimum. It had character but a few missing pieces, such as the toilet paper holder in the bathroom (really?) and the overhead light in the room. There was one slim bottle... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We drove pacific coast hwy from LA to San Francisco and decided to stay in beautiful Santa Barbara. At first we checked the bigger hotels where the prices ranged around $200-$300 which was a little bit too much for an unplanned stay in our opinion. After asking some locals we got directions to this gem, which was located close to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

My best friend and I have been travelling all over America for the past 6 weeks, and have seen the best and the worst. The worst being the Ala Mar, and for almost 6 times the price of others that we've given 5 stars. Basically we came into Santa Barbara late on a Saturday afternoon and were taken by the... More 

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Address: 102 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ala Mar Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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Also Known As:
Ala Mar Hotel Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Santa Barbara
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#14 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara

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