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Ala Mar Motel

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   102 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #52 of 59 hotels in Santa Barbara
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Rating summary
  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Malmo, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Australia
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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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed here for one night in August and found it very expensive but chose it for the good location right opposite the sea. At the time we did not realise that the restaurants and bars were a 15 minute walk in land. We were given a room with double aspect and a balcony and a double bath as well... More

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I'm a Santa Barbara local, and when my boyfriend and I were having trouble finding a new apartment, we ended up staying in quite a few different hotels and motels around town. I'm pretty sure that the Ala Mar is owned by the area's most notorious slumlord, and all his properties are absolute crap, and overpriced to boot. The location... More

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Vacaville, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This was the most disgusting room I have ever come across. We felt the need to book without seeing it (Expedia) since we were coming a long distance and thought we might be out of luck looking for something in Santa Barbara. Big Mistake!! We were charged $172.00 per room (I booked 2) - The 2 rooms were both absolutely... More

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Oceanside, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Do not stay here. This is the worst motel/hotel I have stayed in in a long time. We tried to find another place to stay immediately because we didn't want to even sit on the bed, let alone sleep in it, but we arrived late & everything close by was booked already. We were given room #119, and the only... More

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

After a drive from LA we found this motel which looked like a winner judging from the location right opposite the beach. We got a room on the ground floor right near the ice machine. What a mistake! The room stank of cleaning products and whilst the sheets looked clean the room was falling to bits. The lock barely worked... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We arrived late in the day and were a offered an apartment....sounds nice, not! Luckily we viewed the room before we paid, the young hippy man tried to make out we had got a deal. Well, we only had to see the door open and decided it was not for us, the bed was being propped up by books, the... More

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Sthlm
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Arrived pretty late to SB. Ala Mar looked like the kind of motel that can sometimes surprise on the upside. Well, it didn't. In need of major refurb, and cleaning! The kind of place where you do not want to touch the floor barefooted

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

I stayed here for a couple of nights and got a good deal (not way is it worth the full price that is advertised via the various booking sights) by just turning up. Was given a room in the back alley which seems to be a 'back up room' as certainly doesn't resemble the pictures of the other rooms. The... More

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Additional Information about Ala Mar Motel

Also Known As:
Ala Mar Hotel Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Hotel
Ala Mar Santa Barbara
Address: 102 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ala Mar Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great location next to the beach and State St. We're a small boutique motel. Some rooms have private a jacuzzi. Most rooms have the beach view. We also have rooms with full kitchens. ... more   less 
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