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Ala Mar 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Geo and the staff care and treat you as if you are family!! We stayed in room #103 which perfectly accommodated our family of four adults and two children. The room had two queen size beds along with a twin which was perfect!! The motel is cute and we'll kept. At anytime of the day there is someone that will... More 

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Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
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15 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We arrived quite late in the evening and asked for a room. The first we saw was kind of shabby, we would have taken it, but only for one night. The plastering fell from the ceiling... But there was a really nice guy who then offered another room which was much nicer. Mexican decoration, colorful tiles, electric fire place, very... More 

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Santa Paula, California
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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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
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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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7 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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