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Ala Mar Motel

102 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ala Mar Motel
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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
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    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned a trip to Santa Barbara but didn't make any hotel reservations thinking that rooms would be available on a Monday. All the other Hotels on Cabrillo, which is directly across the street from the beach, were booked and very over priced!! We stopped into this Motel and they had a room. To our surprise the room was very... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With a little attention this place could be stunning. It's classic Santa Barbara architecture but is so poorly maintained that's almost missed. There is exposed water hose hanging out of the wall (used to be a sink?), no smoke detector, missing wall plates on the sockets, a fridge sitting in the pathway to the bathroom, no coffee pot in room... More 

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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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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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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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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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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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