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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 #55 of 61 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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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9 reviews 9 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 reviews 6 reviews
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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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*
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