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Inn by the Harbor

3.0 of 5 433 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My initial impression was one of glorified motel, but after staying for 3 days, I was more impressed. It is within walking distance of beach and State St., although my recommendation is not to walk along Montecito St. to get anywhere; less than wonderful scenery. The wine and cheese reception every day is a major plus. Management was very helpful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay here, shame it was only for 2 days. Santa Barbara was great. Very nice staff, really clean, convenient location, good quality breakfast, although breakfast is served in a small area. Nice touches were cheese and wine hours and cookies and milk later. Room comfortable, despite bed being a little soft for our taste. Highly recommended!

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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was a brilliant find! The staff were very friendly when we arrived and invited us to join their complimentary wine and cheese hour! Not to mention the cookies and milk hour which followed! And on top of that, an amazing and again complimentary breakfast with a terrific range of options from cereal to toast and bagels to pastries to... More 

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Pool in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

From the initial welcome, to the checking out, we have nothing but praise for the staff at this hotel. Completely unexpected, as we were checking in, we were informed, that in about half an hour, complementary wine, cheese and biscuits would be available, in the reception area.After taking our suitcases to the rooms, and freshening up, we returned to sample... More 

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Barlow, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We have stayed here several times when visiting Santa Barbara. It is convenient and easy to walk to town and to the beach. I love this place everyone is so helpful and friendly. Anthony on reception is just the best! He cant do enough for you. You dont need to go to the Hilton for 5 star service, its right... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I have read many of the reviews and some I think had unrealistic expectations to get started .Yes, this is an inn/motel. That's why it's priced like it is. That doesn't mean it's not charming, quaint and has character. This is not the Four Seasons- but I didn't expect it would be. My room was lovely. Sure a bit outdated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

...the best part was the free bike rental. Went there yesterday for our 10 year anniversary. Had the bikes for 8 hours at no charge. The bikes were brand new cruisers! If you ar looking for small, cozy, and the mentioned incedentals, then this is your place. SPEAK TO ANTHONY, as he upgraded our room and put a bottle of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We had pre booked for two nights but after a night in a standard room we moved on. The room was small, it had an air about it a sort of musty odour. The bed was small as was the bathroom, however everything worked. We overlooked a small pool which was a bit grubby looking through a bedroom sliding door... More 

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birmingham, england
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We only stayed for one night in Santa Barbara, I wished we`ed had longer. The Inn was more of a motel but very welcoming,comfortable and the staff friendly. The evenng wine & cheese and milk & cookies was a nice touch. Not sure how close The Inn was to the harbour as we didn`t have time to look. There were... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Although not next to the harbour it is a good location and a great hotel, large rooms with kitchen, nice if small pool area, fantastic healthy free breakfasts, wine and cheese tastings every day, location is within walking distance of beaches and harbour and of course State Street. Hotel staff are really helpful with advice about the area particularly Liz... More 

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Address: 433 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn by the Harbor 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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