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Inn by the Harbor

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433 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pasadena, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had exactly the same thought as Gaz S upon arriving at this motel - by the time we checked out (one night stay) our opinion of the place had improved considerably. Included in the room rate is free wifi, free parking, the w&c reception and the expanded breakfast. We drank the wine outside on the patio and watched people... More 

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London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first thought when we turned up at this hotel/motel was "oh-oh" as it looks a little tired and we had been staying at some amazing hotels. But one should never judge a book by its cover. We received the most amazing welcome. 4:30-6:30 is wine and cheese (free) time where guests can mingle or not as they choose. 6:30-8:30... More 

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review

Wow Andysbird, thank you for your wonderful 5-star review. I agree with you that our hotel team deserves a medal! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our afternoon wine & cheese reception, evening milk & cookies, and our continental breakfast. Thank you for your kind recommendations. Should you pop back across the pond we hope you visit us again.... More 

Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Inn by the Harbour was more attractive in the brochure than in real life, we only used it for a stop over on the way to LA and to be honest I wouldn't like to be staying in it for any length of time. The staff were very helpful, the rooms where very old fashioned and reminded me of something... More 

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review

Thank you Gaz for your recent stay with us. We sorry to hear you were less than satisfied with you guestroom. We generally receive lovely compliments for our décor and amenities so we are quite disappointed to hear you found our style to be 'old fashioned’. Please know that our design team will inspect and refresh each of our guestrooms... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

- Free bikes to explore added so much fun to our trip! - Breakfast included in the morning was delicious - wine & cheese in the evening was a great extra! - Anthony at the front desk sent me back my phone charger when I left it in the room :) - Most Comfortable beds you have ever slept in... More 

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review

Greetings Jennifer J, Thank you for your generous compliments regarding your recent stay with us. We are glad to hear you enjoyed using our complimentary beach cruisers to explore Santa Barbara, nourished yourself after your ride, and slept well after a day of exploring. Active guests like you often find our convenient location to the harbor and downtown an easy... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Inn by the Harbor is a jewel of an inn! Retro feel - cozy, friendly, clean, well-maintained grounds & facility, convenient location. The staff were all very welcoming and friendly - especially Frank at the front desk - great recommendations on restaurants and directions around town. The room had been updated. Beds so comfortable! Fully equipped kitchen in the... More 

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review

Thank you Martha for you generous compliments about our hotel. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your recent stay. It sounds like you received Frank’s signature service. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful team who genuinely care about offering quality service to each of our guests. We hope to see you again soon. Greg Broussard, General Manager More 

Frillesas, Sweden
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cosy hotel, great ambiance and friendly, helpful staff. Very homely feeling. Our room was a double queen on the ground floor (there are two floors). The room has a fully equipped kitchen (microwave, stove, fridge, freezer) and there is a table for four so if you opt to eat in and cook for yourself that is definitely possible. Clean... More 

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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review

Greetings from Santa Barbara, Sweden, Thank you for visiting us all the way from Sweden and for sharing your compliments with TripAdvisor readers. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the little extras we provide our guests. Enjoy the rest of your holiday in the States. Should you find yourself in Santa Barbara again,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous. Exceptionally friendly and welcoming staff. Large king room with kitchen. Wifi perfect. Included continental breakfast and wine and cheese in eve. Huge library to borrow for room TV / DVD. Also bike hire. Makes it good value. Well located for town centre. Would come again.

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Wow! Thank you for your wonderful compliments about our hotel, staff, and treats. We appreciate you taking time to share your experience and hope to see you again, Warm wishes, Greg Broussard, General Manager More 

Haiku, Hawaii
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Inn is one of the best places we have stayed (and we travel a lot). Clean, well kept grounds, spacious room with complete kitchen, friendly staff and great food. Cocktail time wine and cheese and other assorted goodies, Cookies and milk before bedtime, and an edible continental breakfast with fresh pastries, unlike the crap offered at chain hotels that... More 

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Santa Monica, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is my 2nd visit to the Inn by the Harbor. It is a delightful inn. Great music playing (the oldies) as we checked in. We had two queens on first floor and the suite was very comfortable. Currently they are renovating the place but have already done a masterful job of landscaping - it's truly beautiful and a very... More 

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Emeryville, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We booked a Marriott before our local friends said to swap and stay closer to downtown. It made a difference (lots less time on the freeway and cheaper too) It was just up the street from the beach/harbor and close to the downtown area. My daughter and I had her two kids and under 11, they were free. Free Breakfast... More 

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