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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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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
88 hotel reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for 7 nights. Would have given 5 stars if there had been somewhere to sit outside in the vicinity of the room as we found the room to be quite dark. Most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. Wonderful breakfast. Wonderful wines. Wonderful staff.

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West Sussex
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel is easy to find, has lots of parking and is located in a nice area about 10-15 mins from the Harbour. All the other comments are spot on - great wine and cheese, breakfast very good - amazing pastries were particularly good! The room we had was dark and a bit oppressive - windows are small and there... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I stayed at Inn by the Harbour for 3 nights in March & we loved the place it was perfect. The staff couldn't be more helpful & friendly. We were just delighted with the room that they gave us, it had plenty of space, it was clean, had a fridge & a safety deposit box & a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I along with our adult daughter decided to spend Saturday night of Easter weekend in Santa Barbara and booked the last room available. We had no idea what to expect. We arrived just in time for happy hour with complimentary wine and cheese & crackers. The staff was exceptional! The room was great,( the last available was... More 

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Ramona, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and stayed at Inn by the Harbor during our first visit to Santa Barbara. When we arrived we were a little put off by the location and the surrounding area but found out that it was the perfect place to be. The courtyard is beautiful and very secluded unlike what we saw with some of the hotels closer... More 

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

Greetings aimsgf, Thank you for your kind comments about our hotel and your generous compliments towards Peter and Frank. We are admittedly fortunate to have a wonderful hotel team who truly care about the quality of service they provide each of our guests. I’m glad you felt their efforts - and in all honesty, they probably would give your their... More 

Pasadena, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Greetings socal4me, Thank you for your recent stay with us at the Inn by the Harbor. We are always delighted to hear when guests enjoy their experience and appreciate it when they share details with other TripAdvisor viewers. You will be pleased to know that we are refreshing the bathrooms in each of our guestrooms so the next time your... More 

London
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

- 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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4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

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 

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