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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

2.5 of 5 17 W. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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So Cal
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Holiday Inn is in the old Virginia Hotel. Spanish tile floors, interesting architecture, etc. This is not the average hotel just sitting on the side of a freeway. I stayed in a first floor room which was not connected to the main lobby. The room was smaller than the average hotel room but was nice and clean. I was... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Rick H., Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay with us. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our building's architecture and our complimentary breakfast. We hope to see you next time your travels bring you to Santa Barbara! More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A historic hotel, with nice atmosphere right in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Easy walking to a wide variety of restaurants, nightlife, and the harbor. On site parking with valet service is also available. We had a nice room on the 3d floor. Friendly staff at check in and when we had any questions about the local area. Breakfast... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear igglesfan63, Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our location. I apologize that the mattress was uncomfortable, we did recently replace a large number of mattresses. We hope to see you next time your travels bring you to Santa Barbara. More 

Wasilla, Alaska
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This was one of the nicer Holiday Inn Express hotels I've stayed in, but it should be for the price they charge. Our room was very clean and nice, but pretty much your ordinary Holiday Inn Express room. The complimentary breakfast was very good and a nice touch. The location was great, with easy walking to State Street and the... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear akwoollybugger, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your room and our complimentary breakfast. We hope to see you next time you are in the area! More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A historic hotel, which provides more atmosphere than most Holiday Inn Expresses. Good location in Santa Barbara. Didn't bother with the breakfast but walked out and got it outside the hotel. Rooms as per most Holiday Inns - we had a very large room on the top floor.

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Hilary Cannell, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed our location and your time in Santa Barbara. We hope to see you next time your travels bring you to Santa Barbara! More 

Germantown, MD, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We had to stay somewhere and this HIE had a room! Nice, but expensive for what it is. Great desk staff -- helpful, however we had to discover by ourselves the second floor outdoor covered patio and other fun features of this 'boutique' hotel. We felt the these cool features should have been pointed out to us. Neighborhood? The chairs... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear Charles T., Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I'm glad to hear that our front desk staff was helpful and accommodating. We hope to see you next time your travels bring to Santa Barbara. More 

Winchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This hotel has valet parking and a nice reception area. Its not loke a 'normal' Holiday Inn Express! There is a Spanish feel to the place with large rooms with open brickwork. Rear rooms get a view of the Carpark but are quieter. There is a quite noisy bar on the other side of the road at the front. Breakfast... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear David E., Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the historic feel of our building and our complimentary breakfast. We hope to see you next time you visit the area! More 

Mission Viejo
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Every time I visit SB for pleasure I stay at the HI Express. The hotel is a hundred year old building conveniently located to State St. The hotel is expensive compared to other HI's but keep in mind SB is a tourist town and you're paying for location. The fact that it's a landmark hotel the rooms are small by... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear ocguy919, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our new breakfast options and that our staff was attentive. We look forward to your next stay with us! More 

Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
8 hotel reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Mediocre hotel with a very expensive price. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional either. Located conveniently off state street next to bars and restaurants. The quality of the room however is no better than a standard economy hotel. For almost 300 a night it would have been nice to have a real sweet room

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear jerkstore1, Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay with us. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed our location. Unfortunately because we are a historic property we are unable to alter the size of our rooms or create suites. Thank you for the feedback! More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

A one night stay with my 3 girlfriends to show them Santa Barbara. Was pleasantly surprised to see how clean the hotel was. Great location to State St. Didn't have to move the car for anything. Wonderful staff and very accommodating. Beds and pillows were so comfortable. Great lighting in the bathroom but no make up mirror,😒 I thought the... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear 5starG, Thank you for taking the time to review our property! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to explore the city by foot. We hope to see you next time your travels bring you to Santa Barbara! More 

Fremont, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

Stayed 3 nights for a destination wedding for close friends. The Rooms were a bit small but the beds were very, very comfortable . The bathroom was small too. Service was excellent. Location tremendous for access to State Street shopping and food. Nights were very quiet. Parking services were over priced--paid for parking but no valet. Breakfast was continental and... More 

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Dear JosephatFremont, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We appreciate the feedback and are happy to hear that you enjoyed our location! We hope to see you next time you visit Santa Barbara. More 

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Address: 17 W. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
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Also Known As:
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Holiday Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Holiday Inn
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Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#19 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#21 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara

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