It costs a little more than other motels, but it's worth it. The place is quiet (except for the rooms overlooking the highway), clean, friendly and more upscale than most.
It's particularly convenient to UCSB and not bad for downtown Santa Barbara (~ 12 minutes). If you go don't miss their breakfast, one of the best I've had.
Also, the grounds are on the site of an old botanist's estate, and the flora is really special.