We drove our in-laws to LA in February and, on the way back to SF, made a quick stop in Santa Barbara area. I've known this hotel since my college days as I rode my bike past it many times on the way to UCSB. Its lush garden always attracted me. The price of this hotel is a bargain compared to the pricier ones closer to downtown SB or beaches but the accomodation is equal or better than most of those that I've stayed. And, come on, with beaches and downtown SB only a short drive away, why throw money away? The staff were very friendly and assigned us two adjacent rooms as requested with a king suite upgrade for free (this is the slow season). The lobby was neat with a fire place and wall-to-wall view of the lush garden courtyard. Free coffee/latte/etc were readily available from a single-serve brewing machine. The pool/spa are nice and clean. After dropping off the luggagge in the room, we swang by downtown SB and had some great Mexican food with magaritas/mojitos at the Sand Bar restaurant in lower State Street. The free breakfast next morning in the lobby area was well stocked and nicely presented. The fellow guests we met were courteous and classy. We drove to the nearby Goleta beach and spent a lazy morning there before we continued our journey back home.