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“Old World Charm” 4 of 5 stars
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The Upham Hotel & Country House
1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #12 of 59 hotels in Santa Barbara
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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“Old World Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We chose this Hotel to get away from the corporate chains and a desire for some old world charm.
The Upham did not let us down. Beautiful gardens, spacious rooms, lovely lounge area with fire place where breakfast is served from 7 till 11am and drinks and nibbles from 4 till 7pm.
Just 2 blocks walk to famous State street was another bonus. Our only negative is that the room we had no 32 needed updating, TV still the old big box and the furnishings whilst comfortable is tired. We would go back just the same as we noted they were updating the rooms progressively with one section closed while in that process.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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San Francisco, California
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

A comfy, quiet, quaint and charming place to lodge. Room 50 was spacious and clean with a nice table, chair, oversized sofa chair, and armoire with a TV inside. Loved the large closet with two sides to hang clothes. Bathrobes were provided, and glad I did not have to pack one. Bathroom was small but good enough for one person at a time, good shower power and hot water stayed hot. The heater kept us nice and warm with the arctic cold weather. The bed was comfortable and I slept very well. I only wish there was a coffee maker in the room rather than go out to the main house to get the comp beverage and snack offerings.
We ate dinner at the on site Louie's, and had a delicious rack of lamb, salad, and complimentary dessert. My roommate enjoyed her blacken halibut that was one of the special entrees.
Our days were full and long, and did not have the time to enjoy the lovely garden patio area.
The comp breakfast had all the foods that I would eat, especially the cooked hot oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins, yogurt, grapefruit, OJ, and hot tea.
Service was friendly and accommodating from the staff at both the hotel and restaurant. Hotel is only two blocks from State Street which is the main downtown thoroughfare and close to the Santa Barbara Museum. Definitely a hotel to return to on the next visit to Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: Room 50 is very nice and large with 2 queen beds, in a separate bldg in the back with 2 units, but r...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We've stayed at the Upham since 1983 when visiting Santa Barbara. It is within walking distance to Downey's, one of the best restaurants in California, and Louie's, a very good place for lunch, is housed in the main building of the Upham.
We love this well kept older hotel and its friendly staff.There is breakfast included, wine and crackers in the afternoon, and even oreo cookies and milk in the evening. The guests are frequently international travelers and business people attending seminars. It's a pleasant and interesting place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

The Upham Hotel was the first hotel in Santa Barbara. It has been updated with all modern conveniences but still has the charm and ambiance of an historic building. There is a nice patio and garden to spend time on a nice day. Louie's is the restaurant on site and serves fabulous food. Our room was the smallest and cheapest but we loved it. We had our own small patio and private entrance. The room was small but very clean and nicely decorated. The bed was exceptionally comfortable. There was a simple but filling continental breakfast and lovely sitting areas to eat in. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Nice to be able to Walk to town, have free parking,and a beautiful setting. Breakfast was just ok, but nice to have fresh grapefruit. Had dinner at Louis' and it was excellent. Can't wait to come back.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Based on a recommendation from a (very) well-traveled friend of ours, we stayed at The Upham recently. We are *definitely* going back, and soon. It was just superb on all fronts. They said they were family-friendly, and they meant it. We have three little ones (5, 3, and 7 months); often when a hotel or restaurant says they are family-friendly, and then they get invaded by three little terrors, you start to get the feeling that the hotel or restaurant didn't really mean it. This was not the case at the Upham. They thought of everything, including putting us on a ground floor (fewer stairs for us, and fewer headaches for any downstairs neighbors when our boys started to jump on (and off) the beds. They have a complimentary happy hour with great wine, cheese, crackers ... and a wonderful treat at night with Oreos and milk! Our kids were in heaven, and it felt just like a wonderful aunt or uncle's place. It is walking distance to some of the best spots on State Street (Bouchon, Tupelo Junction, the French Press). I just can't say enough positive things.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carmel, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This is an old-time, but updated hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, conveniently located for many sights of interest. The hotel atmosphere is most comfortable, more like a country inn that a downtown hotel. We stayed in a king cottage with fireplace, a very nice amenity for winter, and it opens out into a central garden. Very pleasant!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
The Upham Hotel Santa Barbara
The Upham Hotel
Upham Santa Barbara
Upham Hotel Santa Barbara
Address: 1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#23 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Victorian treasure in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Upham Hotel and Country House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Santa Barbara, Southern California. Constructed of redwood with sweeping verandas, the 58-room 1871 landmark is surrounded by an acre of gardens and combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility. ... more   less 
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