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“It's a boutique hotel...” 3 of 5 stars
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Montecito Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1295 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108   |  
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Ranked #25 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“It's a boutique hotel...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

So let me start by saying I do love it here, but you must adjust your thinking to the genre of boutique hotels.
#1 only the suites have air conditioning (which is really ONLY an issue in the summer the air is cool due to the proximity of the ocean)
#2 there really are not any great views from any room -you are in downtown
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#3if you get a regular room it will be uncomfortably SMALL(the rooms on the balconys are larger and are very quaint), and the suites are very comfortable, clean, and dated (well kept, but very dated) I believe some of the multiple room suites are updated. Also do not get a room on the north side of the building you share an alley with a popular (and quite good) restaurant = noisy!
#4 if you eat at the hotel restaurant you must have the coconut cake it's amazing!
#5 you are only a 5minute walk to the beach!
All to say the city- you will fall in love with, and the hotel is very sweet! I would highly recommend it with the afore mentioned warnings!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MontecitoInn, General Manager at Montecito Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
We very much appreciate the constructive comments provided within this review. Interestingly enough, the review actually touched on a few things that the Inn is looking forward to in the coming months, so we felt it would be appropriate to offer a reply:

Beginning this week (of Monday, December 17), the Inn is proud to begin installing air conditioning throughout the entire hotel, including ALL rooms! Though it's true that air conditioning in the Santa Barbara area is mostly desired only during the summer months, it is nevertheless an amenity that one comes to expect of any fine hotel, no matter where the location. In a continual effort to provide our guests the very best service and product, we are very pleased to begin this project without delay, to be fully installed by February!

With regards to rooms with a view, though the views from certain rooms are limited, as is the case with any hotel, we do have several wonderful options for rooms with views that our guests have come to love. From our Mountain View Queen rooms with views of the local mountains and foothills to The Tower Suite with views of the mountains as well as the Channel Islands and Pacific Ocean to The Apartment with a private patio looking out to the mountains, our guests have a selection of rooms with a view that will surely add to the pleasure of any stay.

Being a historic building, though our standard rooms are quaint, they are perhaps the most well-appointed you'll find in the area, and our suites happen to be some of the largest in all of Santa Barbara. But, some very exciting news for Spring/Summer 2013: You might say, the Inn will be shining its shoes, tightening its bow tie, and putting on a brand new tux...a "soft" renovation that will include a newly appointed Lobby, a newly appointed Pool area, and the most thorough of upgrades, decor and technological, to all rooms and suites! Please visit and "like" our Facebook page in the coming months for must-see sneak-peeks of what promises to be an exciting transition, inspired by the elegance of a bygone era brought to life by a vision appropriate for today.

One last thing...that coconut cake at the Montecito Cafe definitely is a must-have!

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Montecito Inn!

Danny Copus
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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130 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This inn is conveniently located just outside of Santa Barbara, nestled in peaceful, upscale Montecito. As usual, the first room I was escorted to was unacceptable--hot, stuffy, and dark. The second room was cool, airy and bright--with a festive view of the adjoining restaurant and bar. Unfortunately, the carpet was damp. I loved having coffee service in the lobby 24/7. The front desk personnel were welcoming and helpful, but the bellboys were rushed. The breakfast service was terrific. In short, this old inn could use a little tlc.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, California
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We enjoyed our night at the Montecito Inn. We really liked the decor of the hotel and loved the boutique feel. However, the walls are thin in this hotel, so we could hear all the noise from the hallway and our neighbors early morning wake up call. This made it a lot more difficult to sleep in. The breakfast buffet was fully stocked. We enjoyed our night here and would recommend it to heavier sleepers!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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portland
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I love this gem of a hotel, located within walking distance of lovely shops and restaurants in the lower Montecito neighborhood, so fashionable and fun! The rooms are very nice, quiet, and the simple breakfast and good coffee satisfies me. The hotel is well run, great service and you cannot do better if you are visiting friends in the area. I always feel like a local when I stay here. Grab your morning coffee, the paper, and sit by the pool, then take a walk and explore this enchanting village. When you return to the hotel in the evening, have a night cap, or dessert at the adjacent bar. I've stayed at the Inn three times over the past year and everyone from the valet to guest services, to housekeeping has been friendly and considerate.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Glocester, Rhode Island
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We really thought that this was a cute hotel right in Montecito and about 5 minutes away from Santa Barbara. It felt like something out of the movies. They have free breakfast in the morning and staff is very pleasant. The pool was nice as well. Montecito was cute and had some boutique shops. We did walk around, but didn't actually go into the stores. It has some nice restaurants as well, which was nice to walk to from our hotel. We went to Lucky's (right next door) for dinner. The one down side was that our room was a little stuffy--no air to put on, only ceiling fan. We were there on Oct. 31, when it wasn't really that hot out, so not sure if I would want to stay in the summer. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atascadero, California
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58 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Arrived in town early (2:20 pm) before the 3:00 check in and received a chilly reception and were asked to return at 3:00. We drove around the area until 3:05 and magically the valet and front desk gentlemen had put on their "we're happy to see you" personalities and made us feel welcome. The Tower Suite is a hike up 3 flights of stairs (I don't like elevators - especially OLD ones), down a covered outdoor walkway and then down a hallway. You enter a small living area with a not super-comfortable seating area with a flat screen TV on a storage unit that houses the mini bar that's already stocked with no room for your things. The bathroom is also on this level. Nice shower, tub, toilet and single sink. The bedroom is up 16 stairs plus a landing and is also a smallish area with a queen-sized bed. Keep this hike in mind if you're over 40 and get up in the night. The step out balconies were never used - you would only be letting in freeway noise or noise from the busy street out front. The views are pretty beyond the traffic of the mountains and a peak of ocean. Bring your white noise device and ear plugs for a peaceful sleep. We blew a fuse once when ironing clothes - had to call maintenance. The steam shower also had to be reset because of blowing a fuse - 3rd floor seems to have this problem. The pool area is small but lovely - a nice place to relax and read. The cruiser bikes are a very nice added amenity. We took them down to Butterfly beach twice which is a downhill coast (no peddling needed) for about 3 blocks and then up a lung bursting hill to the bike trail all the way into Santa Barbara which is a must - so beautiful! The ground level attached restaurant and bar were great for dinner or a nightcap. The complimentary continental breakfast in the morning was actually really nice with yogurt, fruit, locally made pastries and good coffee. All in all it was a very enjoyable stay in a great location. Yes, traffic is noisy and you need to be in relatively good shape to handle all the stairs but those were the only true downsides to staying here.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have A/C. The Tower Suite does have A/C.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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California
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19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed mid week off season and were surprised at the price. 109.00 It is a gem from another era. The room was all we needed except the bathroom was quite small. The one thing that is unbeatable is the old fashion service. Every employee was outstanding. The continental breakfast was a little light, but great coffee.
Beware of the water bottle lurking by the ice bucket. It had a tag on it, but my thirst and poor eyesight caused me to disregard it. Yes, at check out I was charged $4.oo for it. The irony was that I left 2 dt. pepsi's in the in-room frig.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1295 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Montecito Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Montecito Inn was built in 1928 by screen legend Charlie Chaplin as an escape to paradise for his closest friends. Enriched with influences reminiscent of early Santa Barbara, guest rooms are a reflection of the Montecito Inn's proud history and tradition. Bedrooms decorated with classic patterns and furnishings in warm earth tones and bathrooms adorned with hand-painted ceramic tile create an elegant ambiance. The Montecito Inn offers the perfect blend of classic style, comfort, convenience, and personalized service. Wake up in the morning to a continental breakfast served in the hotel's restaurant, the Montecito Cafe, or have it delivered to your door. Enjoy lunch and dinner at the Montecito Cafe, a local favorite, which boasts an exquisite California Nouveau cuisine. Other fine dining is also available only a walk away. Relax by the pool and Jacuzzi, or walk only 2.5 Blocks to the beach. Also enjoy the day in Montecito, one of America's most beautiful seaside communities, with boutique shopping. Featuring 61 Elegant Guest Rooms & Luxury Suites, the Montecito Inn offers all of the quality, service and elegance that Santa Barbara has to offer. Our staff is waiting to help satisfy your every desire. Today, the escape is yours. ... more   less 
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