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Montecito Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1295 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108   |  
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Ranked #28 of 61 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Atlanta, Georgia
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13 hotel reviews
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“Good for a few-not a family”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Montecito inn is overall GREAT location with 3 minutes walking from the beach and 10 minutes driving from the beaches, shopping districts, and historical sites of Santa Barbara. Parking is $8 although wifi is free (I think). Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water are available 24/7 and a continental breakfast is included. The restaurant at the hotel is a MUST but is a little pricey. Be sure to get the coconut cake! Air conditioners in the rooms are currently being installed although no air condition was not a problem. Service was overall ok as they had given us the wrong room and we had to move rooms in-between the first and second night. The hotel is good for a few, but I would not bring families here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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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Lexington Park, Maryland
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17 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This was a very nice hotel, clean and in a wonderful area with free bike rentals and a restaurant attached BUT you can hear everything!! I was awoken many times through the night by other peoples cell phones, drunken conversations and dare I say it, BATHROOM visits. The area was very nice but still a distance from State Street, where everything is happening! The hallways smelled of skunk- no bueno. If I ever visit this area again, I think I will stay somewhere else.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairfield, California
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23 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

A friend suggested the Montecito Inn for our stay in the Santa Barbara area and we're glad that she did. It is a nice boutique hotel in a great location. It is great service and luxury all wrapped in nice setting. There is a coffee/tea station in the lobby area that is a very nice.

The rooms are small but very nice and comfortable. The property has been updated and is well maintained. Our bed was very comfortable,the linens and robes plush. The staff is professional, friendly and go out of their way to make your stay very comfortable.

The only down side to the property is the freeway and street noise. I recommend requesting a room to the front of the property at least the street noise dies down compared to the freeway noise to the rear of the property. During our stay a number of the rooms were being renovated and the window shuttlers were replacing the wndow treatments, so this will probably help with any noise.

Love this property already planning a return visit to the area and will stay here. I highly recommnend this proeprty.

Room Tip: Freeway traffic to the rear of the property and street traffic to the front. Suggest requesting a r...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Sebastian, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We entered this charming, Meditteranean-style hotel and were immediately enchanted. The staff was pleasant, efficient, and did all the right things. Upon check-in, each guest receives a sheet of paper with the interesting history of the hotel and its' main investor, silent screen star Charlie Chaplin. The desk clerk apologized for not having our room ready but offered us room #316, a very nice upgrade to a 2 queen bedroom with 2 bathrooms. It was a unique setup as we each had our own entrance to the bathrooms and the room itself. The bathrooms didn't have alot of shelf space but were done in vibrant blue tile. The beds were high with plush, comfy mattresses. All the upscale toiletries had a Charlie Chaplin logo on the wrappers. The next morning, before departing, we enjoyed a lovely continental breakfast in a bright room overlooking the street.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

My wife and I started staying at the Montecito Inn over twenty years ago. Located in the coastal village of Montecito, the restaurants and shopping alone are first class. The hotel has a very young and personable staff - extremely friendly and willing to accommodate.
Within walking distance to Butterfly Beach, directly across from the luxurious Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel, the Montecito Inn is priced very modestly for the amenities it provides including a modest continental breakfast. We go back two or three times a year and hope to for many years to come.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

WE LIKED & LOVED: Timeless architecture, cool history. Perfect location: nearby restaurants (Cava!), shops, gas station kitty corner, & beautiful views all around the area; ~10 minutes to the Red Tile district. Use of beach cruisers: easy rides to Butterfly Beach & Stearns Wharf (3 miles). Complimentary breakfast: good local pastries & coffee. Friendly staff: all - from the front desk, to an attentive valet with great recommendations, to sweet & helpful housekeepers. Elegant, understated decor in general: bonus - tiled stairwell & funky original elevator. Room: Comfortable bed. Quiet. Nice linens & fluffy terry robes. Pretty: lobbies & pool. Bath: strong water pressure, vintage-look faucet, adjustable magnifying mirror. Competitive pricing.
& NOT SO MUCH: Tiny room entry for 6'4" husband. Doors in bath area a tad dusty. No view from our room. Plastic soap dish. No shower fan. No time to check its award-winning house restaurant ;D~*

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Toronto, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed at this hotel because of its external beauty and fame as a former property owned by Charlie Chaplin among others. There is Chaplin memorabilia everywhere on the property. The lights in the room never worked properly, and despite their attempts to fix them, they never did and never comped us for it. Also, the internet on their one computer in the "business" area didn't work, and they never fixed it, despite my telling the desk several times. The restaurant attached to the hotel is very nice, but they couldn't wait to scurry us out after lunch. The whole experiences was memorable but not in a positive way. The hotel is located near highway 101 which involves some nighttime noise, and the hall outside our room had cobblestone, so anyone walking by (esp. with a piece of luggage on while) raised a racket many times louder than expected.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#22 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Montecito Inn 4*
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