Hotel Santa Barbara is in a fantastic location for wandering up and down State Street. Excellent shopping is within a few minutes walk to the North and the beach and pier are a 10 minute walk south.
The hotel itself is a little older - not sure of the exact age - but they have done a nice job of not letting it feel dated in a creepy way. Rooms are smaller than we are used to in the newer hotels and the TV's are still CRT-tube based, but honestly I wouldn't visit Santa Barbara just to sit in my room and watch TV.
The staff was very professional and friendly. Free wireless is available throughout the building. The free breakfast included fruits, cereal, pastries, coffee, juice, oatmeal, boiled eggs, and I believe I saw a waffle maker.
Also very close (10 minute walk) to the train station if you come that way.
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- Welcome to Hotel Santa Barbara, where the atmosphere is alive and the options are endless. Be our guest and discover the personal service and incomparable downtown location that is Hotel Santa Barbara. Experience world-class shopping, fine dining, theaters, galleries, entertainment, great beaches, and so much more...all within walking distance of our front doors. Downtown Santa Barbara beckons from this beautifully restored Spanish/Mediterranean-style hotel mingling historic charm and contemporary comfort. ... more less
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