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“A lovely night away!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Santa Barbara
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   533 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
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“A lovely night away!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Hotel Santa Barbara for a night in April 2015, whilst on our travels up the West coast on vacation.

The hotel was lovely; an historic and charming building in arguably the best location in all of Santa Barbara! Right on State Street, a couple minutes walk from the main pier and ocean, the hotel is perfectly positioned for you to enjoy both the shopping and food State Street has to offer, as well as the beauty and charm of the ocean.

The hotel is old (but well looked after) and the rooms a bit small, but we were absolutely fine with this as it was tastefully decorated, clean and everything worked perfectly. The age of the hotel added to its charm and spoke to the history of the town. In addition, a simple and yet appetizing continental breakfast went a long way towards making me feel that I got a good deal with a great hotel for the night.

A lovely base to set yourself up to enjoy the U.S. Riviera! Well priced and a lovely stay! Not the place to spend the entire holiday in your hotel room, but then again who would want to with all the beauty outside!

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a great hotel. Location on State Street among shops & restaurants.
Rooms had refrigerator, bottle water and coffeemaker. The bed was very comfortable.
Continental breakfast provided in the lobby. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have stayed here a number of times over the years... it is great because it is reasonable and close to the train station, beach and a short walk to the main part of state street where all the action is. it is a bit of a walk to all the main stores and restaurants so wear comfy shoes but other than that it is great...(not that having to walk a bit isnt a good thing for your bod lol)...

Room Tip: ask for a room overlooking the ocean... or state street
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first trip to Santa Barbara and we wanted a location near everything. Hotel Santa Barbara was that for us. We could easily walk to the beach, the Funk Zone, shopping galore, restaurants, and everything we wanted to do.

The hotel isn't fancy but the beds are comfortable and the rooms are very reasonably priced for the area. the WiFi in the room was not great but that was not a huge deal for us.

We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethesda, MD
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our kind of place- historic charm in the middle of all the action. Room was fine, elevator funky, breakfast ordinary but convenient. Can walk to restaurants, city hall, etc. and take shuttle down to the pier. Don't miss Brophy Brothers. They let us use their parking lot even after we checked out. Only hitch was the attitude of the young lady at check in. She was preoccupied with me not parking in front of the hotel during check in despite there being what appeared to me as a place to do just that. Other front desk help were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, CA
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location cannot be beat, the staff was friendly and professional, the onsite 10/day parking is very convenient and the room was comfortable and quiet (even though ours faced State Street). The breakfast was high carb, but yummy. Some of the common areas including the logo carpets and the elevator need a facelift. The room was adequate in size, but had limit storage; the closet could only hold the in-room refridgerator and some hanging clothes, so we had to leave our luggage out in the room. The bathroom is dated and small. It's clean, but neither cool and period nor modern and comfortble. It's late 80s. If it weren't for the bathroom, I'd recommend I without reservation. Next time in Santa Barbara, this hotel would be on my short list, but not an automatic choice.

Room Tip: 415 is quiet, even though it faces the streey
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The linnenes were great! The room is beautiful and recently updated. The sofa bed was fine for a teenager. The staff is freindly and lobby is lovely. Breakfast is OK. Great location. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 533 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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