A very comfortable hotel located in the heart of Santa Barbara, this older but elegant hotel is a little overpriced (as is everything in Santa Barbara). My queen-sized room was very small and had a less-than-impressive view of the lobby roof. I understand from a friend staying on the State Street side that that might have been a blessing because of the late night raucous caused by the continuous State Street party.
The room was nicely appointed but showing it's age a bit. Things like logo'd candies, welcome notes and robes do not a luxury hotel make. Although the lobby would certainly fit in the lower end of luxury, the rooms would not. Comfortable if small, yes; luxury - not even close.
The morning breakfast was noteworthy only for its pastries, otherwise I could have been eating at any hotel that offered the same fare and pretty lousy coffee.
The staff were friendly and accommodating and reinforced the special luxury "Hotel Santa Barbara" experienced that the hotel tries to promote. Ah, not so much. Just like Santa Barbara itself, an okay (if way California crazy) place to visit for two or three days. Not four.
- 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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