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The Sandman Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3714 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105   |  
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Ranked #24 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
“The Sandman Inn is a hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I've lived in Santa Barbara for 13 years, but I just discovered the Sandman Inn a few months back. I had family visiting, so we figured we'd try it out. After a 5 day stay it was decided that this would be the go to hotel moving forward. Great value, great rooms, nice pool, great 50's diner and a friendly staff. Definitely worth a try!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Every time we go to Santa Barbara we stay at the Sandman Inn. The staff is always very helpful and courteous and will go out of their way to see to your needs. The rooms are very nice and the pool and hot tub area have wonderful mountain views. Be sure to check out the complimentary breakfast in their new fifties styled breakfast room. Bring your dancing shoes!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We stayed in The Sandman Inn for two nights as a stopover on the way to San Diego and I have to say the hotel and service were outstanding. The staff at reception were extremely friendly, polite and informative.
Our room was spotlessly clean, equipped with spare toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo etc.
The buffet style breakfast, which was included in the room price, was amazing and included cereal, a range of juices, eggs, pastries, bagels, pop tarts, cereal bars, fruit, waffles, breakfast burritos and sandwiches...the list goes on.
The two pools were really nice also and were kept really well.
Free juice and coffee was also available at a self service desk in the main lobby which was cool and there is also a complimentary DVD rental service with a great selection of DVDs!
There’s a shopping mall about five minutes down the street and also numerous restaurants on the same block as the Hotel. We took the bus to the beach, which took about 15-20 minutes.

We absolutely LOVED this place and didn't want to leave!! Would definitely recommend it to anyone coming to Santa Barbara!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I recently stayed at the Sandman Inn with my parents and daughter while moving my sister into UCSB. This quiet hotel was a great value for our budget (especially for the 2 room suite). The service was appreciated, the diner was wonderful (but could have been a little longer rather than closing at 10am. The continental breakfast was a unexpected surprise.

The only downfall I have was that the electronic key cards kept locking us out! We kept having to go back to the front desk to activate the key cards.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kearny, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

I was wonderfully surprised at what I thought would include budget ammenities for the budget price. The Sandman Inn was clean, quiet, upgraded interiors, comfortable beds, and a variety of breakfast food which was included in the price. We found toothbrush, toothpaste, and razor offered along with the other regular bath items. Outside both pools and grounds were immaculate. The staff was friendly and helpful. Also free Wi-Fi which helped us map out the places we were headed to. I wish we would have stayed longer there! We will definitely be back.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

My boyfriend and I recently did a road trip around California. We were on a budget and opted for cheap and cheerful accommodation; somewhere to put our heads down for a night or 2. We appreciate that you get what you pay for and so would have been happy as long as it was clean and functional.

The Sandman Inn was all that and more. The hotel staff were really friendly and helpful; advising us the where to go and how to get there. The room was really nice, plenty of space, clean etc. The hotel communal areas were well kept with a couple of nice pool areas and hot tub.

We wanted to go into Santa Barbara without the car so took a bus from outside the hotel right into the centre. It was really easy and relatively cheap. The hotel told us where to get on and off and how much etc.

The hotel has free Wi-Fi and DVD rental service. The breakfast had plenty of choice and was nice.

I would definitely recommend this hotel; we really enjoyed our stay and it overall excelled our expectations. Really pleased and would stay again if we were to return to Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

I've been traveling to Santa Barbara for business for the past couple of years, staying for two or three nights per month. I have found Sandman Inn to have the best value in its price range, particularly in the fall and winter season. I stayed there again last night, and found the room to be comfortable and well appointed. Lots of extras, including in-room coffee, microwave and fridge, free bottled water, extra toiletries, and plenty of towels. The bed was very comfortable, and the room was very quiet. The continental breakfast was everything I needed, and the breakfast room was clean and the staff was very friendly.

What else could you ask for at $83 per night in Santa Barbara?

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Sandman Inn

Address: 3714 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#26 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Sandman Inn 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sandman Inn in Santa Barbara offers 112 non-smoking guestrooms, suites, and two-room family units on its 4.5 acre property, along with a large hot tub and two beautifully landscaped pools... The perfect choice on upper State Street in Santa Barbara, and always a great value.Guests experience a unique setting at the Sandman Inn. We are less than fifteen minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, local beaches, UCSB, Goleta, Montecito and all the attractions for which Santa Barbara is world famous. Stay with us and experience excellent customer service, unique rooms, a great free b-fast and much more!! ... more   less 
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