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“Great Value for Santa Barbara” 5 of 5 stars
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The Sandman Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3714 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105   |  
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Ranked #25 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Dayton, NV
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great Value for Santa Barbara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Older units that are well maintained. Very close to downtown, golf course, and numerous restaurants. Breakfast area is very nice with good selections for a light meal. Two pool areas that are very well kept. Very comfortable!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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
    4 of 5 stars
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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Sandman Inn is run with pride from its welcoming lobby with coffee, juice, oranges and very helpful staff to its spotless rooms with bottled water (no extra charge!), microwave, refrigerator and ironing board! Though the "Inn" is more a well maintained and landscaped motel, we couldn't have been more pleased with our experience there and with the very reasonable price we paid in this playground of the wealthy. For example, what a pleasant surprise to walk into Al's Diner, the site of the included hotel breakfast, and find a playful 50's decor complete with gas pump, shiny chrome & red tables and the most diverse array of breakfast items from granola bars to applesauce and sausage & egg sandwiches that we have ever seen in an included breakfast. When we stay again in Santa Barbara, we will definitely stay at the Sandman Inn.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We wanted to find a budget friendly place and the Sandman Inn fit the bill. It is close in proximity to downtown, but located in a quieter location. Clean and well-kept. Breakfast choices were good and loved the diner atmosphere. I would come here again. Great value.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed in Santa Barbara on the offseason, and were expecting expensive. The Sandman seemed like the cheapest hotel we could find. After getting there, I thought we could have probably gotten a better hotel, closer to downtown, for the same price. The room was spacious and clean, but the bathroom appeared iffy (a little grungy, the shower had chipped paint and was tricky). It was only 3 miles or so from the downtown area, and the staff was very friendly. The one qualm we had was that you could hear everything in the adjacent rooms- every cough and movement. One perk was that there was an IHome in the room, where we could charge our phones and play music/sleep sounds. We didn't love it, but it was just fine. The free breakfast was better than average.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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laguna beach, ca
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We came in to Santa Barbara for the Marathon Relay, so properties were booked. The Sandman was well priced and and very clean. Loved the retro feel paired with flat screen tvs, mini fridges and microwaves. The free continental breakfast in the diner was cute and had all of the basics - perfect to take the edge off before you start your adventures for the day. If you don't mind driving about 10 minutes into the downtown area, then this is a good option for a weekend getway at a good price!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I highly recommend the Sandman Inn, it’s a nice motel with super friendly staff. The motel is a great value. The staff are always willing to help and be helpful, will spend many minutes with what ever the issue. I received great advice on sailing winds, whale watching and wine tasting.

The free breakfast was more than enough to get my day started. On our stay, you could choose from burritos, sausage sandwiches, cereal, bagels, toast and other items. My son found plenty to eat, which is what I care about.

I would definitely stay at the Sandman again, and will recommend it to my friends. I highly suggest you stay there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I was on a tight budget and had to stay in Santa Barbara for 10 nights. Of course you get what you pay for but in fairness, the hotel was clean, I enjoyed the pool and being able to park right in front of your room. They even have a cute 50s type diner with a darn good breakfast included. The bathrooms need to be updated and they really do need new beds as in bed frames. I hurt myself on the wood frame as it sticks out farther than the mattress. I'm sure I'm not the only one this happened to. The mattress was too soft for me. I also enjoyed that the room had two doors; one to the car; the other to the pool. It made for a nice breeze.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#19 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*
Number of rooms: 112
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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