Stayed in the Santa Cruz suite (one of only 3-4 suites on the whole property) and it was magnificent! Yes, the property exterior is a bit rundown and "motel-y" but once inside the suite you are transported. Nice dark wood floors, huge living area, a separate wet bar area/breakfast nook, and the bedroom was nice and well appointed. The bathroom is spectacular - huge, two sinks, and loved the wood floor shower and separate tub.
I didn't experience the standard rooms, but I don't think I could stay here again unless it was in a suite.
One big downside - our suite is on the second floor of a three story building, and it's located right in front of the main stairwell. Given the poor old construction, even from deep within the suite, you could hear people stomping around on the stairs and in the hallway, talking, etc. Also, you could hear the people above walking very loudly. There was a crazy kid above us who thought it was a good idea to jump/stomp/run very early in the morning. I hear rumors that they will convert a building into all suites - this would be nice.
The staff were nice (particularly the bell/valet guys). The front desk staff were nice enough, but so many are in training and no one seems to be supervising them closely. As a diamond member, I had to walk two of the front desk workers through my benefits, such as welcome amenity choice, diamond breakfast vouchers, free internet, etc. Not a deal-breaker, but if I wasn't on top of my own benefits, I would have missed out.
Received 2 buffet vouchers for breakfast at Bistro 1111. Service was average - kind of sloppy and rushed. Food was average - standard selection of breads, breakfast meats, etc. Chicken sausage was super dry as were the potatoes. The cooked to order omelet was good.
Parking is valet only at a rough $26 per night, or you can try to find some street parking for free nearby.
Location is great - right across the street from the ocean and only a 10 minute drive to State Street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover one of the finest hotels in Santa Barbara, California when you stay at Hyatt Santa Barbara. Built in 1931, our historic hotel welcomes guests with its casual elegance and first-rate service.Detailed with a fusion of Spanish Colonial architecture blended with modern conveniences, Hyatt Santa Barbara is a shining gateway to the City of Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera.Discover 171 comfortably-appointed guestrooms, a perfect home base for both leisure and business travelers. Enjoy the warm California sunshine in our heated outdoor pool and therapy OLEASTRO SPA, work off stress in the spacious fitness center, or enjoy happy hour at Bistro 1111 Restaurant, serving American cuisine with California flair. A 100% smoke-free hotel, Hyatt Santa Barbara also offers amenities like in-room dining, valet and self-parking, valet laundry service, and a business center.With 10,000 square feet of flexible and unique meeting space, offering exquisite culinary selections and the latest in technology, Hyatt Santa Barbara is ideal for your next corporate event. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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