Came to Santa Barbara for the weekend for my wifes birthday. The hotel itself is in a great location. Across the street from the beach and an easy 10-15 minute walk to all of the wine tasting spots.
In regards to the hotel itself, I would say that it is an upscale motel at best. When I was booking the room I was told that the Hyatt Santa Barbara is valet parking only.....which I was fine with. Upon my arrival, I pulled into the hotel lot, put the car in park and got out to head to check in....as I was exiting my car, I was asked by one of the valet guys (who was very nice) if I could hop back in my car and "park it over in one of the spots, then bring them the keys." HUH, all of this for $25.00 per night. Obviously they moved my car eventually underground, I just thought that was a bit odd.
After checking in, we walked through the parking lot to get to our room, hence the upscale motel comment. The lobby is separate from a majority of the hotel. At least the North West part of it.
The room itself was "meh." Big in size but small in decor. Nothing to it what-so-ever. We had a balcony that overlooked the side street with a partial view of the water, so that was not a bad thing.
All in all this place was just OK. If I am going to spend $431 to sleep and park, I would expect a hotel, especially a bigger brand like Hyatt to be a bit more on top of their game. I understand the real estate they are sitting on in pricey, and we the consumer foot that bill, but the property should match the ticket price.
I probably wouldn't stay here again.....and I am a Hyatt Platinum customer.
- 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:
- Hyatt Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
- Mar Monte Santa Barbara
- Mar Monte Hotel