I stayed here while on vacation with my Mum. We were looking for somewhere clean, safe and fairly centrally located. Marina Beach Motel is all 3. I booked it mainly based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and I had to say that the reviewers I read were spot on.
Santa Barbara is an affluent city and this is reflected in the room rates of many of the hotels in the area. Many of the hotels I checked out cost an arm and a leg and offered very small rooms. Our room at the Marina Beach Motel was warm and cosy though on the small size. There was no kitchenette, but a small fridge and microwave, which was really what we needed.
The room looked like it had recently been done up - the walls seemed to be freshly painted and the bathroom (which I'm very fussy about) was spanking clean. The shower pressure was great.
Marina Beach Motel is located on Bath street, which is adjacent to the beachfront and a 10 minute walk to State Street, the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara shopping neighbourhood. So, you enjoy the benefit of being fairly centrally located without paying the exorbitant rates of some of the State Street hotels. The reception staff were also friendly and helpful.
I recommend this hotel as a cosy base from which to explore Santa Barbara. If a large room is important to you, perhaps the MBM might not be your best best, but if you want an affordable place, then check this place out.
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December 4, 2012
Thanks for taking time to do the recent review. Our location is excellent, 1/2 block from the beach, 2 blocks from State Street. We are currently expanding and upgrading 14 bathrooms and will be completed by end of January 2013.
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