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Marina Beach Motel
21 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #6 of 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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11 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“We liked it and will return”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

A my daughter's recommendation we stayed at the Marina Beach Motel. Very good location half a block from the marina and waterfront. A very pleasant exterior area and very clean rooms. Comfortable beds and a pleasant area serving breakfast. Some work was being done on several rooms, which somehow delayed the arrival of hot water in the evening and morning. Wen the work is complete, we were assured the water would arrive more promptly. A good place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thanks for writing your review. All of our remodel work is completed, 100% of all bathrooms are upgraded and new carpet throughout the property. The hot water problems have been solved, thanks for letting us know it wasn't perfect!!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We arrived at Santa Barbara during the Viva La Fiesta festival in August. It was very difficult finding accommodation. However, this motel was great. We booked four months ahead and they were prepared and welcoming at our arrival.

The rooms were small, but very clean and refreshing. They have everything you need and is very close to the dock, pier and main street. All in short walking distance.

I will stay here again when we visit SB

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thanks for your nice review. Since you were here, we have completed remodeling 100% of our bathrooms and new carpet throughout. Come back soon!!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Well, it's just a motel, so don't expect too much. But for a motel it is very good. Well located (not 37 steps away from the beach as they advertise, but really close), clean and with positive and helpful people at the reception. It was above my expectations and I liked it

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Thanks for your review. We do advertise 37 steps from the beach, it is our effort to be lighthearted, we are VERY close to the beach. I like to joke that Kobe Bryant paced off those steps, though it really never happened. I am sorry if we misconstrued the actual number of steps. I am glad you enjoyed our property.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

this is such a cute property - i am typically wary when there is "motel" in the name - but this place is great! clean and comfortable rooms (if dogs were ever in this room, i wasn't able to tell), glad to have the small refrigerator. great location to the beach, wharf & shops. we didn't use the free bikes, but that is a great offering. The staff was extremely friendly and they were very responsive to e-mails prior to the stay.

The hiccup we had was that the room type we originally booked through booking.com (2 queen beds) wasn't available, so they put us in a King bed with sofa sleeper.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Thanks for reviewing our seaside motel in Santa Barbara, we appreciate your comments. Some travelers are turned off by our classic 'motel' designation, but when they read TripAdvisor, it is clear that we are a comfortable lodging facility, consistently in the top ten in Santa Barbara.
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Fremont, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

They allowed our dog, and the room was clean. It was nice to have a kitchen sink. I liked the paint color too and the quiet fan. The room was cramped. It is close to the beach. Breakfast is okay, but hardly any protein. A pet peeve is all the garbage created with disposable dishes and utensils.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Thanks for taking time to give our motel a review. We are currently remodeling our rooms, enlarging bathrooms, new carpet and bedding. Thanks for staying with us, come and see our improvements!
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Madrid, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

The location is pretty good to ride by the sea front path. It´s possible to go by walk to the center of the city.

The motel lends swhim bikes for free!

But the sheets were rough and overused (with stains...). The worst thing was that there was ants over my pillow.

I think they should improve bed´s confort.

Thank you.

Maria.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 11, 2013
Thanks for giving us a review, even if you did not find everything suitable to your tastes and needs. Unfortunately it was very rainy around the time that you visited our property, once in awhile the ants will be searching a dry area (like can happen at home). We continually check our bed sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. We buy a minimum 400 thread count for our sheets, but we must have missed some older ones in your room, I apologize. We are currently undergoing an overall remodel at the Marina Beach, I hope you give us one more try.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

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.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, 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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Additional Information about Marina Beach Motel

Address: 21 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 32
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