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“Clean, comfortable and well located” 4 of 5 stars
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Marina Beach Motel
21 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #8 of 59 hotels in Santa Barbara
London, UK
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Clean, comfortable and well located”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Stayed only one night on my way down the coast. Room was very comfortable and clean with a nice bed. The walls are quite thin, so you hear a lot from the neighbours, not good if they are starting out early. Aside from that I would recommend and stay again.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thanks for your review. Sorry about the noisy neighbors, it's hard to control when guests area too loud. Thankfully, most people that stay at Marina Beach understand and get quiet early.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Salem, Oregon
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Lots of good to find in this hotel: newly refurbished, free use of bikes, close to the beach, close to restaurants, quiet neighborhood, well maintained. The hotel is near to all the sights of the beach. One could walk to town if you like longer strolls. We took the car so we could shop.

The owners have taken an older, motel and given it new life while still keeping the charm of those small independent hotels that once gave character and joy to travel.

The staff was helpful when we were looking for wineries, and other day trips.

It's not a large full service hotel, so I'm not giving it five stars across the board. However, if you want a nice, well run hotel, this is it. We would go back and spend a few more days.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, June 27, 2013
Your review is well written and describes very well the Marina Beach Motel. Our place is very comfortable and a fair price. We have noticed that during the recession, some people that used to stay at higher priced properties have stayed with us and are now repeat guests.
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Northern Illinois & Puerto Vallarta, MX.
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

My wife and I loved this hotel. It was an oasis of peace and tranquility in Santa Barbara. Located 1/2 block from the beach, it was an easy walk to the pier, the downtown shops and restaurants. The hotel was a "U" shape group of quaint rooms decorated in bright paint colors with bright white crown moldings. The room was spotless. Our stay included an expanded continental breakfast and it was delicious. The only downfall was the lack of personality from the front desk people. Those 2 ladies could learn the power of a smile and a friendly "hello".

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Thanks for your constructive review, though I am sorry to hear that the desk staff was not friendly. We usually get high reviews in this area, many people that shop the different hotels return to us because we normally go out of our way to accommodate our guests.
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Milford, Michigan
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This was our first stop after heading out from LAX. Very nice location right near the Marina and lots of places to eat. Santa Barbara was, to our surprise, a very big city with this little gem of a area down at the water completely removed from the rest of the city. It got very quiet and everyone seemed to be in already by 8 pm so if you are looking for a place to party, (we weren't) this isn't it. Room was clean and my husband loved the double shower (one from the ceiling and one from the wall). A plentiful breakfast of breads, pastries, fruits, cereals, juices was provided in the morning at 7:30 which held us over until we lunched somewhere up the coast in Big Sur.
Would definitely recommend this motel.
Only negative thing I can think of is that the parking in the U shaped lot was a bit of a pain.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, June 4, 2013
Your description of Santa Barbara and our motel is right on! Visitors love to be near the beach but can easily get to the downtown points of interest. Our parking lot is a bit tight, I hope it wasn't too hard to negotiate but was worth it for the accommodations.
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We came from a very posh hotel to stay a couple of nights in this motel and were very pleasently surprised. It is very bright and clean and our room was lovely. The room and bathroom were both very clean and spacious. There is a good complimentary breakfast included, which is a nice bonus as many places don't offer breakfast. There was also free bike rental from the motel, which we took advantage of.
The location of the motel is great to walk to all the main hotspots in Santa Barbara and it is seconds form the beach.
The only thing that would improve the motel, is if it had a pool as many of the other motels in the town have pools. Apart from that it was great and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a reasonably priced nice place to stay in Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
Thanks for writing a nice review. You're right- it would be nice to have a pool at the property. We have debated it for years but always decide that the negatives (noise and loss of green belt landscaping) outweigh the positives. Thanks for taking time to let other people know about mbm.
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Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

It's the little things that make this place so wonderful. We booked this motel based on the great reviews on here. When I first saw it was a motel I was skeptical. My idea of a motel has been changed. Obviously this owner takes a lot of pride in their property. I understand they just completed a remodel. The little details made this a 5 star review. The rooms are very clean with quality furnishings. The room we stayed in was small but we did not have plans to hang around the room much. The shower was amazing; 2 shower heads, large with glass wall and doors. The fixtures were of good quality. Bed was comfortable. Grounds were well kept. There was a maintenance person retouching paint on the building just to keep it looking clean. Center court/garden area was relaxing. The breakfast was far above par for a continental plus breakfast. Very good pastries from a local bakery. The staff was helpful in planning things to do in the city. They have bikes on the premises that can be check out for free (saving us a good amount of money). We utilized those and had a great ride along the beach boardwalk and into downtown. The motel is one block from a quiet beach.
We will definitely return here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, June 4, 2013
I really appreciate your nice review. The people that work at mbm do a great job and it shows.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I can wholeheartedly endorse all the other good reviews re location, comfort, cleanliness etc. Also lovely grounds, very well maintained with very attractive plants and flowers. We were on a trip from England to visit our son who is studying at UCSB and booked this Motel on the basis of reviews on here. We hired a car so were glad of the free parking, but we also used the free bikes every day and found these a great asset. SB is a very bike friendly City and it is lovely cycling along the beachfront. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, and Nan, who I think may be the owner, was delightful. We decided to move on a day early and she didn't hesitate to refund us one nights accommodation charge, for which we were very grateful. Loved SB, loved this motel and hope to return one day. More than happy to thoroughly recommend the Marina Beach Motel.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Your comments are very helpful to those that have never been here. Santa Barbara is very user friendly to visitors and the Marina Beach is very well located. Thanks for taking your time to give us a review.
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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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