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“Very cosy little motel, ideally located” 5 of 5 stars
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Marina Beach Motel
21 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #11 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Paris, France
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Very cosy little motel, ideally located”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Located less than one block from the waterfront, this motel is money well spent. It is not very expensive compared to the competition around at the same level of standards. Breakfast is included and very nice, you can take it either on the porche of the main office or inside with the AC if it's too hot outside. Bikes are available if you'd like to go for a quick ride along the sea (takes less than an hour back and forth). The rooms are well equiped, large beds, very nice and luxurious bathroom, the TV was a bit old but we didn't really care. The AC works fine too. There is a little patio/garden located in the center of the parking with some tables and a bench, pleasant at night.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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, September 20, 2013
your recent review was a good summary of our property. we realize that our tvs are large and outdated. we have ordered new flat screen tvs for installation this winter.
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This place is a GEM. 1/2 block to the beach, 2 short blocks walking along the beach to the pier where there are restaurants galore. The rooms are totally updated modern and beautiful. Super clean gorgeous bath rooms with rain shower shower heads, glass shower door with tile floors and pretty vanity. Beds are comfy with totally covered mattresses to prevent any mites ect. With nice clean white sheets and fluffy comforter with clean white duvet cover. Most of the rooms have perfect little kitchenettes with granite counters, mini fridges, microwaves and stove top and a little table and chairs. We were in Santa Barbara for a family wedding so many family members stayed there in seperate rooms. Nice courtyard grassy area with lounge chairs and tables and chairs. Parking is right in front of each room. Our kids were all excited about the bikes for guests use and the Suri bicycle cart that they used in the courtyard area to play around on. The front desk is a beautiful cottage with patio and chairs where you can sit and relax and to have your complimentary breakfast they supply. Tons of pasteries, bagels, muffins and cereal with fresh squeezed oj and delicious coffee is what you can expect. Super quiet location, and it was fun to be able to leave the motel doors open and have the kids go from room to room while we relaxed and drank coffee in the am. Should be called marina beach cottages since there is really nothing "motel"ish about it! Great price, a lovely stay and highly recommended. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, September 18, 2013
Your review is amazing!!! It couldn't have been better, you really took the time to check things out and mention a lot in your review. You were the first one ever to mention that our mattresses are purposely bagged to avoid mites, bed bugs, etc. that can be found in international destinations. I hope the family wedding was fun!
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Jersey
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Beautiful little motel, close to the beach, only stayed for 1 night as doing a road trip down the coast, however, this motel sold the area to me…I would defiantly like to visit Santa Barbara again and this time stay a little longer.
The motel has some bicycles you can borrow for the day, which I thought was a great touch and we made use of these before we checked out.
Also, the breakfast was great and a lot of choice.
Cute and comfy motel…..highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, September 18, 2013
Quite a few people regret that they only stopped at Marina Beach for one night. Next time you come to SB, please stay around for awhile to see everything SB has to offer.
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Rio De Janeiro
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We had a wonderful time in this motel. The guest room is very cozy and clean. There is a small kitchen inside the room with kitchenware available under request. The bed is very comfortable and big and we had a good night of sleep! The bathroom is very clean with cute amenities. The breakfast is ok but not with many options. Located within 5 minutes walk from the pier. Furthermore, there are bikes available under request (but for daily use only). Santa Barbara is a beautiful city with a gorgeous sunrise. Unfortunately, we spend just one night in the Marina Beach Motel.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
thanks for your nice review. the next time you come to SB, why don't you stay for 2 or 3 nights so that you can enjoy all that SB offers?
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Cooroy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great motel with full kitchen, free push bike hire, walking distance to everywhere, we had two nights here and thought it was one of the best motels we have stayed in on our trip, great value would highly recommend it

  • Stayed September 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, September 18, 2013
We appreciate your kind comments about our property. It really gives readers a good idea of what they will experience here.
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This motel is in a great location; walking distance to the beach, the train station, and to State Street. The room appeared to have been recently updated. It was clean, there was a kitchenette in the room, and the shower had both a normal shower head and a rain shower above. On the downside the parking was a bit tight, the TV was an older CRT model, we could sometimes hear the people in the next room and the wood slat blinds made it so the room could not be totally dark at night. The room price was reasonable. We did not get a chance to use the free bikes, but it was a nice option to have. Overall we would stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Your review is appreciated. Our tv's, new furniture, artwork, etc. will be replaced this winter.
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We only had one night here, but wish it could have been longer. Surprisingly cute motel, with a really well fitted out room for the size (admittedly small) and type. Helpful staff. Breakfast was a DIY continental arrangement with a decent selection. We loved the free bikes (plenty available even in a really busy time) and the location of the motel meant it was simple to take a lovely, leisurely cycle along the sea front. Its a bit further from the high street, but we didn't find that an issue.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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, September 18, 2013
Thanks for your nice review. Most people find Marina Beach to be a good value...price vs accommodations.
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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 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#15 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 32
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