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“comfortable and well located” 4 of 5 stars
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Franciscan Inn
109 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #19 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Monterey, California
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“comfortable and well located”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Stayed one Saturday night in a standard suite, which was only thing available when I made reservation 2 weeks prior. Would normally not go for the extra expense but it was nice to have the additional space and the refrig in the kitchenette. The reception staff was friendly and very helpful in finding out information about places we wanted to see. The room was clean and comfortable but decor is rather dated. Location is very good near the beach but off the busy street. Generous check out time of 12 instead of typical 11. Liked the ice water, tea/coffee, cookies and basket of fresh apples in the lobby.

Room Tip: Had a suite in the back and it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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Long Beach, CA
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Although the rooms are small, as noted in other reviews, they are comfortable. The best thing about this hotel is the location. It is a short walk to the beach and pier. The breakfast is O.K., although, rather than serve yourself like most hotels, there is a lady serving everything including coffee, which makes for some congestion in the dining area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Brisbane
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18 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Only stayed one night here because where we had been staying the previous night (just around the corner) was full up so moved into this place. I couldn't believe when walking into the room how small it was, also no mini fridge at all. Bathroom had obviously been refitted was large & nice. Staff were efficient & hot beverages are available in foyer during the day. I didn't have breakfast as we left early on our travels. Maybe I should of asked the room size before booking (but haven't come across this problem before). This place is handy to beach area & short walk into the "downtown" area.

Room Tip: Ask how big the room is - photos can be deceptive.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vinalhaven, Maine
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I've stayed here several times and always had a good time. The staff are solicitous, the breakfasts are excellent and I love the pool and spa. The hotel is in a wonderful location, with a short walk to the shore, and a slightly longer one to State St., the main drag.
My wife and I recently stayed in the Franciscan Suite: kitchenette, livingroom and bedroom. AND a fireplace that worked! A little faded- the baseboards needed painting and there were some strange wirings that should have been put into the interior of the walls. The rug could have been replaced. But these are minor quibbles- I look forward to returning.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We spent one night here in November. It was the noisiest place we stayed in two weeks of travel around California. We could hear everything going on in neighbouring rooms and every time somebody opened or closed a car door or started their engine it sounded like they were in your room. On a positive note the chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon were delicious! Also the staff were generally very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

The Franciscan inn is located about one and a half blocks to west beach and two to the pier, and just another short walk to another beach, East Beach. The rooms I stayed in was nice, but the blankets could have been a little warmer and thicker. The lobby is very cozy and the people working at the front desk are friendly and can provide a map of the area. The pool is great and heated. The free breakfast is fine, (the croissants are the best thing there) but there are a good number of foods like oatmeal and cheese and hard boiled eggs. There is also a free hot drink bar as well as free apples and grapes until around 10 O'Clock. Overall, a satisfying place to stay, especially for overnight.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Seattle
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

So charming and comfortable; many accommodation spaces available from singles to suites. Conveniently located to beach walk and walkable to train station and State Street. Very family friendly also. A wonderful gem on a quiet street in a beautiful little neighborhood. Highly recommend it.

Room Tip: queen room next to pool has a little more noise--choose one further away if needing that size. Inner...
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  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Franciscan Inn

Address: 109 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#16 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Convenient location, casual comfort and caring staff make this cozy inn the quintessential hub of your Santa Barbara visit. Continental breakfast, pool, spa, afternoon cookies, Wi-Fi and more awaits you. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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