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“Hidden Fees” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   202 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Hotel Oceana)   |  
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Ranked #37 of 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Novato, California
1 review
“Hidden Fees”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at this hotel when it was the Oceana and felt it was a good deal and liked the location so when Booking.com stated in bright red how great their pricing was we decided to stay again. It wasn't until after we got our confirmation that it stated an extra $12.00 which was supposed to be for the WiFi and when we told them we didn't need WiFi then it was for rental of bikes and gym - again didn't need those but no the fee is not optional. Then there is the $18.00 to park which we didn't pay before and is really pressing it. I would rather just pay whatever the cost is upfront and since the standard rooms are on a noisy alleyway in the back I think I will just use all the extra fees to stay someplace better.

Room Tip: Rooms on the back alley get all the housekeeping and delivery noise.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Riverside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took a last minute spontaneous trip to Santa Barbara. I thought I got a good deal on Expedia.com till I arrived there. The parking was extra $18, plus $12 mandatory resort fee: still have no clue why that price is billed for breakfast and the other facilities in the hotel. Why don't they simply charge everything from the beginning? Not quite happy with such business model.

Plus, I've never seen a hotel which offers so many booze, wine, gadgets, nuts, and water for sale in your room. You literally have a small convenience/liquor store next to your bed. This might be fantastic if you are stuck in the middle of nowhere hotel during winter snow storm. But, in Santa Barbara...right next to Ocean?

Rooms are a bit out dated, but they have certain boutique hotel feeling. Overall it's a decent place, but I am not quite sure whether I would stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are frequent travelers to Santa Barbara, but hadn't stayed at this hotel for years.
We made last minute reservations and when we arrived and were reminiscing about 'old times', they offered to up-grade our room. They put us in the best room in the hotel -ocean view and gave up a goodie bag with 2 tee shirts, 2 coffee mugs and more.
A bonus was the excellent continental breakfast with fresh fruit and delicious baked goods.
What a treat. I'll recommend them to all my friends.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelsea B, Manager at Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear psychjudy,

We are so happy that you were able to stay with us again and enjoyed your stay. We love that you come back year after year and we feel honored that you include us in your trips to Santa Barbara. We look forward to seeing your next time. Please let us know when you are coming back so we can make sure everything is perfect!

Sincerely,

Chelsea Beach
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Austin, Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is on the waterfront near Stearns Wharf and an easy walk to the yacht basin and the Maritime Museum. Several restaurants are nearby and a small grocery store, Harbor Market, is near the museum. Our room, a standard ocean view, was a bit small, but entirely adequate. We didn't spend much time in our room. Bed was comfortable; the staff very helpful and friendly. Breakfast, included in the price, was ample with lots of choices, plenty of protein available, lots of fresh fruit and wonderful fresh bakery products. A nice walk up State Street puts the shopping area easily within reach as well.

Room Tip: Our room was in front, next to the street. There is auto noise during the day, but the street is as...
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  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelsea B, Manager at Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Ardis_11,

Thank you so much for your review. Sounds like you were able to have a great stay here at the Hotel Milo and were able to explore Santa Barbara as well. We are so happy you were able to take advantage of our great location. We look forward to seeing you next time and we will make sure the sun is shining for you on the next trip! :>

Sincerely,

Chelsea Beach
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this hotel online so wasn't sure what to expect. It is located on the beach with great scenery and close to everything. The staff was professional and very helpful. The breakfast was great, just would've appreciated scrambled eggs!! I would definitely return. The rooms were roomy and clean. I recommend anyone to stay at Hotel Milo!!

Room Tip: Rooms towards the front are ocean view
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelsea B, Manager at Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, 5 days ago
Dear Paula M,

We are so happy you were able to enjoy your visit to Santa Barbara and to the Hotel Milo. I will be sure to thank the staff for taking such great care of you. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in town! Thank you for your review.

Warm Regards,

Chelsea Beach
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California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this room on Hotwire because it was a good price. I got to my room and opened the door to be greeted by an incredible small room. It appears to be 10 X 12. The bed takes 70% of the space. It feels less like a beach side resort and more like a small cell. I guess boutique hotel means incredibly small and uncomfortable.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shelley S, General Manager at Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Tarquinator,

I am sorry to hear that your experience with us was less than expected. We do have 8 different room categories offering different room sizes and variations up to 300 square feet. I would highly recommend booking a Deluxe or Ocean View for a larger room and would be happy to assist you with a future booking if you'd like to contact me directly to ensure you have a room more to your liking. Please don't hesitate to reach out in the future and I do hope you will come back and visit us to take advantage of our location in an Ocean View room.

Best,
Shelley
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Sunne, Värmlands Län, Sweden
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice hotel with modernized and comfy rooms. Heated pool and hot tub, good breakfast. Perfect location by the pier and just 10 minutes walk to downtown Santa Barbara. A little expensive, but most hotels are in SB.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shelley S, General Manager at Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear Asawik,

Thank you for your review and for choosing to stay with us in Santa Barbara! We couldn't agree more that Hotel Milo offers the perfect location by the pier and near State Street. Please come see us again!

Best,
Shelley
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Address: 202 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (Formerly Hotel Oceana)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Milo Santa Barbara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you to experience the charming landscape of our Santa Barbara beachfront hotel with endless ocean, mountain, and marina views. Come and enjoy our restful outside courtyard seating areas and scenic second story couches; or spend time in our two outdoor heated pools, Jacuzzi, cabanas or 24-hour ocean front fitness center and breakfast bistro. We are conveniently located just minutes away from the Marina and Stearns Wharf allowing you to access the views that bring everyone to vacation in Santa Barbara. Shopping on State Street is just a 10-minute walk away, and getting here is even easier, as we are located only 20 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, and just minutes from the Amtrak station. Our Cabrillo Boulevard address truly cannot be matched when it comes to enjoying all of the lovely natural amenities and adventures that the Santa Barbara beachfront has to offer. ... more   less 
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Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara

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