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Harbor House Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   104 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Livermore, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“You really can't go wrong”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2007

Stayed here for our 15th wedding anniversary. It's not really a "hotel" and it's not really a "Inn". Kind of in-between. To sum it up. Great location, great management, very clean, and well worth the money. We stayed in room 2A so we had, I believe, the only room with the whirlpool tub. This alone made the stay. The beach is a block over and walking through the neighborhoods with all the unique Santa Barbara architecture is really fun.

  • Liked — Overall a fine establishment
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Devonport, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2007

Like the other reviews - this place is a gem. It far exceeded our expectations. We had a huge king size bed (I believe these rooms are the better ones) and there was a Queen size sofa bed in the lounge area. The kitchen was well equipped and had we been staying longer we would have cooked. The basket of goodies on arrival was far more than we got elsewhere (usually just bottled water). It was in a quiet location but walkable to harbour/pier and State Street shopping.
There is also a bus that will take you from the pier right the way up to the top of State Street, we took this ride and then leisurely walked back down.
Staff were friendly, there were complimentary bikes and dvds. Would definatley stay here again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Antioch, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2007

We spent 3 wonderful days in Santa Barbara starting with a great room with a fireplace at the Harbor House Inn. We were a short 1 1/2 blocks from the beach near the wharf and harbor and very close to State Street shopping and plenty of night life.
I felt that our room was like a small bungalow in a riitzy neighborhood with a small kitchen and private entrance. My wife was very impressed!

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Seattle, Washington
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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2007

Our stay at Harbor House really enhanced our first visit to Santa Barbara. The room was spacious, tastefully decorated and had some great little touches such as: numerous wastebaskets (no searching the bathroom corners), a full range of nice toiletries, a great rain-style showerhead, and overhead lights in the closets.

Our purpose was relaxation, so we enjoyed sitting out on the lawn furniture watching the birds and basking in the sun. The hotel provided recent-release DVDs, though I have to say it wasn't terrifically comfortable to watch the TV...the easy chairs were stiff with no foot rest, and the TV didn't turn completely towards the bed. A minor thing.

We had thought of using the great little kitchen to make our own breakfast but were totally turned off by the small market the front desk directed us to--like too many places in this city, homeless men filled the doorway and parking lot (and once we got past them, the selection was small). It turned out OK, as instead we walked a couple blocks to Sambos every morning which has good food and great service.

The exterior of the hotel is well-kept and attractively landscaped. Though it was full, we didn't hear much noise from our neighbors and slept really well on the great bed.

  • Liked — Comfortable bed and relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nightstand/reading light on only one side of the bed
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2007

Stayed here last week, the night I proposed to my fiance. The hotel was great!! Could not have asked for a better place to stay after such an amazing day. Staff was courteous, room was flawless, they provided beach cruisers for free to guests, and even had a fresh baked banana bread waiting in our room upon arrival. Definitely recommend it!!

Stayed September 2007
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miami
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2007

Great little place. Rooms are spacious and cute. Staff could not be more helpful. Generous gift basket on arrival with freshly baked loaf of banana bread. Great location. Exceeded expectations.

Stayed August 2007
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Los Angeles, CA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2007

Even after doing exhausting internet searching to get a feel for our weekend getaway bed and breakfast, Harbor House Inn was much more than we expected. A free upgrade from a junior studio to an available king studio started our romantic weekend on the right note. With a number of wineries walking distance from the Inn, we were able to sample Santa Barbara wineries without the hassle of taxis. I hate hard beds and my boyfriend hates soft beds, so I have to say that the bed in our room was perfect for the both of us. The mattress was firm, yet forgiving enough to give me the feeling of sleeping on a cloud. And if for no other reason, you have to stay at the Harbor House Inn when visiting Santa Barbara for the delicious banana bread that comes in the welcome basket. The welcome basket is one of those amenities that most larger chain hotels don't even bother doing. Harbor House Inn exceded expectation and we're already trying to figure out when we can go back!

  • Liked — The comfort of the room.
  • Disliked — No active night life in the area.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harbor House Inn

Address: 104 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
17 One-of-a-kind studios with kitchens located one short block from West Beach nestled between Stearn's Wharf & the Santa Barbara Harbor. Room amenities include free wireless internet access & local phone calls, complimentary use of 3-speed cruising bicycles & DVD library. Beach chairs, towels & umbrellas are also available at no charge. For guests enjoying 2 or more nights, a complimentary Welcome Breakfast Basket is included upon arrival. ... more   less 
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