Hotel choices in Goleta have always been fairly limited, and even with a few new hotels (Hampton and Courtyard), the choices fall into three price groups. At the low end (under $100/night) there's Motel 6 and Super 8. We tried Super 8 last year and it was ok but (as with Motel 6) I probably wouldn't stay there very long, or with kids.
In general I prefer something a little nicer, while trying to stay under $150/night. In Goleta that leaves the BW South Coast Inn and the Hotel Goleta (which was a Holiday Inn property until mid-2013). Evidently most people prefer the South Coast Inn (perhaps because of their nice buffet breakfast which is included in the price) because on our last few trips to SB it was all booked, forcing us to return to the Hotel Goleta (Holiday Inn), and once again making me wish there was a better choice.
The rooms at Hotel Goleta are nice enough -- nicely furnished, everything is clean, flat panel TV, comfortable bed. But there's just so many little things that could be better. I'm seriously hoping that as Hotel Goleta goes through their upcoming remodel/transformation, they address most if not all of these issues: Bathroom layout, terrible Wi-Fi connectivity (and loose outlets), noisy HVAC, and lack of in-room fridge.
The sliding glass panel door to the bathroom, along with no door to separate the shower/toilet form the sink/dressing area (and no fan) makes for very little privacy when showering or using the toilet. This may not be a huge issue for couples but it makes getting ready a slow and serial process for a family of four. The sliding door has got to go, and ideally they'll add a door to the shower/toilet area.
The Wi-Fi network is terrible, as our iPhones, MacBooks, and even a Chromebook were unable to keep an active connection for very long, which means forget about using a VPN to work remotely. Combine that with lousy Sprint cell phone coverage in the rooms and it's next to impossible to check email or web sites from many of the rooms I've stayed at. You might think you have a bad room but be sure to test out a new room before moving all of your stuff because I truly believe the problem is with the Wi-Fi network hardware itself and not the signal strength. I've been told this will all be replaced/upgraded as part of the remodel project.
The loose outlets (again, most of the outlets in every room I've stayed in) make it difficult to charge your electronics. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my usual extension cord which makes things easier assuming I can find at least one outlet that will hold onto a plug. Hopefully the outlets will also be replaced in the remodel.
The HVAC is very loud as it cycles on and off all night and the startup sound can be somewhat alarming when you aren't expecting it. And while I realize you can often ask for a small fridge to be delivered to the room, I'd really like to see fridges permanently installed as part of the remodel. We always bring a cooler with us and it's annoying to not be able to keep our drinks cold and re-freeze our ice-packs without having someone drag a fridge into the room and then take up floor space with it.
The pool is great for the kids, though I wish they also had a hot tub for the adults. The fire pit at the bar is a nice substitute, though, and it was great meeting and talking with other guests (and their welcome dogs) around the fire late into the evening.
As I mentioned, the rooms are at least clean and I still rate the Hotel Goleta above the Super 8, but if the South Coast Inn (next door) was available at roughly the same price I'd always choose that one if only for their nice (and free) breakfast buffet. Breakfast at the Hotel Goleta is good, but adds another $50 to the cost of staying there. Better to walk over to the International Cafe or Starbucks, or drive over to downtown Goleta and check out Alfie's or Domingo's for a fantastic home-cooked old-town Goleta breakfast.
I wish I could justify paying $200+/night to stay at the Courtyard (or elsewhere), but I'll make due with the Hotel Goleta, and look forward to being impressed once their pending remodel is finished.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Santa Barbara - Goleta Hotel Santa Barbara
- Holiday Inn Santa Barbara - Goleta Hotel
- Holiday Inn Santa Barbara Goleta
- Holiday Inn Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Holiday Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Goleta welcomes guests with 160 beautifully appointed guest rooms surrounding an inviting pool in a garden courtyard setting. A large patio area, outdoor fire pit and al fresco bar come together to allow the perfect little escape. Hotel Goleta is located just two miles from the Santa Barbara Airport, UCSB, High-Tech business centers and the beautiful Goleta Beach. For guests looking to experience the world-renowned Santa Barbara attractions including the Mission, museums, Stearns Wharf, the Zoo and downtown shopping, Hotel Goleta is a short 8 miles away.All guest rooms have been recently renovated delivering guests all the touches of home like spacious desks, flat-screen TVs, luxurious linens, and plush pillows. Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel to stay connected on the road. ... more less
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