Spent a night in June here with the family in one of the newly renovated two bedroom suites.
Very comfortable beds with down blankets, not those horrid synthetic things which seems to be the norm nowadays. The lounge area was large with plenty of lamps, sofas and a big flat screen TV. The kitchen was well equipped, and the small dining area seats four. There was quite a bit of noise from the upper floor rooms.
The bathroom was adequate. They supply Crabtree and Evelyn products, and there was even a shower cap and shoe shiner - have not seen those in hotels for some time. Just one question - what's up with that small toilet?? Seems as though it should be in an elementary school bathroom. One very big plus in the bathroom - the enlarging make-up mirror. Wish all hotel bathrooms had one. There were also plenty of towels - not the usual one per person.
The hotel is within walking distance from the Cottage Hospital and various other clinics. It has the Las Aves Cafe providing breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also serves Sunday Brunch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a quiet residential street lined with turn-of-the-century homes, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites in Santa Barbara offers all the amenities of a small luxury hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast inn. Relax by the garden pool, enjoy the aviary, book a massage, or simply unwind on your own private patio or balcony. Ideal for extended stays or family vacations, Encina Lodge offers a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites, and apartments. Quilted bedding and floral accents lend the rooms their quaint country charm. Many of the units have full kitchens; plus Las Aves Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with room service available.Located in midtown, the hotel is adjacent to Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and Cottage Hospital, and is just minutes from historic downtown, the Red-Tile Walking Tour, Mission Santa Barbara, golf courses, beaches, wineries, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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