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Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #10 of 61 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Jersey
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“Great location in Santa Barbara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

My husband I recently stayed at Brisas del Mar for three nights. The hotel is two blocks from the waterfront and ten minutes from the main shopping and entertainment area of Santa Barbara so perfectly positioned. We were greeted by William on reception who was very friendly and helpful with great tips for restaurants in the area and any other questions my husband threw at him. Brisas del Mar is motel style which is great for parking right outside the room. The only down-side is that this makes the bedrooms a bit dark, however we had a suite and the sun did come into the lounge area. The suite was really spacious with TVs in the bedroom and lounge and a kitchen kitted out with cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave. We also received a bottle of champagne which was in our fridge on arrival. As with some of our other hotels in California, wine and cheese was served in the lobby in the early evenings and coffee and cookies were always available. Continental breakfast was served in the lobby or outside on the patio and there was the bizarre situation of some people (us) eating in the sunshine next to the gorgeous flowers and fountain, and others sitting in the lobby next to a roaring wood-fire.
There is a terminal for internet access in the lobby which was useful.
This hotel is a great choice and good value.
As to restaurants, we ate at Brophy Brothers on the marina (fantastic fish and you can watch it being unloaded from the boat outside the window), The Fish House (great cocktails as well as food and a good atmosphere) and the Palace Grill (great Creole cookery).





Carla

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stopped in here one night only while traveling up the CA coastline.. wish we could have stayed longer!! Rooms were beautiful with great view of Santa Barbara.. Free bike rental (coaster style bikes) which we used to ride up to the Santa Barbara Mission (well worth the effort but drive if you are not in somewhat decent shape!) The Santa Barbara beach area was gorgeous.. rooms immaculate.. free wine/ appetizers in the afternoons and good breakfast and coffee in the AM! Free movie rentals.... beautiful warm robes!! Great find!! Thanks staff who were very friendly and helpful! We also loved seeing Santa Barbara!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is one of a family of family-run properties. We stayed here the first two nights of a trip, went north for four days, and ended the trip with a final night across the street at the Lavender Inn. Both offer great value for Santa Barbara. The staff is professional and made sure to confirm by phone that we really did want to book two rooms, and at two places on different dates.

Brisas Del Mar is not a luxury property but it has a nice Santa Barbara vibe. Rooms are a decent size, clean, have comfortable beds, good space for luggage/grooming, and a small, quiet fridge. The breakfast/lobby room is small but adequate, and there's seating outside, which was pleasant in mid-Oct.

Take advantage of the free beach bikes--a great way to cover the entire oceanfront path in about an hour (with stops to admire the water birds).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We are doing a big road trip from LA to Seattle. Our family all met at LAX late in the afternoon and headed for Santa Barbara. We were all a bit tired and grumpy and when we pulled into Brisas Del Mar it was like a weight was lifted. We were checked in by a lovely gentleman named William who was so friendly and welcoming. We had booked a few rooms and they knew we were all together. Group check in was a breeze! William was also able to recommend some really nice places to eat and there was complimentary champagne in our rooms.

Our rooms were also fantastic. They were huge, comfortable and clean. TV's in both the lounge and bedrooms and a vast array of DVD's to chose from. We were worried that the location might be a little loud but we could have been in the middle of no where it was so quiet.

It was Mum's birthday and when we checked out they gave her a small box of chocolates.

We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I stayed at the Brisas Del Mar in early October for 2 nights and it was a really good experience. We were upgraded to a suite (Room 1) on check-in which was huge with its own kitchen and the large king bed was very comfortable. Rooms are old fashioned in style but that only adds to the charm. The complimentary breakfast and cheese and wine each evening was a nice touch and the free parking right outside your room was a welcome change to all the valet parking in larger hotels. There is a small swimming pool but we didn't use this. The hotel is about 2 blocks walk from the beach, so although not actually 'at the beach' we had no complaints about the 3-5min walk. Santa Barbara itself is beautiful, there is such a laid back feel to the whole place, a wonderful beach and great restaurants, especially for seafood as you would expect. If you're planning a trip along the west coast definitely stop at Santa Barbara and don't hesitate to stay at Brisas Del Mar.

Room Tip: If you can opt to stay in the original building closer to the reception area it has a nicer feel.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I toured california as part of our honeymoon for two and half weeks in October.

Of all the hotels this was a particular favourite. The hotel provides excellent in room amemeties including wifi and a complimentary bottle of champagne.

The free wine and cheese was fantastic, as was the free milk and cookies.

The beach is a short walk as is the pier and harbour.

Our only disappointment was leaving here. We only stayed one night and wished it had been more.

Excellent hotel

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

This was our first trip to Santa Barbara, and we stayed for two nights at this property. Even though it is older, it is maintained very well and has a lot of charm. Our room size was adequate, the bed was comfortable and everything was clean. The staff was excellent - friendly and very helpful, and the location was perfect. It was close to the beach, restaurants and shops. The continental breakfast was wonderful, as well as the wine and cheese and homemade cookies. We especially liked the fact that there were bicycles available for our use to either ride along the beautiful beach walk or for exploring the city. The weather was unusually warm during our stay, so we appreciated having a pool and jacuzzi at the hotel, even if they were small. We have already recommended this hotel to other family members, and we would definitely stay there again if we are ever in the Santa Barbara area again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach

Address: 223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate and elegant, the Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach is a romantic Mediterranean-style villa just two blocks from Santa Barbara’s glistening palm-lined beaches and scenic yacht harbor. Brisas del Mar beckons guests with its cascading fountain, sparkling pool, and refined old-world ambiance.A Santa Barbara classic, Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach offers spacious guest rooms, suites, and penthouses, some with full kitchens and fireplaces. The hotel serves a fresh continental breakfast each morning, hosts a wine and cheese reception each afternoon, and provides milk and cookies in the evening.Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach is within walking distance of beautiful West Beach and the oceanfront bike path, the Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and the vibrant shops and restaurants lining State Street in downtown. Santa Barbara’s world-class golf courses and renowned wineries are just minutes away. ... more   less 
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