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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 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Dallas, TX
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“Very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

I stayed here one night only. The front desk staff was efficient, helpful, and courteous, and the breakfast in the lobby was delicious. Many nice touches abound, including, when I visited, a real Christmas tree, gorgeously decorated in the comfortably appointed lobby. The bed was very comfortable. I especially liked the separate dressing area with a large vanity and mirror. My room had plantation shutters and a ceiling fan (I suspect most rooms do), both of which made the room quite homey. Doors open into the parking area, which means that it can get a bit noisy during the day with people coming and going. This is an older property that's been beautifully modernized.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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foxboro, ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We recently spent a month at Brisas Del Mar, and truly hated to leave. The staff, to a person, was helpful, always accommodating, and friendly. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and well maintained. We had what could be considered a suite, with a small kitchen, living room, and bedroom. We were not expecting the Ritz, but what we had and enjoyed was a lovely continental breakfast each day, wine and cheese in the afternoon, and milk and home-made cookies in the evening. We've stayed at several hotels in Santa Barbara and this surpasses the supposedly more upscale ones. Maritzia and William could not have been more solicitous and the morning staff was just as lovely. We plan to return soon.

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the lobby would be our preference.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Fabulous boutique-like hotel.

Fruits, coffee and chocolate available at all times.

When I arrived the fireplace was burning and I hopped on a free beach cruiser and headed about .5 mile down to the pier.

The heated pool and hot tub were lovely.

There is a bottle of champagne waiting in my room and there was a nice cheese and wine session from 430 to 630 followed by cookies and mile from 630 to 830 although they left them out basically all night because when I went to get a couple DVD's (they have over 1K to choose from) they were still out at 930pm.

The bed was amazingly comfortable, the service was that of a 5-star resort... which it is 3 diamond along with great reviews here and other sites!

Reasonable prices. The front desk reception gal, Lilly was so pleasant, courteous and professional... She also helped me find a great restaurant at the end of the pier that I enjoyed for dinner.

I'll be returning, thank you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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New York City, New York
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Santa Barbara tends to be pricy for the room quality, but we found Brisas Del Mar to be a decent choice for the money. Rooms are nondescript but reasonably comfortable; ours had the advantage of being on a corner so had windows/light on two sides. Service was very accommodating and friendly. We appreciated the many extras, from the sparkling wine in the room to the DVDs available on loan to the nightly cookies (wine and cheese could use an upgrade, but then what do you expect for free). Would have appreciated the loaner bicycles if the weather hadn't been so rainy! Expanded continental breakfast was not exciting but nicely set up, with a pretty good range of choice from yogurt to fruit to boiled eggs to pastries. Pleasant tables outside or you can stay indoors by the fireplace.

Location was better than I expected from some of the other reviews. Very easy access to Hwy. 101 and a short walk to the beach (the "Inn at the Beach" label is a bit of a stretch as it is several blocks away). The immediate neighborhood is not super-deluxe but is well kept. Mostly residential (small houses and apartment buildings), with a number of other small to mid-sized motels and inns.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

I have no idea why the reviews here are SO high. I fell in love with the website photos and was SHOCKED when we showed up. Yes, the lobby building and the landscaping in the front area are gorgeous. Yes, the staff are friendly and professional That's about it. We stayed in a king suite here in early November and I was outraged to discover that my $280/night fee was spent at a glorified motel with significant noise problems. Moreover, the only view we had was of the tacky courtyard showing all the cars underneath the units. We couldn't see any nice view out the bedroom window (it's not actually AT the beach so no beach views) so all we got was a tall fence.

Instead of an intimate elegant retreat (as the website photos show!), it is basically a minimally remodeled old apartment building (with a gorgeous front lobby building but nothing much remodeled out back) whose units are sitting directly atop the carport spaces. All the doors open directly into the courtyard like motels, and the old-school glass shutter windows seem to magnify every single noise (folks walking by, folks slamming car doors, doors slammed shut, etc.). The king bed and the sofa bed my 2 young daughters slept on were both lumpy and uncomfortable. The kitchen looked original to the 1950s with some cheap upgrades (Magic Chef oven, cheap apartment rental-grade refrigerator).

I'd be upset even if I paid $150/night for this level of accommodation and the terrible noise issue. I was SUPER upset that I paid $280 after seeing the website and thinking it was an upscale retreat.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Greetings Smilesesq,

I am terribly sorry to hear you were unhappy with your hotel experience. Please know that it is never our intention to mislead online viewers. As you can see, many of our guests have shared their photos with TripAdvisor viewers to give an accurate portrayal of our guestrooms and grounds. The Brisas del Mar is located 2 two short blocks from the beach and several of our guestrooms have a lovely mountain view. Thank you for your kind comments about our wonderful hotel team who take great pride of the quality of service they provide. Our team continuously refreshes each guestroom to ensure a beautiful and relaxing ambiance and based on your comments we will be sure to pay close attention to the suites so that we may better serve all of our guests. Warmly, Greg Broussard
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Jersey
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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).





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  • 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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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!

Room Tip: We had a beautiful room... great view from top level of the hotel.. looked like all the rooms had a...
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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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#12 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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