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“How to Get a Quiet Room” 4 of 5 stars
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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, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“How to Get a Quiet Room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The person who answered the phone really tried to get us a quiet room, which I appreciate, but I found out later from another person at the inn that the room we got was probably not the quietest. If you want quiet, I would NOT recommend our room, room 27 on the 3rd floor. While it is away from the road and gas station, the inn as one block from Amtrak. The night we stayed, there were train whistles at least at 10:30pm, 4am, and 6:30am. My husband is a sound sleeper while I'm not, but these woke both of us. Part of the problem in this room is that the windows aren't full panes of glass; they're slats, so they don't block sound as well. The second floor on that side of the building may be better (provided it's not by stairs, ice machines, housekeeping, etc.).

The bed was comfortable but the pillow top was thinner than I expected (compared to previous experiences using pillowtops).

Otherwise, the people at this property were all very friendly and helpful. Upon check in, they provided very helpful information, including a good list of restaurants.

Also, as many other people have mentioned, this property has good perks.

Overall, we would stay here again now that we know how to get a quieter room.

Room Tip: If you want quiet, get a room with windows that have full glass panes (not slats). Stay on the side...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Solihull
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We just loved Santa Barbara and the Brisas Del Mar was a great place to stay, the hotel staff were so friendly and one of the highlights of our road trip was getting up early (7am), enjoying a lovely breakfast (fresh croissants, fruit yoghurt, coffee etc) and making use of the complimentary bikes to cycle along the beach front which when we were there was tranquil unspoilt and absolutely beautiful. Wished we stayed longer and would definitely go back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

We booked a room for one night after looking at the reviews on Trip Advisor. We drove down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This hotel was a real find. Older style rooms which has been redecorated and very comfortable and clean. We were greeted with friendly, attentive staff, bottle of bubbly in our room. Free wi fi, free DVDs, wine and cheese in the late afternoon, homemade cookies and milk in the evening, free continental breakfast, free bikes to take out during the day!!
Nice hotel and good location. Could have stopped there for a few days. Would def go again.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mountain View, CA
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I found this inn after pulling off Highway 101 at 7 pm to find overnight accommodation. I used the Tripadvisor app's "Near me now" option and called the hotel with the best rating. Fortunately the app identified Brisas del Mar! I phoned and William answered the phone and invited us to come choose between two available rooms.
We selected one on the top floor, toward the back of the inn (with Spanish-style--or motel-type--layout with rooms opening onto walkways, not interior hallways).
As others have mentioned, William deserves his rave reviews. He was welcoming, told us about all the amenities (an overwhelming list, mentioned in other TA reviews), arranged for help to get our luggage to our third-level room, and advised us of restaurants. (The inn has no elevator, but there are rooms on the ground level with doors level with the tiled walkways for those who have mobility issues.)
Our only regret was that we had just an overnight stay on our drive from LA to San Francisco. We arrived at Las Brisas in time for milk and cookies, enjoyed the complimentary bottle of champagne in our room's fridge, and had dinner at a nearby restaurant.
A buffet breakfast is provided in the morning, with tables in the lobby and the adjacent tiled patio area. (Santa Barbara was experiencing unusually warm weather for January.) The two people at the front desk were long-time staff and reinforced our sense that this inn had "real innkeepers."
Las Brisas and two other inns (Harbor Inn, directly adjacent, and Lavender Inn across the street) are owned by the same family, rather than a chain.
Las Brisas also rents rooms and suites with full kitchens by the month as well, a tempting prospect for a winter-time stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Irvine, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My wife booked this room via Orbitz. It was competitively priced and seemed to offer numerous amenities including complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary wine, cheese & cracker in the late afternoon early evening, free milk and homemade cookies starting at 6:30, free WiFi, free DVD rentals, and free bicycles to tour around town. Check-in was great. William introduced himself, quickly found our reservation, and provided a brief rundown of all the features and amenities. This is an older property, but very well maintained. Tuck under free parking for vehicles. Complimentary sparkling wine upon arrival. The only two criticisms would be the time it took to get hot water for sink and shower. Also, WiFi signal was almost non-existent in the room. Both issues I think had to do with our room location which was at the far end (away from the lobby) of the property. All-in-all a great stay and would highly recommend if you are expecting a Four Seasons extravagance.

Room Tip: Not sure about timing to get hot water, but for better WiFi probably a room closer to the front of t...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Fullerton, CA
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Took the train from Orange County to Santa Barbara. This is the second time we have stayed at Brisas Del Mar Inn. The rooms are comfortable, we had a King room w/o kitchen. There is a refrigerator in the room with a bottle of champagne (complimentary - which we never got around to drinking), but the idea is great. The breakfast is good; fruit, breads, pastries, cereals, coffee, tea, and juices. There is also an afternoon wine happy hour and cookies in the evening. Brisas Del Mar has a large (1200 plus) DVD collection for use by the guests. The inn keeper, William, was most helpful in giving us information about S.B. and the Inn. He also arranged for a taxi our first night. Rental car services close early on Saturday in Santa Barbara (unless you want to go to the S.B. airport to pick-up a car), so we missed our pick-up for a rental. So, if you need a rental car arrive on Friday or early on Saturday. A tip though, you can bypass this by using the local trolley, It goes to the train station and around town. Brisas del Mar, is in a good location, about two blocks from the beach and it is near State Street. The only downside we experienced was slow WiFi, which the Inn does warn you about.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We spent one night at this hotel while on our road trip honeymoon and we wish we'd spent longer.
We received an absolutely fantastic upgrade to a top floor suite that was absolutely huge due to being on our honeymoon and also complimentary champagne and chocolates. The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. The suite was immaculately clean and tidy. We couldn't have asked for anything better.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
#11 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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