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Ramada Limited Santa Barbara
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110   |  
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The staff is kind but we were really disappointed in the interior hallways and rooms which look like a throwback to the 80's. Positive points were a comfortable king size bed, patio and pond for a view. There are no elevators for the 2nd floor. The outdated bedding and decor are not attractive. The bathroom had a terrible patch/paint job and damaged molding. The room and especially the bathroom appeared dirty and lacked cleanliness. I couldn't honestly recommend this as a nice place to stay, but the price might be right for some and the location is convenient. Could be a really nice place if they do update it someday.

Room Tip: Very close to fwy, we stayed on the side away from freeway with a view of the pond.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa_Barbara_Ramada, Director of Sales at Ramada Limited Santa Barbara, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear Bloodhoundlrons,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for mentioning how kind our staff was during your stay. We are sorry to read that we did not exceed your expectations during your stay. Since we have a beautiful freshwater lagoon which is home to Ducks, Turtles, Koi, Goldfish, and Sticks the Egret and lush tropical gardens, we have matched the colors of the carpets and rooms to match our courtyard. It sounds like you enjoyed our comfortable Sealy Posturepedic bed and the private balcony with the view. We apologize that the room was not spotless as that is what our guests expect and our standards are.

Another one of our goals is to be the Best Value Hotel in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area all while exceeding our guests’ expectations with a clean, spotless, attractive, and comfortable room each and every day. We are locally owned and operated and continuously work to improve our award winning hotel and make it the best it can possibly can be. We will keep working and hopefully when you return to the Santa Barbara area, you will give us another shot to WOW you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

What a great find! This is an older hotel, but it is very well maintained. The rooms were clean and updated with very comfortable king size beds and the grounds were very nice as well. The interior courtyard area's pool and pond area were an unexpected extra. I stayed in early December and appreciated that the hotel was fully decorated for the holidays as well.

Morning breakfast was pretty standard but it was good, and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

Situated just outside Santa Barbara on 101 @ the Turnpike Road exit, you get a nice place to stay without having to pay extra to stay right in the middle of town. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Santa_Barbara_Ramada, Director of Sales at Ramada Limited Santa Barbara, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Ron R,

Thank you so much for mentioning about your great find here in beautiful Santa Barbara. Our fabulous staff and groundskeepers do a magnificent job keeping our property up to its highest levels. Our Cleaning staff works diligently on maintaining our guest rooms and they always make sure that the rooms are spotless for each and every check in at 3pm. Sylvia who is our Head of Housekeeping is the creative one that decorates our hotel and she sure does a magnificent job each year.

We are excited to read that you will be returning to beautiful Santa Barbara and will be choosing to stay with us once again. Please give us a call when you know the dates since we do tend to sell out on weekends.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Great location and modest price for Santa Barbara

Pros:
The grounds are lovely and the location is perfect. The breakfast is fine for a quick bite. The maid service left refills of shampoo, conditioner and soap daily. Laundry room available for use.

Cons:
We were disappointed with the room size and cleanliness. The Bathroom baseboard were very dirty and the heater in our room could not be adjusted so that we had to get blankets for the night and turn the heater off or else the room was like an oven.

The front desk did offer to move us across the hall, but with 3 people and luggage unpacked we opted to stay in the room for the second night. The hotel manager did discount our room which is why I can not say too much more negative, and they did try to resolve the problem with an alternate room.

All I can only say, is if you do want to stay at this particular hotel don't prepay like we did so that after you check out your room you have the option to move to another hotel if this one does not suit you.

Restaurants near by that we ate at:
Fresco Cafe & Rudy's Mexican (off the Fairfield Exit 12 immediate turn L follow the street until you see the strip malls and shops) were excellent. That exit has banks, groceries and a Trader Joes.

Fun drives:

1. The foothills drive (turn R out of hotel and follow road straight up to foothills drive) follow it up and you will find a botanical garden and a turn off for the old mission.

2. Drive along the beach and see all the beautiful homes in Hope Ranch and some beautiful views. Take a break when you get to Arroyo Burro Beach. Get a drink or eat at the Boathouse at Hendry's for casual dining on the beach and some amazing views!

Exit the highway at Hope/La Cumbre Road pass through the wrought iron Hope Ranch arch and follow the road until you reach the pier in Downtown SB

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa_Barbara_Ramada, Director of Sales at Ramada Limited Santa Barbara, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear Travelwithnise,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for mentioning our great location and modest price; we pride ourselves on being the Best Value Hotel in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. We also appreciate you mentioning our lovely lush gardens and lagoons along with our Deluxe Continental Breakfast.

We wish that we would have exceeded your expectations for your stay with us, but it sounds like we still have a bit to do before your next stay. It is our goal to always have each and every room spotless for our guests prior to check in and after reading this review; we went in to the room for additional cleaning. We have great Front Desk staff and they will always do whatever they can to assist our guests as we work towards WOWing them with our Award Winning Hotel. We do apologize for not having your room up to your standards and our standards prior to your check in.

Thank you for mentioning the fun things to do in our area, I am sure that future guests will look into these Restaurants and Drives. We hope that if the future brings you back to beautiful Santa Barbara that you will give us a call and let us have another shot at exceeding your expectations if you stay with us. We would love to earn your business in the future.
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Address: 4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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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 Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#26 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ramada Limited Santa Barbara 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ramada Best of 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Hotel Award Winner. Centrally located near the Santa Barbara Airport, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and US Highway 101. FREE deluxe continental breakfast, high speed internet, business center, airport shuttle, year-round solar heated pool and whirlpool. Sealy posturepedic mattresses, in-room safes, refrigerators, microwaves and interior corridor, lush gardens,freshwater lagoons with ducks, turtles & fish. Great locally owned and operated hotel that prides it self by only offering VIP service to every traveler. Guests often save hundreds of dollars over other hotels in the area. ... more   less 
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