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Harbor View Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Cleveland, OH
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“Location, location, location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

Booked this through hotwire. The standard room was a little dated, but very clean. The room itself was enormous with a small patio. We were offered an upgrade to an ocean view for $40, but we opted to stick with the standard room. Parking is $10 extra a day. Front desk staff was friendly. We were offered turn down service. Since we were only there one night we didn't check out the amenities. They did give you a 10% discount at the restaurant next door as well as the coffee shop around the corner.

The location was perfect. Stearns Wharf was across the street and the Visitor Center was a short walk down Cabrillo. The shops and restaurants on State Street were in walking distance as was the Court House. Probably 20 - 25 min walk to Court House. Bike rentals nearby also.

For the price we paid ($224/nite including pkg), this was a great deal.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for one night in January on our way to Palm Springs. The location is awesome as we had an amazing view of the beach and the harbour. The room was very clean and well equipped. I did find it a bit pricey for off-season at 264.00 plus taxes for a night, plus they made you pay 10 dollars for parking. And get this, it's a first come first serve so even though you have to pay for parking, you are not guaranteed a spot! so keep that in mind. But if you are looking for a nice, clean well decorated hotel, this is a good choice. Down the street on Cabrillo is fabulous Mexican restaurant with 3 dollar margaritas every tues, wed and thurs evening. :) enjoy

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  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

We chanced upon Harbor View Inn and that bit of good fortune made us have the best 4 night stay in Santa Barbara. First of all the hotel is located directly across from Stearn's Wharf... within a 5 minute walk you have your choice of restaurants, bike hire company etc. The staff here bed over backwards to make your stay nice. Gardens and interior are so well looked after. Very clean and not a thing out of place. The view is of the ocean out the front and the hills of Santa Barbara at the back.
We stayed in a Resort City View Queen room.... we are a family of 5 and the room size was so generous that there was ample room for the roll out bed and for us all to relax comfortably.
The weather was unseasonably warm therefore we all made use of the pool and spa and the fitness room. Great supply of towels by the pool and fun had by all.
The girls on the front desk especially Megan were very helpful with a number of our questions and did whatever they could to make our stay as nice as possible.
If the farmers market is on up State Street don't miss it!! Some of the best people watching imaginable!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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 January 25, 2012

My girlfriend and I were there on our anniversary and received a complimentary bottle of champagne and were treated like kings the whole weekend long.

  • Stayed January 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 January 18, 2012

Wife and I had a 3 night get away at the Harbor View in Jan 12. Location is easily walkable to the main Santa Barbara attractions. Aside from motorcycle noise (when sliders to our deck were open) we could only rave about the place. Staff treated us great, easy in and out, will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 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 January 14, 2012

We stayed here for one night on our way from LA to Monteray. What an amazing hotel and area. Unfortunately we only had one night so we couldn't use any of the hotel facilities.
Recommend it!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Stayed here one night last year when I decided to extend my stay in Santa Barbara. The hotel has one of the best locations - ocean front and great view of the beach. The weekend we stayed it was fairly quiet at the hotel, so we were able to enjoy a quiet room, not too many people at the pool. The pool area is fantastic - nice lawn, pool, jacuzzi. I think my gf actually fell asleep in the jacuzzi on a sunny afternoon. The rooms are "ok". The bed/living area is basic hotel quality (comfy bed), but the bathroom was a little lacking. It seemed to be designed quite a few years back so the toilet, sink, shower/bath were all in one room and could have used an upgrade. Front desk staff were also "ok", though the attendee who greets you when you arrive was enthusiastic and seemed a good person.

I would definitely recommend this place and seems a good spot if you have kids.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harbor View Inn

Address: 28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbor View Inn 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Santa Barbara's premier 4-Diamond boutique oceanfront hotel. Centrally located to the beach, downtown shops, restaurants, museums and attractions. Enjoy all of our wonderful amenities which include heated pool and jacuzzi, Full service Spa,room service, gift shop, fitness center, coffee bar and restaurant, Eladio's. ... more   less 
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