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“very well located right opposite the pier and near State Street” 4 of 5 stars
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Harbor View Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #13 of 61 hotels in Santa Barbara
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“very well located right opposite the pier and near State Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

we stayed here on our California road trip. We had booked months earlier but had a problem on arrival when presenting our confirmation the check in staff said they had no reservation. Not what we wanted to hear after a long drive and having been looking forward to it

Two reception staff tried but failed to find our booking, there was no issue as there was a room, but, the price we paid was less than they were currently advertising. After making enquiries with a senior colleague since we had our receipt, the price was honoured

The rooms are spacious, the bed comfortable and the complimentart wine because of our anniversary was a nice gesture

The hotel overlooks the wonderful beach and is opposite the pier and a short walk to the marina and to state street where there are great choice of shops and restaurants...sadly...far too many homeless people begging

we were unable to get a drink at the pool as the bar was closed, but there was a phone to call reception and they were delivered

there is ample on site parking

Room Tip: get a room at the front overlooking the beach, we were lucky to have a corner so balony at front and...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This was my fourth stay at the Harbor View Inn in two years and I cheerfully recommend it for those looking for an attractive, upscale boutique hotel in a superior SB location. Friendly and courteous staff, attractive grounds, good amenities, excellent room service, well appointed spa, & superior location all make this venue a "value" play in the luxury hotel market in SB. Pricey in terms of rates but you get what you pay for here as opposed to some other luxury establishments nearby that price based solely on their name.

Room Tip: West wing rooms overlooking the pool and the beach are to die for....if you keep your balcony door o...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Although it was only for one night, our stay at the Harbor View Inn was fantastic. We are about four hours away and because of our limited time in the city, we arrived and tried to check-in early. We were very pleased to find our room ready well before the posted check-in time. The staff was very nice, helpful and professional. The grounds are beautiful and what a view! Be advised that you look across a main street to the beach, but that is not a problem at all as the view was awesome and the hotel was very quiet. Walking distance to the pier, harbor and all the great shops and restaurants on State Street.

  • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay here - the room was lovely - but the bathroom was amazing! Great balcony and the beds are wonderful.

Breakfast in the restaurant is a must - and as a Mum I really appreciate the kids menu - really high stand of choice and the meals are beautifully presented (not always the case with childrens meals)

The location is perfect - beachfront, and an easy walk to State St where all the stores are - fabulous shopping to be had!

The only downside (and not the hotel's fault) is all the homeless people in State Street - it's unbelievable.
Some just keep to themselves, some call out , some follow you and others are just abusive. I saw an older couple get verbally abused by a young feral type girl - it was quite distressing. As we were travelling with our 2 young daughters, I guess I was hyper aware of this - and also not being from the US, I think I notice it more. Sadly I think it changed my opinion of Santa Barbara - not sure I'd hurry back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

We arrived in Santa Barbara by train, and we weary travelers were more than ready for the luxury accommodations provided by the Harbor View Inn. The rooms were spacious, the hotel staff was warm, welcoming, and professional. With only one day to spend in lovely Santa Barbara, we relied on the recommendations of the hotel's guest services representatives,and found many restaurants and tourist attractions within easy walking distance. I would certainly give the Harbor View Inn a five star rating.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 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 November 14, 2012

We stayed here a couple of nights during October and were very happy. The location is nice and close to the pier and transport around the local area.

Loved the high ceilings and the beds were very comfy. The WiFi was a little spotty at times, but on the whole was fine.

Would definitely stay at the Harbor View again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

This is a great place to stay to really appreciate the beauty of Santa Barbara. The location, right on the sea front next to the pier gives great views as the sun sets. It is within easy walking distance to the harbor and State Street is just around the corner for cafes and shops.

We stayed here as part of a road trip of California and turned up without a booking. Staff were couteous and polite. As expected in this area, without a booking, prices can be on the high side but it was money well spent.

The only fault was that the complementary wifi was very temperamental. We needed access to plan the next stage of our trip and were forced to go to a coffee shop to get a reliable signal.

On the whole this is a great place to stay and we would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 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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