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“GREAT LOCATION....NICE ROOM” 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 #14 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Westlake Village, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“GREAT LOCATION....NICE ROOM”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Ideal location if you love the beach and want the convenience of the trolley taking you to shops and restaurants. Room was spacious and we had a great view of State Street from our balcony. Very quiet at night. Beds were very comfy. I wish breakfast was included, but aside from that, ideal spot for our needs. We will stay there again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sandy, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Having stayed at other 4 star hotels this one seems to fall short. The rooms were fine but the furniture was tired and worn. The overall stay seemed more like a 2 or 3 star experience. There was nobody in sight to help with bags, you just park your car in a carport and drag your stuff up yourself. I felt like I was checking into a Days Inn instead of a room I just paid $260 a night for.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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34 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This hotel offers beautiful views of Santa Barbara's waterfront & Stearns Wharf.The proximity to State Street and all the restaurants and shops is excellent.
We stayed for nine nights over Christmas.Our room was on the third floor overlooking the pool, ocean and Stearn's Wharf.Loved the vaulted ceiling, the flat screen TV, separate couch and sitting area.Well appointed room, really nice bathroom, separate shower, nice soaking tub. Product is Molton Brown which is nice. Our room was very clean and well taken care of.
This hotel is extremely quiet and totally non smoking.
After 20 odd stays in Santa Barbara we've found a new favorite in the Harbor View Inn. We'll be back in June!

Room Tip: Third floor, ocean & pool view rooms.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We usually travel the week between Christmas and New Year's to unwind.... We were more than impressed with the accomodations and staff at the Harbor View Inn. We had an ocean view room with a king bed. This large room also had a large, private patio which made the sunrises and sunsets easy to enjoy. The bed was incredible....lush and comfortable. The bathroom was huge, with a wonderful separate large bathtub, fit for kings and queens. The staff was friendly and full of local recommendations. We will be back:-)

  • Stayed December 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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Los Gatos, California
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7 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Great location across from the beach in Santa Barbara. Walk to Stearn's Wharf, the harbor and the electric trolley for State Street. The rooms were clean, spacious and comfortable. The staff was very accommodating, too. Note: if you happen to be assigned to room 229, you'll be right across from housekeeping for that building. Don't expect to sleep in - they start early.

Room Tip: Room 229 is across from housekeeping and they start early. You won't be able to sleep in.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This hotel just gets everything right.
Reception staff were very welcoming, efficient and helpful. We were offered a fantastic upgrade deal to a huge room on the front with enormous balcony with full sea view - we didn't need any persuading!
The room was really comfortable and clean with high quality complimentary toiletries (Molton Brown). The location can't be beaten with views that sum up the Californian dream (beach, palm trees, ocean etc etc), and close to Stearn's Wharf and other restaurants and shops.
Service was excellent in all areas that we used - reception, pool bar, car park guys.
We loved Santa Barbara's cool, chilled out, friendly vibe and can't wait to return - we would definitely opt to stay at the Harbor View Inn again.

Room Tip: It's worth paying to upgrade to a room on the front with sea view and balcony.
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  • Stayed June 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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newport beach, ca
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

As someone who holds her hotel rewards points close to her heart, I was nervous booking in Santa Barbara, where the big chains don't have as many options. But when booking a bachelorette weekend, one must make concessions to make sure budgets are met and enough beds are available. Our whole experience was great, booking went well, the staff was helpful, and they even brought up a bottle of champagne for the bride-to-be. And for not being a national group's property, it felt just as well maintained, and with just as nice of amenities. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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 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:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#19 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbor View Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 115
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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