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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 #12 of 60 hotels in Santa Barbara
Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful quiet stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Hotel was very cute, rooms were larger than I anticipated. Comfortably fits 4 adults in 1 room. Our bathroom was spacious and had a corner spa.

Right opposite the water, but shops are not really walking distance.

Gym was very small but the pool was big.

Would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I have never left a review of a Hotel before but on this trip I felt that I had to.
Myself & my Wife drove down here for 1 weeks stay after spending 6 days in Las Vegas. The Location of this Hotel is Ideal for discovering the Santa Barbara area, it is located right in front of the beach & is ideally located for very short walks to the Harbour, Pier & the sunday art & crafts market. If you dont want to walk you can get the Electric Tram styled bus for 50c each to the downtown area (shops) or the Harbour. There are plenty of Restaurants/Bars in all areas. The Main reason for this Review though is that on the day we were meant to travel back to the UK my Wife became ill & had to go to Hospital, as a result of this we had to postpone our travel plans for a week. The Staff of this Hotel are fantastic.... they were always on hand to help us through quite a distressing couple of days, from advice to assistance they were great, nothing we asked was to much trouble. Thankyou

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a week on business. I found it to be very expensive for what it is. It is in a good location, but so are all the hotels along the front. The room was nice but nothing special, no breakfast included or even complimentary water. It cost to park your car when I paid $250 for one of the nights. The cleaners remove any half bottles of water or anything you put in the fridge. The hotel took $280 from my credit card before I arrived but then credited it back. This cost me money on a UK credit card. No apology from the hotel and I got the impression they didn't really care. Nice location, rooms are Ok, but there are cheaper places to stay which are just as nice.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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16 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Our friends and us were in Santa Barbara for just one night, our third stop on a week-long road trip, and we booked Harbor View Inn based on the reviews in TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed when we arrived to find the hotel located directly across from the beach and the wharf. The rooms are large, up-to-date, and well appointed. We had a room with a King bed, which was very comfortable. The grounds are beautiful, and the pool clean and surrounded by a large open area for sunning or just hanging out. The hotel staff was very pleasant and helpful, providing excellent recommendations for food and shopping.

Room Tip: If you want quick access to the pool, ask for a room in the West Building.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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West Covina, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We were on the 3rd floor, ocean view rooms. Negatives first. The balcony was small, (didn't bother us) but the view was gorgeous. The second floor ocean view had room for 2 lounge chairs, so if you want to lay out, request those. The housekeeping and bellboys knock and then without pause open the door. I was caught in my panties twice. They could have paused to give me a chance to open. I guess it was my fault for not putting the extra lock on the door.

The location was great. Right across from the wharf and a ten minute walk from downtown state street. The beach right in front did not have waves, it was closed in by the harbor and the wharf. Beach further north was a but nicer. Wheels of fun surrey rentals were a lot of fun for our family. Wharf has a sea center that is great for the kids too...

The rooms were clean, a good size, updated, and pretty. Separate shower and large tub.

AAA discounts.

Pool was small and a bit cool... but still nice. The wading pool was great, only 1.5' deep... perfect for my one year old.

They gave us a late check-out... 2pm instead of 12. That was awesome, it gave my little one a time to nap before driving home...

Would probably try a different place next time, but glad we stayed there once!

Room Tip: Ocean view was great! Every once in a while it was a bit noisy because of the street, but hey, the r...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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San Diego
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated 34 yrs of marriage by taking the train from San Diego to Santa Barbara and stayed at the Harbor View Inn. We loved our room with 2 balconies, 1 overlooking the pool and the other the beach and warf. We liked having the coffee shop and the restaurant right on the property. The location was perfect, near the train station and the ocean. We were able to walk everywhere and enjoyed not having the stress of driving. Not too sure about the Tourism Marketing Asst charge on our bill, but it was only $2 a night and we will definately stay at the Harbor View Inn again next time we're in Santa Barbara

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mexicali
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This hotel was a nice surprise for my family , the location is perfect, the rooms are cozy, well maintened and very clean, the bathroom is big and very nice with wood ceiling and separate areas for shower and bath tub., we receive a bottle of cold cider in our room as a welcome present, the service is also excelent, the front desk staff is very nice and helpful, thanks to Berenice for gave us the right recommendations and help.

The gardens and the hotel surroundings are full of plants and flowers.
We highly recommend this pretty property and we will back soon!!

Room Tip: The first floor rooms have a nice patio and are close to the gardens and pool area.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 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:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 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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