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“Fine motel but outdated fitness equipment” 4 of 5 stars
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Sandpiper Lodge
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3525 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105   |  
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Ranked #33 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fine motel but outdated fitness equipment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Fine and clean rooms with good sized beds. Nice but small pool area but don't go to the "fitness center" the equipment must be from sometime in the 70's. If you like sugar stuff for breakfast you have come to the right place. Plenty of opportunities for getting manicures in the naborhood - Magic nails was good according to my wife. If you turn to your left from the Motel you will find a Macy's along with a lot of other shops behind it.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Olivos, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is just a Motel and anywhere else but Santa Barbara it would not be worth $175.00 a night.
Bad location, poor reception.
I guess if you are looking for competitive rates this place is all SB has to offer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Further from the beach than I expected, but location is premium in Santa Barbara. No complaints. My room was clean, comfortable, spacious for one person. Wi-fi and a nice TV. Coffee and complimentary breakfast available. Friendly staff.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Booked through Hotwire. We were on a budget and were shocked at the prices of 3star hotels in Santa Barbara so decided to bump down to this 2 star. And even though it was our only 2star accommodation of our trip it was the most expensive place we stayed.
Its definitely a 2 star.
The only positive is that it's right off State street so it's relatively easy to find and it's in a central spot.
It looks just like a seedy motel and the staff treat you that way. They were not particularly friendly. We were told there was free wifi but were not able to connect until probably close to midnight so had to find a Starbucks nearby so we could use yelp to find somewhere for dinner.
Didn't feel particularly safe here either. Would not go back and would not recommend it to others. Next time I would stay further down on State street, in the old town, closer to the water.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The room and location was great but the front desk was very rude and inhospitable!!! Don't bother asking to park at the lodge, you will be towed!! Overpriced and will not recommend this place to anyone!!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Though at the far end of town, hard to fault. Rooms, staff excellent. Ask for a bath you get a bath.Great pool and hot tub adjacent When i say 'far end of town', leave the car, bus stop right outside, $1.25 OAP, for downtown. Nearly there and a swift change to one of those trolley car types that's not really a trolley, takes you to the waterfront. Miles of beach and Palm trees.
Lots to see, waterfront delightful, watch the sea lions, hire bicycles.
Back at Sandpiper Lodge - breakfast, ignore the pastries, go for the cornflakes - for dinner over the road to Maxis Italian. You have 17 seconds to cross!, Ask for Margaretha at the restaurant, she's a treasure.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The rooms are extremely small so be aware, but, compared to other hotels in Santa Barbara this is a cheap alternative. It is pretty far from the downtown area but if you are okay with driving or taking the buss (the 11 goes every 15 min) this is an okay place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3525 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandpiper Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are visiting Santa Barbara for business or pleasure, we invite you to enjoy the three-diamond amenities and services of the Sandpiper Lodge on Upper State Street. From our prime location on upper State Street, you are poised to experience all that one of California's premier destinations has to offer-beaches, gardens, museums, historical sites, dining, shopping, and entertainment. With well-appointed rooms and suites and a heated pool and spa, the Sandpiper Lodge offers ideal accommodations for budget-minded travelers desiring a degree of sophistication. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sandpiper Hotel Santa Barbara
Sandpiper Motel Santa Barbara
Sandpiper Santa Barbara
Sandpiper Inn Santa Barbara

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