I grew up in Santa Barbara and try to visit whenever I am home to visit my family in SoCal. Many of my friends had the good sense to stay in the area so it's a treat to seem them when I'm in town. I usually book a room for my family at the Goleta Holiday Inn but this was a special trip and I wanted to stay on the beach. Since I'm familiar with the area, I knew exactly where the SB Inn is located. Tripadvisor comments aided me in deciding to make a reservation.
My first and foremost requirement was oceanfront/view. My daughter is 9 so I reserved a king/twin room. They also have rollaways but I thought the twin bed would be more comfortable. The twin is actually a pullout bed which is folded into what looks like an oversized ottoman. The ottoman is comfortable but skip the bed - it's very thin. We decided to snuggle in the king but since the bed was probably the best we've ever slept in, no one moved a muscle all night. We fell asleep to the lullaby of seals.
Unlike some previous posts, our bathroom was quite nice. It had a large shower and seemed as recently renovated as the rest of the hotel. The room had a large flat screen, small round table and a deck. The deck was wide enough for a 4-seater table and comfy chairs to enjoy sunset/sunrise. The decks are private, but only separted by vinyl - very beachy and attractive.
The ambience of the inn lends itself to a quiet getaway atmosphere. As we traveled in early January, the summer months may be different. This is a family-friendly place to stay, but we only saw adult guests. My daughter loved the pool (alas cold) and jacuzzi, and being walking distance to the beach.
The decor of the hotel is very tasteful. The hallways are lined with black and white photos of SB, other nice furnishings and lend themselves to a comfortable walk to the rooms. The lobby is inviting and offers 24/7 gourmet coffee/tea and fresh fruit. The continental breakfast is served in a window enclosed room on the third floor and faces the beach. The food is adequate, not too heavy for a day in the city. The only change would be to have trays to carry breakfast back to the room. As it was, I had to make a couple trips so I wouldn't drop my husband's oatmeal or have an apple roll down the hallway.
The icing on the cake was the wonderful staff. Nicholas was our parking valet - what a friendly young man. I can't remember the gentleman's name who assisted with my reservation/checked us in, but all the front desk employees were very welcoming. I mentioned to the front desk that we were dining at the Enterprise Fish Company (just a mile away) and he gave me a card for a free appetizer. The housekeeping staff all had smiles on their faces and you could tell they were treated well.
I hope the staff reads these posts. I would like them to know how they played a big part in making our trip so wonderful.
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