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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   17 W. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Well-placed hotel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed for a night at this hotel in the downtown of Santa Barbara as part of our journey down the coastal route.

This hotel is very small but is well located and very well managed. We arrived late but was pleasantly surprised by the convenience in parking and a small bottle of champagne waiting for us (as we have told the hotel that we were on honeymoon). The concierge was helpful, telling us various spots for food nearby.

All in all - it was pretty good.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gilroy, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

At first I was cringing when I saw the price of the room, but after staying here it was totally worth it. Besides the location and the cute rooms, the staff was extremely helpful. It was our first time visiting Santa Barbara and valet guy directed us to a great Italian place for dinner. Then while my sister and i were searching for what to do in SB and trying to figure out how we were going to make it to the airport the receptionist came to our rescue and helped direct us to a walking wine trail that was fun and affordable, she also booked us transportation to get us to the airport on time. The receptionist, Marissa, definitely knows the must see places in SB and went out of her way to help us. We look forward to coming back again and maybe this time I can convince my sister to rent out some bikes.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We took a long time deciding on a hotel in Santa Barbara since all were really expensive . We chose this for the location, knowing nothing Of Santa Barbara and did not hold out for much since it was a chain and seemed overpriced.
It turned out to be one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in on our Californian vacation. The ambience, and amenities were excellent and the location was fabulous, just off State street. We could not have asked for more. Hotels are still overpriced in the area but it seems that the prices are all the same , so go for this one.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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White Plains, New York
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27 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Santa Barbara as one of our stops along our amazing road trip from San Francisco to LA. This hotel is right off of State Street, so it is very close to all the shops, restaurants and the beach. It had a lot of character giving it a great California vibe. The room we stayed in happened to be on the first floor and there was a lot of noise throughout the night. If I stayed here again I would request a room in the back and on a higher floor. Breakfast was basic, but good. Parking was easy as there were 2 parking lots. The room was very modern and clean (standard room).

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Jose, California
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7 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed for a weekend while visitng family in town. The room was pricey ($300) for a small room, but it was just off lower State and it was move-in weekend for UCSB freshman. The staff were all very pleasant and the breakfast was quite good both mornings with nice variety (a pancake machine, eggs, breakfast meat, very tasty cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, bagels, etc). There was a bar across the street which seemed very loud when we entered the building, but was not a problem at all in the rooms. Parking is tight, but available at $9/nt. One in our party chose to park on the street and had no trouble. The rooms were equipped with a mini-fridge and microwave.
All in all a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Menifee, California
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Great location - walking distance to State Street and beach. Friendly staff. Rooms are on the smaller side, but that does add to the charm. Our family of four was a bit crowed in a room with 2 double beds, but it was tolerable. Our corner room was quiet.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Admittedly, this hotel is in a good location (a block off State Street with the beach and oodles of shopping and restaurants in easy walking distance), but if you're looking for something special, forget it. Everything about it is small, cramped and unremarkable, from the lobby, to the single elevator, to the rooms, the TVs, and even the towels are small and thin. The parking lot is even tiny--and you have to pay $9.00 per day and still might not get a space! There is a small wardrobe cabinet (no closet) and three drawers for your clothes. The beds were comfortable and the personnel pleasant and the rooms were made up promptly each morning (very nice!) but I had to go in search of the chambermaid to get hand towels and washcloths twice. Our Dream Machine clock radio would not work and I was promised that it would be fixed/replaced twice, but it was never done. Breakfast was typical (the only fresh fruit were apples and oranges), but it was tough to find a table to sit and eat--another tiny area! Fri. and Sat. nites (Labor Day weekend) the rate shot up to $269.00 (and that was a discount!) which I thought was usurious for this hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 W. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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 ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#19 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a half block from State Street in historic Old Town Santa Barbara, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Virginia provides luxury and convenience for the sophisticated traveler. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast served daily from 6:30AM-9:30AM daily. Downtown shopping and restaurants are steps from your door, and the beach and Stearn's Wharf are four blocks away. ... more   less 
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