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The Upham Hotel

1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3027
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#17 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
A Victorian treasure in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Upham Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Santa Barbara, Southern California. Constructed of redwood with sweeping verandas, the 50-room 1871 landmark is surrounded by an acre of gardens and combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Residential Neighborhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Westside_Stomper wrote a review Apr 2021
Santa Barbara, California19 contributions21 helpful votes
Really loved our stay here at the Upham. The room was beautifully decorated and the bed very comfortable indeed. We were greeted by Sahara at the front desk and made to feel welcome. The property has gardens in the middle courtyard area and it feels very tranquil for a downtown setting. A special shout-out to the maintenance people for keeping the rooms looking pristine, even down to the paint and windows looking great for each new guest. It’s that attention to detail which makes this hotel stand out from others.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Poipuvisitor wrote a review Apr 2021
Oxnard, California180 contributions69 helpful votes
We have stayed at the Upham before, but I was particularly impressed with their pandemic modifications. In lieu of the wine and cheese afternoon, they offer a bottle of local wine for each room. In lieu of the breakfast buffet there is a basket of scones, cookies, oatmeal and coffee in the room. It was a lovely weekend getaway after a year of isolation!
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Cool_Aunt wrote a review Apr 2021
Incline Village, NV40 contributions19 helpful votes
We rented the Sycamore Suite, which consisted of a 1-bedroom 1-bath attached cottage with a huge and private landscaped patio. Pros: The suite had tons of charm and the patio was beautiful and huge. The bathroom was spacious with a deep soaking tub which I used every day. The bed was comfy and the suite had a lovely gas log fireplace. Because of Covid there was no daily housekeeping, but the small and gracious staff responded immediately to any questions or requests. Other guests were universally friendly and I think staying at the Upham automatically puts one in a good mood. The hotel is old, but well-maintained. Floors are a bit uneven (who cares?) but the space was well-cleaned. I would have appreciated an electric kettle (I went and bought one, and when my husband turned the coffee pot on at the same time we blew a fuse. Oops. The staff immediately fixed the problem and we were on our way. We had two lovely dinners at the hotel's bistro, Louies. They were two of the best meals we had in Santa Barbara. The restaurant had just opened after being closed for Covid. The wait staff was impeccable. We would highly recommend the hotel and the restaurant.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Stan wrote a review Mar 2021
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Yes, we chose to stay at the Upham Hotel due to many reasons. Mainly we wanted a central location that we could not only walk to places, but also enjoy having a resort feeling at the hotel. The website states that there would be breakfast included, but instead we got one dry scone and a cookie per person in a box. We understand about “COVID” but a nice place could also offer much better. We booked knowing there was a restaurant on site and saw that it was on a front porch. Again it was closed totally due to COVID. With all the outdoor areas of the hotel, this would had given that reset feeling while there. Note the website promotes the “open hours” of the restaurant. And lastly there was a wine tasting that was eliminated. There are wine tastings throughout the area and yet promoted on the website, it was closed. Of course they did compensate with a bottle of local wine. We could had stayed in the area cheaper but really chose this accommodation for its amenities. Of course after driving for hours, it was sad we found out these amenities were not available. Should have just booked a room elsewhere for less that offered what we received here.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
wallaceandsandy wrote a review Jan 2021
Silverthorne, Colorado1 contribution
I love this hotel and stay here every time I am in Santa Barbara. The staff are always kind and helpful and the grounds are beautiful. I highly recommend the Upham. I have stayed in many different rooms and they are all pleasant. It's always quiet and being able to park close to your room is a plus. The hotel is within walking distance to State Street with all its shops and restaurants. Looking forward to my next visit.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: 2 bedroom suite is my favorite. 2 rooms with a sitting/living room and an outdoor patio.
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$243 - $366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Upham Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Upham Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Granada Theatre (0.3 miles), Arlington Theatre (0.2 miles), and Ensemble Theatre Company (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Upham Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Upham Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Upham Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Upham Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bouchon, Arigato Sushi, and Jane.
Is The Upham Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Santa Barbara.
Does The Upham Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Upham Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Upham Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.4 miles), Casa del Herrero (4.2 miles), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (1.0 miles).