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The Upham Hotel

1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3027
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#18 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Residential Neighborhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Bahman A wrote a review Nov 23
Berkeley, California7 contributions6 helpful votes
To be fair, my comments are only about the Lincoln Building where we stayed for couple of nights. We did not enjoy our stay, there was problem with their heating system and after complaining they finally gave us a electric heater. There was only one electrical outlet in the room which did not work. The shower was trickling and the bathroom arrangement was awkward and old. This is a place I will avoid in future
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Date of stay: November 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: There are better places to stay in Santa Barbara
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Laura S wrote a review Oct 2021
San Francisco, California16 contributions3 helpful votes
The hotel is lovely, the grounds are charming, the location is superb. But our room was plain with oddly mismatched furniture, all quite worn looking. For this price, we'd expect more historic charm (or authenticity) in the room.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your very valuable feedback...we are entering into a phase of renovation/improvements and will do our best to reflect some changes to address some of the concerns you mention. We hope you will return in the future and allow us an opportunity to meet or exceed your expectations. Safe travels...
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edna wrote a review Oct 2021
Los Angeles, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
We stayed in one of the cottages. The picture on the website looks very nice we arrived the cottage smells very old the sofas carpet and chair is very distressed. I sent even hang by clothes inside the closet and can’t sit in the couch. The linen and pillow is very poor quality.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Pay a little extra and stay somewhere else
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1 Helpful vote
Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
We regret your experience was so bad and we will continue to make improvements to our property noting the concerns you had during your stay. We do appreciate your feedback and hope that someday you will return and allow us another opportunity to meet or exceed your expectations. Safe travels...
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dahlia8 wrote a review Oct 2021
Los Angeles, California910 contributions266 helpful votes
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when we pulled into the Upham parking lot. There weren’t any signs for lobby/check in. We meandered through the property. It was a nice meander. Grassy areas, cottages, Adirondack chairs, rose bushes and a gazebo. When we did find check in we were offered a glass of wine. Check in was easy. Bill the manager was welcoming and funny! Paying more, I booked a room with a fireplace. We were in one of the cottages. Our room didn’t feel like we were in a hotel, it felt like a room at home. Cozy and charming. The fireplace was a nice touch. There are many areas to sit in the garden or in the lobby. Really lovely property. The only issue we had was parking. We booked on a very busy weekend. We have a larger SUV and we were afraid we wouldn’t find parking if we went out. We ended up taking ride shares instead of moving our car. I believe there’s parking on the street though but don’t let this sway you from staying because the Upham is a unique and wonderful place to stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the great feedback, we hope you will come and stay with us again when you're in the area. You touched on all the amenities that make our place special and appreciate that you shared that with the public. Take care and stay safe!
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SF Foodie wrote a review Oct 2021
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Very personal and unique place. Service is great, room is comfortable with an outdoor area in all rooms. Very relaxing, walking distance to State Street with all the action and activities. Only complaint is their parking lot is very tight in space and once you go in and can't find parking, it will take you a long time to backup to get out or the turn around. Offer extra parking on Friday and Saturday and that helps a great deal.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are happy your overall stay was good but regret that the parking experience wasn't the best. To your suggestion...we do have overflow alternatives in place on the busy weekends and it appears we did not communicate that to you for which we apologize. If you do return to stay with us on the weekends, we will be happy to provide that information to you, and sorry again that we missed that opportunity. Safe travels and Happy Holidays!
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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).