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1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3027
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#17 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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4.4
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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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Outdoor furniture
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Quaint
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Mblaca wrote a review Jun 2022
The Sea Ranch, California186 contributions216 helpful votes
My wife and I spent a night here while in Santa Barbara to see a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl. This was our second visit to the Upham, having done the same in 2021. We liked the hotel then but our room was small (king room in Lincoln Building). We paid to upgrade this year to a cottage king room in the Rose Cottage and it was wonderful. Bigger room and easy access to the nice outdoor lawn/garden area. If you are going to the Santa Barbara Bowl, you can walk (~about 25 minutes in total) and stop 1/3rd of the way for dinner (ten minutes to the Courthouse Tavern) and walk the last 15 minutes at a leisurely pace. The famously beautiful SB Courthouse is a five minute walk and well worth dropping in for a tour. Complimentary happy hour wine and morning breakfast were simple but satisfying.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jun 28, 2022
Dear Mblaca, Thank you so much for the great rating and kind remarks...we hope you will stay with us again when you're visiting the Santa Barbara area. Meanwhile, safe travels and have a great summer. Best,
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fcrane35 wrote a review May 2022
Troy, Michigan419 contributions124 helpful votes
At first I was apprehensive staying in a hotel from 1871 since I am a terrible sleeper and enjoy modern conveniences. Bill, the manager, did not help when he said I had a terrible room for sleep. To his credit, he was able to switch me to an upper room that was peaceful and very functional with period furniture but modern amenities. The bathroom was spacious and the room, along with the entire property, was very peaceful. Not sure why the wall air conditioner had to be positioned right next to the desk and bed making it impossible to leave on when I was in the room. Luckily it wasn't too hot. Erica, at check in , was extremely helpful and friendly. A great resource during our stay and very pleasant to chat with over complimentary wine. The continental breakfast is nice and everything is individually wrapped and most appropriate for a pandemic. Hot food would be nice, maybe someday it will come back. The onsite restaurant is amazing. Excellent food, outdoor seating, and service. A little far from the beach as my non walker friend would complain, but otherwise a great choice.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Try not to face the street if you are a light sleeper
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Response from Tamara Bushnell, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Jun 20, 2022
Thank you so much for staying with us! We are happy that we were able to find you the accommodations for a restful stay. We appreciate the shoutout to the staff that helped make sure your experience was a great one. We hope to see you again soon.
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James Scott wrote a review Apr 2022
Binghamton, New York515 contributions119 helpful votes
Quaint historic hotel in quiet residential neighborhood! One of the oldest hotels in California dated back to the gold rush days of the late 1800’s. In a very safe neighborhood & only a short walk to restaurants & shopping. The beach is an easy 10-15 walk as well.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: There is parking behind the hotel & on the street adjacent to the property. On street parking can...
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Robert Y Feldman wrote a review Apr 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
The rooms, lobby and restaurant are well appointed, clean, comfortable and picturesque over looking beautiful landscaped gardens. The Upham serves a continental breakfast and offers wine in the evening. State Street is located two blocks from the hotel - a perfect location for the Courthouse, SB Museum, restaurants, theater, etc. Money very well spent. Parking is included.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: We were in Hibiscus #49. Rooms looking over the Patio are must be great.
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Missymum77 wrote a review Apr 2022
Guildford, United Kingdom44 contributions52 helpful votes
So we were given this hotel as an alternative option after Expedia had messed up our booking for another hotel up the road. The advantage of The Upham for us was that it was within walking distance of the centre of SB. On arrival at the hotel, it did initially seem like a retirement home but I loved it! Quaint & quiet with beautiful grounds. We paid a bit more for a suite & the room was lovely - clean with a lovely bathroom & we got to have a separate room from our kids. Plus we got robes. We enjoyed sitting in the garden & enjoying the free wine! The breakfast was perfect for me (after a few days of full buffet breakfasts) but was disappointing for my children who love a hot one. I would love to stay here again & would recommend the hotel for anyone wanting somewhere quieter & less lively.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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parisianwannabe2015 wrote a review Mar 2022
Novato, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
We had stayed at the Upham a few years ago and it was great- nice room, friendly reception,and a great hot breakfast.This time I had called a month ahead to ask if there was a hot breakfast and the response was yes; however all they had was cellephane-wrapped muffins and bagels with some yogurt and cream cheese .Also, and maybe more importantly, the reception at both check-in and check-out was robotic and totally impersonal. Lastly, the room seemed worn and somewhat stark. This could be ( and was) a great hotel-good location, beautiful gardens, great restaurant attached, and classic architecture, but some improvements should be made.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Jrryo wrote a review Mar 2022
Los Angeles, California273 contributions168 helpful votes
The hotel grounds are beautiful. The room was secluded and comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. The complimentary breakfast was good. This is a lovely gem in SB. An updated historic hotel in a quiet neighborhood. Cottages have private patios.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Mar 4, 2022
Thank you Jrryo for the great rating and wonderful comments. We hope you will come back to stay with us again when you're in the area. Safe travels!
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Debbie-Ann Smith wrote a review Jan 2022
North Las Vegas, Nevada88 contributions50 helpful votes
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I recently returned from a two night stay at the Upham. My husband and I stayed in room 61 in the main building. The hotel is charming, with lovely grounds. The lobby is relaxing and the afternoon glass of wine by the fire place is a nice touch. I appreciated the bottle of wine we received at check in and the free on site parking. Not sure if all room categories receive a free bottle of wine. Our room was on the second floor in the Main Building and I didn't see an elevator, so keep that in mind if you have mobility concerns. Our room was somewhat clean. However, the carpet was filthy and frayed and the door did not fit into the frame leaving a large gap for hallway light to come in at night. Our room was also extremely drafty and cold. The hotel manager Bill did his best to address our concern that the heater in the room did not work. He gave us two space heaters, one for the bedroom and one for the bathroom. He also had weather stripping placed on the door to stop some of the draft and keep the light out. I am grateful to him for that. He of course could not address the carpet as it needs to be removed. Parking at the hotel, while free, is very very tight and extremely limited. I chose to leave my car at the hotel for my entire stay and either walk or take ubber. The hotel is centrally located so I didn't need my car and I was afraid no parking would be availableif I did move my car. I would tell guests not to move their vehicle if at all possible because parking is nightmarish. All restaurants are within a 2 block walking radius from the hotel and the water front is about a 30 minute leisurely walk. The room rate was about $250 a night not including taxes, so the Upham is definitely not a low cost option. Given the need for extensive room renovations I think the price is high. A complimentary continental breakfast is included. All in all the hotel is not the most comfortable as far as rest and relaxation is concerned due to the size of the room, the need for renovations and draft. But it definitely wins in terms of convenience. I'm doubtful I would return without first trying other options.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Arrive early if possible for a parking space and try not to move your car. Make sure the heating...
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Response from Denise Spain, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Jan 11, 2022
Thank you Debbie for your valuable feedback...I was nice to speak with both of you during your stay. We will continue to improve the physical property as we head into the future as well address the flooring concerns which is underway as we speak. I regret that we did not meet all of your expectations during your recent stay but hope you will return again someday to have a better experience and enjoy the improvements that will take place over this next year. Meanwhile, safe travels and stay healthy. Best,
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Bahman A wrote a review Nov 2021
Berkeley, California9 contributions14 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
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Room Tip: There are better places to stay in Santa Barbara
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded Dec 4, 2021
Dear Bahman A, Thank you again for your feedback regarding your recent stay. We sincerely regret your less than perfect stay in the Lincoln Building and apologize for your unfortunate experience involving the heat complications and lack of electrical resources. We will continue to determine ways to improve in those areas you mention as we plan our future upgrades and renovations, with the hopes that you will return some day to enjoy a much better experience at our property. Meanwhile safe travels and have a great Holiday season! Best,
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Laura S wrote a review Oct 2021
San Francisco, California20 contributions7 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
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Responded Nov 16, 2021
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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$325 - $374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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the upham hotel santa barbara, upham santa barbara, upham hotel santa barbara
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United StatesCaliforniaSanta Barbara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
58
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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 Opal Restaurant and Bar.
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).