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#8 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
Value
4.3
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Family owned since 1976, Marina Beach Motel is located in the heart of Santa Barbara's harbor, wharf, and beach district. At only a half block from the beach, Marina Beach Motel is the ideal spot for couples, families and the occasional lone traveler to immerse themselves in the beauty and leisure of Santa Barbara. At Marina Beach Motel, we understand the importance of providing excellent amenities at an affordable price. We focus our efforts on catering to the needs of the customer while striving for a high level of satisfaction, making us one of the best places to stay in Santa Barbara. Our dedicated, family-owned business promises to become one of your favorite vacation spots in California.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children's television networks
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Newspaper
Street parking
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
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Picnic area
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Air conditioning
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Flatscreen TV
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Andy W wrote a review Jan 2023
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Lovely motel, scrupulously clean, welcoming, friendly, and a short walk to the beach/restaurants/and other amenities. Netflix/Amazon video, USB chargers, mini fridge, ironing board, hair dryer, room safe. Owners appear to have thought of everything. This is how it should be done. Exemplary.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 5 days ago
Dear Andy W, Let us thank you for staying with us at Marina Beach Motel. We appreciate your kind comments regarding your stay and we would like to thank you for your valuable time taken to share your experiences. It will be our pleasure to welcome you again in our premises during a future trip to Santa Barbara. Kind regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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BusinessPr0fessi0nal wrote a review Aug 2022
Houston, Texas290 contributions152 helpful votes
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Santa Barbara has become massively expensive, yes this is something that’s relatively new over the last three years since I’ve been going quite a lot as my godson lives there. My usual hunt was the Hilton on East Beach. Their prices have become of seen without me being able to find anything below 650 to 900 per night anymore. So, I needed a bit of a budget motel and this came in around $400 with taxes per night, maybe this is a little bit high for the time, but, it may have been because it was a special gay pride weekend. Not sure. I like to be extremely honest in these reviews and it’s no offense to the hotel. I will say that the office staff was one of the highlights because they were gentle and kind of nice. I might say that don’t come early and expect to get a room because they don’t check you in until after 3 PM. I’m not sure why they didn’t let me in because they had rooms clean at my rate, was exhausted from getting up at 4 AM to make it to California. It’s not a huge deal. There is no pool, they have a few bicycles to rent, there is free parking in the motel but I don’t think they have enough spaces for all the guest. This was a plus having free parking. No, this is a single level very budget motel. The door to the rooms open directly into a parking lot. The good thing is these rooms are extremely clean, nice bedding, comfortable pillows, tiny bathroom and closet but the bathroom was immaculate and had a nice modern tiled shower. they have a coffee maker in the room and also serve coffee in the motel little lobby. The coffee is pretty good. They have a very simple breakfast with fresh fruit and pastries and hard-boiled eggs! For me that was a big plus because I love hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. I wasn’t up to my normal physical activity, but next time I will definitely utilize the bicycles which are included with your stay. Overall, this place is a bit charming. I hope I can find a time within the next year to come back and hopefully it won’t be on some very expensive weekend. Location is excellent as everyone says half a block from the beach, West Beach and very close to State Street.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Aug 29, 2022
Dear Guest, Thank you very much for rating your stay in Marina Beach Motel. Your feedback gives us motivation to keep improving our services and ensuring the highest level of satisfaction for our guests. We are proud to know that you enjoyed our coffee, convenient location and comfortable room. Our team would like to express our gratitude for your positive comments and we would love to have the chance to welcome you back in the nearest future. Kind Regards, Jennifer Marina Beach Motel
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Darren A wrote a review Jan 2023
Brisbane, Australia120 contributions63 helpful votes
We arrived at the motel around 11am after a lengthy flight from Australia and driving straight from LAX. We were able to check in straight away which was a relief so we could freshen up and explore Santa Barbara as it was our first visit. The staff in reception were friendly and professional. The room was a good size, as was the bathroom, and both were very clean. There was also the bonus of parking of our hire car outside of the front door at no charge. There was also plenty or chairs/tables to sit outside as the weather was still warm in the evening. Breakfast was also included in the rate and there was a reasonable selection of food. The pier is within easy walking distance, as were numerous bars and restaurants in State Street and W Cabrillo Blvd. I would highly recommend the motel and look forward to staying again as we really enjoyed our stay in Santa Barbara.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Darren A, Thank you for recommending Marina Beach Motel after the experience you had with us! We are proud that our reception, delightful food and comfortable room contributed to your positive experience. Our team would like to express our gratitude for your positive comments and we would love to have the chance to welcome you back in the nearest future. Best Regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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Rex wrote a review Oct 2022
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here for a night during our family road trip holiday. Staff at check in and throughout visit very welcoming and helpful. Room spacious, clean and comfortable. Location ideal for exploring the city. We thought it was the best motel we stayed in along the way.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Oct 26, 2022
Dear Rex, Thank you very much for rating your stay in Marina Beach Motel. Your feedback gives us motivation to keep improving our services and ensuring the highest level of satisfaction for our guests. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your room contributed to your positive experience. We hope to have the chance to welcome you back at Marina Beach Motel in the nearest future. With Kind Regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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DCLDN wrote a review Oct 2022
New York City, New York
Our friends and family loved the Marina Beach Motel's proximity to State Street, the Funk Zone, the beach and pier. The rooms were comfortable and clean, while the overall location was quiet despite being a short walk from many local bars and restaurants. Kevin and team did an amazing job accommodation our wedding guests who were traveling from abroad. They were super helpful and accommodating of all requests that came up!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded Oct 24, 2022
Dear James O, Let us thank you for choosing Marina Beach Motel for your stay and we are glad we were able to meet your expectations. We are delighted to hear that you had a positive experience at Marina Beach Motel and that you enjoyed the comfort of your room and the experience of our bar. Our team would like to express our gratitude for your positive comments and we would love to have the chance to welcome you back in the nearest future. Best Regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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scottcaps wrote a review Oct 2022
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland1573 contributions257 helpful votes
Booked this hotel for 3 nights (Wed - Friday) based on the good reviews, the location, and good price (relative to Santa Barbara). Our 2 Queen kitchenette room was spacious. There was a loveseat, a two-person table, and a desk area. The kitchenette had a gas stove, a small refrigerator, a microwave, Kuerig coffee pot, a sink, some utensils, serving ware, and pots & pans....but we did not cook anything. The beds were very comfortable, the linens were good quality. The bathroom was small, but modern and clean. We did see a few random small ants in the room, but had no real issues with them. The courtyard was very nice with some lounge chairs, tables with umbrellas, and chairs. The continental breakfast was served each morning 7:30 am till 10:30 am and had a nice variety of cereals, breads, yogurt, boiled eggs, instant oatmeal, milk, tea, coffee, juice, and fresh fruit. All of the staff were very friendly. Location was great...we walked everywhere downtown, to the Funk Zone, marina, Pier, beach, restaurants, and wine tastings. We took advantage of the free bikes (beach cruisers) and rode all the way to Butterfly Beach on the ocean bike path. They also have beach towels for guest use. Would definitely stay here again and recommend to friends and family.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded Oct 14, 2022
Dear Scott, Let us thank you for recommending Marina Beach Motel after the experience you had with us! It was concerning to find out that you weren't fully satisfied with the bathroom and your room. But on the other hand, your comments about room, location, price, bed and staff are very much appreciated. Once again, thank you for your excellent review and we look forward to welcoming you again soon at Marina Beach Motel. Kind Regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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nursebelle wrote a review Oct 2022
London, United Kingdom86 contributions101 helpful votes
This is a popular little place. Although busy, the staff still manage to deliver a welcoming vibe and the place is well run. Super clean room. Loads of options for breakfast. Location is awesome! The complimentary motel bikes are a great idea. Would DEFINITELY stay here again next time we are in SB!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Oct 12, 2022
Dear Nursebelle, We are very happy you chose Marina Beach Motel for your stay in Santa Barbara. We are proud to know that you enjoyed your comfortable room and accessible location. Once again, thank you for your excellent review and we look forward to welcoming you again soon at Marina Beach Motel. Best Regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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40winx wrote a review Oct 2022
148 contributions7 helpful votes
Arrived for 3:00 checkin and room wasn't ready. There many other rooms ready but just not ours. I asked if we could have one of the ready rooms. No. After waiting a while longer I again asked for a different room as no progress had been made in preparing our room. The clerk finally acquiesced and gave us a room. After we unpacked we saw ants. So we got rid of them and thought that was that. Nope. After returning from a stroll we returned to finds tons of ants crawling all over because I had left a cookie on the counter. Location is fine but this is just a simple motel with small, very small, rooms and the amenities, including breakfast are similar to that of a Motel 6. You can do better in Santa Barbara gorbthe same money. Not sure why there are so many great reviews for such an average place but I suspect many of them are fake. Choose carefully. Read the non gushing reviews and you'll notice ants in rooms are not uncommon.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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MRWtheOG wrote a review Aug 2022
Dallas, Texas69 contributions67 helpful votes
Located one block from the beach and a few blocks from the action. The motel has a retro vibe with parking outside your front door but it has been updated to todays standards. Quiet even when at capacity, Very clean bathroom, keurig machine, good ac. Towels a little thin. Hair dryer was a bit flimsy. But overall no complaints. They have bikes and beach towels to borrow although we didn’t use them. We stayed 3 days and it was exactly what we needed for the short stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Aug 22, 2022
First and foremost we would like to thank you for choosing Marina Beach Motel for your stay. We are pleased to note that you enjoyed the comforts of our hotel including the bathroom. We hope to have the chance to welcome you back at Marina Beach Motel in the nearest future. With Best Regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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cindy c wrote a review Aug 2022
cheltenham12 contributions12 helpful votes
Great location near the beach in a very quiet safe area, no soap body wash etc but was told I should have asked for it at reception , the breakfast was coffee , cereal and yoghurt with a few cakes so we didn’t eat, the bikes looked old but were free .
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Ask if you don’t have bathroom soaps , breakfast continental
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Responded Aug 22, 2022
Dear Cindy C, Thank you for choosing to stay at Marina Beach Motel and for posting your review. We have taken into consideration your comments and have shared these with my colleagues. We try our best to make sure rooms are fully equipped for our guest. We try to avoid these kinds of mishaps and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Hope you could give us another opportunity in the future to welcome you back. With sincere regards, Jenny Marina Beach Motel
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Frequently Asked Questions about Marina Beach Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Marina Beach Motel?
Nearby attractions include Cabrillo Bike Path (0.7 miles), Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (0.4 miles), and Santa Barbara Harbor (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Marina Beach Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Marina Beach Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Marina Beach Motel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Marina Beach Motel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Marina Beach Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, The Black Sheep, and Toma Restaurant and Bar.
Is Marina Beach Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Santa Barbara.
Are pets allowed at Marina Beach Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Marina Beach Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.1 miles), Casa del Herrero (3.7 miles), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (2.3 miles).
Is Marina Beach Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.