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931 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642
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#45 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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4.5
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3.7
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3.7
Value
3.4

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Santa Barbara, Cabrillo Inn at the Beach is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Cabrillo Inn at the Beach makes it easy to enjoy the best of Santa Barbara.

Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a seating area, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the motel.

Cabrillo Inn features a sun terrace, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts a pool and free breakfast. If you are driving to Cabrillo Inn At The Beach Hotel, free parking is available.

Nearby landmarks such as Moreton Bay Fig Tree (1.3 mi) and Santa Barbara Harbor (1.6 mi) make Cabrillo Inn a great place to stay when visiting Santa Barbara.

Travelers looking to enjoy some fish and chips can head to Brophy Bros., Santa Barbara FisHouse, or Jane. Otherwise, you may want to check out an Italian restaurant such as Toma Restaurant and Bar, Ca' Dario Ristorante Italiano, or Opal Restaurant and Bar.

Should time allow, Stearns Wharf is a popular attraction that is within walking distance.

Cabrillo Inn At The Beach Hotel is sure to make your visit to Santa Barbara one worth remembering.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
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Free breakfast
Beach
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Vending machine
Sun terrace
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Seating area
Telephone
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Flatscreen TV
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Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Spanish
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Tom M wrote a review Nov 2022
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Cabrillo Inn is next to the Santa Barbara Inn. It is a night and day experience when you walk through both. Granted the Santa Barbara Inn is more upscale and costs more, but to charge the rates that Cabrillo Inn charges for being next to the Santa Barbara Inn and to also be across the street from the ocean isn’t realistic. Cabrillo Inn isn’t “retro” or “vintage.” It’s old, in disrepair, and severely over-priced. The carpets are significantly stained. It makes a Motel 6 look luxurious. They may have updated their showers but that’s it. They use Covid to avoid re-opening their room for breakfast and the room itself is full of junk. As cheap as they are in running the place, I can’t imagine what a complimentary breakfast would look or taste like. There is crap stacked throughout the complex. It was embarrassing to recommend this place to friends that were also attending the same wedding in SB. While the Cabrillo Inn looks good on the outside, it’s clear that this family-owned business is mining what they can to get the most revenue from their rates for themselves, especially on the weekend, rather than to truly invest in making it a suitable and reasonably priced location to stay in SB. Will we return? Never. The only way this place will improve is to select other locations instead of the Cabrillo Inn.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Songgirl53 wrote a review Sep 2022
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I booked this hotel for a wedding and 3 weeks beforehand had to cancel. READ THE FINE PRINT IN THE CONFIRMATION. If you do not cancel within 7 days of MAKING your reservation, they keep 10% of the total amount of the reservation. They do not tell you this when you book. Furthermore, they were quite nasty when I questioned this practice! If you cancel within 7 days of your trip, you lose 100%!!! AND, to top it off, all reservations must be cancelled by phone, not by email and I called 3 different times, being put on hold for over 10 minutes each time. And last but not least, they have the audacity to ask why you are cancelling!! BEWARE!!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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DrT wrote a review Sep 2022
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We booked this inn not knowing the FACILITY DOESN’T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING😡! The website notes “fans for cooling” so we thought they were informing us they’ve fans in addition to air conditioning 😒. We’re in room 220 with the garden view, as you can see there’s no garden, only dirt, dried grass and weeds 😒! Now on there other side of the fence, that is on the Carrillo Blvd. side, there is beautiful landscaping, but we believe the city ensures that area stays manicured since this inn is in between several lavish properties and on the boulevard. So, you can’t fully see this dilapidated property. No hair dryer, iron or ironing board. The entire building is outdated and needs to be renovated. Our bathtub clogged (a staff person came to our room with a hanger to clear the drain 😳), we saw ants in the room, wall paper old, etc. All rooms had fans in the windows and/or doors to stay cool. This place reminded me of an old cheap motel where the primary objective of the owners is to get rich of us unknowing tourists! I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ANYONE! When we return to SB we’re going to stay at the Blue Sands Inn that next door, there rooms are beautiful, are air conditioned of course and even have kitchens for less than this less appealing place! Finally, the housekeeping staff were exceptional and ensured our room was clean daily. The swimming pool was relaxing and the view of the beach was fantastic.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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jonathan6266 wrote a review Sep 2022
Los Angeles, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
We paid full-price and they put us in a room with the sink in the bedroom at the back. Room was dingy and smelled. The bald short guy at the desk was not nice and refused to show us another room even tho' the hotel was not full.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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lynng772 wrote a review Sep 2022
Sarasota, Florida29 contributions5 helpful votes
This room is so BAD. I kept my shoes on because the hunter green carpet was so disgusting. There is dust, mold, u name it… it’s in this room. There is a huge industrial fan in the room… there is a film on everything you touch. I went to talk to the white haired man at the reception desk… he was quite nasty… ( I’m betting he is the owner) he didn’t care… as long as he got your money I’m guessing. I have woke up in the middle of the night now… I can’t breathe… it’s really awful. Best to stay away from this property.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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FRAN D wrote a review Jul 2022
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The only good thing about this motel is the location. Everything else is terrible. In the first room we had, ants were crawling up the wall in the bathroom, they were coming from the peeled wallpaper by the floor. The second room was not much better. We wanted to leave but we could not get our money back. The carpet was disgusting, the furniture was old and dirty. We would not put our clothes in the dress or use the night table because the drawers were so dirty in the inside. The bath room had a tub with a shower door but the bottom of the door was not attached to the frame so it moved every time it was touched. The first time in the shower I almost fell because I used the door as support to get out of the tub and of course, there is none. The door to the outside was flimsy and it only had a lock on the doorknob. They also do not seem to believe in customer service. The person who worked the desk was rude and seemed bothered if you asked a question. Finally, they do not have coffee in the room or at the front desk area. They tell you to go to the hotel next door to get coffee. We were very disappointed. It appears that the owners never renovated the rooms. I guess because they have such a good location, they don’t have too….shame on them!! This pictures of the hotel must be dated…they do not match what we saw. DO NOT STAY AT THIS MOTEL.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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doctorwinkelman wrote a review Jul 2022
Kennewick, Washington44 contributions66 helpful votes
My wife and I went up to Santa Barbara just for the night and stayed ant this quaint little place 1 block away from the beach. Most of the hotels and restaurants are pretty close to the beach but this place seemed to be more special. It was easy to reserve a room and easy to check in. We were in walking distance from the wharf and most restaurants (it's a small place in the downtown area)
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Cindy M wrote a review Jul 2022
Coronado, California5 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed in a second floor, ocean-view room at the Cabrillo Inn in late June. About the only positive thing I could say about the room is that it was shelter. We took the Amtrak (train) to Santa Barbara and arrived at the hotel about 90 minutes late due to train delays which were unavoidable. When we arrived at the front desk, the attendant or manager (he was an older man) snapped at my husband when my husband asked him if he could use a bathroom while we were checking in. He then made fun of us for having taken the train to Santa Barbara. I found the attendant or manager to be obnoxious, erratic, and he made me feel unsettled. He was the type of person I would be happy if I never had to deal with him ever again. The manager handed me a key on a key ring, with the admonition that we would be charged $60.00 if we lost the key. It was the only key we received for our room. We took a very small and very old elevator to our room. To be truthful, it is more of a freight elevator than people elevator. It works fine but it will not hold more than three adults with standard-sized suitcases. If you have an extended stroller or are in a wheelchair, you probably will fill up the entire elevator car by yourself. When we got in our room, only then did we realize how truly “budget” a hotel this was. There is no A/C, no coffee pot, no microwave, no ironing board, no hair dryer, no laundry bag. Two floor fans were provided in the room but were very noisy when being used. We used them sparingly in the afternoon but not overnight as we did not want to disturb our neighbors. And, thankfully, our neighbors had the same consideration: they used the fans during the day but not at night. There is no continental breakfast nor is there coffee onsite. But, as luck has it, there were outstanding restaurants at the hotels on either side of the Cabrillo Inn. On the weekends, there is a very good breakfast restaurant, The Reunion Kitchen, across the street and to the left side of the Cabrillo Inn. The Reunion Kitchen is open every day for lunch and dinner and, if those meals are as good as their breakfast, I’d go there for a hearty tasty meal. Toiletries are provided in the bathroom. I feel compelled to warn folks to not use the bar soap. Unless, that is, you want your body coated in a waxy film. If that's your thing, then enjoy the soap. There was no body wash provided by the hotel, but since I travel with body wash anyway, I had no regrets throwing away the waxy bar soap. From top to bottom, our room was in bad shape. First, the ceiling in our room is covered by two metal patches to hide lord knows what on the ceiling. (See photo.) The floor is bumpy and, in a few spots in the room, it is squeaky and soft. The thin carpet is completely worn out near the sliding door. The bathroom door shut properly but only with force. It is a tad too big for its frame and needs to be shaved down a bit. The shower doors need to be man-handled to slide open and shut. The doors make an obnoxious scraping sound when used. An elderly person or young child will need help using the shower doors. One final nit about the room: The phone is located on the table past the foot of the bed. If you are a user of hotel phones, especially in the morning or right before bed, this could be an issue. It is such an odd place to put a telephone. The room overall is very dated and tired. It was shelter, but not much more than that. Thank goodness we spent much of our time out of the room than in it. Externally, the property needs a lot of work. The front of the hotel has a dead garden that runs parallel to the public sidewalk along Cabrillo Avenue. It’s an eyesore. Then there is a bit of a gap within the property that has cleaning supplies, old furniture, etc., that is visible to folks staying at the hotel. A tarp should be placed over this area as it is an eyesore to anyone who comes across it. Yet, I did find some things to like about the hotel. Our bathroom was large. It was nice having tons of room in there to change and dry off withing hitting my elbow against a shower door or wall. The room and bathroom were very clean. The cleaning crew did a very good job providing us with a clean room. And the swimming pool was heated and clean. We really enjoyed the pool. If all you need is a place to rest your head, indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water, and if you do not care about customer service, stay here. If you want anything more than that, I’d suggest you find somewhere else to stay.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Russell P wrote a review Jun 2022
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Booked this place in error and when I got there I was ready to shoot myself. This was the most disgusting place I have ever stayed in. If I could give it less than one star I would. No AC just a big fan blowing in the window and you could not close the curtain for any privacy. The carpet was filthy as everything else in the room. No basic hotel items like microwaves, hair dryers, iron or board, coffee pot. The shower only had a dribble with luke warm water. The bathroom sink needed a good dose of Draino as it would not drain. Probaly full of hair. When we checked in they never told us about the gate code to get back on the premise. When we came at night we had to walk all the way around the building and when I said something to the night attendent he was very rude and yelled at us. The parking was horrible and we had to park a half mile away. Would never return to this dump for any reason. I would rather sleep in my car.
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Sandy B wrote a review Jun 2022
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We just stayed at this hotel 6/24. No A/C. Large loud fans provided and placed in window without any security from outside entry. Stinks. Just not worth the price. Very limited parking available so you might have to walk a long way to get to the hotel. Everything is really old. Not clean. If you care about cleanliness don’t stay at this place.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
Which popular attractions are close to Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Nearby attractions include Santa Barbara Zoo (0.2 miles), The Cabrillo Ball Park (0.2 miles), and Santa Barbara Rustys lighthouse (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Conveniently located restaurants include East Beach Tacos, Convivo Restaurant and Bar, and Habit.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Cabrillo Inn at the Beach?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1.8 miles), Casa del Herrero (2.4 miles), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (2.8 miles).
Does Cabrillo Inn at the Beach have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Cabrillo Inn at the Beach accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.