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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach

931 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642
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#43 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara

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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Ocean view
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Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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SteveLicata wrote a review Jun 8
Arcadia, CA234 contributions199 helpful votes
This is an older property that does not try to compete with the neighboring over-the-top-expensive luxury properties. It delivers a comfortable room, across from East Beach and free parking and a very friendly staff. They have no jacuzzi but apparently the swimming pool on side is very (highly unusual) warm and we saw people relaxing there at all hours. Currently, they have had to suspend the free breakfast due to COVID-19 but they take these restrictions extremely seriously - everyone must wear a mask on priority and even the front desk uses one of those long poles with a basket to handle contactless transaction and maintaining proper social distancing. In other words, they really care and this comes through in their friendly and laid-back attitude. Also, since parking at the nearby beach is about $1.00 per hour (even when available), leaving your car on property and walking to nearby activity (the zoo is only three blocks away) is a real godsend. They currently have some competitive rates (relative to COVID-a9 but still it is at the beach), but be sure to check BOTH with the hotel itself and third-party brokers to get the best price. The front desk has limited hours so they MUST know in advance if you are coming in after 11:00 PM.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Jason H wrote a review Apr 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
If you want to see what a 90’s motel six looks like in 2021, after years of crack heads staying in it; you’ll love this place. $100 room with a $250 dollar hold on your card because they want to keep the crack heads out but don’t want to do anything else. For $20 more you can stay at a decent hotel and they won’t put a $250 hold on your card. Unless your really nostalgic and don’t care about stained walls and and sleeping on a 30 year old bed, don’t ever, ever, stay here. Please learn from my mistake.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TucsonJenn wrote a review Jul 2020
3 contributions5 helpful votes
If you like beautiful hotels with many luxuries, modern furnishings, privacy, and Air Conditioning... this is NOT the hotel for you. But if you want to stay somewhere that's quirky, inexpensive, possibly decorated by the Golden Girls, you can park for free and see the ocean from your room, you have a winner! This little place is literally across the street from the beach! And that (along with the price) is the one huge huge plus. But as we arrived my husband said "Oh babe, this is place is a shanty." Lol (it's not that bad) The staff was efficient, chill and let us check in early. They had a 1st floor room available, (tip: wait for the 2nd floor). We stayed in room 222, the room door is a sliding glass door with an actual key, there was a locking slide screen door as well and two small windows with the old style glass louver panes, however, it was cooler outside than in, BUT, there were two fans that could blow a cheap wig off...so that helped. The TV was large, the bathroom was small with no frills with the exception of the most luxurious half roll of toilet paper to ever see the inside of a small hotel. Itty bitty fridge but it held a lot... and the bed springs were loud and proud. Everything from the palm-covered valances, to the rosy pink lamps it was a hotel of 80s quirkiness... but the location was unmet, the price was right and the plants outside, as well as the view, were beautiful. But let me say it again, there is NO A.C., Air Conditioning, Central cooling, person to fan you, or any type of cooling other than the two mighty floor fans that became my best friends. But we paid a total of $165 on July 5th and could see the ocean from our room when the place next door would have cost us around $400. (The hotel is dead center in my pic from the beach. And we would probably stay here again in a cooler month.) :) Enjoy!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Anthony wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution3 helpful votes
Tired from searching through hotel ad's my family & I (wife & infant) stumbled upon this place late in the evening...Staff was courteous and friendly throughout our impromptu 3 night stay. No complaints whatsoever... Would highly recommend as a much more affordable SB option on the beach with some restaurants within walking distance. I'll be staying here again!!! Steve at the front desk was 5 Star!
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Date of stay: May 2020
Room Tip: Stayed in Rm 236 and had direct beach view.
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Gardengel-IoW wrote a review Mar 2020
Crawley, United Kingdom565 contributions295 helpful votes
We were arriving late and moving on so only wanted something cheap and cheerful. Not entirely sure it fit the bill of either. This is motel accommodation and is at the lower end of the price bracket for Santa Barbara which still means it is pricey for what you get. The rooms are very tired. Clean yes and a good large TV but no AC and strange in wall set heat and a large portable fan. Fridge under sink counter. Our room was set at a strange angle and had a small triangle balcony. I swear the room next door had a large window onto the balcony (no access) but not exactly private for either. Breakfast is continental buffet which is fine but not enough tables for the number of guests and all quite cramped. Paper plates and plastic cups and cutlery. Fresh fruit and pastry selection was good but no labels to know what they were. Two women sitting in what looked like a cupboard, but guess was the prep area, just seemed to sit and chat the entire time we were there (having waited for soemwhere to sit). Have to say best selection of tourist info I have seen around California so thats a plus. We ate dinner next door at Convivo which we can recommend. The location of this place is good opposite the beach but I wouldnt want to stay for more than one or two nights
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Date of stay: February 2020
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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 Cabrillo Bike Path (0.7 miles), Santa Barbara Art Glass (0.6 miles), and Santa Barbara Zoo (0.2 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.