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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As someone who had never been to Santa Barbara before but did A LOT of research I will warn everyone the hotel prices are not in line with any normal place you have visited. I read many reviews that were negative saying the hotel was not worth the price but if you look at all of the hotels, for whatever... More 

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Agoura Hills, California
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel was a great place to stay, especially since we weren't looking for a "resort" experience. The location is perfect for exploring Santa Barbara. Located in Old Town and downtown Santa Barbara, you are close to shopping and restaurants and it's just a 10 minute walk to the beach and pier. Since this hotel doesn't have the typical amenities... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind words and recommendation; it's wonderful to read that you loved our old town location in the heart of Santa Barbara and the pool/gym passes and parking were convenient. We're happy that our staff were helpful, your King room was pleasing and quiet, and the cinnamon rolls on our complimentary breakfast were the best. We look forward... More 

Los Angeles, California
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44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed here on a 2-day getaway to Santa Barbara and we could not have been happier with the hotel and its fine front-desk staff. The hotel is in an historic Santa Barbara building (home of the early-day Virginia Hotel) but has every modern amenity. Bed and pillows were wonderful, bathroom had plenty of space around the... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the compliments! We're thrilled that you found our hotel, staff, and amenities exceeded your expectations. It's so great that your comfortable accommodations, complimentary breakfast, and the speed of the wi-fi were pleasing to you. We hope you'll return for another wonderful stay with us. More 

New York City
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44 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy on and off the highway which was great due to late arrival after a long travel day. As others have mentioned, the entrance to parking is not easy to find and not well suited to large cars. They will valet though at no additional cost to the $14 parking which is a huge help. No real review of any... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. We're so happy to hear that you loved the unique touches of our historic property, which was a refreshing surprise that differed from your stays at other Holiday Inn Express properties. It's great to read that our valet service was helpful to you. We're glad that you had a restful, quiet night's... More 

Spring, Texas
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked our room an hour from our check-in. Read several mixed reviews online. We got a reduced rate because we were willing to take a handicap room which is no big deal to us. So convenient to State Street and we were given a coupon for a Mexican food restaurant around the corner. We're from Texas and really don't... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the compliments and five-star rating. We're thrilled that you found your room and our lobby nice and loved the unique historic touches of our property. Our charming tile work is comprised of Catalina and Malibu tile. It's great to hear that our recommendations and discount assistance were useful and you felt your stay was affordable.... More 

West Jordan, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the second time I've stayed here. Rooms are small but fairly well furnished. Location is pretty much perfect. Parking is atrocious. Doors let every sound from the hallway in and the A/C is LOUD. Worst of all for a business traveler the internet is horrible. Not only do you get slow DSL speeds but the wireless is so... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your comments; your feedback is invaluable to us. We apologize for the disturbance you experienced during your stay and that the internet was substandard. We recognize how important connectivity is, especially when you are traveling for business, and are aware of the issue. Good news! We are in the process of upgrading our system... More 

Peyton, Colorado
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typically not a HI Express patron but everywhere in Santa Barbara was sold out. Sometimes you just get lucky. It's an HI Express so don't expect more than a clean room and a basic stay but its a perfect location for cruising up and down Sate Street and going to the beach. Staff was very attentive and ore than helpful... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you! We're so glad you were game to give our hotel a try. It's wonderful to hear our staff exceeded your expectations and that our prime location was ideal for your vacation. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. More 

San Diego, CA
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49 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just stayed here two separate nights with my husband and two teens this week. The building itself is an historic old hotel and it is lovely with beautiful tiles and windows. The rooms seem smaller than other HIE I've stayed in. Both nights the bathroom was set up for 3 instead of 4 so we needed to call for... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

It’s so wonderful to hear that you found our hotel lovely and breakfast satisfying. We're glad our historic property’s Malibu and Catalina tile appealed to you. We apologize for the billing experience; while we strive for perfection, we sometimes fall short. Feedback, like yours, helps us to improve our service, so we are grateful that you shared your thoughts with... More 

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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend this hotel for higher mid-end range. Location - Nicely located that you can walk to everything. Quiet - slightly off State Street Staff - very friendly. Sandra at the front desk is so friendly and helpful. I'm in the customer service focused industry and know the type of person that is excellent in our business and she is... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Great to hear that, from the service to our location and breakfast to our architectural touches, you found our hotel a comfortable home away from home that matched your travel needs well. We're so happy you were pleased with your stay. We hope you will visit again soon. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Hotel built in 1916 (formerly the Hotel Virginia) on the National Register of Historic Places. A beautiful boutique hotel with modern facilties. Lot's of charm and conveniently located one half block from the center of old town, State Street. Also a short 5 block walk to the beach and Stearns Wharf. Many restaurants and shops to choose from minutes... More 

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Meaghan L, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

JimInAZ85016, Your title is perfect! You are right we do not consider our self a cookie cutter Holiday Inn Express, we have been lucky enough to be able to hold our wonderful boutique charm while offering all the wonderful IHG amenities. I am so pleased that you enjoyed everything our downtown property has to offer. We greatly look forward to... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just a half block from State Street in historic Old Town Santa Barbara, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Virginia provides luxury and convenience for the sophisticated traveler. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast served daily from 6:30AM-9:30AM daily. Downtown shopping and restaurants are steps from your door, and the beach and Stearn's Wharf are four blocks away. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Address: 17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $183 - $436 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
Holiday Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Holiday Inn
Santa Barbara Hotel
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
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