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Orange County, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn Express. It is in a perfect location, right off State St. with all the restaurants, beach and night life close by and within walking distance. The staff was quite nice - we had a small issue with the proximity of our room to the vending machines, and the manager went out... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We decided to stop in Santa Barbara for a night after a long drive down from San Francisco, we hadn't booked a room, we walked in and luckily Sandra on the front desk found us a room, she managed to offer us a good rate too which she informed us also offered a comp continental breakfast, free bike hire, comp... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your enjoyable experience staying with us. Our team is glad that our hotel met all your needs and more with complimentary breakfast and bikes, brand new beds, affordable parking, free wifi, and an excellent level of cleanliness. We are happy you found our friendly staff’s dining suggestion a perfect dinner spot. We hope to see you... More 

Encinitas, California
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I just spent a few days in Santa Barbara and chose the Holiday Inn Express because of it's convenient location for walking to town and the wharf. We had taken the train there, and we're hoping to get around just by foot. We were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful service we received at this hotel! It felt... 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 five-star rating and review! We are so pleased you found our prime downtown location wonderfully convenient and had the chance to check out the local restaurants and shops. It is great to hear that our staff was friendly, our recommendations were helpful, our pillow-firmness options were a perk, and the complimentary breakfast was tasty.... More 

El Dorado Hills, California
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I think of Holiday Inn Express, an average experience on the side of a freeway comes to mind....clean, cookie cutter and blah. Not so much with this hotel. I have stayed in this location twice so far. As another reviewer mentioned, this hotel used to be the Hotel Virginia that was taken over by IHG. The hotel itself has... 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 review! We are thrilled our historic foundation set us apart and made for a unique experience. It is really nice to hear that the newly updated beds and pillows were comfortable and the complimentary breakfast and valet parking made for a pleasing stay. We strive to offer the best service possible, so we are... More 

Pensacola, Florida, United States
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable of the area. I would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Santa Barbara. The hotel is walking distance from everything downtown! There are many great shops and restaurants around the corner...rent a bike for free from the hotel and explore for yourself.

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

Thank you so much for your compliments. We're thrilled to receive your highest recommendation and five-star rating. It's wonderful to know that our staff's friendly demeanor and informed suggestions for enjoying the city were pleasing to you and our prime downtown location and complimentary bicycles were convenient and appreciated. We hope you will stay with us again on a future... More 

London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We recently stayed here on a family road trip. The location was great for what we had planned. Staff were very helpful especially when we asked to change our room as it was smelly. One of them came up to give us new room keys and ensured that we were happy before leaving us to it. This hotel has convenient... 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 review and recommendation. I'm sorry for the minor inconvenience you experienced with your room, but happy that we were able to quickly remedy it to your satisfaction. It's great that you found your accommodations comfortable, our staff helpful and parking as well as location convenient. That your family enjoyed staying with us and explored... More 

Valley Stream, New York
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39 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Santa Barbara is a beautiful city and this is a beautiful hotel to stay in. The hotel was originally the Hotel Virginia (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and they have retained the historic character of the gorgeous building. It doesn't feel like a Holiday Inn at all but rather an independent boutique hotel. The hotel... More 

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

Thank you for your compliments. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and all of our amenities were to your liking, including the off-site gym access. It's great to know the nearby, complimentary fitness facility outweighed your expectations for a typical fitness facility and the 24-hour access was a plus. We're so glad your room made for a... More 

Denver, CO
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61 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a business traveler I always try to stay at chains. With no Marriott or Hilton within 10 miles I jumped on the Holiday Inn Express, which is the former Hotel Virginia - built back in 1917 and fitting in with the Spanish architecture of Santa Barbara. Staff was awesome and the location prime. I didn't eat breakfast there -... 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 comments. We're so thrilled you enjoyed our hotel's boutique vibe and historic aspect, which is distinctive from other Holiday Inn Expresses, as well as found it of great value with an excellent location a few minutes from all of Santa Barbara's hot spots. It's great to hear that the room was comfortable, though, we... More 

Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel is right off of State St. It is far enough to be quiet, but close enough to walk to the main street in Santa Barbara. The rooms are updated, the bed are great, much better than you would expect from a Holiday Inn Express. Great choice in Santa Barbara.

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

Thank you for your review. We're thrilled to rate your highest ranking! It's great to hear you found our beds super comfy and they exceeded your expectations for a Holiday Inn Express. We're so happy you experienced a quiet stay with us, but, also, were easily able to pop out around town to enjoy the city. We hope to welcome... More 

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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank you so much for the compliments and for sharing about your experience searching for a Santa Barbara hotel. We're thrilled, that after much research, you found your experience with us exceptionally pleasing. It's great to hear you loved our prime location and historic touches, which set us apart from many other Holiday Inns, but also enjoyed the Holiday Inn... 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: $179 - $386 (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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