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BEST WESTERN PLUS Carpinteria Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Carpinteria
Phoenix
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125 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Overall, a nice hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2007

We spent 4 nights at the end of June at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn. The grounds at this hotel are absolutely beautiful! Our 3rd floor room faced the lush courtyard and had a shared balcony with chairs and a small table. Sitting on the balcony definitely gave one the feel of being at a resort. The room had a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling – a nice change from what is typical of a hotel room. There was also a very large closet with mirrored doors. Our room had a king bed and was of average size. It was very clean and well-maintained, although there were a few stains (that appeared to be permanent—not fresh) on the bedspread. We found the hotel staff to be very pleasant and professional. The lobby was also very nice and well-maintained. Parking was convenient and plentiful.

While we loved so much about this hotel, there were a few things that we would have changed if we could. The bed was a little too firm for our liking. Also, the showerhead is mounted very low – so beware if you’re tall. My husband is 6 foot and it was a bit of a pain for him to use. But the water pressure was great and the temperature plenty hot. Additionally, while the halls, lobby and room didn’t smell, all of the stairwells in the hotel had a musty-type and dirty smell to them. The carpet in the stairwells appeared to be very old, so maybe that was the source of the smell. Another thing to note, the elevator, although it worked just fine, made all sorts of noises when it went up and down. We kept our fingers crossed each time we rode in it that it wouldn’t break down!

With regard to the on-site restaurant, we tried to go there for breakfast the first morning that we were at the hotel and were told (in quite a curt and not very friendly manner), that the main dining area was being used exclusively for a private party and that the only seats available to us were at a small group of 4 tables that were in a separate area. (We assumed that the private party was a tour group since there was a tour bus in the parking lot.) We were so put off by how the hostess/server spoke to us, we left and went elsewhere for breakfast and didn’t even try to eat there again during the remainder of our stay. It’s too bad this particular restaurant staff member was so unfriendly because as I stated earlier, all of the hotel staff members we encountered were very nice.

Despite the changes that we would make, the Best Western Carpinteria Inn is still an overall nice hotel, especially for the price (we paid $99 a night for our courtyard room, which was a special rate we found on Best Western’s website). And the drive to Santa Barbara from the hotel was easy and quick.

  • Liked — beautiful grounds and courtyard view from room
  • Disliked — firm bed
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2007

We were driving the pacific highway,California.We needed somewhere to stay for the four of us,this was a good choice.From outside it is lit up by fairy lights looks very well.inside was good too.Pool was good clean and heated.Bar and restaurant on site,seems to get a lot of coach tours.Staff were freindly all over a good experience.

  • Liked — the way it looked
  • Disliked — no complimentary breakfast
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2007

Stayed overnight on our drive south for Thanksgiving. Room was very comfortable, but opened up onto a patio shared by others. Close to Starbuck's. Good value for the price

Stayed November 2006
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2007

We stayed at the Best Western Carpinteria for one night in March 2007. It was nice and clean and comfortable. It's in a very good, central location. The restaurant was fine - we just had breakfast. It was an above average Best Western.

  • Liked — Pretty for a Best Western
  • Disliked — Nothing spectacular.
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2007

Better than average for a Best Western. Comfortable, clean room, a reasonable pool and a small spa pool. Helpful, friendly staff as well. I'd echo an earlier review that it's vital to go for a courtyard room to be away from the traffic. It's a couple of minutes drive from town where there are several restaurants.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS Carpinteria Inn
Address: 4558 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013
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Location: United States > California > Carpinteria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Carpinteria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Carpinteria Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 143
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