My friend and I were very disappointed in the Upham. On its face, it is a charming B&B with a nice interior garden for relaxing and enjoying the free breakfast and wine and cheese. However, one should get more for the money. The woman who checked us in was a little sour and acted as though she was doing us a favor, though the check-out lady was friendly. My friend and I had bungalow rooms -- tiny but OK for one, though sparsely furhished. The beds were old-fashioned and uncomfortable -- definitely no pillowtop matress -- and the pillows were thin and had a dirty-hair smell and should have been replaced. The towels were threadbare. My bathroom had no space at all for my bathroom supplies -- no shelf, no extra ledge on the sink, nothing -- and no hook or bar for the wet towels or my robe. My room was not air-conditioned, which required leaving the window open. My "window" was a floor-length opening with a door that opened in. When open, only a flimsy screen separated me from the world. The lock on the "window," door, and on the gate for the fenced in patio were also flimsy. I felt unsafe and slept fitfully. The sparse furniture on the patio was rusted and dirty. Water pressure was low and the shower head was not up to par. Equally disappointing were the freebies. The breakfast on the first day was ordinary, not the luxurious continental breakfast advertized. On the second day, however, some delicious scones were added -- the best part of the stay. At the wine and cheese hour, the inn served a cheap red and white wine and a grocery store cheese spread on crackers, neither worth the calories. And the advertized oreos at night were oreo-copies! Parking is tight -- not enough spaces for the number of guests and difficult to maneuver. We had difficulty finding a place to park one night.
On the positive side, the inn is pretty and its exterior and gardens are well maintained. The location is excellent -- on a quiet street at the edge of the shopping area in walking distance to down-town shops and restaurants. With a bit of extra effort and relatively little expenditure, considering the cost of the rooms, this inn could be top-notch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Victorian treasure in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Upham Hotel and Country House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Santa Barbara, Southern California. Constructed of redwood with sweeping verandas, the 58-room 1871 landmark is surrounded by an acre of gardens and combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Upham Hotel Santa Barbara
- Upham Santa Barbara
- Upham Hotel Santa Barbara