My wife and I stayed here when I came up for business and spent the weekend after my meeting. We stayed in the Country Inn house across the street and down the block from the Upham but which is linked to it. It's a funky old Victorian house B&B. Because of age of the house the rooms are a bit small and can be a little weird. Our room (the Nicole) had the sink outside the toilet/shower room on the other side of the room from them! From our experience you are better off booking into one of the rooms with a complete bath/sink/shower ensemble together. The shower was also iffy in terms of regulating temperature--easy to scold or freeze yourself unless you got exactly the right spot on the dial. Breakfasts were mixed. Not much choice on hot part--whatever they are doing that morning (for example, spinach crepes or pancakes etc) or scrambled eggs (with or without cheese). Eggs were ok but not great. Choice of cereals or not very good yoghurt (Yoplait--come on, really? With Trader Joe's around?). On the other hand the crumb cake one morning was really good. There is wine and simple cheese in the afternoons and cookies for guests too. Inkeepers are nice and helpful without being intrusive. Good service. Quiet generally (although creaking stairs and sometimes footsteps in penthouse above us), pleasant garden with deck eating. Just 2 blocks from State St and lots of restaurants and shopping. If you want a really good hotel you can go to the Inn of the Spanish Garden which is lovely but pay a lot more. For half that price, this is a good alternative.
- 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