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The Upham Hotel & Country House
Ranked #19 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Perfect Place for a Santa Barbara Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

I couldn't have picked a better place. The Upham Hotel was beautiful and enjoyable in every way. Just a few blocks from State St so within walking distance to many sites. Wine and cheese in the afternoon while sitting in the pretty garden. Room was spacious and attractive. Had a fabulous dinner that night in their restaurant, Louie's. All in all, a great place to stay.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stayed at the Upham Country House over the Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed our stay immensely. The staff were very hospitable, and the included breakfast was absolutely wonderful. We had quiche and french toast on successive mornings, both of which were very tasty. We also took advantage of the nightly fresh baked cookies which were a treat after a day of roaming Santa Barbara's shops and restaurants.

The Upham Country House is located 2 blocks from State street, which allowed us to leave our car behind and explore the area on foot. It was a wonderful staging area for our day trips to explore the shops and restaurants. We were blocks away from several very good restaurants, and we were even able to walk to the Santa Barbara mission to enjoy an art festival.

Our room was very comfortable, with an in-suite fireplace and french windows opening up over a private garden. The sounds of the birds in the morning was very relaxing, and the private view left you feeling like you might be out in the country rather than 2 blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay and definitely plan on staying again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Petropolis, RJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

I don't know how these people do it. Year in, year out they deliver flawless and extra-friendly service. I've stayed at the Upham and at their annex - Country House - diagonally across the street. And because these are training programs I take, I stay for four nights. They claim to be Santa Barbara's oldest hotel in continuous operation. Walking distance to all points of interest in town. And on premises there's Louie's an excellent restaurant unrelated to the hotel.

Room Tip: At the Upham I prefer the rooms facing the inner courtyard that you reach via a rather tortuous path...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights and couldn't have been more disappointed. I spent $306 a night to get free coffee and donuts in the morning, cold shower, loud road noise, very uncomfortable bed, and a super rude front desk lady this morning, April 13th. I decided I didn't want to stay here anymore so I am leaving. Don't recommend it.

Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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ManagerSantaBarbara, General Manager at The Upham Hotel & Country House, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
We are so sorry to learn of this guest's extreme disappointment but wonder if they, in fact have the right hotel. We have two properties, the Upham and the Country House. A very nice breakfast is served at each that includes a variety of our fresh baked breads, oatmeal, yogurt, juices, bagels and eggs. The Country House also serves a made to order hot entrée, nary a donut in sight.

It is very disturbing to us that the guest was with us for two nights and did not bring their complaints to our attention. We would have done our best to make them more comfortable for the remainder of their stay.
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2014

It is a charming hotel that feels like a B&B. Breakfast is plentiful. There is wine and cheese during early evening hours, and milk and cookies in the evening. Lovely gardens, friendly staff. King room is a nice size. Queen , a bit small.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2014

Booked a night here for my in-laws 45th anniversary so they could be alone and I was very impressed with their experience!!! The staff went out of their way to make them feel special, upgraded their room for the occasion, had champagne on ice, they were greeted with a "happy anniversary" from the front desk the waiters and even the bartender . They came home raving about their experience and the beautiful grounds. I'm so thankful to the Upham for making sure the experience was memorable! I highly recommend this historic hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Yorba Linda, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

My husband and I spent one night at the Upham during the SB film festival weekend. I was very pleased with the grounds and clean/quiet room. We enjoyed some wine out on the nice patio and lawn. It was also the perfect location to walk to the downtown area for a very nice dinner. The breakfast was just OK because they did not offer any cooked options just more of a continental with cereal, oatmeal and fruit. But I would definitley come back.

Room Tip: Next time I would request a room in one of the separate buildings and not off the main house.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Upham Hotel & Country House
Address: 1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#15 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Upham Hotel & Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 58
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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