This is a nice place to stay, but in this area it looks as though there are lots of nice places to stay.
On the positive side...
The building was very nice and the people who worked there were very friendly. The location is very good within walking distance to the harbor, wharf, electric trolley and State street. I liked that they have some progress energy conservation efforts. The majority of the rooms electricity can be controlled by your key card. You put one of your key cards in a slot in the room and this enable sockets, lights, the TV and all, leaving for the day, pull the card and only a few lights have power. Going to be out only for a bit, leave the card in. I guess they have recently added AC to all the rooms. It was a little unit above the door which worked ok, but was appreciated on a few of the warmer more humid days. We stayed in a room that had a double headed shower and a tub for two, both were fun. Overall except for the ceiling noted below, both the room and all facilities were very clean and well kept. Parking was easy and fairly plentiful.Soaps, shampoo, lotions.... we very good.
Not good nor bad, just something to be aware of...
Open space or out door area was very limited. There is one small fairly private cement area (about 15x30) near the entrance with tables and chairs and another small grotto type are towards the back that looks like seating for 4-6. Not a negative as the grounds are primarily rooms and all, but again just not much outside space.
Average or a little less than average...
Bedding was old school, I understand the design went with the general theme, but it was the dark and heavy type. With (or sometimes without) design compromise, other hotels are going to lighter and more washer friendly top covers. One portion of the ceiling was heavily stained with some peeling from what looked liked like a leak of overflow from the room above. The bed itself was kind of tired and a little sacked out. I think the inn and hotel business have upped the quality of beds and bedding these days overall and the beds and bedding here was a little below average.
Some things that were confusing...
If you call off hours for reservations, and I'm not 100% what those are as I called about 8am pacific, you get an outside booking agency and they are not as informative or friendly as the onsite staff. My room was supposed to have a balcony, but it did not. I checked at the desk after check in, was told about the booking agency and was found a room with a little patio which we appreciated.
I don't know what’s up with the breakfasts? No offense, maybe just my palate, but the breakfast served in the ramekins was not what was expected for breakfast. From what I understood you could get a ramekin dish with some stuff in it (eggs, potatoes, vegetables) that was then baked into a kind of mush or oatmeal. They both came with a toasted bread item and some cut fruit. The last day there was someone having scrambled eggs I think. Maybe it was my fault for not asking, but if there were options beyond the ramekins and oat meal I would like to have been aware without having to ask. Only thing I was aware of was a sign everyday that indicated baked XXX and oatmeal. I guess it was a B&B thing but it would have also been really nice to have some things out for guests to just help themselves. Most places have some Danish, a few small boxes of cereal, whole fruit, stuff like that and a few selections of hot food. Again it might have been I didn't ask, but the breakfast situation was disappointing.
Overall, no complaints apart from the breakfast situation. Would I recommend the Eagle Inn, probably not as there are a ton of other places one might try and have a same or better experience. Not a negative it just looks like a very competitive market. If someone I knew booked there I wouldn't hesitate to suggest they would enjoy their stay.
Service - Average, Booking Agency not so good, hotels staff very good, breakfast setup not so good.
Value - Fair, you get what you paid for the most part.
Sleep Quality- Poor, given bed quality and old school bedding.
Cleanliness - Average, overall very good but large water stain on ceiling was not so good.
Location - Very good
Rooms - Average, see above
There is no pool or spa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Eagle Inn is a romantic quiet boutique hotel located just 2 blocks from the beach. We are a ten minute walk to downtown and The Funk Zone and all of the activities and attractions Santa Barbara has to offer. We have bikes, free, for you to use, and offer free parking and serve a complimentary, tasty cooked breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eagle Hotel Santa Barbara