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“Solid But Nothing Exceptional”
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The Eagle Inn
Ranked #3 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
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6 reviews
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“Solid But Nothing Exceptional”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

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.


Overall -
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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

My wife, daughter and I had a wonderful stay at the Eagle Inn.
Good parking facilities, nice room, quiet neighborhood, great service, friendly and polite staff, good homemade breakfast and just a short walk from the beach and wharf and marina. Perfect!
We'll definitely stay there again next time we visit Santa Barbara.
We only stayed for a single night and we regretted it.
In hindsight, we should have planned at least a couple of days at the Eagle Inn.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Nipomo, California, United States
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I along with four of our children and their spouses spent a wonderful three days at the Eagle Inn. We were celebrating my birthday and our 55th anniversary. The Inn treated us beautifully. Rose petals in the shape of a heart on our bed, rose petals around the jetted tub, special wine glasses and chocolates were very romantic. The staff were very helpful with directions, and gracious in the breakfast room, by the way it was delicious. Oh, and don't let me forget the special treats - homemade cookies & pastries in the afternoon. Everything was above my expectations, the place is very well kept, clean, and friendly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Let me start by saying that we almost didn't make it up to Santa Barbara because I was ill. We called the Eagle Inn the am we were expected to arrive & they could not be more understanding or flexible. They told my husband the night before if I was not feeling better they would just cx our reservation no chg. or they could chg our reservation to the following eve. We made it up to SB & the Eagle Inn that following day &'we had a PERFECT Getaway! Not only were they accommodating & flexible about our arrival date but they upgraded us to a king size rm #217. It was impeccablly clean, & tastefully decorated. The Inn's decor is Spanish/moorish archectiture giving a real unique a charming appeal. Our bathroom had a double shower & they utilized every inch of space in the bathroom for shelves of some kind for your toiletries so they're not falling into the toilet & sink. (a big pet peeve of mine from many yrs of extensive travels). Our rm DID overlook the parking lot but we had NO problems with noise or privacy.
The Eagle Inn is located close to beach within walking distance, there is a parking lot on the premises and pkg through SB if you decide to venture out. We parked by the beach one night & walked accross to restaurant & it was $3 for the eve! They have a shuttle bus that takes you through the center of town (we did not use it) but I understand it was $.50 & easy to use.
We loved the amenities ... The sheets were top quality, high thread ct, & NOT WHITE!! we enjoyed extras like toiletries in bathrooms, homemade cupcakes, cookies candies, & tea & coffee in the lobby to a wonderful breakfast in the am. The breakfast choices we had were spinach & cheese quiche or yogurt, fresh fruit & granola. We really loved the SB explored on the bikes (borrowed from Eagle Inn) did wine tasting all day (great wines - Santa Barbara est. 1962, Carr, Oresca some favs.) We loved the seafood restaurant (across the street from the skate park at the beach) GREAT FOOD. We walked around State St that night. The next am we walked around the harbor & did a quick tour of the Mission. Very cool! EAGLE INN made our MUCH NEEDED getaway, perfect & memorable with every detail. .. A dying art I'm afraid,,, you must stay there. It's a wonderful experience you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

We stayed three nights in a Queen Room in September. Although the room was small, it was well appointed with a great bathroom. It was European in its size and feel. The breakfasts were good - two choices with fast, efficient service. The location of Eagle Inn was superb - close to the beach, wharf, restaurants and shops. We were able to borrow bicycles from the Inn which was a nice touch. A surprise for us was the pub (The Brew House) two blocks away. The fellow at the desk described it well - "sticky large menus, noisy but with good food". The food was a great price and indeed good. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the local flavor of the place especially at happy hour. If you are into golf, try out "Rancho San Marcos" tucked into the hills with warmer weather and a very challenging back nine. Enjoy lovely Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: If staying more than a few nights, would recommend something larger than the Queen room as it was sm...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Eagle Inn was wonderful. We could not have asked for anything better during our weekend in SB. The staff was excellent, room was perfect and the breakfast was amazing.

Our room had a two person Jacuzzi tub positioned right near the fireplace and when we walked in rose pedals were all along the rim with chocolates and wine glasses on its edge - This wasn't even the romance package they do (Now I wish we had so bc it was wonderful even without it, I can only imagine how nice it would be with it. )

Breakfast was truly great. Fresh fruit, espresso, coffee, juice, spinach quiche one morning and the next was bagel with locks or granola/yogurt with English muffin which sitting on a nice outside porch. The quiche was amazing and the next day the I had the yogurt and granola which was great.

Overall, I highly recommend the Eagle Inn for a romantic weekend away. We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Marcos, California, United States
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

From the first phone call where I had the pleasure of speaking with Elizabeth to getting checked in with Kristin Sunday afternoon to heading out the next day, this was one of the best hotel experiences I've had. In the past I've stayed at a couple of different hotels in Santa Barbara and somehow this hotel has the perfect balance of nice but not stuffy.

Pros: Clean. Clean. Clean. Oh- Did I mention that everything is clean?
At one point I saw Kristen at the front desk cleaning the keycards to the rooms. Literally using a disinfectant wipe and cleaning each card before they were given to the next guest.
Every person I came in contact with was super nice and helpful.
Elizabeth was very helpful in helping me maximize my allotted vacation dollars to get the most bang for the buck for my Dad's 70th birthday. Within 30 minutes of completing my call with Elizabeth, she send an e-mail with the details of our stay. A few days before we arrived, another e-mail link with "Things to do." in Santa Barbara came.
Kristen allowed us to check in a little before the 3 pm check in time. This was extremely helpful so we could drop our bags and get a little freshened up before we headed out. She noted only one room was currently available and the other room would be ready before too long. We were still OOOing and AHHHing in the San Clemente room when Kristen called to let us know 212 room was ready. We didn't ask for a call, she just did it. That is really impressive.
The little cookie treats were nice to come home to.
A lot of times when a hotel is named Eagle or something like that, every room you enter is a non-stop advertisement for that animal or theme. I didn't even notice the one eagle on the outside of the hotel until I was taking a picture the next day. Well done.
The sheets were outstanding. I thought I had some high thread count comfortable sheets... Now my sheets are like sandpaper compared to these sheets.
I had read some other reviews saying the breakfast wasn't much. Seemed plenty good to me. I'm not expecting a Casino Breakfast Buffet. I know I'm going to get some fresh fruit and a piece of bread at most hotels. This was much better with the egg-hashbrown mixture. Hot and yummy.
The location worked very well too. Close enough to walk to anything we wanted to do on State Street or the Brewhouse but not much traffic or loud noises.

Cons: I wish I could come more often or stay longer.
While not needed too often in Santa Barbara, the AC is a little slow to respond. It will cool down the room, it just takes a while.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money and stay in the San Clemente room if you want a little extra treat. It even h...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Eagle Inn
Address: 232 Natoma Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3522
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Eagle Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 31
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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