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“Great location to stay in the Santa Barbara Area”
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Montecito Inn
Ranked #17 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 1, 2012

We celebrated my birthday by heading up to Santa Barbara for the weekend. My spouse had stayed at the Montecito Inn a couple of years ago while there on business. We so enjoyed this quaint hotel which is conveniently located to just about everything in the Santa Barbara area. The staff are great and very helpful!

Our room included the continental breakfast, but we generally prefer a more substantial breakfast and opted to walk down to Little Jeanine's Bakery. Jeanine's is awesome and have excellent options for breakfast.

Room Tip: We had rooms 208 and 209 which are on the second floor near the rear of the hotel. Our room 209 over...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

This old hotel with its rickety elevator and Charlie Chaplin décor exudes charm. We took advantage of off season rates and stayed in a suite. The suite was apparently created from two small rooms, as it had an entrance and a bathroom at either end. It’s a real treat not to have to share a hotel bathroom, but it was a little noisy at night and in the morning.

The staff was very accommodating and friendly. The free continental breakfast was adequate, but not as good as in prior years.

The hotel is located in the heart of Montecito Village, which hosts a plethora of interesting restaurants and beautiful offices.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Alswed44
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Montecito Inn is a lovely small hotel at the main corner of Montecito which is adjacent to Santa Barbara. It is a reasonably priced hotel in a very expensive city. While the rooms are not large or resort-like, they are perfectly adequate. For those who have rooms in the back be prepared to hear the highway, but we find that we get used to that and it was not disturbing. All in all, we have now gone there a couple of times and would go back again.

The place was build by Charlie Chaplin and friends so it tries to capitalize on that a bit. I understand why they do that. It adds some history to the place but not much else. They offer a simple free breakfast at the adjoining Montecito Restaurant, which is good. Parking is only $8/night.

Room Tip: If you care, ask (and pay for) a room that does not border the back of the property so as to avoid t...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank DetroitLouie
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

Our stay at the rustic Monticito inn was a huge dissappointment. We were in room #310, which is in the back of the hotel. It was way to noisey (101 freeway), in need of a remodel, and just basic maintenance. It was obvious the bathroom window had been repaired, as there were screws sticking out every direction, but it was off it's track and did'nt work. We can except how cramped it was because of the age, but not having hot water is unexceceptable and irritating. The sitting chairs were tatttered and the TV was a joke (old and grainy picture), the refrigerator was on the floor in the way, and the place needed some painting done. There were other issues like the weird fireplace and the elevator. The pool area and lobby areas are nice, it is in a great location and the service was very good.The owners need to have problems addressed, so customers can have a quality experience at this historic property. We would'nt stay another night and Omar gave us a 30% discount off our previous night. He referred us to the Hyatt down the road (also an older property, but nicely remodeled). THE RATE WAS INEXPENSIVE, BUT THE VALUE WAS POOR. I am not a complainer and can except some small problems with a hotel stay, but 3 other customers were in the lobby complaining of various problems with their rooms too! Good luck if you get the wrong room.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street side are slightly quieter, no joke about the back and highway 101. Be prepared f...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mediumbob
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

I stayed here because I was recommended by a friend who stayed. I thought it was be a nice place and love Charlie Chaplin so I liked that connection. My room was cute and spacious and had a beautiful view of the mountains. You could walk to many places and it was not far from the beach. I would stay here again!

Room Tip: Book a mountain view!
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Great place to stay with great value. A bit of noise, but hey, the price is right and rooms perfectly acceptable.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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2  Thank kathleenblurock
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

The Montecito Inn was a very pleasant surprise. It is a small hotel located in upscale Montecito just south of Santa Barbara. The hotel is very old (built in 1928). As with any old hotel, it shows its age. I rented the Queen Mountain View room, which is a little bit bigger and has more windows than the regular queen room. It was an adequate size, but a little bit worn. They could use new bed covers and headboards. There was no airconditioning, but the fan proved to be enough for an October night. The windows were a bit hard to open and never could get the bathroom window closed again.
The biggest problem is that the hotel is located very near the 101 highway and on a busy intersection. So you hear traffic noise all night long.
If you are the type that can handle a little traffic noise and older hotel quirks, then I would definitely recommend the Montecito Inn.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank Rugbyjello
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Additional Information about Montecito Inn

Address: 1295 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2791
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#14 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $384 - $443 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Montecito Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
January 10, 2018: Due to flash flooding as a result of the Thomas Fire, the Montecito area is in a state of emergency, and the hotel is currently evacuated. The Montecito Inn was built in 1928 by screen legend Charlie Chaplin as an escape to paradise for his closest friends. Enriched with influences reminiscent of early Santa Barbara, guest rooms are a reflection of the Montecito Inn's proud history and tradition. Bedrooms decorated with classic patterns and furnishings in warm earth tones and bathrooms adorned with hand-painted ceramic tile create an elegant ambiance. The Montecito Inn offers the perfect blend of classic style, comfort, convenience, and personalized service. Wake up in the morning to a continental breakfast served in the hotel's restaurant, the Montecito Cafe, or have it delivered to your door. Enjoy lunch and dinner at the Montecito Cafe, a local favorite, which boasts an exquisite California Nouveau cuisine. Other fine dining is also available only a walk away. Relax by the pool and Jacuzzi, or walk only 2.5 Blocks to the beach. Also enjoy the day in Montecito, one of America's most beautiful seaside communities, with boutique shopping. Featuring 61 Elegant Guest Rooms & Luxury Suites, the Montecito Inn offers all of the quality, service and elegance that Santa Barbara has to offer. Our staff is waiting to help satisfy your every desire. Today, the escape is yours. ... more   less 
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