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Ala Mar Motel
Ranked #50 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed November 24, 2012

I guess it used to be way back when. Now, it’s falling apart & no one cares & they make a conscious effort to lure you in with great pictures…don’t believe it. We got their “best room” facing the ocean with a cute little balcony. I won’t way anymore, just look at the pictures.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We were looking for a place to stay overnight and passed by this hotel so decided to give it a try, at $170 for an "ocean-view large room with jacuzzi". The room was on the upper level, on the far side from the beach. Yes, it had ocean view. But I saw a used Q-tip on the bottom of the cupboard and the floor felt sticky when walking barefooted. The "jacuzzi" was an old bath tub with some jet nozzles. The entire place was screaming for a throrough clean-up.
Breakfast was included but was pathetic: Coffee and rolls on a tiny board in the small reception. There are great cafés in Santa Barbara, so we went there.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We were driving from Santa Monica to Yosemite via the pacific highway.
Decided to stop off in a few places along the way.

The Ala Mar Motel was in a perfect location right on the sea front.
The rooms were a little shabby but for a one night stop of it was a perfect location

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Charlotte B
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

A bit pricy at $249 a night for this rather average motel, but it's right on the ocean with an uninterrupted view so that makes up for a lot. The office is strictly old school... meaning they don't use computers... all paper. So naturally they lost our reservation, which we made in person the day before. Misplaced the card. So the elderly gentlemen behind the counter asks me, "what was the name of the person who took your reservation?" I replied, "I don't know. He wasn't wearing a name tag. How many employees work behind the counter?" It was just the two of them. Ok... so... it was the other guy. Cool dude, with long black hair and a USC cap. That's him... but we misplaced your reservation. You have a room, but we just don't know which one. "Come back in a few hours when he comes into work." When I came back, the office was locked and dark, at 3:00 pm. But, the room was clean and acceptable... and did I say there's the ocean across the street, with a 2nd floor large balcony?

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We turned up with no reservation and picked it because of the location which is ace. Price was Ok.
Its a bit rough around the edges but we liked it. It was nice to have a room with a ceiling fan and not A/C.
The room was a bit Spanish in decoration and was small but fine.
The dude behind the counter is cool in a Californian kind of way.
Walking distance to SB centre and the pier is pretty much across the road.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

The property was a little bit different than we expected we liked the way it looked, we showed up in Santa Barbara without reservations and the price was right. You could tell right away the staff take pride in the upkeep. The room was acceptable with some cute decorations. No AC and a little warm when we arrived but after a few minutes with the windows open and ceiling fan on it was comfortable. I read some of the reviews and they must have stayed at a different place or their expectation level is off the mark. Armando the clerk was great, gave us a good rate and was most helpful. Yes it is true the windows don't lock but I am not paranoid and I don't think the German tourists were interested in breaking in to our room. The property does not have bedbugs and the staff were very diligent in their housekeeping. No there is no pool but the beach is right there! Breakfast is a joke but Sambo's is down the block and serves a great breakfast If you need anything Armando is your man

Room Tip: Room 117 is a great choice
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

It is right on the beach so can't fault location but the price was $160+ which I thought was a bit steep, and the room itself was not that good. No air-conditioning which I thought was strange for California, only a fairly ineffective ceiling fan. Beds were ok, but without a/c the room became very stuffy at night. Wifi worked ok. I am sure there are better and cheaper options like Motel6 but not quite so well situated.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ala Mar Motel

Address: 102 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3505
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $165 - $263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ala Mar Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great location next to the beach and State St. We're a small boutique motel. Some rooms have private a jacuzzi. Most rooms have the beach view. We also have rooms with full kitchens. ... more   less 
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