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Presidio Motel
Ranked #31 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I stayed at the Presidio Motel with my two girls and small dog and could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. The owners were very kind to me and my children. They directed me to the perfect dog-friendly beach and gave me a great recommendation for pizza delivery. The rooms were updated and clean. The location was perfect for us--close to shopping, but not right in the heart of things where there was a lot of foot traffic. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

Thank you for your review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We know how difficult it can be to travel when your hands are full with children so, we try to make every effort to assist our guests with anything that they need. Your children and your dog were a delight and it was definitely our pleasure to have you as our guests! We hope that you will have a chance to come visit us again soon. Thanks again!

Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Pros:
+ updated/remodeled rooms with good motel standard
+ welcoming and helpful staff
+ close to a few restaurants and shops, and the motel is in the same street as "everything else" in SB

Pros/cons?
+/- the value is decent, but it is quite expensive for being "just" a motel. But every hotel/motel in SB during July seemed expensive
+/- some noise coming from the street, barking dogs nearby and different other sources (garbage emtying etc.), but it didn't bother us too much as it was mostly quiet during the night

Cons:
- the beach is a bit far to walk (30 min), and the bikes are not available during the evening
- unstable wi-fi in our room

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2013

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and got a chance to visit Santa Barbara! As you have commented, prices in Santa Barbara can be a bit higher during the summer and weekends but, we believe that we provide our guests with a competetive and good value for our central location and amenities. I hope that you did have a chance to enjoy our beach bicycles to tour the city and we apologize that the bikes are not available during the late evening hours. We can make exceptions on the availablity of the bicycles however, this restriction is simply for the safety of our guests (to prevent any issues from arising due to riding in the dark and drinking while biking).
That said, since we are just 2 blocks from the start of all the shops and restaurants on State Street, the stroll down State to the beach is a very enjoyable walk and we are happy that you chose to stay with us. Thanks again for your review and we hope that you will come stay with us again.

Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

This is obviously a makeover of an old motel but by looking at the rooms you would never be able to tell..updated and rainfall shower. It was really convenient to dowtown restaurants. Only stayed for a night so we werent able to use the complimentary bike rental. Rooms great, very very clean!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Thank you for your review and choosing to stay with us at the Presidio. During the remodel, we sought to provide our guests with a refreshed and comfortable environment that they could call home for one or as many days as they needed on vacation. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the remodeled rooms and the complimentary bike rental. Please come visit us again and we wish you the very best.
Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Just a few minutes walk away from the State street stores, we found this great motel, which is a bit more of a boutique motel. According to the owner it was recently renovated and it felt like it. The room was very clean, specious and very modern, the staff was very welcoming and helpful.
The hotel also gives the guests free bike to tour the place, which was another great thing.

Great stay- definitly recomended.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We do have a wonderful location near all the shops and restaurants along State Street and are so glad that you were able to take advantage of it. We take great pride in the cleanliness of our rooms and try to exceed each guest's expections regarding our customer service. We hope that you will come visit us again soon and wish you safe travels!
Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

After a long days driving we just wanted a clean bed for 2 nights. This Motel exceeded our expectations. The welcome from Laura and Aran was friendly and helpful. The rooms are a generous size with big bathrooms. Room decor is funky and way more modern than you expected from the outside. Plenty of natural light, clean and tidy. Comfy beds, good shower, parking right outside rooms. We didn't use the free bikes as enjoyed the stroll into the restaurants and shops, and there is a bus stop just across road anyway. Can get some road noise in rooms but not too bad and nothing unexpected given you are on a main road. Had the best lamb shanks in my life at Blush Restaurant. Laura and Aran gave us excellent advice about a couple of tricky highway changes we had ahead of us on the drive to Barstow and Vegas - invaluable advice!! This Motel really was an unexpected gem.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host you on your trip! We are happy to help all of our guests with any recommendations or requests that they may have as it brings us great joy to ensure that our guests have a wonderful vacation. We are pleased that you liked our remodeled rooms and you were able to make yourself at home. Perhaps next time, you wil have a chance to use our bicycles to get around town too!
We hope that you had wonderful trip home and that you will be back to visit us again soon.
Best Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

This motel was revamped into a sort of boutique hotel, so the furnishings, linens, beds, etc., are great. The price was right, and it was only a few blocks from the good restaurants (Bouchon, Olio e Limon, Carlitos). But, it was a hefty 25-30 minute walk to reach the end of State Street. The motel is located at the North end of downtown, across the street from a Days Inn that also looked like a fine place to stay. If you want to be in the heart of downtown, you might want to stay at the Holiday Inn Express or the Canary (a Kimpton hotel). But if you don't mind the walk, the Presidio is wonderful.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled on business
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Thank you for your kind review. We completed the remodel recently and are so glad that you liked it! We are also glad that you liked our location - being so close to the shops and restaurants is definitely a great benefit. Although the walk down to the beach may take awhile, you do get a chance to enjoy all of State Street on your way down. Plus, we welcome all of our guests to use our free beach cruisers for a speedier ride! Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you again soon.

Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We only stayed for one night, friendly staff, comfortable beds and clean rooms and bathroom.. there is no breakfast just coffee and juice, but perfectly find ! Quite good located ! They have bikes available, we didnt use it, but it is a +

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2013

Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that the next time you visit, you will be able to take our bikes out and explore downtown Santa Barbara!

Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon!

Regards,
Laura

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Additional Information about Presidio Motel

Address: 1620 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2520
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $111 - $269 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Presidio Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Barbara's Modern Boutique Motel. Free Bicycles, Complimentary Parking, Free Wi-Fi, Closest Motel to Downtown! ... more   less 
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