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Marina Beach Motel
Ranked #12 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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brighton
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Very happy with our stay here”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

I stayed overnight here and was overall very happy, the location was good, and I used the free bikes as it was great to cycle by the beach, I recommend that! There was plenty to eat for breakfast, and the room had a fridge and microwave, also mini toiletries was handy, I would stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

Flew from Melbourne, Australia picked up a car at LAX and drove directly to Marina Beach Motel.
Room ready and checked in early. Comfortable and clean.
Fabulous position close to gorgeous beach. Loved garden area where we chatted to fellow guests and had breakfast. Staff very friendly.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

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Location: we walked everywhere, with the exception of bike rides we took using the motel's bikes (awesome)
Rooms: TINY, but very clean, with nice furniture and mini fridges
Price: I don't think you can come close to this location, quality, or cleanliness at this price in SB
Transportation: Free parking and free bikes to borrow

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Parking: The cars park RIGHT in front of the rooms, as in, there's barely enough room to walk around them to the tiny stoop entries
Lack of pool/spa (jacuzzi): At this price, it's to be expected, but always nice to at least have a spa

We would be willing to stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We tried all the other local motels and this place looked really nice and had good prices and was available for both the nights we wanted and included breakfasts.
A good location on a quiet street (unlike most of the others) and it had a nice garden area in the middle of the car park for breakfasts, sunbathing etc.

Most motels were full at the weekend so book your's early.
It is only a 15 minute walk to downtown and there is a regular 50c electric shuttle bus a couple of blocks away if you are a lazy so and so.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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189 reviews
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Pros:
- Free bikes
- Location (a few seconds to the beach)
- Near State Street
- Great room
- Free parking
- Excellent slepp quality.

Cons:
- Room size.
- Breafast wasnt a problem but it could be a little bit better.
- Price could be better!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed at this motel recently for one night. We wished we had booked for two nights. The motel is a really peaceful place. There is a nice sitting area in the center of the grounds were you can lounge around or eat breakfast. The staff are very friendly.

Our room had a kitchen and a nice little patio. The room was simple but clean and adequate.

We loved Santa Barbara, and the motel is well situated to enjoy both the beach/pier as well as the strip of shops and restaurants along State Street. The evening we were there my husband and I walked from the motel up along State Street and ultimately caught a cab back to the motel (a $9 fare).

We ate at Los Agaves while we were there, which is not close to the hotel, but is worth the drive for delicious and inexpensive mexican food.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Prescott, Arizona
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

What a great little place just a short walk from the beach! Recently renovated, we had a queen room with full kitchen and a private patio. A large bathroom just made it that much better. Very good continental breakfast in the morning, with real fresh squezed orange juice. Very friendly and helpful staff and quite possibly one of the best values in town. Would go there again in a heartbeat!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Marina Beach Motel
Address: 21 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3802
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Beach Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned since 1976, Marina Beach Motel is located in the heart of Santa Barbara's harbor, wharf, and beach district. At only 37 steps from the beach, Marina Beach Motel is the ideal spot for couples, families and the occasional lone traveler to immerse themselves in the beauty and leisure of Santa Barbara. At Marina Beach Motel, we understand the importance of providing excellent amenities at an affordable price. We focus our efforts on catering to the needs of the customer while striving for a high level of satisfaction, making us one of the best places to stay in Santa Barbara. Our dedicated, family-owned business promises to become one of your favorite vacation spots in California. ... more   less 
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