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“Cute, Clean, Convenient BUT Crummy Beds & Old Carpet!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Marina Beach Motel

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Marina Beach Motel
Ranked #14 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Las Vegas
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Cute, Clean, Convenient BUT Crummy Beds & Old Carpet!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

Located on a side street less than a block from the beach, the Marina Beach Motel is absolutely clean and neat as a motel can be. The property and grounds are well manicured with pavers and flowers.

We went as a group of six couples traveling up the coast on motorcycles for Thanksgiving weekend.

The rooms are generally spacious, typical of a motel of this vintage and have been renovated and modernized. Our unit, #28 had a nice kitchenette that we used mostly as a secondary sink since the bathroom was so tiny. There was no tub which is fine but the shower was so small that when I turned around to rinse my hair and back my nose was less than an inch from the other side of the shower. I'm not a big guy at 5'11 178 pounds. Others in our group reported the same shower situation but some did have a bigger shower. If you're a big person you should ask upfront since based on the tile count the shower was only 28x28 inches.

Also, there was no remote for the flat screen TV and the remote the desk clerk cheerfully brought to us didn't work with the TV. We're not big TV watchers so it was a minor inconvenience.

The deal killer for us was that the bed and bedding was like it was stuffed with cardboard and the pillows were about the same. We didn't expect the Ritz Carlton beds but they went cheap on the mattresses and it shows.

Lastly, the carpets are cheap, old and worn. This is $5 a yard stuff which is fine, but they need to replace it more frequently.

I hate to bag on this charming little place but with such charm it is a shame to see them miss the easy bits. The showers they can't change but they cut corners on the bedding and carpeting and that means we won't be back until they do.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thanks for your review of our property. I agree with some of your comments, especially the size of some of our bathrooms/showers. As a coincidence, the very same room you stayed in is going to be completely reconstructed this winter. We have begun a long planned construction project that will completely remodel and expand the remaining small bathroom/ shower units at the Marina Beach. This will include new carpet and bedding in the living area. Unfortunately there was no working remote for the flat screen television, though some guests just think that those items are a gratuity or are disposable. We will follow up on replacing the remote in all units where missing. As far as your comments about the bed, I am sorry that you did not find it to be comfortable. I can only say that we order good quality hotel beds regularly from Serta. It is very difficult to choose one style of bed that is comfortable for all guests. Some people find them to be too firm, but most others think they are very comfortable. Some guests have requested that we order those same beds for them to purchase and take home. We have discussed changing our beds to a pillow top style and we will discuss it again. Thanks again for your review.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This nice motel was a great find. We read the reviews and this was better. Located close to the waterfront, marina and wharfs. Some rooms have been recently updated and were nice. Great shower, fridge in the room. Small kitchenette was included. Did not have any utensils, dishes etc at this point. Great shower. Continental breakfast included was satisfying. The last hook that got me to book here was the complimentary "cruiser" bikes that are available to guests. We drove along the water, easy ride to State street for lunch or happy hour. Great little place to stay. We will return again.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Thanks for taking time to give us a review. It is a good way for us to hear an unfiltered opinion. FYI, we are updating more bathrooms and kitchens this winter to be completed by end of January '13. When you return for a visit, please remember to let us know if you need utensils for the kitchens, they are available upon request. Thanks again!!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

What a lovely find. After searching for dog-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara, I called this place on a whim, having read the positive reviews, and hoped that they accept pets. Indeed they do! So I booked a room for $149 on a saturday night (compared to the $300 range that most places in the area charged). When we arrived, we were greeted by a charming, romantically-lit extrerior with a mellow, nice attendant in the clean, well-appointed lobby. The room was just right for what we needed. Not huge, but not tiny, a comfy queen bed, big tv, new furnishings, clean rug and bathroom. It was bright, and felt beachy and relaxing. The motel is just 2 blocks from the marina, which was awesome. We walked everywhere. They also have free bike rentals. I zipped around on the bike (they provide helmets too), which was super fun. Breakfast was standard fare, nothing exciting (would have loved non-dairy milk), but it was great to sit and eat it out outdoors. The staff is really nice. I would definitely recommend this as a great little place on stay in Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback. It helps other travelers to decide if our property is the right place for them to visit. We will take a look at providing a non dairy milk product for guests in the future. Thanks for your constructive suggestion, it helps us to improve!!!
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Montara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I almost hate to review this hotel as I may be in a situation where there will be no vacancy - because... It is a GREAT place to stay. Took the Amtrak walked every where. Wonderful location, supreme staff, nice breakfast. Did not ride the bikes but that is a nice touch. Lovely, clean rooms. Double shower heads - bonus! Great job on making such a nice property. We will be back.

Room Tip: Room 24 - 2 shower heads - early morning sun.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
We appreciate your recent review. The unsolicited reviews we receive are very helpful to future travelers that have never stayed at the Marina Beach Motel. We look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara again!!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

I stayed at the Marina Beach Motel for two nights. The room was clean and spacious and I found the staff friendly and helpful. I was pleasantly surprised with the bikes at the hotel, which enabled me to ride along the oceanfront. The continental breakfast was lovely.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you very much for your review, we really do appreciate the time you have taken to give us some feedback. We look forward to seeing you again some time in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Marina Beach Motel is a great find! Rooms are always spotless and they have just what we need... a wonderful bed, enough room to feel comfortable, a clean bathroom, and a good continental breakfast. The grounds are beautiful and the beach is right across the street. Having bikes right there to use makes it easy to take an beach ride. Close enough to State Streeet to go for dinner... Excellent service & great price! We will be back!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

We were pleasantly suprised by the hotel. The room was clean and the bathroom very big with a nice bath tub. The location is the beach and Steams Wharf. I recommend this motel to everyone who is visiting Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed October 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:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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