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Marina Beach Motel
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 18, 2006

We loved this motel! Before our trip, we had read reviews and thought we'd check it out on our trip to California. When we arrived in Santa Barbara we went straight to the hotel to see if they had space, and we got the last room for only 99.00 for the night! And what a pleasant surprise it was! We were in room 20, which is designated as a handicapped equipped room and so it was HUGE! There were 2 queen beds in the room on 2 sides of the room, separated by a couch and sitting area so would be private enough for a family or even 2 couples. The bathroom was huge as well, so much space and was nice and clean. It also had a full kitchen and private patio off the back of the kitchen. Parking is right in front of the room so you we felt really safe and secure about having that there. The beds were so comfortable and we wish we would have stayed at the hotel longer than the one night!
They have free bicycles which we took out for a ride. The motel is only 1/2 block from the beach and bicycling around is a breeze as it is very flat.
Breakfast was wonderful, large continental breakfast and plenty of food. Staff were courteous and helpful.

We can't wait to return, what a great little gem!

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13  Thank Paul H
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Reviewed September 13, 2006

Such a cute little motel.

The rooms were immacuately kept & extremely clean. Bathroom was a bit on the small side, but we survived.

Breakfast was fine, and the free internet access a great bonus.

The location is great - just a block from the beach. We used the free bikes to see Santa Barbara - it was great fun!

The staff were very helpful and friendly.

I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Jooolz
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Reviewed August 28, 2006

Beautiful cozy motel just a block from the beach. Very clean and comfortable rooms and comfortable beds. Great location and friendly staff. Will stay again!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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4  Thank rr1954
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Reviewed August 27, 2006

A nice motel with a big clean, light room. Great location for the beach but a bit of a walk to to main centre. Okish value for money but we were there over Spanish Festival weekend so I guess all the room rates in SB went up. The self service breakfast was one of the better ones Ive experienced. Worth noting that the rooms have a kitchen area. All in all pretty good but if you want to be closer to the centre maybe look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Beardtours
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Reviewed August 20, 2006

The Marina Beach Motel is a great place to stay! We paid $200.48 for a room with a queen bed. The room was really nice and the bed was very comfortable. The room also had a mini-refrigerator and microwave if you ever had leftovers. The Motel is literally 1 or 2 blocks from the beach and pier. The Motel is a little further away from State Street (the street with all the restaurants, shops, and nightlife) though...we walked it, but it is a bit of a hike. Once you get to State Street though you can take the shuttle up and down the street for a quarter. The Motel also offers bikes for free (just have to fill out a little paperwork) and has a great breakfast! Each room comes with its own parking spot.

2  Thank denvernicole
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Reviewed August 15, 2006

The location was great. Far enough from the State Street noise, but close enough to all the action. Clean rooms, great continental breakfast.

The cons: People can be noisy in the parking lot that is literally right outside each motel room door. So we heard a noisy family packing up the car one early morning.

The only bad thing that happened to us was that we put our "Service Please" sign on the door for our room to get cleaned, but no one came around to clean our room. The cleaning staff leaves at 2pm, so we were out of luck. That was the only thing that put a damper on our stay. We had to empty our own garbage and make the bed ourselves. Not a huge deal, but when you're paying $200 plus a night, cleaning service is expected.

Other than that, we highly recommend it. It's pet friendly too!

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank phishy
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Reviewed August 4, 2006

The Marina Beach Hotel has a great location, easy going and pleasant staff, and is recently renovated in excellent taste. My parents had the jacuzzi (bathtub) room and I had a regular room. The common areas were nicely maintained. The breakfast had many choices including healthy options. The staff had an excellent, "laid back" yet efficient attitude. This hotel is just a hop away from the beach and from State Street. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Santa Barbara.

6  Thank kyoto5301
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Additional Information about 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:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $158 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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