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Marina Beach Motel
Ranked #9 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 16, 2007

We were very happy with the Marina Beach Motel. It was less than a block from the water and a short walk (maybe 10 minutes) to State Street. The staff was very helpful, the breakfast was continental but with lots of choices, and the motel itself is just adorable with its paver driveways and bungalow-looking buildings. We'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2007

We just returned (Feb 22) from a one night stay at the Marina Beach Motel. All the Trip Advisor positive reviews are correct. It is a small, old fashioned "motor court" motel perfectly located one block from the beach and a few blocks (five minutes or so walk) to State Street where you will find every variety of shopping and restaurant. The Amtrack station is also an easy two block walk. The first (and last I think) Sambo's Restaurant is 1/2 block away for a great breakfast. The Marina Beach staff couldn't have been nicer, helping us with directions, info about available public transportation, restaurants, etc. The room was very clean, nicely furnished and equipped with everything we expected and needed. The complimentary continental breakfast was fine - good coffee, nice selection of pastries, instant oatmeal and more. We didn't have any problem with the noise from nearby rooms that a few other reviewers have mentioned. No problems here. We had a room with a king bed, they also have rooms with kitchenettes. Can't forget to mention the value - the rate was reasonable which is unusual for this area. For those who travel with pets, Marina Beach Motel is pet friendly. We enjoyed our stay and will return on our next trip to Santa Barbara.
Candyce & Art, Nipomo, California

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Candyce
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Reviewed February 18, 2007

We loved this hotel/motel. It really doesn't feel like a motel at all although I suppose the one story structure may qualify it as such. The staff were friendly and didn't mind that we used the free bicycles a couple of times a day. Parking was easy and the continental breakfast spread was delightful. We stayed in room 27 and it was decently sized. Very comfortable and clean. The bathroom was very small but all I cared about is that it was clean--and it was sparkling clean.

I would recommend taking a bicycle and riding around the beach. Very peaceful and relaxing. You can also walk to the wharf (10 minute walk) or to the State Street shopping area (20 minute walk). Great location!

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank b.p.Seattle
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Reviewed October 19, 2006

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the modern motel. It was clean and safe. The room and bathroom were definately on the small side, but the location and value made up for it. Breakfast is better than what one would expect in a motel. Free internet access a treat. Definately an upscale motel in an upscale town.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank winelover15
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Reviewed September 28, 2006

The Marina Beach Motel claims to be "37 steps to the beach." This is local humor. It's actually 37 steps to the next motel with the word "Beach" in its name. The sand is about 137 steps away and the water still another 300 yards. That aside, the Marina Beach is a well-maintained mid-class motel. We paid $112 a night for a room with a kitchen, a big mistake because that left us with a postage-stamp-sized bathroom. There are no food stores or take-outs nearby so we didn't use the kitchen and cursed the tiny bathroom. The breakfast is fine if you like sweets. Santa Barbara is a beautiful and expensive city. We booked for four nights but could have "done" the town in two or three. A Sambo's cafe around the corner was excellent for breakfast. As for dinner, we were disappointed by the touristy nature of the high-priced restaurants. On top of that, the city was covered by a pall of smoke and ash from a fire in Ventura County. We were there Sept. 17-21, 2006.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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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!

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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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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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:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $157 - $259 (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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