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“Good value, great location”
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Franciscan Inn
Ranked #12 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 19, 2012

I needed rooms with lots of restrictions-ground floor, near the ocean, refrigerators, a private place for folks to congregate. I found it all at the Franciscan Inn, a small facility one block off East Beach and in walking distance to the pier, as well as State Street. We got one room for folks who like separate beds and the ability to divide rooms. Another with burners to heat up food, and two couches for family rendezvous. Each of these rooms (and there were other variations on the themes) cost less than a double room at the Holiday Inn Express at the east end of State Street. The decor might not be to everyone's taste (a bit floral), but the location and level of info/accommodation offered by the staff cannot be beat. Also available--coffee, tea etc. from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., REALLY good just baked cookies at 3:00 p.m., adequate cold breakfast items, a pool and jacuzzi. Good for old folks, good for kids.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

My husband and I were travelling to California and chose to stay at The Franciscan in Santa Barbara. We have no regrets for making that choice.
The staff was very friendly, helpful, and polite. "Auntie Carol" (hostess) besides serving delicious breakfast, provided us with the most valuable information about the attractions in the city of Santa Barbara and information about other scenic places in Northern California that we enjoyed visiting during our trip.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

The Franciscan Inn is the only place I choose to stay when frequenting the wonderful city of Santa Barbara. The rooms are wonderfully designed with first class furnishings. As for the hotel itself: great big pool, jacuzzi, and fresh baked cookies everyday in the main lobby. The hotel is just one quick block away from the beautiful Santa Barbara waterfront, and just 5 minutes by foot from the beautiful Santa Barbara pier. The cleaning and front desk staff are on point and very approachable.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Chris T
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We happened on this place by chance, but it was a gem. The staff were very friendly and were keen to help. It's a motel, but it still looks great, the rooms are a good size, clean and comfy. There's an outdoor hot tub as well, and they provide extra towels for use. It was one of the best places we stayed on our journey. The main town is not far away, and the beach front is also close. The hotel provided convenient maps and advised us of some good places to go. There's even a breakfast included in the price.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Benjy365
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Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

The Franciscan is a motel with a fantastic location, and large, clean suites with kitchenettes. The service was very nice. The pool and spa are in different parts of the motel, which is a bit of a bummer. The only issue was the lack of air conditioning. We had a standard suite which was very comfortable for our family of four, except that it was very hot and stuffy even with all the windows open. Seems odd that they haven't made this very standard upgrade considering what great location they have and the prices they charge-fair for the location.

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1  Thank BlissedoutMama
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

The Franciscan is the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed at. As soon as we walked into the room we could smell the clean. We stayed there one night. Every time we saw staff they were busy cleaning. Every inch of this hotel was clean, the walkways, pool, you name it. We enjoyed our time there. Our son loved the pool. The staff were super friendly, and we loved the fresh baked cookies at 3pm and 5pm. We met a couple that said they had been going there every year for the past 15 years. When we return to Santa Barbara we will return to the Franciscan. It is the best value for the area, walking distance to everywhere, and staff are awesome.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Susana Z
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We loved the location of the Inn, close to beach and not on the noisy main drag.
Quaint and well-kept grounds. Pool was an added bonus.
Staff was terrific. They were gracious and accommodating. We booked our stay for three nights and after the first night realized we needed a larger space (with our 9 month old).
They switched our rooms at no extra charged and saved our vacation.
THANK YOU!!!
Nice little free breakfast to get you going in the morning too.

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Additional Information about Franciscan Inn

Address: 109 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $137 - $270 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Franciscan Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Convenient location, casual comfort and caring staff make this cozy inn the quintessential hub of your Santa Barbara visit. Continental breakfast, pool, spa, afternoon cookies, Wi-Fi and more awaits you. ... more   less 
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