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AAE Santa Barbara Guest House
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

Let's start with the positives, the area is fine and safe with places to eat and a supermarket close by. Also only 15mins walk to downtown state street. The front door is secured by code and the doors and locks on the private rooms seemed relatively secure. It was also generally clean and the staff were fine if a bit abrupt.

However, when it comes to any facillities the hostel/guest house offers it fails to impress on every account. The website suggest a european feel however the all white paint work of walls, floors, stairways, sinks, showers, showers looks almost hospital like and doesn't resemble anything european. There is two bathrooms for potentially around 30people. No soap is provided. It is the first hostel I have ever stayed in which you have to make your bed in a private double room - as well as this they don't even provide a duvet cover! The website suggests a cable tv in the room, this is not the case. Nor does the room have heating or a/c which is a problem when the days are warm and nights are cold as in our stay. The kitchen has one new fridge and one new oven. That is about it. No saucepans. One frying pan for 30people. No utensils, can openers, chopping boards etc. No toaster, no microwave, no oven trays. Yes the hostel is only 3weeks old but it isn't an excuse to get this most basic amenities that can be found in $1 hostels in S.e Asia. The shower was a dribble and the taps stopped working if someone else in the hostel was using them at the same time, this needs to be rectified. It may seem like I picking but I don't want people to spend a high rate expecting something that this place isn't.

My last issue is their sneakyness with tax. All properties in usa charge a tax, so included this in the booking, others don't. But if it isn't included it is generally stated (this is what I have encountered on booking.com, hostelworld etc for years). This is the first hostel/guest house/hotel/motel where the booking page mentions nothing of tax but when you arrive you must pay it. I didn't argue as I know tax has to be paid but it confused us and many others who were told they had a balance to pay to then be told it is 12% more. Just be aware of that when booking. If it is an absolute bargain wwhen you book then it is live able in however I warn you I won't be coming back, nor staying in an aae hostel again if this hostel is the benchmark. There is much better out there for cheaper or less.

Room Tip: Room 7 is a private I think but you have to walk through a dorm to get there... We stayed in room 8 which is like a loft conversion and is ok.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2014
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 30, 2014
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2013
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2012
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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