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Best Western Beachside Inn
Ranked #26 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Stayed here for 1 night only as part of a road trip. The road trip was booked with Virgin but we booked this hotel independently and were really happy with our choice. Staff really friendly (unusual we found on the west coast) and worked really hard. Room was spot on, spacious, fully equipped and the cleanest out of all our stays on the trip. Concerned at first about the motel appearance (unusual for us Brits used to hotels) but was not disappointed. Location perfect too. Santa Barbara lovely and will stay at this hotel again when we revisit! Only downside was the sneaky parking charge $3 not told at the time of booking...

  • Stayed April 2012
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Walnut Creek, CA
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

I have stayed at this hotel several times over the past few years. While I have great friends in town it is not always an option to stay with them, and the BW Beachside is where I land when needing a hotel in SB.
Things I like about this hotel:

LOCATION! Right across from the breakwater, easy walk to the pier. We always have a view of either the ocean or the park across the street. The exterior of this hotel is nothing short of utilitarian and ugly. I am thankful for that. I have dropped in and gotten rooms for a very fair and reasonable price. I think this is because many travelers would not select this hotel on curb appeal alone.

Big Rooms. This is an older hotel and the rooms are large and comfortable.

Free self parking. (It might be $3/night now. Either way better than the $25+ many competitor hotels charge).

Great staff- always helpful and friendly.

Only problem we have, which has become an ongoing joke, is that the key cards often do not work and we make several trips to the front desk. Yes I know about keeping them away from cell phones magnets etc. I think there is something up with their machine or the people that run it. We have had cards not work at check in, even after 2-3 new cards being issued.

Room Tip: Ask for second floor ocean view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Hawthorne
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Reviewed April 8, 2012


I just wanted to pass along an endorsement of the Best Western Beachside Inn.

My wife wanted a mini vacation and so we used an Amtrak gift card we had and went to Santa Barbara since I'd never been on a train.

I booked for $127 a night, the BW Beachside Inn and was pleasantly surprised. I got a good sized balcony with two chairs overlooking the harbor. Room 322 had a view of the wharf and the sunrise. The motel is right on Cabrillo Blvd which runs along the waterfront and it sits on the corner of Castillo across from a large park. The harbor is across the street and its a 5 minute stroll to the pier.

Freshly remodeled with very nice appointments...great bed, furniture, nice carpets, flat screen tv, ceiling fan, fresh and clean bathroom, modern AC unit, motion sensor lights, upholstered sitting chair, desk, free internet, decent continental breakfast with mini omelets and the usual. The photos on the website are accurate.

Staff was friendly and efficient when I made the reservation and in person. They have rooms surrounding a nice little rectangle shaped pool heated to 95 and lovely plantings all around. Don't get me wrong, it's not a big fancy 4-5 star resort for clients who want that, but it doesn't have any rough edges and was very pleasant. AAA gives it 2 diamonds but I'd bump that to 3...though it doesn't have some of the amenities like an onsite restaurant etc.

The parking lot is huge and is very pretty with towering trees and landscaping. I read on Yelp about a $3 fee to park but I didn't ask since we were on the train.

The train station is a 10 minute level walk.

Anyhow, just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the Beachside Inn.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We recently stayed 5 nights at the Best Western Beachside Inn in Santa Barbara, CA. The front desk employees were extremely helpful and friendly and gave us a much better discount than the AAA price that we'd made reservations with. This discount was with the "Car Free Santa Barbara " program that we participated in. We saved $95 over our original reservation! The configuration of the bathroom was brilliant in room 219. (There are two bathroom configurations in the hotel rooms.) There was a separate area for the toilet as well as the sink area and also for the tub/shower. One can access the closet through both the bathroom and the hallway. The location was perfect for catching the 25 cent trolley that goes up and down State Street or for walking to the harbor/wharf area. The bed was comfy and the free continental breakfast adequate. We wished we'd been on the 3rd floor as the noise from the room above us was really loud. However, we were not in our room very much and enjoyed having a room with a balcony overlooking the marina.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed April 5, 2012 via mobile

Beachside Inn was perfect for what we needed. We only stayed 2 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Our room was spacious and very comfortable with a pool view. The pool was clean and heated, and if the weather was a bit warmer we would have spent our evenings swimming. The location was great! We enjoyed walking along the beach front to the pier and down to the main street.
We would recommend this hotel again and again, it was brilliant!

Stayed March 2012
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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2012

We stayed at several hotels along the SB waterfront. The Beachside offered a great location at a budget rate. The facility was modest but better than adequate. The rooms were large, well-decored and in good condition, with all the amenities like a good size flat screen TV and internet. The pool is small but so are all the other hotel's. They don't bilk you to park as do some of the other hotels nearby. The breakfast was OK.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Booked this hotel for a one night stop and was really impressed with the room which was really nice,clean and spacious.
The breakfast in the morning was just right as well and the location,on the beach and close to the Harbour was excellent.The traffic didn't really affect us but we were tired after a long drive so slept until the morning,unfortunately we were woken by cases being pulled which does echo a bit!
Enjoyable stop and would stay again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Beachside Inn
Address: 336 W Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#13 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Beachside Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Beachside Inn, perfectly located just across the street and a few minutes walking distance from the harbor, pier and beaches of Santa Barbara. From our fantastic location, you can also enjoy a beautiful walk to "downtown" Santa Barbara, and experience all our world class dining and shopping. And to make life even easier, the Santa Barbara beachfront/downtown electric shuttle is available at our front door if you're planning to have an even more relaxing day while visiting. Our 60 room hotel will be sure to offer you the quaint charm, which represents Santa Barbara's essence. But we also offer some of the most modern conveniences. From our very hi-speed internet, to a fabulous continental breakfast and the latest in air conditioning / heating systems, we are all confident you will have a memorable visit here in Santa Barbara all handled by our fabulous staff.We look forward to welcoming all of you to our wonderful littleescape by the sea in beautiful Santa Barbara. ... more   less 
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