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Best Western Beachside Inn
Ranked #25 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Carlsbad, California
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly, clean and great location...”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We arrived on August 2nd to find it was Fiesta weekend. Surprise! We got in quite late and night and the staff were friendly and informative. They got us in quickly and gave us some great information. The room was clean and quiet. We were on the oceanview side of the hotel and it was quite nice. We had a birdseye view of the parade on Friday morning, The hotel continental breakfast is nothing to write home about, but travelling with two kids...it sure was convenient. The location is perfect - close to everything we needed to do. They charge $3 per night for parking - however even with a very booked hotel we were able to easily park. The staff answered several questions for us and were always helpful. We enjoyed walking to Stearns Wharf, State Street, a quick tour of the City College and the beach. I recommend this as a less expensive alternative to some of the better known luxury brands - although the price was still steep giving the 4 out of 5.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Love the location. Upgraded to oceanview room and loved it. Not cheap but much less expensive than other similar hotels on the same street. Walked up and down State Street, to the harbor and the wharf and all along Cabrillo St. right along the ocean.
Staff recommended eating at Brophy's on the harbor right across the street it was near perfect with lots of locals and tourists from all over waiting for a table. Worth the wait. One night just wasn't enough

  • Stayed June 2012
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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2012

As are most of Santa Barbara's hotels, this Best Western is an exterior corridor motel, but it has a great location with views of the harbour. The rooms are very well appointed, with a flat screen tv, fridge, microwave and coffee pot, with updated furniture and linens. The cleaning staff is the best, as the hotel is spotless wherever you look. While the breakfast is very basic, it is free and fine if you want a light, continental meal. While it is not the most lavish or plush, it is a great value when you take everything into consideration!p (almost forgot to mention the heated pool!)!

Room Tip: Ask for a harbour view instead of pool view!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

Arrived on a friday afternoon on spec without reservation. Got a last minute cancellation for the 1 night at a significantly discounted rate which sealed the deal. Parking is chargeable but only cost $3 on site which is very reasonable compared to other paying parking hotels we stayed in whilst in California. Our room was very spacious, overlooking the park. Located very close to the sea front. Made use of the beautifully warm, small but perfectly formed central swimming pool within the complex. Similar to other reviews, the rooms could benefit from better soundproofing but we did not suffer any particularly rowdy guests that night fortunately! Had an excellent fresh seafood meal right at the end of the pier. Great memories thanks Santa Barbara!

Room Tip: A room on the end of a block might help if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at this Best Western after staying at two others which were "plus" and there was a big difference in standard.

The room was on the ground floor and right next to the pool which would have been great if you had kids and needed to keep an eye on them in the pool. There was a funny smell in the room like it had been over room sprayed.

The bathroom was clean though tired and the bed was comfortable.

Breakfast was good with something for everyone.

Overall an ok hotel but not as good as other Best Westerns.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

A few days ago we stayed in this Best Western on our road trip. The room was spacious and a great location but the best feature was the friendly, helpful polite staff.... particularly Aaron at the front desk.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed here in the 1 bedroom suite for about half the cost of staying at other hotels right on the beach. The room was average for best western. very clean, good amenities, helpful staff at the desk and housekeeping. terrific location, great parking. no complaints. the pool was very warm and very clean. perfect for kids.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Beachside Inn
Address: 336 W Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
Phone Number:
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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