We were looking for a place to get out of the heat of LA for a night that also allowed us to bring our dog. This place fit the bill except that the only room available was the Deluxe Suite, the priciest one of all. We took it even though at 2 bedrooms it was too much for our needs. You can't find that many places that take pets.
Were it not for their liberal pet policy we would not have stayed there, nor would we return if we were pet-less. This is a very old place, and despite the recent remodeling done, things like shower floors, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, windows, and furniture have an older and somewhat worn-out feel to them. Plus, the hotel lacks air-conditioning which normally isn't a problem in Santa Barbara, but was that weekend. They had ceiling fans which sorta but not quite did the job. The bed was nice and the room was clean, however. The kitchen area is fairly spacious and has a table.
The grounds weren't all that impressive. Cramped and bit more the feel of an older apartment house than a "charming hotel". Lobby area was nice, but somewhat spartan. Wine and cheese was served in the late PM, however, the wine was a very mundane jug wine from the Central Valley - not all that good.
Breakfast was barely adequate - the standard cold food offerings, but the only fruit was bananas. Juices were only Orange and Apple. There was no hot food available.
Location-wise, it is very convenient to the beach and some nice green areas and restaurants around the beach.. This hotel is an area of similar 50's/60's vintage places- some of which appeared to be conversions from apmt buildings, as did this place. Overall, we had the best room in the joint and we came away with an "eh, it's OK" kind of feeling. For the price paid, that just isn't good enough though.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Mar Hotel Santa Barbara
- Casa Del Mar Santa Barbara