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“Great location, really soft beds”
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Harbor House Inn
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for 1 night whilst driving up the coast. Great location really close to the harbour. The room was very clean with good facilities and yummy banana bread, but we found the bed way too soft - we both had bad backs for a few days afterwards. Service was OK, although check in could have been faster (lady at reception was writing emails/ answering the phone). Overall a solid choice, but not outstanding given the price.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We just came back from 3 days 2 nite stay. We really love the welcome basket, the bed was real comfortable. We had a king studio 118A on corner of street. Even though there was no air conditioner there was a great breeze with windows open and fan going. We had a great time riding the free bikes and using beach towels on the beach. It would have been nice to have a pool to cool off in during the day so we took a dip in the ocean. we are headed back in december and may look into staying one nite here. the front desk alyssn was real helpful. would recommend to anyone.

Room Tip: no ac, rooms on street noise
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

In all honestly, I would prefer that no one read this review, because I hated leaving and I can’t wait to return to this amazing Inn. We visited the Harbor House during the Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara. Although we didn’t purposely align our trip with the Fiesta, it was a busy time in Santa Barbara. We ended up going to some of the fiesta events and had a blast. Anyhow, back to the Harbor House Inn. This is the most quaint, clean, staff friendly place I have ever been. From the recommendations on where to eat to the huge basket of goodies waiting in our room. This Inn has set the bar high and truly sets itself apart from other Inns in the area and across the country. We decided on a queen room without a kitchenette, which matched our needs perfectly. The décor was beachy/antique in my opinion. In one part of the room there was a refrigerator stocked with creamers and jelly. In addition, there was a coffee maker with what seems freshly grinded coffee inside a jar. There is a flat screen TV on the wall across from the bed as well. The window coverings were wood and what I liked the most about the room was the small trinkets and furniture such as the pillows, clock, lamp…etc, which made you feel so relaxed. I also loved the flowers around the establishment as well as the benches and tables around the rooms for you to sit out and relax. The Inn offers bikes, which are housed in the garage, as well as beach towels. This was certainly another great bonus. All staff members that we encountered were so helpful, kind and always had a smile on their face. The location is magnificent! You can walk to everything. We vowed to keep the car parked the entire trip, just so we could relax, walk and enjoy. I can’t wait to return. I hope you adore your trip as much as we did!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My family and I wanted to stay in Santa Barbara but everything was expensive or too far from the beach. We had given up but I decided to look one more time...then we found Harbor House Inn! Talk about an awesome place to stay. This inn is super well maintained and very quiant. Rita checked us in and was the sweetest thing and the rest of the staff were very attentive and nice.
The rooms are spacious and decorated in such an adorable manner. They give you a welcome basket with fruits, drinks, snacks and really good home baked banana bread.
In addition to being a block away from the beach, the street we were on was quiet and they have large amounts of beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas that you can grab and head to the beach. They also have about 20 bikes that you can take out for free as well!

Overall great and relaxing experience. I highly recommend this place!!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

My husband and I stayed here in June 2012 - and our friends stayed in another room here at the same time. The four of us had a wonderful stay. The rooms are perfect - comfy beds, nice kitchen, TV (if you want to watch), nice bathroom. The rooms do not have a/c but with the windows open and the fans on, we were pretty comfortable. When we arrived, they gave us a basket of goodies. We were also a short walk from the beach and the main shopping/eating area. Our friends used the free bikes every morning. It was really a nice, quiet experience.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank EricandLeah
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We just got back from staying here. It was a great experience! We were looking for some R&R at this hotel and we got it. Everything was done well. We stayed in Room 118A. It had a king bed and kitchenette (which came in handy for us). The room was quite spacious and made you feel at home.
The staff was especially helpful and nice. Susan and Rita (think that was her name) were especially nice and helpful. The owner Karen was very helpful too. Right from the start, they let us know where we could go by foot and eat, where a nearby market was, and nice places to go walking with our dog and go bike riding. They also had a really yummy breakfast welcome basket that had homemade banana bread and other yummy goodies in it. It was an additional nice touch.
They had bikes for us to rent for free, complimentary parking onsite, DVDS to watch (was also nice to do this), and a full kitchen. The place was kept immaculately and the decor was nice too.
The location was perfect for us. We were just about a block from the beach and not on the busy street where the beach boardwalk is) and other hotels are. Bath Street has some traffic, but you do not feel like it is a main thoroughfare like on State Street.
It was also nice that we could bring our dog along for the trip too. There is a fee per night charge for your dog, but it is reasonable.
I would go stay there again and would highly recommend the hotel to anyone who is looking to go to Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: I did not see the other rooms but would recommend a king size room. Splurge and do it.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Warmth and hospitality greeted and stayed with us through our stay. Loved the bicycles and breakfast banana bread. Late at night, I wasn't comfortable with the pillows and Mina was kind enough to escort me to their laundry room so I could pick what I wanted. Karen was helpful in pointing us to her favourite winery.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Harbor House Inn

Address: 104 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3805
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $164 - $370 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
17 One-of-a-kind studios with kitchens located one short block from West Beach nestled between Stearn's Wharf & the Santa Barbara Harbor. Room amenities include free wireless internet access & local phone calls and complimentary use of 3-speed cruising bicycles. Beach chairs, towels & umbrellas are also available at no charge. For guests enjoying 2 or more nights, a complimentary Welcome Breakfast Basket is included upon arrival. ... more   less 
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