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Harbor House Inn
Ranked #4 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“overall a great second visit”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was our second stay at the Harbor House Inn. Our first time was for a November weekend in 2009 and we stayed that time in one of the queen suites. Most recently, we stayed in a king suite in August. The king suite I thought overall was better appointed than the queen suite, which had more of a cluttered style in the sleeping area. The king suite was in the second building and seemed to have a better layout and overall looked more streamlined. There were also two walk-in closets, so it was nice to have an easy place to store luggage without cluttering up the room. The breakfast basket (and amazing banana bread) was just as amazing as the first time.

The best aspect of the Harbor House Inn is its location. It is so easy to walk to the beach (less than 10 minutes) and walking into the heart of downtown is also doable. It is also helpful to have a full kitchen so you can easily have breakfast in every morning.

I probably would not return in August in the future. I knew that the Harbor House Inn had no air conditioning, which is usually not a problem in Santa Barbara. However, we were there just before Labor Day weekend and the afternoon sun really pounded into the windows of our room. Although there is a floor tower style fan provided in the room along with a ceiling fan, it did not cool down the room enough for truly comfortable sleeping and the placement of the windows does not allow one to get a cross-draft at night.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

My fiance and I stayed at the Harbor House Inn at the beginning of September, 2013. We were in the smallest bungalow, with a queen sized bed. The bed was the most comfortable I've ever slept on! And the room was so cozy, I wish we would have made our way down earlier to Santa Barbara and stayed there longer. One of our favorite things about the Inn was that they had bikes for us to ride whenever we wanted. We rode all over Santa Barbara and even to Montecito. They were very handy and we got our exercise while on vacation which was nice! We were also able to park right outside our door which was very convenient. I should note here that there was no air conditioning (only a ceiling fan) which made it uncomfortable for my fiance but for someone who is always cold, it was fine for me ; ). We want to visit Santa Barbara again next summer and would love to stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Harbour House Inn is a number of cottage type apartments around a charming courtyard with lots of flowers. The very clean apartments have lovely colours, comfy beds, extensive kitchen equipment and a small but good bath room. A lot of attention is paid to detail, e.g. a nice welcome basket with goodies. The location is steps away from the beach/marina area and 10 min. from State Street shopping. Business center, Wifi, bicycles and beach towels available. Very friendly service.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thoiry, Rhone-Alpes, France
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for four nights and we didn't want to leave! The location is perfect - 5 minute walk to the beach, 10 - 15 minute walk to State Street. There were plenty of bikes available for all of the guests, which made getting around the city immensely easy. Upon arriving, we received a food basket with homebaked banana bread, fruit, local cookies and a variety of drinks. Coffee and tea was always available and replenished when need be. Our dirty dishes were even washed for us each morning. The bed was very comfortable (queen) and it was nice having a living room + kitchen. We were able fit plenty of groceries in the fridge and cooked several meals ourselves. The staff was always friendly and helpful. We'll definitely stay at the Harbor House Inn the next time we're in SB!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montana
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

WOW-200 steps from the sandy beach-great location.
Beautifully appointed rooms with very nice decor and Pottery Barn bedding-which was not what I was expecting from reading other reviews. This is not grandma's style but rather an eclectic mixture of nice art-deco antique and beach chic.
Art deco inspirations throughout.
A gorgeous and plentiful basket of fruit, banana bread and snacks/juice.
Kitchenette completely stocked with glasses, dishes, cooking utensils and a small gas stove.
Quiet at night. Superb and comfy King bed. Stellar front desk and maid staff.
The ONLY complaint I have is actually not the Inn's fault. All over SB parking is terrible. The Inn has a circular drive for its guests with a parking space in front of each guest room. If the other guests are not attentive to the tight parking it is impossible to exit the drive once parked. It would be a good idea in the future for the front desk to let the guests know this and also to recommend if they are driving anything larger than a compact car they should park on the street.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cardiff
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

The hotel/inn is more like a suite of bungalows in a horse-shoe shape with parking in front of each villa/bungalow. We were greeted by a very pleasant young man who gave us our keys and who was able to recommend a decent restaurant, along with good directions for getting there!

Our suite/villa/bungalow was huge! It had a kitchenette with fridge, microwave and coffee maker. There was a decent sized dining table and chairs, a massive bed and a huge bathroom which boasted both a walk in shower and extra large bath tub/jacuzzi. On the dining table was a large breakfast of complimentary goodie, including delicious banana bread baked by the owner! There was arp fresh fruit and a variety of drinks including strawberry smoothie and count water. I also loved the packet of almond crunch and the packet of Santa Barbara biscotti.

The villa/bungalow s a stone's throw from the beach/harbour and they told us they would loan us pedal bikes and beach towels freely, but unfortunately we didn't have time to take them up on this!

Our room was very spacious and very, very clean. The food/drink basket was an excellent touch and I would recommend this place to friends and stay here gin in future.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Arrived early and our room was ready which was great. As part of the check in process we were told that we had been upgraded from a queen to a king size room. The room was great. The kitchen was fully equipped and although we only made breakfast, I'm sure you could also cook proper meals; but why would you as you are a couple of blocks away from State Street and all the local restaurants. We were only half a clock from the beach which was perfect. We borrowed some beach towels and chairs one day and spent the day relaxing on the beach.... Heaven! The welcome basket was plentiful and the banana loaf was to die for. Freshly ground coffee was topped up daily.

If we ever return to Santa Barbara, then this is the place we will be staying!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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