In case you are born after 1969 and wanted to see how things looked if you were living in the '60s, you should stay here. Yes, you'll be paying 2012 prices but the feeling will be of the '60s.
Santa Barbara is an expensive city to stay in. Still, staying on a Saturday night in the middle of February, the notion of paying $173 for a hotel of this age is a bit of a shocker.
The beds are new (and comfortable), there is a large flatscreen TV, the toiletries are of a good quality, and the room was clean. But the rest of the room is just so dated. We couldn't get the heater to put out much heat, so it ran all night with only modest warming effect on our drafty room.
The hotel is in a quiet neighborhood which was a plus. The on-site restaurant is to be avoided for breakfast. It was really bad and not cheap.
All in all, this hotel is more of a testament to the limited number of hotel rooms in Santa Barbara. Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a quiet residential street lined with turn-of-the-century homes, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites in Santa Barbara offers all the amenities of a small luxury hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast inn. Relax by the garden pool, enjoy the aviary, book a massage, or simply unwind on your own private patio or balcony. Ideal for extended stays or family vacations, Encina Lodge offers a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites, and apartments. Quilted bedding and floral accents lend the rooms their quaint country charm. Many of the units have full kitchens; plus Las Aves Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with room service available.Located in midtown, the hotel is adjacent to Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and Cottage Hospital, and is just minutes from historic downtown, the Red-Tile Walking Tour, Mission Santa Barbara, golf courses, beaches, wineries, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Encina Hotel Santa Barbara
- Best Western Encina Hotel
- Best Western Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Best Western