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“Delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Inn by the Harbor

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Inn by the Harbor
Ranked #4 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Delightful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

This hotel was delightful. Upon arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome and given a large room/suite with a shared balcony overlooking the pool. Although slightly dated in part, the room was very clean and comfortable.

The complimentary wine and cheese every afternoon is a nice touch.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed at the Inn by the Harbor for one night in Sept. This place has great hospitality and from the moment arrived we felt very comfortable and looked after. There was fresh coffee in reception all of the time (as well as facilities in the room), cheese & wine to sample in the afternoon, homemade cookies and milk in the evening, fantastic buffet breakfast.... the list goes on!
Rooms were very comfortable and a nice pool and jacuzzi to use
Fantastic place to stay and highly recommend

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We were welcomed at reception by Lily who was the friendliest and most helpful of 9 hotels we stayed in during our holiday. She explained all about hotel and added her own local knowledge recommending restaurants to visit.
Room was large with kitchen (which we didnt use), but all a bit dated. Pool was lovely and the wine and cheese at 4pm was a lovely touch as was the complimentary breakfast.
Thanks Lily for making us feel so welcome.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Having just had an awful nights sleep at our last hotel, we pulled up at this one thinking oh no not again!! from the outside it looked like a normal motel, but going in we felt different, we were offered cold lemonade and biscuits,nice touch!! given our key and walked into our room from the car parking area,we were so pleased when we walked in to find we had been given a dulux room with a kitchen!! heaven!! staff very friendly, lovely free wine and cheese and biscuits at 4.30 every day, also milk and cookies about 6, lovely touch, really enjoyed our stay, and would go back, the only downside was around the pool, not enough sun beds.

Room Tip: ask for a king size delux suite, wonderful!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orange, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Spent two nights here. Very convenient location and clean. The room had a full kitchen and was very spacious. Looks like apartments converted to a hotel.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Wine and cheese offered every evening was a nice touch. And the wine was very good. breakfast was also a welcome addition.
walking distance to State St, where all the shops and restaurants are.
Overall, very nice place to stay. Will take the kids next time. We could use the heated pool then.

Room Tip: Second floor as the bottom floor has to deal with noisy walkers above.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Encinitas, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Our stay at the Inn by the Harbor was pleasant enough, but had a few glitches. Strangely we had an unpleasant plumbing problem in our bathtub and our bathroom door didn't close. Eventually these problems were remedied .The staff was very welcoming and pleasant and we were given an upgrade for our next stay.

Room Tip: Queen rooms are a bit small. King Deluxe or better would be more comfortable.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

So my friends and I decided to head out to Santa Barbara for a day trip, but after a couple wine tastings some of my friends had enjoyed themselves a bit too much so I made reservations at the Oceana hotel, I gave a credit card and everything. Once we get to the hotel they told us they rebooked and they had made reservations for us at the inn by the harbor. (for some reason it felt like that scene in pretty woman where Julia Roberts is asked to leave the fancy Rodeo Dr store).
So we get to this Inn and to our surprised we are greeted with milk and cookies! That's right! MILK AND COOKIES! they do it every afternoon!
once we get settled in we come back down and Lily who was at the front desk and is a local helps us find a perfect italian place to have dinner, gets us free passes and a couple of free drinks at a local hotspot and promptly had our taxi waiting. It's service like her's that will keep us and any other person coming back to this Inn!
they really saved our night!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Inn by the Harbor
Address: 433 W. Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn by the Harbor 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among tropical gardens beneath the swaying palms, the Inn by the Harbor is an enchanting Santa Barbara hotel and resort escape. Built in the Spanish Colonial tradition, the white adobe inn features red tile roofs, inlaid tile staircases, wrought iron embellishments, and a heated pool. The Inn is just a short walk from Santa Barbara's golden beaches, yacht harbor, and oceanfront restaurants. The guest rooms at our Santa Barbara hotel and retreat are decorated with Spanish Mediterranean style furnishings. Many also feature full kitchens, which make them ideal for vacations and extended stay lodging. The Inn serves a deluxe continental breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, and evening milk and cookies.The Inn by the Harbor hotel is within walking distance of many Santa Barbara attractions including West Beach and the beachfront bike path, the yacht harbor, Stearns Wharf, and the vibrant shops and cafes lining State Street. Golf courses, wineries, and the Santa Barbara Mission are all just minutes away. ... more   less 
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