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Inn by the Harbor
Ranked #4 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Loved it!”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This was probably our favourite hotel of the 11 we stayed in during our recent road trip honeymoon. The staff were very so friendly and the room was cosy, clean and comfortable. We loved the free DVD hire and bike rentals and had a memorable Christmas day bike ride along the coast and up State Street. We also loved the cookies and milk in the evening. It was a bit too chilly to use the pool but the hot tub was fab. Highly recommended

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Greetings LittleSparrow81,
Congratulations on your recent wedding. We are delighted you included the Inn by the Harbor in your honeymoon travels. I am glad to read you enjoyed the movies and our freshly baked cookies with milk. A State Street bike ride sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a Santa Barbara Christmas. We hope to see you again for many more anniversaries. Warmly, Greg Broussard, General Manager
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Skillman, New Jersey, United States
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying here during our trip up the coast from LA to SF. This was our first stop, and the worst part about it was that we only stayed one night. When we arrived, check in was very quick and the staff was very welcoming. The room had a nice vibe and was very comfortable all around. The mini kitchen was furnished with everything we would need for the night, or even the week! (Coffee pot, mini fridge, microwave, dishes and silverware, etc.) The “perks” of the Inn made the cost seem unreal. Bicycles are available from 730a-10p and were complimentary ($30 and up daily at local shops). It was a quick ride to Stearn's Wharf and up State Street to explore the shopping district. The ride along the beach was nice too! The breakfast basket was filled with plenty of delicious snacks and drinks! We look forward to our next stay here! (Don't forget to pick up a couple of extra biscotti in the office when you check in! Delish!)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

The room itself was fine, and it was great to have use of a very good washing machine and tumble dryer in a communal space. Plus ion and board in the room. However, the showerhead above the bath in our room was far too low and could not be adjusted. I ended up severely hurting my back and neck in attempt to wash my hair under the shower. I had to see a chiroprator in Santa Barbara and again in Las Vegas and was in pain for the rest of our trip, which was another 10 days! The location is not good, as it's far from State Street, with all the shops and restaurants. There must be better places to stay than this motel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Greetings Sara V.

Thank you for your kind comments regarding our guestrooms. I am delighted to hear you had the opportunity to take advantage of our guest laundry facilities during your stay with us and am sorry to hear you experienced travel aches and pains. Please be assured that our bathrooms are equipped with standard furnishing at the appropriate regulated height. Many of our guests have enjoyed the luxurious experience of an in-room massage, a service our wonderful innkeepers would be happy to recommend for you. Santa Barbara offers many wonderful day spas, several within walking distance of our hotel. I do hope you visit our lovely city again. Warmly, Greg Broussard, General Manager.
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Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here one night with my boyfriend. Very cute hotel, very helpful staff and a great breakfast which was included I'm the price of our room.
Very clean hotel and overall a great place to stay in a quiet location

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Spent a few days at this hotel. Was very surprised as not sure what it would be like.
Really enjoyed the stay. Very welcoming staff when we arrived. We were early but that didn't matter, got checked in quickly and went to the room. Very nice room with small kitchen area. I always like that as I can have snacks in the fridge and coffee at any time to suit.
This was breakfast, wine & cheese plus milk and cookies.
Breakfast was fine. Help yourself but more than enough available. I like the idea of wine and cheese late afternoon, it sets you up for an evening out. Again not a lot of food but just a light snack with both red/white wine. An a nice addition was plenty of grapes.
Apples in a large bowl on the table all day long. Coffee was available all day too.
Really enjoyed this stay and a fairly short walk into Santa Barbara.
Would definitely stay again as it is nice to be acknowledged when you arrive in any time during the day and a pleasant welcome each morning for breakfast.
Also good to note that no charge is made for parking your car.

Room Tip: It is worth paying a little extra for the kitchen facility.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bath
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We very much enjoyed our one night stay at the Inn by the Harbor. The room was nice and comfortable with coffee making facilities (not that you need it as there was always coffee available in the reception area). There are plenty of facilities in and around the hotel - with a pool on site. Wifi was included and parking was free. The complementary cookies in the evening were amazing, and we made use of the free bike hire the next morning until check-out to cycle along to the zoo (well worth the visit!). It's all the little touches that add up to make a great hotel.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stayed here for one night during our California road trip, arriving quite late we were surprised by how lovely and welcoming the room was. It looks like a motel style from the outside with the double layer of rooms, but the rooms are more like a luxury hotel and the biggest room we stayed in. One the other side the room has patio doors that lead in to the middle courtyard and pool. All immaculately kept.
Parking and breakfast were both included in the price, which was rare in all the hotels we stayed in on our trip. The breakfast had a great selection and could sit on nice little tables while enjoying the morning sunshine. The staff were very friendly and helpful, giving us all the directions we needed and allowed us to leave our car parked there after we checked out, as we took the morning to walk down to the beach and walk up the main shopping street to explore a little before moving on. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again if in Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Inn by the Harbor
Address: 433 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3880
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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