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“Friendly Hotel with added extras!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Inn by the Harbor
Ranked #4 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Friendly Hotel with added extras!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Anthony on the desk greeted us and was helpful and fun. Loved the cheese and wine hour, followed by cookies and milk hour, plus anytime through the day you could help yourself to coffee and cakes. Nice little pool with very comfy sunbeds. We only had one full day in Santa Barbara and spent half a day on a Segway Bike Tour which cost 95 dollars for 2.5 hours, plus training time - what value, good fun to ride the bike about, plus get a tour of the town and stop offs for photos. they are located 16 Helena Ave, near Stearn's Wharf.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 2nd floor, overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Trumpton_8
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Street, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

Lots to enjoy at Inn by the Harbor. Very helpful and courteous staff. Inclusive breakfasts. Wine. Cookies. Lovely spacious room (deluxe, overlooking the small pool) with kitchen. 10 minutes walk to beach. Free bikes hire.
Certainly recommended.

Room Tip: On a busy road, and so a room away from this might be a good idea. We had rear windows onto the road...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Two nights spent, chosen due to apparent location (harbour) and interesting rooms / style

The hotel is basically a traditional motoring inn which has been updated to a fair standard. The hotel next door is not particularly pleasant and it is on a fairly main road leading out of Santa Barbara

It is a couple of blocks from the front and not far from downtown, however there is no question of views of the harbour and the walk to the harbour restaurants is a little further

The room was clean and had been refurbished, however was of an old design and by no means as expected.

That said the breakfast was plentiful, the coffee and cookies good, and the cheese and wine a pleasant addition (don't expect top wine!). The wifi worked well and the staff very helpful

Having been to the area, there are clearly other hotels closer to the front which looked nicer, suggest checking these out as well

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

We spent two nights at the Inn by the Harbor, and it was fantastic. Our welcome by Anthony was exceptional - he made sure we knew about all the lovely little extras you get (cheese and wine in the late afternoon, cookies and milk in the evening, and a good buffet breakfast), and he even sorted out our diner reservation at a nice italian restaurant he recommended (Toma)! The other staff we met were also very friendly and helpful.

Our room was an excellent size and had sliding doors on to the courtyard area where the pool and hot tub are located. It had air conditioning, a good tv, a safe and free wifi (which worked really well - and there was also a computer in the reception area which you could use).

The grounds are just amazing - a little oasis which is kept imaculate by a team of gardeners and other staff. We were lucky enough to see the extremely tall palm trees being tidied up by a man on a rope with a chainsaw - not a job I would want!

There is a laundry avaiable for use by guests between 9am - 6pm (1$ a load for the washing machine and for the drier). This was the only hotel on our trip to have such a facility - and extremely useful it was too!

The location is fine - it is about a 10 min walk down to the seafront area, and another 10 mins along to State Street. The cut through from the hotel through the grounds of its sister hotel is well worth using. If you want to limit the walking you can pick up the trolley service that runs along the front to State Street - 50 cents a ride. At night you might want to be a bit careful when out walking - just be aware of your surroundings as there were a number of people loitering.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms facing in to the pool area are nicely shaded and peaceful, with the benefit of sl...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

. . . . because we had heard so many good things about Santa Barbara. Maybe our expectations were raised too high, but we were disappointed with this hotel. The room and bathroom was small, and because it was near the pool and main walkway, a little noisy. However, all the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The location of the hotel belied its name, as it is away from the centre and the harbour. As we were without a car, this meant that we had to walk or taxi to move around. Once in the centre then the local bus service was quite adequate, if a little sparse, especially at weekends.

Room Tip: You need a car! Keep away fro pool and walkways.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Greetings Andrew, I am terribly sorry to hear you were less than satisfied with your recent stay with us. Many of our guests appreciate the convenient location of our hotel, within walking distance to the Santa Barbara Harbor and State Street. However it appears the location was not within your expectation. I am glad to hear you found our hotel team to be pleasant and helpful. Your comments are very important to us so thank for sharing your experience with us and with TripAdvisor travelers. Warmly, Greg Broussard – General Manager
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Miami, Florida
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59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

Great stay, very spacious room. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Our room had a kitchenette which was quite a bonus that we were not expecting. My only complaint would be that I wish the bathroom had an extractor. The location is convenient but you do have to drive to most things in the area (very short drive). Make sure to visit the Santa Barbara Mission- it is beautiful and the gardens in front of it are spectacular. Good shopping on State street. The staff was very nice and helpful, and breakfast was included which was great.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here two nights as part of our honeymoon, the hotel grounds are very pretty with beautiful plants and a seemingly endless stream of staff cleaning and watering the whole site. The complimentary pastries, fruit and coffee, cheese and wine plus cookies and milk meant that we were never without a snack, the free bike hire made our exploring of the local area enjoyable and it gave my husband a rest from driving! The pool is lovely and you can get towels from reception, we spent two chilled out afternoons sat by it. The room were functional, the bed comfy and the fridge decent, they were a little dates and could do with nicer bathrooms, we were in a standard queen, maybe the others are better! The room has a sliding door on to the walkway which has seating and goes down to the pool, this would be great if you could lock it and use it to access the pool or get back in with breakfast. Overall a really pleasant stay with some lovely touches.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TaniaCC
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Inn by the Harbor, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for including the Inn by the Harbor in your very special celebration. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. You will be happy to know that our hotel team continuously refreshes each guestroom so based on your comments we will be sure to spruce up our guestroom bathrooms. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We hope to see you again for your anniversary celebrations. Warmly, Greg Broussard – General Manager
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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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