A slight notch above a road side motel with a dressed-up front facade. The hotel is sandwiched between a couple apartment buildings. A gas station with mini-mart can be found within a short walk but you'll probably want to drive to get to other destinations in the area. Rooms face a courtyard with a shared walkway overlooking a swimming pool. It can get a bit noisy from the shared walkways running on both sides of the room (one facing the parking lot of adjacent apartments and the other into the courtyard). Noise also crept in from adjacent guest rooms during our stay. The room was clean though aging. The staff was polite. Everything was of average quality like you'd find at other motels and there are plenty of options in the area.
If you set your expectations for a roadside motel, you'll find this place satisfactory. The marketing photos and description of the Inn set our expectations higher and left us disappointed
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn By The Harbor Hotel Santa Barbara