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Reviewed November 16, 2012

I have no idea why the reviews here are SO high. I fell in love with the website photos and was SHOCKED when we showed up. Yes, the lobby building and the landscaping in the front area are gorgeous. Yes, the staff are friendly and professional That's about it. We stayed in a king suite here in early November and I was outraged to discover that my $280/night fee was spent at a glorified motel with significant noise problems. Moreover, the only view we had was of the tacky courtyard showing all the cars underneath the units. We couldn't see any nice view out the bedroom window (it's not actually AT the beach so no beach views) so all we got was a tall fence.

Instead of an intimate elegant retreat (as the website photos show!), it is basically a minimally remodeled old apartment building (with a gorgeous front lobby building but nothing much remodeled out back) whose units are sitting directly atop the carport spaces. All the doors open directly into the courtyard like motels, and the old-school glass shutter windows seem to magnify every single noise (folks walking by, folks slamming car doors, doors slammed shut, etc.). The king bed and the sofa bed my 2 young daughters slept on were both lumpy and uncomfortable. The kitchen looked original to the 1950s with some cheap upgrades (Magic Chef oven, cheap apartment rental-grade refrigerator).

I'd be upset even if I paid $150/night for this level of accommodation and the terrible noise issue. I was SUPER upset that I paid $280 after seeing the website and thinking it was an upscale retreat.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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SBHotelGroup, General Manager at Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Greetings Smilesesq,

I am terribly sorry to hear you were unhappy with your hotel experience. Please know that it is never our intention to mislead online viewers. As you can see, many of our guests have shared their photos with TripAdvisor viewers to give an accurate portrayal of our guestrooms and grounds. The Brisas del Mar is located 2 two short blocks from the beach and several of our guestrooms have a lovely mountain view. Thank you for your kind comments about our wonderful hotel team who take great pride of the quality of service they provide. Our team continuously refreshes each guestroom to ensure a beautiful and relaxing ambiance and based on your comments we will be sure to pay close attention to the suites so that we may better serve all of our guests. Warmly, Greg Broussard

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

My husband I recently stayed at Brisas del Mar for three nights. The hotel is two blocks from the waterfront and ten minutes from the main shopping and entertainment area of Santa Barbara so perfectly positioned. We were greeted by William on reception who was very friendly and helpful with great tips for restaurants in the area and any other questions my husband threw at him. Brisas del Mar is motel style which is great for parking right outside the room. The only down-side is that this makes the bedrooms a bit dark, however we had a suite and the sun did come into the lounge area. The suite was really spacious with TVs in the bedroom and lounge and a kitchen kitted out with cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave. We also received a bottle of champagne which was in our fridge on arrival. As with some of our other hotels in California, wine and cheese was served in the lobby in the early evenings and coffee and cookies were always available. Continental breakfast was served in the lobby or outside on the patio and there was the bizarre situation of some people (us) eating in the sunshine next to the gorgeous flowers and fountain, and others sitting in the lobby next to a roaring wood-fire.
There is a terminal for internet access in the lobby which was useful.
This hotel is a great choice and good value.
As to restaurants, we ate at Brophy Brothers on the marina (fantastic fish and you can watch it being unloaded from the boat outside the window), The Fish House (great cocktails as well as food and a good atmosphere) and the Palace Grill (great Creole cookery).





Carla

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank CarlaJersey
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

We stopped in here one night only while traveling up the CA coastline.. wish we could have stayed longer!! Rooms were beautiful with great view of Santa Barbara.. Free bike rental (coaster style bikes) which we used to ride up to the Santa Barbara Mission (well worth the effort but drive if you are not in somewhat decent shape!) The Santa Barbara beach area was gorgeous.. rooms immaculate.. free wine/ appetizers in the afternoons and good breakfast and coffee in the AM! Free movie rentals.... beautiful warm robes!! Great find!! Thanks staff who were very friendly and helpful! We also loved seeing Santa Barbara!

Room Tip: We had a beautiful room... great view from top level of the hotel.. looked like all the rooms had a beautiful view!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Family582
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is one of a family of family-run properties. We stayed here the first two nights of a trip, went north for four days, and ended the trip with a final night across the street at the Lavender Inn. Both offer great value for Santa Barbara. The staff is professional and made sure to confirm by phone that we really did want to book two rooms, and at two places on different dates.

Brisas Del Mar is not a luxury property but it has a nice Santa Barbara vibe. Rooms are a decent size, clean, have comfortable beds, good space for luggage/grooming, and a small, quiet fridge. The breakfast/lobby room is small but adequate, and there's seating outside, which was pleasant in mid-Oct.

Take advantage of the free beach bikes--a great way to cover the entire oceanfront path in about an hour (with stops to admire the water birds).

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank SantaFean-7
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We are doing a big road trip from LA to Seattle. Our family all met at LAX late in the afternoon and headed for Santa Barbara. We were all a bit tired and grumpy and when we pulled into Brisas Del Mar it was like a weight was lifted. We were checked in by a lovely gentleman named William who was so friendly and welcoming. We had booked a few rooms and they knew we were all together. Group check in was a breeze! William was also able to recommend some really nice places to eat and there was complimentary champagne in our rooms.

Our rooms were also fantastic. They were huge, comfortable and clean. TV's in both the lounge and bedrooms and a vast array of DVD's to chose from. We were worried that the location might be a little loud but we could have been in the middle of no where it was so quiet.

It was Mum's birthday and when we checked out they gave her a small box of chocolates.

We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Choose a room upstairs or away from the reception area. The walkways near reception are tiled and the suitcases make quite a lot of noise as they travel over the tiles.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank PeteandNicki
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