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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
Ranked #43 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Pro: Good Location
Breakfast had a good variety; muffins, bagels,yogurt,waffles,fruit and the lady in charge of it was very friendly
Good bath soap
Uprgaded for 50 oceanfront and was able to check in earlier


Cons: The young man at check-in had a bad attitude you could tell he could care less about his job. No idea why he is in the hospitality industry.
Old looking carpet, curtains, bedspread
Unpleasant old stuffy smell

Overall for the location it was a good choice but I will not be staying there again I would rather choose a hotel that isn't oceanfront and is more updated the smell is not worth it to me.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Very pleasant staff, fantastic location directly across from the beach, excellent assortment of breakfast fare along with coffee, very clean (and not too cold or too warm) pool, easy to find, good freeway access, and nice patio furniture with views of the ocean to enjoy. We definitely would stay there again upon a return trip to Santa Barbara!

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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Great view. Comfortable room. But LOUD upstairs neighbors. Sound of hammering and remodeling work so figured it was a private apartment. They did stop at 8pm. But I could still hear a rocker, some one pacing, etc. could hear every little step. But they partied hard and loud on Sat. I could hear everything and it lasted well into the night. Didn't want to deal with it so managed to sleep eventually. No sound proofing.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Some mixed feelings here. Location awesome given it just across from the beach but a good 15 min walk from the pier. Pool very good as as it the patio areas. But.....rooms are ageing, albeit clean, and no aircon (instead a fan wedged on a chair and window sill.....pretty sloppy actually). No glasswhere, plates etc but this seems standard form US. Would stay here again.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
Thank StewWoodend
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TonySantaBarbara, Owner at Cabrillo Inn at the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2014

Thank you for your recent stay and guest comments. Yes our Oceanfront "East Beach" location is pristine with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Yes we do not have air conditioning so we put fans in the windows to capture the natural cool breeze from the ocean especially at night. Your comment that this is sloppy is well received but this is the only way we can keep the rooms cool. If we did not do this the rooms would be warmer which is not what we want. If we just left the window open it would take far too long to cool the room. Our guests appreciate that we do what is necessary to keep our rooms cool and comfortable. We do have major renovation projects in the future with air conditioning on the top of the list. We are not a full service 5 star hotel with the accompanying rate but are a small family operated Inn since 1976. This is why we do not have glass or plate ware for our rooms or our continental breakfast. Having this amenity requires kitchen staff and equipment to clean and disinfect glass and plate ware and would substantially increase our operating costs which we would have to pass on to our guests. Our wrapped plastic room cups are standard in the industry and are clean and protected for guest safety. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again. Oh, make sure you inform us that you are a returning guest when setting up another reservation.

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Reviewed May 19, 2014

The hotel is located right across from the beach, and the room had a great view. It needs a bit make-up, although the room was clean and comfortable.

One thing unexpected was the fact that you enter the room from the front sliding doors which opens to a common balcony area. So, be careful with the curtains!

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

It's a darling little old-school beach motel right across the street from the beach. We weren't expecting anything fancy and didn't get it. However, a word of warning, if it's an especially hot weekend, consider someplace else. This place doesn't have air conditioning, and the floor fan was loud, so I couldn't sleep at all. Even though the air temp outside had cooled considerably by bedtime, the floor fan did nothing to circulate that cool air into the room, despite the open window.

By "great location" I mean across from the beach in a quiet area. You really need a car if you want to reach a restaurant or pub nearby (except maybe the Hyatt next door). Facilities are average, and it's got the average motel setup, meaning the walkway is next to the window, so if you want any privacy, you have to close the curtain and lose any view you may get.

I'd consider returning anyway if the weather were cooler, as it usually is. Service was very friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Lovely little hotel overlooking the beach! Clean, reasonably priced, lovely location and VERY friendly, helpful staff . Dined at the Fish house near the pier on the evening on the hotels recommendation , it was perfect !

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Cabrillo Inn at the Beach

Address: 931 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3642
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $118 - $244 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cabrillo Inn at the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 43
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