I have stayed in many hotels and motels in the Santa Barbara area over the last 30 years, and the Ramada Limited is one of my favorites.
Like many nice hotels in SB, the Ramada features beautifully landscaped grounds, with a water filled lagoon that is home to ducks, fish and other small (and harmless) creatures. The pool and whirlpool (both outdoors, as with most SB properties) are kept clean and the water temperature seems reasonable.
There is a "business center" near the office where one can print maps, consult TripAdvisor, print airline boarding passes, etc. WiFi is available, free, and more reliable than it was a few years ago. We had no interruption in WiFi service, and speeds were great.
There is plenty of free parking, and the SB Transit has a bus stop in front of the hotel. As with most places in California, while you can get by in the SB area without a car, you will miss out on some nice attractions outside of town if you don't drive.
The Ramada does not have a restaurant, but it provides a very nice free breakfast seven days per week. It features the usual pastries, beverages, toast, English muffins, bagels, yogurt, etc. The friendly staff will make you a fresh waffle on request, and, unlike some hotels with free breakfast, fresh fruit is available.
Across the street is an IHOP, and down the street is an In & Out Burger, which many rate as the best "fast food" burgers & fries in America. Since we live in Ohio, it is a treat for us to go there!
Our room was clean and serviced every day by housekeeping. The front desk staff was friendly & helpful (and they usually have free cookies and candy at the office).
The bathrooms have shower-baths, with toiletries and a hair dryer provided. The rooms come with a mini refrigerator and a microwave. Most rooms have either a patio or a balcony.
The Ramada is particularly a good choice for visits to UCSB, and to the SBA airport. It is conveniently off of Highway 101, without highway noise.
No, you are not on the beach, but at least for my family, that was not a drawback. Essentially all beaches in California are public-even in ritzy Malibu. Further, most, if not all "beach" hotels in Santa Barbara are NOT on the beach. At best, they are across the street from the beach, or a short walk.
We drove to the beach a couple of times, and found convenient parking available.
I've stayed at the original location of Motel6 (a good value that's only a block from East Beach), Fess Parker's Doubletree, the Santa Barbara Inn, Hotel Mar Monte (fka the Raddison and the Sheraton), Cabrillo Inn, the (currently closed) El Encanto, and, uptown, the BW Pepper Tree Inn, among other places.
I've only dined at the Four Seasons and the San Ysidro Ranch, since we can't afford to pay a starting price of $500/night. If you can afford to stay there, I can tell you that the public areas are lovely, and the staff seems very service oriented.
There's nothing wrong with any of those places (though some are quite expensive), but the next time we are in Santa Barbara, the first place we'll check for lodging will be the Ramada Limited.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ramada Santa Barbara was awarded the Top Ramada Hotel in all of North America by Ramada Worldwide in September of 2016. The Ramada Santa Barbara was awarded the Best of the Best for 6 continuous by Ramada Worldwide. Green Certified by Santa Barbara County Green Business, Gold Certified by Audubon International, Environmentalist award from California Green Lodging Program. The Ramada Santa Barbara is Locally owned and Operated, Centrally located, known as the Best Value Hotel in the Greater Santa Barbara/Goleta area, and can often times save you hundreds of dollars over competing hotels in the downtown or beach areas. We pride ourselves on only offering VIP Service throughout your stay. The Ramada offers all guests, a Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast with made to order waffles, Free Wi-Fi-, Free Parking, Three Electric Car Charging Stations, free shuttle to and from SBA, Amtrak, and SB Airbus, and a magnificent Year Round Solar Heated Pool & Whirlpool where the water temperature is always perfect. Every room offers a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, premium cable and Free HBO, personal safe, comfortable high quality bed, iron & ironing board, voicemail, hairdryer, work desk, Free local calls, and private patio or balcony. Plus the Ramada offers a full business center. The Ramada Santa Barbara is just minutes away from everything in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area. Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) are just 6 minutes away, downtown and the Santa Barbara beaches are just 10-12 minutes away. Rest, Relax, or Unwind around our lush tropical gardens and lagoons that are home to ducks, turtles, KOI, & goldfish. The Ramada Santa Barbara Value Pass let's you to Feel Like a Local by saving you up to $650.00 when you take advantage of all the discounts we offer. 2 for 1 Wine tasting, 2 for 1 to the Santa Barbara Zoo & Maritime Museum, Discounts to ATV Mountain Rides, Santa Barbara Helicopter, Museums, Attractions, Beach Horseback rides, Chumash Casino, Restaurants, and much more. Some discounts might change or be discontinued so please check with front desk staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Limited Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Ramada