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Ramada Santa Barbara
Ranked #25 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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“A good choice in pricey Santa Barbara”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

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.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

Registered for the Montecito Half Marathon and needed a place to stay.
Reservations online was easy and check in the day was quick. The room was as expected, considering the $160 per night, plus city tax. Two nights were fine, and the breakfast was just right--coffee, juice, pastries, and cereal.
The bed was OK, shower & bath were clean, TV was OK, and the location was close to the freeway.
Will be back for the weekend of the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November.

  • Stayed July 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

We've just returned from a two night stay at this hotel. We were pleasantly surprised. The outside doesn't look like much, but despite this being an older property, it is extremely well kept. Everything is spotlessly clean and running well. Beautiful lagoon with koi and waterfalls. Excellent continental breakfast with great waffles! Warm cookies in the afternoon. Beautiful clean pool and hot tub. Great beds and very quiet rooms. I'm a light sleeper, and the solid construction of this motel eliminates all noise. That's very important to me. Very accommodating and pleasant staff too.

Close to the freeway, so it's easy to hop on and go anywhere in the area without battling Santa Barbara traffic and the narrow streets.

Room Tip: You might want to plan just some down time by the pool. Eat breakfast on your patio.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

Our expectations at the Ramada were surpassed on many levels. From check-in to check-out to the hotel handling sending me the phone chargers we left in the room, we were treated superbly. Everyone was helpful and caring. The room was clean and we loved the terrace that sat right on the lotus pond. We were greeted each morning, as we sipped our delicious complimentary coffee, by the quack quack of group of ducks that seem to live on the pond. The pool and whirlpool were also very clean and well maintained. This is a great deal and is just a couple of exits off the freeway to the heart of Santa Barbara. I recommend this property highly. Five stars.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2011

We stop at the Santa Barbara Ramada every time we visit the area, about twice a year. What a beautiful place! The courtyard with the ducks and flora is incomparable! The staff is always helpful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Garden Grove, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2011

I am a new Santa Barbara Forester fan/parent, and was told that Drew Wakefield could help me find lodging when coming up for games....I called him on rather short notice, and he was able to accomodate me at a very competiive price. He went beyond the call of duty, and he and his staff were very helpful and friendly.....I have three pet peeves when traveling...1)Uncomfortable beds, 2) poor water pressure, and 3)noise. I have to say that the beds were extremely comfortable, the water pressure was great, and I enjoyed peaceful sleep. The staff was extremely helpful and the continental breakfast was a great way to start the day..I will be back, maybe as soon as July 29. If you are looking for a clean, friendly, and affordable place to stay while in Santa Barbara, don't miss the chance to stay at The Ramada Limited Santa Barbara....

ps....the lagoon and grounds are beautiful!!!!

Shelly Vertigan

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

Don't let the location fool you, it's only a few exits to downtown Santa Barbara or Goleta/UCSB and the price was much lower than staying in the middle of things. The courtyard area has a great lagoon and pool with ducks, koi fish, and is very relaxing. I stayed for business but would highly recommend it for families as well.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Ramada Santa Barbara
Address: 4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone Number:
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#4 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#14 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#19 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#24 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ramada Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 126
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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