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“Pleasant” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #13 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pleasant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed with the family in a double room, it was a pleasant hotel and well located with the beach across the road and Main street just on the corner. We don't usually use hotel restaurants but husband with broken leg meant he could only hop so far. Eladios was a nice clean and pleasant restaurant and with the 10% off for hotel guests made it an affordable option.

First night we had a rattle in the bathroom roof which sounded as if a team of mice typists were hard at work. Told reception in the morning and it was fixed within 20 minutes wish I had gone down at 3am to complain rather than lie awake.

Just across the road at the start of the pier is a small tram which for 50 cents takes you 14 blocks up Main Street.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Tracy P
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Perth, Australia
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97 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Well the water was warm only in the shower never hot. I phoned reception who told me well everyone must be having a shower in your wing so hop out and wait 10 minutes. Not impressed! Tried again later same story maintenance guy had a look but couldn't fix. Next day water still only warm.

Ask for ocean view room hat is worth it. Kids enjoyed pool. Had to walk quite a way for a 7/11 for milk. Oh and if your looking for coffee nearest Starbucks is a good 15 minute walk. View from our room attached

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Mark R, Owner at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
I wanted to Thank-you for letting us know about your stay with us this weekend. I have informed our head of maintenance to address your hot water issue. I am glad you enjoyed our pool area.
We do serve Starbucks Coffee both in room service at our pool Bar and in our Restaurant Eladio's. We also have a coffee bar on property State Street Coffee that servers Starbucks products. Again Thank-you for taking the time to write a response and we hope you will stay with us again. Mark A. Romasanta
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Thousand Oaks, CA
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37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

My mom and sisters visited me recently for my 50th b'day and mom booked a large top floor room here one night during a 3-day trip up the coast. The room was big and very nice, with a lovely patio balcony looking out at the water - but SADLY the weather was gloomy, which sort of stripped away most of the luster of being in this pricey beachfront room - but with all the activties we had planned it was all about LOCATION, and we were in a great spot...walking to restaurants, the Art Walk, to the pier, and just a short drive to the Harbor for whale watching...

The refrigerator was fully packed when we arrived so we couldn't put our drinks in there, but we had a big cooler with us and there was an ice machine right outside our door so we were happy. The only complaint was having the toilet in the same little room as the shower (with glass door) so when one of us was showering you couldn't use the toilet. There were two TVs in the room, one in front of each bed. We got the last parking spot, so parking isn't plentiful and I'd recommend getting your spot early. Staff was nice and when we asked for a corkscrew they brought us one in a package right away, seemed like a giveaway item, not sure if they billed my mom for it, ha. The room service prices were reasonable and we were able to place our orders the night before, on the doorknob outside and our breakfasts were brought to us right at the time we indicated on the card. Very efficient!

I'd love to stay there again sometime, when the weather might be nicer - it would be fantastic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bethesda, MD
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249 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

We spent two nights here in Room 203, which was a huge room with two ocean exposures. A comfortable bed and a nice bath. Would stay here again and ask for this same room. While a highway is between the hotel and the ocean beach, that did not present a problem.

Room Tip: Room 203 has two ocean exposures.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank endjed
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Morristown, New Jersey
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48 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Paid for a full ocean view room and wasn't disappointed. The hotel is very nice, had a very friendly and helpful staff, and a perfect location. Only spent 1 night, but the wharf, the urban walking trail, shopping, the beach, and very good restaurants were all within walking distance. Really enjoyed sitting on the room balcony. Only disappointment is that the hotel/beach doesn't face west so you can't watch sunset from the balcony. Would stay here again in a minute.

Room Tip: request 3rd floor, ocean view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jim M
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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Hotel was very cute, rooms were larger than I anticipated. Comfortably fits 4 adults in 1 room. Our bathroom was spacious and had a corner spa.

Right opposite the water, but shops are not really walking distance.

Gym was very small but the pool was big.

Would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nicky C
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

I have never left a review of a Hotel before but on this trip I felt that I had to.
Myself & my Wife drove down here for 1 weeks stay after spending 6 days in Las Vegas. The Location of this Hotel is Ideal for discovering the Santa Barbara area, it is located right in front of the beach & is ideally located for very short walks to the Harbour, Pier & the sunday art & crafts market. If you dont want to walk you can get the Electric Tram styled bus for 50c each to the downtown area (shops) or the Harbour. There are plenty of Restaurants/Bars in all areas. The Main reason for this Review though is that on the day we were meant to travel back to the UK my Wife became ill & had to go to Hospital, as a result of this we had to postpone our travel plans for a week. The Staff of this Hotel are fantastic.... they were always on hand to help us through quite a distressing couple of days, from advice to assistance they were great, nothing we asked was to much trouble. Thankyou

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Del_Nolan
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Additional Information about Harbor View Inn

Property: Harbor View Inn
Address: 28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3504
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbor View Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Santa Barbara's premier 4-Diamond boutique oceanfront hotel. Centrally located to the beach, downtown shops, restaurants, museums and attractions. Enjoy all of our wonderful amenities which include heated pool and jacuzzi, Full service Spa,room service, gift shop, fitness center, coffee bar and restaurant, Eladio's. ... more   less 
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