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“More than a view” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #12 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Sherwood Park, Canada
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“More than a view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

This excellent Inn is located across the road from harbour and beach, and a bike path/walkway that stretches end to end of Santa Barbara. The landscaping is beautiful -- full of flowers to satiate visitors from cold climates. The rooms are large, clean, and comfortable, the service excellent. I received a bottle of sparkling wine for a birthday surprise! The adjacent restaurant is great for breakfast -- with huevos rancheros and friendly service. Also great coffee. This is the place to park for a visit to the wine country, and for kayaking by the Channel Islands.

Room Tip: It's not necessary to pay a higher price for a harbor view. There are views all around.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

Sadly we didn't have much chance to enjoy the facilities of the hotel as we arrived late and left early, but were very pleased with our experience. Easy check in. Nice spacious and clean room. Free wifi and parking only $10 per day. The hotel owns a restaurant next door, but that looked deserted, so we wandered down the street to a great fish restaurant - Fish House. We would certainly love to return to Santa Barbara with a little more time to explore and would happily return to the Harbor View Inn

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

As a near constant world traveler, I have been fortunate to see my share of impressive properties. I can't think of many definitely more beautiful than the Harbor View in SB. I can't imagine what their landscaping budget is, but from the moment you get there you'll see it's a considerable step up from any property on the beach front here, and that's saying a lot. You'll just want to take pictures! Their location is the best there is, with great views from every room. Their restaurant is solid, though not fine-dining. Room service and service in general has always been top notch in my many stays here. The rooms are beautifully designed as well, down to the fineest of details. Poolside bar is a nice touch, and this place is full of nice additions. I can't wait think of a thing I would change. Bring your family!

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Skien, Norway
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

Stayed here for almost a week and I think the hotel did a good job. Rooms were big, staff helpful, cheap parking and a great pool area. Location is great. Thumbs up!

Thumbs down for: Unstable and slow WiFi, very late housekeeping (4:30 pm every day!) and a closed poolbar.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Norwegian-1984
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

The staff are really nice. enjoyed the view. unfortunately, when they have no internet service and WiFi was not working properly, I called the front desk and I was told that the owner had instructed that "he" is not going to pay for the on call service and not to be bothered. This place is not a great place to stay if you are travelling on business. Go just down the road @ "The Fess Parker Doubletree by Hilton" The staff are nice very professional great for business trip and family relaxation had a great ocean view and great price! Much better. I will never go back to Harbor View Inn.

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Room Tip: Ocean view very nice. Only stay here if you do not have any need to connect to the internet!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ava G
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Gold Coast, Australia
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Stopped off just for the night and was so disappointed that we didn't have longer! What a great location and very nice hotel. The room was really clean, quiet and spacious with a very comfortable bed and a lovely bathroom. Would definitely return and recommend the Harbor View Inn to others.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a girl's weekend. We were unhappy with our original (4 star) hotel and decided to check out Harbor View Inn. The upgraded room with the view is very spacious and nice, very large bathroom. We decided to go with the room without the view, to save a little money. It was still a large room and nice bathroom with 2 sinks. The shower was wonderful, great water pressure, beds were comfortable with decent pillows. The staff was very nice and accommodating. It is a great location and very easy to get in and out if you have a car. Parking is $10/day, which was much less expensive than other first hotel we booked. It is right across the street from the beach. Would definitely return and recommend.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Harbor View Inn

Property: Harbor View Inn
Address: 28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number:
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:
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 On the Beach 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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