Our family had stayed the two previous nights at the West Beach Inn, just a block up and beachfront. We needed to find a place for the third night which we had not previously planned on staying (Santa Barbara is like that!) There are lots of small hotels in this neighborhood, and I'm afraid we chose the wrong one, though on short notice this was one of the only ones available....and we had not wanted to move far. We paid nearly the same price for this place tucked into a back block, as we had paid for the West Beach Inn, but the differences were absolutely glaring. Whereas the Mason Beach Inn had ratty hallway rugs, plastic-wrapped plastic cups (for nearly $200 a night, I expect glass cups and ceramic coffee mugs, not styrofoam...ugh), useless Internet access (to the point I wondered whether there was mischief at work...my husband and I had both worked hard to figure out the problem, and the front desk was strangely ignorant, using senseless explanations and eventually changing the story repeatedly----to finally get online I had to walk back up to the West Beach Inn, sit on their outside steps and log in!), short pool/hot tub hours, uninspired continental breakfast, some rooms dark with little character (I asked for a different room upon arrival since we had been put in a dark, narrow room with a terrible chemical/plastic smell and no airflow), and the list goes on. To be fair, the front desk was flexible and friendly about the switching of rooms. I know Santa Barbara is an expensive place, but the experience there can feel so different based on the choice of hotel you make. The West Beach Inn had a feeling of community due to where the pool area is located next to the office and the morning breakfast, the friendly staff, the international population of guests, the central grassy courtyard away from all the parking. The rooms there were smartly appointed with big terry robes to wear, nice furniture and interior decorating, lovely views out to the harbor and pier (at least from our 3rd floor front building), balconies, large closets for luggage overflow, etc. There was just no comparison for the money spent. The Mason Beach Inn felt like it was skimming on the price point of the neighborhood, without giving much more than a modernized Motel 6 provides (we stayed at three different Motel 6's on this same trip, near Disneyland and up north off I-5, and were much happier with those due to their value for the money). We wouldn't go back to the Mason Beach Inn.......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mason Beach Inn is within walking distance of beautiful West Beach and the oceanfront bike path, the Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and the shops and restaurants on beautiful State Street in downtown. Santa Barbara’s world-class golf courses and renowned wineries are just minutes away.45 Well-appointed guest rooms, suites all non-smoking Year round heated swimming pool and SpaDeluxe continental breakfast Winter monthly and weekly rates available Complimentary wireless Internet service Front Desk Available 24 hrsMultilingual staff ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mason Beach Hotel Santa Barbara
- Mason Beach Santa Barbara