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“A Good Budget Motel In An Expensive Community”
Review of Sandpiper Lodge

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Sandpiper Lodge
Ranked #35 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed December 24, 2011

The motel is middle aged, with furniture from the 1980's. The room decor was average, but the amenities for a budget motel were above average.
The room had a comfortable bed and newly remodeled bathroom. The fresh coat of paint was salmon color. We stayed on a Monday night and the place was quiet. There was a strong smell of Eucalyptus tree in the room.
The front desk checked us in and out in less than a minute. The clerk was congenial and professional. There was a computer in the lobby to use for free.
We did not eat at the continental breakfast in the lobby because we wanted to eat a full breakfast that morning.
We paid less than $80, including tax, only about $5 more than the Motel 6 next door. The motel is on the west end of State Street, so it is necessary to drive or take a bus to get to the downtown and the other tourist sites.
We would stay at this motel again.

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room if you have heavy luggage to haul.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

My wife and I only stayed here one night but I think only one night is enough, it is not a 4 or 5 star hotel. It's good for a fast pass through, spend 1 or 2 nights hotel but that would be it, the hotel is nice but it lacks parking, by the time we came back to our room there was no parking spaces inside the hotel and we had to park on the street. Also the walls of our room are very thin, you could hear all the toilets being flushed from other rooms, the continental breakfast that they announce only consist of coffee and cereal, no other treats. Luckily it is close to downtown Santa Barbara where we enjoyed a good breakfast, also it is very close to the mission and the history museum. The beds are good but not great, we were tossing and turning since they were not so comfortable to our standards.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

In October, 2011 I booked 1 night at this hotel. They provides good/basic accomodations, but carpet didn't look especially clean.
Some amenities in the room: fridge, iron, hairdryer, Pay-per-view movies and games,...
The breakfast consisted of 2 different kinds of cereal, bagel, juice, tea/coffee, and prepackaged danishes and muffins.
Is a great deal for your money in Santa Barbara. For a road trip type hotel where you don't spend too much time in the room I'd recommend this providing you can get a good price. For 1 night it was fine!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Alfccs
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

These are not suites by any means. The 2nd room is small and may only be accessed through the main room. The main room is a bed, table & chairs, large tv and leads to a jack & jill type sink area, but the bathroom is off that. The small room must access the main room to use the restroom, which was moldy.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank Moatca
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

Everything was brilliant about the lodge apart from being bitten during the night and finding dead bed bugs in the bed when we woke! Place was very clean, lots of amenities in the room, fridge, iron, hairdryer, nice and modern also, only thing bad was the bed bugs, we told reception as soon as we realised and they allowed u's to check out later because I wanted to wash our cloths first so not to take them with u's! They said they would refund $16 out of the $75 we paid for laundry but really that is not good enough as we wasted the day washing drying cloths!! They should have refunded but I'm not the type of person to argue it out so said thanks for the $16 and left, will post the photos we took

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

It was a perfect Location for a Trip to Santa Barbara. Nice rooms and swimmingpool. The fitnessroom was very old. Wifi was very slow. But I would really recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We needed a place to stay for one night and sought an affordable alternative. So many hotels in the Santa Barbara area are overpriced, and we were just looking for a hotel that was clean and comfortable. Sandpiper Lodge fit our requirements nicely. We also found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We'll be visiting our daughter in college periodically and will certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Sandpiper Lodge

Address: 3525 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-2689
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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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $133 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandpiper Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are visiting Santa Barbara for business or pleasure, we invite you to enjoy the three-diamond amenities and services of the Sandpiper Lodge on Upper State Street. From our prime location on upper State Street, you are poised to experience all that one of California's premier destinations has to offer-beaches, gardens, museums, historical sites, dining, shopping, and entertainment. With well-appointed rooms and suites and a heated pool and spa, the Sandpiper Lodge offers ideal accommodations for budget-minded travelers desiring a degree of sophistication. ... more   less 
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Sandpiper Hotel Santa Barbara
Sandpiper Motel Santa Barbara
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