Stayed for two nights in May, 2013. Upon arrival, I thought, "this is a cool old Route 66 type motel." It was that and so much more. The room was huge, and nicely appointed save for the lack of much in the way of wall decor. The king bed was incredibly comfortable. There was a couch in a nook, and a refrigerator and coffee maker. The bathroom was a tad small, with only adequate counter space and a single sink. The linens were magnificent. Bed linens were soft and comfortable; the towels were wonderful. The bathroom featured a separate faucet which dispensed filtered water - I didn't have to use my Bobble to get good tasting water as I do in most hotels. The room also had a private patio with dining table and chairs as well as a chaise lounge. The room was quiet, remarkably clean and looked as sif it had been refurbished recently. Front desk staff was friendly and very accommodating. We arrived t 1:00 p.m., and knew we were early. Sure enough, our room had not yet been cleaned, but the desk clerk pulled the staff from another room and reassigned them to our room right away. In an hour, it was done. The location is wonderful - just a 1/2 block from the beach and harbor. It didn't hurt that the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile was parked in the parking lot for two days and the Wienermobile staff was allowing looks inside and giving away Wienermobile whistles. That was cute. Overall, this is one of the best hotels we've experienced, and we've been traveling the US for two years, staying in dozens of hotels in every price range. Excellent room, decent continental breakfast, coffee maker in the room, great linens, an air conditioner that worked well and made just enough noise to provide perfect "white noise" for sleeping. To make it perfect, it would have been nice if there were an actual closet instead of an armoire and if the TV had been positioned at the foot, instead of side of the bed. Overall, though, a wonderful experience, and we will definitely return when back in Santa Barbara.
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