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“Nice Little Place Near the Beach if you Like Firm Beds” 4 of 5 stars
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West Beach Inn
Ranked #23 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Boulder, CO
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice Little Place Near the Beach if you Like Firm Beds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

I have visited Santa Barbara several times in the last year. It is a tricky town to find nice well located hotels under $200 a night. I have stayed at the West Beach Inn twice in the past few months. While it is an older property, it is a great choice if you want to be near the beach.

I like lots of things about this hotel. It has a beautiful courtyard and small pool area. It is across the street from the harbor and is an easy walk to the pier and lower State Street. The rooms are reasonably nice... you may even manage a peekaboo view of the harbor from the rooms that are't sold as ocean view. Parking is easy and convenient.

Unfortunately, the doors/windows all face the the courtyard which means that you don't have any privacy from passerby's if you want to enjoy the view. Things that I wish they would improve include the beds (very firm) and the noisy wall unit ventilation system.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stayed only one night as an overnight stay to San Fran.
Great , clean hotel , plenty free parking and short walk to the Pier.
Free wine and cheese on check in (5- 7pm) and breakfast, although a bit cramped seating area it served its purpose. Room was a good size and clean. Had a nice pool area but didnt use as weather was too cold.
Try booking room on top floor overlooking water, this side also has the elevator, handy if you have plenty of luggage.
I would definately reccomend for any overnight stays.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We loved this place on our recent four-day stay. Great location, beautiful view, lovely, spacious room, excellent bed and very courteous and helpful staff, nice breakfast. A very pleasant surprise! I would enjoy firmer pillows, but there were plenty of them. We could walk across to the beach and to most of the local restaurants.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street side have a great view with nice balconies. Might be a little noisier, but it q...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Santa Ana, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

First great impression was of the nicely kept pool area and the center lawn area which was quiet and relaxing. The second level rooms have a nice little lounging area with a couple chairs and table in front of the room. The room was clean and the bathrooms were oddly laid out but surprisingly big. We stayed on the first floor but I recommend you stay on the second floor as the floor is very thin and you can hear everything above you

Directly across the street from the beach, literally (50 feet maybe). Will take you about 15 minutes to walk to anything fun on State Street.

Room Tip: Stay on the second floor for the patio and lower room noise.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great little hotel with clean secure rooms and free parking. Staff really helpful and even fed-ex'd some clothes I left behind to my next destination!
We booked in late but I did price check the hotel beforehand and it was between $20 & $100 cheaper than its nearest competitors directly on the sea front.
So to finish the hotel and grounds are well maintained it is family friendly and the staff are genuinely helpful. Your a 10 minute walk to the main boulevard (bottom off) and less than a minute to the beach I highly recommmend this hotel!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Courtenay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

This hotel is very clean and pleasant. We have a wonderful view of the beach and the harbor. All the staff are very friendly. We especially say thank you to Ramon who helped us with our luggage to our room. Santa Barbara is a very beautiful city, don't miss the Mission if you visit. Beds are soooooo comfortable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

As other reviews gave said, the location is great. Dinner at Brophy Bros, running on bike trail along beach, walking distance to Reality Church at SBCC. We even took a drive to Island Packers in Oxnard for a whale watching boat trip.

Ed, the evening office staff person, does a great job and is an excellent conversationalist. Ask him about the "no-leash" parks, including Skofield Park.

BTW, SBA airport is a great small airport to fly into.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: West Beach Inn
Address: 306 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — West Beach Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The West Beach Inn is nestled in between the beautiful Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor and historic Stearn’s Wharf along Cabrillo Boulevard. The hotel is centrally located, only a few blocks from downtown Santa Barbara and steps away from the many beaches, restaurants and shopping areas. Complimentary wine and cheese and a deluxe continental breakfast are offered daily in our sunny lobby alongside the heated pool and large luxurious spa. Guest laundry facilities and Complimentary parking are available to all guests. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned and include in-room safes, refrigerators, high quality bathrobes, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, cable TV including HBO, desks and telephones equipped with voicemail and automated wake-up call services. Complementary High-Speed Internet is available property-wide. ... more   less 
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