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“Very Nice Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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West Beach Inn
Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
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138 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Very Nice Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We stayed 5 nights in a nice room with a very comfortable king size bed. This is a small inn with very pretty, well kept grounds, pool & spa. The staff really understands good customer service. Patricia, Joseph and all the staff went out of their way to accommodate us in a friendly, caring manner. The location is great, across from the marina and right down the street from the beach. Shops and restaurants are within walking distance. The trolley stop at Sterns Wharf at the end of State Street is an easy walk from the Inn. You can do fine without a car. We've stayed here before and we'll definitely be back.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We really enjoyed our 3 days at West Beach Inn. I did a lot of homework before choosing the West Beach Inn and so glad i made this choice. We made the reservation via the hotel's own website and got a better deal than any of the hotel "hot deal" sites. Check out West Beach inn's own promotions page. The grounds were lovely and free amenities were very nice. Front desk staff very friendly and already had us in an upgraded room when we checked in. Even though we were on ground level and street side, the noise at night was minimal and the bed was very comfy. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a $$ hotel in Santa Barbara.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

My husband was here for a week of work meetings. So I was able to tag along. I thought thought it was great. We had had a bad experience in our travels and after traveling for 25 hours, we were finally able to get in. The night time gentlemen got us into a room, fairly quick. However our reservations were messed up somehow and he was still able to accommodate us. The next morning after our reservation had been cleared, we were upgraded to the room we initially had been given b/c of the reservation issue. So it worked out well for us. I was able to sit on our patio every morning and do my "sunning" fairly privately. It was great! The staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Sacramento
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed here at the beginning of April 2013 for Spring Break. I made reservations ahead of time through Expedia and got a relatively good price.

The property is located across the street from the marina and diagonal to West Beach. We were able to walk to the beach portion in about 3 minutes and Stearns Wharf (shopping, dining) in about 10 minutes. We also walked up State Street to get to more shopping and dining (about 15 minutes) although I would not recommend that at night.

The hotel was very comforatable. We did the free continental breakfast each morning (nice to sit by the pool for breakfast!) We also went to the wine and cheese thing one or two nights (5-7pm.) The room was cleaned very well and always done before we returned to our room by 4 or 5pm.

The only issue we had while here was that on two separate days the guests upstairs from us were running some kind of chimpanzee circus in their room each morning. However, when I called the front desk they were very helpful and the loud noises stopped a few minutes later.

The hotel has no restaurant, but Sambo's is a few-minute walk for breakfast and lunch and other restaurants are walkable within 15 minutes.

I really liked the grounds of this hotel - lots of tropical flowers and greenery. I highly recommend the property and if we're in Santa Barbara again, this is where we'll stay. It was nice, relaxing and attractive to look at and walk around.

Other notes: The Amtrak station is walkable to this hotel via State Street. It is about a 10-15 minute walk.

Activities/places we did while we were here and would recommend: Santa Barbara Mission, SB Botanic Garden, West Beach, Stearns Wharf, State Street, Carpinteria Beach, UCSB (biked it), Arroyo Burro Beach, Solvang

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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O'Fallon, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

The staff was very nice and helpful. We had a great view of the harbor. Close to everything.. free breakfast and wine and cheese pairing in the evening. Also free parking. Within walking distance to the wharf. We would end each evening on the balcony with a glass of wine.

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Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I stayed here one night after a long (post-St. Patrick's hangover) drive from Monterey. The front desk staff were friendly and checked me in quickly. They informed me of the continental breakfast and offered some opinions on where I could eat dinner.

The breakfast the next morning was nothing fancy, but definitely sufficient. They had bagels, bread, etc. with cream cheese and jam, cereal, yogurt, pastries with juice, tea and coffee.

I received a "courtyard" room, which I thought was great; off Cabrillo so it's quiet, overlooking the courtyard, but still with a semi-view of the beach and ocean. The rooms are dated, but clean and quiet. My bathroom was a little musty, and after I showered I could see why. While I didn't feel like I had an overly vigorous shower, there was about a gallon of water on the floor when I was done. Crappy shower curtains aside, I thought the place was terrific.

I would absolutely stay there again.

Room Tip: Overlook the courtyard with a view of the ocean; 101-112 or 210-212
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

The room itself was MUCH smaller than I had imagined it (barely bigger than the bed) but nice accessories in the room and little touches like the dark & milk chocolates, bright green bed comforter, marble bathroom counter, upscale complimentary toiletries, etc.
There were teenagers hanging out in the jacuzzi on Friday night until almost 11pm so we didn't get a chance to use it.
The wine & cheese reception from 5-7 was great! They also offered water, fruit and coffee in the lobby - at any time of day. The "continental breakfast" was just that plus packets of instant oatmeal, orange juice and some boxed cereal - we ate at Sambo's about a block down the road which was much better.
Our room was about $200-210 including taxes, for a Friday night when Jerry Seinfeld was in town, performing at the Arlington Theatre. We booked this hotel through Travelocity for the best rate, and the Front Desk said they do honor a AAA discount but only on weekdays.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 2nd floor in a Garden Suite - room 204. The window to the hallway outside was nowhe...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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