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“Pleasant stay and a good value” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Inn At East Beach
Ranked #24 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Altadena, California
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Pleasant stay and a good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

I wanted to be spontaneous and not reserve the last night of a one week road trip up the coast. I simply walked up to the counter without a reservation and Frank was just incredibly pleasant and even gave me a discount! Uncovered parking in the back is available and was told security will check for a displayed permit; a good service, made me feel safe. The room was nicely updated with modern furniture and colors. The bathroom is a nice size, modern sink and good counter space. Hair dryer in the drawer. Some parts of the shower room didn't seem updated but still cozy. I could hear guests using the pool at night and in the morning. Some guests were loud but quieted down later at night. Continental breakfast in the lobby with seating outdoor was nice. Frank was hosting and the man is jolly, funny, and very kind.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had a fantastic stay at the Inn at East Beach. Frank was very welcoming, a real gem, and made sure we had everything we needed for our stay. The rooms are very well thought out with a good attention to detail and big comfortable beds. The location is great - about 35 minutes walk to Santa Barbara pier and it was nice to be slightly outside of the hustle and bustle of the centre. We will stay here again if we are ever lucky enough to be in the area!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Loved this place! Referred by volunteer at visitor center. Christine and Mark were both awesome. Got a super cool modern/retro furnished room with an ocean view for what a super 8 costs! We will definitely stay again. Very neat find in a cool town. Thank you Inn at East Beach. Only 1 block to run on the beach!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

One of the friendliest welcomes we had on the trip. There is plenty of off-street parking and rooms are large, although there is no air conditioning for those hotter months!

The location is ideal in relation to the beach but a good walk into the main street and restaurants not close by. However, there is an electric shuttle that will take you there from the beach side road for 50c. They a regular on the half hour.

Noise could be a problem as the complex is very old style with not a lot of sound insulation, even though the windows are double glazed, the rest of the design just oozes noise. I asked for a room on the top level which I highly recommend to cut down on the above noise.

A breakfast is provided which is simple but adequate. Quite nice to eat outside at the tables provided or taken back to your room.

We were pleasantly surprised by the king sized bed and space our room had, although no kitchen facilities. However there was a coffee maker which went down well early in the morning.

Good location for the beach, friendly people and and plenty of room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Louth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Unfortunately we only stayed here for one night on our way through, however, this was the best place we stayed in on our 12 day trip up the coast from Long Beach to San Francisco.
The owner, Frank, the owner, could not have been more welcoming or friendly and helpful. The room was lovely with the toiletries containing everything you could think of, the pool was nice and the breakfast was plentiful and tasty, again with almost everything you could wish for with Frank trying to get you to eat more!
We would definitely go back and would wholeheartedly recommend this place. Brilliant!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Was welcomed by the amazing 'frank' as soon as we arrived, very helpful and made our stay great, even providing a candle for my birthday breakfast! Less than a 5 min walk to an amazing beach which was practically deserted! hotel room was clean, comfy and large with a pretty pool outside.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Redlands, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

My main purpose in booking this place was getting as close to the beach as possible without paying $400. We are not picky, we just want a place that's clean and comfortable. We payed $250 for the Junior kitchen suite.

When you first get there, you are greeted by Frank, the manager, about whom plenty has been written, and I'll get to him. We were able to check in early (about 1:30, as opposed to the 3:00 check-in time) since our room was ready, which I always love. The parking is ample and off the street, and in a beach area like this, that's huge. Plus, the parking area is a few short steps from any of the rooms; This is a really small place, so everything is close to everything else.

The grounds are really cool: There is bamboo all over the place, and the set-up is nice, with decks for lounging and snacking, different levels with a few stairs. Other reviewers are correct about the gates though - they are loud and rusty. It's a good example of the bottom line of the Inn at East Beach: They've fixed up some stuff, but some things are really overlooked that would make a big difference.

When we walked in, it didn't smell that fresh, as others have noted. It was distinctly the smell of mold - not strong enough to be disgusting, and we're not that picky. It got much better as soon as we got the fans going. I did think it was interesting that the windows were left open by housekeeping - I've never seen that done before, maybe to negate the initial impact of the smell?

We were delighted with the amount of space. The kitchen is fully stocked, regarding plates, silverware, full-sized refrigerator, stove, etc. Some people complain about the decorations or the fact that it's not to their taste, but again, we don't care. I thought it was nice... the window treatments are silk, and block out the light well, and darken the room when you need it. Huge sink (in separate area outside the actual bathroom). Just enough TV channels to keep us entertained in the short amount of time we'd want to stay inside, in a spot so close to the beach. The beds were very comfortable, pillows were big and nice, and there were extra blankets. The fireplace is really cool, and I expect it would be a great perk in the winter. I have to say I didn't think we'd mind the lack of air conditioning, but it was awfully stuffy at times - when you want it, you really want it! No fan in the bathroom ends up making a big difference with no air after warm water's been run. There is a ceiling fan, and a standing fan, and they both help a lot, but we would have liked air conditioning. The proprietor has a wall unit, incidentally.

As to the Sainted Frank, who manages the place: He is pretty oppressive. After the first afternoon, I avoided him like the plague. The thing is, his "Look at me, I'm all hospitality, and I'm your key to Santa Barbara" act wears thin very quickly. He hovers like your grandma, waiting for you to break some little rule, and he explains each rule repeatedly. And God forbid he doesn't tell you a rule (and you didn't think to ask), you'll get a condescending verbal spanking that makes it downright uncomfortable to take advantage of some of the amenities for fear you won't do it right.

On the other hand, he runs a tight enough ship that other people don't break rules that make your experience miserable. This place can be VERY loud, especially if the windows are open because of the lack of air conditioning. But if everybody's civilized, it's peaceful and nice, and that's great. If you've never been to Santa Barbara, it's a wonderful place to vacation, and from what I could see, the price here was reasonable. On the other hand, the Motel Six (30 feet away) was a hundred dollars a night cheaper, so do your research and go from there.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Inn At East Beach
Address: 1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3705 (Formerly East Beach Lodge)
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn At East Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just steps to Santa Barbara's best beach - Exclusive East Beach Resort area near zoo, wharf and shopping. ... more   less 
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