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  • Reviews: 478

4 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Cliff House Inn: Cliff House Inn - nr Santa Barbara

Ok it's not in Santa Barbara at all but this is where we stayed as a base to explore the area. It's located right on the Highway 5 miles or so from Santa Barbara to the north and at bit further, about 18 miles to Ventura to the south.

We arrived here at 5pm and thought that the view was spectacular, straight out onto the ocean. There are some rooms with a picture window and these would be excellent choices. Other rooms have a motel style walkway in front of them. There is swimming pool that was heated when we were there but we did not go in it, mainly due to modesty as in you are in full view of everybody.
Buffet breakfast is included, nothing heated but a good supply of fruit, cereals, bread and muffins. The breakfast needed to be restocked and sometimes we had to find staff to do the deed but hey, no big deal. You can sit outside to eat your breakfast although everyday we watched the dreaded seagulls try to sneak in to take a nibble, just don't leave your food unattended.

Rooms are standard although we were pleased to find the 4 bed room had a separate bedroom rather than to adjacent doubles. It's not the most modern of places but we enjoyed it all the same. The restaurant appeared to be popular but we did not eat there.

It's close to the road and the access to and from the highway resembles an aircraft carrier style acceleration and deceleration at times but if that is a real problem then I would think you were not confident of driving in California at all.

All in all a good stay here, very comfortable, great views once the sea mist has gone and staff friendly. Note you cannot get down to the beach from this place but then again no where do they say you can either. We noted loads of other places that were much more expensive in this part of the world

PS if you want photos with the sun out, wait until the afternoon once the mist has gone.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written February 21, 2014
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View from the door, all rooms face this way

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  • nkhong profile photo nkhong
  • Reviews: 29

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Canary Hotel: A Romantic Weekend Getaway

You can drive straight into their private driveway, where the bell boys promptly open your car door and help you with your luggage. As you check in, the staff at the front are extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel isn't big, but you feel the coziness from the moment you walk through the doors. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with a king size, four poster bed with fluffy pillows and crisp white sheets. The rooms each have their little balcony doors that open to the view of a side of Santa Barbara. Canary provides you with the best service and will attend to all your needs. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is going to Santa Barbara and wants a little bit of pampering and luxury.

There is a great roof top pool and jacuzzi that you can spend your afternoons lounging by. Amazing 360 degree view of Santa Barbara.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written January 13, 2011

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  • truthbetoldnow profile photo truthbetoldnow
  • Reviews: 1

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Best Western South Coast Inn: Do not stay here!

Don't stay at the Best Western South Coast Inn!

We are posting this here to warn you and we are filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau as no one should be subjected to what we endured. This is a hotel where the owner and the manager have demonstrated they don't care about their customers. During our second stay at this hotel we were in a room where the toilet wouldn't flush. It wouldn't flush even if the toilet was empty. We had to call the front desk twice to get it fixed, and each time they sent a new maintenance person, and each time we were told the problem was fixed. When it wasn't fixed for the third time, I called the front desk in frustration. After being put on hold for a long time, the front desk person offered us the use of the bathroom in a room about 10 doors down from ours. We couldn't just move into that room because it had only one double bed. We were four people in a suite with a king and a sofabed and no working toilet. No other rooms were available for that night. I couldn't imagine getting up in the middle of the night and walking outside in my pajamas to use the bathroom. We weren't camping here. We were paying lots of money for a hotel room for four nights. So, I explained how I didn't see how the two rooms could work being so far apart and I said in frustration, "How about just comping us a couple of nights and bringing us a plunger." I added that I had to think about what we were going to do here since we had been told that most hotels in the area were sold out. After a few minutes, I called the front desk back and accepted the offer of the second room for the toilet. We were also offered a new suite room to move to the next day, which we gratefully accepted. We thought everything was all resolved. We would have a new room with a working toilet and everything would be fine. .....but it was not to be.

We were meeting friends for dinner so we had to leave. When we returned, the same front desk person knocked on our door and told us maintenance had snaked the toilet so it was working now. I wish maintenance had done that after our first call. We thanked him and gave him back the keys to the second room. I was told to talk the front desk the next morning about the situation. The next morning I talked to a new desk clerk about the nonworking toilet and he said he knew about it and the owner had heard and we were told we were required to vacate the premises immediately that morning and we were never going to be allowed to stay there again. I was in shock. We have been staying at hotels on a regular basis, including many Best Western's, with no problems. And during our prior stay at this hotel the front desk person said our file said "really nice people" and how we must have made a great impression. Now, because we were frustrated that we were in a room without a working toilet, we were told we were required to leave. It didn't make sense. We still had two nights on our reservation.

This new clerk told us that last night's front desk person relayed to the owner that I had demanded to be compensated for two nights when all I did was ask as a suggestion in frustration. The desk clerk was apologetic and made excuses for the owner telling us he was under stress because of the renovations and also how the main computer system had gone down that night. We asked to talk to both the hotel manager and the hotel owner but we were told neither could be reached and the situation wouldn't change even if they could be reached. There was apparently no way to get this miscommunication undone. He was sympathetic and he did comp us $30 which we appreciated, but there was no way we could connect to the two decision makers, the hotel manager and the hotel owner to get the situation fixed.

This is not the way you treat a customer. No one talked to us except the front desk person who was accusing us of demanding something we only asked for in frustration and as a suggestion. Plus, shouldn't a hotel do something more when your toilet doesn't work? The broken toilet wasn't the only problem. The cold water at the faucet only turned off at a precise point that took a while to find. The shower had very low water pressure. And, the next morning, the toilet wouldn't flush again. Plus, we heard another customer complain about how a hotel staff person walked in on them in their room really early in the morning.

In the end, the owner did us a favor. We found Pacifica Suites. It is closer to our Goleta destination. The toilets work and work and work!! The rooms are much cleaner. The breakfast is better. The people are nicer. And we are very happy to give them our business - we have many trips we will be making each year to Goleta.

Do yourself a favor and don't stay at the Best Western South Coast Inn.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written April 20, 2010

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  • Reviews: 5881

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

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Ernst' Special Bed: hanging with Ernst

We stayed with VT local Ernst (worldtrekker) in Santa Barbara. I would like to say that this is a photo of his house and that this was the famed balcony on which we had a few nice meals but it is not. Staying at someone's home can be an awkward experience but Ernst was the best of hosts, always making us feel perfectly at home. Our bed was the most comfortable of the whole trip, maybe the most comfortable that we've ever slept in. We were amazed that they could have such a nice bed in their guest room. It was, after all, a medium-sized apartment that two bachelors were sharing.

Ernst' room was next door and we would often talk through the walls as we fell asleep. One morning, I went over to talk face-to-face and there was Ernst laying on the floor. He had given up his room and was sleeping in his office! He wanted us to have a real bed after so many weeks of tent camping. If that isn't a great host, I don't know what is.

This great German/Swiss styled home was on one of the streets leading up to the Santa Barbara Mission. Sometimes you see the best stuff just walking to the “real” destinations.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Road Trip, Photography, Budget Travel
  • Written September 11, 2009
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  • CubbyFaila profile photo CubbyFaila
  • Reviews: 1

5 out of 5 starsUser Rating

search www.vrbo.com/26944: great rental home for 2, great price

Spent a month in this lovingly cared for home. It's a two-bedroom cottage, one room locked off for the resident owners' goods. Guests get the huge, huge master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Very useful kitchen with high-end appliances, exceptionally comfortable comfortable Danish recliners in the living room. Guests are welcome to pluck fresh oranges and lemons off the garden trees. The house is about ten minutes from downtown State Street, about 15 minutes from the University of California Santa Barbara (free workshops, lectures), 10 minutes from the ocean, a couple of minutes from the YMCA, five minutes from a variety of really good shopping. SB is an incredible place to visit, especially when you can manage the reasonable cost for this home in an exceptionally wealthy small city. SB has its own symphony, ballet, lots of theatre, International Film Festival, a very active and welcoming Argentine tango scene. It may the best place I've ever lingered!

See above.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Golf, Theater Travel, Beaches
  • Written April 2, 2007

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  • DavoMac profile photo DavoMac
  • Reviews: 11

3 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Worldwide Guest House & Suites: Value for money

Had one night at this motel which is situated on State St, about a 10 minute drive north of downtown. Many motels line this road and ours was across the street from a mini mall, so very handy for grocery shopping.
As there were 3 of us (all males) we required a rollaway bed and after some rearrangement of furniture, we managed to squeeze this into the room. Pleasant pool next to the carpark and free interent (when you can get on) and complimentary pastries and juice for breakfast.
If you are planning on staying a few days or longer in SB, you would be best to find a place near the beach, however for a quick and cheaper stop, this area was fine.

No complaints about the service, facilities or price. Good value.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Singles, Fishing
  • Written January 26, 2007

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  • KarenV profile photo KarenV
  • Reviews: 1

1 out of 5 starsUser Rating

Hotel Andalucia: Poor service...too expensive

Our stay at Andalucia Hotel was quite different than any of the other 'Leading Hotels of the World', it was AWFUL. It should not be on that list by any means.

When we first arrived we were handed our room key...and that was it. No help in any way with learning about the facility, what it had to offer, or what was or was not available.
So we walked up to our room and dropped off our stuff with the intent to head to the beautiful rooftop bar that is on every picture of hotel advertising. Spending some time up there was one of the main reasons I booked the Andalucia. As we got to the elevator there was a huge sign saying the rooftop was closed for a 'private party'. No one at the front desk had said anything about the closure. We decided to go check it out anyway, got up there as the staff was making all the hotel guests leave for a wedding to be performed shortly. We asked, 'Is the area closed all night?' Yes, the staff member told us, until 10 pm (it was 5:00pm).
We came back down and had to find a place along state street to find a drink and relax.

If all the pictures for this hotel advertise this fabulous rooftop bar and view, why are they renting it out to parties so that their guests cannot use it!!! Later when we checked out the manager told us the staff member was wrong, it was not his fault that we missed out using the bar because it was open later and we were misinformed. Actually, that is how our whole stay felt at the Andalucia...uninformed with little to no service. It was as if someone had given us a key, and expected us to figure things out. For paying $400 with Expedia, this was not anywhere near the level we received. I would never recommend this hotel to ANYONE.

The view from the rooftop looked very nice...while we were there for 2 minutes!

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Business Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Road Trip
  • Written June 6, 2006

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  • Reviews: 825
Days Inn Windmill

Days Inn Windmill is located in Buellton, CA., near the Danish village of Solvang (west of Santa Barbara just off U.S. Highway 101). This motel has the quality of a Days Inn motel, but it has a unique architecture -- the Danish windmill. The free continental breakfast is actually claimed to be a Danish breakfast, because it includes some Danish pastries. Besides that, it's a regular continental breakfast you would find anywhere in the U.S. This motel will put you a few miles from the beautiful Danish town of Solvang and also less than an hour from Santa Barbara.

Windmill, Danish-style exterior.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Budget Travel, Business Travel
  • Written January 18, 2004
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Days Inn Windmill


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  • Pounder73 profile photo Pounder73
  • Reviews: 483

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SB: Santa Barbara

SB is filled with hotels, motels and B&B all around. Varying in prices from the Motel 6 at $40.00, to ones that if you have to ask, then it is too expensive for you.

Here are some tips though. Places that are on or near Cabrillo Blvd are near the ocean. If you want to stay in ones closer to the bars and shopping, ask the hotel how close it is to Paseo Nuevo Mall, that is a good central point to the shopping/bars. If you have a car, and you probably will, the city of Goleta is basically the same as SB, and you will be able to save a few dollars. It will only be a 5 or 10 minute drive to downtown Santa Barbara, and a easy cab ride back if you are out in the bars.

If you have any questions about locations and or specific places, drop me a line.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written March 24, 2003

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  • neopetsfan profile photo neopetsfan
  • Reviews: 185

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We stayed in Motel 6 in...

We stayed in Motel 6 in Carpinteria (a small town near Santa Barbara) I love Motel 6 because they all have a swimmingpool.
$46

Big room, clean pool and a nice price

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written September 12, 2002
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  • Lys-Noir profile photo Lys-Noir
  • Reviews: 257

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The INN is called VILLA ROSA...

The INN is called VILLA ROSA and the owner is a belgian lady: Mrs Annie Puetz. I was lucky as she was there at the time I checked if there were any rooms available. I talked french and as soon as I told Annie how I found her Inn, she showed few rooms - beautiful ones furnished with new-mexican style, explained the history of the INN and even gave a good discount!
There’s a small pool and free continental breakfast. There’s complimentary wine and cheese in the evening, along with port or sherry.

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  • Written August 26, 2002
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  • MissyWQ profile photo MissyWQ
  • Reviews: 35

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I used to live in these El...

I once lived in these El Escorial apartments only a few steps from the East Beach. Whenever President Ronald Reagan came to stay at his Ranch in the mountains, his Secret Service men were stationed at my hotel/apt. Now it all has been changed to condos.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written August 24, 2002
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El Escorial Condos near East Beach


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