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By a verified traveler on Sun 01 Dec 2019

Hotel Description

4-star hotel near Santa Barbara Zoo

Close to the beach

A stay at this East Beach hotel places you within half a mile (1 km) of Santa Barbara Zoo and 2 miles (3 km) of Stearns Wharf. Santa Barbara Bowl and Santa Barbara City College are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Dining, spa tub

This hotel features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas, laundry service, and valet parking. There's a spa tub on site, and concierge services and free newspapers are also offered.

Free Internet, comfy beds

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, the 70 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include balconies or patios, refrigerators, and room service.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$199* Per night/room Apr 9 - Apr 10

Studio, Partial Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Luxury Penthouse, 1 King Bed, Ocean View (Studio)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Luxury Suite, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View (Anacapa)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Santa Barbara Inn ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.8 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Santa Barbara Inn

Couples (2) Family (2)
5 out of 5
I appreciated the call and the text before I arrived and that they checked with us through text after our first day. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. The hotel was lovely.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 2, 2019 by The SBI

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We appreciate you taking the time to write such wonderful things about the hotel and our staff. We hope to see you soon and welcome you back for another memorable stay with us!

2 out of 5
We had an evacuation due to something contaminating the air and people were coughing. It’s was awful. The room was just ok; and dinner was ruined by fire trucks investigating the air issue. No refunds or discounts were offered.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Sep 30, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Oct 1, 2019 by SBI

We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment. However, it was out of our control and our team resolved it very quickly.

5 out of 5
friendly valet and front desk. Great restaurant and room is large and comfortable with beautiful ocean view. overall a great hotel and great location with very good restaurant.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Feb 19, 2019 by SBI

Thank you.

5 out of 5

Comfort and character, by the beach, good value.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants
Attractive, beautifully decorated, older and didn't feel like a copy of a chain of hotels; we really enjoyed it. Good continental breakfast with nice fresh fruit. Good bed. The windows open which is great because Santa Barbara has fresh ocean air and a good climate. Very convenient location to the pier, restaurants, shopping. They're having trouble upgrading TV system so no HBO, just regular cable; fortunately we didn't care but that might be a big inconvenience for some; be sure and ask if it's fixed. I highly recommend Eladio's restaurant by the pier, about a block away, great food! The highway can be a little noisy but not a problem at night.

Posted by , from Mobile, AL, USA on Apr 5, 2013

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5 out of 5

Great spot in quiet Santa Barbara

Pros: Free breakfast, Quiet, great views
Came for an October weekend and spent plenty of time just sitting on my balcony. Staff was great, patio view was great, breakfast was good for continental. With my windows open I could hear the water and the occasional seal at night. A little bit of a walk to the main drag, but I liked that. Rented a bike where they recommended and never moved my car. Hotel staff nice and easy going.

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012

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5 out of 5

An absolutely excellent experience

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet
From the front desk staff, to the parking valet staff,to the custodial staff, all hotel personnel we met had one thing in mind - to make our stay great. And that is exactly what they did.

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

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4 out of 5

The room was very comfortable, accommodations were good.

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet
The only drawback to this hotel is that the shower heads and vanity sink counter are at a height appropriate for people who are 5'3" tall! I felt like a giant!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2011

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4 out of 5

Enjoyed our stay! Our rooms were clean. We were situated within walking distance for shopping & dining.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
Room were clean and we the staff was very friendly and helpful.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Apr 17, 2011

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4 out of 5

Great location, but can be noisy/hot

I booked this hotel so I could be close to the water and the walking/running path in the morning. This hotel is perfect for that and is about a 20 min walk to the restaurants on the wharf. Though it was winter, I was there on a hot day and even nightime was warm. There is no AC in the hotel (which I hardly ever use normally) which made it hard to sleep since it was really hot. I opened the door to the balcony and slept with it open for air, but didn't sleep well because of the noise of the waves, loud trucks, buses and cars, and the talking of the people on the porch next to mine. So overall I didn't sleep. This was my only complatint. If you are there during a not too hot time or can sleep with noise it will be fine. I had a lovely enormous room, the staff are very friendly (esp the valet guy), the hotel is well located and attractive, valent is cheap which makes bringing a car affordable and they have a simple but nice free breakfast in the am. Even with the noise I'd probably stay again so I can be close to the jogging path but I'd bring better earplugs!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011

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4 out of 5

Santa Barbara Inn

Great location if you want to be away from the noise and bustle of downtown. We used scooters to get back and forth, although the bus is only *cents each way. Hotel is very charming. Beds were super comfy; towels were awesome!! They serve coffee, tea, and hot chocolate in the lobby 24/7. Saved me a bundle. As stated earlier, if you want to be close to the action, hotels near the wharf would be better. The pool is pretty nondescript, but it's heated. So, after spending some time in the ocean, the pool felt great later in the afternoon. Continental breakfast is quite adequate and open until 10AM; so we enjoyed it every day. We would stay here again.

Posted by on Aug 16, 2010

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Property Features

Santa Barbara Inn offers its guests a spa tub and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. The business-friendly Santa Barbara Inn also features tour/ticket assistance, concierge services, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. For a fee, parking is available. This 4-star Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 70 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • 1 conference room
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (18.9 km / 11.7 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (2.3 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Santa Barbara Inn offers 70 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and complimentary bottled water. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy continental breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Convivo - Overlooking the ocean, this restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a spa tub and a fitness center.

  • Golfing on site


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Guests must contact this hotel in advance to reserve a crib. Contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Guests using the pullout sofa in the Studio, Ocean View room will incur a per night surcharge.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: USD 15.00 for adults and USD 10.00 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 25 per night (in/out privileges)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Santa Barbara Inn
  • Santa Barbara Inn Hotel
  • Santa Barbara Inn Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara Inn Hotel Santa Barbara

You should know

  • Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.