Hotel Santa Barbara Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Santa Barbara, California, United States

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Pros

  • Nice location right on State Street allows easy access to restaurants and shopping
  • Free daily continental breakfast
  • On-site Starbucks
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
  • Hotel's quiet hours aid in relaxation and peaceful sleep
  • Great for business travelers, with nice meeting spaces

Cons

  • Outdated bathrooms look a bit grungy
  • Older carpets need to be steamed and/or replaced
  • No on-site pool or fitness center
  • Fee for parking

Bottom Line

This classic 1926 hotel lies on the heart of Santa Barbara's famous State Street, known as a popular destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Hotel Santa Barbara is well suited for business travelers, with two meeting rooms, free daily breakfast, and an on-site Starbucks. The French-inspired guest rooms are splashed with butter cream yellows, pale blues and floral decor, which looks pleasant enough (albeit it a little tacky and dated). The bathrooms are outdated and have shower/tub combos, and some carpets could do with replacing. Although the State Street location is convenient, guests would get more for their money at nearby Hotel Oceana, which faces the ocean and has two pools and a fitness center.

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 Location

Near the airport, and within walking distance to attractions on State Street

Hotel Santa Barbara is centrally located on State Street, known for popular shopping, dining, and nightlife. It's home to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and is a short drive to both the wharf and harbor, where guests will find whale watching and sailing.

Santa Barbara is an affluent community in Santa Barbara County, home to five colleges and universities, as well as a large yachting population. Swaddled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, this charming town is known for its Spanish-inspired architecture, surfing, and the nightlife dotting State Street.

  • 14-minute drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • 5- to 10-minute walk to shopping and dining along State Street
  • 9-minute walk to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  • 12-minute walk to Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • 3-minute drive or 16-minute walk to Stearn's Wharf
  • 4-minute drive to Condo Express whale watching
  • 6-minute drive to Santa Barbara Sailing Center
  • 8-minute drive to municipal golf course

 Bottom Line

This classic 1926 hotel lies on the heart of Santa Barbara's famous State Street, known as a popular destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Hotel Santa Barbara is well suited for business travelers, with two meeting rooms, free daily breakfast, and an on-site Starbucks. The French-inspired guest rooms are splashed with butter cream yellows, pale blues and floral decor, which looks pleasant enough (albeit it a little tacky and dated). The bathrooms are outdated and have shower/tub combos, and some carpets could do with replacing. Although the State Street location is convenient, guests would get more for their money at nearby Hotel Oceana, which faces the ocean and has two pools and a fitness center.

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Address

  • 533 State Street

Room Types

  • Standard Queen

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 75
Pool: N/A
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Address: 533 State Street
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