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The Eagle Inn 3.0

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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Pros

  • Charming bed-and-breakfast in a beautiful Spanish Colonial home
  • Quiet residential neighborhood that's close to the waterfront
  • Modern decor that meshes with the Inn's architectural style
  • Guest rooms have AC, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges
  • Larger units have private balconies, fireplaces, and some feature whirlpool tubs
  • Free hot breakfast and coffee and iced tea all day
  • Free freshly baked cookies every afternoon
  • Lobby computer workstation and free printing 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-site parking and loaner bikes

Cons

  • Standard rooms are on the small side
  • No elevator service to rooms on the second floor
  • No on-site gym

Bottom Line

Three-pearl Eagle Inn is a family-run bed-and-breakfast located in a central Santa Barbara residential neighborhood that's close to the waterfront. Decor inside the Spanish Colonial home is modern, but stays true to the architectural style. Its 21 guest rooms -- which include eight free-standing casitas -- are appealingly airy, with fresh earth tones and cozy, rustic details. All are outfitted with AC, microwaves, mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, and larger units add private balconies or patios, gas fireplaces, and some have whirlpool tubs. Amenities are limited, but freebies include a breakfast spread with specials like huevos rancheros, coffee and iced tea all day, and freshly baked cookies every afternoon. For a historic property that's closer to State Street, check out Hotel Santa Barbara. 

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Scene

Spanish Colonial bed-and-breakfast with a relaxed atmosphere for leisure travelers

This bed-and-breakfast gives travelers a chance to experience relaxed, California-style living in a lovely Spanish Colonial home. Towering palm trees, flowering plants, and beautiful landscaping set the scene for entering the stately, whitewashed Inn, which sits on a street with mountain vistas in the distance. The architectural style is represented inside, with terra-cotta floors, arched entryways, and rustic wood ceiling beams. There's a small lobby that isn't designed to be a central gathering spot, but dark leather chairs in front of a decorative fireplace are an inviting place to plop down. Like the residential community that surrounds it, the Inn is quiet and offers secluded nooks outside that are surrounded by tall, manicured shrubs. The intimate atmosphere doesn't compromise the privacy of guests, who tend to be mostly couples, plus some families and friends traveling in groups. 

Location

In a quiet residential neighborhood, a short walk to the waterfront

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The Eagle Inn is situated in a peaceful residential neighborhood, only two blocks from West Beach in the heart of affluent Santa Barbara. There are a few convenience stores and restaurants within walking distance, but there are many more options in the area at the front of the harbor, which is a little more than a 10-minute walk. The Inn is also close to Pershing Park, which has a tennis center, and is about three minutes on foot. There's also Santa Barbara Athletic club, about an 11-minute walk from the Inn. 

  • Three-minute walk to Ambassador Park
  • Three-minute walk to Santa Barbara Harbor and West Beach
  • 13-minute walk to restaurants and shops at Stearns Wharf
  • 15-minute walk to Ledbetter Beach and Park
  • Four-minute drive to Santa Barbara Amtrak Station
  • Seven-minute drive to the Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Eight-minute drive to Downtown Santa Barbara/State Street
  • 10-minute drive to Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • 11-minute drive to Santa Barbara County Courthouse
  • 12-minute drive to Old Mission Santa Barbara
  • 15-minute drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport

Rooms

Individually decorated and equipped with microwaves, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffeemakers

The bright and airy guest rooms at The Eagle Inn are cozied-up with rustic details. Soft earth tones are a backdrop for weightier elements, like wrought-iron headboards, leather-tufted armchairs with gold grommets, and knotted-wood doors. All units have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, Keurig coffeemakers with free coffee pods, microwaves, mini-fridges, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms have tan tiling with decorative borders, pedestal sinks, and vintage-inspired fixtures. Some have roomy walk-in showers, and others have shower/tub combos. Larger rooms and the Inn's eight free-standing casitas add private balconies or patios, and gas fireplaces. Some feature two-person en-suite whirlpool tubs. Standard rooms are a little on the small side, but they aren't cramped, and all rooms we saw were exceptionally clean and quiet. 

Features

Free breakfast, freshly baked cookies every afternoon, and Wi-Fi, but no on-site gym

The amenities at this Inn are somewhat limited, although they're in line with what you’d typically find at a bed-and- breakfast in a small city. A free hot breakfast spread includes fresh fruit and daily specials, such as huevos rancheros and Mexican casserole. The meal is served in a sunny room, with outdoor seating on a small balcony. Free coffee and iced tea are available all day, and freshly baked cookies are on offer every afternoon. 

The hotel has a fleet of loaner bicycles that guests are welcome to use, and Wi-Fi and on-site parking are free as well, although some guests have said that the lot fills quickly. There's also a lobby computer workstation with free printing.  There's no on-site gym, but for guests who need a good workout, day passes to the nearby Santa Barbara Athletic Club are available for a modest fee. Among the club’s numerous amenities is an outdoor pool, and there's an assortment of group exercise classes.  

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Address

232 Natoma Ave, Santa Barbara, California 93101-3522, United States

Phone

(805) 965-3586

Room Types

  • Cottage
  • King
  • Queen
  • Two Queen

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