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Los Angeles
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are looking to stay in downtown Santa Barbara, walking distance from all the shops and restaurants and bars, look no more :) This is a great historic building, with a lot of charm. No bells and whistles, no gym or pool, etc. The continental breakfast is pretty basic but it's free. HOWEVER, this is a fabulous boutique hotel...

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely comments! We are glad you enjoyed our unique downtown Santa Barbara location and our historic charm. Please come back soon!

Eastvale, California
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be my favorite hotel. It provides a feeling of royalty from the distant past. The hotel is ideally located in the center of State Street in Santa Barbara. It is the place where I proposed to my wife and we have traveled up the road less traveled ever since. The rooms though not large are comfortable and...

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Jagjim, thank you for your comments. We are beyond thrilled to hear Hotel Santa Barbara is your favorite hotel. We strive to provide our guests with the best experience and are so honored to hear that you chose Hotel Santa Barbara to be the location of your proposal. What a fabulous story. Please come back soon!

Reviewed 22 January 2017

The rooms are about the size of a good closet, The view from my room was the roof of the building next store ( which I think was a bar ) as i had to listen to loud music until 2.00 am in the morning. I was there on business so I wasn't to happy. Last think - difficult to...

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Hi Chris, thank you for you feedback. Our historic hotel was built in 1926 and all of our rooms are unique in size and character. We are sorry that you found your room too small and hope you will return another time to try one of our more spacious rooms. You can call me directly at (805) 957-9303 and I...

Lucca, Italy
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Close to lots of bars and restaurants. This was a last minute stop for work. Management was very welcoming and helped with a speedy check-in. Room wasn't very big but very well put together and cozy. Only about a half mile from the beach. I would stay here again because it's so close to everything you need.

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Megan! We are glad you enjoy your stay and our unique downtown location! We also love that we are just a short walk to the best of everything in Santa Barbara. :)

Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel one night. When we signed in it was realized that they had charged my boyfriends card for another person's stay a few weeks prior. The women at the desk said we'd have to wait to talk to managment the following day so we did. The manager, whos name I forgot, did not...

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HotelSB, Director of Sales at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Hi Laila, Thank you for your feedback. We all work together to create the best experience for guests and we need to hear when we've missed the mark. We apologize for the untimely billing of your credit card and inconvenience that caused. Although mistakes happen, we would love another opportunity to give you the great service you deserve and would...

Hornnes, Norway
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This was a clean, comfortable hotel in the middle of State Street that gave me easy access to the center of town. The hotel uses a valet parking lot behind the hotel which costs $10 a day - not too expensive, but very convenient. There are some very nice restaurants within a block or two from the hotel. The hotel...

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HotelSB, Director of Sales at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We stay here because of the great location right on State street. The rooms are comfortable, nice bed in King rooms. Basic breakfast and close to great restaurants. The elevator is fun even if it is a piece of history. Price is reasonable all things considered.

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HotelSB, Director of Sales at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Michael. We are so glad that you enjoyed our location and that you can appreciate our unique elevator! Please come back and stay with us again soon.

Marin County, California
Reviewed 3 January 2017

My review of this hotel was quite positive. In fact, it is one of the nicer boutique hotels I've visited. Unfortuneatly I accidentally tapped one star instead of five. I feel terrible. Hope you go on to read my review from last year. My apologies!!

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HotelSB, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for the new review John! :)

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Okay. Have to tell the truth. I'm getting old. Graduated from UCSB quite a long time ago. Back then, this place was a flea bag hotel in a not very nice section of State Street. In fact, one of the black and white photos lining our room's corridor was taken a few years before I started at UCSB showed rooms...

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HotelSB, Director of Sales at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for the review EdinColorado. Guest feedback is always so important to us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return soon!

Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

First tip: do not go there. If you must, avoid rooms next to the elevator since almost the whole building can hear that people are using it. Even if you avoid those rooms bring earplugs because the fridge (dated from the 60's) will make more noise than a mustang. Similarly the air condition. Since most likely you will not be...

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HotelSB, Owner at Hotel Santa Barbara, responded to this review

We love guest comments and appreciate your feedback! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed our guest service and will pass on the compliment to our staff. Our historic elevator gets many comments – some love it and some don’t, and we’re sorry noise from the elevator disrupted your stay. We’re surprised to hear that the refrigerator bothered you as well...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Hotel Santa Barbara, where the atmosphere is alive and the options are endless. Be our guest and discover the personal service and incomparable downtown location that is Hotel Santa Barbara. Experience world-class shopping, fine dining, theaters, galleries, entertainment, great beaches, and so much more...all within walking distance of our front doors. Downtown Santa Barbara beckons from this beautifully restored Spanish/Mediterranean-style hotel mingling historic charm and contemporary comfort. Valet Parking (overnight fee) ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hotel Santa Barbara

Address: 533 State Street, corner of State and Cota Streets, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $299 - $470 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Santa Barbara 3*
Number of rooms: 75
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#12 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#16 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
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“go to a different hotel”
 of 5 bubbles chriscY7450OG, 21 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Our room (#201) was adjacent to the elevator and we were able to hear it, albeit softly.”
 of 5 bubbles EdinColorado, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Very quiet hotel we were on the top floor. They should explain how the elevator works as it is an older model.”
 of 5 bubbles JimW326, 24 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The elevator is very old and slow. Stay on the ground floor if that is a problem for you.”
 of 5 bubbles wendymiller2016, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“3rd floor front lovely view of the mountains very quiet”
 of 5 bubbles 71bernadettem, 10 Oct 2016 | Read review
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