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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This location is right off of State Street, which is great for shopping and eating. Older property, but Holiday Inn did a good job updating. Nice, quaint rooms and complimentary breakfast was great. Parking is a little challenging, you can tell real estate in SB is not cheap. Overall I would stay again and recommend to those staying in area.

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New York City, New York
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238 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff was very friendly and the hotel is clean. Best part was the location, right off of State street next to many restaurants and bars and an easy walk to the beach. They have a convenient parking lot on the side of the hotel. I think it was $14, but worth the convenience

Thank John D
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms are clean, roomy, and an overall good value for the money. The location is fantastic-- within walking distance to anything you could possibly want to do in Santa Barbara! I stayed here for three consecutive nights and was very happy with my stay.

Thank Trevor P
Management response:

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you were impressed with the value of our hotel, liked the roomy, clean rooms, and enjoyed our convenient location next to all that downtown Santa Barbara has to offer. Our team hopes to welcome you again for a future stay! More 

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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled south on the Big Sur, visited Hearst Castle, saw the seal colony and we appreciated the simple comforts of the a Holiday Inn in W Haley Street. We enjoyed having a short walk to see the night life and get a feel for the beat of this city. All the facilities that we needed incl free internet was... More 

Thank John Somerville R
Management response:

Thank you for your comments. We are happy you made Santa Barbara one of the stops on your coastal road trip. Our team is delighted to hear that you enjoyed our prime location downtown, got a taste of our bustling night life, accessed our free wifi, and liked our complimentary breakfast. We hope to welcome you back for a future... More 

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69 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hotel is on a busy street near bars and restaurants. Our room was ok. Breakfast was a pleasant serve yourself, although the breakfast area is really part of the entrance lobby with a few tables and rather cramped.

1 Thank EmjayBristol
Management response:

Thank you for your comments. We pride ourselves in our prime location, as it allows our guests to be within walking distance of all State Street and downtown Santa Barbara have to offer. Our team is glad you liked your room and complimentary breakfast. We hope to see you again for a future stay. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel is in a great location and was exceptionally clean. For the daily room rate, I was surprised the hotel charges a daily fee for parking. The rooms are small, but the décor is relatively modern. The staff are very friendly and the hotel offers a free breakfast. We will definitely consider this hotel for our future stays.

Thank Powder69
Management response:

Thank you for your review. We are delighted to hear you liked our convenient downtown Santa Barbara locale, our "exceptionally" clean room, our friendly staff, and the complimentary breakfast. Due to our prime locale, parking is very limited, so we strive to offer affordable and convenient parking for our guests; our team hopes you were able to take advantage of... More 

Cambria, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This would have gotten a 5 star rating were it not for the thin walls and lack of insulation between rooms. Due to that both my husband and I were awakened throughout the night by the snoring of someone in the adjacent room. The room was clean and nice, the staff was extremely helpful with directions and recommendations, the complimentary... More 

Thank LindaLee54
Management response:

Thank you for your comments. Our team is sorry to hear you did not have a restful nights sleep and experienced a disruption. We are glad you enjoyed are nice, clean room, found our staff helpful and received recommendations from them, liked our prime downtown locale, and enjoyed our complimentary breakfast. We hope to welcome the two of you back... More 

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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had stayed in this hotel in period 15.10.-26.10.2016. I must say it is good hotel to stay, we had twin room which was quite spaceous, the staff was extremly helpful with all our requests, very clean and very good wifi cover. The only service that was not good enough were the breakfasts. Everything was made from frozen blank.

Thank Dr. Petr M
Management response:

Thank you for your comments. We are glad you were happy with our clean, spacious rooms, our helpful staff, and the free wifi. Our team is sorry to hear you did not like the our complimentary breakfast options. IHG is regularly refining our Holiday Inn Express breakfast options, so your feedback is valuable to us. We hope to welcome you... More 

Fallbrook, California
1 review
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I really liked the hotel's location as it is very close to the main street, State Street, where there are lots of restaurants and shops. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the lobby and the room were very clean My disappointment came as soon as I went to bed and realized that I was not going to get... More 

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Douglas A, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We’re glad you liked our location in the heart of historic Old Town Santa Barbara, but apologize that you did not experience a good night’s sleep; our team will look into the issues you experienced. We strive to meet all our guest's expectations, so your feedback is very valuable to us. More 

Spicer, Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We stayed here for 2 nights. The hotel is older but the rooms were nice and clean. The breakfast in the morning was good and the staff kept it well stocked. The front desk staff was also very helpful. We asked about a restaurant and they gave us a good suggestion and a coupon for it.

Thank 366stacie
Management response:

Thank you for your comments. We are so happy to hear you liked our complimentary breakfast, excellent downtown Santa Barbara locale, and friendly staff's restaurant recommendation. We hope to welcome you and your family back again soon! More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Just a half block from State Street in historic Old Town Santa Barbara, the Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara provides luxury and convenience for the sophisticated traveler. Downtown shopping and restaurants are steps from your door, and the beach and Stearns Wharf are four blocks away. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast served weekly from 6:30AM-9:30 am and from 7 am to noon on weekends as well as free WIFI throughout the hotel. As a pet-friendly hotel, we welcome furry companions for $45/stay (up to 2 pets under 50 lbs.). We offer affordable parking to our guests at a rate of $14/day for 2016 and $16/day as of January 1, 2017 as well as complimentary bike rentals, and nearby, off-site swimming pool and 24-hour fitness facility access. Stay with us in the heart of Santa Barbara, where you are steps from all the city has to offer! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Address: 17 W. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $230 - $449 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
Holiday Inn Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Holiday Inn
Santa Barbara Hotel
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#22 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
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“The end of the hallway is where the quiet rooms are located”
 of 5 bubbles johnsomerviller, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms at the front overlook a busy road”
 of 5 bubbles EmjayBristol, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I thought it was quiet but you can ask to be on the courtyard side to stay away from Haley St.”
 of 5 bubbles wmchale, 31 Aug 2016 | Read review
“overnight parking is $14, which is reasonable for the area.”
 of 5 bubbles Rig0V, 30 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The rooms overlooking Haley have the best views (non parking lot) BUT are louder than ones off Haley.”
 of 5 bubbles EmmaPeele, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
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