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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

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Reviewed 22 March 2013

My boyfriend and I just stayed for a quick weekend get away and we really had a good time. The location was great because we didn't have to drive anywhere all the bars, shops, restaurants were within walking distance (they also have bikes you can use at the hotel).The rooms were pretty average a little on the nicer side. The...

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive comments. The staff always appreciates being mentioned! I'm glad you got a chance to enjoy the downtown bars and shops. Next time you're in the area you should take our bikes down to the beach, or take a tour of the Santa Barbara Mission. We look forward to your next visit to Santa...

Charleston, South Carolina
Reviewed 20 March 2013

I've stayed here twice now... both times for business, although, I also lived in the city for 6 years and have been there many, many times on business. This hotel is in a GREAT location. It's right off of State street in the very walkable part of downtown. Tons of food options close by, including SB BrewCo right across the...

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. We appreciate the feedback, especially from our repeat guests like yourself. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our breakfast options and got a chance to use some of our extra amenities, like the complimentary gym day passes. We hope to see you next time you're in the area for business or pleasure!

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 17 March 2013

I stayed in Santa Barbara for 4 nights on business and chose to stay at the Holiday Inn Express again after a previous good experience. I'm happy to report that the hotel is still a good choice! I arrived on a Friday evening. The parking lots of the hotel were stuffed, so I was pleased that there was a valet...

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive comments! Our staff is always excited to read about happy guests. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your room and its location. We are actually installing new hallway carpet starting this week. I agree that our location is a strong point, you should look into taking one of our complimentary bikes down to...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Friday night party zone...nearby bar with two fights outside in street between 11pm-1am and plenty of just plain yelling. If you're there on a weekend night, I suggest asking for a room away from the club and the street.

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of our hotel. I agree, our building does have a lot of character and historic charm. I'm sorry to hear that street noise disturbed you during your stay. We strive to create a positive atmosphere for our guests and are currently working with the local area businesses to curtail the nightlife surrounding the hotel. We...

San Jose, CA
Reviewed 15 March 2013

My reservation was 5 months away when I cancelled. When you book online, some weekends have a 48-hr cancellation policy, some have a no cancellation policy. I just happened settle on a weekend that had a no cancellation policy (again, 5 months away), and didn't notice the policy change (on the bottom, left, below the Submit button) for that weekend....

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is our goal to consistently provide superior service and accommodations and your comments are very important to us. The feedback we receive enables us to target problem areas and take the necessary actions to ensure similar situations can be avoided in the future. Thank you again for your feeback and please contact me through...

Clearwater, Florida
Reviewed 12 March 2013

We were visiting UCSB and the hotel was a little farther from the school than I would have liked. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean and quiet. The Internet service worked well. We had no problems with noise or parking.

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Kim S, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive review. Our staff enjoyed reading your comments. We are glad that you were able to relax during your stay with us. We hope to see you next time you visit Santa Barbara!

Reviewed 8 March 2013

I have family in SB and try to make this my standard location when I am in town. My family can easily meet up with us for dinner on State street where I can eat/drink within walking distance. This is essentially a boutique hotel (Hotel Virginia) which is now branded with the Holiday Inn Express badge. As a regular business...

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Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 5 March 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed here as kind of a staycation (since we both live in Santa Barbara). The hotel is located just off state street so it is close to all of the night life and restaurants. Parking is kind of a pain because self parking there is never any spots, and you can get valet but it's quite...

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Sunnyvale, California
Reviewed 1 March 2013

We stayed here for one night on our way from santa monica to bay area. This hotel is very conveniently located right on the state street (which is the downtown area in SB) and one block away from the beach. If you've never been to santa barbara, state street is absolute amazing place to hang out. So the location gives...

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 25 February 2013

The location of this hotel is terrific, near State Street and walking distance to all we needed. The lobby was pleasant looking and the room was very comfortable and good sized. The staff was friendly. When I pay this much and it includes breakfast, I expect to see healthy options that I can eat. We were up early and there...

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Refrigerator in room
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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 St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: $262 - $559 (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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“We don't think there is a bad room in the building.”
JimnPat, 15 May 2017 | Read review
“Main building, backside, top floor was very quiet.”
cfabbott51, 29 Apr 2017 | Read review
“If worried about noise from State St businesses at night ask to be put in middle or other side of hotel”
CarlosH17, 27 Apr 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in 2 separate rooms on the 2nd floor and both were great!!!!!”
, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“If you want it quite, get a room facing to the back of the hotel (parking lot).”
Flyhead, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
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