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Harbor House Inn
Ranked #4 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2011

I was expecting a nice room after reading the reviews but I was amazed at how nice my room was! Very elegant with a stately king sized bed, a sitting area near the fireplace, a nice bathroom with tub and independent kitchen - all just a block from the beach and within walking distance to downtown, coffee shops and spas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

I have grown so tired of stays at highly rated hotels that do not live up to my admittedly sometimes outsized expectations. The Harbor House is one place that lived up to expectations and actually exceeded them. What at first appears to be a very modest updated old motor inn is an absolute gem. The staff is efficient and kind and caring (and always ALways cleaning and straightening all over the grounds. The rooms are uniquely and individually furnished. The welcome basket is a cornucopia of goodies, inCLUding the banana bread I can vouch is homemade as, when I stopped to ask a question in the evening, I could see the fresh loaves back in the kitchen fresh from the oven. The rooms (ours anyway) were large and spacious and attractively decorated. Every time we turned around (my senior citizen mom, my sister and mysefl), we saw another thoughtful or cute or creative touch designed to make our stay more pleasant and memorable. The Harbor House Inn was an absolute delight.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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St Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

Beautiful. Extremely well done. Very nice people. Everything we wanted and more

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2011

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at this small gem of an inn during Thanksgiving weekend. What an amazing find! We absolutely loved it! I have written many reviews for Tripadvisor for hotels and inns I have truly enjoyed, highly recommended, and returned to again and again. This is the first time I am awarding an unqualified 5 rating!!

PROS: Clean, comfortable, affordable, delightful accommodations. The person who checked us in was pleasant, calm, and very friendly. The room was spacious with a separate sitting area with couch and t.v. and usable kitchen (stove, fridge, coffee maker with assortment of teas, plates, silverware, pots/pans). It was like a small apartment. The innkeeper provides an enormous basket of fruit, juice, yogurt, biscotti, a large bottle of water, and their own homemade banana bread which is fabulous. The bedroom was quiet and faced the back away from the road which made for excellent sleeping. The mattress was very comfortable with soft pillows. There is also a t.v. and DVD player in the bedroom if you like to watch tv from a more reclined position. The bathroom is charming with nice use of space for ease of bathing and dressing. There are "extras" also for the guests -- use of beach cruisers, beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas. My husband and I took a ride on the bikes along the harbor which is one street away. Beautiful! There is a small table and chairs in the front of each unit, surrounded by pots of flowers, so you have the option of having breakfast outside. There is also a seating area behind each unit if you prefer more privacy. In short, they have thought of everything.

CONS: None, absolutely none, I am delighted to say.

We will definitely be back as we come to the Santa Barbara area often. Thank you, Harbor House Inn!

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Los Altos Hills, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2011

Harbor House Inn has to be the hidden secret of Santa Barbara. Just a few steps from one of the wharves on quiet Bath Street, it is oozing charm from another era. Yet, everything is exceptionally clean, updated, and comfortable. Imagine pulling up in front of your room that seems like a little cottage inside, entering a living room. A large basket of breakfast and snack items awaits, all excellent quality.The kitchen and bedroom alcove are delightfully painted. The kitchen is spotless and fully equipped with everything except a stove. All the amenities are in your room, yet it doesn't seem like a hotel at all. Don't miss this inn--all the reviews are true.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harbor House Inn

Property: Harbor House Inn
Address: 104 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3805
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price range (per night): $318 - $596
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbor House Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
17 One-of-a-kind studios with kitchens located one short block from West Beach nestled between Stearn's Wharf & the Santa Barbara Harbor. Room amenities include free wireless internet access & local phone calls and complimentary use of 3-speed cruising bicycles. Beach chairs, towels & umbrellas are also available at no charge. For guests enjoying 2 or more nights, a complimentary Welcome Breakfast Basket is included upon arrival. ... more   less 
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