hotel with pool in Isla Vista, CA

1. Santa Barbara Sunrise RV Park

About this hotel

516 S Salinas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103(805) 966-9954

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 2 min drive to Visit Santa Barbara
  • 13 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned beaches 25 times
  • Guests mentioned Wi-Fi 19 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Davin Dickson

This campground was extremely nice It was pretty small, but it had everything needed The bathrooms were in top shape and I loved the set up of them

Also the best part about the bathrooms is their water was HOT! The staff was super friendly It was only about a 5 minute drive to the beach parking which we opted to drive, and close to downtown Santa Barbara It was a quiet, lovely camp spot I definitely recommend this park

Califun

We stayed here for about 2 weeks on our travels through California This is a small city park close to all that Santa Barbara has to offer This park is well maintained, and the staff is very pleasant and accommodating

It is literally right off the 101 which makes on and off simple There is obviously road noise, but road noise doesn’t bother us As with most California RV parks, you should be diligent about securing your bikes The staff has hefty locks for you to use if you need them Will stay here again when in the area

Christie Johnson

Sunrise is great at what it is: a convenient, clean, friendly park on the path between places Minutes from downtown SB, Sunrise is on the freeway (self explanatory pros and cons), narrow parcel, but well organized The manager makes all the difference! Greeted us

Guided our back in as the turns are tight to back in, helped with oncoming traffic, and provided walking directions to the convenience store and Uber pick up back to downtown with $10 fare I was concerned about crime as I drove off the freeway, but once inside the park my concerns left (I am not leaving bikes outside, but don’t anywhere) Happy Traveling!

2. Beachside Inn (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 336 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 965-6556
  • Ratings: 4.1 (747 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Beachside Inn
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Informal hotel opposite the harbor featuring an outdoor pool, plus free Wi-Fi & breakfast.

About this hotel

Across the street from Santa Barbara Harbor, this relaxed hotel is a 7-minute walk from Stearns Wharf, and 2 miles from both the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Zoo.Straightforward rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges and coffeemakers. Some have harbor views. Suites add living areas.Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast and an outdoor pool. Parking is available for an extra fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
  • Some guests complained about the furniture and the kitchenettes
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Harbor” 34 times
  • Guests liked the breakfast

Feedback From Real Customers

Vince Prep

I love the location and the staff were incredibly kind and helpful and knowledgeable about the area I would gladly return here with my family when I come back There is so much to see and do

I know it’s a big city and a big area and there are many options but this hotel represents a great value in my mind There are so many hotels all around because of the location which makes these guys try harder to win and keep our business I think they are doing a fantastic job and I would happily come again if given the opportunity Thank you 🙏🎉😄

Altas J.

Hotel has to be renovated and properly cleaned1) In the morning at the dinning room hotel worker was intensively sweeping floors just centimeters from food All the dust landed on food

Very clever2) carpet in the room was very dirty, it seemed that someone vomited and it was not properly cleaned, you could see yellow stains on it3) some places on the wall seemed like after war4) bathroom was full of dustI know that Santa Barbara is expensive, but for 1,1K for 2 nights is too much

3. Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This Mediterranean-style hotel is 2.2 miles from the University of California Santa Barbara and 4.1 miles from Goleta Beach.Contemporary-styled rooms offer free WiFi, desks and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby and an outdoor courtyard. The American restaurant serves breakfast and dinner as well as all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and 2 meeting rooms. Other amenities include an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and exercise room, plus a free airport shuttle and parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean rooms
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 8 min drive to the Art, Design & Architecture Museum
  • 10 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 12 times
  • The fitness center has elliptical machines and treadmills
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Roxanna Owen

Honestly one of the nicest family friendly hotels we’ve stayed in and conveniently located only about 15 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara We utilized the gym, pool/Jacuzzi, complimentary bikes, and mini golf course Bonus is great breakfast food at the hotel and Starbucks coffee if you can’t make it over to Dune Coffee just down the street

John Weaver

Very good hotel but it has issues The most obvious is the expense I got the best deal available and it was 340 a night

Women should notice the warning about the hotel posted about chemicals used on property can cause birth defects Restaurant was not open but the Starbucks we No safes in room although they have one available at the front desk Marriot has terrible support issues so don’t bother with their apps

4. La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Santa Barbara Downtown (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

This hotel with a retro exterior and a sleek, modern interior is a 5-block walk from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and 2.7 miles from Ledbetter Beach.All the contemporary rooms offer free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with premium HD channels, minifridges and coffeemakers. Some rooms also include sofabeds or microwaves. Suites add separate living spaces. Kids 18 and under stay free with a parent or grandparent.An outdoor pool with a sunny lounge area and an on-site market are offered in addition to free continental breakfast and parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests mentioned the rooms are large
  • Walking distance to Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Guests liked the service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub
  • Guests liked the bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Dustin Gunnells

I stayed here for one night on my way to Big Sur I was in a pinch to find a place short notice and La Quinta ended up being one of the few options The outside of the building is cute and fits nicely into the area

The inside of my room was a different story The room was old and dingy The furniture was torn, stained, and generally in poor condition I could have let all of this slide since I needed a room short notice, but this facility price gouges on the the weekends and I paid over $400 for one night when it’s normally $150 If you find yourself in this situation just spend a bit more and stay somewhere nicer It’s frustrating, but not as frustrating as paying $400/night and staying in a room which was borderline odious The one upside is the central location hence the one star

Manny

Hey guys,I chose this place strictly on location A meeting I was in Santa Barbara for was right across the street The team there is super friendly and helpful

The entrance to the hotel is nice and there is some cool landscaping Haven’t been there before so not sure if they’re expanding the property or renovating but there is currently some big construction project underway It didn’t interfere with my sleep though I paid a little over $900 for a 3 night stay and for that price I did expect better accommodations The room was outdated and dark Hopefully this part of the hotel is next on the ongoing project

5. Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In an industrial area, this relaxed all-suite hotel across the street from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport is 2 miles from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and 11 miles from the shops and restaurants of Stearns Wharf.The warm studios feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and kitchens, plus sitting areas with sofabeds. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites have separate living rooms.Complimentary amenities include a breakfast buffet and regular cocktail receptions, plus parking. An outdoor pool, a hot tub and a gym are available, as are BBQ facilities and picnic tables.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • 7 min drive to Goleta Beach
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests liked “Fire pit”, mentioned 14 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Ben Brooks

I seldom stay at a Residence Inn or a property in an industrial area, but I gotta say this place worked out great for usStaff was both very friendly but also savvy/efficient Got a bottle of wine as my market item welcome amenity

Breakfast spread was impressive compared to most “free continental” offeringsHotel is 3-4 yo and in very good repair Rooms are very clean and quietGiven the pandemic, we loved being able to play games and eat in our rooms (was visiting with my retired parents)If you plan to spend your time in Santa Barbara proper, keep in mind that it’s a solid 15-20 min drive from the propertyWas too cold to use pool or outdoor areas, but they seemed nice

Marian Grant

I had the most amazing time at this location The staff is amazing! The grounds are amazing There are BBQ pits outside if your wanting to throw something on the grill

The staff makes sure the pits are on and hot 4 1/2 foot pool and jacuzzi There’s also 5 hole punting Green While relaxing how about a game of chess? The is large so you can walk the board Friendly or highly competitive game of ping-pong Enjoy the out door patios and fire pits This is a highly recommended location if you like going to Santa Barbara and neighboring cities Enjoy the gym for a full workout! The indoor fireplace was lit the entire time we were there and the seating near the fireplace was very comfortable! Parking is plentiful

Farah Farah

The hotel is okay, nothing too special but the staff was not nice or helpfulI booked two rooms, and it took them 5 hours before they could confirm if the second room was clean up or notWe kept checking and they kept saying they will bring the second key to our first room but they never bothered to call us or bring it up

Eventually we had enough and went once again to check on it and they finally checked us inNo apology no nothing, definitely was not treated like a paying customerThis hotel is too pricey to be giving this kind of service

6. INN BY THE HARBOR (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 433 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: (805) 963-7851
  • Ratings: 4.4 (347 reviews) Very good
  • Website : INN BY THE HARBOR
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Cozy rooms in a polished lodging offering an outdoor pool, plus free breakfast & wine tastings.

About this hotel

This polished, Spanish-style inn is 2.7 miles from the Old Mission Santa Barbara and 0.8 miles from Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf.The cozy, traditional rooms feature minifridges and coffeemakers, plus flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms add sitting areas and full kitchens.Complimentary perks include continental breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese receptions, evening cookies and milk, and loaner bikes. There’s a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the clean, large rooms and the minibars
  • Guests praised the bathrooms
  • Walking distance to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and The Funk Zone
  • Guests praised the friendly, professional service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “wine” 42 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast

Feedback From Real Customers

Sara Krider

This was our third stay here and we can’t wait to come back again We (my husband and I) love the charm and quaintness of this place We love the large rooms, the kitchens, and the location

We parked our car three nights ago and never got back in it because everything was so walkable This visit we got lucky and had a room right by the pool We loved being just steps from the hot tub each night! The beds are comfy and the champagne in the fridge is such a pleasant extra! And like every visit, the hotel staff is always so friendly and helpful

Neil Stone

We arrived at this quaint hotel for a one night stay over on the way to LA We were greeted by Brent at reception who was very efficient, polite and informed us of the facilities the hotel had to offerWe dropped our bags off and were greeted by a clean twin bedded room, with good sized bathroom and kitchen facilities

We had complimentary champagne waiting in the fridge and little things such as putting water in the ice tray was a great touch!We felt the furniture and decor was a little outdated but it did suit the ambience of this traditional American hotelWe didn’t use the pool, but our room overlooked it and was nice to have a bench outside our room so we could relax in the eveningWe took advantage of the complimentary wine and snacks in the evening and although we were a little late for breakfast we were able to grab a drink and pastry before we checked outGood location to the harbour, which was a short walk away and the views were stunningLocal restaurants, bars and shops in the vicinity were helpfulIf were are in the area again we would definitely stay hereThank you for a great stay!

Ellyn Taff

We previously stayed here in 2020 and when we decided on going to Santa Barbara for our honeymoon, we decided to stay at The Inn at the Harbor So glad we did! We were upgraded to a suite along with a bottle of champagne! Pleasant surprise!! The grounds still have that tropical feel and the room was awesome! Love the fact that we can park the car and walk to the waterfront Thanks for contributing to making our special event even more special!

7. Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set near the shops of La Cumbre Plaza, this casual, Mediterranean-style hotel is less than a mile from Highway 101, and 10 minutes’ drive from Stearns Wharf.The relaxed, modern rooms come with TVs and free WiFi, plus snacks, minifridges and coffeemakers. They also have garden terraces or balconies. Some rooms add separate sitting areas.There are 2 outdoor pools and whirlpools, along with massage services, an exercise room and a sauna. A restaurant with a cocktail lounge offers indoor and outdoor seating. Other amenities include a shuttle service to Santa Barbara Airport and local stations. Meeting and event spaces are also available.

Things You Need to Know

  • 10 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Some guests complained about the air conditioning and the furniture
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “shopping malls” 21 times
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a fitness center
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool and praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

John Lamb

We really enjoyed our stay here, the pool area and jacuzzi were great with plenty of chairs and loungers to relax in The rooms were clean, comfortable and had everything we neededWe hadn’t planned on using the grab and go breakfast but after our first day that was all we had for breakfast

There was a good range and the cakes in the fridge were really nice! Good coffee too and the kids loved the range of cereal and fresh milk in the fridgeThomas on front desk was great, breakfast and the coffee was ready nice and early, great when you’ve arrived from a completely different time zone!

Valerie M Barnes

The staff at this hotel deserve 10 stars I brought my son to school and we stayed two nights The staff make you feel welcomed and go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need

The room was impeccable and the grounds were very well taken care of You can tell the staff at this hotel take great pride in where they work The bed was super comfortable and breakfast was good Coffee, oatmeal and other snacks Not to mention you can grab some waters for the day I highly recommend this hotel

Rosemarie Melkowits

I almost cancelled my reservation after reading some not so nice reviews but am sooooo glad I didn’t Is it older, yes, dated, yes as some reviews said but I can tell you the rooms were very clean the beds were extremely comfortable and the courtyard was just beautiful The pool and hot tub were perfect temperature

It was only 60 degrees during our visit and the kids were in the pool that’s how warm it was Breakfast was a grab and go type, yogurt,granola bars, wrapped banana bread and lemon cake, oatmeal, cold cereals, fruit also breakfast sandwiches that you could take back to your room to heat up The lobby coffee was probably one of the best I’ve had Joel at the desk was such a great help I can’t say enough nice things about him He somehow managed to place my daughters room close enough to ours so we could help with the kids, which made our trip even more enjoyable Victoria was also helpful All in all we had a great experience and I would highly recommend to anyone

8. Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

In a residential area off Highway 101, this casual hotel is 4 miles from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport and 6 miles from Downtown.Unassuming rooms feature microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers, plus flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Most rooms have balconies with garden views, while suites add living rooms and pull-out sofas.Continental breakfast and an airport shuttle are complimentary. There’s a heated outdoor pool, as well as a tropical garden with a freshwater lagoon. Other amenities include a business center and electric car charging stations.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms and the beds
  • 7 min drive to Goleta Beach
  • 7 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests liked “the lagoon”, mentioned 17 times in reviews
  • Guests liked the grounds
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool and praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Moo Moo

We stayed 3 nights at this Ramada and were very pleased ALL of the staff were so friendly and helpful, every single person we encountered The room was clean and the bed was comfortable

We had a view of the lagoon which had multiple birds, turtles, and fish The pool and hot tub were clean, warm, and well kept They do offer a grab and go breakfast (we did not use) and have a freezer with some things you can purchase Our rental car plans changed and they were able to send a (free) taxi to get us at the airport within 10 minutes, and they arranged to have a taxi pick us up at the hotel and take us back to the airport when we left (free) If you stay here you will need a car or transportation plan, it is not within walking distance of anything other than a gas station and Ihop for the most part We used Uber had had good experiences with that For the price we paid (they were offering a stay 2 nights get 1 night free deal when we went) I was very pleased

megan lopez

If you like to sleep in past 8am this is not the place to stay Every time I stay here I get woken up at 8am consistently with the maids talking/laughing outside the room doors quit loudly The whole place echoes and the walls are paper thin so you can hear everything your neighbor does (I listened to my neighbor talk on the speaker phone for 3 hours from 6-9am and I could hear everything coming from the phone

) They are also doing construction and start working with Loud tools at 8 am as well No consideration for morning sleep here They have Comfortable beds, and cute patios, and they just started doing normal breakfast again so there is a plus

9. Secret Garden Inn & Cottages (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set in a garden, this traditional B&B is made up of a 1905 home, plus adjacent buildings. It’s a mile from Old Mission Santa Barbara and 3.1 miles from Stearns Wharf.The main 2-bedroom home has bright, simple, individually decorated rooms with TVs and WiFi access, as well as a full kitchen, laundry facilities, an enclosed yard and a private outdoor hot tub. A cottage adds quaint rooms with hot tubs, while a private house features full living space.Upscale breakfast is available, as are evening drinks and snacks. There’s also a massage service.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • 4 min drive to Mission Santa Barbara
  • 11 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • The hotel has a concierge
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a spa
  • The hotel has childcare

Feedback From Real Customers

Maribell Gonzalez

We had a good time in this place Clean Confortable

Good breakfast Dominique is really good host, she is very attentive In my point of view there are little details that need to be attended to be a five : the blinds do not cover well the windows, so you will have a lot of light There are a lot of things in the rooms, so you do not have much space There are ants, so you need to be careful with food And something that was not in her control was that neighbors were repairing things so there are a lot of noise in the mornings The hotel is pet friendly that it is a plus for us

Mrs Pops

Unfortunately, I had to arrive late I called in advance like my instructions told me too The cottages reminded me of a cottage I use to live in when I lived in Lake Tahoe

The rooms and outdoors pathways reminded me of my mom, who passed away in Feb The flower bedspread and table clothes to the brick curvy pathways I was delivered Breakfast to my room I told them the night before a later time for breakfast But while having dinner with my siblings, they wanted to be on the road at the time I suggested breakfast The cook did not have any problems making breakfast an hour earlier for me It is a really relaxing place I enjoyed the short time I stayed I needed the peace of mind It has been a tough year for me, and I left feeling a lot calmer than I did when I left LAX

missy marie

such a quaint, romantic, and cozy place the owner, dominique is as inviting and lovely as the space she has made the complimentary breakfast was a delicious quiche

i was able to communicate my vegetarian dietary preference and still had a filling meal the hotel cat, peanut is friendly and naps all over the property would definitely like to return here one day soon

10. Franciscan Inn & Suites (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This laid-back, Spanish-style hotel is a 3-minute walk from the beach and Santa Barbara harbor, and an 8-minute walk from Stearns Wharf.Bright, beach-inspired rooms come with iPod docks, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and free Wi-Fi. The suites add living areas with pull-out sofas, dining tables and kitchenettes.Complimentary perks include parking, continental breakfast and afternoon cookies. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub and a DVD library. Laundry facilities are available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests liked the beach-inspired rooms, which have refrigerators
  • Guests praised the beds
  • Walking distance to MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation and The Funk Zone
  • 13 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 12 times
  • Guests mentioned “cookies” 14 times
  • Guests liked the beach

Feedback From Real Customers

Zen Zoo

Great motel in SB The room was great, well furnished (lacked a fridge though)Service was awesome, Ben (who speaks fluent french !) checked us in and helped us multiple times, he made the stay a really pleasant experience

They have a laundry room with washer/dryer, takes quarters: 25$ for the washer/2$ for dryingLocation is perfect, step from the beach while still being quietOnly thing we didn’t like was the spa and pool being at opposite sides of the motel(Also, freshly baked cookies? Yes please)

Alex McCaw

This is an awesome remodeled motel super close to the beach and funk zone We stayed here for 4 nights and enjoyed it Easily walk to all sorts of great restaurants/bars

Beds were super comfy and the water pressure was solid Only reason I didnt give it 5 stars are the walls are very thin We had some rowdy neighbors who woke us up for 2 nights One night they were told to pipe down though Otherwise I highly recommend this place!

11. Pacifica Suites (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 5490 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
  • Phone: (805) 683-6722
  • Ratings: 4.1 (700 reviews) Very good Eco-certified
  • Website : Pacifica Suites
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Traditional lodging with a hot tub & a heated outdoor pool, plus free cooked breakfast.

About this hotel

This classic, all-suite hotel is half a mile from US-101, and 2 miles from Santa Barbara Airport and Goleta Beach.The traditional 1-bedroom suites feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, as well as living rooms with pull-out sofas. Some add terraces or balconies.Freebies include cooked-to-order breakfast and a weekday wine reception, in addition to off-street parking. There’s a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub, along with a business center and meeting space. An airport shuttle is available during business hours.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to Goleta Beach
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are large but unclean
  • Some guests complained about the unclean bathrooms
  • 5 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests mentioned “cooking” 18 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Meg Moen

The reason we chose this hotel was because of the free hot cooked breakfast that was supposed to be included For the price, we thought that was decent considering we could have stayed elsewhere for the same price that included breakfast So that’s disappointing! Also, parking fee of $10 was not mentioned when booking room either

The deluxe room IS nice though because there is a bedroom and a living room (where the sleeper sofa is) so can’t complain about that Very spacious! So if you’re looking for free breakfast and free parking, look elsewhere I should have called ahead and asked all the questions prior to reserving the room!!

GymRat Repair

Pros; beautiful property, comfy beds,attentive staff also linens were soft ie towelsCons; Breakfast featured in pictures and on website but not available due to pandemic, pictures need to be removed and notated on website breakfast not available, also didn’t appreciate additional parking fee should be included in room fee without notice ALSO don’t book a room where room construction is below

Dianna Marin

Customer service was horrible when we first arrived Her name was Odalys She rude, doesn’t smile and not very helpful

The hotel is big rooms good size but it’s old So our carpet stain and the toilet Lots of bugs If it can be updated it would make the perfect hotel And they need new employees I am bummed because I forgot the name of the guy who end up checking us in he was AMAZING!!!

12. Lemon Tree Inn (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 2819 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Phone: (805) 687-6444
  • Ratings: 4.0 (926 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Lemon Tree Inn
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 11:00 AM
  • Quick Summary: Midcentury-modern rooms & suites, plus a heated outdoor pool, a hip bar & a polished restaurant.

About this hotel

Built as a motel in 1960, this retro-chic inn set on an acre of landscaped tropical gardens is 1.3 miles from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and 4 miles from the landmark Stearns Wharf.Snug rooms with a midcentury-modern vibe offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Suites and upgraded rooms add furnished patios or balconies. Room service is available.Amenities include complimentary parking, a hip cocktail bar, and a polished restaurant featuring patio dining and Californian and Italian cuisine. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub and a jewelry store.

Things You Need to Know

  • 3 min drive to Mission Santa Barbara
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are large but outdated
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned hot tubs 20 times
  • Guests praised the grounds and liked the terrace
  • Guests praised the views

Feedback From Real Customers

Randall Kuna

This classy and cozy little gem is by far the very best No issue with extra pillows or towels what so ever Clean and crisp at every turn and corner

The staff is courteous and attentive to all your needs and wants The Crocodile restaurant is excellent and makes it easy to be completely satisfied without ever leaving the groundsI would love to stay here again and am happy I am here right now

Mark Green

Sometimes it’s hard to find a good hotel where you can just relax, lying on a sun lounger by the pool, drinking a good Mojito, especially on a hot day Lemon Tree inn managed to surprise me, it’s an amazing place for the price, especially when comparing alternatives in Santa Barbara 20 minutes walk and you are already in the city center with a huge number of cool establishments, the restaurant in the hotel itself is also worth noting, it is really good, it reminds of the vintage atmosphere of the 90s, but what delicious food, it is even tastier with a 10% discount for guests

From controversial points, it is difficult to contact the staff, but given the busy days, it is quite difficult for them to answer everyone, but they try However, if you want to have a good time, this hotel is for you

Patty Hlinka

Front desk staff was amazing, personable and professional They worked very hard to honor my specific requests for where I wanted my room located That was so appreciated

From desk staff, waiters, gardeners, housekeeping and maintenance you cannot ask for better service and friendliness I have been staying at Lemon Tree when I come to SB from northern CA for over 25 years, it is like coming home There are great restaraunts all around and a new Starbucks about 1 1/2 blocks up from LemonTree on State that is awesome You can’t go wrong with Daily Grind and their heavenly scones Can’t wait for next trip to SB and Lemon Tree

13. Best Western Plus South Coast Inn (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off Highway 101 and set in landscaped gardens, this down-to-earth hotel is 2.5 miles from Santa Barbara Airport, 3.5 miles from Goleta Beach and 9.1 miles from downtown Santa Barbara.Relaxed rooms have free WiFi, TVs with satellite channels, and DVD players, as well as coffeemakers, microwaves, and minifridges. Suites add living areas; some offer whirlpool tubs. Children 17 and under stay free with a parent.Hot breakfast, parking, and a local area and airport shuttle are complimentary. There’s also an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus a patio, a fitness room and meeting space.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 7 min drive to Goleta Beach
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Landscaping” 11 times
  • Guests liked the grounds
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

adriane Cunningham

Overall hotel was fine Nice pool and breakfast My biggest issue is when we checked in on a Monday night they must have had several rooms available because they asked if we wanted the first or second floor

I opted for the first floor Everything was fine until the morning when they started to remodel the room right next to us promptly in the morning Lots of construction noise and there was tools and supplies outside of our room pretty much the entire morning We were planning a slow start the morning and unfortunately it wasn’t pleasant with all that noise The other minor grip was in the morning of our departure We had a very early flight and I went to the lobby to get coffee and it was empty The desk check said there wouldn’t be more until breakfast started, which was slightly disappointing, as we had to leave prior to breakfast I thought it would have been nice if he offered to make some more

Bonnie Neumann

This property was great for our one night stay Breakfast was excellent and the front desk staff very helpful and courteous!Bianca went above and beyond in helping us get situated after a 45 hour flight delay, car rental closed, etc etc

Then having my phone fall out of my pocket in the taxi Everything that could go wrong went wrongThe welcoming of front desk staff, the help in locating my phone (iPad app) to locate the address where my phone was and the phone call made to the taxi driver was all facilitated by the team They were wonderful and I so appreciate the help Taxi driver brought it to me when picking us up in the morningWe will definitely stay here again and highly recommend to allThank you staff!!

Nathalia Riedel-Flores

If you are looking for yourself or your family, reconsider there are much better hotels in the area with a friendlier morning staffI told the receptionist I needed to reserve for my family and at first, I was met with friendly customer service Everything went South from there, some staff receptionists were sarcastic and aggressive was checked out without my knowledge when attempting to rebook since I did so from my computer

I was constantly contacted by the property and there is absolutely no privacyOn the last day of the reservation, I was unable to access the room because I hadn’t “paid for it” despite them running my credit cards every day of my stay Communicated to the staff consistently about my situation and contacted all of my banksUnless you want to be stranded in Santa Barbara, stay somewhere elseThe housekeeping packed my things and I am still looking for my watch”I have 4 pending charges on 2 cards so I would appreciate it if someone could explain the situation better instead of rotating among numerous employees that do not know the circumstances, my family was in town for my birthday and this has been by far the worst experience I don’t need an explanation or passive-aggressive response, clearly, other customers have had a similar experience ^^^”

14. Best Western Plus Santa Barbara (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This traditional hotel in Santa Barbara’s Oak Park is 3.3 miles from Stearns Wharf pier, 4.4 miles from Santa Barbara Zoo and 8.6 miles from Santa Barbara Airport.Quaint rooms offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as microwaves, coffeemakers and designer toiletries. Some feature kitchenettes and/or balconies, while 1- and 2-bedroom suites add full kitchens, and living rooms with pull-out sofas.Parking and loaner DVDs are free. Additional amenities include a relaxed restaurant, an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus a fitness room, a business center and coin-operated laundry facilities.

Things You Need to Know

  • 4 min drive to Mission Santa Barbara
  • 12 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests liked the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a fitness center
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Qwerty

This is a nice hotel I went here and was satisfied with my experience I booked this hotel online and checked into it

This hotel has the doors of their rooms on the outside, so you have to walk around the hotel to get to your room However, the hotel’s parking lot stretches around the hotel, so you can park right in front of your room The room I stayed in had two beds and a bathroom with a pretty large shower, but much to my surprise, the room also had a kitchen and dining table with four chairs, which was pretty nice The interior of the room was pretty dated, but other than that it was nice This hotel has a restaurant as well with some pretty good food I gave this hotel five stars because it has nice, big rooms and a restaurant as well

Bobbi Karpinski

Outstanding service by Gabriel who not only checked in all 8 of us on our Gal Pal trip from San Diego April 10-14, 2022, he calculated what each of us should pay individually, which was a complicated procedure Later that evening, he helped us find a missing credit card At all times he was very calm, professional and listened very well

He has excellent listening skills and is very personable He was our hero!

Kelsey

Hotel is nice, but housekeeping and front desk are hopeless Do not expect any sort of housekeeping or maintenance They state their lack of housekeeping is due to COVID measures, meanwhile none of their employees were wearing masks, so it’s quite clear that this is a cost-saving excuse

However, they say they will come by to do housekeeping and give you new towels if you request itthis is a pretty big stretch of the truthDuring our stay, the toilet wouldn’t flush We called the front desk and asked them to fix it while we were out for the day They said they would Nothing happened We then called again and someone finally fixed it The maintenance person very strangely didn’t seem to have a key to our room, which I found very oddThe next day, we asked for towels while we were out Again nothing happened Our pile of towels was left in the room and we were granted no clean towels We called again Their solution to the problem was to leave a bag of towels for us on our doorknob for us to set up AND they gave us the wrong amount of towelsIt seems like the staff categorically don’t have the ability to access rooms, which is the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard of for a hotel I wouldn’t stay here again

15. The Leta Santa Barbara Goleta, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

Off highway 101, this casual, upscale hotel is 3 miles from Goleta Beach Park, 4 miles from the University of California, Santa Barbara and 7 miles from shops and dining on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.The warm, contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, sitting areas, work desks and Wi-Fi, and some have courtyard views.A resort fee covers Wi-Fi, fitness classes and parking, as well as coffee and tea and access to regular live entertainment. There’s an outdoor pool and a record store, as well as an airy restaurant serving California cuisine and a hip, beachy bar.

Things You Need to Know

  • 6 min drive to Goleta Beach
  • 7 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests mentioned the service is friendly
  • Guests mentioned “hipsters” 13 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the bar and the bar drinks

Feedback From Real Customers

Mo D

Really appealing updated motel calling itself a hotel The design is quite nice, but they’re aren’t done just yet Currently being renovated, so note that it’s under construction

Restaurant looked really nice, but it was closed, as it usually is on Monday and Tuesdays sadlyTried to get an espresso as we were checking out Wednesday morning, but they closed 5 mins before at 10:30Nice but missed the markWish o could do 2 and a half stars

Kevin Tate

This is a nice little hotel with competitive prices, good service, free parking and is very dog friendly The grounds were well kept, the pool was large and heated, and there was a small area where dogs could relieve themselves The room was comfortable enough but was beginning to show its age

The bed did not have a box spring so it was a bit firm, and the down pillows needed to be doubled-up to provide adequate support Shower pressure was good My only complaint was that the happy hour menu items were a bit pricey for the quantity Plan on ordering two of each item! The ambience in their outdoor dining patio was really nice

Christine Lauer

I’m giving one star not because I feel that this hotel is necessarily a one star hotel in general quality, but I paid over 550$ a night to stay here for memorial day weekend with my family and they market this hotel as a classy boutique hotel The biggest problem we had was that on Sunday night, the hotel (on a relatively small property) without any warning hosted a sorority formal, and was PACKED with college kids running around being mildly loud and disruptive to a property with kids and families in bed They played music for hours past when they said they would, loud enough to feel bass thumping while laying in bed

The teenager at the front desk kept telling she thought it would turn off soon! At which point we asked a refund for our night It is kind of cute, but it is a motel that got a kind of lackluster makeover, its lobby is very cute, and I will say the restaurant is good, but the place runs like a motel! They advertise housekeeping which we couldn’t seem to get them to provide, everyone who worked there seemed 19 years old and lacked experience in service industry The rooms are very small and don’t include many amenities, and our shower drain was clogged when we arrived, so the first one of us to take a shower was standing in 4 inches of shower water by the end of their shower, and the next person in line had to stand in the last person’s shower water left over Overall the nice things about this place were so far overshadowed by the absurd price you pay for a motel about 15-20 minutes outside of SB The advertising of the place is a little deceptive, it is basically a motel with lipstick on Don’t be fooled 😐

16. Motel 6 Santa Barbara, CA – Beach (2-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 2-minute walk from East Beach, this simple budget lodging is also a 6-minute walk from the Santa Barbara Zoo.Wood floors and granite countertops are offered in each colorful, modern room, as well as WiFi (fee) and flat-screen TVs with expanded cable channels; some have minifridges available for an extra charge. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult family member.There’s a year-round outdoor pool and a coin laundry, in addition to free morning coffee and parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Santa Barbara Zoo and East Beach
  • Guests praised the clean rooms but some thought they were small
  • Some guests disliked the bathrooms but others praised the showers
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned pools 48 times
  • Guests praised the architecture
  • Guests praised the views

Feedback From Real Customers

Jeanelle Zenine

This weekend my friend and I stayed at the Motel 6 for the first time EVER in our lives While we still thought it was high priced for what we got, the room was clean (yet very small especially for 2 people) What we were impressed with most was the staff

They were super friendly and informative and helpful Debbie (and I really hope that is her name but the morning front desk woman who knits) was absolutely wonderful and we are very grateful for her and her service Other positives are it’s in a great area with good food, there’s a7-11 across the street along with a dispensary so we were happy Thank you Motel 6!!

Aaron Gaffney

Classy, clean, updated but with a totally retro feel, this motel was established in 1962 and they have all their decor done up appropriately Most of the motels in this chain have gone through extensive renovations in recent years, and they are almost invariably the cheapest I pretty much always look for them whenever I travel! (I do wish their pools were heated, however

Much of the year, even in Southern California, it’s too cold to swim without that)

Debra Jennings

The location is really good and close to the beach The room is very tiny but clean and newly renovated it appeared But, the owner is so selfish with giving the bare minimums to their clientele that it was very irritating

For example, we needed more than just two bath towels and one set of shampoo/conditioner but they were very rude when we asked for more towels NO Kleenexes, Coffee maker or coffee, microwave or a bottle of water given in the room We didn’t mind having it all so basic but we did mind the rude behavior when we asked for a few more towelsLastly, there is NO elevator, and the motel does NOT offer any handicap rooms They forced my 86 year old parents to walk up a flight of stairs to reach their room the entire stay However, they did tell us for an extra surcharge of $100 a night, they could put my parents on the ground level It was all so ridiculous and insensitiveHope this helps

17. Pacific Crest Hotel (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 3-minute walk from East Beach, this relaxed hotel is a mile from Stearns Wharf and 2 miles from the Santa Barbara Bowl.Airy, laid-back rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some feature wood-beamed ceilings and/or balconies. Upgraded rooms add minifridges and scenic views, while a suite features a fireplace, a kitchen and a balcony with ocean views.Freebies include continental breakfast and parking. Other amenities include an outdoor pool with a sundeck and lounge chairs.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Santa Barbara Zoo and East Beach
  • 15 min drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • Guests liked the service, which has a concierge
  • Guests mentioned beaches 15 times
  • Guests mentioned beds 10 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Cher

Very nice location A couple of blocks from the beach We had a very roomy, corner unit

It was very clean and the bed was very comfy I only had very brief encounter (check in) with Greg the owner who was very nice Never met his wife We were there the week after 4th of July, which I guess is peak season because our room @$360 p/night was a bit pricey I’d stay again but, would plan to go off season

S.V. Fire House Cat

Serving Santa Barbara since 1976, Greg and Jennifer Mishkin, owner-managers of the Pacific Crest Hotel, (pictured) delivered quiet, clean and safe accommodations for my visitThey indicated welcoming and serving prior happy guests, over time, has been/is is a very rewarding part of their lives After staying at several of the larger name brand hotels near by, it can be stated their service standards exceed the competition

A definite recommend Book directly through their website for best price and fewer headaches!

Christine Harvey

It’s hard to get past the treatment I received from the owner but will say the room was fine just know it’s a renovated motel, that comes with small bathrooms and no food or drink options on site Beyond this, be wary of the hotel owner, Greg- he is very unkind Before even checking in, I had a tragic family emergency and prior to arrival I wanted to cancel the last night of 3

I had booked the nights using points through Expedia, and they would allow me to cancel the third night if the property gave permission I had called numerous times with no response from the property, and at this point, I had only been receiving confusing communication via text from Greg When I finally did get a call, Greg, the owner, not only showed no empathy whatsoever, but threatened that “if I said another word he would not allow me to stay at the hotel at all” and that those working for Expedia are “foreigners and liars,” before hanging up on me I never Please consider the kind of person you are supporting by staying here

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