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 at $4.00 a night.
But that was back then. Today, the relatively small hotel was absolutely lovely. The room was charming and comfortable. And maybe impossible for you to believe: our king room looked EXACTLY like the photo on the website. When does that ever happen?
So, why did we rate it at only four stars? The breakfast was LaQunita-ish and with less seating. But the location is now terrific with nice restaurants, shops, and both a British and Irish pub on the block. Comparing Hotel Santa Barbara to others of its category, we found it superlative.
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- 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
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