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Reviewed 13 June 2015 via mobile

With a little attention this place could be stunning. It's classic Santa Barbara architecture but is so poorly maintained that's almost missed. There is exposed water hose hanging out of the wall (used to be a sink?), no smoke detector, missing wall plates on the sockets, a fridge sitting in the pathway to the bathroom, no coffee pot in room...

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Reviewed 18 February 2015

Geo and the staff care and treat you as if you are family!! We stayed in room #103 which perfectly accommodated our family of four adults and two children. The room had two queen size beds along with a twin which was perfect!! The motel is cute and we'll kept. At anytime of the day there is someone that will...

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2Thank DeLaTorre21415
Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
Reviewed 10 January 2015

We arrived quite late in the evening and asked for a room. The first we saw was kind of shabby, we would have taken it, but only for one night. The plastering fell from the ceiling... But there was a really nice guy who then offered another room which was much nicer. Mexican decoration, colorful tiles, electric fire place, very...

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2Thank Marit I
Santa Paula, California
Reviewed 30 October 2014

Okay: the Ala Mar has some not so good reviews. But we needed four economically-priced rooms to attend a wedding in Santa Barbara. Visited the motel two months before we booked the rooms; looked okay. Motel is on Cabrillo, one block from Sterns Wharf and across from the beach. Issues: no coffee pot or coffee in room - coffee, cereal,...

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1Thank Juhree
Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 7 October 2014 via mobile

We arrived in Santa Barbara with no reservation and were able to score a room at the Ala Mar Motel last minute for $129. What a great value for such an amazing location by the beach and pier! The room was clean, comfortable & even had a jacuzzi tub. Only downfall is that there was no air conditioning so the...

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2Thank nfriesen1
Reviewed 26 September 2014

We had no reservation in Santa Barbara and arrived at 7pm. We parked the car on the main beachfront road and proceeded to search for accommodation. The price per room was staggering in many if not all the hotels that we checked in this area. It was getting late so we settled for the cheapest we had found so far,...

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Thank Aileen H
Hants
Reviewed 12 September 2014

We needed a room for the night in Santa Barbara, and after scouting around a few hotels ended up at the Ala Mar with it's promises of a bungalow, pool and happy hour for (slightly) less than the alternatives. The room may have been OK if you didn't mind staying in a war zone. We were shown to our room...

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6Thank Handy_Harry
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 28 August 2014

Great location, close to beach , restaurants etc. However . For a room that cost more than $200 I would expect Airco that works A bed side light that works An internal dead lock that works A wall painted in one colour not a mish mash of shades of one colour Towels that resembled towels not sandpaper The $50 cheapy...

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Thank trustme865
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 July 2014

This hotel is perfectly situated along the beachfront and like other reviewers, the attraction was the the lack of minimum nights stay. Our room had two queen beds, fridge and flat screen. Unfortunately, there was no a/c or ceiling fan and the room was extremely stuffy with only a pedestal fan to try and shift air around. We couldn't take...

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Thank SickofBadService2014
Corona, California
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Stayed in the room that over looks the beach along Cabrillo Blvd. Room 110. Great, great view. French doors open right over the sidewalk, a small wood balcony with a cozy little table and two chairs. You get to see the pier and the beach all day and night. Now for the bad news. There is a community (motel) wood...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Great location next to the beach and State St. We're a small boutique motel. Some rooms have private a jacuzzi. Most rooms have the beach view. We also have rooms with full kitchens. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ala Mar Motel

Address: 102 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3505
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: £130 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ala Mar Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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Also Known As:
Ala Mar Hotel Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Santa Barbara
Hotel Style:
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
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“Find different accommodation”
Amy1218, 8 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Upper floor a bit quieter.”
877paule, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Choose room in adjacent hotel/motel and save some aggro.”
Eristikos, 22 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Just ask for 119”
Atli_Steinn, 27 Aug 2015 | Read review
“The so-called suite is nice, still simple and only worth the money during low season (we payed 130 USD per night.”
MaritI_12, 10 Jan 2015 | Read review
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