Stayed at HIE Carpinteria last night (Monday) for one night while visiting relatives who were renting a condo for the week at the beach. Have stayed at BW as well, so wanted to give a comparison review.
Holiday Inn Express, for us (my sister and I) was a better fit. It was also more expensive, though not by much. Surprised at the $167 rate for a Monday night, (AAA discount and all) but that was the deal. The rate would have been received better if the gentleman next to us, also checking in, wasn't given a corporate rate of $50 less per room, after asking for something lower.
Anyway, that's not the room point. The rooms are really nice. Newly upgraded, it seems, with great TVs, very light bathrooms, fresh carpet and linens and a plug next to the mirror in the bedroom so that one can dry their hair while the other takes a shower. Our room (255) had two queen beds plus a sofa bed, fridge, microwave, the works. It could have housed 5 people. The breakfast was good -- the usual stuff (bread, bagels, juice, fruit, plenty of hot eggs and sausage, yogurt) and the area was kept really clean. I think this location beats BW as you can easily walk to a shopping mall complete with Starbucks, a grocery store, a bank, pharmacy and many fast foods. Also, you can cross the busy street and walk over to the seal rookery or hike on the beach from the hotel. We felt very safe. Staff really nice. We asked for a quiet room and were given one facing Carpinteria Street versus the freeway. Really good sleep with an abundance of excellent pillows! Also, I think they take pets as we heard a dog barking next door (but not annoyingly so and not when we were sleeping).
FYI for out-of-state travelers -- Carpinteria is a shopping-bag-free city. If you do walk over to the grocery or pharmacy, bring your own shopping bags or a lot of friends/family or you will have to carry everything in your arms. Might be a topic for next tourism meeting.
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