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“Nice place, little touches could make it so much better.”

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The Upham Hotel & Country House
Ranked #15 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 June 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights in mid June. As has been said, it's a beautiful house 2 blocks from State Street and a quick bus or long walk to the beach.
First impressions ate good with the Upham, the interior is lovely with sofas, open fire etc and beautiful gardens. The room was nice and beside the garden so was quiet.

Overall we thought it was a good place to stay as it is so handy to the shops etc. This is a good inn, we just thought it could have been GREAT, but for some minor things that make excellence places stand out.

They offer complimentary milk and cookies and wine and cheese at specific times. This is a really nice touch and we experienced this several times touring California. However the cheese is a lump of value spreading cheese which is just unpleasant. Anything else would be better.
The cookies were a opened packet of oreos.

In general we thought the Upham was a good central place to stay and would definitely recommend it. However, I thinking if they put a bit more effort into the small things they could be really great.

(this may be v nit picky so apologies for that!)

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

Our first impressions were not good. We had booked to stay in the Brighton room at the smaller country house across the road. When my wife went to check in at the main hotel she noticed that the room reserved for us was the Darcy. When she questioned this she was told that somebody who had stayed with them before had asked for the Brighton room so we had been upgraded. My wife as not happy and explained that we had specifically chosen the Brighton room and had booked it 8 months ago. The lady at reception consulted one of her colleagues and suggested we could look at both rooms, we chose the Brighton room. Although we got the room we had booked we wonder what the other guests had been told and what would have happened if they had arrived before us.
The Brighton room is very popular it seems and it is easy to see why. It is on its own and steps out directly into the garden. It is nicely decorated and very quiet although there is an uncovered skylight so bring eyepatches if you are a light sleeper and would be disturbed by early morning light. The bathroom has a rain shower which is very refreshing after a day exploring Santa Barbara. There is free WiFi which was particularly useful as it meant we could check in for our flight home online without any problems. There is complimentary coffee and cookies,etc every afternoon and wine and cheese and other snacks every evening. Breakfast is particularly good with a different hot entree every morning which has to be ordered the night before, the shrimp pancakes were delicious. Fresh fruit or oatmeal is available if you don't want the entree.
The hotel is perfectly positioned being only two blocks from State Street. We would cetainly recommend this hotel if you are visiting Santa Barbara

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

It was good. Not anything special.
It's pretty close to State Street, which is nice. And they give complementary snacks and breakfast.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Hazlettfamily
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

A lovely relaxing place to stay, with nice little extras that make you feel most welcome. We opted for a bungalow which had a nice outlook into the well tended gardens. The location is only a few minutes walk to State Street, where most of the restaurants and shops can be found. The sea front is about 25 minutes walk or you can use the electric bus service for 25c if you are in a hurry.
There were just a couple of minor issues that I could mention. Firstly the lock on our room was not very robust and given there was no room safe, I was a liitle conconcerned leaving anything of value in the room. Also our room did not have air-conditioning, but as the weather was not too warm, it was never an issue for us.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2011

We had tickets for a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl and wanted to spend that night in town before heading back to our home in Los Angeles. We had stayed at the Upham many years ago and liked the atmosphere, so I booked a reservation on the hotel's guest-friendly website. I selected the Melrose Room in the Country House, which is a new addition to the Upham group since our last visit.

We very much liked being in this property which is a few houses away from the main Upham property. It was quieter overall, not being at an intersection of two streets, not having so many guests in the public areas, and not having a restaurant or meeting facility. The word 'small' applies to the Melrose in many respects: room, bathroom, sink, shower, TV. But the room has windows on two sides, overlooks the pretty back garden, there is no street noise whatsoever, and there is a working fireplace which would be a great amenity on a cold, damp day. If the Brighton Room had been available, that would have been my first choice, but the Melrose satisfied our needs in all respects for our single night stay. I'm a light sleeper, so I would probably not choose a room facing the street (Darcy, Windsor, Sommerset) , although they all looked lovely.

The house manager had left before we checked in, but there was wine, cheese/crackers, olives, cookies, fruit, coffee and tea waiting in the dining room. In the morning, the house manager greeted us in the dining room. There was a nice array of breakfast foods on the buffet, and eggs cooked to order or the daily entree were offered. We were surprised to see three other couples in the house while we were having breakfast. It had been so quiet, we thought we were the only guests!

We'll definitely stay at the Upham Country House again.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

we had a nice room with private porch parking is avaiable. the place is very clean beautiful court yard, they serve wine at 5 to 6:30pm. cookies and milk in the evening, and the breakfast is very good, staff friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank euromalta
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

We had a wonderful time for our anniversary. Great location within walking distance to nearby restaurants and State St. Beautiful grounds to enjoy a glass of wine and relax. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with some like ours featuring a patio. Definitely a great time away!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LosReyes15
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Address: 1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3027
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#15 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £180 - £299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Upham Hotel & Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Victorian treasure in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Upham Hotel and Country House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Santa Barbara, Southern California. Constructed of redwood with sweeping verandas, the 58-room 1871 landmark is surrounded by an acre of gardens and combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility. ... more   less 
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