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The Upham Hotel & Country House
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
San Luis Obispo, California
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Charm and convenience”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

We've stayed in many hotels and motels in Santa Barbara–usually by the beach, but sometimes on upper State Street, but never again.

We stayed in the historic (1871) Upham Hotel right in the heart of the Theater District and within walking distance of Bouchon (a great restaurant) and with Louie's Restaurant right in the main building of the Upham.

Our room was big, bright, immaculate, cheerful, AND we had our own private terrace with a nice patio and furniture so we could eat outside. There are a number of cottages or you can stay in the main building.

The Upham provides wine and cheese from 4 to 6 P.M. and a magnificent breakfast with eggs, cheese, bagels, cereals, hot oatmeal, juice, great coffee, and tea. The dining area is sweet or you can take your food outdoors or into the sunroom.

The staff was helpful, the parking on-site, and the surrounding neighborhood was great for walking.

Can't wait to stay there again.

Room Tip: We will try the Lotus room next time. Don't stay near the separate laundry area as it is a bit n...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

This is a very pleasant Inn, with little bungalows dotted around well manicured gardens. It is not on the beach front but hidden a few blocks back in a residential area. Plenty of parking for guests. "Check in" was quick and efficient. The happy hour is always a bonus, with cheese and wine.

Whilst the restaurant is off the main entrance, it is leased out and is not part of the Inn. I will write another review about the restaurant.

The cottages were well appointed, clean and homely

Breakfast was just okay, as there really was no specific room for breakfast. One had to hunt for chairs and again seating was on an outside patio. OK if the weather is fine.

I did like the place but a little expensive, but it is Santa Barbara.
Graham S
Malvern UK

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Laguna Hills, California
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

I've stayed at a LOT of the SB "non-beachy" hotels, from the ultra expensive San Ysidro Inn, to the very expensive Biltmore, Canary, & Spanish Garden to some quite modest. All of the expensive ones mentioned above are very nice physical facilities; but the price steers me to keep looking.

With that in mind, I tried the somewhat cheaper (but still expensive) Upham. The original 1870's hotel has been restored several times, and it's about as nice as you can make 1920's style bungalows without San Ysidro's budget. However, old floors tend to creak, old, non- soundproofed walls can't give you complete privacy, and having a central courtyard eating area can make the nearby bungalows noisy. But, if you can accept that, the Upham is essentially as nice as the above places, but a notch less expensive.

They have an ok breakfast buffet, and afternoon wine and cheese. But, for a treat, try eating at Louie's restaurant, right off the lobby (see separate review of Louie's).

Room Tip: Try a bungalow room away from the main hotel to avoid the noise from the outside eating area (I didn...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

We spent 2 nights in Santa Barbara and loved this hotel's location. State St restaurants and shops are an easy walk away. Beach is reachable by foot in 20 min. Cottages are quaint and comfortable. Breakfast is included, simple but very good. Would stay here again.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Carlos, California, United States
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

We recently attended a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl, which is within walking distance of the Upham. We chose the hotel initially because of this proximity, but quickly found that within a few blocks were a several excellent restaurants, bars, and shops. Upon our arrival at the hotel, we were promptly greeted by the friendly staff, who made us feel immediately at home. The accommodations were clean and well appointed, and the antique nature of the facility was very charming. The grounds are beautiful and cozy, and were a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine during their afternoon tasting. We would certainly recommend this place, and look forward to staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

The Upham Hotel has the feel of a bed and breakfast. The location is perfect, the rooms are clean, comfortable and very quiet. The garden area is so relaxing, the perfect place to read a book, enjoy a glass of wine or just enjoy the moment. The staff is ready to attend to every need even if that's just a friendly greeting. I was visiting the area for business, and very much enjoyed my stay. I would return here for business or pleasure.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Milan, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Very nice, historical place: beatiful and relaxing garden, old times but very confortable rooms, complementary breakfast and late afternoon snacks (wine and cheese) okay.
Ovreall absolutely suggested, great experience (one of the oldest hotel in California and just for this it deserves a stay!)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Upham Hotel & Country House
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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