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The Upham Hotel & Country House
Ranked #19 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Rosario, Argentina
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7 reviews
“great place, great hospitality”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

i{m from argentina sorru about my english.. the time i was in this beautiful b&b was amazing.
the breakfast unique and the guys were so kind with me and girlfriens. thanks for everything. will recomended. gracias gracias

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a real find. It is situated right in the middle of Santa Barbara with an old world charm that you don't often find in an American establishment. Readers from the UK would understand if I describe it as an Alastair Sawday type of place! The staff are delightfully helpful and the gardens, where they serve breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese, are a haven of tranquility. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

An Old World charm Inn near Main Street and Santa Barbara Mission.
Our room was quite large with queen size bed and the fireplace. The spa tub in the bathroom was great to relax in. The toiletries and the bathrobe were provided. Afternoon wine and cheese was a nice treat. A little pricey, but not bad for high rental Santa Barbara is known for.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary in santa barbara. I picked this establishment for two reasons: value and location. The price was reasonable for santa barbara lodging. We stayed in a small bungalow with a private patio. Perfect size as we enjoy being close to one another. All of our room needs were met promptly. Kudos to the Upham for gifting us champagne and chocolate to celebrate! (thats what pushed them from a 3 to 4 stars) Drawback was that the room AC was weak but cool weather made that irrelevant. The breakfast is hearty, sufficient for a days activities. I would pass on the wine and cheese and visit a local wine bar, of which there are plenty to choose. The location was great! A couple of blocks from state street but far enough to maintain tranquility. Walking distance from good restaurants and downtown entertainment, even the wharf if your up for a long walk. Lastly, but definitely not least was that staff did not look happy. Every encounter except the nice lady who brought my towels was lacking brightness and friendliness I have come to expect from the hospitality industry. Good place, good stay, goodbye...

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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North America
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I used to stay in bed and breakfast places all over in Europe, all nice, peaceful very pleasant, But we never stayed in one in the USA. I had no idea how this going to turn out.
Well turned out...Perfect.

Very nice historical building, clean room, helpful stuff, very relaxing atmosphere three blocks from State street but feels like miles away. A really good escape from the XXI century. and yes Sunday I woke up and smelled the coffee. Coming from the downstairs lobby.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

I couldn't have picked a better place. The Upham Hotel was beautiful and enjoyable in every way. Just a few blocks from State St so within walking distance to many sites. Wine and cheese in the afternoon while sitting in the pretty garden. Room was spacious and attractive. Had a fabulous dinner that night in their restaurant, Louie's. All in all, a great place to stay.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mary W
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Lake Forest, California
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We stayed at the Upham Country House over the Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed our stay immensely. The staff were very hospitable, and the included breakfast was absolutely wonderful. We had quiche and french toast on successive mornings, both of which were very tasty. We also took advantage of the nightly fresh baked cookies which were a treat after a day of roaming Santa Barbara's shops and restaurants.

The Upham Country House is located 2 blocks from State street, which allowed us to leave our car behind and explore the area on foot. It was a wonderful staging area for our day trips to explore the shops and restaurants. We were blocks away from several very good restaurants, and we were even able to walk to the Santa Barbara mission to enjoy an art festival.

Our room was very comfortable, with an in-suite fireplace and french windows opening up over a private garden. The sounds of the birds in the morning was very relaxing, and the private view left you feeling like you might be out in the country rather than 2 blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay and definitely plan on staying again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Upham Hotel & Country House

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
#9 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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