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The Upham Hotel & Country House
Ranked #17 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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“A lot like home”
Reviewed 18 February 2005

My girlfriend and I recently spent the weekend here and we very much enjoyed it! From the moment we pulled in the driveway, it felt like we were coming home. Walking to the front desk, we were welcomed with wonderful fragrances from the garden and we instantly relaxed. The concierge was very welcoming and upon request reccomended restaurants and provided maps to the vineyards north of town. We stayed in the Main Building in a Junior Suite with a king-size bed. We found it to be very pleasant and comfortable, almost like we were in our own bedroom! Great bedside reading lamps, soothing colors in the decor..I'm a stickler on things being very clean and I found the room to be impeccable, clean in every respect.
We also enjoyed our continental breakfast and coffee on the backporch in the morning. It was a great way to start the day! I would definitely stay here again, next time I think we'll try a garden cottage and see what that is like. We were able to get an Entertainment Discount, so be sure to mention it if you have one of those cards.

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Reviewed 12 July 2004

We were pleased with our stay at the Upham. We were in one of the "cottages" (small out-buildings with 4 rooms each). The room was clean and had a charming fireplace. Cozy down comforter on the queen size bed. The bathroom was nice if not luxurious. The room was very private with an entrance around the back through a little gate. The afternoon wine and cheese and night time oreo cookies were a nice touch. The continental breakfast was adequate with bagels, fruit, cereal, etc. The staff were friendly and helpful. The grounds were quite pretty and several guests enjoyed sitting on lawn chairs soaking up the perfect Santa Barbara weather. We would certainly stay at the Upham again. Good location in walking distance to many restaurants and shops on State Street.

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Reviewed 4 June 2004

Had to be in Santa Barbara for a family wedding last month and ended up staying at the Upham for the weekend. I had never stayed there as we live close to town, and I must say it was a very nice surprise! It is conveniently located to town so that we did not have to worry about parking. Since most of the wedding festivities were in the area of the Hotel, this was one aggravation we did not have to deal with on a busy weekend! The entire staff was courteous, helpful, friendly and eager to share with us the history of the hotel. The morning breakfast was a delight with baked goods not store bought---a nice change from other hotels. Sitting out by the fountain near our room was wonderfully relaxing. Our room was spacious, clean and nicely appointed---and the housekeeping staff very courteous when we wanted to sleep in a bit after breakfast. We left with the promise to return when we need a quick get away. Would highly recommend this hotel!

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Reviewed 18 May 2004

I recently had some dear friends surprise me with a visit from the Bay Area. I was able to find them a room at the Upham and I could not have been more pleased! I was able to visit the room prior to their arrival and found it quite classy, comfy and very clean. When I saw my friends the next morning they were raving about the comfortable bed, excellent breakfast and quiet surroundings. The staff was courteius and friendly and helpful. Definitely a four star experience---thank you Upham hotel for a superb experience!

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Reviewed 26 April 2004

My wife and I now have a new favorite place to stay while vacationing in SB. The Upham was great! Colorfully decorated inside and out with a nice touch of period piece replicas and very calming garden area...We can't think of a nicer place to relax and catch a breather on a nice day than at the Upham!
We had read other reviews of mixed reactions, some we can relate to, but overall we can't really complain. Personally, we think the staff has made many improvements to the facilities, so hopefully you won't let some of the negative (older) reviews turn you away from staying at the Upham.
One big pluses to staying here was that we never had to jump in our car until we headed home, since State St. is only within 2-3 blocks away.
We can't wait to go back!

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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
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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