I stayed here two nights for business. Like a lot of small family-run places it has positives and negatives, which may be different for business or vacation travelers. Its located in a quiet mixed residential-small hotel area a couple of blocks from the beach. The location is probably better for vacationers--while the area is pleasant, its south of the busy Highway 101, and the main part of town to the north. Most of the businesses on the south side cater to the tourist trade. There are only few streets that cross under the highway. But ii is just a block from a nice park, and if you’re up for a little exercise, a short uphill climb will get you to the campus of Santa Barbara City College, with great ocean views.
I had a standard King room with no fireplace or whirlpool bath, which was no big deal since I was alone and travelling on business, The room was a little on the small side but well-laid out. It has both A/C and a ceiling fan, which was nice because it happened to be very warm when I was there. The desk was pretty small--between the lamp and my laptop, it was cramped. Being an older building, my second-floor room creaked and cracked in a couple of places, which didn’t bother me, but could have annoyed whoever was below. The small bathroom was nicely appointed and squeaky clean (a big deal for me), with dual massage shower heads on opposite walls, which was a nice touch after a long drive.
The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows for late-night reading, and the lighting was excellent. Given the building’s age, the floor must have been uneven, because the doors on the TV armoire kept trying to swing shut. The TV is on a pull-out shelf, which kept the doors open, but because of the room’s small size, it made moving between the armoire and the bed a bit tricky.
I took advantage of the free breakfast, which was quite good. The overall ambience is quite homey and inviting. I would definitely come back for a weekend getaway but might choose a different location for a business trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Eagle Inn is a romantic quiet boutique hotel located just 2 blocks from the beach. We are a ten minute walk to downtown and The Funk Zone and all of the activities and attractions Santa Barbara has to offer. We have bikes, free, for you to use, and offer free parking and serve a complimentary, tasty cooked breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eagle Hotel Santa Barbara