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“Restaurant is better than the hotel”
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Montecito Inn
Ranked #20 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Restaurant is better than the hotel”
Reviewed 27 July 2012 via mobile

This hotel is about 3 miles south of Santa Barbara - you can walk there and follow a beach path. They will also lend you beach cruisers, though we did not partake.

Parking is $8 and wifi is free. There is also a basic continental breakfast.

The Cafe downstairs is pretty good. Locals come here too. Portions are huge so be careful when you order!

The two things I disliked about the hotel:
1) we booked on Expedia so the hotel did not have our direct contact information prior to arrival. When we arrived we found out that there would be no electrify between midnight and 6 (the city's doing). My sister asked the agent checking us in how she could have known about this before the cancellation policy went into effect. The agent stated we received an email with the information.ABSOLUTELY FALSE. Expedia does not provide emails to the hotel ahead of checkin time so we did not and could not have received such an email. I'm guessing the guy is an idiot and not maliciously lying.

2) found a hair in the shower. Trust me. It wasn't mine. Pretty gross.


Good things: the hot tub was nice and I didn't see kids around.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

My stay at the world-renown Montecito Inn was very pleasant. Was attending a wedding on the beach in Summerland. Staff was helpful and courteous. The room was very clean and comfortable. There is a turn-down service at night and comfortable beds. Bikes are available to take a nice ride to the nearby beaches. Free breakfast was weak; cold cereal, pastries, yogurt, fruit, coffee and juices. It is an older hotel, so the walls are very thin. It is right off the freeway and highway, so you will hear noise from the road and the occasional train, your upstairs neighbors and people walking in the breeze-way. The two separate bathrooms were nice but very small and there is NO counter top so there was no place to do your hair and makeup. The location is very convenient, and do not miss Jeanines down the street, a fantastic bakery/cafe. Contemplated having the highly-rated banana french toast, but since it was lunchtime had the pesto chicken sandwich with cup of Italian wedding soup. Delish!!! Had friends staying at the Inn at Summerland B&B; they had group rates which were comparable and a much nicer Inn with more amenities.

Room Tip: bring ear plugs if you are sensitive to outside/road noise.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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san francisco
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

We went down here for a girl's weekend & had a great time at the Montecito. The hotel has a great old world feel, nice decor, beautiful rounded plaster doorways. A nice touch was the Veuve Cliquot champagne tasting in the lobby when we checked in--yum! Great location, walking distance to a fabulous breakfast place (I think Jeannie's?) , a CVS, and an amazing liquor store with all kinds of champagnes & tequilas. Pool was a bit cozy but not really crowded, so that was ok. Queen room was VERY cozy and there is no air conditioning, but it's pretty temperate in SB so that was OK. All in all, great stay & I would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Single queen rooms VERY cozy but cute.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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socal
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Went away for the weekend with the wife for a weekend getaway. Hotel was small but cozy. Room we had was very small. Bathroom was also very small. You could hear your neighbors very clear at night. Short walking distance to a couple of restaurants and shops. Great customer service and nice views of the mountains. Also a short walk down to the beach. Nice free continental breakfast every morning. Will return back in the future.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hermosa Beach, California
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Reviewed 6 July 2012

Our family of four stayed there and loved it. The bellman are all very helpful with information and accomodations. There are free cruiser bikes with baskets to check out and we made great use of these. It is a very short bike ride to Butterfly beach across from the Four Seasons Biltmore. There is a path along the waterfront in Santa Barbara where lots of healthy, active people are playing volleyball, riding surreys, skateboarding in an enclosed skate park, flying kites or just enjoying the beach and great weather. This hotel is not cheap, but our parking, bikes, and continental breakfast were included. The pool area is small, but the water is warm, compared to many outdoor hotel pools. The front desk offered us Charlie Chaplin dvds to watch, so we ordered room service dinner and ate at the table in our room. Then we all climbed on the four post bed and settled in to watch old movies. The kids slept on roll away twin beds. There are wonderful boutiques and restaurants on the same street as the hotel. I recommend Jeanine's Bakery for brunch or lunch. Fresh and delicious. There is a pharmacy across the street, which is convenient in case you need more sunscreen like we did! We have stayed in other hotels in Santa Barbara and I would stay at the Montecito Inn again. We found the train noise to be less noticeable here than at the Biltmore, the Hyatt or Fess Parkers. If you want to be close to State Street, this is not the hotel for you. It is in the sleepier Montecito area, and we loved that. It is easy to get around and I highly recommend biking here.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

The room was very cozy and the bed was super comfortable. HOWEVER, when the train came whizzing by at 3 am, it scared the Bejesus out of my husband and I. I think the front desk should give guests a head's up on the train track being right next to the hotel. Other than that, enjoyable stay. P.S. The car valets were the best!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

I booked a room for two nights at the Montecito Inn several months back. This isn't an inexpensive hotel, but I was intrigued by the history and thought that a quiet inn within walking distance of some nice restaurants would be a nice way to end our California vacation. We were first placed in a room at the end of the hall which faced the afternoon sun and the highway. It was over 80 degrees in the room, and when we searched for the A/C control, we couldn't find it. We called the front desk and learned that there is no a/c in rooms other than suites. They had a few box fans left that we could borrow. That being unacceptable, we were shown to another room overlooking the kitchen exhaust vents which was no cooler. After a quick check to see if another hotel was available (and was), we decided to just check out. The manager asked if I wanted him to prepare a bill. For....what, I asked? I was informed that we were inside the 7-day cancellation period and would forfeit one night. When I asked why they did not advise travelers that there was no air conditioning, he said that was up to marketing. They showed us to a third room, which had a mountain and front street view. Although it was smaller, it was much cooler. I got the impression that moving guests to multiple rooms happens quite a lot. Understand - during a warm summer day, you have to leave the windows open. We decided to stay when we were promised a move to a suite the next day. I should mention that the bathrooms in the old section are tiny - as in european size. The next morning, we met the breakfast boss. He was compulsive about arranging the muffins and pastries, especially if you moved something. He would hover over you while you toasted your bagel, and to our astonishment, would pick up your bagel with his hands and bring it to your table on a napkin. No joke. My wife's eyes nearly popped out of her head. We sat and watched as he arranged and rearranged the pastries - even when no one had come into the room for a while. They block off a portion of the hotel's restaurant to use for the continental breakfast, and if the few tables not blocked off aren't enough, then guests just have to take their breakfast back to their rooms. So - we moved to our third room which was the suite. Totally different environment. Huge bathroom, huge bedroom, huge sitting room with fireplace and 2 tv's - and a/c. Like you are in a different hotel. I get the quaint feel of an old hotel, and really like experiencing places like this. But I do think that the 7-day cancellation policy traps a lot of people (we weren't the only complainers at the front desk...) who would otherwise opt for a room with air conditioning. We were told that 99% of the time, the weather in Santa Barbara doesn't require a/c. I understand that, but not on the days when you do need a/c...which is when I was there. We just needed to know so we could make a better decision.

Room Tip: Book a suite. Don't leave your bagel unattended. Try the cafe for dinner...excellent.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Montecito Inn
Address: 1295 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2791
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#14 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#21 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Montecito Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Montecito Inn was built in 1928 by screen legend Charlie Chaplin as an escape to paradise for his closest friends. Enriched with influences reminiscent of early Santa Barbara, guest rooms are a reflection of the Montecito Inn's proud history and tradition. Bedrooms decorated with classic patterns and furnishings in warm earth tones and bathrooms adorned with hand-painted ceramic tile create an elegant ambiance. The Montecito Inn offers the perfect blend of classic style, comfort, convenience, and personalized service. Wake up in the morning to a continental breakfast served in the hotel's restaurant, the Montecito Cafe, or have it delivered to your door. Enjoy lunch and dinner at the Montecito Cafe, a local favorite, which boasts an exquisite California Nouveau cuisine. Other fine dining is also available only a walk away. Relax by the pool and Jacuzzi, or walk only 2.5 Blocks to the beach. Also enjoy the day in Montecito, one of America's most beautiful seaside communities, with boutique shopping. Featuring 61 Elegant Guest Rooms & Luxury Suites, the Montecito Inn offers all of the quality, service and elegance that Santa Barbara has to offer. Our staff is waiting to help satisfy your every desire. Today, the escape is yours. ... more   less 
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