We stayed here because it was the cheapest place we could find in Santa Barbara... and the room was still over $200 a nite!
The location is really fantastic. It's a half-block from the beach, and right across from the fancy Hyatt. The beach is really nice, but my husband got some nasty crude oil all over his foot- there are oil rigs off the coast, and he thinks that oil from those rigs was polluting the beach... whatever the cause, there were puddles of oil here and there along the waterfront. It was a real shame considering how nice the beach is. I hope it was just a fluke.
There is also a decent zoo less than a 5 minute walk away, which is lovely if you are traveling with kids. Mid-day they offer a special giraffe feeding session, where for $6 extra you can feed a giraffe some lettuce. Our kid loved it!
At the Motel 6, the rooms/amenities are minimal. The room has a full size bed (definitely not a queen), no mini-fridge, and poor quality towels/linens (one of our towels had a questionable brown stain). Other than that, the room was decently clean. There was a lot of noise from the other guests, but I think that is to be expected in a motel. We travel with a white noise machine for our child, and it really helped drown out the noise.
The pool, like the rest of the hotel, is nothing special, but does the trick. Basically this hotel and its amenities are exactly what you'd expect from a "motel 6" - but I suppose the beach-front location merits the high price. I certainly don't think the hotel is worth $200 a night, it's more of a $80 a night place, but given the alternatives in Santa Barbara, you're not going to do much better. And the location is really superb- much better than we expected.
If the price had been under $150 I'd probably give it 4 star rating, but at $200, it gets just 3 stars from me.
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- Motel Six Santa Barbara
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