The hotel is in a great location--right across the street from the beach with beautiful views of the the ocean and mountains on the quieter end of town. Having a road in front of the hotel is a non-issue; it does not detract from the ocean views and beach hotel vibe. The train runs close by, but it is infrequent and non-obtrusive. There is ample street parking if you don't want to pay for valet. The hotel is divided into three buildings, which means you have to walk through buildings and parking lots to get to the pool and restaurant/bar if you are not staying in that building.
All of the staff we encountered were super nice and helpful. The bar has a decent happy hour. The bartender comped us drinks during happy hour because of some inconsiderate guest's screaming children that were running around the bar. That was really appreciated! We ordered room service after the cut-off time one morning and they were happy to accommodate us. Room service was fast, pleasant, and breakfast was great--good food and excellent coffee! We were upgraded to a king balcony by Omar, the manager. The bed is very comfortable and the pillows are SO comfortable--it was like sinking into a cloud! The room is outfitted with everything you might need, and if you forget something, they have a list of items they will bring you or that you can borrow.
If you book a regular queen or king, you will mostly likely be on the ground floor and looking onto the parking lot. There are a few non-balcony rooms with a view--be sure to request them. Otherwise, king deluxe rooms with a balcony are on higher floors and can look to the side with a partial ocean view, or to the back with a mountain view. These rooms are a good size, with a refrigerator, big flat screen and desk area. The king balcony ocean views in the front of the hotel have a higher price. The decor of the original building is beautiful. The public areas in the lobbies of the other buildings are furnished comfortably and have great views of the ocean. There are also patios with seating facing the ocean on the ground floor. Hyatt pays close attention to maintaining the period feel of the property. The property is obviously well-cared for.
Be aware that the pool and pool area are very small. If there are families with kids, the pool basically becomes a kiddie pool. The pool bar closes too early and there were not enough pool towels available in the late afternoon. Also, there is a $9.95 charge per day for in-room internet, which seems chintzy for a hotel of this caliber.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover one of the finest hotels in Santa Barbara, California when you stay at Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara. Built in 1931, our historic hotel welcomes guests with its casual elegance and first-rate service. Detailed with a fusion of Spanish Colonial architecture blended with modern conveniences, Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is a shining gateway to the City of Santa Barbara, also known as the American Riviera. Discover 176 comfortably-appointed guestrooms, a perfect home base for both leisure and business travelers. Enjoy the warm California sunshine in our heated outdoor pool and enjoy a local beverage at our ocean view pool bar, Mar Vista, work off stress in the spacious fitness center, or enjoy dinner at Marbella Restaurant, serving American cuisine with California flair. A 100% smoke-free hotel, Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara also offers amenities like in-room dining, valet and self-parking, valet laundry service, and a business center. With 10,000 square feet of flexible and unique meeting space, offering exquisite culinary selections and the latest in technology, Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is ideal for your next corporate event. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
- Mar Monte Santa Barbara
- Mar Monte Hotel