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Presidio Motel
Ranked #32 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Stayed there for three days, very nice experience: very clean, big room, nice and very helpful staff. What you should do: ask for the (free) bikes and go for a ride at the beach, grab a bite at "Carlito's" down the street.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Thank you for your review on TripAdvisor! We greatly appreciate your kind words and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please come back and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

We have been very lucky to stay at two very good motels this trip,and this is one of them.I doubt you could hope for a better location in Santa Barbara,on State St,a relatively short walk to the beach,and surrounded by restaurants,bars and shops.The rooms are large and very clean,which to me is the most important thing with any accommodation.There is very good free wifi,a few high end hotels should take a lesson from this,the bathroom is large and again very clean.The bed is very comfortable,there is a good size TV and good heating.The staff are all excellent,friendly and helpful.I would not hesitate in recommending this motel.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2014

Thank you for your wonderful review. We truly appreciate you taking the time to discuss your experience! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Fortunately, we are located centrally in Santa Barbara which allows our guests to enjoy all the sites with a short walk! Please come back and visit us again soon!

Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed 4 January 2014

Stayed for 7 night over the holiday.
Room: Fantastic room. It was clean, safe, comfortable and heated (the temps at night would dip into the 30s-40s). The bathroom was spacious and very clean. Loved shampoo/conditioner/soap in wall dispensers. The room was well lit and had enough outlets for all my electronics. A small closet in the bathroom with very nice hangers.

Location: The nearest market is right on the next block so if you need pop/snacks, it's right there. The motel is right on State street, the most happening place in town; I didn't have a car and found that I could walk everywhere I needed to go. The streets are well lit and I was very comfortable walking back to the hotel alone at night (though I was always in by 10pm).

Amenities: They have ample bike rental (free) on the property if you want to explore further.
There's a great sun deck that overlooks State street, which is a fabulous place to lounge around and read or have a cocktail before dinner. I know there was a continental breakfast available, but I didn't eat it (too many great restaurants close by!). The internet was free and RELIABLE. That has not been my experience with other hotels in Santa Barbara; I was very pleased that they offered this service.

Important: This is NOT a motel for families with small children. There's no pool and it's located on a busy road. It's also not a motel for high maintenance, 4-star hotel types. If you're looking for luxury, this isn't your place. It's perfect for couples, friends traveling together, business people, or solo travelers like myself.....for people who need a place to sleep and store their stuff but plan to spend their time out enjoying the beautiful city of Santa Barbara.

I would highly recommend the Presidio to anyone and will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you for your wonderful review! We really appreciate the fact that you chose to spend the holidays with us and are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our property. We are very fortunate to be placed in the heart of Santa Barbara so that all of our guests can either walk to take advantage of our free bicycles to enjoy the town. We hope that you will be visiting us again soon in the future and thank you again for your stay with us.

Best Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

This is a very interseting place to stay. Close to everything. Great staff at the desk and in house keeping. you hear State St., but hopefully with new windows that won't be a problem when done. Room was very clean and furnishing looked new. Shower and bed good. Didn't like the soap, shampoo and conditioner on shower wall. Breakfast miniscule but OK to tide you over 'til you get a great breakfast in many places within 5 minutes. Price was right.

Room Tip: We wanted ground floor. Just ask for what you want, staff great
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post a review! We are so glad that you were able to enjoy the sites of Santa Barbara from our location. We definitely try our best to accommodate each of our guest's wishes so, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you will visit us again some time soon and thanks again for choosing to stay with us.

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Laura

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

We checked in here at the last minute, and were looking for a cheap place to stay.

The room was clean and quiet, but the bed was very uncomfortable - way too soft and difficult for two people to sleep in (despite the Queen size).

Despite being quite cheap and fronting the main road, the room was actually pretty quiet. Our room was right next to the main deck (which would be a great place to enjoy the sunset in summer with a cold beer!), but we had no problems with noise.

Room Tip: Bring you own pillows and prepare for soft beds!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are disappointed to hear that you found the beds to be too soft during your stay and would like to extend our sincerest apologies. As you may understand, it can be difficult to find a bed that suits every person that stays at our property because some like firmer mattresses and others like them to be softer. We do try our very best to accommodate all of our guest's requests so, we would welcome you back to stay with us again in the future. When that time comes, please let us know that you are looking for a firmer mattress and we will do everything we can to make sure that happens.

Again, we appreciate you taking the time to share information regarding your recent stay as all feedback helps us to ensure that your future experience with us is seamless and enjoyable. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.

Best Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed 16 December 2013

Stayed here for one night on trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It was only a few blocks from all the shopping and restaurants on State St. They have free bike rentals which we used for a few hours to ride the bike bath along the beach. The room was fairly updated and clean. The reception was friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: A room towards the rear is probably more quiet, if you desire.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2013

Thank you for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and had a chance to enjoy our beach bicycles! We hope that you will be back to visit us again soon! Thanks again for choosing to stay with us at the Presidio.

Regards,
Laura

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

My wife and I just celebrated our anniversary at the coolest, most inexpensive location we have stayed at in a long time, if not ever. The Presidio is a recently remodeled, mid century vibe, motel with a nice sun deck and view of the Santa Barbara architecture on upper State street. The rooms were very nice. We requested an upper floor king bed and those rooms have vaulted ceilings. Some have refrigerators too.

The best value for us was the location. We walked to everything: the Mission, the Courthouse, all of State street for shopping and eating. We met 3 different employees at the front desk. All were exceptionally friendly, helpful, conversational and polite. We will be back!

Room Tip: Rooms in the middle are most quiet. Upstairs have vaulted ceilings, downstairs have refrigerators.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Laura Y, General Manager at Presidio Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2013

Thank you for your wonderful review and congratulations on your anniversary. We greatly appreciate the fact that you chose to spend your special time with us at the Presidio! We are fortunate to have such a great location to offer our guests and are glad that you enjoyed it.

We hope that you will be back to visit us again soon and for many anniversaries to come!

Regards,
Laura

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Additional Information about Presidio Motel

Address: 1620 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2520
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £92 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Presidio Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Barbara's Modern Boutique Motel. Free Bicycles, Complimentary Parking, Free Wi-Fi, Closest Motel to Downtown! ... more   less 
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