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“Perfect Cozy Place!!”
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Marina Beach Motel
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 January 2014

I love the Marina Beach Motel, and I will be staying here every time I am in Santa Barbara!

I got the standard queen room and although it was a little small, it was very cozy and very clean. The bathroom was also very clean and the shower is probably one of the best I have taken in my life! So relaxing! Probably my favorite thing about the room!

They offer free wifi in every room and complementary breakfast in the morning; bagels, cookies, oatmeal, coffee, tea, they have it all! They also offer bikes to ride around! The motel is just a short walk from the beach and the pier. I highly recommend that you stay here! The staff was also very accommodating and sweet.

I have zero complaints, this motel is perfect.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

Our showers are a recent upgrade, finished all in early 2013. 2014 will bring new furniture, artwork and plantation shutters. We're glad you enjoy our property

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

We have stayed at Marina Beach Motel four times, and will certainly be going back there. We cannot fault it in any way, excellent location, very clean rooms, and the staff are so welcoming. Highly recommend it and cannot wait until our next stay.

Room Tip: We have only stayed in the main area surrounding the garden, so I cannot comment on any rooms situat...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

Thanks for your repeated business. We know that a large number of our customers are 'repeats'. Thanks for taking time to let everyone know about us!!

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

I know I will gush...but this was such an unexpected surprise! My cousin and I traveled from Oceanside up to Davenport, CA and stopped in Santa Barbara for a night. I wish I could have had this motel for the entire trip and almost went back to SB just to stay there again! It was so comfortable...so clean...so cute. The rooms are freshly remodeled, the bathrooms large, and the beds cozy! We enjoyed a great little breakfast outdoors under the trees and then went for a bike ride along the beach - all complements of the motel! The night before we walked to dinner. I can't wait to come back and spend more time! It truly felt like a home away from home!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

your nice comments are a good guide for future travelers. We always strive to satisfy our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to Santa Barbara

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

The hotel is professionally upgraded and beautifully landscaped.
They offer a nice getaway breakfast and were very helpful in finding a place to dine.
There must be 10 restaurants in walking distance. We were in at 6 PM and out at 8AM and it worked out great. We will stop there again and give it more time.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank bbahama
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

I hope you come back soon and give Santa Barbara several days of your attention!!

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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We love to stay in older motor court style motels that have been updated and are well cared for. This one certainly fits our liking. It was built in 1941 and has been extensively renovated and is very well cared for. Location is great with an easy walk from the train station. Close to the beach as well as an easy walk to downtown shops and restaurants. Rooms are smaller by modern standards, but are not the cookie cutter style so prevalent today. The room was very clean, bed was comfortable, amazing large shower with dual heads, flat screen TV, good high speed internet, and decent continental breakfast. The only complaint is the coffee, both in the room and at breakfast. It is weak and has a bitter taste. Other than that though, we really liked this place and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jim B
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

I am sorry that the coffee was not suitable to your taste. It remains to be difficult to choose a coffee that agrees with the wide range of taste. Thanks for staying at our property.

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

If you need to say in Santa Barbara, this should be your number one choice. We passed several pleasant looking Motels but we were so glad we stayed at Marina Beach. It is very cute, our room was behind reception, so essentially was not facing the U shaped complex itself, but we still felt very safe and secure. The room was clean, had a huge bath and a shower with two shower heads.

We had a very relaxing stay here, and hope to stay here again. What a little gem.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

Your nice review is much appreciated!!

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Reviewed 9 November 2013

We had no prior reservation when we reached Santa Barbara as part of our tour. We tried one Inn but a look at their upmarket prices drove us away, but they did recommend us to look on Bath Street where there are several motels.

We got a room with two queen beds, a kitchen, outside patio with furniture, and a large bathroom for $164 for a Thursday night in November. Included is a great continental breakfast with a large choice of cereals, bagels, pastries, yoghurts, orange juice and coffee etc. The motel has a number of free bikes you can use. As it is situated within 150 yards of the beach it is great fun to use them along the well laid out bike tracks which follow the beach. Wi-Fi is included in your room rate.

Staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Regrettably we could only stay for one night, but if ever back in this area we will most certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: Room 20 is the one we had and is recommended. Not all have a private outside patio.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dan W, Owner at Marina Beach Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2014

Thanks for your nice review. We are continuously working on maintaining our property; this year we are working on new furniture, artwork and plantation blinds.

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Additional Information about Marina Beach Motel

Address: 21 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3802
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £119 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Marina Beach Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned since 1976, Marina Beach Motel is located in the heart of Santa Barbara's harbor, wharf, and beach district. At only 37 steps from the beach, Marina Beach Motel is the ideal spot for couples, families and the occasional lone traveler to immerse themselves in the beauty and leisure of Santa Barbara. At Marina Beach Motel, we understand the importance of providing excellent amenities at an affordable price. We focus our efforts on catering to the needs of the customer while striving for a high level of satisfaction, making us one of the best places to stay in Santa Barbara. Our dedicated, family-owned business promises to become one of your favorite vacation spots in California. ... more   less 
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