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Reviewed 7 June 2013 via mobile

A small but attractive family owned hotel with a room that was average size but comfortable, well decorated, and well kept for $155 a single night. They do have larger suites available. Came with a simple but complete continental breakfast served by our hostess Carol who was a joy to meet. Staff were all very friendly. The location is ideal to walk for shopping on State Street or eats, and going to beach or pier. The location and quality justified the price.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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3  Thank RoadBob
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

This place delivered a clean, comfortable, slighty more stylish than expected place to lay our heads in a great location near the beach. It wasn't exciting or luxurious but it was spot on for what we wanted. Booking my base in Santa Barbara from the UK I was hot and bothered about whether to be by East or West beach. I hadn't appreciated how close to each they are. It's a moot point. We were nearest West beach for the excellent Brophy Brothers restaurant on the harbour pier but also just 5+ mins from sandy East beach. In fact many of the inns reviewed here are within a few minutes walk of each other. Collecting breakfast and taking it back to the room or perching on one of the very few sofas and chairs where it was laid out wasn't a high point but didn't spoil a lovely stay. I was pleasantly suprised by how peaceful and attractive the area around the inn is. We walked in and out of the town centre each evening so it's perfectly do-able, though did feel a slight trek late on the way home. As a town I can't recommend Santa Baraba enough. I thought it was really charming. And, it was the first coastal place, on our September road trip from San Fransico that was warm and sunny - hooray!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank AlYorks
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We stayed here for 1 night and arrived very late but the staff were great and got us settled in as quick as they could and left all the paperwork until the morning.

The rooms were of a nice size and had a tv. We didnt spend much time in them.

The breakfast was lovely with a range of bagels, cereals etc. Lovely staff and always giving tips of where to go and see or eat.

The hotel is within walking distance to the beach and the pier. Very quiet but pretty.

You can walk to all the shops but the 'strip' is quite long. The variety of shops are great with some nice restuarants too.

The hotel has a nice little pool too with some sunbeds around.

Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank london18
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Traveling by myself, I stayed five nights at the Franciscan Inn. The staff was so welcoming, friendly, helpful, and fun! Walking into the lobby area felt like being at home. The afternoon cookies, ever-present bowl of apples and assorted teas, added a special touch, as did "Miss Carol" who oversees a lovely continental breakfast. She's like a personal trip advisor...a very unique touch to a perfectly-located, well-cared-for family business!

Room Tip: Whereas the basic rooms are very adequate and clean, you might want to upgrade to a suite, as it's just so much more homey.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Susan A
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

A group of six ladies for a getaway trip had the best time at Franciscan Inn! We rented two of the queen rooms with a kitchenette that were side by side. The Inn is an older but VERY well kept place. We even used the hideabeds and they weren't terrible. This is a great place for larger groups and it was nice to have a small kitchen for appetizers and cocktails. Every morning we got up early and walked the two or three blocks to the pier and then came back for coffee and breakfast. The location is great for walking everywhere you need to go at the waterfront. You do have to drive if you want to go to downtown Santa Barbara for shopping and such.
Like many reviewers have noted we did meet the breakfast monitor. It would seem that her heart just wants to serve. She does ask that you not touch anything, which I get would you want to eat something other people have pawed? But she is as sweet as can be and will give whatever you ask of her. And she had some great tips and suggestions of things to do and see. You just can't go down to the breakfast room and be in a hurry, because she only works at one speed. Which is fine, we're on vacation, right?
The grounds are beautiful, the neighborhood around the hotel was beautiful and very safe day and night to walk around in. We made a few trips over to the market for cocktail supplies!
I thought it was a great stay and a great value. Again a perfect type of place for families and larger groups.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank petalumachick
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