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“Reasonably priced laid-back oasis close to the beach”

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Franciscan Inn & Suites
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

This is one of the best values I found in the area. It's clean, the service is friendly, and within easy walking distance of the beach. A nice bonus is that the parking is free. The complimentary breakfast is well-stocked with delicious, buttery croissants, fresh muffins, good coffee, and several other items - something for everyone. Nice pool and comfortable lobby. Yes, the furnishings are dated but they're clean and add a retro feel to the place. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Franciscan Inn. It's location is amazing; you're only a few blocks away from the harbor. I had a morning run down there and it was fantastic. The hotel room is a little outdated, but I feel that it added to the quaint atmosphere. I was a bit disappointed in the continental breakfast. We stayed over the weekend, and apparently, their options are more limited during the weekends, while they make pancakes/waffles during the week when it is less busy. The only vegan option I could eat was an apple. The location was the overall best thing about the Franciscan Inn.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Great location, 3 blockes from the beach and 20 minutes walk to State St. on the other side of the highway (there's a walkway) with great shopping and amazing restaurants. The room is very nice with a king bed, and amenities. We got a room with A/C. A must for us as this is a motel. Very nice area. clean and well kept.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Clean, quiet, and reasonably priced, but could use a little upgrading. Breakfast is offered, but there is really no place to sit with a group and eat. On the plus side, when my plans changed and I had to stay in Santa Barbara and extra day, the hotel was extremely accomodating.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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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.

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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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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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Additional Information about Franciscan Inn & Suites

Address: 109 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £111 - £207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Franciscan Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Convenient location, casual comfort and caring staff make this cozy inn the quintessential hub of your Santa Barbara visit. Continental breakfast, pool, spa, afternoon cookies, Wi-Fi and more awaits you. ... more   less 
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