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“Almost perfect inn !”
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Franciscan Inn
Ranked #11 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Frankfurt
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261 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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“Almost perfect inn !”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We were welcomed by the friendly staff and started to feel almost like at home. The Franciscan Inn is in a quiet location.The rooms were very clean and tidy, the kitchen in our suite as well. You can enjoy free wifi, a good sized pool and a "private" breakfast in the morning. A variety of bagels, muffins, oat meal and much more are offered in the small lobby. You might either eat there and chat or take your food and go outside or to your room. We decided to chat and loved the atmosphere. Great inn,
don't miss it !

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The lady in the front office was very friendly and welcoming. She gave us a map and circled directions to places we were interested in. Look at your map -it has some discounts in there.

There is free parking in the motel's courtyard. There is also a pool. Our room had a queen bed but seemed like a very small queen, but it was comfortable. The room itself was a bit small, but we only stayed one night. You could walk easily to the ocean.

In the morning there was a wide variety of foods available, like toaster waffles, coffee, and the like. Oddly, though, there was a lady stationed behind a table set up with pastries ( they all looked good) coffee, and juice. She "served" you. Was she guarding the pastries so you wouldn't take more than one?????... because she asked "Do you want this OR that? Coffee OR orange juice?" That whole set up made me feel uncomfortable. Plus, right on the table was a TIP JAR!! Not cool.

We grabbed breakfast elsewhere.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Danbury, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 1 night on way down the coast. Very convenient location. Staff at desk very helpful about where to eat, etc. Walked down to beach. Breakfast included but no tables to eat at, so you sit on the couch or other chairs, so not very comfortable. Room clean, but small. Served our purpose for 1 night. Very good price.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

I am conflicted about this place. The location is very close to the beach, which is a plus and a minus. It is walkable to downtown, although a long walk to the northern parts of State Street. It was moderately clean, I didn't think it was super clean.

We had a Deluxe Queen room (no standard rooms available when I booked.) Our room was partially updated and partially not. It was pretty large although split into 3 areas, bedroom, bathroom/hallway, kitchen. The kitchen was nice to have, but we only used the refrigerator and it was sparsely furnished (chairs were pretty uncomfortable). The kitchen appliances were very old, and sort of vintage, but mostly 1980's ugly. The bathroom was partially updated, but the old sink remained. It was kind of kitschy-vintage fun, but also really small and hard to use. The bathroom needed more towels bars/hooks. I am short so I couldn't reach the hook on the back of the door without jumping. The wallpaper, curtains and carpet were from the 1980's or 1990's and the carpet looked pretty dirty. The bedroom was small and needed a decent chair or other place to lay things, but it was well lit and the furniture was pretty new. I thought the bed and pillows were very comfortable.

The desk staff were friendly and professional. The street noise was an issue on July 4th (to be expected), but it did quiet down after everyone cleared out from the fireworks.

For what we paid, I was hoping for something a little nicer, but it was a holiday weekend, so nothing was exactly a deal in town.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Simi Valley, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The Franciscan Inn at 109 Bath St. in Santa Barbara is perfect for people on the move who are looking for a reasonably priced, well maintained place to crash at night while you are out sightseeing and playing during the day. The location is one block off the beach and only three blocks from Stearns Warf, Cabrillo Park and State Street. They have free parking, a pool and
spa. Free WiFi and typical hotel TV. The offer regular rooms, suites and mini-suites. We opted for a regular room because all we needed was a homebase to shower and sleep.

Room Tip: All rooms are very quiet since it is off the main beach road.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Annapolis, Maryland
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327 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

The reviews from Trip Advisor were spot on. This hotel is clean, peaceful w/ great location. All of the staff were incredibly helpful. The breakfast server was adorable- serving up the pastries & coffee. The rooms were extra large which we appreciated.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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La Mirada, California
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Came here for years, price was right and always a wonderful getaway for just the two of us. Great location, rooms spacious, clean and comfortable and only a block or so to the beach and pier. Close enough to take a leisurely walk to State St. You can see and enjoy the cute and quaint homes along the way, once on State St. take the trolley all the way to the end and walk back, its a great way to see the area. Continental breakfast is that...bagels, fruit, sweet breads and of course coffee. We always felt refreshed after a weekend stay and did it often...maybe why we have stayed married going on 42 years.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Franciscan Inn
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
#12 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#12 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Franciscan Inn 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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