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“2 Star Exterior, 3.5 Star Interior, and 4 Star Location!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Ranked #25 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Huntington Beach, California
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45 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“2 Star Exterior, 3.5 Star Interior, and 4 Star Location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

The outside doesn't really look like much, however the room was a real pleasant surprise. The rooms are similar to a really nice Court Yard or Holiday Inn. Santa Barbara hotels are really expensive and not that great, so we were impressed with the value with this hotel. However, I am sure it is way more expensive during high season.

Strengths
- Location- on Cabrillo St., just a handful of blocks from State Street. Some of the rooms have great ocean views.
- Free Wifi and Free Breakfast.
- Has a hot tub and pool.
- Plenty of Parking; they just charge $3.
- Pretty Quiet Hotel, Friendly Staff.
- Renovated Rooms with comfy bed, flat screen TV, and pretty decor. Bathrooms would just need granite to call it a 4 star interior.

Weaknesses
- It is located across from a large park where a lot of homeless like to hangout.
- Exterior is very motel-ish, with outside stairs and entrances (they have elevators too.)
- No fancy amenities, just a basic pool and spa and small breakfast area.

Tips
- We got this on Hotwire for around $120 a night thursday in October. It was one of their 3 star mystery hotels.
-Ask for a room on the top floor, so no one is above you. The view of the park also has a small ocean view.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Hi Boogadvisor,
Thanks SO much for covering so many aspects of what we and Santa Barbara have to offer. A perfect recap of evrything and a job very well done. To address the 2 Star exterior issue, which is my sore spot as well, I'm pleased to see we have secured future funding for a major upgrade to our facade as well as the interior so get ready for your next visit. I don't think you'll recognize us for much longer....but you surely will love us even more....

See you next time

HJRobbins - GM
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Morro Bay, California
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26 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

The staff was very friendly and the hotel is right across from the beach, so location is a plus. The down side is the noise! We had a room on the first floor next to the pool. The overall property is small so there isn't any privacy and you can hear everyone's conversations and moving about in the narrow walkways. You can hear every footstep in the floors above you and the cleaning staff is over the top loud (most likely because there isn't good insulation). They started vacuuming and cleaning early in morning. If you get up early and leave the hotel in the morning it might be ok, but I needed to sleep in and it was torture...not possible at all. If you don't plan to spend any time in the room it might be ok, especially since the other hotels are a lot pricier.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Hi OutDoorLover,
Sorry about the noise issue you experienced from our staff. Maybe a little to much caffeine to get the day started. I have spoken to all already to "curb their enthusiasm" a bit as the day begins. But you are right on the other point. Most of our guest are up at the crack of dawn enjoying the amazing sights and activities available nearby so we scheduled many cleaning staff to be in early so we can freshen up everyone's rooms for when they return by lunch. We try to please everyone and we will continue to do so. Thanks so much for the honest feedback about the noise and we've taken it to heart.

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Colorado
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Great experience. I was assigned a room right above the street so I assumed that traffic noise would be an issue. Noise wasn't a problem. The location across the street from the harbor and blocks from State Street was ideal. Make sure you visit one of the fine restaurants at the west end of the harbor.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank EsebanE
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Hi Eseban,
Glad your "Experience" was great. That's all that traveling is and should be, a great memory.
I'm glad our new sliding doors were able to do their job. Sound proofing was an issue for a while being on Cabrillo Blvd. in the middle of all the beachfront action, but we've heard from many that our decision to put in those special sliding doors/windows was a good one. Hope it helped you get some restful ZZZZZZZ's....

Thanks and enjoy the day!!!! I know we are:)

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Frazier Park, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

From the moment we made our reservations directly through the hotel the staff was friendly, welcoming and extremely proficient. This is a tight team that went beyond my expectations to make us comfortable. Fast check in... extremely fresh smelling and clean rooms. Very unique room layout, great views. The bed was so comfortable I didn't want to get up! Super clean room in every way. Included breakfast, free internet and parking.. Super value.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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Thank Rose B
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Hi Rose,
The only thing more we could ask for are more guests like you that notice how hard we try to please everyone all of the time. Occassionally, we fall a little short, but you will ALWAYS know we tried our best!!! Thanks for your Great kudos!!!!

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United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

Great proximity to beach, harbor and State Street. Nice heated pool, junior suite great size! Breakfast included huge plus, and enjoyed constant stream of coffee, tea and cookies throughout the day. Parking a huge plus, poolside view excellent. Would recommend junior suite for more than 2 night stay - worth the extra space and door on bedroom!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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Thank Alexis D
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 23 October 2013
Hi Alexis,
Sorry..I would have responded sooner bit I was having some cookies I just made myself. Thanks for being able to recommend us. That's truly all we can ask from you and the best thing we could ask for. Get ready for your next trip back here and for some great surprises. We have even better things planned for our exciting future. We'll keep you posted.

Thanks again

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Castro Valley, United States
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Clean, comfortable and quiet. It's a small hotel across from the Wharf area. We could walk to everything. The staff was pleasant and helpful. The pool was inviting. Compared to others in the area it was the best value. We had a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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Thank Debbie W
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
Hi Debbie,
That's it!! We are just trying our best to give all our guests a good value for their hard earned money these days. Glad we could do that for you. We all could use a little help now and then.

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Sacramento, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

This is a great hotel, close to everything, and right across the street from the beach! The hotel is very clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. Was here for a wedding but will be back to spend more time exploring Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Review collected in partnership with Best Western

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Thank Ricky G
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
Hi Ricky,
Thanks for your kind words and even a bigger thanks for noticing the work our housekeeping staff does to keep this hotel spotless. It's a thankless job that often gets overlooked so again..THAN YOU for noticing...,As for our location..Well, enough said..We have it covered hands down... See you again!!!

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Additional Information about BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

Property: BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Address: 336 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
Phone Number:
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#13 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Beachside Inn, perfectly located just across the street and a few minutes walking distance from the harbor, pier and beaches of Santa Barbara. From our fantastic location, you can also enjoy a beautiful walk to "downtown" Santa Barbara, and experience all our world class dining and shopping. And to make life even easier, the Santa Barbara beachfront/downtown electric shuttle is available at our front door if you're planning to have an even more relaxing day while visiting. Our 60 room hotel will be sure to offer you the quaint charm, which represents Santa Barbara's essence. But we also offer some of the most modern conveniences. From our very hi-speed internet, to a fabulous continental breakfast and the latest in air conditioning / heating systems, we are all confident you will have a memorable visit here in Santa Barbara all handled by our fabulous staff.We look forward to welcoming all of you to our wonderful littleescape by the sea in beautiful Santa Barbara. ... more   less 
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