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Best Western Beachside Inn
Ranked #24 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Reviewed 14 November 2013 via mobile

You can walk to beach and marina right across the street. The main drag is only about a ten minute walk away. There's a nice pool, breakfast, and staff were friendly and helpful. Small parking fee. This is one of the nicer Best Westerns I've stayed in.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

Thanks Sethreaux,
We've got the perfect spot and perfect hotel to see and walk to everything!
And we've got an awesome staff to help you get anywhere else you would like to visit!

Glad you had fun!!!

HJRobbins - GM

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Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

My two daughters and I had a great stay. We were greeted with a smile and the hotel held our bags so we could walk around town until check in time. Later, we received great dinner advice. Our room was comfortable and and we enjoyed a nice swim in the morning. Again they held our bags until it was time for our afternoon train. Great hotel. Great visit!

Stayed: November 2013
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

Hi Nalinki,
Whatever you need we're here to make it enjoyable. My staff will bendover backwards with "Real" answers ans solutions to help.
Thanks for your kind words.

HJRobbins - GM

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Overall good hotel, very clean rooms, comfy beds, good location on beach, short walk to shops on State Street, but breakfast was awful, paper plates and plastic cutlery, anaemic looking sausages and plastic omelettes , this needs addressing. Needs china plates and proper cutlery and hot food needs to be addressed.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Thanks for your honest feedback. Our breakfast is actually amongst the best found around based on Best Western standards. There are only a handful of Best Westerns in the entire United States that actually use "real' plates and silverware. Our food also is prepared similarly every day to mostly great reviews so I need to check with the breakfast staff during you stay if they recall any reason the food presented to you seemed inedible. Rest assured they will remember beacause of their dedication to providing a great breakfast. I am very concerned about your comments and will be checking into this quickly.

Thank you very much!!!

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

We went last weekend for a quick getaway. The staff at this Best Western is extraordinarily helpful and friendly. We particularly enjoyed Nick's recommendations of places to go and restaurants to try. (Thanks, Nick, for the tip about the courtroom & clock tower-- it was amazing!) Everyone seemed genuinely interested in making our stay enjoyable, and they all acted like true hosts-- NOT like staff that is required to hit customer service targets. So for service, this place gets five stars.

Location gets another five stars. It's right on the beach and we walked to the bars/restaurants/shopping on the wharf and State Street.

The room itself was more like three or four stars, for the price-- it was clean and comfortable, but the bathrooms were a little awkward-- big bathroom, tiny shower-- what's up with that? And the valves in our shower were weird so it was hard to get the temp right. Comfortable beds, good showers, that's all I'm after. Also this place only has a couple tv channels and no good ones, so if you're one who likes to watch TV in the room, it's kind of a bummer.

So, aside from those couple little things, this is a great place. We really liked it and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Meg D
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2013

Hi Neighbor,
Thanks for the 5 Star comments. We can't ask for much better. As for the 3 star room comment, you hit it right on the head. We've always been honest here and will continue as such so please read on..... Since I arrived here a little while ago, I have noticed all the little shortcomings we have to address. I have discussed all with our owners and am proud to say I have secured funding to fix / redo everything you mentioned and much more. Our guest comments paid off. I am hoping to begin renovations and upgrades in very early 2014 so be in touch and get ready to see an even better and new and improved Beachside Inn down the road. Can't wait to hear your comments after we're done.

Thanks so much for your honesty!

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Reviewed 5 November 2013

The weather was beautiful and enjoyable as our room had a view of the harbor and beach. The staff was so pleasant and helpful - all of them! They spoke very highly of their manager and truly enjoyed coming to work which created a very pleasant atmosphere. And, the location was incredible! We booked 2 additional trips for 2014! Can't wait!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Stacie,
I heard you were coming so I put a call in for you to my contacts that control Santa Barbara weather. Glad they could help. I'm also glad that the staff had some good things to say about me. They usually complain that I talk to much to my guests. Enjoy coming to work..hmmm what a unique idea. Glad I could play a role in accomplishing that.

Thanks HJRobbins - GM

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

The Beachside Inn wins "best hotel" from our recent four day tour of Best Westerns along the California Coast from Ventura to Carmel. While customer service was excellent at Ventura, SB and Cambria, the Beachside won across the board in nearly every category.

First, the location is nearly perfect, nestled up along the harbor front in a neighborhood of charming side streets and small inns/motels/hotels. We could walk to just about everything and what we couldn't walk to, well, there's the trolley.

Second, from our first steps in the door we were bathed in top notch customer service. The manager was on site to say hello, we were HANDED fresh baked cookies and, and this doesn't hurt, of course, we were UPGRADED to a king oceanfront with balcony. The staff was just warm, helpful and anxious to please at every turn. Great for them! The staff made this feel more like a B&B than a small hotel.

Third, great room, great property in general. We parked just steps from the rear stairs that led straight to our room. The property was SPOTLESS. Mature plants, a quiet pool area with lush gardens. Remember this is on a major street, so there is some traffic noise, but you are right across the street from the harbor front, breakwater, restaurants and Stearns Wharf. A charming location Our room had huge patio doors sliding on to a deck which looked out to the yacht harbor. Not shabby! Lots of space, a nice king size bed, spotlessly clean and very quiet (end unit, 2nd floor).

The staff even allowed us to check out and leave our car in the parking lot until nearly 3 in the afternoon while we traipsed about town. Again, making us feel more like a B&B level of customer care.

What would have been my only complaint -- "where's the waffle iron?" -- was offset by a lovely fresh fruit salad in the place of waffles at breakfast. The dining area is a little tight but you can take your food to the pool and enjoy it there instead.

I suspect the prices are a little higher in season - we paid about $170 all in.

I 'd rebook in a heartbeat. Thanks for being great hosts, Beachside!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Hi Mark...
Wow!!! We're blushing already and you put a huge smile on our faces. Those are some powerful words so THANK YOU!!! We're just trying to offer everyone a little bit bigger bang for there buck these days and we put a decent value on the service we try to provide. Thanks for noticing, even the little things like the fresh cookies that I'm starting to smell right now..Got to run!!! YUMMMM

See you next time....HJROBBINs - GM

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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Our family of 4 stayed for 2 nights in a double queen room facing ocean boulevard.
Location of hotel is great: beach across the street, fantastic Italian restaurant next door, walking distance to state street (main shopping, restaurant street in town)
Room was simple but very clean, street traffic no problem, staff super friendly and helpful. Although we did not have reservations and arrived in the evening they offered a good discounted rate with a simple but o.k breakfast for 4 included.

Sta Barbara is one of the pricier towns along the PCH, so hotel rates are higher than elsewhere. I believe the Beachside Inn delivered good value for money. We would stay there again.

Stayed: November 2013
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at Best Western Beachside Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Thanks guys for choosing us and for being the best marketing tool we could ever ask for. Your words almost said it all. For all that we offer you guys a huge " Danke!!!" and many safe travels.

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Address: 336 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
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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
#11 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £103 - £235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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