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“Excellent little hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn

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BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn
Ranked #28 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Scottsdale, Arizona
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94 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent little hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

This is an impressive little hotel. We booked at the last minute and paid a little more because of that but I'm glad we did. We arrived to freshly baked cookies at the front desk and a very warm welcome from the staff. Our room was a comfortable size and overlooked the park next door. Nicely appointed room and comfortable beds. The bathroom was nothing fancy, but clean and functional.

It's really the little touches, though, that made this place special. Like I said, the staff is wonderful - very friendly and accommodating. Fresh cookies! There are flowers everywhere, including flower-boxes on the balconies surrounding the small but attractive pool area. Free Wi-Fi! After getting used to $25/day parking at most hotels these days, I almost giggled when they informed me that parking is $3/day at the Best Western.

The breakfast was really good! I recently stayed at a different free breakfast hotel and the breakfast was all rubbery eggs and gloppy oatmeal. By contrast, the Best Western had a great selection of good eggs, terrific pastries, wonderful ripe fresh fruit, and delicious coffee. When the lobby/breakfast area was largely filled up with a visiting girls' volleyball team the morning we were there, the staff offered us trays to take food back to our room or out by the sunny pool.

All in all, we had a great stay at this friendly, well-run hotel. It's exactly what you want from this type of hotel. And of course, it is perfectly located right near the water in Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DawnM160
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi Dawn,
I think I have a great marketing position available for you at the hotel. You hit it all perfectly on the head. A job well done. Need I say more....Except.....THANK YOU FOR THE KIND WORDS!!

Until we meet again!!!

HJRobbins - GM
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Avila Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

Great place to stay in Santa Barbara; in the famous beach/harbor area. Easy access to and from freeway (101) and easy access to major shopping and other attractions on State Street. The breakfast was varied and abundant. The reception included hot cookies and fresh coffee. The staff was made up of genial and attentive young people. Very good overall quality of service and amenities.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Harlan3h
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi Harlan,
Great meeting you guys and thanks for acknowledging the great staff we have put together.
We're looking forward to seeing you guys again in a few months. You know where to find us!!

Happy New Year!!

HJRobbins - GM
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Los Angeles, United States
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

We loved our stay at this hotel. The staff was exceptionally courteous and helpful, the room was clean and comfortable, and the breakfast was fresh and tasty. We have decided that every time we visit Santa Barbara in the future, we will plan on staying at this hotel. Great place and great staff!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Deborah R
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi Deborah,

SOLD!!! Signed, sealed and delivered...You've got a deal. We'll make a place for you everytime you come up from LA to visit. I think half the city is visiting us by now so call me as soon as you know your plans. Thanks for the GREAT words of course!!!

Be Well!!

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Hollister, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

Spent 1 night passing through santa barbara, across from harbour.easy walking to restraunts.room clean, bed comfy,nice balcony,room tidy and clean.young man at check in helpful and very nice.nice ceiling fans, fridge,microwave in room

  • Stayed December 2013
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi Guys,
Thanks for choosing us while passing through. There are alot of hotels to choose from so I'm glad we helped make it nice for you. Hollister is not to far, so hope we get to see you next time.

Happy Everything!!!

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Half Moon Bay, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

I've stayed at elegant hotels around the world including the Ritz in my hometown, Half Moon Bay, CA; and yet the truth is the service does not get any better than at this Santa Barbara hotel. We were upgraded to a mini suite with a view of the pool. The suite was exceptionally clean and well appointed right down to the Mr. Coffee brew pot. Breakfast is included and features eggs and sausages, a variety of cereals and breads as well as fruit and yogurts. The "Hair Raising" coffee was delightful and continually replenished by attentive staff. This is our third stay at the Beachside Inn and it could not be better situated to enjoy Stearn's Wharf, the fabulous Brophy's Brothers bar and restaurant, as well as the Brophy's Clam Bar. Toma's restaurant, currently #1 in Santa Barbara, served us delicious braised short ribs with white corn polenta, bacon wrapped scallops and pizza from their wood fired oven. All of this a half a block from the Beachside Inn. Just cross W. Cabrillo the next morning and you are five minutes from a beach stroll--I had to walk every morning to earn my self another go at Toma's! Special thanks to GM, Harvey, Front Desk Supervisor, Josh, and Heidi, for well, just being Heidi. See you all in December of 2014.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 618Annie
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi Annie,
We miss you guys already. WOW...."The Best of the Best" I won't say anything more.
We will see you next time and a pleasure to meet you guys.
Regards from the entire staff!!

HJRobbins - GM
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Mission Viejo, United States
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2013

Located across from the harbor, just a block or so from the wharf and very close to State Street and Hwy 101, this was a really great place to stay at a reasonable price for the area. The staff was especially friendly and helpful. Cookies await you in the lobby.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Edith S
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Thanks Edith,
Just spent the morning making a special Xmas eve batch of cookies AND looking at the harbor.
What a life and what a job!!! Glad you enjoyed it here.

Happy New Year!!
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Seattle, United States
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

Excellent value. Room was large and attractively decorated. Quiet neighborhood across the street from the beach. Staff was helpful and friendly. Good variety of breakfast items, including omelettes and sausage, presented so everything was easily accessed. The only drawback is that if you don't have a car there are not many options for dining within walking distance. The waterfront shuttle stops in front of the hotel, but it does not run in the evening.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Virginia R
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BeachsideGM, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, responded to this review, 24 December 2013
Hi Virginia,
Thanks for the kind words. Based on the enormous amount of restaurants in Santa Barbara, you're right we do have a limtied selection within easy walking distance, but just to make sure you know, everything else is just 15-20 minutes walk away. Gives you a chance to walk off those amazing meals offered here on the way back to the beach.

Thanks. HJRobbins -= GM
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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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