I'm afraid to write too glowing of a review - if this place gets too popular, I might not be able to book again!
I stay here every April for a long weekend with my sisters. There are 3 of us, so we get one of the two bedroom suites/apartments for three nights.
The staff is friendly, the rooms are clean (if dated), and the location is wonderful. For our purposes, it works out perfectly.
A few things that would be nice improvements: a new/better sofa bed - we take turns using it, and none of us have ever gotten a good night's sleep on it; dual-paned windows for the traffic noise down Bath Street; blackout curtains for the living room and dining room windows for the person trying to sleep on the sofa bed.
The suite had new carpeting since last year, and new wallpaper in the bedrooms - but not the hallway and living room. Hopefully by next year that will be done.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a quiet residential street lined with turn-of-the-century homes, the Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites in Santa Barbara offers comfortable accommodations and a convenient location. Relax by the garden pool, enjoy the aviary, book a massage, or simply unwind on your own private patio or balcony. Ideal for extended stays or family vacations, the Encina Inn offers a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, one and two bedroom suites and townhouses. Many of the units have full kitchens. The Live Oak Cafe is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with room service available and highlights many of the extraordinary products that Santa Barbara has to offer including: local produce, seafood, local wine, and craft beer. Located in midtown, the hotel is adjacent to Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and Cottage Hospital, and is just minutes from historic downtown, Mission Santa Barbara, golf courses, beaches, wineries, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Encina Hotel Santa Barbara
- Best Western Encina Hotel
- Best Western Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Best Western