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Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites
Ranked #12 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 January 2014

Having left another BW down the road ( 336 W.Cabrillo Blvd.93101.. see my review ) , I arrived shortly after midnight and was met by the manager who I can only say was the perfect host who showed me to my room and even went through starting the central heating and showing where everything was...I can honestly say that he was ever so helpful , considering the lateness, he went out of his way to assist me,even with my luggage up the stairs to my room...this is what a hotel should be like....Will most definitely visit this charming hotel again...

Room Tip: Any room...mine was overlooking the main road...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

We so much appreciate your kind comments about your recent visit with us; and am happy our employee was so helpful to you upon your arrival. We thank you for staying with us; and hope you come again when traveling in California.

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Reviewed 14 January 2014

Comfortabe best western hotel. Right across the street from the Sansom Clinic. Rooms are clean and bright. I have stayed their twice, the room with 2 double /queens was considerably more spacious than the kin room. The king bath was tiny for two people. If you are going to the Sansom clinic it is a great choice. Avoid the restaurant if you can, it is average on a good day.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with tub and shower, the baths with shower only are tiny.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2014

We really appreciate your coming to visit us while going to Sansum Clinic for medical care………….we try so hard to make everything here at the Encina as comfortable as possible. Thank you for pointing out some things to us; and sorry you weren’t completely happy with our restaurant. I will print out your comments and show to our restaurant manager.

We do hope you will come see us again.

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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Great location. It's on a quiet street, but still close to downtown. All the amenities are available on site. Very courteous and helpful staff. Find this hotel meets and exceeds all expectations. It is a wonderful place to rest and renew. And, if your tired and don't want to go downtown, the restaurant on site is good, with wonderful furnishings.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2014

Wow………………….. what a good review!! Thank you for being our guest; will be sure to let our restaurant know you enjoyed your meal over there also. Hope you come see us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 January 2014 via mobile

Room was clean and beds were comfy, but walls were paper thin. Could hear the neighbors very clearly. Felt like their phone conversation was inside my room. Drove me crazy.
Location was pretty good, quiet neighborhood but close enough to downtown.

Stayed: January 2014
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2014

Thank you for being our guest and for writing a review of your stay.
I am sorry to hear noise was an issue during your stay. We do have staff on duty 24 hours a day to handle any noise issues that arise. We hope you give us another opportunity to give you a more pleasurable stay.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

The big plus of this motel is the location: very close to the freeway and downtown and yet in a quiet residential location. The rooms are clean but there's no hiding that this is a motel from the seventies. For this price the lack of a free breakfast really is inexcusable. Not a good value unless you get a deal. We got the 25% discount and still feel we paid too much.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Thank you for being our guest; and for writing a review of your stay.

I’m sorry you thought we are a bit of a dated hotel……………perhaps you had a room I haven’t updated recently. I am constantly re-doing our rooms; and hope you will come see us again and get one of the newer ones.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

Our family of four (two parents, two adult sons) rented one of the Encina's two-bedroom townhomes over the Christmas holiday week. The townhome is two stories with two bedrooms (1 with a king bed, the other with a double bed) and a full bath upstairs. Downstairs is the kitchen, dining area, living room (with pull out sleeper), and half bath.

The townhome was clean, a little dated, and showed some signs of wear and tear (like peeling wall paper). The kitchen is minimally supplied, but is adequate to make simple meals and coffee in the morning. There is a flat screen TV downstairs, and one upstairs in the larger bedroom. The free WiFi worked well with our array of phones, tablets, and laptops.

This hotel is in a quiet residential area. We drove to the restaurants on State Street and to other amenities, but it is a quick five- or ten- minute drive.

The rental price was a little high at over $200 per night, presumably because of the holiday season. However, we could not find another hotel or vacation rental with a kitchen and living area for less than this price. With the maid service and toiletries included, this was a relatively good value. The staff is friendly and kindly responded to requests for pool towels, etc.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

I am so pleased you chose to spend some of your Christmas holiday time here at the Encina; and you enjoyed one of our Townehouses. I am constantly upgrading the rooms; and will certainly check on the room you occupied for some maintenance repairs; and maybe a whole re-do!

Happy New Year; hope you come visit us again.

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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Although not on the beach this hotel is lovely. Clean and very well kept up. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Highly recomend this hotel. We stayed here while we were in Santa Barbara to go whale watching which was awsome. A wonderful winter get away. Left snow in Missouri to go to the ocean. Lovely.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Thank you for your kind review of our hotel. Sounds like you had a nice winter vacation here in sunny California. Hope you come see us again.

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Additional Information about Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites

Address: 2220 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4322 (Formerly Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites)
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#12 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £115 - £219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 121
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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Best Western Plus Encina Hotel Santa Barbara
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