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Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Twin Waters
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6 reviews
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“A friendly, affordable, comfortable and enjoyable hotel.”
Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for a month whilst attending a medical clinic in town. We had a great time in Santa Barbara and we were very happy with the Encina. The room was a king suite with a small kitchenette which was very adequate for the meals we needed to cook. Full size refrigerator and gas stove and fully equipped cupboards. The bed was amazingly comfortable and we slept so well. Housekeeping did a stellar job, as the room was serviced daily with fresh towels, bottled water and whatever else was required. There was a 42" flat screen TV in the lounge and another TV in the bedroom. The shower was hot and very nice with an adjustable shower head. We were in 257 overlooking the pool and Las Aves restaurant. A number 3 bus from just around the corner takes you downtown or to upper State street, or a cab will take you to lower State for around ten dollars. The location is suburban and is in a beautiful area with lovely homes. A supermarket and fruit market is about ten minutes walk away up De La Vina street. I cannot speak highly enough about the staff and management..nothing was too much trouble, and any minor issues in the room were fixed immediately. The rooms are not super-modern, but are quaint and comfortable, and the rate was very affordable for an extended stay such as ours. It is not a five star hotel but I give it five stars for the sheer fact that it was home away from home and so comfortable. Carol, Helen, Akio, Tom, Danny thank you for making our stay so pleasurable. I can highly recommend this hotel and will stay here again if ever in Santa Barbara.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
This is the most wonderful review we have ever received; and I thank you so much for all your kind words. We truly appreciate you mentioning our staff and will share your review with them. Everyone here, throughout your stay, mentioned what nice people you are. We all remember your visit with us; hope your doing well; and that we get to see you again.
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I was trying to save some money by staying at this hotel, and since we just stayed for 1 night, it was fine. The room was clean enough, and the front desk people were friendly. But when you walk into the room, you're instantly transported to your grandma's house. From the floral wallpaper, to the 2 old brown recliners, to the small bowl of hard candies (complete with butterscotches!). The hubs and I found it funny and laughed it off, so it's not like it was tragic. Just. Not super updated...

I had to knock it some points because housekeeping knocked on our door at 9am when we were still asleep (maybe get some "Do Not Disturb" signs?) and woke us up. They also have some birds across the way that are kinda fun, except when they make noise when you're trying to sleep.

I'd recommend requesting a room that is not next to the stairs, because it can get loud.

Overall I'd say this is a "Pretty Nice Western", but maybe not the "Best".

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
I do appreciate your comments on our hotel; and thank you for being our guest. I am sorry you weren’t completely happy with our property; but do hope you will give us another chance and visit again. I am constantly updating our guest rooms; perhaps next time you can request a room that has just been done with new carpet, paint, and wallpaper. Regarding our aviary; usually the little Zebra Finches go to sleep by 9pm; and just do a little murmur while they sleep. That is audible only when standing right at the cage……….I’m sorry if they were rambunctious while you were here. We do have ,do not disturb signs in our rooms, sorry that yours was missed. And the stairs………..sorry about that location for you. We do have many rooms that are away from stair cases.

Please do come again; we want to redeem ourselves. Thank you
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Rancho Murieta, United States
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

This hotel is very clean and quiet the location is great. The complimentary water, snacks and coffee are an added bonus that was not expected. I enjoyed my several stays at this hotel. I highly recommend it to others

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 22 March 2014
We so much appreciate your great review of our hotel; thank you for being our guest and hope you come visit us again.
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This hotel is very clean and comfortable. It is located in a quiet suburban location but minutes from all of Santa Barbara's scenic attractions. This hotel provides in-room bottled water, coffee, mints, and fresh fruit daily. The staff is personable and pleasant. The price is reasonable for this area and room amenities and parking are complimentary. We have thoroughly enjoyed 2 stays here and this will be our hotel of choice on future visits to Santa Barbara.

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Woodland Park, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We just returned from staying 3 nights here after checking out the City college. We were very impressed with the clean room, nice, but not fancy furnishings. Nice restaurant on site, and very well cared for grounds in quiet part of town. Has nice pool and very private hot hub. We would stay here again. Desk help polite and helpful. Glad we got away from the beach for some quiet sleeping as many motels near beach have road close by, not here.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

We stayed here because it is close to my daughter's house, but would rather stay somewhere else. Everything is fine but not great, rooms need some fixing up. Staff is nice, beds are ok, everything is just ok but it is close to the hospital if you need that.

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Charlotte, NC
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Fourth year we have been here for an extended stay. This year for 3 months,in one of their suites. We love Santa Barbara and this has been a perfect place for us to stay. If you want to have the unique experiance of having the entire staff make you feel that you, and your needs are the reason for their jobs and not an interuption of their jobs, stay here.

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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
I honestly got tears in my eyes while reading this review; thank you so much for writing this about us. We so appreciate you staying with us every year; and we love you like family.

See you next year!!
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Property: Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites
Address: 2220 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4322 (Formerly Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites)
Phone Number:
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
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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 Lodge & Suites in Santa Barbara offers all the amenities of a small luxury hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast inn. 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, Encina Lodge offers a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites, and apartments. Quilted bedding and floral accents lend the rooms their quaint country charm. Many of the units have full kitchens; plus Las Aves Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with room service available.Located in midtown, the hotel is adjacent to Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and Cottage Hospital, and is just minutes from historic downtown, the Red-Tile Walking Tour, Mission Santa Barbara, golf courses, beaches, wineries, and more. ... more   less 
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