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Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites
Ranked #14 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

I've stayed at this hotel twice now. Both times it was very nice. The first time we didn't know our room had an open plan bathroom and it was hard with a toddler. The hotel responded very nicely and now I know what we need to ask for when we stay there, It is not really walking distance to the main part of Santa Barbara but it isn't hard to park in the downtown area.

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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
I’m happy you came back to give us another chance; and thank you for your review. Hope you come see us again.
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Other than the location, I can't imagine staying anywhere else in this town. Whoever runs this property must have been a road-warrior at one time since everything you really want in a hotel from a comfort standpoint is here. You can park at the door, the place is super-quiet and you can open the windows and doors to feel that fabulous climate. Landscaping and pool is beautiful, almost European in feel. We had the 1 bedroom suite, which was almost an apartment with full kitchen and a queen pullout in the LR.
By location, I meant that you have to drive to do anything in SB, not that it is unsafe or a rough area. The large regional medical center is adjacent and I suspect a lot of their customers stay at this place to be nearby. Definitely would rebook on the next trip.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Thank you so much for the great review and we appreciate your generous compliment. We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. It’s great to know how relaxing and welcoming you found our hotel, and hope you had a wonderful time in Santa Barbara. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We spend two night here on our little trip to coast. Location is good. There is two bus routes close to hotel and cabs are cheap. Walking distance from beach is a bit too big. Room was big and clean. Complimentary Waterbottles and fruits were nice. I liked pool area but jacuzzi is located a bit oddly.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
So happy you enjoyed your visit with us; and do hope you come again. Sorry about the Jacuzzi; we just didn’t have a spot to put it near the pool. Thanks for writing about your stay.
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Met all points on my wish list and we could walk across street to the medical clinic with ease. Short drive to 101 access and downtown, Area was very quiet and clean. Felt safe to walk around the facilities. Did not use the spa and pool but many people were swimming. Restaurant service could be better but short drive to IHOP or Dennys for breakfast

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for your review of our property. I am sorry you were not completely satisfied with our restaurant; I have printed out your review and will show to our manager. Hope you come see us again.
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

My family and I stayed at this hotel for only one night. It was just for a little getaway in a relaxing city. But we would have stayed much longer simply because of how comfortable it was. The 2bedroom "apartment" was amazing on space...perfect to really stretch out and enjoy the downtime. My kids had space to run around and the small dining room table was perfect for them to play games, color, and draw pictures.we never felt like we were climbing over each other. That's always such a problem at other hotels. Where as we usually can't wait to leave, this time we dreaded leaving...it was incredibly peaceful. I appreciated the full kitchen, even though we didn't get to really use it. Will definitely come in handy for longer stays. I also appreciated the overall helpfulness of the staff. Even when I only needed to find an ice machine, I quickly and kindly received guidance from an employee. He didn't seem bothered by helping me, like I'm so used to from other locations. Updated decor was beautiful and comfortable. We are hoping to book the townhouse option next time. We will DEFINITELY go back on future trips to Santa Barbara!

Room Tip: If you need space, go for the 2bedroom...price and product can't be beat!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Appreciate so much your review of our hotel; thanks for staying with us and for sharing your happy experience here. Hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

just stayed one night. had 2 rooms for 4 of us, nice and spacious, very clean indeed. beds very comfy. couple of negatives - we could hear the music from the restaurant when our balcony door was open; it is quite a walk into town. this place was excellent however and would definitely stay again...

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

We stay here frequently, and have stayed in every single building. My advice: Don't stay on the bottom floor near the lobby, e.g., Room 240. Late check ins make lots of noise. But all of the other buildings are nice and quiet, I recommend a huge suite like room 315, it's like a gorgeous apartment! A happy medium budget wise is a two room place, with kitchen, like room 259 or equivalent.

One of the best things about this place is the attention to the grounds and the customer service ethic. There are so many beautiful flowers everywhere, the landscaping is remniscent of Disneyland! The star jasmine and honeysuckle that bloom here smell like perfume wafting in the breeze through the windows at night.

The staff is always so friendly. There are always at least 20 people on staff bustling about. They offer evening turn down service, massage, and have a nice pool and whirlpool. I'll always stay here when coming to Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: Rooms near lobby can be loud, get an upstairs room. Suites like 315 are huge and amazing, Two rooms...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Carol W, General Manager at Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
All of us here at the Encina thank you for your kind review of our property; and that you appreciate all our hard work.

Sorry about the noisy room………we try to keep everyone quiet. Any time you’re here; please call the front desk if any guests are making to much racket.

Hope to see you again soon.
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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)
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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
#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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