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Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
Ranked #16 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at Brisas Del Mar for a few day, Santa Barbara getaway. Based on the Tripadvisor reviews, I found it to be exactly what I expected, and we were happy with that. It's a glorified motel that is very well kept and has lots of cute perks, such as champagne, wine and cheese, milk and cookies, a nice little pool/hot tub, bikes, etc. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly, and the location is awesome for both walking and biking around Santa Barbara. Just a few short blocks from the beach as well. The rooms have an older "charm" but as a person who is usually quite picky about being in a new, modern hotel, I found the cleanliness to be top notch and the beds very comfortable. If you're looking to explore wonderful Santa Barbara like we were, then this is a no brainer. If you are looking to lounge at your hotel in Santa Barbara, then maybe splurge for a more resort type experience.

Room Tip: We were upgraded to a King Suite, which was very nice.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Super clean place. Terrific location within walking distance to the harbor & State Street. I liked the fact that it was a smaller cozy property. Very quite. The beds were very comfy & you can't beat the amenities. The staff was very friendly and informed. Would absolutely return again!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Pam H
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

To say they are at the beach isn't exactly accurate as the hotel is two blocks from the wharf with beaches nearby. That being said the accommodations were lovely and the staff was friendly and helpful. Our room was comfortable as was the bed. Each day in the lobby there was a continental breakfast and later in the day there cheese, crackers and wine were available, but my favorite was when the cookies came out after dinner time! The hotel provided a huge library of dvd s for guests' use for free. There was one other disappointment. I specifically looked for a hotel with laundry facilities because I knew by the time we got to Santa Barbara I would need to do laundry. They advertised that they had facilities, but when we got there we were told it was next door in their adjacent property. Though that wasn't a big problem, when we hauled our laundry over there we found that there was one washer and one dryer and that someone had left their wet laundry in the washer. We ended up going to a local laundromat. Despite this I would definitely stay at this Inn again. The plusses outweighed the minuses. A lot of that has to do with the wonderful people who staff the Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Let's see. Cruiser bikes, clean hot tub, wine and cheese afternoons, cookies and milk evenings mmm mmmm good!, cereal, fruit, bagels etc. mornings, Lilly and William at reception counter, free movie rentals, upgraded suite has separate bedroom, living room, bathtub and kitchen, free parking, big CLEAN rooms, plenty of towels. All A++ positives. Older property feels like an apartment more than motel/hotel room. So some plumbing fixtures seem outdated. But not a complaint or negative criticism here just a heads up for you the discerning traveling review reader. Would absolutely re-book here.

Room Tip: upgrade to 1 bedroom suite includes bath and kitchen
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We were originally booked into the Inn by the harbour but arrived to find it was over booked and that we were "upgraded" to the Brisas Del Mar. Abit dubious about this at first but a short walk through the car park and we arrived to the other lobby to find the previous reception had called to let them know we were coming.

Very friendly, helpful staff. Made us feel very welcome. Explained all the hotels ammenities including free beach cruiser hire, pool, gym and hot tub as well as wine and cheese in the afternoon and milk and cookies in the evening which we loved! They also had a complimentary bottle of champaigne waiting in the fridge for us. The girl gave us a map of santa barbara and pointed out lots to see do and eat which was much apprieciated as we were only there a short stay.

The room was quite nice, although you go through a grubby parking lot past the laundry room with staff working to get there. Big enough room with two double beds, dressing table and tv unit with fridge. There is a big dressing room/closet which leads into a big bathroom with shower. All very clean and comfortable.

Definetely a motel feel to the place and felt a little exposed with people walking past and you didn't really want to have the blinds closed.

Great location, 5 minute walk to the beach and on to the harbour with lots of shops and restaurants. We borrowed the bikes, which we could have all day as far as I remember. Really well maintained, very friendly staff went to fetch them for us. Great way to get around Santa Barbara and to the main street with lots of restaurants.

Hot tub was great, very clean. pool was full of leaves but we did see that it was cleaned first thing in the morning which was good to know. Tiny gym but we had no need for it anyway, good to have the option if thats your thing.

It was VERY noisy at night. I'm a very light sleeper though and it was particularly windy that night so the door kept shaking which was unsettling as it sounded like someone was trying to open it. you can hear everything, but I think you should always bring ear plugs on anytrip just in case. My partner slept soundly tho so it depends on how well you sleep in general. I would still stay here again as despite the noise I couldn't fault it. All the little extras made up for it and I still got enough sleep.

It was a pleasure to stay here and I would definetly return.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

The worst thing I can say is OK, perhaps the room decor is a little outdated, but that is far outweighed by so many positives - everything is very clean and well maintained, and there is/are complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, beverages throughout the day, wine & cheese in the evening and cookies at night.
It is located very well within Santa Barbara. You can use their bikes at no charge and roll through the city or on the nearby beach strand.
But what really sets this place apart is the service. Everyone is very friendly, cooperative and helpful. William and Lilly are absolute gems.
We really enjoyed it and will certainly return.

Room Tip: Jr. suites and suites are more spacious.
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1  Thank Neil D
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We stayed here in June for a family vacation. Friendly service, but for the price it was outdated and could be (much) better.

Firstly, William was fantastic. Great service.

Otherwise, the hotel was comfortable but definitely in need of refurbishment.

There are many places to stay in Santa Barbara, and given the price of this hotel, i would recommend to stay at a newer hotel, comparable in price (there are plenty).

The pool was small. The cookies and wine were overrated. Most rooms overlook the car park or a wall- not a great view.

Room Tip: Tip - the 'hotels around the pool' are, in fact, over the car park.
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Address: 223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3811
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#16 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £166 - £294 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate and elegant, the Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach is a romantic Mediterranean-style villa just two blocks from Santa Barbara’s glistening palm-lined beaches and scenic yacht harbor. Brisas del Mar beckons guests with its cascading fountain, sparkling pool, and refined old-world ambiance.A Santa Barbara classic, Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach offers spacious guest rooms, suites, and penthouses, some with full kitchens and fireplaces. The hotel serves a fresh continental breakfast each morning, hosts a wine and cheese reception each afternoon, and provides milk and cookies in the evening.Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach is within walking distance of beautiful West Beach and the oceanfront bike path, the Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and the vibrant shops and restaurants lining State Street in downtown. Santa Barbara’s world-class golf courses and renowned wineries are just minutes away. ... more   less 
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