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“A little old fashioned but so homely”

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Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
Ranked #12 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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“A little old fashioned but so homely”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

This was our second time at Brisas Del Mar, after staying in a suite last year and being really happy with it we booked a suite once again. Upon arrival we were told that we had been upgraded to a penthouse, it was HUGE! The hotel offers free parking, wifi, breakfast, cheese and wine on an afternoon and cookies and milk on an evening as well as free DVD hire - there's a vast collection to choose from.
The staff are all very friendly (but not overbearing) and can't do enough to help. The hotel also offers a free hire of bikes and there is a laundry room (€1 each for the washer and drier). The pool is modest and there is also a spa tub. Beach towels are provided. It's only a short walk to the harbour and around a 20 minute walk to the centre of town.
All in all, despite the decor being a little outdated, this really is a lovely, friendly, homely hotel and we would love to stay again!

Room Tip: Suites are quite a size!
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Second time we have stayed here and again we wasn't disappointed. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and very informative . Large spacious room with double bed and sofa bed in lounge, champagne on arrival wine and cheese in the afternoon and freshly baked cookies in the evening.
The pool area is perfect for relaxing..
Loved this place, perfect location for the beech or for shopping...

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

I was staying on business and managed to book for the wrong week. The staff were very accommodating and sorted everything out without complaint. The breakfast was great, and the location makes walking to the beach easy.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Haines, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Loved this hotel with its lovely staff - Peter was very helpful and knowledgeable helping us settle in when we checked in. We had a lovely large room towards the back of the hotel site, which was quiet and spacious. There was plenty of storage space, with a large dressing area next to a bright airey bathroom. The bed was lovely and large, very comfortable with pleasant bedding, there was a radio with ipod/iphone docking station.

This hotel is not situated in the main centre of Santa Barbara but is located near the marina with many shops and restaurants, definately within walking distance to both the marina and the main street. Although there is a large supply of various bicycles if you wished to cycle to the main street or surrounding areas, Santa Barbara is fairly spread out to the bikes are a nice way to see it all.
There is a small gym a hot tub and a lovely pool area with loungers which we enjoyed using; a lovely suntrap for topping up your tan. There is plenty of parking, with some bays covered and shaded.
Breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, pastries, cereals, yoghurts, tea, coffee and fresh fruit juice,its all laid out buffet style and you can choose to sit inside or outside on one of the patioed areas.
We enjoyed our stay here, everyone was friendly and hospitable, we loved the free wine and hors d'oevres during late afternoon after a hectic day shopping and sightseeing. However, the only thing that disappointed us, and this is only a small issue, but the wifi access was not great, very intermittent or slow. We found this frustrating and and advised reception but I think that perhaps our location within the hotel worked against us, maybe some sort of booster is needed.
Otherwise, I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and would definately return, we enjoyed our honeymoon stay - thanks!

Room Tip: if wi-fi is an issue, perhaps nearer reception.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Very nice place - very clean and the location is excellent for visiting the beach. Check in was fast and very helpful with tips and advice and a map. The room was large, air con was great and the bed was really comfy. Also the breakfast and cheese/wine are great! The pool is always very busy so if planning to have an extended sleep, then stay in a room away from this as the pool has lots of kids splashing and playing. But we had a very nice 2 night stay here and would return.

Room Tip: As above, if planning a lie in, stay in a room away from the pool
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We stayed a BDM for one night the first week of August and were generally pleased with our experience. The property is centrally located between the State Street area and the beach which allowed us to walk everywhere we went. (Bikes are available)
We booked a Wine Lover's package which included a tasty Chardonnay with a nice tote bag and corkscrew. The evening wine and cheese reception is a nice touch with both the wine and cheese being above average, The breakfast left a little bit to be desired, it included the typical continental offerings with cereal and assorted pastries.
Rooms were typical of the Santa Barbara Group properties and offered a comfortable bed, kitchenette and small bathroom. The shower was a little short and small.
The pool is small but the sun deck is a nice touch for those who like to read outside.
The staff was friendly and efficient.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Springfield, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

We had a great stay at this location. We were in town for a wedding with a 15 month old and a 5 year old. We had a master bedroom with a large walk in closet and a living room/kitchen with pull out couch. After traveling all day with little ones, it was great arriving at this hotel. We had a very easy check in and arrived in our room with a pack and play all set up for our smallest.

Pros - fast and easy check in, lots of space in room, full kitchen, great location, short walk to main beach and shopping, free large DVD rental at front desk, wonderful and helpful staff, free parking, free wifi, free delicious breakfast, heated pool, wine, fresh baked cookies and milk in lobby in the evening

Cons - a little pricey (but it is Santa Barbara), pool is small - it was not busy while we were there, but if it was, there would not have been room to swim, outdated rooms, a short walk to beach which was not a problem for us, but I could see some people not liking that it is not RIGHT by the beach.

It was not a luxury hotel, but it was perfect for what our family needed. The staff was very helpful and informed about the area. We very much enjoyed our stay and I would definitely stay here again in the future.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach

Property: Brisas Del Mar, Inn At The Beach
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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