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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #12 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 June 2011

My wife and I vacation in Santa Barbara every year and will stay in no other hotel. The harbor view is in a prime location across from the pier and a short stroll to downtown. The staff is wonderful and the rooms are perfect for either a romantic weekend or a family stay!

  • Stayed: July 2010
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

The hotel and staff are awesome. The asst GM Junior is so good at what he does. He made our family feel like VIPs !!! Thank you Harbor Inn staff !!! We will be back. Great for all kids. The only thing that was lacking was a small fridge but the emptied mini bar was ok

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank lb33wonka
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

Firstly, the location of this hotel cannot be beat. The beach is literally across the street, and a short stroll or a quarter on the bus gets you downtown in about five minutes. The room is clean and well updated - and thats from someone who compares everything to The Wynn in Vegas. They even have pillows of different fluffiness on the bed for your choosing. But what really made this a five star review for me was the service. Firstly, they starightened up my toiletries when I left them sprawled all over the sink. This is a rare touch I've only experienced a couple of times before. Second, our AC was broken. Another review says this was dealt with poorly in the past. When we called to say there was a problem the tech guy was here within minutes. He quickly assessed the problem and needed to call his supervisor for more direction, let us know he would get it fixed or talk to the front desk about other options. Within about ten minutes he returned and fixed the AC, no problem and kindly apologized for the inconvenience. Everyone else who we encountered was also very friendly. We cant wait to return!

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

What a delightful place to stay! I took my precious 10 year old daughter here on one of our mommy daughter retreats! We had so much fun. This Hotel is so close to everything and has beautiful grounds. The restaurant is very good and delivers room service which we like a lot!! It was super clean and the rooms are huge! When you enter the front door you feel like you are in a private home. The bathroom, WOW!!! Luxurious bath tub that was a bubble bath heaven, with a huge beautifully tiled shower, plenty of space for us primping girls!! The bed was a great sleeper we did not want to leave! The staff is very friendly and accommodating... The price was quite resonable for what you get! Thanks Harbor View Inn for such a pleasant stay for me and my baby girl!!! S

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

Stayed at Harbor View with my fiancee and her family the week of our wedding. We asked for upgraded rooms at check-in and payed a negligible upgrade charge. Best deal in town. The rooms are well appointed and the bathrooms are resort-like. The wonderful staff helped us tremendously with managing the arrival of our wedding guests. I can not express my gratitude enough for the level of service they provided. Highly reccommended. I will be staying here every time I come to Santa Barbara.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

The location is great. Walk across the street to the long (walking, jogging, biking) sidewalk that borders the very wide sand beach. Lots of activity here, but the property is situated so most of the rooms are set back away from the street (no street noise). Also across the street is the wharf which is a nice place to walk to restaurants and a few small shops, and nice views of the water and surrounding hills. You are at the foot of the central area (State St.) for shopping and restaurants, but it's about a 15 minute walk to the main areas for this. Walk just a couple minutes down the street to Sambo's for a fun breakfast spot.
Room 110 (1st floor) is a nice partial ocean view room with easy access to the pretty pool area, and is across the hall from the spa which has an additional hot tub. The beds are Very comfortable. Comfy linens, plush comforters, lots of nice pillows. Bathrooms are really nice with a sliding door inside the bathroom that separates the toilet and a shower from the tub and large sink area, making sharing the bathroom with fellow travelers more convenient.
The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Although you do not need a car to get around Santa Barbara, we did have a car, and found parking at the hotel convenient. Unlike other Hotels here that charge guests for parking, parking at this hotel is free.
The Harbor View is something in between a boutique hotel and a larger resort. Very comfortable but not too small. Nice amenities but not too large.. Overall a very nice place to stay.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

Beautiful room (had to negotiate a bit but got a great upgrade). Nice pool. Across from the beach. walked everywhere.The staff was lovely and attentive.

Down sides were realtively small: no real breakfast, lobby is a bit small/unimpressive.

Guy who rents bikes across the street was very accomodating, and we ate a restaurant we loved - fish house I think its called?

Take the trolly downtown for a quarter. Lovely visit.

Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Harbor View Inn

Address: 28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3504
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £201 - £329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbor View Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Santa Barbara's premier 4-Diamond boutique oceanfront hotel. Centrally located to the beach, downtown shops, restaurants, museums and attractions. Enjoy all of our wonderful amenities which include heated pool and jacuzzi, Full service Spa,room service, gift shop, fitness center, coffee bar and restaurant, Eladio's. ... more   less 
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