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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #11 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Kristiansand, Norway
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“Great place, I loved it :-)”
Reviewed 17 October 2012

I stayed at Harbor view inn for one week and just loved it. Got a great room on the west wing. Had a view og the harbor, beach and the swimming pool/garden aera of the hotel. I also had a balcony that was in use every day.
When I arrived there was a bottle of wine and some nuts waiting for me, complementary of the hotel. Free parking and free wifi all around the hotel area and in my room.
Next time I'm staying in a hotel in Santa Barbara I will stay at Harbor view inn, even tough I think it was expencive. The location is just great. Close to State street, SB's main street, at the beach and pier.
I really recommend Harbor view inn.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Beverly Hills, California
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

This is our home away from home. Perfect Location, REmodeled Rooms.Great Location. We always pay more for the full ocean view.. Rooms 301, 201 and 332 are great.. They are in the front building so you feel really close to the ocean. If you want to splurge, suite 339 is wonderful. This is further away from the ocean though....

Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mark R, General Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, 15 October 2012
It is nice to start the week with a review from a returning guest. We are in the process of going thought the city planing department to add another wing here at the Harbor View Inn the new wing will include a few two bedrooms suites giving us more options for our guests. Thank-you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review,hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

I stayed at this property for the second time and loved my stay here. We had a room in the new north wing and loved the room. Tastefully decorated, very clean, with a partial ocean view. The breakfast in the restaurant was excellent and a beautiful setting. I have stayed at several properties in Santa Barbara and will not stay anywhere else in the future.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

A quick summary: PROS: great location; nice amenities included; very good service; parking included in room rate CONS: initial musty smell in room; attempts to "modernize/update" room not optimal. RECOMMEND?: yes
DETAILS: we reserved a superior room that guaranteed a beach view so we paid a little more than general room rate. But this was worth it and our balcony opened up to West Beach and Stearn's Wharf with a great view! The night traffic below was minimal and we kept our sliding glass door open. The musty smell that we encountered when we first entered the room dissipated by the first afternoon as we had left the balcony door open and used the in-room safe for our valuables. We did not feel threatened as the area is very nice but just wanted to be sure. The amenities are great: two nearby restaurants, a fitness room, and a pool. Walking to State St. where the main buzz occurs is just a 15 minute stroll and perfect for any daytime excursion or night time restaurant walk. To get to the beach or enjoy a bike ride along the beach path is literally across the street from the hotel. Hotel parking was never a problem. Although the room's surroundings were pleasant with updated use of granite tops in the shower, night stands, and table, the wall pictures and other furniture felt decades out of place. The two sinks, one outside of the shower/bathroom chamber, was a nice touch except the tile acoustic ceiling squares made you feel back in school and wish management would have chosen another way to deal with this. The balcony was a nice addition - chaise lounges and a table was a nice touch to appreciate the sunset over the Pacific! Overall, we would go back and would recommend this hotel to others.

Room Tip: Superior Beach View room is a nice option with balcony outside
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mark R, General Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, 12 October 2012
I want to Thank-you for your feed back about our what you like at The Harbor View Inn as well as good input on what could be better here, I will keep in mind your comments as we plan our ongoing property upgrades. Thank-you again for staying with us.
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Hoboken, NJ
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Only stayed in Santa Barbara for one night driving the PCH and wish we stayed longer. The hotel was in a great spot, right across from the beach. Also, it was right by the pier with plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Our room was HUGE and so nice and clean. No complaints here!

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We stayed in an ocean view double queen and really enjoyed our stay. The balcony had clear views of the ocean. The room was large and well furnished. I'd say the best aspect of the hotel is the location; it's directly across from the beach and next to State Street. The grounds are kept up well and the staff is friendly.

We had a tough time with getting an understanding of what their rooms look like from their website. They have the same pictures for many of their rooms which made us a little worried about what they would end up looking like when we got there. Thankfully, the rooms were fine; however the hotel should really update their website. Also, I think their rooms are priced a little on the high side. The hotel is nice, but not commensurate with the rate they charge each night. We also thought the parking fee was a little rediculous.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Mark R, General Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, 9 October 2012
Thank-you for taking the time to let us know how your stay was.
We do have some great specials on our web site please try and take advantage of the deals.
Thank-you
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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

The location was great. The air conditioning did not work, we needed it to cool the room as it was uncomfortable. We also requested a wake up call that did not happen.
When we checked out and were asked how our stay was we mentioned that we did not get the wake up call and the air condidtioning did not work, the girl stated they would fix it, well needless to say we paid for the expensive room and was left very disappointed and very much unsatisfied.. She stated it would be fixed for the next guest but we paid for Our stay. Did not even offer a complimentary anything, which makes me think not so sorry foe the disappointmemt. Would NOT stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Mark R, General Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, 8 October 2012
I am sorry to hear we fell short on your visit,we do have maintenance on site to address any problem please call down to the front desk next time so we can fix the issue. I hope you will try us again. Thank-you for taking the time to write a review.
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Property: 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 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#7 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#10 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#11 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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