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“Good location and views”
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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #10 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 October 2013

We had a nice room overlooking the harbour. Good location, great to wander.
There isn't a wow factor with this hotel though, it was fine rather than amazing.
Expected more in the way of service for the price though.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Given the $300+ price, I was expecting more. But for Santa Barbara you can spend more. We had stayed here once before and I had better memories then. Previously we had stayed in the newer building separate from the lobby on State St., which I recall as being nicer. Ask for the newer building if you don't mind being away from the lobby. Our room on the second floor in the main building not far from the lobby was spacious and reasonably well kept. Only issue I saw was that the throws on the bed were either not clean or clean but stained. Bed comfort was average and room noise was somewhat high as we could hear people walking overhead (we were on 2nd floor) and we could hear people talking in the next room. Advice-ask for a top floor room to eliminate overhead walking noise. Bathrooms could use updating as there was only a tub with shower curtain. We also asked for a "roll-away" bed. All they have is an air mattress for $15 that is uncomfortable and quite noisy with the vinyl squeaking. Advice-get a room with sufficient permanent beds or avoid if you need an extra bed beyond what is in the room. Not sure if our friends will review this place, but we were travelling with another family who got in late at night and they were given a key to a room that was occupied. They entered the room and fortunately/unfortunately? the occupants were sleeping and unaware someone had entered their room. I see from another recent review this is not the first time this has happened. Advice - make sure your room is locked and latched when you're in it. As far as the staff goes, they were very nice, helpful and had a good attitude.

Room Tip: Ask for the newer building if you don't mind being away from the lobby.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Mark R, General Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2013

I want to Thank-you for taking the time to let us know about your stay. Our property has been built at over a 20 year period. Some rooms are newer then others, we have upgraded our older rooms to have the same finishes and amenities. We do have about 25 rooms that only have tub/shower combos all the other 90 rooms have separate tubs and showers. We are working on additional upgrades this winter. Our roll a ways are the aero beds that we have used and have had less complaint than the metal roll a ways I am sorry that it did not provide a good night sleep for you.
I am happy that you did come stay with us again and hope you will come back when you travel to Santa Barbara next time. Thank-you again for write your review it is always helpful to know how to improve our property.

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Reviewed 14 October 2013

This hotel is wonderful. We stayed one night and could have stayed longer. The staff were very friendly. When we arrived our GPS system had failed and Sam made a phone call to the rental company to fix the problem for us. The staff at check in were lovely too.The rooms are so comfortable and relaxing and the beds are amazing. Its everything you would want in a hotel and more.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the harbor front as well as the train station. For the amount charged, I was expecting a nicer room. One with a view would have been even more expensive. I'd say the quality is comparable to a good Best Western. It was clean and comfortable. So they charge what the market will bear. What I didn't like is that they charged my credit card $50/day for incidentals ahead of time--even though I didn't incur any during our stay. When I checked out, I was told that the outstanding balance would charged to my credit card. But I checked my credit card charges online, I found that they had already charged that and $100 more for potential incidentals. When I called to enquire about the excess, they said it was their normal procedure and that the $100 for potential incidentals would be credited in a few day--taking up to a week. I travel quite often, and have never come across this practice before in hotels or rental cars where additional charges might be incurred. It's misleading and confusing. What's more, it was never explained as such until I questioned the charges after the fact.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 October 2013 via mobile

Location, location, location It's got it all. Right on the shore, close to the office and great restaurants. Big well fitted rooms. Bath and shower. Breakfast in the restaurant was superb. My room had a sea view and I had coffee on the balcony and watched the sub come up. Yes jet lag has its advantages

Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We stayed two nights in July with two rooms overlooking the pool and across the beach to the ocean. We had adjacent rooms, which we had requested, so that our teenagers were next door to us. From arrival all the way through our stay the front desk were incredibly pleasant and helpful giving us some good advice and assistance with making bookings and suggesting what to see and do during our short stay in Santa Barbara. We had a hire car and there was plentiful parking in the grounds of the hotel with much of it shaded which was helpful. Our rooms were good sized and the Molton Brown products in the large bathrooms were a nice touch. The pool, whilst not huge, has good space around it so you can relax either close to the water or in a quieter spot further away. The pool bar shuts slightly early at 5pm but otherwise we had no issues with anything and would happily stop off here again if we are in Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool and facing the ocean are worth paying the extra for
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We decided to end our tour of California with four days in Santa Barbara and booked the Harbor View Inn. We could not have been more pleased with our stay there.

From check in to check out the staff were courteous and efficient, making sure our stay was perfect. We were given room 312, which we found out is the most requested room in the hotel. We could see why this would be the case as the room is very large, with a huge balcony looking out over the hotel pool and the beach/marina. It is like a small penthouse. House services kept this room and it's large bathroom spotlessly clean. On mornings when we had a lay in, house services came back later to make our room up with no fuss.

The hotel has a small pool/spa complex with waiter service for drinks and lunch, there are also nice gardens with sun loungers. There is also a gym and our room has an ice machine outside the door.

We normally ate breakfast at the Eladio's, which is part of the hotel. The Scrambled Salmon Tower was the best breakfast we had in all of our trip.

The hotel is perfectly located. Stearn's Wharf Pier is opposite, the marina with its nice bars and restaurants is a 5 minute walk State Street (the main area for bars and restaurants) is next to the hotel. The best restaurant we found was Toma and this is a 2 minute walk along the beach front (well worth visit!!).

We were very sorry to leave the hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for some chilled relaxation on the California Riviera. Ask for room 312!!

Room Tip: Room 312 is the best in the hotel.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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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:
#4 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: £205 - £392 (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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