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“Great location, clean, relaxing ”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Harbor View Inn

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Harbor View Inn
Ranked #12 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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“Great location, clean, relaxing ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

Em route from Anaheim to BC mid-October. Ended up staying here two nights since SB and hotel was so great.

Phone service was great; helpful in helping us find a suite for five. Rate seemed steep, but I'm guessing it was par for the area and we were trying to stay in better places that had pools and room for all of us, so wasn't overly shocked.

In-person service was good and professional. Check-in and out quick and effortless. Friendly enough hotel staff encountered elsewhere.

Suite was on main floor facing pool. Very clean, enough space even with the rollaway/air mattress ($15 extra) tucked in by sliding doors. Bed and pillows comfy. Hotel and room seemed posh and comfy all at once; didn't feel 'out of our league'. Didn't hear any other room noises beside or above.

Free wifi and parking! No free breakfast but 10% discount card at adjoining restaurant and the coffee shop around the corner.

Pool was clean and well-kept.

Adjoining restaurant was lacking in ambience at 8:30 pm but food was okay to good with average service.

In-room bottles of Fiji water at $5 kinda bit, but that's what we got for forgetting to find a grocery store and the tap water tasted yucky to us (chalky/soft? so just not used to it).

A/C/fan was kinda loud.

Close walk to town. Right across from beach and pier.

Would definitely recommend.

Stayed October 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We had a renovated big room with sea view and nice balcony. Unfortunately the kingsize bed was unconfortable.
Cross the street and you'll be right in front of the beach. Free wifi.
Elevators.

No breakfast served in hotel.
You are charged $ 10 a day for parking (without notice).

Room Tip: Upper floors with pool and sea view .
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

My wife and I were just driving up the coast and our first stop was at Santa Barbara - the Harbor View turned out to be an excellent choice. Easy access off the 101, there is plenty of parking at the hotel and so convenient to walk to shops on State St, the wharf is across the street with some shops and restaurants, and around some of the old neighborhoods. The staff was very accommodating and the room was wonderful (would recommend the beach view rooms) - we were not expecting such a large well furnished room with a fantastic view of the beach and ocean - this was great to wake up to the sun rise and sit on the balcony and have coffee. There was a 10% off the hotel restaurant for breakfast and this was really good - our only regret is that we should have stayed an extra day...

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

Warm welcome upon arrival. Room spacious with large balcony. Spotless throughout. Just a step away from the beach and pier. Only short walk to shops and restaurants on state street. Altogether a very pleasant place to stay.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

This hotel is located just minutes away from the pier and access to Santa Barbara is easy, on foot, 15 minutes to the main shopping street. We choose a room overlooking the beach, was very big and comfy. Hotel's staff is very good. There was no elevator to get to our room, can be an issue when you have to carry suitcases up and down the very narrow and steep stairs. Would recommend the place when in Santa Barbara, pricewise absolutely ok.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013 via mobile

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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3 of 5 bubbles 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.
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Mark R, General Manager at Harbor View Inn, responded to this review, 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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Property: Harbor View Inn
Address: 28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number:
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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