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“Great Hotel.....but beware of less expensive rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mason Beach Inn

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Mason Beach Inn
Ranked #23 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Glendale, California, United States
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42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel.....but beware of less expensive rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

The Mason Beach Inn has a good many positive features. For that matter the hotel is ideally located near the beach, offers a continental breakfast, maintains freshly brewed coffee brewing throughout the day, has a friendly, personable staff, and is very clean. However, BEWARE, the less expensive rooms are far smaller than they appear on the photos offered by the Mason’s website. Fortunately, due to a glitch with the wireless connection, my wife and I were switched to another, slightly more expensive room; which had the same layout as the room we had reserved……..except that it was far larger!

Room Tip: Rooms at the end of the hall had poor wireless service. Also, be aware that the rooms might be smal...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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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 of 5 bubbles
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San Carlos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

My family and I love the Mason for it's location, friendly staff and comfortable feel. We've stayed here several times. The rooms are big and have a comfy feel to them. They are amazingly quiet, even with a full hotel. The suites are perfect for gathering before or after dinner to relax and chat. The pool is great for families, or just sitting and reading. The breakfast is definitely continental - nothing hot, but the pastries are fresh and tasty. Coffee was pretty weak, so needed to get out and go find stronger. Santa Barbara Roasting is the closest.

Room Tip: Suites are on the corners, and a great choice if traveling with family.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Paris, France
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

The hotel is ideally located. You can walk to the wharf.
The hotel style is nice and the check-in is ver friendly.
The parking is a little small.
Rooms are modern and well equiped. WIFI access is complimentary and the speed is sufficient.
The breakfast is for europeans terrible. The jam is just disgusting, croissants are one day old and 100% industrial. To sum upp, the breakfast offered is the one you will get in most of the hotels in US; no fresh squeezed juice, no fruits, no fresh bred, no true marmelade....

  • Stayed August 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

We love that we can easily park our car (plenty of parking in the lot near our room), and walk everywhere - beach, marina, zoo, wharf and State Street shopping/restaurants. The room was very clean and comfortable, but better chairs to relax in after all the walking would be greatly appreciated (very hard seat and straight back, hardly a chair to take a rest break after much walking around town), beds and pillows were great for sleeping, shower and bathroom was very clean and comfortable, front desk was most friendly, pool and breakfast was nice - also a Sambos restaurant is just down the street for breakfast/lunch. WiFi was only accessible in our room via our laptop - could not pick up the signal with an iPad or iPhone, since it was such a weak signal in our second floor room, but it did work about half way down the hallway. We had a microwave and small refrigerator which were nice additions, and A/C, although a ceiling fan would be nice to just move the air a bit when it's warm in your room from afternoon sun. Floor space was a little tight for three people. Overall, the location was great, the room was clean and comfortable, but I was surprised the room rate is $100 more per night on Fri/Sat, then during week nights - quite a large increase in my opinion. My family enjoyed our stay! :)

Room Tip: Our second floor room was on the end, just up from the parking lot (no view, other than a nice palm...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

A couple of friends and myself stayed at Mason Beach last week while traveling up the CA coast. This hotel is in a great location, is clean and comfortable, and Nick was very helpful with information regarding places to eat and walk. I will stay here again if ever in Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Summerville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

The hotel was very clean and located on a quiet side street, a nice short walk to the beach and restaurants. The staff was extremely helpful and accommodating. I will definitely refer to friends and visit again

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxnard, California
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170 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

We stay at this hotel whenever we visit Santa Barbara. From where we live SB is an easy train ride and MBI in a short walk from the station. The staff is friendly and helpful, rooms are clean and neat. We actually prefer the older, larger rooms between the lobby and pool area; The newer rooms are toward the back of the property on the 1st and 2nd story. The breakfast room in the lobby is a bit small but there is more space outside or you can take items back to your room. The walk through the west beach neighborhood to and from the station is always fun; its a beautiful older part of Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: There is a shuttle from near the train station that takes you through town to upper State St. for .2...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mason Beach Inn
Address: 324 W Mason St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3822
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Barbara
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#21 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mason Beach Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mason Beach Inn is within walking distance of beautiful West Beach and the oceanfront bike path, the Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor, Stearns Wharf, and the shops and restaurants on beautiful State Street in downtown. Santa Barbara’s world-class golf courses and renowned wineries are just minutes away.45 Well-appointed guest rooms, suites all non-smoking Year round heated swimming pool and SpaDeluxe continental breakfast Winter monthly and weekly rates available Complimentary wireless Internet service Front Desk Available 24 hrsMultilingual staff ... more   less 
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