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“Conveniently close to the Harbor”
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West Beach Inn
Ranked #22 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Conveniently close to the Harbor”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Enjoyed staying here since a 5 minute walk to whale watching cruises which were a daily event during the stay. Nice Happy Hour free wine plus cheese and crackers, refreshingly tasty lemon water in the lobby, free water bottles provided daily when room cleaned and mints at night. Light sleeper had no early bird or train noise problems unlike other reviewers mentioned. Luckily stayed here in Apr/May where prices were reasonable, whereas refused to pay the outrageously overpriced July 2014 rates when plan to return for the humpback whales-unjustifiable prices based on the fact the property is an Inn/motel not an upscale hotel, size of rooms, and amenities provided; so found another property further from the ocean but a very reasonable high season price. Free wifi provided consistent Internet access-no slow speed or connectivity problems and decent sized bathroom. Nice creature comfort-bathrobe hook on the back of the bathroom door so when one finishes with a bath or shower your robe is easily accessible. Continental breakfast was very basic but free. Spacious hot tub. Very poorly designed window A/C unit located directly in front of the drapes/blinds so forced to leave curtains open in the middle of the window while running A/C or the blinds would block air flow into the room. Would stay here again outside of the high season Ritz Carlton rates.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Carlsbad
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The West Beach Inn in Santa Barbara is a well kept secret. It is on the
ocean and just down from the pier. On the weekends there is an art
sidewalk sale. It's great fun. My husband and I have been going to the
West Beach Inn since 2000. It is so quiet. A light breakfast comes with
your room and you can eat at the glassed-in pool area with a view of
the beach. You have to stay there once and you will be hooked too.

Room Tip: This is a small hotel and every room is darling. They have thought of everything you need.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We loved this hotel. The harbour view from our room was sensational. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast choice was very good, the only thing missing was yogurt. The pool and hot tub were relaxing. I would highly recommend this hotel for R & R. The wine and cheese late in the PM is a great touch. We couldn't have asked for a better location.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights on route to San Francisco. We were upgraded to a larger room with a terrace on the ground floor.The bathroom is small but not a problem. They have everything you need and is extremely clean. Location is a 10 minute walk to the pier and 10 minutes to the harbour. There is a shuttle from the pier to state street and another which runs along the seafront. 50 cents per journey. The complimentary bfast was fine good, toast, boiled eggs, pastries, cereal. There is cheese and wine at 5pm which was a nice touch. The pool and hot tub area is lovely and well maintained. Parking was good right outside the room door for us. We used the coin operated laundry on site which was great as we had been travelling for more than a week and saved us trying to do bits of washing in the room. The staff are really helpful and pleasant. Love to go back.

Room Tip: A seafront room on a higher floor
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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west yorks
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Having travelled from the UK to LA we were ready to have a relaxing few days to get over our jet lag before traveling further. I had booked the West Beach Inn some months ago & I was happy with my choice. But as time drew nearer & the fact I had booked for friends as well as my husband & I, I was having some doubts. I needn't of had any concerns; the place is a haven, peaceful, even though on a main road. We had garden view rooms, immaculately kept gardens! Rooms very clean, modern, large, wonderfully comfortable beds. Nice pool, though small. Not too keen on the self service breakfast but there are plenty of places to eat close by. The hotel is situated across the road from the beach & the harbour, makes for nice early morning walks. Santa Barbara is a lovely tasteful seaside town.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

The room was lovely , 2 huge queen beds , and we had a harbour view room .
The beds were sooooooo comfy.
The bathroom was strange , it had the coffee machine in the toilet ! Very strange .
The free wine and cheese was lovely , free tea and coffee too.
I wouldn't recommend the breakfast , as was dried and only toast or dried cakes .
The best place is 2 buildings to the left called Sambos the food is amazing and open at 6am.
Would I stay again , yes .

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Located across from the harbor, West Beach Inn is within easy access to much of Santa Barbara. Though they are an older property, like many others in SB, they demonstrate an attention to detail to maintenance and housekeeping: daily pool cleaning, not a blade of grass or flower out of place, and a second round by housekeeping to check bath linens and to leave chocolates on the pillows. Even in California, one must appreciate the almost instant hot water at the faucet and shower, even on the third floor. Though numerous travelers have expressed some sticker shock with Santa Barbara lodging, the West Beach Inn appears to be a value. If walking or cylcing around are not, the 50 meter Los Banos public pool is located across the street(open year for the non-SOCAL residents) for lap swimming.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: West Beach Inn
Address: 306 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3855
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#18 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — West Beach Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The West Beach Inn is nestled in between the beautiful Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor and historic Stearn’s Wharf along Cabrillo Boulevard. The hotel is centrally located, only a few blocks from downtown Santa Barbara and steps away from the many beaches, restaurants and shopping areas. Complimentary wine and cheese and a deluxe continental breakfast are offered daily in our sunny lobby alongside the heated pool and large luxurious spa. Guest laundry facilities and Complimentary parking are available to all guests. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned and include in-room safes, refrigerators, high quality bathrobes, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, hairdryers, cable TV including HBO, desks and telephones equipped with voicemail and automated wake-up call services. Complementary High-Speed Internet is available property-wide. ... more   less 
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