The H. I. Express had the MOST comfortable beds, multiple pillows (soft or firm stitched on every pillowcase). There was a mini fridge in the room, flat screen TV, complimentary breakfast and the staff was wonderful. This is also a smoke-free hotel. I was really surprised with everything, as I never thought too highly about the Holiday Inn chain. They even made the microwave available for my use.
I came to town for outpatient surgery. I had originally been directed to Encina Lodge near the surgical center. When I called for a reservation there, they were rude and not the least bit accommodating. I even spoke with the manager and he couldn't have cared less! I'm glad I chose the Holiday Inn Express as I met someone else who had stayed at the Encina Lodge prior to surgery and they were VERY disappointed and said the staff had a "take it or leave it" attitude and the rooms were very small and dinghy.
For the same price, it was great to be in town and walk around the shops the night before surgery and with enough painkillers it was nice to take a short walk in the afternoon after surgery. Again, I can't say enough good things about the hotel staff at Holiday Inn Express. This has really changed my opinion about the whole chain!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a half block from State Street in historic Old Town Santa Barbara, the Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara provides luxury and convenience for the sophisticated traveler. Downtown shopping and restaurants are steps from your door, and the beach and Stearns Wharf are four blocks away. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast served weekly from 6:30AM-9:30 am and from 7 am to noon on weekends as well as free WIFI throughout the hotel. As a pet-friendly hotel, we welcome furry companions for $45/stay (up to 2 pets under 50 lbs.). We offer affordable parking to our guests at a rate of $14/day for 2016 and $16/day as of January 1, 2017 as well as complimentary bike rentals, and nearby, off-site swimming pool and 24-hour fitness facility access. Stay with us in the heart of Santa Barbara, where you are steps from all the city has to offer! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara Hotel Santa Barbara
- Holiday Inn Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Holiday Inn
- Santa Barbara Hotel