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Waves crashing on the beach. The gentle ocean breeze blowing through your balcony door. All this and more await when you stay at the Santa Barbara Inn.
The Santa Barbara Inn is steps away from one of the most popular beaches in Santa Barbara. California’s warm golden sun caressing you each day.
Disclosure: My stay was provided courtesy of Expedia. All opinions are 100% mine.
Santa Barbara Inn
The Santa Barbara Inn is a boutique hotel with 70 rooms including suites. Every room offers a view of the ocean, Channel Islands, Stearns Wharf, or Santa Ynez Mountains.
With a California Mission, Spanish Mediterranean architecture style, the hotel only looks expensive.
The best part…the price tag. Rooms at the Santa Barbara Inn are affordable and include free daily continental breakfast.
Oceanfront in Santa Barbara is affordable when you stay at the Santa Barbara Inn. Located on the corner of S Milpas Street and E Cabrillo Blvd, the Pacific Ocean is steps away.
Families can let their little ones run around at nearby Cabrillo Ball Park. Couples can enjoy a picnic on the grass while watching the sunset over the ocean.
The Santa Barbara Inn is fourteen minutes from the Santa Barbara airport. You can rent a car, Uber to the hotel, or take the bus.
Pro-tip: Get a $25 credit when you sign-up for Uber.
You can take the #11 bus from the airport to downtown Santa Barbara (55 minutes, $1.75 one-way). Then take the Waterfront Shuttle bus to the Santa Barbara Inn (18 minutes, $0.50 one-way). The shuttle stops in front of the lobby door.
If you arrive into Santa Barbara via Amtrak, the Santa Barbara Inn is six minutes from the station. It’s a 1 1/2 to 2-hour drive from Los Angeles Airport.
Picture a living room in someone’s house and you’ll have an accurate image of the lobby of the Santa Barbara Inn.
Cozy with overstuffed sofas and chairs and fireplace for chilly mornings and evenings.
King Bedroom Mountain View
The furnishings are a mix of old world tropical plantation. Big bold dressers with a beach vibe and granite tops. Bamboo or cane wicker chairs and tables with glass tops.
It’s like they couldn’t decide on a theme so threw some stuff together. A weird cohesive harmony. The furniture doesn’t encourage lingering in the room. But who wants to stay in your room when there’s so much to do in Santa Barbara?
The bed with its thick comforter and crisp sheets coaxes you. Drawing you into its embrace, encouraging you to sleep in and waste away your vacation days.
If you decide to putter around in your room, comfortable robes and slippers await in the closet. A laptop sized safe stores your electronics and other valuable items.
You’ll find a small fridge in the dresser under the TV. There’s enough room to store drinks, snacks, and/or leftovers.
A small table with two chairs on the Spanish tiled balcony make for an al fresco breakfast, lunch, or snack.
The dual sink Corian countertop in the bathroom lets two people get ready at the same time. There’s just enough room to the sides of the sink for your toiletries.
Rooms include Eco Essence brand toiletries: Green Tea Shampoo, Essence of Mango Conditioner and Body Wash, and Milk & Honey Lotion. Easily remove beach tar from your feet and shoes with the oil slick beach tar remover towelette.
There’s a tub/shower combination with a non-adjustable shower head. The water pressure was average.
Rooms include daily continental breakfast in the Convivo restaurant. Breakfast includes oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, granola, bagels, pastries, juices, and coffee.
Swim in the heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi while taking in the ocean views.
Santa Barbara Inn
901 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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The Santa Barbara Inn is an affordable beachfront hotel. With free breakfast and only minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, it’s a great spot to spend a few days without busting your budget.
With only 70 rooms, you won’t feel like a number nor have to rush down to the pool at the crack of dawn to save a chair. This cozy hotel offers everything you need without the big price tag.
Onsite parking, Uber, the Downtown and Waterfront Shuttles make the Santa Barbara Inn an easy getaway for families, couples, and solo travelers.
Be sure to read my post on how to visit Santa Barbara on a budget.
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