A Very Nice Stay
Staff are very friendly and helpful. The hotel is in a fantastic location right on the harbor but within walking distance of State St and major shopping. The rooms are spacious. Be sure to pay extra for a harbor facing room with a huge balcony. The only negative is the size of the breakfast area. It is very small and cannot accommodate the number of guests.
Reasonably price cozy little gem
This was the second time we visit Santa Barbara. It’s a tourist town with a lot wealthy people live here – so hotels are expensive. It’s conveniently located – a very pleasant short walk to Santa Barbara Pier. Hotel room were bit small but clean, our room was on second floor and outside the front door there were a row of patio chairs with ocean view. (we did not expect this. a nice bonus) Staff were friendly and the complementary breakfast was very good.
Although it’s not very far from the shore side end of the State street, most interesting parts of the State street are far from the shore side end, you will need some transportation otherwise the walk would be rather long.
- Xiaotian G
Wine & Cheese Happy Hour
Excellent location and free parking right across from the beach. The rooms are small but very nicely furnished. They feature a free wine & cheese happy hour. Price is affordable compared to most of the other hotels in the area
Comfortable stop driving up Pacific Coast Highway
If you’re travelling by car along Highway 1 in search of a comfortable option to stop off in beautiful Santa Barbara, this hotel fits the bill.
Parking is on-site and close to the accommodation. Our room was sufficiently large enough for two people to spread out and the bed was comfortable (I enjoyed a good night of sleep). I don’t have any complaints about the bathroom, which had everything we needed during our stay and there were two chairs outside our room (on the first floor) which allowed us to sit down and enjoy a lovely view of the ocean and pier.
The general facilities available were all kept to a good standard, with a pleasant pool area (again, overlooking the edge of the beach) where we enjoyed the complimentary drinks in the evening. I also appreciated how close the hotel was to most of Santa-Barbara’s sights and hotspots. The marina is a stones throw across the road, the pier is five minutes walk and the shops of State street are a brisk (but pleasant) 15 minutes stroll. We were also welcomed by the staff during the entirety of our visit.
The only reason I’ve docked a mark on my review is that this is a hotel pitching in the $200+ a night category, so I have to mark it as such. In that context, the rooms were nice but didn’t have the decorative flourishes experienced at others in this price bracket. There were no porting staff present to help with luggage on arrival (something others seem to like in hotels of this price) and there were no food or drink facilities onsite at all (food is dispensed from a machine outside the lobby and reception top up the breakfast offerings in the morning)
It’s probably the nicest motel I’ve stayed in and if it was pitching at a cheaper price group, it would be a solid five stars. Sadly the higher charge for room means it’s mixing with some bigger players that highlight it’s deficiencies.
If I were returning to Santa Barbara (and I’d love to) and I could find West Beach Inn at a slightly lower price, I’d return with no hesitation.
- benjamin s
A Very Nice Experience!
Came to Santa Barbara for a three night stay. I was all around impressed and very pleased with this motel. We arrived late in the evening, but check in was quick, friendlly and efficient. We had a third floor (there is an elevator) room with a balcony facing the harbor. The room was fairly large with a king bed, sofa, coffee table, desk and chairs, and still room to move around! Directv and in room Starbucks coffee were pluses for me. The property is neat as a pin! We didn’t use the pool or spa but they looked very inviting. Everything seemed well kept up and very clean. The hotel has it’s own free parking lot and mostly close to the rooms, but it did fill up every night, so coming in late means parking further away, but still not bad. Included breakfast options were cereal, oatmeal, toast, bagels, juice, etc. We really enjoyed the late afternoon wine and cheese which is also included. I found the staff to be super friendly and helpful. They seemed to really care about their hotel and the comfort of the guests. We would stay here again! Thanks West Beach Inn!