Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

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Built in 1916 and constructed with a stucco exterior, graceful arches, Malibu and Catalina tile-work, and decorative wrought-iron railings, this landmark boutique hotel is one of the finest and earliest examples of the California Spanish Revival style that defines Santa Barbara's architecture. Guest...

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Built in 1916 and constructed with a stucco exterior, graceful arches, Malibu and Catalina tile-work, and decorative wrought-iron railings, this landmark boutique hotel is one of the finest and earliest examples of the California Spanish Revival style that defines Santa Barbara's architecture. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the city and the mountains on the awning-covered balcony. The hotel features light and airy guestrooms that blend its historic ambiance with modern comforts such as 32-inch flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi internet access, and handy microwaves and refrigerators. Guests...

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Check-in starts at: 15:00

Check-out ends at: 11:00

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Lovely Hotel at the heart of all the action

Reviewed 1 january, 2022

The Holiday Inn Express St Barbara is strategically located closed to the beach as well as the city center. Service here is excellent and friendly as well. Breakfast was decent for express hotels. Rooms wise is ok and shower was the best. Though our room is facing the main road, noise was not a problem for us. Overall a nice experience with excellent front office team!.

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Rundown Motel: Terrible Stay (Bad Room, No Heating, Stained Sheets)

Reviewed 27 december, 2021

Pros: in prime location, comfortable bed Cons: heater was not working in room, sheets are stained, shower curtain is stained, sink is clogged, had to sleep with outside jackets, can hear noise from upstairs (bathroom flushing, walking in rooms), can hear corridor noise, dimly lit room More like a motel stay for the room price. Embarrassment to the IHG Holiday Express Brand. Won’t my be returning. Measly discount was given to compensate. Photos show: torn curtain, chipped wall, windows need of renovation, one of the stained sheets

Q5201Rruby

Location is King

Reviewed 12 september, 2021

Location is what this hotel really has going for them. Everything else is just O-kay. Maybe even less than okay considering the price of the room, but again, you're most likely paying for the location. As an IHG Platinum member, I was a little surprised I was given a room on the first floor with the windows facing the street. The windows are frosted, so people can't see in your room, but you also can't see out. This also means you can hear foot and car traffic going by. Honestly, the noise wasn't too bad, even on a Saturday night, but if you're a light sleeper it will be a problem. Our room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Room had a fridge and microwave, always great to have. The hotel has two small lots you can park in, or you can use valet. Both lots can get crowded, and at one point I even had to call the front desk because a parked car was blocking our way out of the lot. Like I mentioned earlier, you are paying for the location, which is amazing. Right off of State Street where there are numerous restaurants, bars, and shops to explore. 10 minute walk to the Funk Zone, Stearns Wharf, and the beach. It was so convenient not needing to worry about driving and parking around the downtown area.

Melissa M

Location, Location, Location

Reviewed 24 august, 2021

I was able to get an excellent rate for the week after the 4th at this hotel. We were on a budget and it was the best price for area that I could find. The location was less than a block from State Street and less than a 10 minute walk to the pier and beach. The building is older so if you are looking for ultra modern this is not the place for you. If you are looking for walking distance to bars, restaurants, shops, the pier, beaches and the marina with one of the best prices in Santa Barbara, then this is the place. Parking is limited but they have valet for the same price so why not? Beds were comfortable and the room layout was more open the usual hotel room. Breakfast was good, the room was nice and the hotel is just small enough to feel like a boutique. Here are the things that would bring me back to this hotel... The location, the price and the staff. I spoke with Evan a few weeks before we arrived and he was great, made a few accommodations over the phone in prep for our arrival and those accommodations were followed through when we arrived. The front desk staff was so nice. We were leaving on a day trip one day and I gave the valet advance notice and he made sure my car was easily accessible in the morning (they have to double park cars at night). Oh and the upstairs outside patio was empty every night where we took a few drinks and one night pizza from around the corner and sat above watching people passing by. The patio made ending the long days walking and hiking a relaxing end to each day.

TarinTravels

Wonderful staff

Reviewed 16 august, 2021

We truly enjoyed our stay at this hotel last week. Spacious and clean room in a location that can't be beat. The hot breakfast was simple but much appreciated during pandemic. Did I mention that the hotel staff found my my son's AirPods and sent them back to us with priority mail immediately? Thank you Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara!

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