Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
What We Love
- Free cruiser rentals to explore the beachfront bike path
- Steps from great shopping on State Street and right across the street from the beach
- Two serene cabana-lined pools, one with ocean views
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What To Know
- Nestled between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor
- Each room is unique in layout and square footage; bathrooms are on the small side
- A $12 (plus tax) service charge per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout; continental breakfast stocked with pastries and coffee from local shops is included in the fee
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The six red tile–roofed buildings comprising Hotel Milo spread out languidly over an entire beachfront block that runs between touristy Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor. The property has several peaceful garden courtyard retreats with comfy furnishings, gurgling fountains and blooming flora. The main buildings straddle a historic Chumash Indian site that was also once the grand entrance to Santa Barbara’s historic but long-gone Potter Hotel (built in 1903 but burned in 1921). Stately palm trees lining the original path are all that’s left of that era, when travelers first discovered the charms of this seaside tourist town.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 122 guestrooms is unique in size and shape but all are airy, colorful affairs. Wood floors are warmed up with tropical-hued rugs topped by beds with colorful throws and orange headboards. Bathrooms are smallish but up to date and are stocked with L’Occitane toiletries. Since the hotel is all low-rise buildings, property and pool views feel limited, but the picture windows in Ocean View rooms beg to be left open all day.
Milo’s amenities include two cabana-lined pools, one with an ocean view and Jacuzzi, the other with a bocce ball court, and a 24-hour fitness center with more ocean views. There’s also a delicious continental breakfast that features pastries and coffee from local hot spots Deux Bakery and SB Roasting Company, alongside fresh fruit and juice. Travelers can grab one of the free beach cruisers to work off the calories peddling along the beachfront bike path.
In the Area
Sure you can arrive by car or plane, but why burn gas when you can travel by train (the station is close to the hotel) and walk, jog or bicycle to nearby attractions. Located on Stearns Wharf, the new Deep Sea tasting room overlooking the Pacific has the best wine-tasting view in town. If you want to continue imbibing the region’s great vintages, the SB Urban Wine Trail continues nearby. At the end of Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is a cozy indoor/outdoor spot that serves fresh, live Maine and local lobster, clams and oysters. The harbor has local fave Brophy Bros., the Endless Summer Bar Cafe (great for kids; good surf memorabilia) and Waterfront Grill (for seafood in a nautical setting). The hotel “embraces” Sambo’s, the popular flagship coffee shop (and only survivor) in the Sambo’s restaurant chain, which was founded in Santa Barbara. Go whale watching on the Condor or visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in the harbor and the Ty Warner Sea Center (“feeling tanks” are popular with little ones) on the wharf.
How to Get There
Unparalleled location with truly hospitable employees. Everyone from the manager to the desk agent to the valet was warm and welcoming and truly engaging. Beautiful ocean views. Cleanliness shows evidence that housekeeping works very hard. Bed and linens were high quality. Quaint old Santa Barbara architecture with modern touches.
We were gifted a two day stay as a thank you and due to a family emergency had to leave a day early. The staff at the front were more than accommodating and showed so much compassion for our situation. They went over and above making us feel cared for. We would definitely stay here again on a future trip!
Hotel Milo is beautiful and in an amazing location right across from the beach. The staff is incredible! Everyone was very nice and helpful. Hotel is walking distance to many restaurants or a short uber / taxi ride away to all the sights in town. They have valet service, pool/spa, gym, breakfast at the bistro and wine tasting. Additional thanks to Jordan at the front desk! The next time I'm in Santa Barbara I will definitely choose Milo.
Parking was listed as a Option-Valet Parking $30 day. It did not say that you couldn't park your own car on hotel grounds! And your parking lots were empty...everyone was scrambling for street parking, which it's difficult to find overnight parking in Santa Barbara! Even if it was listed as pay parking, it would be better. But to Valet we would have to walk to the office every time we wanted to use our car, when there was a parking lot right by our building! Your hotel is too spread out...we were in the building closest to State St, which meant we had to walk a block, ON Cabrillo in our robes, to get to the jacuzzi...not acceptable.Your staff was lovely, and apologetic about the parking. I'm sure it's the worst part of their job...dealing with guests pissed off about paying $30 to park.
We were absolutely thrilled with the atmosphere and location of hotel - the historical California appeal - the palm trees, the grounds, so much to see and do - complimentary wine tasting and beautiful decor - thank you for preserving this gem in prime location