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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We had a terrific stay at this boutique hotel on the ocean in Santa Barbara. The location is great, the rates are market for the location, the staff was wonderful, the room was spacious and clean.
We will be back!
What a gem, although expensive this hotel is worth it.
Fantastic location right opposite the beach with plenty of restaurants around.
Loved the complimentary bikes as this meant we could see Santa Barbara.
The room was large and comfortable, the bathroom products were l’occitaine.
Breakfast was included a little disappointing as limited choice.
Overall a great place we will be returning
The hotel is in a great location, right across the street from West Beach. It has lovely flowers on the grounds and a wine tasting every afternoon included in the room price. The breakfast was continental, but generous. The pasteries were good and included gluten-free options. However, there were no tablecloths or table service, so it kind of felt like eating in a caffeteria. There was bike rental included in the price, but they didn't have even one bike with a kid's seat. Why not?
For the price paid, the room was absolutely tiny. With our (small) suitcases on the floor, you could barely move around. I had a hard time getting my stroller out the door, that's how small it was. The staff met the absolute mimium of courtesy, with the exception of one lady (older than the rest of the staff) who I assume was the manager. She was significantly more helpful and friendly. The room was not ready until quite late in the afternoon (within the time stated on their site, but not in the time they personally told to me over the telephone). Our room looked out onto an alley that luckily was covered in ivy. There was almost no natural light in the room. The bathroom fixtures were, frankly, cheap. The rug in the room was dirty and stained. The "safe" was not attached to anything and could have been picked up and carried out with little effort. The hotel is made up of 5 or six separate buildings and the areas between them (where you need to walk to get anywhere) were ugly and unpleasant. I wouldn't mind all these things if it were a budget or even middle-of-the-road hotel, but at almost $350 USD per night, it is not in the least worth it. I wouldn't even consider staying here again.