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
The Milo was amazing! My wife and I had a kid-free weekend trip to Santa Barbara and our choice could not have been more perfect. Not only was the hotel cozy & charming, but the staff was impressive. Specifically, Datoine McMillian exceeded expectations as his kind, generous, and prompt service was a highlight of the trip. From bringing us an in-room fridge, to upgrading our stay, to making sure we had an opportunity to enjoy the wine tastings each afternoon, his attention to detail deserves recognition. We’ll be back, Hotel Milo!
Hotel Milo was wonderful and I'll definitely be back for another little trip. The property is right across the street from West Beach and is centrally located and within walking distance to Stearns Wharf and the Funk Zone for wine tasting, the harbor, State Street, etc....I walked everywhere during my stay. If you're taking the train in, like I did, the hotel is a very short walk from the station.
Upon arrival, check-in was easy, staff was friendly, helpful and I even had my room upgraded! My room was beautifully done and I felt like I was in a home rather than hotel room. Very spacious and clean with hardwood floors, lots of character, comfy king bed, view of pier and ocean off to the side - all made it a relaxing stay. I loved the many little gathering areas with couches/seating and fire pits - one of the second floor areas, facing the ocean, just down from my room was my favorite every night as I enjoyed the complimentary wine tasting.
A continental breakfast is offered each morning but I would say it's slightly more than your average pastry and fruit selection...there was a lot to choose from and everything was really fresh and delicious.
The hotel also offers complimentary beach cruisers, which I took out for a morning, enjoying the view along the bike trail that runs along the beach from one end of town to the other.
What a fun little trip at a great property to relax! I plan to stay at Hotel Milo again during my next trip to Santa Barbara.
Lovely hotel and amenities offered, all the property is beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a very well located room with a view. Breakfast included was delightful. Did not get to enjoy the pools or free bike rides but everything was so pleasant and pretty and we'd love to stay there again! Nice surprise the wine tasting that was offered! Our little Shih Tzu got plenty of treats and we felt very welcomed!
The location was unbeatable, property was beautiful, staff very friendly and helpful, continental breakfast was great, overall experience was wonderful! Bikes were fun, valet was a little pricey $30. We can’t wait to go back!
We drove in late that night.but we made it
Location: very much alive in the day time. What else to ask for when you have a beach front property and the breeze is lovely.
The outside area: like the fact we could lounge anywhere we wanted and have wine and watch the sunset
The Room: had everything we needed for our stay the sheets were soft and pillows were to my taste and very pristine .. my type
We had a free bottles of wine.. we celebrated our anniversary at the hotel .. what a peace of mind very quiet.
To me if I were to ever come back to SB to visit this would be the place that would give me such amazing experience .. keep it up