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
Great hotel for guests to stay for a wedding or other meetings. Family friendly with the only hotel I have heard of with bunk beds for kids in a separate area from parents. Best hotel beds I have slept on, nice wine tasting each day, good breakfast for light eaters (and Sambo’s in the center of the hotel on the street) and great views from the property (not always from room) but handy.
Location was excellant and we really enjoyed the "wine tastings". Facility has two pools, hot tub, sauna, complementary breakfast, exercise area, etc. Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. Would certainly recommend.
Datoine provided excellent service while I was staying at Hotel Milo! He was extremely friendly and kind and went above and beyond to make sure I was pleased with my stay. He’s a great asset to the hotel. I’d stay here again for the amazing customer service!
I broke my rule... never stay at a hotel that shows more pics of the outside than it does of the rooms. The rooms are incredibly dated, worn, tiny bathroom, and I found at least 6 gnarly spiders (I spoke to the other guests and they complained about spiders too). I stayed two nights and the bed made it incredibly diifcult to sleep. Plus they add resort fees to the bill that aren;t disclosed when you book online.
Room needed work. Went to take shower and discovered the bottle of gel was empty. attempted to call front desk but Our phone did not work and when we requested to have it done while we were away it never got done. By the time we got back we were exhausted and declined service.