The Inn at East Beach
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Prime location one block from the beach
- Longtime general manager/concierge Frank Santana is quick to share restaurant recommendations, top bike routes and more
What To Know
- Located on East Beach, three miles from the Wharf and State Street
- No ocean views from the guestrooms
- Free WiFi
- The hotel does not have air conditioning
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The charm of the roadside motel is alive and well at this Santa Barbara sleep, just steps from sandy East Beach. The low-slung building wraps around a postage stamp pool, with 33 guestrooms accessed from outside doors. Book a guestroom facing the pool for an easy evening dip, or hide away in a Superior Room, which has a gas fireplace. Junior Kitchen Suites have space to spread out and a separate kitchen and dining area — great for families or extended stays. All guestrooms are done in Midcentury Modern style, lightened with beachy hues and natural elements like faux stone headboards. The bathrooms make the best of the building’s original bones, with new shower/tub combos and soft towels. The small check-in lobby is all efficiency; a free daily continental breakfast is served in it — stop in for a quick bite before picking up a bike from the inn’s rental fleet for a ride to the Wharf, State Street, Santa Barbara Zoo or UC Santa Barbara. Among the inn’s top assets is longtime general manager Frank Santana, an East Beach institution who goes the extra mile for guests and is quick to share restaurant recommendations, top bike routes and more.
In the Area
East Beach is a true treat, a long, sandy stretch backed by a palm-lined park; we wouldn’t blame you for renting a chair and an umbrella from the inn and setting up camp for a sunny day or three. But when the time comes to venture into town for a bite, consider a few of Frank’s picks: Los Agaves for Mexican, Palazzio for Italian, Arigato for sushi, and the Wine Cask for California cuisine (and the best wine cellar in town).
How to Get There
We really enjoyed this little hotel and is a great value at the price. First of all Donavan at check-in could not have been more helpful or friendly and the same goes for Vanessa at checkout and breakfast. Both understand the importance of the customer.
Great location within a block from the beach. An easy walk even for us seniors. The rooms are nice and ours had the gas fireplace and a reasonably stocked kitchen. The room was comfortable and clean and we had no issues with noise during our stay. I will say that the towels were as good as any high-end hotel I have ever stayed at.
I will say that the value received for our stay was excellent and I would have not problem recommending it to couples or families. Clean, quiet and secure is what I like and got at this location. It also had nice secure parking off the street which is great.
I will start with good points - great location, staff very helpful we were given towels and sun loungers to take to the beach, refreshments in reception a very nice touch, rooms very spacious and on site parking. Only downside is construction work at building opposite so couldn’t sit by pool because of noise and work started at 6.53am following morning so packed up and left early.
With thirty thinly-walled rooms crowded around a small pool and open laundry room, low quality mattresses, pillows, and general workmanship, Inn At East Beach feels like a cheap motel once you see past the minor upgrades the place has gotten, like flat screen TVs, gas fireplaces and a fresh coat of paint. They try to put on a decent breakfast though, if also a bit stingy. And, if you make any changes to your reservation over the phone, be sure to get confirmation in writing and double check the details.