Very Good 952 Reviews
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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
  •  Pool
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Classic roadside motel reborn as an econo-luxe sleep with a small pool, just one block from Santa Barbara’s best beach

The Lowdown

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

The Inn at East Beach
1029 Orilla Del Mar
Santa Barbara, CA 93103 United States


4.0 Very Good 952 Reviews
Sweet spot, lovely pool and great breakfast pastries!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here while attending a conference at the Hyatt (five minute walk along the ocean away) and had a lovey time. The staff was really helpful, friendly, and engaged, my room was quiet and nicely decorated, and the morning pastries (fresh from the bakery) were fabulous! I especially appreciated Maria for her warm welcome and great information, and Ben provided great customer service. I'd stay here again.

Reviewed 1 month ago

We had the most amazing stay at The Inn at East Beach. The staff and Management were so lovely and helpful. They really made us feel at home. From a luxurious room to great waffles and amazing coffee, could not get enough of it! Perfect place for a couples holiday thanks again Dianne and Michelle and everyone else that we met, will see you again soon.

Wonderful stay!
Reviewed 2 months ago

We were in town for a wedding, and we stayed here from Wednesday through Sunday. The room was spacious, comfortable, and clean. Everyone was so friendly and gave us great recommendations on things to do/see in the area. The best part was the complimentary breakfast each morning; plenty of choices and friendly service. We will definitely be staying here when we visit again!

Good place to stay
Reviewed 3 months ago

The hotel has the 3 most important features going for it the bed was really comfortable, the towels are really fluffy and the location is good. I would happily stay there, from the outside it looks a bit dated but inside the rooms are spacious and recently fitted out. The staff are really Freindly and helpful. Breakfast is included which is rare in this type of hotel, and we had fresh waffles made for us.

Great value in Santa Barbara-call direct!
Reviewed 4 months ago

This is an older style motel that has been really well redone.

Only one block from the beach, fireplace heater, comfortable bed, kitchenettes, fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh waffles for free breakfast, and great price. What more could you ask for?

Helpful front desk and really cheerful waffle maker!

We got a much better rate by calling direct and we had free parking. Our room was spotless and comfortable. We would book this place again.