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
- 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 have just finished a two night stay at the inn at east beach. I really cannot recommend this hotel enough, the service is impeccable and no problem is too big. A special thank you to Michelle who went out of her way to ensure our stay was perfect. She is a credit to the hotel Whilst in Santa Barbara make sure you go on the ‘Santa Barbara classic wine tour’ it really is a unique experience and a great way to enjoy wines of calinfornia.
Our room decor was lovely and comfortable, fresh updated decor with a comfy bed! And gas fire, nice TV that our neighbors had on too loud. But there is no AC and no in room coffee maker, which in my opion is a MUST! So for what we paid (yes, I know it was a holiday weekend) I didnt see the value here.
They are definitely doing updates, but the pool/deck area still leaves alot to be desired, and the stairs are nothing more than fire escapes with an art deco flair. I didnt see an elevatore anywhere so if you're limited, be sure to ask for a street level room. We had to go down a flight of stairs, then back up two short flights for a coffee and "breakfast".
Breakfast was NOT breakfast, just pastries, toast and apples. You cant even call this "continental breakfast". No cereal, yogurt or any hot dishes.
Good location just a block from a gorgeous beach.
What a great hotel! My boyfriend and I booked Inn at East Beah last minute when we got concert tickets to the Santa Barbara Bowl. It was a great price for how nice the hotel was! Spacious, comfortable (nice beds w great linens) and it even had a fireplace! Maria checked us in early and gave us great tips on where to eat nearby.
The location was perfect. We are big walkers and walked everywhere we needed to go - the bowl, the beach, the zoo, state street, and breweries in The Funk Zone. Would stay there again!
We enjoyed our 3 night stay at this little inn. The staff members were very friendly, the rooms were not fancy but they were clean, had good beds, small fridges, free wi-fi and free parking.The pool was small but nice, but don't expect warm water in cooler weather even though the pool is "heated". A free continental breakfast is served. You can make toast with bread or bagels, or heat muffins; make coffee or tea; have fruit but don't expect cereal even though they have milk. A two minute walk takes you to a trolley that carries you to the wharf, the main street or the harbor for a mere 25 cents for seniors. We would definitely stay there again.
Don't take for granted that in the modern world in California you can expect air conditioning in a motel! Not in this one, Thank goodness we were not here in the heat of summer! The website indicated an in room coffee maker...nada? Disappointment!