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
The motel is clean, but needs major renovations. The walls are very thin and can here the people next door snore. Their customer service was over the top and the maid service was very professional. This is a mid range motel, so buyer beware.
Inn at East Beach is a small (32 room) hotel in an updated vintage style. There's a pool. Everyone on the staff is friendly and helpful. The Continental breakfast is SO MUCH MORE than that - yogurt, granola, cereals, juices, bagels, hard-boiled eggs, and you can order a waffle made for you. They have bicycles for rent. I had a king bed room, and it was large, with a desk, comfy stuffed chair, TV, good lighting, a large vanity area separate from the bathroom with a big long sink with faucets and space for two people. It is also just one block from the beach! You can take a shuttle to State Street for 50 cents - it continues all the way to the Harbor if you like. Just a great stay overall.
We had a very nice stay here. The only reasons I didn’t give 5 stars are no air conditioning and the pool is small without much space surrounding it. It happened to be in the 90’s while we were there so the no air conditioning was disappointing. However, I would definitely stay there again. The staff are very kind and there is a warm, friendly vibe. Every morning we had Vanessa and Dianne as our morning office staff and breakfast experts. We enjoyed seeing their smiling faces each day.