The Upham Hotel & Country House
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
A stay at The Upham Hotel & Country House places you in the heart of Santa Barbara, walking distance from Arlington Theater and Granada Theatre. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Conveniences include desks and irons/ironing boards, as well as phones with free local calls.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a terrace and a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of The Upham Hotel & Country House. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center and dry cleaning/laundry services. This hotel has 4 meeting rooms available for events.
How to Get There
I rarely, if ever, give mediocre-to-bad ratings. However, after our stay at “The Upham” in Santa Barbara, I feel compelled to tell people to either look for a very good deal, or pass.
The Upham bills itself as “the most charming hotel in Santa Barbara” and boasts that each room is individually decorated. My husband, who is not given to hyperbole, described our $356 room as something you would find in Motel 6. He then revised his description, and described our room as a very old “broom closet.”
We do not refer the size, although the room was small. Nonetheless, we've stayed in equally small, but charming rooms in other hotels & B&B's. The furnishings were cheap and dumpy. The toilet had a crusty brown ring inside the rim. Since we had such a late check-in, I decided not to ask housekeeping to clean the toilet.
The rest of the hotel was decent. I don’t know if the other rooms were cleaner and/or better decorated. They did have a continental breakfast but the food was unappealing.
The service at the Front Desk was not overly friendly, but certainly not rude. On the evening we arrived, there were canisters of coffee near the front desk. I asked if the coffee was fresh. The woman who checked us in looked a little offended and said, “Of course.” We took two cups up to the room, and discovered the coffee was lukewarm.
If you can get this room for half of what we paid, I’d say go ahead, assuming you didn’t have to spend much time there.
The hotel, an old classic house, is very unique and the whole atmosphere is charming. It also has gardens, which are gorgeous and well maintained.
The rooms are OK, not to big, not to small but furnished with an stylish "classic" decoration.
The location is also very convenient. Closed to the Santa Barbara market and in a walking distance from State St. You can also take the bus that goes up and down through State St. to Stearn’s Wharf.
Firstly there is the parking issue, it is a little first come first served as it appears not enough spaces for the number of rooms. Initial views are good, great garden, pation and reception area. Reception was brilliant, lovely warm welcome and great staff - I wish i knew the name of the lady who was dealing with the T&C and the later cheese and wine, she was funny and friendly. Now where it went slightly downhill, we had room 63, slightly on the small side, was a quiet room, but with no real view from its double aspect, generally car park and roof. Room had usual facilities, fridge, iron and board, TV hidden away in a cupboard, robes, but no T&C machine, but this is avaialble in reception 24/7. It was only a double bed, but comfortable. The room is showing some sign of age, especially the bathroom.
Bathroom only has a shower, which was really good, with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
The hotel puts cheese and wine on at 16:00 to 18:00 and then milk and Oreo's at 19:30 until 22:00(?).
It is a very nice hotel that could do with some investment, but it is comfortable, with great staff. Recommended.