The Upham Hotel & Country House
- Free WiFi
- 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.
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The hotel is quaint, bed and breakfast vibe. It is an old hotel with history, but that means older rooms with sound traveling and heating issues. I expected friendlier charm and luxury touches for the price we paid. For example the afternoon wine and cheese happy hour included boxed wine and spreadable cheese that was hard. The location of the hotel is good, we walked to Funk Zone and to beach (about mile)
This was our first time to Santa Barbara. We had high expectations and were disappointed with a rampant homeless problem on State Street. Funk Zone was cool, but next time we will fork out only a bit more money and stay in Montecito.
The Upham Hotel is uniquely historic, having opened in 1871. The location is great and it is nicely restored. The people working at the hotel were very pleasant and helpful. Included in the price was a cheese (it was a cheese spread) and crackers/wine afternoon snack, oreo cookies and milk after dinner, and an extensive continental breakfast buffet. Fruit, water and coffee seemed to be available all day. The bed was comfortable and the public areas, including a large outdoor courtyard with plenty of seating, were well maintained and pleasant. There were bathrobes in the rooms. So why four stars instead of five? It seemed to be on the pricey side for what it was, and although the room was nicely appointed it was rather small, as was the bathroom. The heater did not respond well to the controls and we had to open windows to cool the room enough to sleep. Also, while the shampoos, etc. were very good quality, the bath towels were surprisingly coarse and thin. For the price charged, one would have expected fluffy, soft towels and a bit more space. I would stay there again, but might also shop around. It may be that Santa Barbara just commands high prices.
Check in and out was efficient. Our room was very clean and comfortable, but nothing extraordinary. Breakfast was sufficient, but not special. The location was convenient to town. There is free parking, but it is very tight and when we returned at 9:30pm there weren’t any spaces available. We had to park five blocks away. The grounds are really pretty. Tidy, lush, open lawns for socializing and also private nooks. The morning we were there it was cold and raining. There was a cozy gas fire in the living room where I sat, drank coffee and read my book while my family slept in. Very nice.
This hotel dates back to the 1800s. The main building has a nice, older vibe. Breakfast is served in a closed in front porch. The rooms are well appointed and a good size. Behind the main building there are several bungalow buildings. I did not see the inside of any of these. There's also a nicely landscaped garden in the back. Wine, crackers and cheese are available at 6pm. Oreo cookies and milk at 7:30. It's two blocks from the shopping and restaurant area. It's also quiet. I was able to get a better rate than advertised at the hotel's web site
The Upham is a beautiful historic hotel with lovely indoor and outdoor spaces. Rooms are large and spacious and comfortably furnished. Refreshments and breakfast were nice but nothing to go out of your way for especially since there are so many great options close by. Service is polite enough. If you are a light sleeper ask for a room on the courtyard side, on a second floor, and not next to the entrance. At some point, your peace and quiet depends on whether other guests let the door slam and the person above you sounds like he is dropping a sledgehammer. The heat is cranky. From the instructions on the remote, they clearly know this is problematic. Following instructions was fruitless. Internet was adequate but noticeably slow if you are use to high speed connections.