4.5
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Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Location

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.

Rooms

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

The Upham Hotel & Country House
1404 De La Vina Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 723 Reviews
Memorable 34th In Charming #28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary at the beautiful Upham Hotel. You realize you are in a special place the moment you enter the main building, the Lincoln House. Although built in 1872 and the oldest continuously operating hotel in California, the Lincoln House exudes historic charm and elegance. The front desk staff are professional, courteous and obviously dedicated to ensuring your stay with them is enjoyable. We exited the original inn into an open grass courtyard surrounded by white Adirondack chairs, flowering and fountain gardens, and the guest cottages. Our #28 garden cottage was lovely and we were greeted with chilled champagne, chocolates and an anniversary card from the Upham staff wishing us a special day and stay. Our first impressions of the Upham Hotel could not have been better.

The daily breakfast was served in the sunroom with thoughtful selections including homemade delicacies. We also enjoyed the afternoon wine and cheese, and the evening milk and cookies, although I now crave Oreos every night. The Upham Hotel is within walking distance of wonderful restaurants (including the amazing Bouchon) and the quaint Louie’s Bistro is conveniently located on-property in the Lincoln House.

The Upham Hotel is a treasure. The Upham Hotel staff wished us a special stay and they delivered on that wish with their attentive service and grand hospitality. I am thankful we stayed at the Upham Hotel during our visit to Santa Barbara.

Can you say “tired”?!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sorry, Hotel Upham, but I cannot tell a lie! Your guest rooms need a facelift...and soon!

My wife and I reserved two rooms for two nights. One was a King. The other had two Queen beds.

We were greeted nicely and given our keys. Once my wife and I arrived at our room, we looked at each other and said “no way”! The room was dark, had several prominent stains on the carpeting, you could see lumps on the mattress and the decor left much to be desired! At $300-ish a night, this was completely unacceptable. Please understand, we are not hotel snobs! We generally stay at the lower tier hotels by Marriott, Hyatt, etc.

We returned to the front desk and the attendant showed much concern. She presented us with two significantly better options. They were higher priced rooms, but offered them to us at our original rate. This was a fine gesture on her part and we appreciated it! However, these rooms still suffered from age and could benefit from some sprucing up! The other room we reserved for family members was somewhat more updated and functioned better.

We will give high marks to both the breakfast food and atmosphere in the garden. Nice variety for breakfast with a number of unique, “homemade” treats. Garden area was very green and private. Great area for relaxation.

While not a beach property, the Upham’s location was within easy walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Maybe a mile or so to to get to the sand.

Overall, we were very pleased with the staff. Management needs to invest in room amenities and upgrades so the Upham can shine on all levels! Best of luck!

Afternoon tea
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious delightful afternoon tea. This historic house offers a beautiful serene atmosphere to enjoy an afternoon with tasty little sandwiches, teas, appetizers and sweet treats. The tea choices presented on a menu. A relaxing way to enjoy catching up with the ladies.

Elegance with character
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary at the Upham Hotel while my wife commiserated it. I’m just joking (!) as the Upham made it very memorable for the two of us by assigning us the best room ... Cottage #28 (photo included) by the open grass courtyard and gazebo. It was nirvana and decadence all in one package.

The pictures of the hotel on the website don’t do the property justice, as the hotel structures are in excellent condition and the grounds were abloom with flowers (photo included). The reviewers that claim the property is in disrepair must have been hallucinating or having another issue.

The daily breakfast was all you could ask for in a delightful setting, as well as the complimentary wine and lemonade in the afternoon. But the best refreshment was the Oreo cookies provided in the evening. We even skipped desserts at the wonderful restaurants we greatly enjoyed (the to-die-for Bouchon only two blocks away and delightful Louie’s Bistro conveniently co-located in the oldest Upham building).

Parking was not an issue, and we discovered the Upham has a free overflow lot for the weekends.

To top it all off, we were greeted with chilled champagne in our room with an anniversary card from the Upham staff wishing us a special day. The Upham definitely delivered on this wish with grand hospitality, attentive service and elegance with character. I can’t imagine a better hotel to stay at in Santa Barbara.

A Hidden Gem
Reviewed 2 months ago

Initially, we were looking at other hotels from the Four Seasons to Belmond El Encanto to the Hotel Californian. In the end, we opted for the Upham Hotel primarily due to its close proximity to a wedding we were to attend at Villa & Vines, a 5 minute stroll away.

We flew into LA from Honolulu and took the scenic drive to Santa Barbara. Along the way, we called the Upham Hotel to see if an early check in would be possible as requested when we booked several weeks prior. We were greeted with, "Your room is ready soon as you arrive." Nice.

The Master Suite with a Jacuzzi & king bed was just right for our Fri early check in and Sunday morning check out. There were only 2 of us and we had ample space. The sitting table and lounge chairs were just fine for a relaxing time in our own private courtyard. Yes, this suite comes with your own private courtyard.

This suite was a short stroll to the main house where coffee, tea, juice, unsweetened fresh lemon flavored water is served in the mornings. Breakfast was a variety of pastries, quiche, toast, fruits, oatmeal, yogurt, cheese etc. I especially enjoyed reading the printed versions of the WSJ, NYT and local papers each morning. Wine & cheese is served from 4-7 pm. Oreo cookies and milk start at 7:30 pm to get you ready for bed. For other food options, the Public Market is a 3 minute walk and you'll find a variety of great food, drinks and sweet treats to satisfy any sweet tooth. There are other delightful places to eat and drink in close proximity as well.

Overall, our room was clean. It came with bath robes, bath amenities, refrigerator, coffee maker, organic coffee, coffee cups, glasses including wine glasses, comfortable king bed, clean air conditioner and good sized closet, iron, ironing board, flash lights, hair dryer, USB/HDMI ports. It did not have an in-room safe. There was no problem with plumbing or lack of hot water for showering/bathing as noted in other reviews. Probably because this room has updated bath facilities.

Parking was not ever an issue for us. Bare in mind that parking spaces in the Upham facility are quite tight. Street parking is available but have designated times for parking.

The walls are thin but if they could talk. The Upham Hotel is a historical property- built by Abraham Lincoln's cousin, Amasa Lincoln back in the 1870's. This was the other draw to stay at the Upham. The grounds are well kept and we found the staff to be very accommodating, friendly and helpful.

This is the first time we've stayed in a "BnB" hotel. For us, the Master Suite was the room of choice and the Upham is worth a return visit.