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
The hotel does not have air conditioning
Parking on site
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Classic roadside motel reborn as an econo-luxe sleep with a small pool, just one block from Santa Barbara’s best beach
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).