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The Inn at East Beach

Santa Barbara, CA, US (SBA)

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The Inn at East Beach
1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA US 93103


Make yourself at home in one of the 33 guestrooms, featuring kitchens. Conveniences include refrigerators and coffee/tea makers.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and bicycles to rent. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access and tour/ticket assistance.

Business, Other Amenities
The front desk is staffed during limited hours. Free parking is available onsite.

  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Patio
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 849 reviews
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 23-05-2016
Reasonably priced properties in Santa Barbara are few and far between, I took a chance and booked a room at the Inn. The complex is perfectly situated right behind the Hyatt (and away from the major thoroughfare noise) and one block to the beach. A trolley runs up and down the street next to the ocean and up to the downtown area. For .50 each way, this is the way to travel to the harbor or downtown. The rooms are clean and the decor is a version of art deco. It looks like some updating has ... Read more
from San Diego
Submitted on 27-05-2016
I regret that I have not written reviews for my previous 2 stays here. Whenever I cone here or drive through SB, this is where I stay. It is a cute, clean, friendly place near the beach. It has free parking, wifi, a nice breakfast and very good coffee. Each time have stayed here, the staff are friendly and helpful. It can be noisy sometimes, but we ask for a quiet area in the hotel. The top floor rooms are usually quieter than the 1st floor, and on the outskirts is better. Thanks for anothe... Read more
Submitted on 02-06-2016
We were mistaken about the time for breakfast and showed up 30 minutes late. I walked to the door of the kitchen and saw lots of muffins and dry cereal. However, the young woman who apparently works behind the desk immediately came out of the kitchen and closed the door in my face. I asked if there was any more breakfast and she said, "No". So I asked if we could just have 2 muffins and she said that they were 'for the girls' who I assumed to be the maid staff. As we were paying guests askin... Read more
Submitted on 04-06-2016
The hotel was really close to a very nice beach and park. About 1 mile away from State st., so a close walk (if you like to walk). The breakfast was good, but I wish they provided some gluten free options other than fruit, and yoghurt. The only downside is that there is no AC. Front desk suggested that we open the door and place the fan in front to generate cool air. I added that would also probably let in every mosquito in SB, but she thought it was too cold for mosquitos... I found and killed ... Read more
from Florida
Submitted on 04-06-2016
Very well positioned motel, a short walk to beach and restaurants. Rooms are a good size and are comfortable. There is a refreshing pool and a pool terrace. A continental breakfast is included. The staff are very helpful and friendly. They recommended good restaurants and even gave us coupons to help with the cost. We would definitely come back if we were in Santa Barbara.
Submitted on 08-06-2016
This is a great little hotel, slightly away from the town, it will take you 20-30 mins to walk up to the main harbour and street, but it's a nice little walk, which you can do in the surf. Hotel has everything you need, and provides a decent breakfast. Coffee in the room is a little tasteless, but then we have found that in all hotels we have stayed at in the US. The coffee in reception is great!!! Pool is lovely, hidden away from the wind. Staff were great, most friendly welcome we have had... Read more
from Cupertino, California
Submitted on 11-06-2016
I cannot say enough good things about the hotel, their owners and the breakfast they serve with so much love. The rooms have a pleasant beachy decor that is easy on the eyes. I loved the bamboo trees near my room patio. The owners are very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was the best thing... artisan croissants, muffins, boiled eggs, coffee, yogurt.... the spread was delicious. The location was great, the price was just right. Enjoyed my stay very much... and my kids still remember the own... Read more
from London
Submitted on 11-06-2016
We spent two nights and couldn't be happier. The welcome from the owners was fantastic, we had seen the hotel on a third party app on our drive over and they matched the price. The breakfast provided was great, one of the best provided breakfasts on our trip. It's ideally located to access the beach, with some handy beach items available to borrow / hire. It's a little further into town, but provides a nice beachside stroll to get you going
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 14-06-2016
This hotel is well located near the beach, the rooms are clean, and the receptionist is very friendly. Unfortunately these are the only good things I have to say about the place. This is by far the hotel with the worst sound insulation I have ever stayed in. You will hear every cough and fart your neighbour makes, and the clonking from the water pipes in the morning is astonishing. Might as well be staying in a shed...really noisy!!! Oh and the 'breakfast' is a joke - some pastries, cereal and c... Read more
from Leeds, United Kingdom
Submitted on 27-06-2016
A friendly welcome, a clean and stylish room and a good breakfast. This accommodation is centred on different levels around a pool which looked very inviting but we didn't use it, only because we were busy going into town or visiting the beach. There are plenty of tables & chairs scattered around outside where you can eat breakfast but if the weather is a bit cool then your only alternative is taking the tray to your room. Collecting your breakfast is a bit of a juggling act as there is a lack o... Read more
from Longmont, Colorado
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Cute hotel right behind the Hyatt. Steps from east beach Frank and Kamal were so friendly and accommodating. Breakfast was just right, continental but with a large assortment of fruit, pastries etc. Bike rental on-site. A short drive to the wharf, shopping and wine and beer tasting rooms.
from Chicago, Illinois
Submitted on 09-07-2016
This is a very nice affordable place one block from the beach. Room was very nice and had a cottage feel to it. The room also had a cottage smell, not a bad thing, but we did air the place out by keeping the door open.
from Cottage Grove, Oregon
Submitted on 09-07-2016
I pre-booked and paid for three nights at this hotel about six months in advance of my stay for my daughter's graduation from UCSB. The pros: - good location - rooms very clean - free parking - nice toiletries The cons - horrible acoustics. You hear EVERYTHING - horrible Wi-Fi. We all ended up using our data rather than their erratic Wi-Fi. - flimsy louver style bathroom doors that provide zero privacy to the person using the restroom - no AC Although I had paid for three nights (nonrefunda... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 09-07-2016
Stayed here for one night as we drove from LA to San Fran . Terrible managers ,the rooms are tired 80,s style the shower did not work ,straw floor in the bathroom not Tiled. The chair at the desk looked like it belonged in a opp shop , they have rules for everything think you are in a concentration camp. Steer well clear of this place .
from Sarpsborg, Norway
Submitted on 09-07-2016
We (family of four) stayed at the Inn for three nights. We enjoyed our stay, being upgraded to a suite the last two nights was a pleasant surprise. The staff was very helpful (Mr Santana quite the joker) and we loved the breakfast which had something for everyone. The soundproofing could be better, but we weren't bothered by it. The location was good, close to the beach and just a short drive to State str. One can also walk along the shore - very nice in the evening.
from Bury, United Kingdom
Submitted on 20-07-2016
We arrived a little before the stated check in time of 3pm but that wasn't a problem and the receptionist, who was providing temporary cover was friendly and helpful and assisted us carrying our luggage to the room. The room was reasonably comfortable and we didn't have any noise or WiFi issues as others have reported. After a pleasant stroll along the beach towards the pier, we found a local store and had a pleasant "picnic" in the room whilst watching some US TV, that was an interesting exp... Read more
from Santa Cruz, California, United States
Submitted on 22-07-2016
Second time here and it's a little less exciting this time because privacy was more important. The doors on the bathrooms are slatted so you can hear everything. We also had an upper room and it was warm and stayed warm (July). But the owners are so generous and kind, the breakfast is good and the outdoor setting is pretty sweet (not sweet awesome, sweet kind). I would stay here again but probably not with someone who doesn't want to hear me poop. It's getting a little run down and they are pr... Read more
Submitted on 22-07-2016
Nice place close to the beach with a VERY friendly staff! Exceptionally good complementary breakfast and coffee is available until 7 PM. The walk to the Stearns wharf is about 2 km, but they rent out bikes. There are not many restaurants in the area, but the State Street is full of options. Taxi ride around $15-20.
from Arlington Heights, Illinois
Submitted on 24-07-2016
For the price in Santa Barbara, this cute inn offers a lot! My husband and I stayed here for two nights and could walk to the beach, take a short $0.50 trolley to Funk Zone (wine tasting area) and State Street for restaurants and shopping. Frank, the owner, was super friendly and has many tips about where to go. The girl at the front desk offered us free beach towels and beach chairs we borrowed. Bikes are also offered for a fee. The free breakfast was a nice touch! Rooms don't have air conditio... Read more
Submitted on 25-07-2016
Let me start by saying that the service and staff WAS EXCELLENT! The entire place was clean with a retro flare. The room was great with one BIG exception...NO AIR CONDITIONING?? Who would have known when we made the reservation??? I did go back and check the website after our visit and nowhere does it mention that the rooms are without air conditioning. Now granted, most times of the year you may not likely need air conditioning in beautiful Santa Barbara. Unfortunately this week you absolutel... Read more
from Frederiksberg, Denmark
Submitted on 30-07-2016
As a stop on the way from San Francisco to LA, we stayed for two days at Inn At East Beach. And it was a great place for the price with a nice and clean room and pool just proceeded to the door. At the same time, the hotel is a few meters from the beach. Very friendly and helpful staff. There is an extremely delicious and welcoming breakfast included in the price and free parking. Very cozy area with a boardwalk to the harbor, where there are some very delicious restaurants. The hotel can be rec... Read more
from Derby, United Kingdom
Submitted on 10-08-2016
Stayed just for one night on our journey to San Francisco. From the moment we arrived Frank made us feel incredibly welcome. Rooms were clean and spacious and it's well located just across from the beach. All in all, it was superb place for us to stay on our road trip .. A huge thank you to Frank and all the staff.
from Orange, California
Submitted on 13-08-2016
We had four different rooms at this motel with a huge variety in ages. The location is fabulous! So close to beach. Walking distance to Stearns Wharf. Trader Joe's down the street to get food items. A pool for the children to enjoy. Outside seating areas to relax. Frank and Linda are wonderful hosts. Very personable and helpful and patient. The continental breakfast is decent. But after four days, I needed something different. You must go into this motel, knowing that it is an "older" motel, bu... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-08-2016
Very chillax and plenty of other families on fly drive. Laundry room a bonus. Brekkie good plus free parking - very good value. Stayed for 2 nights around fiesta time. Bonus free loan of beach gear and brolly.
Submitted on 28-08-2016
Stayed here with my 16 year old daughter, 12 year old son and husband. It did what it said on the tin and more. We stopped here for one night on our way to San Francisco. Great base to explore Santa Barbara the receptionist recommend a place to eat which was great. You get free teas, coffee and hot chocolate and there are a wide range of teas. You get pool towels that you can take to the beach. There is also a nice little pool and free parking. We get a free breakfast (rare in the USA). They als... Read more
from Harwell, United Kingdom
Submitted on 30-08-2016
Frank was an excellent host who is always around the place if you have any issues. The rooms were large and well appointed. The breakfast was lovely with a great choice. Car park behind the hotel was fine. Swimming pool was clean and great to cool off in after a long day. You can access the beach front in 5 mins by walking through the car park of the hotel opposite..
from Harpenden, United Kingdom
Submitted on 30-08-2016
Clean, comfortable place to stay for a few nights, located 1 block from the beach, beach chairs & matts provided which was welcome & unexpected. The pool is small but clean and safe and there is a laundry room on site which was useful and reasonably priced. Free wifi which worked well & TV so we could watch the olympics. Frank was an interesting host, providing a running commentry at breakfast which was included. The Inn is close to the beach but a long walk into Santa Barbara, unfortunately ... Read more
from Huntington Beach, California
Submitted on 30-08-2016
We traveled/stayed in Santa Barbara to attend a family gathering. Inn At The Beach proved to be a very convenient location and a good value compared to the other places to stay around East Beach. The pool area can become a little noisy,especially when one has the windows open because there is no AC. I was a little concerned that there was no AC, but being so close to the ocean it wasn't necessary. It is an older property, but it is well maintained, clean and has many upgrades. Our room was qui... Read more
from Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Submitted on 08-09-2016
Great spacious rooms. As requested we had rooms next door to each other. Our room even had a little private patio, perfect for enjoying the buffet breakfast! Frank was a great host, full of local knowledge. Kids enjoyed the pool which was empty most of the time. Lovely location for the beach and the zoo.
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 12-09-2016
Nice place and much more affordable compared to the costly Hyatt across the street. The beach is a short two blocks over and you can actually see the ocean from some of the higher level rooms. They have beach towels, chairs, toys, and umbrellas available and a heated pool on the property which were all nice unexpected amenities. Breakfast was included and there was an array of freshly baked local pastries, local gourmet coffee, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, fresh fruit, and a few other things. T... Read more
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 14-09-2016
The location of this Inn is good situated behind a larger hotel and just 2 blocks off of the beach. The room, however, I thought was just awful and certainly not worth the $380/night I paid for it. Throughout the room were signs of filth including cob webs along the ceiling above the sink area and tons of bugs in the ceiling light in the toilet area. In addition, there was a carpet-like floor covering in the toilet/shower room.....I don't need to describe how unsanitary that is. In addition,... Read more
from Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Submitted on 17-09-2016
We had this room booked by our US colleagues for a conference in Santa Barbara. I use Trip advisor a lot and was a little weary of some of the reviews, so was hesitant about the experience I was going to have here. We were checked in by Frank, the owner, and given our room keys. We were pretty tired after a very long journey from the UK the day before. Check in was a doddle, and Frank was really helpful, providing local information and even coupons which were greatly received. We went to our ... Read more
from Rossville, United States
Submitted on 18-09-2016
We had 4 rooms for 5 days on September 7-12, 2016. Each room was unique and met our needs. We had 15 people staying there and we used the pool, beach amenities, and had breakfast a few times. The staff was amazing and the walk to the beach was right there. Cute mom and pop hotel.
Submitted on 24-09-2016
Location of this place is really good. There is no air conditioning. The room was like an oven. We went down to the manager to complain,nothing he could do says the owners won't pay to install aircon. We had fans on and the ceiling fan. Room was ok. You could here your neighbours next door. Breakfast was ok. Staff were nice and friendly.
from Saint Louis, Missouri
Submitted on 26-09-2016
In all of East Beach you can hear a steady hum from traffic on Hwy 101 and an occasional horn from Amtrak trains, but within East Beach, this inn's location is unbeatable -- on a quiet street just a block away from the beach. The staff is outstanding: friendly and competent. Komal at the front desk was especially helpful. For the price, I found the lodging itself plenty comfortable, but if you insist on a well-cooled room, you will likely find it too warm in hot weather months. Continental b... Read more
from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Submitted on 02-10-2016
My wife and I started out 10th anniversary in San Francisco and headed down 1 and 101, it was late by the time we got around Santa Barbara, due to traffic and fires we were behind schedule. We tried getting a hotel room only to be denied for some reason, on to the next place, my wife went in and she was denied, both reasons were not due to lack of rooms, so we went to our phones and found Franks place, he was about to close but he told us to stop by, what a great personality and he treated us ... Read more
from St. George, Utah
Submitted on 04-10-2016
This location is ideal for getting to the beach or the zoo. The hotel rooms are nestled around the pool and are terraced for an interesting view. The room was cozy and modern. We were given a bunch of great local coupons upon arrival. One downside: no air conditioning. The back windows faced the freeway so I had to close those due noise. The ceiling fan seemed to cool it down okay. Great little find! Owner operated and they were so friendly!
from Galway
Submitted on 04-10-2016
We really enjoyed our stay, lovely hotel lovely host, in Frank. Only negative is the location. It's miles - literally - from any restaurants or bars or things to see. There is bike hire but it's $40 for a day. We rented but still think the price was steep. Lovely place but only suitable if you're driving everywhere
Submitted on 07-10-2016
This lodge-type place is easy to find if you travel by car and there's a lot of room to park your car in the inner yard. By foot you reach the beach quickly but have to take a few steps to the centrum. Not anything too challenging though. The host was one of the friendliest I've ever ran into, which says a lot. They give you a great set of maps and discount tickets when you check in. The room was tidy and comfy considering the price - there's no air condition but the fans worked quite well. They... Read more
from Bellingham, Washington
Submitted on 13-10-2016
The staff here is SO nice. They're incredibly accommodating, and the rooms are beautiful. It's a great little spot right by the water, and it's the perfect location. The walls are a little thin, but aside from that, we had an amazing stay. Thank you so much!
from Osaka, Japan
Submitted on 21-10-2016
THE RECEPTION Arriving at the Inn, I was immediately taken by the cool retro 1960s/70s motel look, with the courtyard pool and outdoor furniture. Looked a bit like the set from the TV series "Joey." I immediately felt "I'm in California." Then, a very friendly and helpful welcome by the lovely Kamal (girl who runs the desk during the day). She gave me all kinds of information about Santa Barbara, maps, and a bunch of free drink and discount coupons. THE ROOM Then, I went to my room. Room was... Read more
from Appleton, United States
Submitted on 23-10-2016
This is a pre-visit review - There are many choices in SB and, for us, this is our choice based on the reply comments from the management team. So impressive and important! Will definitely let you know how the stay goes but with the attention given to past reviews, I have no doubt the reviews will be great! Karen C, staying 10/26-27
from Victoria, Minnesota
Submitted on 27-10-2016
Found this last minute location that was reasonable. Went in with low expectations as the prices of the surrounding hotels were much higher. Was extremely impressed with the customer service and fantastic friendliness of the staff. The hosts and staff are definitely working to make certain you have a great and enjoyable time. Would gladly come back again. The continental breakfast is locally sourced and definitely fits the need of any foodie... local roasted coffee, local baked goods.. gr... Read more
from Leigh-on-Sea
Submitted on 01-11-2016
Arrived at the Inn At East Beach and was welcomed by the manager Frank, what a guy. We were told loads of information about the area and we were given maps, discount vouchers. Our room was clean and big. Breakfast was amazing, Frank offers 16 different teas, coffee, chocolate., cerials, loads of different bagels, breads etc. Fruit and his famous hard boiled 'turtle' eggs. Nothing is too much trouble for Frank and all his staff. Can't wait to return.
from Los Angeles, California
Submitted on 16-11-2016
From the first welcome by Frank, I knew I would be going back some day. Frank, the manager, welcomed me and my family, as if we were his own. He told us all about the local area and what to see. The hotel was nice, super clean. The room had a frig, but no microwave. The beds were not super firm (which I found to be great). This is a great hotel for families on a budget. Yes, everything is not brand new, but it is oh so very functional. We had a pool right outside our door. There are beac... Read more
from vancouver
Submitted on 19-11-2016
We checked in very late and retrieved the key in the lock box as instructed - Magic! Directions to the lock box, onsite parking and to our room was as described. The room was spacious and there were earplugs provided as we were on the ground floor with a neighbour above. Earplugs are the answer to a wood framed bldg. The next morning, we met FRANK and he did not disappoint. Informative, helpful, relaxed but runs a top notch crew and hotel. The breakfast is included and there is a huge varie... Read more
from Springfield, Massachusetts
Submitted on 21-11-2016
Clean, comfortable, updated hotel with fireplace in room. Super friendly staff and a generous continental breakfast provided, coffee available all day in lobby. If you are a beach lover, it is located 1 block from the ocean, easy walk on bike trail to Stearns Wharf. If you're looking for restaurants and nightlife, you may need a car or taxi to the main street area as the shuttle service ends at 6:00 PM. Overall, a nice hotel at a decent price.
from Essex, United Kingdom
Submitted on 22-11-2016
The hotel was very nice, clean the bed was nice and towels and sheets white. The breakfast was good, you sit outside to eat so if busy you could wait for a table, but worth the wait. Not many places to get something to eat unless you got into the car.