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The Upham Hotel

1404 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3027
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#17 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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A Victorian treasure in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Upham Hotel is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Santa Barbara, Southern California. Constructed of redwood with sweeping verandas, the 50-room 1871 landmark is surrounded by an acre of gardens and combines the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the convenience of a full-service hotel and conference facility.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Laura S wrote a review Yesterday
San Francisco, California16 contributions3 helpful votes
The hotel is lovely, the grounds are charming, the location is superb. But our room was plain with oddly mismatched furniture, all quite worn looking. For this price, we'd expect more historic charm (or authenticity) in the room.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
edna wrote a review 19 Oct
Los Angeles, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
We stayed in one of the cottages. The picture on the website looks very nice we arrived the cottage smells very old the sofas carpet and chair is very distressed. I sent even hang by clothes inside the closet and can’t sit in the couch. The linen and pillow is very poor quality.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Pay a little extra and stay somewhere else
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dahlia8 wrote a review 2 Oct
Los Angeles, California901 contributions248 helpful votes
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when we pulled into the Upham parking lot. There weren’t any signs for lobby/check in. We meandered through the property. It was a nice meander. Grassy areas, cottages, Adirondack chairs, rose bushes and a gazebo. When we did find check in we were offered a glass of wine. Check in was easy. Bill the manager was welcoming and funny! Paying more, I booked a room with a fireplace. We were in one of the cottages. Our room didn’t feel like we were in a hotel, it felt like a room at home. Cozy and charming. The fireplace was a nice touch. There are many areas to sit in the garden or in the lobby. Really lovely property. The only issue we had was parking. We booked on a very busy weekend. We have a larger SUV and we were afraid we wouldn’t find parking if we went out. We ended up taking ride shares instead of moving our car. I believe there’s parking on the street though but don’t let this sway you from staying because the Upham is a unique and wonderful place to stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SF Foodie wrote a review 1 Oct
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Very personal and unique place. Service is great, room is comfortable with an outdoor area in all rooms. Very relaxing, walking distance to State Street with all the action and activities. Only complaint is their parking lot is very tight in space and once you go in and can't find parking, it will take you a long time to backup to get out or the turn around. Offer extra parking on Friday and Saturday and that helps a great deal.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Luxury7785 wrote a review Sep 2021
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
The Upham is a beautiful property. We enjoyed the gardens and the good location. However I question their integrity. Our room was not what we expected. We were on the first floor. Next to us was the noisy parking lot and the trash area. So the trash trucks come very early in the morning. That might not have been so bad but the kitchen staff empties the trash at 10:00 at night. Then there are the guests that are above you at 12:00 am . I asked for a room change but the hotel was booked. Why do they even book that room?…..even staff members we spoke with regarding that specific room….remarked that room has had multiple complaints regarding noise issues’
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Do not stay in the Lincoln Building.
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Response from William Bradford, General Manager at The Upham Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us and providing feedback regarding your stay. We apologize for the noise situation and regret that those disturbances took away from your experience. We will continue to seek alternatives to help eliminate the outside noise interference and we hope you will consider trying us out again in the future so you can perhaps have a better experience away from those interruptions. Safe travels and stay healthy!
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USD 243 - USD 366 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Upham Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Upham Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Granada Theatre (0.4 km), Arlington Theatre (0.3 km), and Ensemble Theatre Company (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Upham Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Upham Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Upham Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Upham Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bouchon, Arigato Sushi, and Jane.
Does The Upham Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Upham Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Upham Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.7 km), Casa del Herrero (6.8 km), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (1.6 km).