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“Clean, Quiet, Relaxing” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Marina Beach Motel
Ranked #14 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Encinitas, CA
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244 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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“Clean, Quiet, Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

Great location for a girls weekend getaway. Just a short few blocks walk from the train station through a beautiful neighborhood. You always wonder if the photos of a place online will accurately portray it. This quaint motel lives up...possibly surpasses it's online image. Just a block back from the beach, you can't beat the location. The rooms were larger than expected with really nice quality linens. Many rooms have kitchenettes. There are no dishes in the rooms, but the staff will provide a full bin of pots, pans, flatware, etc. if you request it. We had plenty of room to hang out as a group, either in our room or in the beautiful courtyard. It was an added bonus to have bicycles available to use at no charge to enjoy the bike path along the water. Beautiful weekend at a wonderful motel.

Room Tip: Room 20 is the largest room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

Stayed here in May 2011 for the weekend at $149.00 a night. Room had a small kitchenette.

The pros:
Great location- 1 block from the beach
Free beach cruiser rentals- great for the beach path.
Great continental breakfast- very well done with lots of choices
Motor lodge style- park right outside your front door
Clean- inside and out
Comfortable bed!
Price
Nice staff
Dog friendly

The cons:
Room is small
Shower is tiny tiny tiny!
Bikes need a little better upkeep! Check the tire pressure before you head out!
Dog friendly- I'm a dog person but I don't really want to sleep in a bed that someone else's dog was in. Hotels are gross enough without adding dogs to the mix!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

A very charming motel conveniently located near the beach in Santa Barbara. Only minutes from great shopping and restaurants. Personally, prefer it over the "big" hotels. Parking right in front of your room. Comfortable rooms which are kept immaculate. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Nice assortment on the breakfast buffet. Only disappointment was the size of the bathroom. Very small shower and only a tiny, little shelf on which to put toiletries. Mattress on bed was very comfortable. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Marina del Rey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

Even cuter than the picture. It's very conveniently located near beach. Easy parking right outside your room. Very dog-friendly. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Full size refrigerator in a full kitchen. Fruit and drinks are always out. The breakfast had a nice assortment of cereals, breads, juices and coffee. Nicely set up outdoor seating area to meet with friends. I wish this were a chain.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

Stayed here with for almost a week, couldn't have had a better experience. Service was friendly, room and bathroom were clean and spacious, no problems to report. Love that this place is also dog friendly!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Marina Beach Motel
Address: 21 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3802
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Santa Barbara
#9 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price range (per night): $214 - $215
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned since 1976, Marina Beach Motel is located in the heart of Santa Barbara's harbor, wharf, and beach district. At only 37 steps from the beach, Marina Beach Motel is the ideal spot for couples, families and the occasional lone traveler to immerse themselves in the beauty and leisure of Santa Barbara. At Marina Beach Motel, we understand the importance of providing excellent amenities at an affordable price. We focus our efforts on catering to the needs of the customer while striving for a high level of satisfaction, making us one of the best places to stay in Santa Barbara. Our dedicated, family-owned business promises to become one of your favorite vacation spots in California. ... more   less 
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