When visiting Santa Barbara we've always stayed at one of two favorite places closer to State Street, but our choices were limited when we decided to make a last-minute one-night reservation for Memorial Day weekend, so we made a reservation here based on generally good reviews on this site. Our room was a little dated (as noted by others here), but it was very clean, comfortable, well-maintained, and quiet. We were also pleasantly surprised to find a full kitchen in our unit even though we'd only reserved a standard King room -- if this is important to you be sure to confirm it when you make your reservation. The front desk personnel and the staff in the on-site restaurant (where we had breakfast before checking out) were pleasant and reasonably efficient. We didn't use the pool but it looked well-maintained.
Stearns Wharf is a short drive or cab ride away; note that parking near the waterfront can be sporty on busy weekends. The upper end of State Street is an even shorter ride from the hotel, and even walkable if you're in reasonable shape and not in a hurry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on a quiet residential street lined with turn-of-the-century homes, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites in Santa Barbara offers all the amenities of a small luxury hotel with the charm of a bed and breakfast inn. Relax by the garden pool, enjoy the aviary, book a massage, or simply unwind on your own private patio or balcony. Ideal for extended stays or family vacations, Encina Lodge offers a variety of accommodations, including guest rooms, suites, and apartments. Quilted bedding and floral accents lend the rooms their quaint country charm. Many of the units have full kitchens; plus Las Aves Café is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with room service available.Located in midtown, the hotel is adjacent to Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic and Cottage Hospital, and is just minutes from historic downtown, the Red-Tile Walking Tour, Mission Santa Barbara, golf courses, beaches, wineries, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Plus Encina Hotel Santa Barbara
- Best Western Encina Hotel
- Best Western Santa Barbara
- Santa Barbara Best Western