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BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Inn & Suites
Ranked #13 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Los Angeles, CA
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“Surprisingly good value for this town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

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.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2012

We stayed at the Encina Lodge while visiting Sansum Clinic. The lodge is just across the street from the clinic and Cottage Hospital. Very clean, we went without reservations and they had the accomodations for us. They also have a discount if you are visiting the clinic. The Cottage Cafe in the lobby of the hospital is a wonderful place to eat, very healthy and reasonable. Our room was very clean and we ask for a room off the street and got a ground floor room just off the spa.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

This hotel has so much to offer! The suites have kitchenettes,there is a beautiful pool and the spa is located in a quiet location. The rooms have been recently renovated and everything is very clean. We will definately return!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

This Lodge is surprising wonderful. They have a great pool and spa. The rooms are spacious and clean. We had a double Queen room. The internet is very fast. We had 3 people in our room and the bathroom was large enough to accommodate all of us. There is a separate large area with a sink separate from the also large toilet and shower area. The closet space and hangers they provided were ample. It was quiet as well. Even the restaurant on site was delicious and the service was great. We had breakfast there each morning. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. They even printed out directions for some hikes we wanted to take in the area. The only downside is that it is a little far from the action and beach. But it is a lovely residential area and we had a car, so it was a non-issue. In fact, we liked that is was a lot quieter than the hotels down by the beach.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012 via mobile

Loved this hotel. Even though it is an older property, the rooms and grounds were immaculate. Suite had lots of room to spread out and a nice deck overlooking the pool. The bed was comfortable and bedroom was quiet. Could hear some noise from neighbors through living room wall late at night, though. State street shops and Stearns Wharf, SB Mission & Courthouse are all a close drive. Will be going back to BW Encina next time we are in SB.




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Property: BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Inn & Suites
Address: 2220 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105-4322 (Formerly Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites)
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
#14 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#20 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price range (per night): $248 - $448
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Inn & Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 121
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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