Best Western Beachside Inn

Santa Barbara, California Coast

The hotel

Most choose Best Western Beachside Inn for its location: just across the road from the beach and Santa Barbara Harbour, and a stroll from Stearns Wharf, with its seafood restaurants and boat trips. But it’s got more than a good address. It comes with little treats to make your stay in Santa Barbara both easy and comfy – like the complimentary WiFi and Continental breakfasts each morning, to the microwave and fridge in your room. Then there’s the swimming pool: hidden away in a courtyard-style setting, it has an intimate feel and Mediterranean styling that make it an utterly relaxing spot. But, if you prefer to do your swimming in the ocean, there are several stunning beaches just a short stroll away.

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach

Where is it

Seconds from the beach and Santa Barbara Harbor, both just over the road, the hotel’s only half a mile from Stearns Wharf, with its ocean view seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, sea life centre, and boat trips. There are other beaches within walking distance, and Santa Barbara Zoo is less than 2 miles away. Self-parking available $3 a night plus tax (payable locally, subject to change). Transfer time to airport: 1 hour 47 min.

Hotel information

60 rooms and suites. All with balcony, cable TV with premium channels, complimentary WiFi, clock radio, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron and board. Queen Poolside Rooms have a pool view with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.
King Bed with Harbour View Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.2 Queens with Harbour View Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping max 4 adults.King Bed with Park View Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.King Bed with Queen Sofa Bed Rooms have 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size sofa bed, sleeping max 2 adults and 2 children.Queen with Living Room Rooms have 1 queen-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.2 Queen Beds with Park View Rooms have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping max 4 adults.

Lobby breakfast area (with complimentary deluxe Continental breakfast and a microwave available). Heated outdoor swimming pool. Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour Front desk. Activity desk. Dry cleaning*. Safety deposit box.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing - expensive motel

Jul 15, 2019 agould72

We were upgraded to a suite by our travel agent due to an error and we were disappointed, it was small, dark, cramped, and it really was just an expensive motel. I didn't feel comfortable leaving things in my room as you were all lined up outside like a cheap motel and it didn't seem secure. The pool area was dirty, although we didn't get to use… Read more
We were upgraded to a suite by our travel agent due to an error and we were disappointed, it was small, dark, cramped, and it really was just an expensive motel. I didn't feel comfortable leaving things in my room as you were all lined up outside like a cheap motel and it didn't seem secure. The pool area was dirty, although we didn't get to use it as they closed it for a whole day, seems a bit of a joke, they did not inform us of this at check in either or offer anything to make up for it. It was an OK stay, the location makes this the most appealing as it is right across from the beach, but they should not sell the room we stayed in as a suite! Bonus was £5 parking a night, although they didn't inform us of this at check in and there are no signs to say so we could have kicked up a fight and not paid! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Right across from the beach!

Jul 3, 2019 Compass02585854515

The location is excellent as you cross the street and you’re at the beach! It’s a short walk to the pier and a quick drive to the zoo! The hotel is nicely appointed my only real complaint was that the carpets needed cleaning and the internet was spotty at times. They have a nice pool area that we enjoyed, the water was warm enough to walk right… Read more
The location is excellent as you cross the street and you’re at the beach! It’s a short walk to the pier and a quick drive to the zoo! The hotel is nicely appointed my only real complaint was that the carpets needed cleaning and the internet was spotty at times. They have a nice pool area that we enjoyed, the water was warm enough to walk right in! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating overpriced and underwhelmed

Jul 2, 2019 kathip2017 Sonoma, California

While the location is excellent and staff were very helpful and professional, the room was tiny, stuffy and the AC was non functioning. I reported the AC malfunction. The staff person came to check it and then left to report. Later called to tell me the compressor was out and nothing could be done. While my second floor room was accessible via an… Read more
While the location is excellent and staff were very helpful and professional, the room was tiny, stuffy and the AC was non functioning. I reported the AC malfunction. The staff person came to check it and then left to report. Later called to tell me the compressor was out and nothing could be done. While my second floor room was accessible via an elevator, there were three steps and a short walk to my actual room, which meant schlepping items from the courtesy cart to the room. My parking space was quite a distance from the main entrance, and the blacktop was in bad repair causing some of my items to fall and spill. The ramp to the elevator backs down to the street, so the courtesy cart could potentially push one back into the street and oncoming traffic. I get that Santa Barbara is some pricy real estate, but the room was over 200 dollars which seems outrageous. Read less
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Jun 30, 2019 Journey05798870415

I was very comfortable at Best Western Beachside Inn, excellent staff service, great continental breakfast, rooms are very clean. I was happy. I surely recommended to anyone. Next time I'm in Santa Barbara I will check in with them again.
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Jun 19, 2019 512li Alpharetta, Georgia

I would return any day and recommend highly. Excellent hotel with fantastic location. Clean and superb service. Staff were very polite and helpful. This hotel is right by the ocean. Very convenient to the harbor and pier.