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 Great Hospitality, Accomodations and Breakfast

Sep 17, 2019 dancI8674GP Succasunna, New Jersey

Thank you Harvey for everything. I stayed here to visit with my brother who works at the college in town. It's right on the marina. Close to everything. Beds were more comfortable than the 5 star Beverly Hills hotel I stated in the next night. Breakfast was great. Cant wait to visit again.
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Sep 15, 2019 Maria H CA

Hotels by the harbor side but still close to state street. Bed was comfortable, bathroom was nice and clean. Parking is free. We parked the car and were able to walk around town, the harbor, and wharf. Plenty of places to have meals. Our room was on the ground floor facing the harbor so you can hear people talking as the walk by.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very disappointed

Sep 14, 2019 Rachel P Phoenix, Arizona

Many issues with this hotel. The pictures are very misleading. We booked a king bed harbor view. Checked in and went up to our room, we were given two queens and the view is BARELY of the harbor. Not at all like the photos on the website that make you believe you can see water just right outside your window. I’d say there’s only one possible room… Read more
Many issues with this hotel. The pictures are very misleading. We booked a king bed harbor view. Checked in and went up to our room, we were given two queens and the view is BARELY of the harbor. Not at all like the photos on the website that make you believe you can see water just right outside your window. I’d say there’s only one possible room in the hotel that MAY get that view, but even then I doubt it. The hotel is too far off to the side of the harbor to be true harbor view. You can see the water off to the gat corner of your room window, the rest of your view is of the street below. We immediately called down and stated our room has 2 queens and we booked a king. Was told that the 2 queens is considered an upgrade. What? We’re a married couple, we booked a king bed room, tell me how two queens is an upgrade? And nothing can be done about it. The room itself is ok, the beds are comfortable that’s the only reason for two stars. So we turn in for the night around 9:30pm. Our room phone rings at 11pm and it’s the front desk manager. Apparently at Checkin they ran our card for payment but not to hold for any liability. In my sleeping state I muttered “okay....can we deal with this in the MORNING? Cuz we’re asleep!” And the manager HUNG UP ON ME. Didn’t even say another word. How rude and unprofessional to call at 11pm at night for THEIR mistake? I’m not going back down for that in the middle of the night. Breakfast ran out of everything and took a while to be restocked. We will never stay here again. Paid extra to have the “harborview” of the street basically, extra to include the breakfast that was just ok, and middle of the night wake up calls. I’m very upset for the amount we paid for this crap hole of a hotel and awful employees running it. The hotel down the street is offering a two bedroom SUITE for $50 less than we paid for this hotel tonight. Wish we could get our money back. Would NOT recommend this hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Would not recommend

Sep 6, 2019 retxab Kidderminster, United Kingdom

Stayed here one night after a long day on the road, arrived late evening approx 10pm. Just wanted to go straight to bed. Arrived at our room, got changed, went in to bathroom to have a wash and clean teeth to find mouldy shower curtain, mouldy tiles grout and the fake wood panelling peeling off. We then pulled the sheets back to find the sheets… Read more
Stayed here one night after a long day on the road, arrived late evening approx 10pm. Just wanted to go straight to bed. Arrived at our room, got changed, went in to bathroom to have a wash and clean teeth to find mouldy shower curtain, mouldy tiles grout and the fake wood panelling peeling off. We then pulled the sheets back to find the sheets had not been changed, you could see where the previous person had lay, the sheets were even darker over the area, it was disgusting. We were so exhausted and it was now coming up to 11pm that we just had to lie on the other sides of the beds. We did not have the energy to go down to reception and move room. The pictures on the website look so inviting but are so misleading. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beachside Inn for Comfortable Stay and near to the Sea beach

Sep 5, 2019 Uday Kumar H Kolkata (Calcutta), India

My son booked the hotel for two nights (from 31 August to 2 September 2019) from San Francisco. We started from San Jose by Amtrak and reached Santa Barbara in the afternoon. Hiring a taxi we reached with 3 or 4 minutes to the hotel. The reception allotted two consecutive rooms for six members. It is nice hotel very near from the sea beach Each… Read more
My son booked the hotel for two nights (from 31 August to 2 September 2019) from San Francisco. We started from San Jose by Amtrak and reached Santa Barbara in the afternoon. Hiring a taxi we reached with 3 or 4 minutes to the hotel. The reception allotted two consecutive rooms for six members. It is nice hotel very near from the sea beach Each room has following facilities (1) WiFi free (2) Flat-screen TV with cable channels, (3) DVD-Player, (4) Bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. (5) The rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. (6) Complimentary Breakfast (7) Free private parking Hotel Beachside Inn is practically on the sea beach; after crossing the road, it is at little distance. We went to board in “CondorExpress” for Whale Watching” walking only. I must mention that I walk slowly and always with walking stick. After taking breakfast we started and boarded with 10 minutes. In my opinion the persons in reception behaved modestly and answered queries with patient. The Seaside Aquarium, Seaside Civic Convention Center, Seaside Carousel Mall are at walking distances. It is wiser to book online. Read less