Harbor View Inn

Santa Barbara, California

Virgin rating

The hotel

You’ll feel relaxed as soon as you walk through the door of the Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara. Once the friendly staff have welcomed you to their Spanish villa-style retreat, it’s time to really chill out. Head to the oceanfront heated pool where you can relax with a cocktail, or the beach is just over the road if you prefer the ocean waves. Speaking of just over the road, Stearns Wharf is there, which is the oldest working wood wharf in California, and it offers restaurants, shops and even a small aquarium!

Amenities

  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Beach

Where is it

Centrally located across from West Beach and Stearns Wharf, in Santa Barbara. In easy walking distance of local shops and restaurants.

Hotel information

149 rooms and suites on 3 floors in 3 buildings. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV, Keurig coffee maker, mini-bar*, safe, iron and ironing board, bathrobes and hairdryer.

Resort/City View Rooms are located in the south or west wings, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

North Wing City Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Ocean View Rooms are located in the south or west wings of the hotel, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Pool bar (serving drinks and light bites, seasonal hours).

Outdoor oceanfront swimming pol and jacuzzi. Fitness centre.

Complimentary WiFi access. 24-hour reception. Gift shop/convenience store. Self-parking $32 plus tax per night (payable locally, fee subject to change - parking limited to one space per room).

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beachfront Hotel

May 22, 2024 Die_Reisenden_Worms Worms

The Harbor View Inn is right at the beachfront next to the Santa Barbara wharf. The hotel is rather large, we stayed in a seaview room on the 3rd floor in the south building which was very nice, with a balcony towards the beach and open space to the roof ceiling. Despite that the windows did not provide much noise protection, it was surprisingly… Read more
The Harbor View Inn is right at the beachfront next to the Santa Barbara wharf. The hotel is rather large, we stayed in a seaview room on the 3rd floor in the south building which was very nice, with a balcony towards the beach and open space to the roof ceiling. Despite that the windows did not provide much noise protection, it was surprisingly quiet at night (although we stayed over the weekend). The hotel has a nice small pool area, which we however did not use, because it was simply too cold. Be aware that Santa Barbara is often foggy and cool in springtime due to the cold Pacific Ocean! The hotel offers outdoor parking space, however, this we found quite expensive (30+$ per diem), especially seeing that at least at that time of the year there is a lot of free parking nearby. With the high price of the hotel, we would have expected the parking fee to be included. The other small down-side is breakfast, as the hotel does not offer any, and the cafe next door is so highly frequented that in 3 days we did not manage to go there. There are two other places nearby but they are so-so. The hotel offers the opportunity to book on-line in the cafe via wifi from the room and then pick-up but we did not tried this. There are a lot of nice restaurants nearby in walking distance, and a bike rental around the corner. But most of the time it was just enjoyable to sit on our small private balcony and look at the sea. Read less
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May 10, 2024 jenonmaui Wailuku, Hawaii

We had a great experience at the Harbor View Inn last week. We stayed for a 4 day weekend and enjoyed the hotel and location! We stayed in the south wing, it was clean, the staff were polite and welcomed us back every time we came and went. The room was spacious, bed was comfortable and the shower was fabulous! We had a nice long lanai with a view… Read more
We had a great experience at the Harbor View Inn last week. We stayed for a 4 day weekend and enjoyed the hotel and location! We stayed in the south wing, it was clean, the staff were polite and welcomed us back every time we came and went. The room was spacious, bed was comfortable and the shower was fabulous! We had a nice long lanai with a view of the water. There was private parking and noticed that the attendant checked to make sure those parking had passes (as spaces were limited) which we appreciated. Staff were friendly and helpful. The pool was heated and towels were available at the pool. Our rooms were cleaned daily and cleaned well. Thank you! The only downside is that there is poor cell service in the rooms; was able to log into the hotel WiFi which did help. The gift shop has minimal offerings and we really wanted to purchase waters and sodas and were sent to a vending machine which wasn’t convenient. Lastly, they only supply you with 2 regular coffee k cups so we did have to call for more k cups and more coffee cups but they brought them right up as it was before housekeeping was open. Would 100% return to this hotel and tell our friends! We enjoyed our experience 😀 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best place we’ve stayed this whole trip. From San Diego to half moon bay 👍 this has all the ambience you could hope for

May 9, 2024 jlumpkin123

If you want clean updated room with small town feel plus fireplace and best coffees in town next door you found it. I’d stay here every time I could. Staff were all so accommodating. Glad we found this jewel in this small harbor town called half moon bay. Overlooking the harbor was icing on the cake!!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best location in town!

May 7, 2024 April A

The hotel is fantastic. It's not fancy but it's clean, cute remodeled rooms. Best part is prices, best location in town! There's not a restaurant on property but there's the cutest breakfast spot next store called Jeanine's. Breakfest was expensive but it was so good!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceeds Expectations

May 7, 2024 Mario M Pasadena, California

This was our first visit to the Harbor View Inn and it was exceptional. We had a room with a view of the harbor and a balcony. The room was spacious, immaculate and well appointed. The bed was comfortable. Another plus is the hotel’s location next to State Street. The shops and restaurants were within walking distance. This will be our… Read more
This was our first visit to the Harbor View Inn and it was exceptional. We had a room with a view of the harbor and a balcony. The room was spacious, immaculate and well appointed. The bed was comfortable. Another plus is the hotel’s location next to State Street. The shops and restaurants were within walking distance. This will be our default hotel every time we will visit Santa Barbara. Read less