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, take in the beach views and maybe drop by Spa Beaumontia for a treatment or dip in the Jacuzzi. If you want to get out and explore, Stearns Wharf is just across the road, and there are some great restaurants a short walk away.

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, Santa Barbara. In easy walking distance of local shops and restaurants.

Hotel information

115 rooms on 3 floors in 3 buildings. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar*, safe, iron and board, bathrobes and hairdryer. Resort/City View Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Ocean View Rooms and Ocean View Suites with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

  • Free Nights: Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 for stays completed between 1 Jan–23 May '22 and 12 Sep'22–31 Mar '23.

    Any applicable offers havebeen calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Offer only valid on Saturday to Thursday stays. 

Pool bar (serving lunch and drinks, seasonal). Outdoor heated swimming pool. Jacuzzi. Fitness centre. Spa* with sauna and Jacuzzi. Room service*. Gift shop. Business centre. Self-parking $25 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (862)
  • Very good (550)
  • Average (139)
  • Poor (59)
  • Terrible (64)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic

Aug 11, 2022 James L Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Great service - the staff are very accommodating and go the whole mile with customer service. The pool is brilliant - perfect size, comfortable loungers and a great rock n roll soundtrack. The location of the hotel is right off State Street, so you are in the middle of everything. We loved our stay here.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely hotel in a great location

Aug 6, 2022 frnbella3 hockley

Spent 2 nights at the harbor view Inn. The rooms are a good standard and apcous with nice amenities- L’Oocitane. Very good location next to State street and next to a great Cafe. Should have stayed longer than the 2 nights I had booked here. Nice pool area, they just need to keep an eye on replenishing the pool towels
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing hotel, location.

Aug 3, 2022 lilacnoor

We had an awesome stay here in July 2022. The room was very spacious and extremely clean. All the furniture was brand new. The bed was very comfy. The shower was huge. But the icing on the cake was the location. It’s literally across the street from the Wharf and steps away from State Street (restaurants, shops, etc). I cannot imagine a better… Read more
We had an awesome stay here in July 2022. The room was very spacious and extremely clean. All the furniture was brand new. The bed was very comfy. The shower was huge. But the icing on the cake was the location. It’s literally across the street from the Wharf and steps away from State Street (restaurants, shops, etc). I cannot imagine a better location in SB for tourists. We walked to everything and did not move our car until we were ready to head to LA. The only reason I cannot give this hotel 5 stars is because of the poor customer service. We were originally suppose to travel here in June 2020 but canceled because of covid. This was during the time that most of CA was under lockdown, so every other hotel on our 2 week road trip itinerary refunded our money or gave us a credit - with the except of this hotel. Moreover, when we checked out the employees were incredibly rude because we didn’t know that we had to return the key cards. Obviously we turned them when they told us, but there was no need for attitude! Not a great last impression Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrible front desk staff and manager

Aug 2, 2022 J6437TDjuliab

We stayed at this hotel for my sisters bachelorette and made the reservations for all of the rooms. My sister and I had reserved the suite while everyone else in our party had a standard room. Whoever was helping check us in marked each room on the reservation sheets and specifically noted which room was the suite. So naturally we went to the room… Read more
We stayed at this hotel for my sisters bachelorette and made the reservations for all of the rooms. My sister and I had reserved the suite while everyone else in our party had a standard room. Whoever was helping check us in marked each room on the reservation sheets and specifically noted which room was the suite. So naturally we went to the room that we were told was the suite. We later find out this in fact wasn’t the suite and instead our other friends were in that room. After an hour or two of unpacking and decorating, we had to take everything down and pack everything up and move rooms (late at night after our planned dinner). The room was no longer fresh as the other people in our party had showered and laid in the bed and gotten ready for our dinner there. I called the front desk and asked to speak with someone about how we can remedy this situation. I was told I was speaking to a manager but have since found out this was not in fact the manager who was too busy at the moment to help me. (One of the other girls in our party happened to be at the front desk when this happened so we have confirmation of this). Whoever I spoke to told me we would have the first night of our stay in the suite discounted for the inconvenience, which I found very generous and appreciated them trying to right the mistake they made. We would have be fine with a slight or half discount even. But of course, after check out, we notice we were charged for both nights and only 1 night of parking was discounted ($32). I called them today to ask what had happened and spoke to someone who claimed to be the manager and said he remembered speaking to me and that he had only offered a discount on parking. We went back and forth on this as this was not my recollection of the events until it was clear he was unwilling to do anything else about this situation. $32 dollars off for sending us to the wrong room on my sisters bachelorette and they didn’t even go tidy the room or bring fresh towels. Will never suggest anyone stays at this hotel if they want adequate hospitality. They are poorly managed and it wasn’t even that nice or worth the cost. Would have way rather paid more for Hotel Californian than get the service we did for an out dated suit with puke green walls. Wildly disappointing experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location very comfortable

Jul 29, 2022 Bordersmike Earlston, United Kingdom

We stayed en famille on a road trip up the west coast. Santa Barbara has its own special feel to it and well worth the visit, it will linger long in the memory bank. The hotel has seriously good views in a fantastic location. The outdoor pool is great and the breakfast particularly noteworthy. One small gripe was the lack of additional beds for… Read more
We stayed en famille on a road trip up the west coast. Santa Barbara has its own special feel to it and well worth the visit, it will linger long in the memory bank. The hotel has seriously good views in a fantastic location. The outdoor pool is great and the breakfast particularly noteworthy. One small gripe was the lack of additional beds for kids- a booking for 2 means just that, despite the rooms being more than big enough. A little bit pricey but really good. Read less