BEST WESTERN Hotel Beachside Inn,  Santa Barbara

4.0/5  - based on 850 guest reviews.
336 W Cabrillo Boulevard, 93101-3855, Santa Barbara, United States - See map
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Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn, perfectly located just across the street and a few minutes walking distance from the harbor, pier and beaches of Santa Barbara. From our fantastic location, you can also enjoy a beautiful walk to "downtown" Santa Barbara, and experience all our world class dining and shopping. The beachfront/downtown electric shuttle is also available at our front door, if you're planning to have one of your lazy days while visiting. Don't worry, we won't tell anyone, promise. Our 60 room hotel will be sure to offer you the quaint charm, which represents Santa Barbara's essence, but all modern conveniences are available within the property. From very hi-speed Internet to a wonderful continental breakfast and a fabulous staff, we're all confident you will have a memorable visit here in Santa Barbara. We look forward to welcoming every one of you to our wonderful little escape by the sea in beautiful Santa Barbara. Welcome to Best Western. Enjoy your stay.

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  • 1
    « rude staff and not truthful »

    we are Best Western Rewards members and try to use Best Western when travelling. Usually they are at least pleasant and provide fair service. After checking the website for this hotel and learning they had pet friendly rooms, and vacancies, we decided to stay here while in Santa Barbara. when we drove up to the lobby, exhausted after an all day drive, the first thing we were told, very rudely, was to move our car. Apparently it isn't permitted to park your car while you check inn. The officiuos you woman told us the police parked there. Why the police would need a parking spot in front of the lobby wasn't explained but it didn't sound encouraging. My husband expressed annoyance at being subject to this treatment before we had even checked in. then we tried to check in and were told the hotel wasn't dog friendly! this in spite of the fact the web site advertised dog friendly rooms. We weren't travelling with a pair of wolves. Just a pair of well behaved poodles. We are a respectable older couple who were rudely turned away from this hotel by an untruthful and rude front desk employee. we are glad, because we ended up staying at a much nicer place for the same price. If you are travelling with a car or a pet, steer clear of this place. What little we saw of it wasn't that appealing. Looked a bit like a tarted up motel 6. Actually, Motel 6 is probably nicer.

    5
    « Great management, very good buffet breakfast, across the street from the beach shot walk to the Harbor »

    The room was very clean, good pillows, comfortable Bed, lovely large towels, and my husband loved the double shower head , looking for one to buy! Poolside, room was small but ok for the price. Santa Barbara is one of the loveliest cities in California, should not be missed

    3
    « Convenient but Noisy Location »

    Rooms are spacious. Staff was courteous. Free breakfast had a good variety even for vegetarians. The location is convenient to highway. That should make a traveler ready for highway or road noise. The advantage is that there is a public park across the street where people can walk, stretch, etc.

    3
    « Nice location »

    We stayed two nights in room 307, liked the top floor room with a balcony (sadly no seating on balcony) with a view of the park across the street and slight view of the harbor also. Property features a small heated pool in the center courtyard, with plenty of chaises, seating and towels available for guests poolside. The breakfast area can get very cozy in the hotel lobby, best to get in early grab a couple of goodies to go.

    4
    « Hotel by the beach »

    Location-wise this hotel is perfect. With a coffee to go from the lobby you can walk over to two beaches. Right around the corner is a bar frequented by students since from the side rooms you look over the baseball field where the college team prepares for their games :) The rooms are nice and clean and the breakfast is tasty as well. In the afternoon there are cookies and you can get coffee and tea all day long. The only negative part is that they don't rent bikes. This would make me give 5 stars-

    5
    « lovely inexpensive motel »

    excellent location, right on beech,and short walk to high street or transit system,50 cents.anywhere nice safe area,and clean motel staff very friendly and helpful, breakfast good nice easy place to stay.

    3
    « What you would expect from a BW: Good 2 star hotel »

    Excellent location for the pier, harbour and beachside. Walking distance to State street which is the main drag for food, bars. If the other end of State suggest a taxi/uber at least a couple of miles; we walked back to the hotel. Room was clean, normal issues for hotels with the remote needed squeezed to get it to work properly. More a peeve, but the bathroom extractor fan made a droning sound in the room, so that stayed switched off while sleeping. Breakfast was included in the booking however the breakfast room was tiny and ourselves as most others were moaning about its size. The fan in the

    4
    « Pleasantly surprised »

    The Beachside Inn was in such a perfect location. Right across from the beach. The staff was friendly. Check in was easy. Night staff was awesome. Harvey the manager was great. He made sure we were happy with our accommodations. The room was clean. The bed was comfortable. The pillows were just okay. They had a good breakfast that was included with our stay. There was eggs, bacon, potatoes, toast, yogurt and cereal and more. We will stay again.

    3
    « great location, great staff but very overpriced for room and facilities »

    my partner and I arrived in santa Barbara on a Saturday evening. we had been on a road trip and arrived tired and this hotel had been recommended to us by family for its location. the family members had stayed 2weeks before hand and had paid around £150 per night. granted it may have been a week day. we were charged £296. okay it was a Saturday, but really????? we had planned an evening out so we stayed. now ive stayed in many best westerns in the usa, the 1 on sunset strip L.A is fantastic and you don't mind paying theses prices for the luxury and comfort and location. but the location of this property is the only thing it has going for the price it charges. the rooms were clean granted, but very basic. the pool area clean but basic. the breakfast was basic and was served in the reception area, which infact was very busy due to local workmen eating. the staff were very friendly, attentive and could not fault check in- check out. I just think that this maybe could change its name from bw to motel 6 or travel lodge, as could the bw in bishop. too many hotels using this bw are making me wary of what you are going to receive room wise for the price. would only recommend this room to friends who knew they are staying mid week, and tell them to check out the prices first.

    3
    « Good location, friendly staff »

    Pros: 1. Good location. It's right across the street from the harbor and beach. 2. Free breakfast. Nothing fancy but it's one less hassle at 6am. 3. Decent size room if you're traveling with pets. 4. Rain shower. 5. Several covered parking spots. 6. Microwave and mini frig. Cons: 1. No king size bed for pet friendly rooms. 2. Parking is not free. 3. No waffle maker. 4. Lobby isn't open 24hr. It's nice to be able my kid somewhere at 5 am so he doesn't wake up mommy.

  • 4
    « Near the Water »

    Our room was next to the pool. It was small but clean and comfortable. We had trouble with our key and the staff who had to help us several time were very pleasant The breakfast room was small but the food was above average. There was parking in the back which was nice. There was noise during the day but none at night.

    4
    « Perfect location »

    We found this Best Western by chance following a long drive from Monterey and were very happy with the standard. A nice pool, easy, free parking onsite, clean room, and a nice breakfast included. The hotel is also right over the road from the beach, and the pier with some nice restaurants is about a 10 minute walk.

    3
    « vacation stay »

    Was not made aware of the extent of construction going on or that it was directly under the first assigned room. second room given was nice but we did not have the view that we had initially asked and paid for. Had no water on arrival and was unable to use toilet after a long drive. Location was very good for walking to many attractions. could have been a better experience.

    3
    « Overpriced for the room »

    The staff was wonderful and the location was amazing. There were great places to walk the dog, even at night. The room was shabby and felt like being in a dungeon of sorts. It was located at the back of the hotel between the pool and the parking lot. I would expect this of a pet designated room which was fine. The problem we had was that they charged $100 more for the Friday and Saturday night included in our 5 day stay.

    2
    « Huge disappointment »

    Lack of value for the money we paid!! Having been to Santa Barbara years ago we were really looking forward to our return visit, this experience just showed us how your accomadation affects your holiday mood. It was clean but very tired, there was nothing about the place that would wish you to stay longer, in fact if we had not prepaid we would not have stayed. I did question with reception the huge difference in the cost in booking through an online site and booking with the hotel directly. During our trip we stayed in far better hotels for the dollars we spent here!!!!

    3
    « View of a homeless encampment »

    When I booked a pet friendly room I thought I was getting an ocean view and found the price reasonable. When I arrived I was told pet friendly rooms only had park views. We fell asleep with the balcony doors open onto the park. At around 6:30 am there was a lot of noise coming from the park. During the night the park had turned into a homeless encampment and they were now serving breakfast to a long line of the downtrodden. I appreciate the good works of those who were helping the down and out but this is not where I wanted to spend my weekend getaway.

    5
    « Great Location, Excellent Staff »

    We stopped here in Santa Barbara for the night on our way to Palm Springs. We wanted a place close to the beach. You really can't get any closer than this place. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. The employees working there were great. They welcomed us with helpful information, aswell as warm cookies and refreshing cucumber water! We were able to take a leisurely sunset walk down to the pier but ended up eating at a wonderful Italian restaurant just next door to this hotel. You must try the local McConnells ice cream for your end of day treat. Great breakfast. Quickest checkout ever and then onto our final destination. We would definitely stop here again.

    4
    « Friendly Service »

    Every single employee we encountered went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. We would love to come back once their renovation is over. Great value and great location. The bedroom was comfortable with a great balcony overlooking the harbor.

    4
    « Everything about this hotel is good except the cramped breakfast area »

    Excellent location, comfortable room and bed, good service. A pity that they feel the need to charge guests for parking, and the breakfast room is very cramped, otherwise we would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel.

    5
    « A night with "Dolly" »

    My best friend & I were looking for a get away-even though we both live within a 100 miles of Santa Barbara. Dolly Parton appearing at the Santa Barbara Bowl was the perfect excuse. So we decided to make it extra nice and stay at one of our Favorites -Best Western Beachside-reasonable price wise, clean and courteous staff. Dolly's show was ,of course, "the best" and our relaxing stay at Beachside made it all great.

  • 4
    « great value »

    Very convenient location - easy walking distance to downtown and also beach and pier. Clean, comfortable room on second floor and there is an elevator. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great - hot buffet with many choices. Would definitely stay again.

    5
    « Santa Barbara Escape »

    A great afternoon-the pool was perfect, staff called early for a cab for us-we didn't miss our concert, and the room was quiet-a good nights rest!!! And lazy morning-all a good break for a couple of full time caregivers!!!

    3
    « Comfortable. »

    Easy to find, parking for free in hotel carpark. It's obvious that the hotel has been there many many years by the general style and layout. But it's fairly well maintained. We had a room overlooking the Harbour which was nice. It was noisy though - not from the road but you hear every little noise from your neighbours and the plumbing sounds are pretty intrusive all through the night. Comfortable bed and the service and breakfast were good.

    2
    « Under Construction unbelieveably noisy »

    We were in room 217. Right under our room they started jackhammering or drilling or something at 9:00 am both days we were there. When we got back to our room at 2:00 pm it was still going, there was no airconditioning and the manager was not helpful at all. This is definitely not the best Best Western we have been in either. It was overpriced to begin with because they are on the beach and the room wasn't overly clean either. The only good thing is that we were able to walk down to the pier or take the shuttle downtown.

    4
    « Great Location, Wonderful Staff, Good Value »

    Santa Barbara is relatively expensive, but the Best Western offered great value in close to an ideal location. The staff was very welcoming and friendly and the room felt spacious and had a comfortable bed and great air conditioning. We stayed 4 nights and were able to walk virtally everywhere. It was a great place for a needed vacation.

    2
    « Disapointed »

    I normally love best westerns. This place was a little over priced anyway but the AC for the facility was down and had been for a while. It was 98 degrees out side and 90 in our room. We were miserable. They did give us $60 off on our room but we didn't sleep anyway. The staff was very nice but make sure their AC is working before you book

    5
    « My Stay »

    Hade a awesome time. Room was very clean service was excellent. Hotel personnel were outstanding. Location was great right next to the beach. Everything was in walking distance. Would love to stay again

    5
    « A real gem »

    This hotel is being nicely renovated. The standard of the room décor and facilities are great. Very stylish, lovely crisp white bed linen, super showers room. Refurb is currently underway but we were not disturbed by any dust or noise. The workmen are courteous and the staff here are very welcoming and helpful. Lovely pool, although we didn't really get time to use it and it does seem to be in shade for most part of the day. Good location, close to end of the beach with a flat walk towards the pier and tourist info. Nice breakfast. Nominal fee for on site parking. Would stay here again with out hesitation.

    4
    « Highway 1 Heaven »

    Travelling from San Francisco to Santa Monica this was an overnight and we were not disappointed. The Beachside hotel was in an excellent location and as suggested in the name it is exactly that beachside !! Quiet, comfortable, clean and perfect location for travelling Highway 1.

    3
    « Good location but out dated. »

    Good location across from the beach but found this hotel out dated. Room was very spacious but in need of a paint job. Lobby where breakfast is served is small but food was good. Felt price was a little high for the condition of this Best Western but I guess you pay for the location.

  • 3
    « Poor room temperature »

    You could not control the air conditioning. You could only set it at one temperature, not hot / cold.The thermostat only went down to 70 and the ac did not work very well. If the outside temperature was below 70, the room still did not cool off. There was no circulation even with the windows open. At night, the room was hot and stuffy and made for three miserable nights of sleeping. I would not stay here again.

    5
    « Lovely views of the sea and palm trees from our balcony »

    This is a great hotel, very centrally located to the beach and a short walk to the town. The hotel was undergoing some refurbishment however this didn't impact our stay. The pool was clean and provided free towels. The room had a fridge and a balcony which offered views of the beach. The beach is lovely and the children were able to hire paddle boards for a couple of hours which they enjoyed. There is a complimentary hot breakfast and pastries which was great although limited seating availability but nevertheless still great.

    4
    « Labor Day Weekend »

    We stayed on Fri and Sunday for Labor Day weekend. Everything seemed to be updated/remodeled. The rooms were clean and so were the hotel grounds. The staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. My husband and I would stay here again.

    4
    « Perfect location for us and great value for money. »

    A tad noisy due to renovations and the lift was out of order, but perfect for somewhere to put your head down for the night. What a beautiful town, the food at Toma just down the street is the best I have experienced in California in the last 10 days of travel

    5
    « A fine hotel! »

    Excellent location on beach with friendly and professional staff. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with whisper quiet AC and a novel compartmentalised bathroom set up that works well. The inclusive breakfasts were amongst the best. Not the cheapest, but a good compromise between price and quality. Really enjoyed our four nights in this well-run hotel.

    5
    « Waterfront Sweet Spot »

    Nice location in Santa Barbara where one can stroll the boulevard along the waterfront. Plenty of parking, nice reception, good continental breakfast in the lobby, great little courtyard pool and clean, well-appointed rooms. The room was small, but cozy and comfortable and we particularly enjoyed the balcony and the fresh air coming in. We didn't have a waterfront view since we were traveling with our pet and the pet-friendly rooms are located on the side of the building overlooking the park across the street. But it was a nice view and we had a comfortable stay.

    4
    « Love Santa Barbara »

    Conveniently located hotel, can't ask for more with a view of the ocean. Everything was within walking distance and I loved all that I got to see! i do plan on returning back with my husband. I highly recommend staying at this hotel.

    4
    « It's all about the staff »

    Sytlalli (apolgies if mis-spelt) burned our eyeballs with a 1000watt smile upon arrival. Then she kidnapped one of our daughters under the pretence of showing her the room. Our daughters still site her as their favourite part of a 3 week road trip. She is wasted at this well-located hotel.

    4
    « Modern room for a quick stopover »

    The room was a little small, but it had been recently been modernised and was very clean. The only downside of the room was the unpleasant smell coming from the drains in the bathroom. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The hotel was in a good position for exploring Santa Barbara. Breakfast was a little chaotic as the space is quite small, however the food was good, plentiful and there was a very good range of breakfast foods available.

    4
    « Great Location Overlooking the Harbor »

    This is a solid choice and consistent with Best Western standards. It's not upscale, but it's clean and comfortable. We elected to pay a bit more for a room on the second floor with a harbor view and balcony - very nice. Lots of dining and activity options within walking distance. You're likely to pay over $300/night for this kind of arrangement, but for our enjoyable weekend getaway, it was acceptable. A hot breakfast was included.

  • 3
    « Overpriced, questionable attitude to the environment »

    We stayed here for two nights en route to San Francisco. Considering the very high prices, the hotel appears fairly shabby in terms of paintwork. The room was OK but unspectacular, with the exception of the very comfortable bed. However, in the light of California's severe drought, it was irritating that, although a sign specifically advised guests to leave towels hanging on the rail if they didn't want them changed (which we duly did as we didn't), when we returned to the room we found a complete set of new towels and toiletries, although the others had hardly been touched. This was very poor and disappointing. The breakfast was poor quality, made even less appealing by the shockingly wasteful use of paper plates and bowls and plastic cutlery. Saving on staff costs is apparently more important than the environment. Large chains like these would do well to change some of their more destructive policies. The staff members were friendly and courteous.

    4
    « Great location in fun Santa Barbara »

    Stayed one night (wish we could have stayed longer!). Great location, just a few steps from West Beach. Comfortable beds. Good breakfast. Only thing we did not like was the price; we booked short notice during the Spanish Days festival....

    4
    « Weekend Getaway »

    Booked at the Best Western Beachside for a overnight getaway for some wine and golf over the last weekend. Found the hotel on the site as a place with easy beach access and in the price we were looking for. I was a perfect spot for us as it was close to the Funk Zone and beach and had a great view of the harbor and the pier. Room was clean and there was a nice breakfast available before we headed to I the links. Nothing fancy, but the area has plenty to offer and this was a great spot to relax after a day in Santa Barbara

    5
    « GREAT HOTEL »

    We had a great experience at this hotel. It is in a great location with a friendly knowledgeable staff. the room was comfortable and we slept great. We will definently be staying here again and I will be letting everyone know that it is a great place.

    4
    « Perfect location for a mellow beach vacation »

    When you're at a gorgeous seaside town as Santa Barbara, hoping to enjoy the beach and water sports, you don't want to commute in and out of the boulevard strip. You want to wake up, smell the surf and walk out onto the beach whenever you like. This hotel offers just that. Great ocean facing rooms, good parking, everything you need within walking distance. It costs a few dollars extra, but for the real Californian beach experience, a location like this one is indispensable. It is well kept, clean and the staff is nice.

    4
    « great location »

    Clean, quiet rooms. Nice view of harbour. Walking distance to everywhere . . . beach and downtown. Staff are pleasant and helpful. Balcony off room with table and chairs great to have. A nice touch for breakfast.

    3
    « hotel average »

    this hotel is not really good but not bad, just across of the beach, the breakfast is poor but the check in was quickly, at the lobby yo can pick up bottle of water almost all day and is very good locate

    4
    « Fishing with my grandson »

    Excellent location across from the marina. Helpful and professional staff were very accommodating, pointing out sites to see & places to eat. The room was clean, quiet and everything from the hair drier to the mini-frig worked as was expected.

    3
    « expensive stay for what it is »

    overcharged for the given quality, quite old building and small swimming pool not working elevator breakfast room to small, and limited choice, always coffee in the plastic cubs. How many more waste to create like that ??

    4
    « Nice resort near the beach »

    We had a harbor view room on the 2nd fl. We just stayed at BW in San Simeon so this was a bit less in comfort, amenities, and overall quality. We don't like the quality of food at free breakfast hotels but BW-SB was better than Choice Hotels where we are Diamond Members.

  • 5
    « Excellent location and very nice helpful staff »

    Excellent location. Paid $270 for a 1 bed, on the 3rd floor. No balcony. A wet room, no bath. Good hairdryer and makeup remover wipes in room. Very good breakfast, comfy clean bed and the staff were very nice and helpful. Downside was the lift was out of order (which we were told when booking), Feathered bird's outside the bedroom was so noisey, kept us awake most of the night (not hotel fault i will say) And the carpet was wet and there was a floor fan drying it out.

    4
    « Can't beat the location »

    This Best Western is right across the marina and about half a mile walk to the pier. On the Saturday that we were here, there were many vendors along the grassy part near the beach selling artwork, jewelry, furniture, hats and all sorts of knick knacks. There were ample parking for $3 at this facility. The rooms were clean and freshly painted. The bed was comfortable and the pillows perfect; not too soft and not too firm. The bathroom had nice rain shower and a hand held component to make it earlier to get rinsed off. The air conditioner worked well. Even though the room was a little small. It was fine. The breakfast offering was just ok. No waffles but they did have English muffins.

    2
    « Broken Elevator and a screw in my tire. »

    Paid full price for an elevator that was working. Upon checking out, I found out there was a screw in my tire that I had to get plugged. There was construction equipment extremely close to my car. There was no compensation off the room rate because of the inconvenience of a working elevator. We were put on the 3rd floor of the hotel.

    4
    « Great Location, nice motel »

    Best Western beachside was in a great location. Nothing fancy but it was clean and the ocean was right across the street. Elevator didn't work, but they had people to help with suitcases if needed. Pool looked nice and clean but we didn't have a chance to use it. Very good hot breakfast.

    4
    « Brief stop »

    Had to book only about 6 weeks in advance which is always a bad idea for area in July. Limited choices and always costly! This Best Western is nicely located off State, near Sterns Wharf providing water front views, parking and a full breakfast, free internet with your stay. Retro feel/cute. Nice friendly staff.For a total of $400 for one night it was overpriced

    4
    « All Around Award »

    This hotel gets just about everything right. It is priced for the location, which is fantastic for the beaches and for State Street commercial access. So, I can't complain about it being a bit steep. The pool is nice and heated very comfortably. Our room on the 3rd floor had fantastic light, and it was spacious. Beds and pillows were comfortable, and the tv and Internet were good. Shower was excellent- over 6'3" high and great pressure. Everything was clean and nothing seemed dated or dank. Room was quiet all night, and the hotel was totally full. Service staff was EXCELLENT. Christian and Armand were examples of what service is all about. Even the overnight gentleman was very kind and responsive about my pre-dawn coffee request. Breakfast was good- not the best hot/cold due to a little lack of variety, but the eggs and potatoes were nicely done. Coffee was very good, too. Only reason for 4 stars and not 5 is that the elevator was out of service and there was no discount for 3rd floor, though we were offered help with our bags. We'll stay here again for sure if I can swing the price.

    4
    « Nice place »

    Very nice place to stay, right on the beach and also with a pool; super quiet and with some ocean view rooms. The staff is super friendly and at the reception there are always cookies, berry water and other treats for guests. Breakfast is served in the same room and many are the options. Not a luxurious place but perfect to stay with family. Close to State Street, the main street, and to the pier.

    2
    « Not So Nice »

    My wife and I booked a room with an ocean view to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. The room was nice, but for $547 for two nights, I was disappointed that the elevator was broken (we were on the third floor) and that the pool was closed for construction. Posting signs saying "sorry for the inconvenience" doesn't make up for the disappointment. Aside from the room, the walkways, stairwells and halls seemed a little dilapidated. Wish we had booked a nicer place for less money.

    4
    « Holidays »

    Clean ,Tidy. Helpful staff. Great location. Value for money. Nice pool area. Closed at our visit due to building work. Hotel let us have a late checkout in order to watch the football. Would fully recommend this hotel in Santa Barbara . Nice breakfast included in the price. Choice of cooked breakfast or different fruits.

    4
    « Priced right »

    Santa Barbara ain't cheap! I looked for a place to stay that was somewhat reasonable as we were staying for 3 days as my daughter checked out UCSB. This was a very acceptable hotel within walking distance of the pier. Parking is ample and the room was nice. It is across the street from a park that is home to a large number of homeless people. We woke on Mother's Day to religious singing and a group serving breakfast to a long line of homeless people. It didn't bother us but I think it's notable in a review. That being said I would stay here again.

  • 5
    « Great! »

    This is a modest, comfortable, clean hotel with helpful, cheerful staff. The room was really nice, the free breakfast options were fresh and healthy, and the location is fantastic - this hotel is within walking distance of the entire harbor and many fun, good restaurants.

    3
    « Showing its Age »

    Dated, tired Motel. Broken Elevators, pool closed on my stay, no mention of this when booking. Very nice staff, trying hard with a property badly in need of renovation. No room service. Stayed one night, will likely look elsewhere next time in Santa Barbara

    4
    « The Best Best Western Hotel I have stayed so far. »

    Best Western Beachside Inn is a very decent hotel with great service and fairly well maintained amenities. It is in walking distances to Santa Barbara Pier, the Harbor as well as State St. We enjoyed our stay in this hotel and took advantage of its location. The morning walks to the harbor with ocean breeze and the afternoon stroll on State street and the pier were memorable. The harbor view room we stayed was on second floor facing the harbor. There were barely any street noises at night because of the balcony door had minimized the noises. The room was very clean and well presented at first sight. Most of what you need for your stay is there in the room including extra blankets and pillows. Free continental breakfast and free wifi are provided. Loved the heated pool, which the hours are from 9 am to 9 pm. Although the hotel was still undergoing construction, it is in the final stage where noises are not as bothersome. We appreciated their accommodation of late check out when we requested it. Overall, you can't go wrong with this hotel. Last thing to mention, there is a $3 parking fee they charge per day.

    3
    « A run down, overpriced, well located motel w/a pool »

    It is what it is. Pros: Located a short walk from the beach, Pier and the State Street. Has a small heated pool. Pretty decent breakfast when compared to the typical motel "continental" breakfast. Cons: Overpriced Run Down Elevator didnt work Construction going on all day (this was June 2016) Note: the place is in need of some serious upgrades, so the construction could go on for a while longer. Conclusion: If you can find a better deal a few blocks away, take it.

    4
    « One Night Stand »

    We only stayed for one night. The staff was nice during check in and in the morning during breakfast. The rooms are big and we had a balcony facing the ocean (marina). You can walk everywhere. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. Had issues with the tv, but someone came right up and fixed it for us. We would definitely stay here again.

    4
    « Lovely Hotel »

    Rooms nice, very clean. Lovely bathrooms. Tea & Coffee making facilities, fridge & microwave. Staff lovely, breakfast really nice & good choices but a bit cramped as in reception area. Owner/manager really seemed to care that we had a good time. Fruit water lovely. Fantastic location near beach.

    1
    « Don't stay hete »

    Other than the pool is out ofservice during the day, the elevator doesn't work, the room service staff is horrible and the rooms are out dated, this place is ok. The staff is friendly and trying to be helpful but this place just isn't functioning well at this time.

    5
    « Great Location and friendly staff »

    We walked to this motel from the train station. The area reminded me of Miami Beach 20 years ago. This is a nice, clean motel. We were upgraded to a large room with an ocean view. Ibises and other seabirds in the trees across the street were chirping loudly and beautifully (no problem sleeping at night, however). The marina is just across the way and the pier is just down the street. We ate late and walked to a Mexican restaurant, and the area seemed to get ever seedier the later it got. But overall this was a good choice for a restful night in the heart of the Santa Barbara waterfront.

    5
    « A Gem in Santa Barbara »

    This hotel exceeded our expectations. We usually think of Best Western as a basic, clean, dependable hotel. But this one had an exceptional: location, upgraded breakfast, cheerful, and helpful staff !!

    3
    « Great location - construction noise »

    Best Western Santa Barbara - Wonderful people work at this hotel - the breakfast is average - as soon as construction is complete (very noisy during the week) it will be a great place until then ?? Beach location is awesome

  • 4
    « Good location »

    This hotel is across the street from the harbor and walking to the pier is great. You can catch the shuttle easily and tour State Street. The rooms were clean and comfortable, the bathrooms were a bit awkward.

    5
    « the best hotel »

    best hotel on santa Monica . near the beach .and the pier. beautiful view. best prices and services, breakfast fantastique, many years i come to this hotel and always pleased me . close yours eyes and reserve ,

    5
    « Nice Place and local! »

    All staff and rooms excellent, breakfast tops! Located at the beach and across from the Marina and a walk to main State Street and the famous Stern pier! Restaurants close, great for walks and bike ride and a short walk to the train station!

    5
    « ocean view loding »

    When anywhere near Santa Barbara, the Beachside Inn comes into our minds. We were at the Harris Ranch heading home and cut across to the beach to stay at the Beachside Inn. Definitely a delightful experience.

    2
    « Hurting the Brand »

    Staff and the free parking are good. except for the cleanliness of the room and the comfortable bed, the hotel needs serious overhaul. The carpets are worn and torn out. The toilet is an extremely small cubicle; a medium size person can hardly turn around. The location is a walking distance to the wharf but not "a few minutes'walk" to the State str." Breakfast ends at 10:00, which is fine, but no more scrambled eggs when we asked at 09:35. Definitely not worth the money

    2
    « Not much choice »

    If you need to stay close to the harbor, there's not a lot of quality selection. Might try a neighboring hotel, but doubt they are much better. If you can handle lumpy beds, changing water temps, finicky TV remotes, and loud people yelling down the hall, then by all means stay here.

    4
    « Great place! »

    Don't let the 2-star rating fool you. Yes, the grounds aren't as lovely as the 3-star Best Western properties in town but Beachside wins for location, location, location! On the corner of Cabrillo and Castillo (I think it was, it's a freeway exit and straight shot to Cabrillo). Right across from a lovely park on one side and across the street from the marina across Cabrillo. So, walking distance to several marina restaurants. Easy walk to the beach and the pier. The downtown shuttle stops right across the street. It goes straight to the pier if you don't want to walk, and with a transfer takes you downtown the main shopping/eating street. 50 cents a ride. The rooms are clean and come with an undercounter refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Who needs more? Beachside provides a full hot and cold breakfast that changed a bit each day and accommodated all of us with our different diets and tastes. The staff is wonderful - friendly and helpful. A small outdoor pool in the interior courtyard, so protected from breezes. The bathroom is a little small for my taste. I usually only book 3 and 4 star hotels, but all 4 of us in two rooms were very pleased with Beachside Inn.

    3
    « Ok but not Great »

    We arrived early evening and the front desk person was more than pleasant. The hotel itself is older and the pictures online don't represent what the hotel currently looks like. It's most worm down looking. There was also emergency construction happening which limited the use of the pool to evenings. Overall I'm not sure we would stay here again but the bed was comfortable and we were had a good night's sleep. It just wasn't what we anticipated.

    3
    « Good service, but thin walls »

    College visit with daughter.. enjoyed our 3 nt stay here because the location was really nice. The front desk was very helpful and kind. Breakfast was light but sufficient, and coffee good. Sadly the last 2 days they ran out of sugar & didn't replace it but probably best not to be using that stuff any way. The beds were comfortable, tea/coffee in room plentiful, but we overlooked the pool so sadly a light outside kept the room from ever really getting dark at night, but by 3rd nt I got used to it. During our stay there was a young family on one side and an infant on the other so during the night it wasn't quiet (infant cried all night). However, once they left, the last night we slept much better. It was unusually warm for April so room was stuffy, the air conditioner won't go under 70 degrees. It was nice with windows open and breeze but of course that made the infant cries louder. We never complained because really nothing could be done about the noise, just an older (well kept) hotel with thin walls. So for sound sleepers, and/or with quiet neighbors, you will totally enjoy your stay. Perhaps pick a room not around the pool.

    5
    « Coastal charm »

    From the moment I walked in I was greeted with a smile. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The room was spotless and spacious. The breakfast in the morning was a great way to get the day started. It is about a ten minute walk to Stern's Wharf, but I will take quiet over the hustle and bustle of downtown. What a pleasant stay!

  • 4
    « I love the Best Western Beachside »

    We have stayed multiple times at this hotel since my son attended SBCC the past 2 years. it was always a reasonable rate and decent quality. This time, the rate was very high, $750 for 2 nights, 2 adults because it was SBCC's graduation. The TV didn't work, the sheets were very rough like they were washed with towels. there was a lot of noise from a railing being replaced but NO OFFER of a discounted rate. Disappointing this time.

    5
    « Great Location »

    The hotel is old but is very well taken care of. The location is fantastic walking distance to many restaurants and activities. We really enjoyed the pool. Across from a park plus walking paths along the ocean. Pet friendly and a good price for a Santa Barbara hotel with this kind of location.

    4
    « Highly Recommend »

    We had an excellent experience here. We've stayed at many Best Westerns over the years. This one was one of the best we've stayed at. Located just steps from the pier and ocean. Within walking distance to town, although there is a shuttle service available.

    3
    « Worked for us! »

    Lovely hotel room with a view of the harbor. The building has been refurbished from when we were last there. It is most obvious in the rooms. Enjoyed our experience at this hotel. Could see both the sunrise and sunset from our small balcony.

    5
    « Fabulous »

    We loved this hotel the location was perfect, the rooms were spacious and clean and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The only downside was that we only stayed one night !!! Santa Barbara is a wonderful vibrant place, we are currently on a California road trip and this so far was one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you ??????

    4
    « Nice stay, great location »

    Hotel was pretty nice. The rooms were newer, bathrooms could have used some cosmetic work but they were perfectly fine to use. If you get a harbor view room the balconies look right at the water with a few trees in the way, very nice for the price. Location was perfect for walking around the harbor and wharf. If you want downtown you'll have a long walk or need to drive or bike. Breakfast was great for a free breakfast, hot eggs, sausage, bacon and potatoes plus fresh fruit! Would go back.

    3
    « Good Place, very friendly staff »

    The location is convenient, a few blocks away from state st. and the pier. The room was nice and clean and it does include continental breakfast at the lobby which was ok. The staff are really nice people and they can help you with maps and info about the city.

    4
    « Great location for the price »

    The place is clean and good value for money. We generally chose not to stay at Best Western hotels during our trip due to their bad reviews however this one got good reviews and rightly so. A great location at a decent price. Good service and satisfactory breakfast. I would recommend this to travellers on a budget.

    2
    « Room with Significant Problems »

    Non-functioning toilet, ceiling fan, bathroom light and HVAC during a heatwave. Hotel did not provide service to fix problems on the weekend. The manager was great but did not come in until Monday, the day we left.

    5
    « Great Place! »

    The Best Western Plus is THE best buy in California. We stayed at two of them as we traveled up and down the coast and they were fantastic. The price was great (I'm a Weston hotel fan), it was super clean and the food was good and people friendly. Can't ask for much more for less then $150.00 in California. 'nuff said. :)

  • 5
    « nice visit »

    great stay at this best western hotel. We were located right across from the beach, close to restaurants, shuttles and rental opportunities The continental breakfast was excellent as well as coffee offered all day and that included free water. The elevator was easily accessible

    5
    « Simply Marvelous »

    This hotel is one of the best in Santa Barbara. I have been using this site for years with regard to our Model United Nations Conference which is hosted at Santa Barbara City College...Also a lovely venue for an educational conference. The hotel is right alongside the beach and there are several restaurants on the wharf and shoreline for convenience. The breakfast served was wonderful and everyone was very cheerful who helped with

    5
    « Exceeds expectations »

    Fantastic! I expected much less for the price. Everything was great. Clean, spacious, comfortable room with nice park view. Love the mountain view out the front door also. Breakfast was superb. Even really good, strong coffee and scrambled eggs that were hot. Location perfect. Across the street to beach. Parking safe and easy. Friendly staff. I will stay here again when in SB. Santa Barbara is a wonderful place to visit. So beautiful and easy to get around.

    2
    « Best Western »

    Staff were friendly, but the hotel wasn't equipped with basics like a kettle. The bed had a hair in and shower head doesn't move so you have to always wash your hair. The hand basin is also outside the shower which is convenient. Room also smelt like bleach.

    4
    « Very impressed »

    We stayed in this hotel for a night during our stay in Santa Barbara. The hotel was very nice for its class and price. The rooms were large and modern. The hotel was very central and within easy walking distance of the wharf and old town. We would definitely recommend this hotel!

    5
    « Amazing and Wonderful »

    This hotel was amazing,wonderful,awesome. It had a pool and the rooms have a balcony. There is also a patio and free breakfast. There are cookies from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. That is 4 hours that you can get cookies. Sometimes they are left out for more than 4 hours. This is an amazing hotel that O would recommend. I loved my stay and it was worth all the money we spent.

    5
    « stayed overnight »

    Very helpful, friendly staff, offer good cookies thru most of day; had a comfortable room on first floor that we had requested. Served an excellent breakfast--about the best we have had in any motel. Staff gave us a map of city, directions to best beach, UC-Santa Barbara. We received a very good rate thru AAA.

    3
    « under expection »

    the price and the quality of room is not matched. the pipe of the bath tub is blocked and everyone cannot have shower. the lobby is too small. it is difficult to find a seat to have the breakfast though the food of breakfast is not bad. we like the potato very much.

    2
    « Stolen Item »

    At the beginning when we checked in the lady at the front desk mentioned that there was a $3 charge everyday for parking. Which is fine, but there was never any notice about that charge and when my husband mentioned that to her she simply stated "Well, that's a lot cheaper than next door, they charge $20 a day." Its not the amount that bothered him, it's the fact that we weren't told about this when we reserved our hotel. We asked for our shower to be fixed 3 different times. It never got done. Each time we talked to someone different. Then on the last day my emerald and diamond necklace went missing. When I told the front desk person "Jenn" she said that she would have a manager call me to discuss the situation. An hour later I received an email that stated I was credited $100 for the shower. I will be completing a police report about my necklace because it was very expensive and because your staff has shown me that don't care to talk to me about it. We also have pictures of all the issues with the shower that I feel people should know about before booking at your hotel. All of this would have never been brought up if the manager just called me and showed a little consideration towards me and my situation. Its apparent that your company only cares about money. We were really looking forward to coming to Santa Barbara for my birthday and my friends wedding. It's sad that we struggled to take a basic shower and my necklace is still missing.

    5
    « Would come back »

    Staff was very accommodating. They gave me an early check in and was very pleasant upon checkin. I was given a room with a balcony and view of the pier so it was a very nice. Continental breakfast had a nice variety as well. I enjoyed my stay. Walking distance to the pier and several great restaurants and shopping. Just a few miles from the popular state street.

  • 4
    « Worth Every Penny »

    We spent two nights here last week (T&W) and had a wonderful stay from the moment we arrived until we left. After reading the reviews I felt I knew what to expect having stayed in older Best Western's in the past. This blew the others away. Upon checking in the super nice rep Angie told us "You're getting our best room, 322." I instantly knew she was telling the truth from other reviews. The Good: The room was very clean, spacious, and the best view at the hotel. Room had a king bed, table with 2 chairs, a chair & ottoman, dresser, HDTV, and a large closet. Decorated nice too. Several luggage carts were available outside of the office to make taking our stuff to the room easy. The Average: The breakfast area is small and was totally full at 7:20am both mornings. They offered the usual toast, muffins, cereal, juice, coffee along with scrambled eggs, country potatoes, and bacon. These last three items would be a nice upgrade if they were cooked properly. It just fell a tad short. The Bad: The bathroom was very small and had a weird layout with the toilet behind one door and the tub/shower behind the other. Being 6'-2" tall and 260# I had to literally stand to the side of the bowl to close the door, which almost touches the fixture. That was the only way I could close the door to use the throne. Other: Only one Handicapped parking space near the elevator. Three "Registration" spaces that I never saw being used. Seems like another handicapped stall should be added. It was well worth the $170+taxes we paid. I heard from another guest it doubled the next week due to Spring Break before Easter.

    4
    « Great Location »

    The Best Western Beachside Inn is the best hotel in the area for the price and the amenities. It is walking distance from the beach and the park. The area seem to be very safe. We didn't spend much time in the room because TV Remote did not work and the room was very small and dark.

    5
    « Excellent location and great amenities »

    The best thing about this hotel is it's great location- right across the street from the harbor and just a short walk to State Street shopping/restaurants and to the Wharf. The second best thing is their staff, all friendly and helpful at check-in, at breakfast, and very welcoming every time they would see us. We opted for a poolside room so we had no view but we had no street noise either and we preferred the quiet room over a view. The room was small but well-appointed with a small table and chairs and a comfortable bed. Amenities included a small refrigerator, coffee maker and even a little microwave. The bathroom was small but with a smart design, and closet space was quite large. Breakfast was included and very good. They had fresh fruit, cereals, a variety of pre-cooked eggs, potatoes, meat and a nice selection of breads and muffins along with juice and coffee. When the fruit bowl got low I heard someone from the staff mention it, and immediately a server brought more fresh fruit from the kitchen. The staff at breakfast seemed to really care that they kept guests happy and some also chatted with guests, making it feel like a very friendly place. Another nice feature of this hotel especially given the location, is the reasonably-priced covered parking lot right at the hotel. With everything in walking distance we didn't drive our car at all. And if you don't want to walk all the way up State Street, there is a trolley that starts at the foot of the wharf and takes you up State Street for a very nominal fee. Across the street from the hotel, turn right at the harbor for very scenic view of the marina, and a number of restaurants very close to the hotel. Due to the location of the beach though, you won't see a sunset over the ocean. It is still a lovely evening stroll along the marina. We would definitely stay here again on our next visit.

    5
    « Great hotel for price! »

    We stayed here for 5 nights. It's within walking distance of State Street, right next to West Beach and the volleyball nets. The hotel is kinda old but so are a lot of other hotels in the area. The room was clean, and well kept. Breakfast was OK, the earlier the better so it's fresh. Eggs, bacon or sausage, cubed potatoes, assorted breads, cold cereals, juices... Staff was very friendly. If your looking for a practical hotel at a great location, I think you'll like it.

    4
    « Warm and friendly »

    Stopped in Santa Barbara and found this hotel when looking to somewhere to stay for the night. Good, clean family room that was spacious and with good sized beds. We were on the second floor overlooking the harbour so had good views but it was a little noisy with the room above returning home at 02.00! Breakfast was great - good sausages and scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and toast/bagels. The staff were all super friendly and helpful, giving us good recommendations for dinner and places to visit on our trip North.

    3
    « Just OK »

    If you are looking for the very basic and minimum then this is the hotel for you. If you are looking for something moderate or better, then do not stay here. This is basic at best. The hotel needs a HUGE update and upgrade.

    5
    « Another satisfied stay in Santa Barbara »

    This place is awesome!! Jasmine at the front counter is great. Upgrades me to the suite every time. The property is clean and rooms are spotless. Some of the best sleep i get on the road is at this place. Right across from the marina and streets are lined with restaurants and shops. Check out the shops and restaurants on the marina. If you get a chance stay in the suite they have on the property its like an apartment!!

    5
    « Warm pool, warm and friendly staff »

    Had several refreshing swims in the heated pool--nice and warm, perfect for relaxing. The staff were so friendly! Offered several helpful suggestions based on my interest in seeing gardens. Location is quiet though right opposite the west harbor/beach area. Close to small market and Toma's--number one rated restaurant in Santa Barbara (Trip Advisor).

    5
    « Amazing stay »

    Me and my husband stayed at this Best Western recently and we really enjoyed our time. The staff was very pleasant, the check in was easy. The hotel is close to the beachfront, I loved the balcony in our room. The room is very neat and clean. We left with lots of positive emotions about the place. Will definitely come back.

    4
    « Well Managed Budget Hotel »

    Good location close to downtown and across the street from the marina. Although this is an older property with a funky layout, small rooms, and exterior walkways, the room was nicely renovated and generally clean. The property was very well maintained by an extensive and polite staff. Breakfast was better than expected. Lots of reasonably priced parking. Overall, I thought this was an excellent value for Santa Barbara and appreciate that an effort was made to under-promise and over-deliver.

  • 4
    « Better than expected »

    This is an older hotel than has been remodeled, and the staff takes excellent care of the facilities and the guests. We selected this hotel because it is pet friendly, we were pleasantly surprised with the great location right across the street from the waterfront park beach and all the harbor attractions. This is also close to downtown and has easy access to the freeway. We stayed a week and will return. A good value for the cost. The only slight problem was the Internet speed was fine for email but slow for streaming video content. Friendly helpful staff, clean rooms.

    5
    « Great getaway »

    Great place to get away for a few days. Good location on the beach for a reasonable price. Friendly and efficient staff. Very good breakfast included. Parking off street (small fee) is in a protected area. Convenient walk to harbor and wharf, beach trolley stops in front of hotel. Although this is an older building, it has been upgraded nicely.

    4
    « Nice Breakfast »

    Nice hot breakfast food especially Eggs, Sausages not just cereal or bagles! Nice staff! Close to downtown! Close to Marina! Close to Train Station! Manager Harvey Robbins very cordial and professional!

    4
    « Sea view hotel »

    Right by the water and the marina, very pleasant stay all round. Lots of nice restaurants and bars on the pier serving fresh fish. Good quality restaurants in the town centre. Nice walks along the beach can be had.

    5
    « Treated us great! »

    I was very pleased with my stay at the Best Western Beachside Inn. The staff was very friendly and respectful. The room was clean and updated. The pool was heated and very clean. Best of all, there is an all you can eat hot breakfast served in the lobby from 7:00-10:00 in the morning. Not just donuts and coffee. There was bacon and eggs, potatoes, fruit, cereal... basically everything that you can think of, and it is all free! The location is also excellent: Right across from the harbor and walking distance from the pier. Lots of restaurants and shops around, as well as a nice park right across the street. I would definitely stay here again!

    5
    « Very Nice »

    Very nice hotel. Very clean, friendly, easy parking. Dog Friendly. We would stay here again. The check in was quick, the staff is professional, the breakfast is hot and very fluffy scrambled eggs. Convenient to terrific restaurants, and the walk thru the marina was dreamy.

    4
    « Quite alright »

    Very well located, clean and friendly staff. The only thing I didn't like that it was a bit too noisy from the street and on the other side of the door, as you could hear everyone pass by. It was the tiniest lobby/breakfast area I've been to, however choice of food was decent enough and although not everything was tasty, but waffles they had were brilliant!

    4
    « Great staff! »

    Pleasant welcome by Christian, great morning welcome in the breakfast bar by Chris. Very pleasant staff! Building is a bit older but, they have Christian renovations to the bathroom in my room. Nice location across the street from the beach.

    4
    « Best Value in Santa Barbara »

    This hotel is by far the best value hotel with an ocean view in Santa Barbara. Its proximity to the beach, trails and bike paths make it an ideal location for a relaxing weekend or week-long vacation.

    5
    « FABULOUS BEACHFRONT SPOT TO STAY IN SB! »

    Arriving late into SB we were happy to be able to get a room at this hotel and how lucky were we!!! Our room was extremely clean and spacious and the decor really gave it a beachy and seaside feel! It's convenient location to State Street, the Pier, and the Marina was a plus for us since we wanted to get out on our jet ski the next day as well as wander around. And best of all it's a quick walk to my favorite Brophy Bros restaurant! Not to mention walkable to a multitude of other great restaurants. The bed was comfortable and we had a great night of sleep! The room had lots of windows so we enjoyed the morning sunshine streaming in. The bathroom was large as well and amply stocked with toiletries and everything that we needed. The wifi was quick which is always important to us. Parking was easy and they accommodated our Jeep & 20 ft trailer (thank you very much!) Although we did not use the pool it was sparking and clean with a ton of lounge chairs to relax. The breakfast buffet the next morning was impressive- we were on a 4 month road trip so we had sure seen our share of breakfast buffets at the many places we have stayed! I especially enjoyed the tropical juices. We also had the opportunity to meet the manager of the hotel, Harvey, who could not have been nicer or more helpful to our questions and needs. Not to mention the service by everyone was top notch- the front desk staff and the breakfast staff and everyone else I encountered while we were there. Unfortunately our schedule only allowed us to stay one night but we will DEFINITELY be back and soon I hope! Thank you for an amazing stay Harvey and staff! Zoe & Michael

  • 5
    « Very friendly atmosphere »

    We stayed at the Best WesternBeachside Inn in October. Four nights. Reasonable price good location and very friendly and helpful staff. All engaged in their job which adds to a good atmosphere. If we come back to Santa Barbara we will choose the same hotel.

    4
    « Great Place, Friendly Staff »

    We thought we would pop over to Santa Barbara for some wine tasting. The rain was pouring down when we arrived on a Monday. The staff was cheery and the front desk clerk gave us a room with an ocean view. The continental breakfast was quite filling and a staff member noticed I was taking breakfast to the room and kindly loaned me a tray. During the monsoon morning, I came down to take some photographs and had congenial conversations with the staff. As it is walking distance to the Funk Zone, we shall return!

    3
    « A Great Family Getaway Location »

    The BW Beachside starts with one of the best locations in Santa Barbara. A short walk from the wharf one direction and the marina the other. The staff is so very friendly and helpful. Also, this is a hotel that acts like a boutique, hot cookies in the lobby every afternoon. Fruit infused water all day, and a HOT breakfast included with the stay. There is also a nice, heated pool. The room is a typical chain hotel room, but nice and clean.

    3
    « Good Deal »

    This hotel is priced right, but you get no luxury accommodations. The staff is efficient and helpful--the staff top notch. The actual rooms are VERY small and the decor is clean, but very old. The seams of the couch in our room were coming apart. The bathroom was clean but super small. There wasn't a counter in the bathroom, just a free standing sink. The hotel definitely has a motel feel--it's functional and that's about it. The breakfast was ok. Nothing was gross, but nothing was especially delicious. The staff preparing the breakfast was very nice. Don't stay at this hotel is you are planning on actually relaxing and hanging out in the hotel--you'll be disappointed. We brought our kids and hung out in Santa Barbara all day and used the hotel to sleep and eat breakfast.

    4
    « Good value for the price »

    Good place to travel and stay. Comfortable, clean and very friendly staff. Breakfast was actually eggs and toast etc. We have stayed in many places in Santa Barbara but we wanted to be close to the beachside.

    4
    « Great location and pleasant rooms. Wish we stayed longer! »

    Close to the beachside path for walking. Our kids rode their new "hoverboards" and we walked the dogs. The beach, pier and restaurants are all close. Also, the big park just across the street is pretty view from hotel room and nice place to spend time. We would have taken the nearby trolley, but pets were not allowed. We definitely recommend this hotel for families and others.

    4
    « excellent value for beach front property »

    A basic, safe, clean hotel with friendly staff in amazing location. fantastic value. Traveled with a young child and puppy. Staff made it easy and very accommodating. Best part is you walk out the lobby door and you are looking at the beach

    5
    « Our favorite Hotel in Santa Barbara »

    We always stay at this hotel because you cannot beat the great location which is right on the beach across from the Harbor, the beautiful views of the ocean and mountains and the incredible service. The staff is always friendly and helpful and the manager Harvey makes you feel like family. Their ADA room is one the best I've ever stayed in. Highly recommend, you won't be disappointed.

    5
    « Great service, perfect location »

    Staff was friendly, helpful and the hotel was across the street from the beach. Good breakfast, comfortable room, free wifi= well done! Perfect experience for the price. I'll be back next time I travel to Santa Barbara.

    1
    « Terrible experience »

    The walls are so thin that I could hear people talking in the room next door, when I finally got to sleep the room's alarm clock went off at 6:30am for no reason, none of us had set it up!! Also, impossible to call the front desk- there's no explanation on how to call them. When I inquired them about this they were unapologetic and rude. The tv's remote control doesn't work from the bed - you have to literally stand up in front of the tv for it to work. Wifi didn't work properly and hair dryer was broken. The only good aspect is the location.

  • 1
    « Terrible experience »

    Initial reaction was not a good one, and nothing got better. Their double queen room with a "harbor view" was not the case. Any possible view was blocked by large trees. The clerk even admitted that the king rooms had a better view, but still only a partial view. I asked that my complaints be reported to management and never heard a word. The following morning, I called the desk and requested housekeeping NOT clean our room as we would be in and out all day. I was blown off and just told to use the do not disturb card. My son caught housekeeping outside, reinforced our wishes to them and also left the card on the door. They STILL came in our room, which is trespassing as far as I'm concerned and complete disregard for our wishes. They changed the towels and sheets, even though we left the towels on the rack in deference to California's severe drought. They also THREW OUT the shampoo, conditioner, and soap after only ONE NIGHT - so wastefull, as well as costly if they do this with every guest. I would never stay here again. I am not one to complain, and I'd rather see the good in a situation, but this was a terrible experience. I've sent an email to management........no response.

    1
    « Too expensive for a crappy place »

    They charge you $3 for parking, given the price is already very high. Extremely thin walls, you can hear everything from all sides. Feels like a cheap place- looks cheap, feels cheap but high prices....

    1
    « Not what we expected »

    Booked through priceline bidding on a value $193 room at 60% off. We thought that we would get an ocean view room. This was our anniversary. My husband had just had a brain tumor removed in , I was making all of the arrangements. The hotel put us in the pool side room since we had a discounted room rate. The room was back by the noisey laundry. I asked to be moved, which they did, 2 doors away. I ended up crying that night instead of celebrating. The hotel did not understand the priceline arrangements. I called priceline and they said the hotel has the option of the rooms. What is the reason for bidding on higher priced rooms when you are given the lowest priced room on arrival? Big disappointment.

    2
    « Needs updating, repair, thin walls »

    Staff is courteous, breakfast good. Building is in need up updating and repairs(Sliding doors on closets would not slide), mold in the bathroom, access to upstairs limited to one small elevator not accessable from the parking lot, clorene smell in room. Thin walls-noisy neighbors and TV sounds come right through, kept awake. Charging for parking is a rip off. NOT a good place to vacation.

    5
    « Best Beach BW »

    Right across the street from the Harbor and walking distance to Stern's Wharf. One of the better rated restaurants (Toma) right next door. Super location and a nice layout. Big rooms and some are suites. Cheap parking.

    5
    « This place does it right! »

    Facility is very clean and well maintained but what separates this location for the rest is the staff! Staff is AMAZING and FRIENDLY! We felt like we were visitors in their home. They enjoy their jobs and it SHOWS. This is a rare find in this price range! Thanks for taking such excellent care of us! From, Your favorite Girls Volleyball team

    4
    « Nice place/Location »

    Great location across from the street from the harbor and a park. It is also close to downtown, with many shops and restaurants. They also have a good selection for the breakfast. I will stay here again..

    3
    « Older hotel but great location »

    This is an older hotel located right across from the marina. The location is great but it means it can be a bit loud. The room was comfortable but not too soundproof. The bathroom was clean and had a nice shower. There also is a free breakfast in the lobby but not much seating so we took our food back to the room.

    4
    « Great Value! »

    We started here on a recent trip up PCH. The location is just about perfect, since you can walk out the door to the beach and yacht club. There is also a park next door, so road traffic noise is not a problem. This place had one of the best continental breakfasts ever. Not sure if it was unique to this location, or all best westerns, but far better than anything at a Hampton Inn or budget Hilton property. Recommend for a cheap stopover in Santa Barbara.

    5
    « Big Family Group- Multiple Rooms »

    My family and I stayed at the Best Western Beachside Inn in Santa Barbara for my brother's wedding. It was a wonderful time and stay! The hotel's location was perfect for us- right across the street from the harbor/ beach (my brother got married on a catamaran out in the harbor), park and playground across the street for the little ones. The hotel has a continental breakfast (includes hot items). Parking is only $3 per day per vehicle- really reasonable! This hotel has a pool, which was great for our family group as well! Their lobby is a bit on the small side, but worked perfectly for us to gather and play cards in the evenings. Most of all, I appreciated the hotel staff and their service. We were a large family group (of about 20) and loud (at times, during the day). The Best Western Beachside Inn was a great "home away from home" for us. Thank you! P.S. I'm a Travel Agent and will recommend this property to my clients in the future.

  • 1
    « Stole My Belongings »

    The staff "could not find" my clarisonic and beach towel. The breakfast was decent. The cleanliness can be highly improved. The cleaning staff is extremely disrespectful and rude. I would never stay at this hotel ever again. My mistake.

    2
    « 8:20 am »

    This room is over valued. Nice view and location, but not worth the cost. The bathroom is so small it is difficult to use the facilities. Breakfast was quite bad, unfortunately...I ended up going out after the first day.

    3
    « Basic but does what it says on the tin »

    This hotel is very basic but clean and tidy. We were looking for a place to stay for one night during our drive down the Pacific Coast. We had a room over looking the beach on the 3rd floor and the view was brilliant. There is an outdoor pool which looked nice but it was closed during our stay. The Wi-Fi was not very reliable. It is very close to the pier and has a great restaurant next door. We would stay he again if we were passing through.

    5
    « Santa Barbara »

    I am a Regional Operations Manager so I am on the road at least 4 days a week and try to stay at BW'S as often as possible. This was by far and away the best one I have ever stayed at. I was upgraded to the suite automatically. Great room bedroom had a walk in closet. Hands down this place is a 10

    5
    « very nice value! »

    This was my first time to SB & we did not want to break the bank.This hotel was great-very clean,good location,extremely nice employees & a great breakfast lovingly serviced by Chris.There was 24 hr coffee in the lobby w fruit water & afternoon cookies.The room was across the street & in view of the beach & piers.We got great restaurant advice.I also noted the maids flipping mattresses between lodgers.The value for the price was excellent!The breakfast fresh fruit salad was worth it alone.

    4
    « Nice Rooms & Great Location »

    A very friendly and helpful staff made our stay so enjoyable. The outside of the hotel was worn, but the rooms had been recently redone and were nicely decorated, comfortable and clean. The location was near the ocean and State Street, so worked well for us. Negatives: breakfast was only so-so; we had trouble accessing the wi-fi. Overall a good value.

    4
    « Great location and value »

    We were surprised to get a room right across the street from the Santa Barbara Harbor for this rate. With the elevator, the accessible room on the 2nd floor was perfect. Room was large with lots of outlets and space for medical machines & scooter. The bathroom was also large with a perfect roll-in shower. Plus, we could see the harbor and pier from our room. Ceiling fan was a nice touch. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The young man serving breakfast was especially helpful and personable.

    3
    « Didn't get what we reserved. »

    When you go out of town and you want certain things, you reserve certain things, but when you arrive and those things you reserve are not available all of a sudden, you should be taken care of to overcome the inconvenience. something, but not here. When i reserve a room with certain things, I WANT what i order. nothing less.

    4
    « Comfortable Stay in Santa Barbara »

    We were in Santa Barbara to start planning our daughter's wedding and found this reasonably-priced Best Western property. It is an older motel, nicely updated, with clean rooms and very up-to-date bathrooms. The property is close to the harbor and beaches as well as not too far from downtown. Everything about the place suited our stay perfectly. The staff was especially warm and welcoming.

    4
    « great price and service, right across from the beach in Santa Barbara »

    The staff is well-trained and exceptionally friendly and helpful. The location couldn't better - across from the beach, walk to the pier, can even walk to State Street if you want to take the 20 minutes. The rooms are updated and clean. Great HVAC units in each room. Nice pool and seating as well as a couple of pool side tables where you can enjoy your coffee. Great breakfast - lots of selection of fresh fruit, eggs and bacon, bagels-croissants-toast, cereal and yougurt. coffee availale 24 hours. the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars is that, although very well maintainced, it is an older, 1960s (?) property.

  • 5
    « Great place to stay in Santa Barbara »

    All employees we had contact with were great ambassadors for this motel. They were friendly, polite and nothing was a problem for them. This is the third time we have stayed at this motel and would not consider staying anywhere else should we travel back to Santa Barbara sometime in the future. We requested a harbour view room on our first visit and it was amazing. When booking the second and third visit we requested the same room and it was granted to us without any problems. Thank you Harvey and staff for another wonderful stay at your establishment and hopefully we can return again in the not too distant future. Regards Merle & Warren Australia

    4
    « Don't be fooled »

    Don't be fooled because this motel looks a bit long in the tooth from the outside. Inside, our upgraded room was lovely and had been redone -- including the bathroom. It overlooked the harbor with a balcony and the design choices were lovely. The only downside was that all the lights and fan in the bathroom were controlled by one switch.

    5
    « Very good »

    We stayed here for two nights on a recent holiday and were very pleased with everything. The bed was very comfortable, the rooms were clean, the wifi was free and fast and the pool was a lovely temperature. Breakfast offered cooked items as well as a huge range of breads, pastries, cereals, fresh fruit and yoghurt. The hotel is located just across the road from the beach and the balcony of our room offered a great view of all the activities going on in the harbour. We would definitely use this hotel again.

    5
    « Extra Special »

    We stayed here for an overnight between train trips and were very pleased with everything. The staff was very responsive and efficient, the manager very helpful, the room was clean, nice linens, and breakfast extra special. The food was great, personnel wonderful, fresh fruit along with the usual items. Even iced berry water in the lobby. Good location near Amtrak too. Very happy that we could open a window and didn't have to suffer with a/c all the time!

 

Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: 101 Northbound Exit at Garden Street. Turn left at the first light and proceed to beach 1/4 mile which will be Cabrillo Blvd. Turn right on Cabrillo and continue approximately one mile to the Corner of Cabrillo and Castillo and you will have arrived. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn. ·From: 101 Southbound Exit at Castillo street. Turn right at the light and proceed approximately one fourth mile to the corner of Castillo and Cabrillo and the hotel will be on your left. Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Beachside Inn.