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This Santa Barbara Motel, 15 minutes’ drive from the University of California Santa Barbara, offers a complimentary daily breakfast buffet and free bicycles to its guests during their stay.

This non-smoking motel is 5 minutes walk from the beach, marina and wharf. Highway 101 is 5 minutes’ drive from the property.

The location was good, walking distance to the beach. The room was big and had a little porch.

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9
Wonderful
1,086 reviews
Price from
$212.39
per night

Located less than a minutes’ walk to the beach, this pet-friendly Santa Barbara motel offers an outdoor pool and modern guest rooms with cable TV. State Street is 5 minutes’ drive away.

A seating area is provided in each brightly-decorated room at Motel 6 Santa Barbara. An en suite bathroom is included.

We had a lovely stay in room 115....close location to the beach too....very friendly hotel staff too!

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8
Very Good
1,919 reviews
Price from
$168.99
per night

A heated outdoor swimming pool and free beach cruiser bicycles are available for guest use at this inn. Rooms offer free WiFi and the Santa Barbara Stearns Wharf is 10 minutes’ drive away.

A flat-screen cable TV is featured in all rooms at the Coast Village Inn. Free toiletries are provided.

great location, nice and very clean room, the water pressure in the shower was fantastic. appreciated complimentary bottles of water. very friendly staff at reception.

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8.6
Excellent
408 reviews
Price from
$170.50
per night

Just 10 minutes’ drive from Santa Barbara City College. Free WiFi is available.

Featuring modern Mexican-inspired décor, each bright room at Agave Inn includes a flat-screen TV with cable. Comfortably furnished, all en suite rooms include a fridge and microwave.

East Beach is 4 miles from this motel. Mission Santa Barbara is 12 minutes’ walk away.

Clean, comfortable, easy check in, the staff is very friendly, and the beds are very comfortable.

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8.4
Very Good
365 reviews
Price from
$139
per night

Free Wi-Fi is provided at this 100% non-smoking Santa Barbara motel. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and garden. Earl Warren Showgrounds are 1.6 km away.

Rooms feature a TV and a seating area. A microwave, small fridge, and coffee-making facilities are provided at the Oasis Inn and Suites. Suites offer a fully equipped kitchen.

The room was very clean and everything was modern and worked flawlessly, the receptionist was very friendly, the room was quiet and the whole property has a nice touch. Couldn't get any better, IMHO.

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7.8
Good
1,773 reviews
Price from
$109
per night

This Santa Barbara, California hotel, located 2 miles from West Beach and the Pacific Ocean, features an outdoor pool with a cabana and sun deck. Orange Tree Inn offers cable TV and free Wi-Fi.

Orange Tree Inn offers guests a 24-hour front desk and tour desk. There is also free parking.

The room was great big bed clean sheets, clean room, the pool was awesome not to noisy great parking. This is my third time staying here we love it! The staff was also very nice and helped accommodate us to a great room.

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7.3
Good
1,214 reviews
Price from
$124
per night

Located 3 km away from Old Mission Santa Barbara, this motel offers comfortable accommodations with free WiFi. Free guest parking is provided for all vehicles including trucks, RVs and buses.

Sterns Wharf is 15 minutes’ drive away from this motel. UC Santa Barbara is 10 minutes’ drive away. Shopping and dining opportunities in Central Santa Barbara are 8 minutes’ drive away from Rose Garden Inn.

Our AC did not work but we were supplied a fan for the window

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5.4
Review score
1,342 reviews
Price from
$107.40
per night

Featuring free WiFi in all rooms, this Santa Barbara, California motel is 5 minutes’ drive from Santa Barbara Museum Of Natural History. UC Santa Barbara is 15 minutes’ drive away.

Free parking is offered at Inn Town and Country. Vending machines are also available.

Room was clean and modern. Bed was very good! Perfect for an overnight stay

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6.1
Review score
601 reviews
Price from
$71.10
per night

Featuring free Wi-Fi, this motel is 15 minutes’ drive from the Santa Barbara Waterfront. It offers free parking and a 24 hour front desk.

A TV is offered in each air-conditioned room at the Sunset Motel. Coffee-making facilities are provided. A hair dryer is included in the en suite bathroom. All rooms come equipped with a full kitchen as well.

proximity to where I was working. Easy parking

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6.8
Review score
681 reviews
Price from
$71.10
per night

A short drive from beautiful beaches and easily accessible from local attractions, including the historic Santa Barbara Mission, this Santa Barbara, California motel offers comfortable rooms and an outdoor pool.

The room was clean and modernized from the previous days of Motel 6.

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7
Good
580 reviews
Price from
$106.99
per night

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  • Avg. price/night: $227
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,919 reviews
    As always, Motel 6 doesn’t disappoint. Good room, comfortable bed, big TV, shower equipped with shower gel & shampoo (Dove). Close to the Beach, 15-20min walk to the center
    Flavia
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $332.25
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 1,086 reviews
    Had a great stay at this Motel. Great location close to the beach with bikes you could borrow to explore further.
    Stuart
    Family with young children
  • Avg. price/night: $181.26
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 2,046 reviews
    The free parking and the location close to restaurants and a supermarket are the greatest assets of the hotel
    Alexandre
    Family with young children
  • Avg. price/night: $215.46
    7.4
    Scored 7.4
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,141 reviews
    On the road . We stayed there overnight during our coastal route . The location of the property is ideal . It is basically a motel but good one . Do have pool .serves breakfast , beds were comfortable .
    Ayesha
    Family with young children
  • Avg. price/night: $227
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,919 reviews
    Such great value for money, free parking, super clean room, handy location, comfy bed, quiet room, beautiful pool that gets the sun and free coffee at reception! So much better than we had expected from a motel!
    Becca
    Group
  • Avg. price/night: $227
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,919 reviews
    Quiet, comfortable, clean and with good heating on a chilly night, but most of all a beautifully restored classic 1962 Motel 6, apparently the first ever. Lovely sea view from our room, free parking, close to some good eating places and to the zoo, and with kind and helpful reception staff. Didn't use the pool but it looked quiet and clean. Nice neighbourhood. Excellent value.
    Anne
    Young couple
  • Avg. price/night: $227
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,919 reviews
    Both the room and the bathroom were very clean, spacious bedroom and shower, the person in the reception was very nice, easy checkin, very close to the beach (only 1 min walking!), quiet area, they offer free coffee and juice in the mornings (6-10am), free parking in the motel
    Maite
    Young couple
  • 8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,713 reviews
    Motel in style, felt v safe and well maintained, free parking and a laundry facility were so useful to us.
    Jason
    Family with young children
  • Avg. price/night: $181.26
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 2,046 reviews
    Room was roomy and clean. Motel is located on main street in Santa Barbara but almost 1.5 miles away from Stearns Wharf. Free parking .
    Patricia
    Young couple
  • Avg. price/night: $324.44
    8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 452 reviews
    Friendly and accommodating staff. Proximity to the beach and downtown was excellent. Facilities were clean for a motor lodge / motel / inn style property. Free parking (big plus for Santa Barbara!). Wifi worked and had no issues. Excellent coffee by hotel standards. Our Room had a kitchen that accommodated our needs. Heated pool was nice. Replied to all requests / questions via text quickly.
    Larry
    Family with young children

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