My best friend and I have been travelling all over America for the past 6 weeks, and have seen the best and the worst. The worst being the Ala Mar, and for almost 6 times the price of others that we've given 5 stars.
Basically we came into Santa Barbara late on a Saturday afternoon and were taken by the beachfront location. Everything else had sold out due to a concert on around in Main Street and generally being a weekend; the alarm bells rang when the hotel worker offered to show us the room BEFORE purchasing it. After an hour or two of walking around we were just glad to have found a room, so declined. Little did we know, the room we'd just paid $200 a night for was across the road on the opposite corner, not in the same beachfront block as reception, and looked like a half completed construction site.
There was a red party cup in the sink, tortillas in the microwave, food smears on the bench and dirt so thick on the floor we had to re-wash our feet before getting into bed. We realised the bathroom window, sans security screen, had been pitched with rusty nails so that basically anyone could come and go as they please, which explained the mess we rocked up to.
When I told the hotel clerk the next morning, he was seemingly unsurprised and offered a meaningless apology. Needless to say there was no reimbursement or goodwill for next time.
- Also Known As:
- Ala Mar Hotel Santa Barbara
- Ala Mar Hotel
- Ala Mar Santa Barbara
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great location next to the beach and State St. We're a small boutique motel. Some rooms have private a jacuzzi. Most rooms have the beach view. We also have rooms with full kitchens. ... more less
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