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Ala Mar Motel
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

Recently, I was planning a trip to Santa Barbara with a friend. Because of the bad reviews on Trip Advisor, we booked another hotel. During our stay, we decided to visit Ala Mar and check out the accomodations first hand. The desk clerk, Armando, graciously allowed us to see one of the rooms. The is an older motel but the rooms were just fine and definitely a good value for the price. Also, very convenient to the pier and local restaurants. We will not hesitate to book a room at this motel the next time we go to Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

Staff were helpful but that is it... believe the negative reviews of this motel... it was dirty and dismal... room featured sticky old carpet, dirty bed clothes and general grime everywhere... the cleaners need sacking!! The shower was pretty powerful BUT afterwards the bathroom smelt of sewage.. the bathroom floors and walls were filthy... have they not heard of a damp cloth?!

When I asked if they had a pool the guy said that the hotel next door does and we might be able to use theirs... when I asked if I could buy a beer he directed me to... the hotel next door!! To be fair he went and got me the beer...

The internet didnt' work, the place didn't seem too secure and the terrace which did have a great view was dirty and covered in beer bottles...

Only redeeming feature of this place is the location which is great... My wife and kids wanted to sleep in the car!!! Book somewhere else... for your own sake...

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank miloKent
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

No parking, sleazy people hanging out during all hours of the night, room was dirty and needed maintenance, loud parties, no amenities. The reception area was the size of a closet and the receptionist was a grimy looking kid. Looked like some of the doors had been kicked in! Or maybe it was the guests clawing their way out to LEAVE THIS DUMP!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank MosaicGurl
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

This had to be one of the worst stays of our life. Like another blog said, 'the only good reviews has to be from staff.' We were tired from traveling and took the first available,. We didn't know it was the worst available. The price was outragious for the experience. Any other room of this type would rent around $30-65. We stayed on the bottom floor and heard noises from the upper floor all night. Sounded like somebody messing around or little kids banging on the floor. Location is awesome, the rest was sleazy. I could go on infanitum. Avoid at all cost. Not to far around the corner there appears to be many other facilities which look to be a lot nicer with almost the same location.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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5  Thank Lee123_11
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

One sentence sums it up :
Termite feces on the bed.

We thought this might be sawdust but when it appeared again the second night we looked into it online, and it seemed to be a match. A bit unnerving since it seemed to be coming from the ceilings onto the pillows which mean it was probably in our hair in the morning. The staff did switch our room. The free breakfast is good and cuts costs a little bit, but doesn't make up for the bad parts. Oh yeah, hot water is not constant so be prepared to take fast and uncomfortable showers. Bathrooms small, far from clean.

Its a shame cause if they fixed it up they would have a gold mine. My girlfriend is a real sport and didn't complain at all...love her...but we won't be going back there.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank pasdnous
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