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Marina Beach Motel
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

A very charming motel conveniently located near the beach in Santa Barbara. Only minutes from great shopping and restaurants. Personally, prefer it over the "big" hotels. Parking right in front of your room. Comfortable rooms which are kept immaculate. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Nice assortment on the breakfast buffet. Only disappointment was the size of the bathroom. Very small shower and only a tiny, little shelf on which to put toiletries. Mattress on bed was very comfortable. Would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Jeannine K
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

Even cuter than the picture. It's very conveniently located near beach. Easy parking right outside your room. Very dog-friendly. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Full size refrigerator in a full kitchen. Fruit and drinks are always out. The breakfast had a nice assortment of cereals, breads, juices and coffee. Nicely set up outdoor seating area to meet with friends. I wish this were a chain.

Room Tip: Make reservations in advance since it filled up quickly.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank gerry u
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Stayed here with for almost a week, couldn't have had a better experience. Service was friendly, room and bathroom were clean and spacious, no problems to report. Love that this place is also dog friendly!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Thank ChristineDaae
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

We were coming to SB for our anniversary trip. The receptionist couldn't guide us to the motel from the train station. Saw the room,very small, undecorated and unpleasant. The bathroom, tiny, no place to put toiletries and an outdated shower head with little pressure. Plus, it was on the street with the traffic and pedestrian noise. When we expressed our concerns politely to the manager Nan Former, she said that the facility was built in the 40's so not much could be done. How about upgrades? pictures on the wall? We had booked 4 days, we ended up leaving there and moving across from this motel after two nights, we just could'nt take it. It was extremely poor value for the money. We had booked this room weeks in advance but that doesn't seem to matter.There was one bright spot in th is experience, Gabriel,a young man behind the desk tried to be as obliging and accomodating as he could but he was hampered by the unprofessional and uncaring attitude of the management. We were satisfied with the hotel we moved to and even got a discount from them because we traveled by train.So, as you can see, we would not recommend this motel for any reason, they really need to upgrade their rooms and their customer service. Don't be faint hearted, there are a lot of excellent hotels in that area(believe me , we checked)

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank ANDRE S
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Beautifully remodeled rooms. Bathroom has a great showerhead, tile, newer fixtures. Bright and sunny room painted yellow...very clean and inviting. The kitchenette has granite coutertops, coffemaker, fridge. A very nice room only 1/2 block to the harbor! The breakfast buffet is nice...coffee, juice, bagels, yogurt, cereals, breakfast pastries. The bikes were great (beach cruisers) to borrow for a nice ride along the ocean! Would definately come back!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank jimmythec1
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