"The hotel was so quaint and the staff were so friendly and helpful, it didn't feel like we were staying in a Best Western, but more a unique, cozy Inn ... " More

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Hotel Description

At Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites you'll be 1.3 km (0.8 mi) from Mission Santa Barbara and 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

All 122 individually decorated rooms feature TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, sofa beds, and DVD players. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and room service. Premium linens welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include bathrobes and designer toiletries. Coffee/tea makers, first-run movies, and free weekday newspapers are also available.

The restaurant, Live Oak Cafe, serves American cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel's own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Enjoy the fitness center, spa tub, and pool loungers. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour business center, and a coffee shop/café. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 7 AM and 11:30 AM. There's also the convenience of a free airport shuttle.

Within a 30-minute walk of this 3.5-star Santa Barbara hotel, attractions include Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum.

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites ratings based on 20 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Amazing Stay! Forgot it was a Best Western!

Pros: Felt really cozy and comfortable. Staff was so nice! Rooms very clean.
Cons: Maybe Decor updated a bit, but def not a big deal - would come back regardless.
The hotel was so quaint and the staff were so friendly and helpful, it didn't feel like we were staying in a Best Western, but more a unique, cozy Inn! Rooms were a bit dated, but very clean and comfortable. Was great having a restaurant onsite too! Good food and very reasonable prices. Being walking distance to downtown Santa Barbara was so nice too! No need to drive or take a Lyft. Next time we come back to Santa Barbara we will definitely stay here!

Posted by , from Santa Monica, CA on Aug 30, 2016

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3 out of 5

Best Western chain

Did not stay here as Travelocity did not want to reduce the price when found it lower. Too expensive and not in the part of town I wanted to stay in. I am sure the hotel is fine but not my favorite in this area as have stayed here before.

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

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4 out of 5

Quiet, Quaint, Comfortable

Quiet neighborhood and central location for Santa Barbara area. Really liked the covered garage parking.

Posted by , from Palmdale, CA on Sep 10, 2015

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3 out of 5
Cons: Food was purchased and it was not good. Sausages were very spicy and syrup on pancakes seemed watered down.
Location: Nothing to do within walking distance. We used the car for all sight seeing.
I was surprised...no light breakfast, just one cup of coffee

Posted by , from Windsor on Jul 3, 2015

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4 out of 5

I felt the warm welcome from the gentleman who checked me in. the cleaning lady was very patient and helpful.

Pros: Close restaurants, Quiet
Cons: Poor breakfast
I think I got what I paid for since it was very close to the place that I visited. the neighborhood is safe and quiete. Service was great and I'm satisfied. I recommend this facility to everyone who are looking for a place in Santa Barbara California USA.

Posted by , from San Diego, CA, USA on Aug 8, 2012

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5 out of 5

Good hotel

Pros: Quiet
Cons: 7 min drive to downtown
It was actually a pretty good hotel. I definitely would stay there again.

Posted by , from Los Angeles, CA, USA on Aug 6, 2012

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3 out of 5

Friendly staff doing a good job with unusual space.

Pros: Free Internet
We received a complimentary upgrade from a room with a King Bed to an apartment -- in lieu of suites, the hotel has acquired a small block of apartments on the corner of its lot. The staff's very nice, and I'm sure this was well-intended, but what we got was a kitchen for which we had no need, and two bedrooms that were both up a flight of stairs. For our purposes (a couple without kids, overnight stay), the room we reserved would have been better-suited.

Posted by , from Altadena, CA, USA on Jul 24, 2012

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5 out of 5

I loved this hotel!

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
The hotel staff was incredibly friendly and helpful! The rooms were so cute, decorated like a bed and breakfast, and pretty much immaculate! We had a room right by the pool, which I really enjoyed! The neighborhood is quiet and safe-feeling, the location is great, and honestly we couldn't stop talking about how much we loved this hotel!! I was really surprised, even for a Best Western PLUS. The PLUS must be what makes the difference, because I actually can't wait to go back to this hotel!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012

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5 out of 5

Perfect For a Night on the Town

Pros: location
Cons: Noisy
I have stayed at this location several times & every time I am very satisfied. The hotel staff is friendly & accommodating. If you want to go out to eat, shop, bar hop or art browse it's the perfect location. My mom & I stay once a year to have a girls trip and we're always so happy to be able to walk to everything. The only downside is if you want your windows open on a Friday or Saturday night you WILL here the party people on the street.

Posted by , from Paso Robles, Ca. on Jun 11, 2011

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5 out of 5

absolutely lovely rooms

The lodge was immaculate, the service excellent, and the restaurant was quiet, clean and food was good. The overall experience was very delightful. The rooms were large, very nice decor. Fresh fruit in the roomw/ large bathrobes hanging in the closet.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2009

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About the Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites

Location 2220 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Property Features

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites offers its guests an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. Multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and a garden are also featured at Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites. A roundtrip airport shuttle is free during limited hours. Self parking is free.

  • 122 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 9 buildings
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Television in lobby

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Sofa bed
  • Refrigerator
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (14 km / 8.7 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (4.1 km / 2.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites offers 122 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature DVD players and safes. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations include sofa beds. Beds feature premium bedding. Televisions come with cable channels and first-run movies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include showers, bathrobes, designer toiletries, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is offered daily and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • First-run movies
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.

Live Oak Cafe - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site.

Spa Services

  • Massages


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Roll-in shower

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 12 and USD 15 per person (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Best Western Encina
  • Best Western Encina Lodge
  • Best Western Plus Encina
  • Best Western Plus Encina Lodge
  • Best Western Plus Encina Lodge Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Encina Lodge Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Encina Lodge Santa Barbara
  • Encina Lodge
  • Best Western Encina Hotel
  • Best Western Plus Encina Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Encina Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Encina Inn Suites
  • Best Western Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Encina Inn Santa Barbara
  • Best Western Plus Encina Inn
  • Best Western Plus Encina Lodge Suites

You should know

  • Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.