"Arrived in time for wine and cheese, perfect after a stressful drive. Frank the desk clerk was accommodating and, upgraded us to a small studio. Old ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 14 Jan 2018

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Hotel Description

At Inn By The Harbor you'll be within just a 10-minute stroll of Carriage and Western Art Museum and Santa Barbara City College. Highlights at this hotel include free continental breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and all 42 rooms feature free WiFi, DVD players, and coffee/tea makers. Additionally, refrigerators, free local calls, and in-room massages are available.

This smoke-free hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Added amenities include a free manager's reception, a spa tub, and a 24-hour business center. Free breakfast is available daily.

Sights within a 15-minute walk of this Santa Barbara Beach hotel include Moreton Bay Fig Tree and Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center.

Inn By The Harbor ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

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

Pleasant Oasis in time of disaster

Arrived in time for wine and cheese, perfect after a stressful drive. Frank the desk clerk was accommodating and, upgraded us to a small studio. Old but charming decor and grounds. The evening cookies and milk was a lovely way to end the day. Our travel was 2days after the flood disaster the hotel was near a evacuation zone yet the staff maintained a calm and professional attitude. We left the inn to get dinner and rushed back to the seclusion of this oasis.

Posted by , from California on Jan 14, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 17, 2018 by Manager

Thank you S.I. for choosing the Inn by the Harbor. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us after a stressful experience. It is lovely to hear you felt we were “an oases” for you. Please know that it was our pleasure to serve and provide a bit of comfort fo you. Warm regards, Greg Broussard, General Manager

4 out of 5

Nice place

Pros: Clean and comfortable
Good spot in Santa Barbara. Staff was very helpful and the garden area was very pleasant.

Posted by , from grants pass or. on Dec 23, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 30, 2015 by Manager

Greetings Paul, Thank you for the lovely compliments. We appreciate that you took the time to share your experience with others and look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmly, Greg Broussard ~ General Manager

3 out of 5

VERY nice staff, rooms need updating & cleaning

Pros: Very nice staff. Very close to the beach.
Cons: Updating carpets & fixtures
The front desk staff was incredibly helpful and nice. The services - milk and cookies and breakfast - were very thoughtful. The room was... dingy. Overall, it was as clean as it could be, but the carpet and fixtures were clearly quite worn (and there was a stain on the sheets, which I prayed wasn't the blood it appeared to be). Could be a great place with a bit of a facelift.

Posted by , from santa monica, ca on Jul 1, 2015

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1 out of 5

Rooms not to expectations

the online pictures looks great. The room was musty, I opened doors and window to air out, after a few hour the musty odor did not dissipate, my eyes became itchy and watery and I could not stand to be in the room. We had 2 rooms booked for Friday through Monday with my family. The other room did not suffice. The staff tried to look for other rooms to accommodate my family but nil. We ended leaving after a few hours.

Posted by , from South San Francisco, CA on Jun 20, 2013

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4 out of 5

love this hotel!

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, free bike rental, close to beach
My family has stayed at this hotel twice and we love it! The rooms are just fine, and it feels welcoming since it is a relatively small hotel. We love the location (a short wallk down the street to the beach, and a short walk to State St. with many shops and restaurants), and the free bike rentals are so nice! Perfect for riding down to the beach especially since Santa Barbara is so bike friendly. We would absolutely reccomend this hotel!

Posted by on May 20, 2012

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5 out of 5

Wonderful one night stay.

Pros: Free breakfast, Quiet, wine and cheese, milk and cookies, free dvd rental, jacazzi and pool
What a wonderful stay we had here. We checked in and enjoyed the wine and cheese layout, later the milk and cookies, free DVD rental, and in the morning the complimentary and thorough breakfast. The room was nice. The bed was comfortable, but the pillows were a little flat. Additional pillows were available in the closet. The staff that checked us in and out were fabulous, professional and courteous and very fast. I would definitely recommend the Inn by the Harbor to others.

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012

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4 out of 5

Very Nice Hotel - Don't Believe the Bad Reviews

I stayed here one evening before a job interview I had the following morning. The hotel is very nice - it's quiet and the rooms are very well furnished. The neighborhood is perfectly nice. It's not smack in the middle of town, but it is very close to the ocean. I arrived late and they made accommodations to check me in (it's a family-run place). If you are staying a night or two in Santa Barbara, this is a very nice place.

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011

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2 out of 5

Not what I was expecting

Cons: scary
This is basically a motor lodge. Not what it looks like in the pictures. The room was very small and had poor security from a sliding glass door balcony that was accessible to anyone on the property. You can walk to the beach and wharf but through mostly bad areas with transients and hoodlums. There was also a gym listed that is on a different nearby property and was not explained upon check in.

Posted by , from California on Feb 7, 2011

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1 out of 5

Don't Believe The Photos

When we arrived we thought our navigation had gotten us lost. We could not believe it was the same Hotel we had seen online. It was in a very sketchy neighborhood, but worst of all it smelt like horse manure and was very dirty. The rooms are so small two people and luggage barley fit, they have no privacy other rooms look right into yours. It was so BAD we could not bring our selves to stay here.

Posted by on Jul 30, 2010

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4 out of 5

Excellent Value

All of the rooms have been upgraded and the rates are competitive for Santa Barbara. All the rooms & office enclose a courtyard with landscaping & the pool/spa making it seem very private with the cars & traffic out of view. The rooms seem very quite; however, being an upgraded property they are relatively small which is fine for a few days but maybe not for a week as storage for clothing is limited to a hanging closed with a shelf above and lacks drawers for other items. Staff is friendly & helpful and the continental breakfast is excellent as are the wine, cheese & cookies provided later in the day - sitting outside in the garden are or by the pool is vey comfortable and makes up for the small room. From the hotel its a half-mile walk to downtown or the pier and only about 3 blocks to the beach.

Posted by on Jun 29, 2009

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Property Features

Inn By The Harbor offers its guests an outdoor pool and a spa tub. WiFi is free in public spaces. You'll find a 24-hour business center on site. Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free nightly manager's reception. Tour/ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at Inn By The Harbor. Free self parking is available. This Santa Barbara hotel is smoke free.

  • 42 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • 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) (16.2 km / 10.1 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (0.7 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Inn By The Harbor offers 42 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature DVD players and safes. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Santa Barbara hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily. The hotel hosts a free manager's reception daily.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby


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

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


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.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available

Hotel Names

You should know

  • Up to 2 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.