4.3 out of 5

"Very friendly and helpful staff. Nice pool. Quiet neighborhood next to zoo and a nice park. Bikes available for rent and a nice walk along the beach t ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 14 Mar 2018

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Hotel Description

At The Inn at East Beach you'll be 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from Santa Barbara Zoo and 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Presidio Santa Barbara. Highlights at this motel include an outdoor swimming pool and free continental breakfast.

You can enjoy free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee/tea makers, featured in all 33 rooms. Refrigerators, ceiling fans, and hair dryers are also available.

This smoke-free motel offers free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk, and free newspapers in the lobby. Added amenities include laundry facilities and a front-desk safe. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of self parking.

With a stay at this East Beach motel, you'll be 3.8 km (2.4 mi) from Santa Barbara County Courthouse and 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

The Inn at East Beach ratings based on 59 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 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
4 out of 5

Nice hotel one block from beautiful East Beach.

Pros: Convenient to LAX shuttle. Close to beach. Has a nice pool. Comfortable rooms.
Cons: Breakfast could have more items, like yogurt or cereal or oatmeal.
Location: One block to beach and zoo. Can walk to the center of town.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Nice pool. Quiet neighborhood next to zoo and a nice park. Bikes available for rent and a nice walk along the beach to the center of town.

Posted by , from New York, NY on Mar 14, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 25, 2018 by GM

Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!

4 out of 5
We enjoyed our stay at the Inn at East Beach. The location was close to what we were doing.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 25, 2017 by Inn at East Beach

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are thrilled to know that you enjoyed your stay! We hope will get get to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Christina and your Inn at East Beach Team

4 out of 5

Nice hotel close to the beach

This hotel has a great beachy type feel to it. It is within walking distance to the beach and restaurants. We got a room with a fireplace in it. The fireplace was easy to operate and really warmed the room up fast. The staff here are very friendly and make you feel at home. The rooms are a little small and could feel a little cramped. We felt it was a little over priced compared to some other hotels we stayed in on our other stops up the California coast. However, overall it was a great stay.

Posted by , from Amarillo,Tx on Mar 11, 2017

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Mar 22, 2017 by Guest Services

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4 out of 5

Very convenient location near beach, bike trails.

Nice accommodations for the price. Short walk to the beach, zoo, parks, pier and marina. Very friendly front desk staff.

Posted by , from Eugene, OR on Jan 16, 2017

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Mar 24, 2017 by Mary

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2 out of 5

Subtle Misrepresentation

Pros: The continental breakfast was acceptable. Bed comfortable.
Cons: See above. This place needs a major renovation and refurnishing.
Location: DRIVE to the beach parking lot and have a lovely walk along a lengthy paved walk or on the sand. Restaurants at the harbor are excellent.
If you have read their web site, you have been subjected to skillful misrepresentation. I would describe this place as an aging one-step up Motel 6. Haven't been to a Motel 6 in years, so I may be underestimating them! It is NOT on the beach, but over a block away across a Hilton Hotel parking lot. We were told by one resident that there was one room on the upper level that actually had a view of the water. For the rest, it is a horseshoe shaped 3 level building centered around the pool with no view whatsoever. Pool and lower level are one story below entry ground level. Hope you get a room with no one overhead, because the ceiling/floor is thin and you will hear any noise from above. The floor covering is thin fabric covered "carpet', a step above Motel 6 linoleum. Our "superior" room was furnished with one uncomfortable arm chair and an armless desk chair. There is no air conditioning, so if you are on the wings of the "u", you will gain no benefit from the on-shore breeze. You are left with a ceiling fan and an oscillating fan on a stand. Of course, you cannot leave your windows open with the drapes back, because of the traffic immediately outside the room. So avoid hot days! Finally, you must park in a parking lot inconveniently located, for those above the lower level, at lower ground level adjacent to the building. Unload your luggage at the office, drive to the parking lot, and walk back to your room as much as half a block away.

Posted by , from San Diego on Oct 7, 2015

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5 out of 5

so much better than the big chain hotels

Pros: Frank, pastries, the breakfast, rooms are nice, plenty of off street parking
Location: Beach is just across the street, many restaurants are located a short walk away
The Inn At East Beach is a retro expierence. Frank is hysterical, and so welcoming. The hotel is in a perfect location, walking distance to almost everything. Frank provides a beautiful breakfast that includes eggs, yogurt, fresh made granola and the most delicious pastries from a local bakery. Frank insists that you take more "for a snack later." This was the best choice I've made in a while and I would highly recommend it.

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015

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5 out of 5

The Inn at East Beach!

The inn is a nice place to stay, the Inn Keeper is amazing!! What a sweetheart. Frank made feel like you were the most important person that was staying at the inn, and made everyone I talked to there feel the same way. From now on when I go to Santa Barbara I will be staying with Frank at the Inn at East Beach.

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015

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4 out of 5

Great General Manager and Best Breakfast!

Frank was so amusing and incredibly knowledgeable about Santa Barbara.  He made the stay enjoyable.  The Inn at East Beach has the BEST muffins for breakfast!  Gourmet and Yummy!

Posted by , from No. California on Jul 12, 2013

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5 out of 5

The Inn at East Beach is awesome.

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, close to the beach
We stayed at Inn at East Beach for just one night, but we wish we could have stayed longer. Our room was so cozy - complete with a fireplace. They serve a great breakfast. The manager is a friendly, helpful guy with a great sense of humor. We can only say good things about the hotel. We definitely recommend it.

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013

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5 out of 5

The nicest people

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
This is a great place to stay. Rooms were nice and the staff was so wonderful.

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012

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Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. The Inn at East Beach also features an outdoor pool, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and laundry facilities. For a fee, parking is available. This Santa Barbara motel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 33 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Front-desk safe
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (19.1 km / 11.9 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (2.4 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Inn at East Beach offers 33 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and designer toiletries. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Santa Barbara motel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Heating
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals on site


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

  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 5:30 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


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

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card 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
  • 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.

  • Self parking fee: USD 10.00 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.00 per night

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

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