Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (VI)
Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. If you’ve planned a tour of the Central California Coast, then Santa Barbara is definitely the best overnight destination. This articles series will reveal everything you need to know about lodging in Santa Barbara, California:
Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Motel 6 Santa Barbara Beach – Mother of the chain
Back in 1962 the nation's very first Motel 6 opened in a primo spot, just a half-block from East Beach and a block from the zoo.
Mama Motel 6 was also the first in the 900-motel chain to complete a head-to-toe Euro-contemporary makeover, designed by Priestman Goode, the same folks who recently revamped Virgin America's jet interiors.
Motel 6 still offers rock-bottom rates compared to most other SB beachfront lodgings. The 51 basic rooms don't offer many frills, but they do include Wi-Fi access ($3 per 24 hours).
This place is mega-popular — book far in advance and try to nab a room with a partial beach view.
Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Pepper Tree Inn – Uptown lodgings near the mall
The Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn is a casual, full-service resort in the Upper State Street area, across from La Cumbre Plaza shopping mall. Five acres of lush gardens surround the buildings (150 rooms) and two large pool areas.
This is a relatively affordable alternative to pricy waterfront hotels. It's also convenient for car-free travel; as many major bus lines stop nearby, and the hotel provides shuttle service to the airport, train station and UCSB.
The on-site Treehouse Restaurant serves typical American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a lively cocktail lounge. It also provides poolside and room service.
Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Ramada Limited – Midtown oasis
Locals send their friends and relatives to this clean and comfy motel for the resort-style amenities at affordable rates (compared with waterfront lodgings).
The 126 rooms and three suites surround a tropical oasis: lush gardens, a spacious pool and hot tub and a freshwater lagoon with waterfalls, water lilies, koi fish and ducks.
Rates include Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwaves, continental breakfast, athletic club passes and complimentary airport / train station transportation.