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out of 19 reviews
“A Place in The Sun!”
Our experience was great because we have our two small dogs with us and that was everything to us including being in front of the water on the beach in Santa Barbara. Get lots of ice specially in the summer time. We stayed on the first floor it was very peaceful and quiet at night.
“World class location”
Walking distance to lower State St., Stearns Wharf, and the harbor area, right on the beach. Room was very nice however, the walls are thin and the tv noise, etc. of other tenants is audible.
“Ala Mar over Veteran's Day”
Perfect location, on the ocean one short block down from Stearn's Wharf. You're paying for this location. This property clearly used to be "just a motel" but they've done enough - wrought iron bed, plantation shutters, rafters on the ceiling, rocker in the room - to make it fairly cute. Parking in the lot is first come, first served. I arrived late and there were no spaces, but the front desk clerk immediately volunteered to give me his space.
“Ala Marvelous by the Sea Santa Barbara”
Nice location right across from beach and pier, close to the main street. Walking distance to all the beauty Santa Barbara beach has to offer. Stayed in the only room on the third floor with private rear entrance, balcony and in-room jacuzzi!! Turn down service too late in the afternoon, but otherwise great place overall.
“Convenient and close to the train station”
Nice place on the beach and two blocks from the train station. Very convenient overall. They let us stay past the normal check out time without charge since our train did not depart until 2PM. That made the stay worth just a little bit more in my book.
“Ala Mar by the Sea”
It was a small, but cozy room right across from the beach. The staff was extremely friendly and professional. They do not have the best parking, but they made every effort to find us one. The room was clean and felt comfortable. They did not have any storage, such as drawers or a closet so we had to live out of our luggages. It was a nice place to stay especially for the price and location.
“Good location, but noisy”
Good location across from the beach and convenient to many things. Noisy, as sound travels quite easily between rooms and floors. Parking is limited.
“Not our cup of tea ~”
We have stayed at this over the last 15 years 3 different times. The first two were much better experiences. It is an old hotel, which we were aware of when we booked it. It appears that very little has been done to keep it repaired. Since the last time we stayed they have added shutters on the windows a few of the rooms have jacuzzi tubs in them. We were supposed to get one of those, but ended up in a different room due to the fact we did not care for the location of our reserved room. We felt that was an attempt to look like they did something. Our door did not shut properly and the the deadbolt was not able to lock. The chain for added security was hanging by one screw. There is no air conditioning and it was humid the two nights we stayed. The tile was chipped in the shower and not very clean. The night manager was extremely rude to me over a question on our bill. We decided that we will not be staying there again. It seems the majority of clients are in their 20's my guess is the affordability and close proximity to the beach.
I knew it was more of an old "motel" when I booked but I did it anyway. It's cute and in a fantastic location BUT I think with the $ they charge to stay at this "motel" they could do some maintenance the blinds on the sliding door looking out to the street were broken and warped and didn't close all the way you can see right into the room. There are no hangers or hooks or anywhere to hang clothes up! Even if you went out and bought your own hangers there was NO place to hang them. I guess no one brings anything that needs to be hung up cause when I mentioned it to the front desk-they weren't aware? I was there for a conference and needed to look good. There also is a hole in wall in the bathroom where the plumbing goes outside that lets a lot of big spiders in and is big enough to let other things in like a mouse. The bed was really comfy and the staff were friendly and helpful so not all bad.
“nice people, old hotel”
besides the toilet running all night, and the fact there is no heaters in any of the rooms the bed was nice, old shower that was recently retiled, nice little breakfast included with room. great large flat screen TV but not to many channels.