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Ala Mar by the Sea

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Property grounds
On the beach
Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | View from room
Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | Individually decorated, individually furnished, blackout drapes
Room, 1 King Bed | View from room

Overview of Ala Mar by the Sea

Ala Mar by the Sea

2.0 star property

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk
102 West Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationStearns Wharf5 min walk
  • Popular LocationSanta Barbara Harbor10 min walk
  • Popular LocationLeadbetter Beach14 min walk
  • AirportSanta Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal)12 min drive

Room options

About this area

Santa Barbara

Ala Mar by the Sea is located in Santa Barbara Beach, a neighborhood in Santa Barbara, and is in the entertainment district and on the beach. Presidio Santa Barbara and Mission Santa Barbara are notable landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Leadbetter Beach and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Don't miss out on a visit to Santa Barbara Zoo. Kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with hiking/biking trails nearby.

What's nearby

  • MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation - 5 min walk
  • Stearns Wharf - 5 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center - 7 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Harbor - 10 min walk
  • Leadbetter Beach - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara Station - 7 min walk
  • Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) - 12 min drive


  • Finney's Crafthouse - 3 min walk
  • The Harbor Restaurant - 6 min walk
  • Loquita - 6 min walk
  • Union Ale - 6 min walk
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company - 7 min walk

About this property

Ala Mar by the Sea

Motel located in Santa Barbara Beach
Ala Mar by the Sea is located close to Stearns Wharf and Presidio Santa Barbara, and provides free continental breakfast and a terrace. With a beachfront location, this motel is the perfect place to soak up some sun. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
Additional perks include:
  • Free self parking
  • A 24-hour front desk, smoke-free premises, and tour/ticket assistance
  • ATM/banking services, motorized watercraft on site, and concierge services
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the beach locale
Room features
All 18 individually furnished rooms have amenities such as free WiFi. Guests reviews speak well of the spacious rooms at the property.
More amenities include:
  • Heating and fans
  • Bathrooms with free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and daily housekeeping


Danish, English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking available

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast

Things to do

  • Motorized watercraft

Family friendly

  • In-room microwave
  • In-room refrigerator
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • ATM

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tour and ticket assistance


  • On the beach
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • No elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bedsheets provided
  • Blackout drapes
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer on request
  • Private bathroom
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV with premium digital channels

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Fan
  • Heating
  • Individual decor
  • Individual furnishings
  • Iron/ironing board on request

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests are asked to check in between 3 PM and 11 PM on Saturdays and by 10 PM Sunday through Friday. To arrange check-in outside of these hours, guests should contact hotel/vacation rental management in advance.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 25 per pet, per day
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Pet fee: USD 25 per pet, per day
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be 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
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

We should mention

This property does not have elevators

Property is also known as

Ala Mar
Ala Mar Sea
Ala Mar Sea Hotel
Ala Mar Sea Hotel Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Sea Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Sea Motel Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Sea Motel
Ala Mar by the Sea Motel
Ala Mar by the Sea Santa Barbara
Ala Mar by the Sea Motel Santa Barbara

Frequently asked questions

Is Ala Mar by the Sea pet-friendly?

Yes, pets are allowed at this property. There's a fee of USD 25 per pet, per day. Service animals are exempt from fees.

How much does it cost to stay at Ala Mar by the Sea?

As of Jan 29, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Ala Mar by the Sea on Jan 30, 2023 start from $148.75, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Ala Mar by the Sea?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Ala Mar by the Sea?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Ala Mar by the Sea?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Where is Ala Mar by the Sea located?

Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this beachfront motel is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Stearns Wharf and Leadbetter Beach. Presidio Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Santa Barbara Station is 7 minutes by foot.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Ala Mar by the Sea and receive a full refund?

Yes, Ala Mar by the Sea offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Ala Mar by the Sea cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.


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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Excellent

amado, whittier

Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The staff was very friendly and the Motel had a nice warm feeling to it. Perfect spot walking distance from Amtrak Station, which I rode to get there from Fullerton Station. Dont need to rent Car. There is also area for continental Breakfast and a happy hour from 5pm to 7 pm.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2023

4/10 Poor


Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Room was stayed ceiling leaking. Room small and dirty

6/10 Okay


Traveled with group
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities
Property is old but close to the beach so a nice location

6/10 Okay


Had to cancel
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2022

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
My first impression of the Ala Mar Inn was that it was a quaint, unique place. It felt like a plaza. I was surprised by the interior window that could peer into the shower, it made my day, cause I had never seen such a thing. My roommates chuckled, and then we found ways to cover it up via blankets. Upper deck gave us a nice late night area to hang out, and it was a good one night stay.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

2/10 Terrible


Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Totally unacceptable from a security standpoint. My room was switched to another building down the street and around the corner. The key didn’t work in the lock. The room was on a side street and was left unlocked and was left dark. It didn’t appear to be cleaned (but the bed was made so who knows) and there were no towels. When I asked the front desk attendant about the lock they also tried to use the key and confirmed the key didnt work in the lock and asked me not to lock it when I left to check out. I asked for a manager to call me to discuss my stay and also texted that request as well but no one responded. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone based on my experience. Travelocity should delist them as well. Disappointing.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

8/10 Good


Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Location is 10/10 with it being right across the street from the beach and a 3 min walk from iconic Stearns Wharf. Sadly, the owners dont invest anything in this jewel in the rough. Update bed linens to all white to make them feel clean and fresh. Make sure fixtures in rooms and bathrooms are clean and not heavily worn or damaged. Allow a small space for hanging up clothing. Provide white towels, not old burgandy ones. Do not make guests walk to a property next door to check in and out. Make sure housekeeping has a decent attention to detail, especially in bathroom. Rooms are tired and very well worn. A slight re-fresh of the property would increase curb appeal and make property much more appealing.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

4/10 Poor


Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Bad hotel for the lrice
Check in was slow and appeared overwhelmed with all the clients. When it was finally our turn to check in the receptionist offered us rooms in a house instead of the hotel we booked. We declined. Room did not feel safe, windows could not lock, but closed okay. Would we stay here again, not for $350. We had 2 rooms and both were disappointing.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

4/10 Poor


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Great location on a rather old property. Check-in they took my credit card and then billed me far in excess of the room rate even though we had already pre-paid through Expedia. We are trying to get our money back but they do not return phone calls...
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

2/10 Terrible

Verified traveler

Traveled with family
Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Old Motel = Ok; But lack of simple Amenities = Not
Check-in: man put up a finger to wait while he made a personal call; lasted 5+ minutes. Other than taking my cc for an extra charges he gave us nothing but a room key. Had to go back to get wifi password. Roll of toliet paper on back of toilet; no holder. No info in room. Room was clean but old, stuffy. There was a fan. Open slider to let in air was directly open to street, no screen. No closet or even bar for hanging clothes. No paper or plastic drinking cups. Conditioner & lotion, no shampoo. The continental breakfast ran out of coffee by the time I got there 25 minutes after it opened. No one around to refill. What was out was a few pieces of dry coffee cake and dry cereal. I know with COVID rooms are not cleaned daily which I am fine with but when I got home day 4 still not waste basket even emptied. At that point I could have cared less to say anything more to the management. I couldn't wait to check out. I was late getting reservations and took what was available knowing it was a peak season I paid what was asked, but over $1,600 for 4 nights for that room was ridicules. It goes down as the worst place I've stayed ever.
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2022