Ala Mar by the Sea

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Individually decorated, individually furnished, blackout drapes
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Overview of Ala Mar by the Sea

Ala Mar by the Sea

2.0 star property
Guests rated this property 3.1/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • Pet friendly
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
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

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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

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center - 3 min walk
  • MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation - 5 min walk
  • Stearns Wharf - 5 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


  • The Harbor Restaurant — 6 min walk
  • Loquita — 6 min walk
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company — 7 min walk
  • The Lark — 7 min walk
  • Lucky Penny — 7 min walk

About this property

Ala Mar by the Sea

Motel near Santa Barbara Bowl
Close to Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor, Ala Mar by the Sea provides free continental breakfast, a terrace, and more. 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 ATM/banking services
  • Tour/ticket assistance, concierge services, and motorized watercraft on site
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the beach locale
Room features
All guestrooms at Ala Mar by the Sea 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

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 available daily 7:30 AM–10:30 AM

Things to do

  • Motorized watercraft

Family friendly

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • ATM/banking services
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • Danish
  • English
  • Spanish


  • Beachfront location
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Fan
  • Heating
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge)


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Towels


  • Digital channels
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium channels

Food and drink

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
An adult age 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking
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 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

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • 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
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
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

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

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Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 118 out of 659 reviews
5 - Excellent 18%
Rating 4 - Good. 136 out of 659 reviews
4 - Good 21%
Rating 3 - Okay. 143 out of 659 reviews
3 - Okay 22%
Rating 2 - Poor. 114 out of 659 reviews
2 - Poor 17%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 148 out of 659 reviews
1 - Terrible 22%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

1/5 Terrible

Traveled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
furniture in room was pealing, mirror in bath pealing, in desperate need of refurbishment. this hotel should NOT be recomended!
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021

2/5 Poor

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The room was not ready at check in time. First we couldn't find the receptionist and then we were told the room we book is not available. After waiting 2 hours they found a replacement room. The room was in disrepair. Lights not working, with dark kitchen. cabinet door missing. Broken blinds. TV doesn't work. In-room Jacuzzi jets don't work. No one available to complain to or ask questions.
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2021

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We found cockroach on two rooms, dirty socks, many hair, paper. We refused one room because I was dirty undone. Even though they charged us
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021

1/5 Terrible

Traveled with family
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
When we arrived at the property we were accosted by 3 homeless persons. When we went into our room, it smelled very strongly of urine and smoke and appeared very dirty. My daughter who has asthma stated that she was starting to have trouble breathing because of the strong bad smell. We went back to the front desk where a couple stated that their car alarm keeps going off and that the previous night she heard someone trying to get inside their room. We saw a homeless woman run into the room where they were having “Happy hour” while we were waiting for the front desk lady. We told the front desk lady that we could not stay because of all of the above reasons (because the room was dirty and had a bad smell, it was causing my daughter to have breathing problems and there were homeless people coming into the property and we felt unsafe). We asked for a refund because we did not and could not stay at the Ala Mar by the Sea but stayed at the Holiday Inn Express instead (I have a receipt as proof that we stayed at the Holiday Inn instead). We called Mike from Expedia and he said that he would try to help us get a refund but he has not gotten back to us even though he said we would get a resolution within 24 hours and it has been more than 24 hours. There were 2 other families besides ours that left the hotel that day. We would still like a refund because the place that Expedia recommended was grossly unacceptable!
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021

1/5 Terrible

Traveled with family and small children
Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is NOT a hotel….it’s a motel. Very dirty and smoke filled. Saturated smoke in everything!!! Homeless people living in the rooms. We didn’t even stay. Had to get another hotel last minute. Very disappointed with Expedia. They need to verify before advertising.
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2021