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Great midtown location
Located in midtown, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites is adjacent to Sansum Clinic and Cottage Hospital, and is just minutes from historic downtown, Mission Santa Barbara, golf courses, beaches, wineries, and more. This Santa Barbara hotel is 1.1 miles from the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and 1.2 miles from the Arlington Theater. The Alice Keck Memorial Garden and Alameda Park are 1.3 miles away.
Outdoor pool and spa tub
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites has a restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool and spa tub, and an aviary. Wireless Internet access and airport transportation are complimentary. Las Aves Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving American fare and Mexican favorites.
Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge & Suites feature individually appointed accommodations with charming country-style décor. Amenities include air conditioning, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, make-up mirror, iron and ironing board, wall safe, fresh fruit, cookies, Crabtree & Evelyn bath products, complimentary HBO, DVD player with free movie rentals, voice mail, data port, and free high-speed wireless Internet service.
I really liked this hotel. It was off the beaten path but close enough to the main area. Our room had a entire mirrored wall which really opened up the room to feel bigger and a high ceiling with wood beams. I also enjoyed the little bird aviary. I would definitely stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital"
The outside hotel grounds are very well maintained and the rooms are clean and well maintained, but decor in need of updating (honestly, it reminded me of my grandmothers home). There are a ton of hotels in Santa Barbara and most are + $100/night but I felt this hotel was truly overpriced for what was offerred ($168/night incl. tax for a double bed […] room). The rooms have the old jealousy windows and the rooms can get very cold quickly and there is only one single heater which takes a bit of time to heat the room. The front desk staff is less than helpful and even somewhat rude and did not appear to go the distance to be helpful. The maids are very loud and generally up moving about quite early @ 8am, which I found to be very disruptive. The location is only one block from the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital so if you need to be close to the hospital for any reason (class or family), then this is an ideal location. There are not any restaurants in walking distance other than the one at the hotel so if you dont have your own transportation then getting downtown or going elswhere will be a problem, which is unfortunate b/c there is so much to do and see in Santa Barbara and good restaurants are everywhere. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites Greetings Barb, Thank you for your recent stay with us at the Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites. It is wonderful to hear you enjoyed your spacious guestroom as well as the quality of our landscaping. Our entire team is committed to creating a pleasant ambience for our guests. As you mentioned, many enjoy the convenient location to Sansum Clinic and Cottage Hospital as well as our location nestled in a cozy neighborhood, while just a few blocks from the historic Old Mission and within walking distance to Downtown. Please know that we continuously upgrade each of our guestrooms so that we may provide a comfortable and pleasant environment. Based on your comments I will be sure to remind our housekeeping team to allow a restful morning for our guests. Should your travel plans bring you back to Santa Barbara, I hope you visit us again! Warmly, Carol Wolford, General Manager.
"Clean, and free parking."
This hotel is great if you are looking for something a bit of a walk from downtown. We walked all the way down State Street in 40 minutes and it was a gorgeous walk. Hotel is in good area, there was underground parking available. Room was clean, somewhat large. The upkeep of the hotel could probably use some upgrading. But overall it was OK, nothing […] special. Would probably stay a bit closer to downtown next time. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good for passing through."
Stayed here twice this month while looking at real estate. Great place to sleep, the bed is very comfortable. Breakfast at the dining room was standard, well prepared and hot. Very good coffee.Genuine Expedia guest review
Nice amenities and a thoughtful and helpful staff. Our only complaint is the fact that, because this is a motel, cars are parked directly in front of rooms. When people lock their cars at all hours of the night, each car makes a loud horn sound which makes it hard to get a good night's sleep before 1am. Other than that, I really liked this motel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Quiet and spotless"
We loved the Best Western Plus Encina Lodge. It is nestled in a residential area of Santa Barbara, off the commercial routes. It reminded us of places in the Wine Country. The on-site restaurant, Los Aves Cafe, was especially nice.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely and Loud"
I loved the Best Western in terms of cleanliness and charm. The staff was wonderful, the birds were happy, everything was very, very good. It's just that it was so loud! We all had a hard time getting to sleep with all the stomping, talking and slamming of doors. We could hear everything in the surrounding units, so that took a toll on our quality of […] sleep. If they could improve the sound, it would be perfect! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not worth the price"
I would love this hotel if it didn't charge $250 per night for the rooms.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"More than we expected"
We stayed two nights since my husband was having surgery, and we had a two hour drive to deal with. It was right around the block from the hospital. We were pleased to find our room was set up for comfort. Lots of pillows, and a recliner which was perfect for my husband since we spent the entire time in the room, other than when he was having surgery. […] We did take out from the onsite restaurant, and the food was great. All the little extras like fresh fruit, candy dish, and robes really made us feel pampered. We were dreading this trip but the Encina Lodge made us feel a whole lot better. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice, quiet and very pretty hotel and grounds."
The staff was very nice and the hotel was very quiet and well maintained. We were there for a wedding so we didn't use any of the facilities like the pool and spa or the massage services. The restaurant looked very nice but we never got to visit it. The room and the furnishings were very nice. The only thing I had a little problem with was that the […] toilet was a little small and low to the floor. The bathtub was a little small too. I would stay there again and use more of the facilities next time. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Ok hotel, safe and nice amenities"
The room was adjacent to their hotel laundry. Was woke every morning by employees movements, talking and work outside the room. Constantly heard water running loudly in the living room during times employees were washing hotel laundry. I was happy with the room layout, size and amenities. There is a problem with wall vinyl pulling loose in the bathroom. […] Also the room above on the second floor could be heard walking at night and in the morning. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Our Stay for The State Street Ballet Performance"
This Hotel is a Lovely place to stay in everyway.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"One of the nicest Best Westerns I've seen"
Nice hotel with seersucker robes, Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, plenty of pillows, thick towels, and good lamps. Complimentary bottled water and apples -- nice touch. Somewhat out of the way location next to the hospital. Unfortunately, walls and ceilings/floors are thin -- we could hear every step of the upstairs guest in his room as well as the housekeeper […] vacumning the next morning. Lovely little aviary outside. A bit pricey but that's Santa Barbara. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Won't go back there."
Might as well stay in Motel 6 for this level of room & service!Genuine Expedia guest review
"close to main street of town"
liked the hotel, but did not like having our room right over the garage,,,we could hear the garage door opening and closing, very noisy,Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"quiet but small"
small room, nice neighborhood, 2 miles from downtown and beach. great location, wish the room was a little bigger.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Everything was good but WiFi did not work that well. Could only get onto my computer ~10% of the time I tried. We did have a room far from the front desk...not sure if that was why.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"close to Cottage Hospital"
Convenient.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great for a stay in Santa Barbara"
This was a great hotel in a quiet and nicer part of town. It is within blocks of one of best Ice cream places on the Central Coast, McConnells. The room was clean. There is a little restuarant that is part of the hotel, breakfast there was good. I would stay there again.Genuine Expedia guest review
nice clean room. bright and roomy.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice location, very well maintained"
It was really a quaint well maintained hotel. Landscaped with flowers and very clean. The Staff was very helpful. Courteous. And professional. I would definitely stay here again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great spot in Santa Barbara"
The hotel was very nice plus it had a restaurant on site which was handy. THe room was comfortable, the furnishing style was a little outdated, but honestly it felt more like we were staying in an apartment and could just be comfortable rather than a fussy hotel. The place is big enough that you could have lots of family stay in the same hotel together […] if someone was say getting married in Santa Barbara. Nice pool area too. Close walk up to State Street where it was easy enough for us to catch a bus down to the shops & restaurants. Neighborhood was quiet which was nice too b/c we got a good nights sleep. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"nice front office staff and decent room"
This hotel is kept well, though all the amenities are a little older. Everyone we spoke with at the desk was friendly and helpful. The rooms were smaller, but with nice beds. We had adjacent rooms on the first floor near the front entrance. The issues are with sound. Not only could we hear all the other guests while they climbed the stairs to the second […] floor, but we could also hear them in the rooms above very clearly. The walls are thin. Also, the staff begins cleaning/maintenance duties between 6A and 7A - and again, you could hear them sweeping and pushing carts outside the room very clearly...doesn't make for a restful night's sleep. Lastly, be aware that this hotel is about 1.2 miles away from restaurants etc on State Street - and the walk is not through a well-lit or great part of town. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice, clean and well kept"
Very comfortable for a place away from the beach. Not far from dining and nice restaurant on siteGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great for a family"
For the amount that I paid I expected a lot more. I see it being good for families who are vacationing but not so much for an individual on a business trip.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel for a good price."
I would stay in this hotel again. Bed is comfortable and seating is available.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Quiet, comfortable, nice landscaping"
Very pleasant garden-like surroundings. Room decor and amenities similar to much pricier hotels.Genuine Expedia guest review
We were pleasantly surprised with this hotel. Driving in, it reminded us of the quaint hotels in Carmel with the flowers draping off the 2nd balconies. The staff was pleasant and efficient and went out of their way to get us a non-smoking room when requested. The rooms were comfortable and clean with nice new flat screen TV. Will definitely recommend […] this one to our friends. It was a little further from the shops district of State St than I thought, but we just drove to this area instead of walking. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Wish I was closer to the beach."
Very nice hotel in a residential location. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The restaurant attached was very good, as well.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Location in Santa Barbara"
Met all our expectations. Room quite comfortable, clean and well maintained. Hotel amenities very good. On site cafe quite good for breakfast. Will return.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Our stay was not a pleasant one. First of all, the pictures on the website make the rooms look much nicer than they are. Our coffee maker and snacks were in the bathroom, which is not an idea location for food and drink. Also, our air conditioner did not work. It would work for about 5 minutes then quit. We were able to use the fan to get by, but the […] room was still extremely warm. However, the worst part was that we were given a smoking room, even though we requested non-smoking. When we called the front desk to request a different room, we were told that the hotel was full and they were unable to switch us. We learned this was not accurate though since we had friends staying with us as well. They arrived after us and had requested 2 beds, but were assigned 1 king bed. They were able to swap rooms for 2 beds. However, we called before they checked in, so we know that there was a double room available when we called. Because of all of these negatives, I do not recommend staying at this hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites Please accept our sincerest apologies for your less than satisfied experience with our hotel. We know you have many hotels to choose from when visiting Santa Barbara so we strive to provide our guests with the best possible quality of service and accommodations. With our long warm summers we experienced high usage with our air conditioners. Please know that our maintenance team has inspected each of our rooms to ensure a comfortable environment for our guests. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Should your travels bring you back to Santa Barbara I hope you consider allowing us the opportunity to show you the true meaning of our hotel experience Warmly,
"Good Price/Quality but too far from the sea"
Good Price/Quality but too far from the seaGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A good adress."
Our only regret was that our rooms were in the back building, far from the facilities (swimming pool, lobby, laundry) and close to a rather noisy street. But the rooms were very comfortable, the service and cleanlines excellent.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Santa Barbara Haven"
Wished the place had a room for a getaway without having to go to the restaurant; okay not to serve breakfast, but lobby area needs to be more substantial for the size of the place. Did the gift shop take over the lobby space? Room was ROASTING when we returned; took a while to cool down to enjoy time back in room. Restaurant closes TOO early (9 pm). […] Nice touch is DVD rentals. Most folks very helpful, efficient, & friendly. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We absolutely LOVED staying here! We had no problems and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Would absolutely come back and stay here again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Room was just great. Loved the fruite, candies and cookies provided. Check in was easy. My husband was incensed with loud talking from across the pool until 4:00AM. It really did make sleep impossible.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Overall good deal for location"
Was upgraded to pool side on arrival. The rooms on this area seem a bit dated (which is the primary reason for the 3's in the review) but are complete with kitchen, LCD TV in the main room, and regular television in the bedroom. Coffee maker available; full refrigerator with freezer also available. Mattress was a king size, was supportive and are in, […] what seems to be, new condition. Robes were available inside the closet. Pool is clean, warm, and kept in good condition. Key advantage is closeness to State St. Parking pass given at front desk. Overall good deal for location. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Easy to get to fr freeway."
We were tired of driving at the point we checked in. It was a welcoming environment. Older hotel but well maintained. Good buffet breakfast at a bargain price of 4.95.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Clean comfortable and reasonably priced"
Very nice hotel in a quiet Santa Barbara location. Good alternative to the beach hotels that are very expensive and not in as good condition.Genuine Expedia guest review
The hotel staff is quite friendly and accommodating. The room was comfortable and well-maintained. The restaurant is lovely as well.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
very nice hotel. staff very helpful with directions and events going on in town.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Located in a quiet neighborhood"
The hotel is very well kept, both inside and outside. The hotel has a cute aviary near the pool and the gardens are kept really nice. The hotel is in a quiet neighborhood.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great stay off of the main street"
Great location. It was away from State Street. Bring your bikes, we rode around everywhere and didn't have to worry about parking a car. They have a cute little Aviary with finches. Rooms are a little small, so putting bikes and surf boards away was a challenge. I would stay again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"TWO MAIN DETAILS FOR US NOT TO COME BACK"
Good location, nice room but because it has a separate suite there is a bathroom INSIDE the bethroom, meaning if you are sleeping the rest of the family need to get into the bedroom in order to use it. Two details that could be improved: 1. we upgraded to a suite, meaning the more expensive room therefore should be the most comfortable one... but the […] second bed is a couch with a very thin matress. Nobody can rest comfortable on it. We;ve been in other hotels with also a couch but the matress is thick enough. 2. It was shocking to us that once we checked out we were not allowed to use the installations such as the pool as is usual in most resorts. They offer us just to use the guest bathroom, that was all. Since you don't have much to do with kids in Santa Barbara, this is an issue that will stop us to book the same hotel even that the service was overall good. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Very nice location was nice but not close to main shopping or beach its a 30 minute walk to get to main attractions. Room was nice but beds we're very hard. Not a couples retreat more for family style vacations. Staff was great.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This place was wonderful. The room was very clean and the staff very pleasant.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great place to stay in Santa Barbara"
Excellent hotel at a relatively affordable price. Our room was very clean and quiet. The room was was also very comfortable. The on-location restaurant was very good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The People here are great. You definitely get more for your $$$. We will definitely come back. It's a hidden treasure.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great Hotel, and close to the beach..............................Genuine Expedia guest review
this is a convenient location. The bathroom counter could stand to be a bit larger, but there are nice extras - robes, water in the room, rubber bath mat. Weak coffee both in the lobby and in the room. The 1 queen room is a bit tiny - hardly any room to move around and parking got scarce on a Friday night,.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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