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Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara

2.5-star2.5 stars
433 W Montecito StSanta BarbaraCA93101United States of America

Hotel with outdoor pool, near Presidio Santa Barbara
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  • Free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
Good internet service
Delicious food
Great pool
Value for money
Best value for money
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From 788 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara

from $169
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed
  • Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds

About Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara

Quaint hotel with free breakfast near beach and State Street

Downtown by the beach

Inn By The Harbor places you in a quiet downtown neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from the beach and the action along State Street. Santa Barbara Airport and the University of California, Santa Barbara, are 15 minutes away by car.

History and wine-tasting

You can stroll to boutiques and restaurants on State Street, 5 blocks away, or cruise to Stearns Wharf on free rental bikes in 6 minutes. Old Mission Santa Barbara, a 10-minute drive, is great for history buffs, and Santa Ynez Valley, a 45-minute drive, is full of wineries.

Plenty of free perks

You can unwind in the pool and hot tub, and every day there's a free wine and cheese reception, free movie rentals, and a free breakfast buffet. Guests praise the hotel’s landscaped grounds and perks like free parking and free rentals of beach-cruiser bicycles.

Free movies, cold drinks

Guestrooms have the essentials for a fun vacation, from free WiFi and mini-fridges to flat-screen TVs with free HBO and free movies. You can book a guestroom with a kitchen - perfect for enjoying fresh seafood from Santa Barbara Shellfish and a bottle of local wine.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 42 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-11:00 PM
  • Check-out time is noon

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Up to 2 children (12 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Free reception
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of nearby fitness center
  • Spa tub
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
Working away
  • 24-hour business center
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara’s small print

Also known as

  • Inn Harbor
  • Inn Harbor Santa Barbara
  • Harbor Santa Barbara
  • Inn By The Harbor Hotel Santa Barbara


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Carriage and Western Art Museum (2-minute walk)
  • Santa Barbara City College (3-minute walk)
  • Moreton Bay Fig Tree (6-minute walk)
  • Santa Barbara Harbor (8-minute walk)
  • Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center (8-minute walk)
  • Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (8-minute walk)
  • Ty Warner Sea Center (9-minute walk)
  • Leadbetter Beach (9-minute walk)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (9-minute walk)
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art (14-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) - 14 min drive
  • Santa Ynez, CA (SQA) - 37 min drive
  • Santa Barbara Station - 8 min walk
  • Carpinteria Station - 14 min drive
  • Goleta Station - 14 min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 527 reviews

Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara
Great place to stay. Helpful staff and good cookies!!
Janice, us2 night trip
Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara
We liked it, comfortable and clean Very nice 👍
Berit, us1 night trip
Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara
Very Good8.0
It was wonderful. Only stayed for two nights wish it could have been more! WiFi worked perfectly!
A Traveler, us2 night trip
Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara
Went downhill
The room stunk like a sewer and they were no other rooms available that day as I was told by the front desk employee. I called again after 11.30 pm because the smell was so strong and we just couldn't fall sleep; I was offered 2 single king size rooms ( all they had left) which wasn't going to work as we were vacationing as a family with a toddler who was asleep by then, and I didn't feel like moving in the middle of the night. Also, the service went downhill in a the past 7 years. We stayed there in 2011 and were blown away then by this hotel, not anymore. The hotel looks dirty and room looked dirty, old and dingy. It needs a makeover like fresh paint, new carpets and bathroom remodel (at least in the room we stayed in). Even the carpet was dirty with stuff all over it but no one from the housecleaning was available when I noticed it that evening. It was very difficult to keep the 2 year old off the floor all the time. The bathtub drain was clogged too and the water wouldn't drain for an hour after someone took a shower The breakfast now is very poor that consists of Costco brand hard boiled eggs, 4 types of Raisin Bran cereal and some pastries with butter and Philadelphia cream cheese on the side. I remember it to be completely different, and they used to serve cold cuts, variety of juice and fruit among other things for breakfast. I mean, it used to be delicious and you didn't have the need to go out to eat real breakfast. We were disappointed with our stay.
anthony, us1 night trip
Inn By The Harbor, Santa Barbara
Beautiful view and friendly staff!
I usually won’t leave a review, but this time I will because we were very impressed. Inn by the Harbor in beautiful Santa Barbara, has an amazing view and the staff are professional and friendly! We stayed for three nights and never experienced any issues other than locking ourselves out of our room! Lol. When we went to the office and explained what happened, they made sure we didn’t feel embarrassed and instead made us feel very comfortable. The local restaurant’s on the ocean shore and close by are worth a visit!! We will definitely stay there again!!
A Traveler, us4 night trip

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