Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page >

Family hotels in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica in July

Family hotels in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica in July

Old Jun 1st, 2010, 11:47 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 120
Family hotels in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica in July

Good morning! I need recommendations for family hotels in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica for the second week of July. We are two adults and 3 children (13, 10 & 7). I don't want to spend more than $200. We will have a car.

I heard these two cities are very expensive. Any other locations closeby where we could stay?


Clau is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 02:27 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,830
Carpintera might be a little cheaper than SB. There are a Best Western and a Holiday Inn Express there. Near SB there isa Hampton Inn at Goleta and on the north edge of SB a Ramada Limited, both of which are clean and comfortable. Also the West Beach Inn and Mason Beach Inn.
boom_boom is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 02:45 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,729
Hampton Inn in Goleta/SB is new and nice and around $200+ during the summer months.

You'll have to get a rollaway..they have free breakfast and internet.

Did you check last minute deals on expedia.com

La Quinta Inns and Suites are great hotels that are all over the US and CA for under $200.

ksucat is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 03:59 PM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 5,545
The Eagle Inn in Santa Barbara is usually the best deal, full kitchens, close to the beach and within walking distance to downtown. I seriously doubt you will find anything that approaches their value in SB. (I'm not advertising, merely recommending from personal experience).

RBCal is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 08:46 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 584
Although the address is SB, I consider it Goleta. Goleta and Carpinteria are your best bets for $200 or less near SB.

SOCALOC is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 09:00 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,729
I've stayed at Pacifica Suites and the rooms are large and the hot made to order breakfast is awesome..omelettes, eggs/bacon/hash browns with a latte.
Got a great deal on expedia.com over the holidays last year and it was perfect for what it was.
Beds could be more memory foam but besides that, it was fine.
It's right on the Goleta/SB border but I would consider it Goleta.
Minutes to SB.
I've gotten deals for $159.
ksucat is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 10:00 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 550
For Santa Barbara and Goleta, things fill up very fast... Jult is prime time around here so I would check expedia for hotels in your price range that have openings on your dates and then read reviews on tripadvisor to find a few that will work for you! Then call the hotels you are interested in directly and I wouldnt waste another minute.. prices will NOT go down between now and then and usually on the weekends there is a two night minimum... if you'll be here over the fourth of July weekend, usually a three night minimum.

Happy to answer specific location questions after you narrow it down a bit!
onemoneygirl is offline  
Old Jun 1st, 2010, 10:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,729
onemoneygirl is right on the money with her advice!

In SB, make sure you go to Renaud's for the best croissants, Super Rica for the best taco shop.
Go to the Nugget in Summerland (south of SB) for the best patty melt.
ksucat is offline  
Old Jun 2nd, 2010, 06:11 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 550
Renaud's!! YES.

Oh ksucat, if they go to Renaud's we might, have to have a mini GTG, do you think?!

I am lucky I live an hour away because if that were my hometown, I would have a mighty tough time not making that an every weekend "must!" Their coffee is wonderful too. And the quiche. I am slowly backing away from the computer now...lol.
onemoneygirl is offline  
Old Jun 2nd, 2010, 06:59 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,729
ksucat is offline  
Old Jun 2nd, 2010, 08:27 AM
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 10,556
We liked the Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara. Not sure it would be under $200, but it is the best value with two queen beds that we could find when we visited.

Santa Monica has lots of choices. The Marriott Courtyard in nearby Marina del Rey is under $200 and would have two queen beds.
PeaceOut is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2010, 07:19 AM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 550
If you click on my name you will find a report I wrote a few months ago on Fess Parkers, I liked it too but figured it would be more than you wish to pay. If you want to splurge however...

One of your considerations should be location so you dont end up in the car for hours every day. For example, if you stay further south as some have suggested and plan to drive to SB each day... not so convenient. The great thing about Fess Parkers is that you can walk to the beach and the pier, to the market and take the shuttle to the downtown. No car needed.
onemoneygirl is offline  
Old Jun 3rd, 2010, 09:12 AM
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 303
You might look at the Franciscan Inn in SB. It's located within walking distance to the beach and is pretty nice and should be in your price range.
A few times I've been able to find something somewhat reasonable in Santa Monica on one of the hotel booking sites but we usually end up staying in Marina del Rey or Venice. We've stayed at the Marriott Courtyard mentioned above and it was fine.
sequess is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
United States
Apr 25th, 2005 03:10 PM
United States
Sep 25th, 2003 09:55 PM
United States
Apr 24th, 2003 07:18 AM
United States
Jul 23rd, 2002 06:37 PM
United States
May 23rd, 2002 04:35 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information