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Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I know it is Santa Barbara and we didn't have to stay there. But we were caught in a rock and hard place & needed to be in SB that night & the town was booked. That's the rub when hotels, including this one, take advantage and we end up paying $400 for the two of us to stay one night in a Best Western Hotel. Yes, the room was nice and roomy, but no extras, no breakfast and noisy streets. I ended up trying to sleep out on the couch where it was quieter & further from the street. Free coffee but but not so much as a pastry. A little more for $400 would be expected! Onsite restaurant pretty good. We won't be staying there again for that price.

Great location, excellent restaurant right there, Free airport shuttle. Room was adequate, furniture pretty dated.

Last night of seven day Central California vacation so thought we'd go a little more reasonable on last night. When we planned trip a while back we booked high-end hotels so thought we'd go lower budget for the last night. Lower budget yes, but this hotel had all the amenities (if not more), than the higher end places we stayed at along the way! VERY clean room... recently remodeled, with extras such as fresh fruit in room, sanitary remote control, excellent TV, high-end toiletries, complimentary bottled water, etc. NO gross factor in room at all... excellent stay! They even gave us complimentary late checkout... 1:00 PM instead of 11:00 am!! On top of this, they have an amazing restaurant on premises, perhaps the best hotel breakfast we've ever had. Fresh, organic and tasty. We've stayed at hotels in Santa Barbara for twice the price that weren't any better than the Best Western Encina Inn. Highly recommend and will definitely come back.

We (husband and 10 yr old son) stayed at the Best Western for a weekend in Santa Barbara to visit the mission and some R&R. The location is ok, although only a few blocks from State street, it is a trek to get to the heart of State street where most restaurants are located. If you enjoy walking it is not too bad. The hotel is an old building, and they've updated the bathrooms. We stayed in the double room (they didn't have two queens available). The room itself is large compared to a standard hotel room at most hotels. The bathroom is clean, but because of the aged design, was not functional - no counter space for toiletries, hair dryer, etc so not very convenient. The room decor is also outdated but passable. The beds were very hard and uncomfortable - this was also noted by my 10year old who can usually fall asleep anywhere. Our room was on the first floor and when the upstairs person flushed the toilet there was an incredibly loud sound that kept us up at night. Overall it is a decent place for the price (although we still paid close to $500 for two nights) and you get what you pay for. I would recommend it if you're really budget conscious. We will be opting for a different place next time around.

It was convenient and fairly close to downtown but still need to drive

When I arrived I felt somewhat mislead. Effectively to go anywhere you have to drive, thats not what I thought when I booked after reading the description. I was going to stay 2 nights but moved after one to a hotel closer to the beach. If you wanted to walk to the beach from this hotel it would be 2.5 miles plus.

We were amazed. We didn't expect much.. and it was really nice and quaint. It is a neighborhood and too far to walk downtown.. but we loved it.

Nice enough place, but there is a rather hidden city tax that really increased the price. I had a room that slept 6, however was only allowed to park 1 car in their lot. For the price of almost four Benjamins you'd think I'd be able to park more cars and not be left out on the street. It isn't that close to downtown, so I feel they could have been more accommodating. Staff was rather unapologetic about the parking and the city tax. Sometimes a smile and some empathy can go along way.

Went to Santa Barbara from LA for Valentine's day. Nice motel, back on a quiet street near Cottage Hospital and close to the main drag in Santa Barbara. Nothing special, but clean rooms and a nice property.

in a quiet neighborhood, good if you don't want to be too close to the crowd.

Staff was really helpful. We cycled up from Los Angeles and the front desk clerk upgrade our room to one that would give us more space to store our bikes.

Nice hotel…. would have liked a little balcony though and a view of garden or anything other than a roof

not a bad location, squeaky upstairs floors, no vent fan in the bathroom, did not spend much time in the room

This hotel was perfect. We were given an upgrade to a suite with no extra charge and the suite was fantastic. We would definitely stay again.

Very peaceful neighborhood not far from downtown, few minutes away driving. My bed was small for two but was very happy with the location and overall experience:)

I paid about $235 for one night thinking it would be a slightly upscale experience for my daughter, who is going off to college at the local university. Instead, I experienced a fairly low-class motel with a ticky-tacky gift shop in the front lobby and nothing but coffee and an orange in the morning. You'd think they would throw in at least a bagel or something for that price. The room was rather odd, and seemed more like a converted apartment to me. Motel 6 quality with a Hilton price tag.

It was great checking into the Encino Lodge and Suites. It was clean, modern, comfortable, in a great neighborhood!

When we arrived to check in the front desk staff was super helpful. He saw us looking at the brochures of things to do so he pulled out a map and showed us where we were and how we could get to the main strip (this was my first time to Santa Barbara). He told us the time and distance if we walked or if we chose to drive he showed us areas we could park. The room was clean and spacious as was the bathroom. We only stayed one night so didn't check out the pool or any other areas of the hotel but we would definitely stay again!

Absolutely perfect! The whole weekend. We loved it, we will be visiting soon for sure!

We stayed here for only one night. The room was clean, had plenty of pillows and a extra set of blankets. There was also a mini fridge and tiny room safe. However the large sliding door in the room let in way too much noise. We could hear every guest leave the place that morning! The sliding door opened up on the same side as the front door so it didn't have much purpose.

2220 Bath Street Santa Barbara CA

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites places you within a mile (2 km) of popular attractions like Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. This 122-room, 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's also close to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Presidio Santa Barbara.


Dining

Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a cooked-to-order breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.


Rooms

All of Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites's 122 individually decorated rooms provide sofa beds, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect free WiFi and TVs with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Free weekday newspapers, free local calls, and safes are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. There's free parking, as well as a free airport shuttle during limited hours. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour business center, and coffee/tea in a common area.

Room options

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Poolside

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Refrigerator

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking, Kitchen

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking, Kitchen

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites

Everyone (6) Couples (35) Business (3) Family (22) Friends (10) Other (7)
2

overpriced

Everyone

I know it is Santa Barbara and we didn't have to stay there. But we were caught in a rock and hard place & needed to be in SB that night & the town was booked. That's the rub when hotels, including this one, take advantage and we end up paying $400 for the two of us to stay one night in a Best Western Hotel. Yes, the room was nice and roomy, but no extras, no breakfast and noisy streets. I ended up trying to sleep out on the couch where it was quieter & further from the street. Free coffee but but not so much as a pastry. A little more for $400 would be expected! Onsite restaurant pretty good. We won't be staying there again for that price.

By , from San Luis Obispo on Oct 16, 2017

4

great location, excellent restaurant right there,

Everyone

Great location, excellent restaurant right there, Free airport shuttle. Room was adequate, furniture pretty dated.

By on Jun 27, 2017

5

what a pleasant surprise!

Everyone

Last night of seven day Central California vacation so thought we'd go a little more reasonable on last night. When we planned trip a while back we booked high-end hotels so thought we'd go lower budget for the last night. Lower budget yes, but this hotel had all the amenities (if not more), than the higher end places we stayed at along the way! VERY clean room... recently remodeled, with extras such as fresh fruit in room, sanitary remote control, excellent TV, high-end toiletries, complimentary bottled water, etc. NO gross factor in room at all... excellent stay! They even gave us complimentary late checkout... 1:00 PM instead of 11:00 am!! On top of this, they have an amazing restaurant on premises, perhaps the best hotel breakfast we've ever had. Fresh, organic and tasty. We've stayed at hotels in Santa Barbara for twice the price that weren't any better than the Best Western Encina Inn. Highly recommend and will definitely come back.

By , from Laguna Niguel, CA on May 15, 2017

3

it's ok

Everyone

We (husband and 10 yr old son) stayed at the Best Western for a weekend in Santa Barbara to visit the mission and some R&R. The location is ok, although only a few blocks from State street, it is a trek to get to the heart of State street where most restaurants are located. If you enjoy walking it is not too bad. The hotel is an old building, and they've updated the bathrooms. We stayed in the double room (they didn't have two queens available). The room itself is large compared to a standard hotel room at most hotels. The bathroom is clean, but because of the aged design, was not functional - no counter space for toiletries, hair dryer, etc so not very convenient. The room decor is also outdated but passable. The beds were very hard and uncomfortable - this was also noted by my 10year old who can usually fall asleep anywhere. Our room was on the first floor and when the upstairs person flushed the toilet there was an incredibly loud sound that kept us up at night. Overall it is a decent place for the price (although we still paid close to $500 for two nights) and you get what you pay for. I would recommend it if you're really budget conscious. We will be opting for a different place next time around.

By on Jan 30, 2017

4
Families

It was convenient and fairly close to downtown but still need to drive

By on Dec 9, 2016

3

ok hotel

Everyone

When I arrived I felt somewhat mislead. Effectively to go anywhere you have to drive, thats not what I thought when I booked after reading the description. I was going to stay 2 nights but moved after one to a hotel closer to the beach. If you wanted to walk to the beach from this hotel it would be 2.5 miles plus.

By , from South Carolina on Aug 10, 2016

5

close to dowtown without the downtown price

Everyone

We were amazed. We didn't expect much.. and it was really nice and quaint. It is a neighborhood and too far to walk downtown.. but we loved it.

By , from Orange County on Apr 19, 2016

1

minimal parking, expensive, fees

GetawayWithFriends

Nice enough place, but there is a rather hidden city tax that really increased the price. I had a room that slept 6, however was only allowed to park 1 car in their lot. For the price of almost four Benjamins you'd think I'd be able to park more cars and not be left out on the street. It isn't that close to downtown, so I feel they could have been more accommodating. Staff was rather unapologetic about the parking and the city tax. Sometimes a smile and some empathy can go along way.

By on Oct 24, 2015

4

weekend get away

Couples

Went to Santa Barbara from LA for Valentine's day. Nice motel, back on a quiet street near Cottage Hospital and close to the main drag in Santa Barbara. Nothing special, but clean rooms and a nice property.

By on Aug 4, 2015

4

weekend getaway

GetawayWithFriends

in a quiet neighborhood, good if you don't want to be too close to the crowd.

By on May 5, 2015