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Montecito Inn

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Why We Love It

  • Coveted address on Coast Village Road in ritzy Montecito, where Oprah lives
  • Built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928, the hotel is full of character and charm -- think antique cage elevators and a complete Chaplin movie collection in the library
  • Ride a free beach cruiser two blocks to Butterfly Beach, or drive 10 minutes to State Street
  • Free Wi-Fi

"Gives a peek back to an earlier time" -- Chicago Tribune
94%
Enjoyed This
(52 Member Ratings)
"The style and the feel of the place."
Lorraine
Jun 04, 2018
Mill Valley, CA, USA

Map & Directions

Montecito Inn is a 25-minute drive from Santa Barbara Airport and roughly a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Los Angeles.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Blending classic Hollywood glamour with laid-back Santa Barbara style, Montecito Inn was built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 as an escape from show biz. In a neighborhood of million-dollar estates, this landmark is perched on Coast Village Road, arguably the area's swankiest stretch of boutiques and restaurants. Window-shop among celebs, stroll two blocks to Butterfly Beach or drive 10 minutes to downtown Santa Barbara.

The boutique hotel offers many free amenities including Wi-Fi, a fitness center and beach cruisers. Relax with in-room spa treatments or take a dip in the outdoor pool and hot tub. Guests can also grab DVDs from the full Charlie Chaplin library and enjoy a piece of film history in the comfort of plush, modern guest rooms -- all renovated in 2015. 

A "posh oceanside enclave" (Chicago Times), Montecito is one of the country's wealthiest communities and has attracted stars and moguls since the late 1880s. It's currently home to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore and Jeff Bridges.

From the press:
  • "Montecito Inn gives a peek back to an earlier time" -- Chicago Tribune
  • "Compact and elegantly furnished" rooms -- The New York Times
  • "Montecito’s south-facing beaches are just 90 miles from Los Angeles, making it a longtime hot spot for Hollywood royalty" -- Forbes

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bike rental
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center
  • Baby-sitting service (fees apply)

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Jacuzzi in some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children welcome. 

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel offers Valet Parking for $15.00 (subject to tax), per day, with in and out privileges or Self-Parking for $15.00 (subject to tax) per day. Charges will be applied to your bill at the hotel. These rates are subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

94%
Enjoyed This
(52 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Montecito Inn, Santa Barbara (CA) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The style and the feel of the place.
Lorraine Jun 04, 2018 Mill Valley, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Personnel and staff were thoroughly helpful and delightful.
Other Comments
Room was small, but the bathroom was unbelievably TINY.
Lynn May 29, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
All in all it was a nice place to stay. The pool/hot tub area is easily accessible and enjoyable.
Other Comments
I think my only comment would be that they should upgrade their packaged morning pastries for fresh made!
Thomas May 01, 2018 Los Osos, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Beds were great, parking guys were great
Other Comments
We were disappointed in the attentiveness to what we would call detail. There was nothing about the background of the hotel IN the hotel (built by Charlie Chaplin to house his guests, instead of coming to his home). Was disappointed in the location of our room and the sound that came through the room. Shower/bath in this room was truly ordinary and small. It was our 44th anniversary and although they were notified nothing special occurred. I recognize we got a great rate but under the circumstances felt they could have done better.
Richard May 26, 2018 Bakersfield, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
It was all good
Gerald May 07, 2018 Palm Desert, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location in Montecito cannot be beat and the staff at the hotel was very friendly and helpful.
Other Comments
The rooms are small but adequate. Our view this stay looked directly at a wall. Some rooms have a peekaboo ocean view but for the most part there are no views. With so many restaurants, shops, and location near the beach, you hardly spend any time at all in the room so it's not a problem. I come up to Santa Barbara about once a month and this is by far one of the best values. Rooms are clean, staff friendly, great location and no resort fees, a big plus.
Cathy May 15, 2018 La Habra, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The staff! All very accommodating and welcoming.
Other Comments
Loved the history. Rooms small, but expected for an older hotel.
Louis Apr 29, 2018 Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Quaint and quiet atmosphere.
Other Comments
Loved this place. Look forward to coming back again. Don't forget to eat at Frankland Crab Co. Well worth it
Carlo Apr 13, 2018 Burbank, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Historical aspect of the Inn, as well as close proximity to restaurants and shopping.
Other Comments
We enjoyed the pool area, as well.
John Apr 10, 2018 Solvang, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff, ambiance, location.
Other Comments
Highway noise is off putting when you open the windows, some rooms are a little dark. Those are the only negatives. Beds are super comfortable, amenities are very good- exercise room is well equipped. The village is charming. Many good restaurant choices. Easy walk to the beachfront.
Lydia Apr 28, 2018 South Pasadena, CA, USA

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