17 West Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States (USA)
View Map Reservations: 1-800-230-4134
2.5 Star Downtown Hotel in Santa Barbara County
34.41626 -119.6961
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Very Good
4.0/ 5

Based on 526 guest reviews

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  • Free breakfast available
  • Avg. Group Discount of 10.7%!
  • Fitness center on property
  • 61 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
  • Check out: 11:00 AM
  • Group booking rating of 10.0/10

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Local Attractions

State Street, Paseo-Nuevo mall, restaurants, Stearn's Wharf, Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara Mission, Beach, Santa Barbara and City College.

Our Hotel Planner Expert Reviews of Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Our expert hotel planners periodically visit and review the hotels we represent in person. This is the most recent visit:
"Perfect for all tourist groups"
Overall Score4.0/ 5
This property is located in the heart of Santa Barbara in the Downtown Area. Perfect property for tourists interested in seeing all of Santa Barbara has to offer and in a safe and walkable neighborhood. It is a three-story Historic building built in 1916 with a total of 61 rooms with 2 room types (Standard King or 2 Double Queens). There is a business center area in the 2nd floor, an outdoor balcony area where guest can hangout and enjoy a nice glass of wine or cheese in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings (hotel hosted wine receptions),. There is no fitness room on property, but guests are given Complimentary day passes to a local gym called Spectrum or a day pass to a public beach lap pool facility. Complimentary hot breakfast, free internet, complimentary 3 hour bike rentals, complimentary beach towels available to guests, parking is $12 a day/overnight.
Melissa C., a local HotelPlanner Santa Barbara expert from US flag
01-Oct-2013 Verified Review

Verified Reviews of Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Below are the verified reviews from guests that we have booked recently:
"Welcoming, Clean and Accommodating."
Overall Score5.0/ 5
I had made a reservation for 10 rooms for a cheer team and chaperones at another property and for some reason they did not have the 10 rooms reserved for us. The hotel promptly made reservations for us here at the Holiday Inn Express and it was a wonderful solution to an otherwise very negative situation. We were greeted by happy front desk people at 11:30 pm and they promptly got the girls in their beautiful rooms within a few minutes. Our rooms were immaculate and we also received some upgraded rooms that were a wonderful perk. The food was good and the breakfast was fast and efficient always getting fresh food out and keeping the tables and area clean. Everyone was pleasant and created a warm and welcoming environment for our girls. I highly recommend this hotel!
(Group coordinator, booked 10 rooms), from US flag
06-Sep-2014 Verified Review, stayed from Fri Sep 05 to Sat Sep 06 2014 at a $341.00 group rate (10% discount).

Customer Reviews of Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

4.0 out of 5. Based on 526 guest reviews , Very Good

Property Description

Imbued with the history of the century-old Hotel Virginia, the Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara stands as a symbol of Santa Barbara’s rich heritage and legacy of enduring hospitality. As one of the most cherished hotels in Santa Barbara, CA we offer both the quality, convenience and value that only Holiday Inn Express can provide and the charm of a legendary Historic Landmark property, complete with elegant guestrooms, first-class amenities and outstanding service. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, CA, we’re steps from State Street’s world-class restaurants, shops and nightlife, as well as minutes from Santa Barbara’s peaceful beaches and salty and surf-worthy ocean. Our proximity to Historic Old Town Santa Barbara places you at the center of this exciting city, and yet we offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle in our comfortable, spacious guest rooms. Santa Barbara Lodging Steeped in History & Charm. Many of our richly appointed guestrooms feature stunning mountain or red-tiled rooftop views. Distinctive touches such as exposed brick walls, French windows and classic décor as well as premium amenities for you to enjoy including 32” LCD TVs, refrigerators and plush triple-sheeted beds are found in every room. Built in 1917 and constructed with in stucco exterior and graceful arches, Malibu and Catalina tile-work and decorative wrought-iron railings, our historic landmark hotel is one of the finest and earliest examples of California Spanish Revival style that defines Santa Barbara’s architecture. An elaborate complimentary breakfast awaits you in the cozy lobby cafe or on the second-floor balcony.

Details / Other Expenses

Check In: 03:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Year of Last Renovation: 2013
Floors: 3
Rooms: 61
Corridors: All Rooms Have Interior Hallways
Non Smoking Rooms: 61
Handicap Rooms: 4
Suites: 0
Room Windows: Windows Do Open
Cleaning Frequency: Daily
Meeting Rooms: 0
Dist. to Food/Bars: 0.3 Mi
Dist. to Nearest Gym: 0.5 Mi
Policies / Expenses
Cancellation policies vary on dates and how groups book.
Nightly Parking: $12
Typical Group Deposit: 50%
Total Taxes: 12.00%
Total Misc Fees: $1.50 USD
(mandatory resort fees/taxes)
Occupancy Tax: 12.00%
City Tax: 1.50 Per Night
Parking Fee: 12.00 Per Night

Amenities / Features

Pet Friendly? Sorry, pets are not allowed.

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • ATM
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • Central location
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Concierge service
  • Credit card accepted: Mastercard/Visa
  • Credit card accepted: American Express
  • Credit card accepted: Discover
  • Credit card accepted: Diners Club
  • Credit card accepted: JCB
  • Electronic key card
  • Express Check-Out
  • Facilities for the disabled
  • Fax available
  • Fitness and health center
  • Free local calls
  • Hairdryer available
  • Handicap accessible
  • Central heating
  • Ice Maker
  • Internet - wireless
  • Internet is Complimentary
  • Ironing facilities
  • Laundry valet service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24 hours opened
  • Office or business center
  • Private bathroom in room
  • Refrigerator
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone in all rooms
  • Telephone - Free local calls
  • Television
  • TV - Free Cable
  • TV - Free HBO
  • Terrace
  • TV room
  • Valet Parking
  • Voicemail

Airport & Shuttle Information

The Santa Barbara airport is 11 miles away. The hotel does not have a shuttle, but Beachside Taxi gives our guests a $29 flat rate.

Airport Shuttle? Sorry, no airport shuttle available.

About Holiday Inn Express

  • Free Express Start Breakfast Bar offering eggs, omelets, bacon and sausage, and their signature cinnamon rolls just to name a few
  • Have their own 100% Arabica Smart Roast Coffee
  • Free high-speed internet service in every room
  • eHost Online Concierge Service where guests can learn about hotel amenities, major airlines nearby, up-to-date local weather and even car rental services
  • Perfect for the business traveler on the go, Holiday Inn Express offers 24/7 fax & photocopy services
  • Unlimited free local and toll-free calls

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Group vs. Individual Rates at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Rate fluctuations of Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

The chart above shows trends of prices for both group/meeting quotes and the best individual traveler prices we could find at the time the group/meeting offer was entered. The most competitive group or meeting displayed is 10.2% in the month of December 2014 and the highest average individual rate is $409 in the month of August 2014. This chart will show past seasonality and also project future months. If you are flexible with dates, you may want to consider staying at Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara in a month when rates are lower.

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