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The Presidio

1,153 reviews
+1 805-963-1355

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
No Smoking

Sightseeing Venues are Within Walking Distance from Presidio Motel

What Does a Presidio Motel Room Include?

The 16 rooms at Presidio Motel have queen or king beds topped by hypoallergenic duvets. Wi-Fi is free, and iPads and iPhones can spend the night snuggled into a docking station. Other amenities include a large desk, a minifridge for storing snacks and drinks, and a 42-inch LED flat-screen television with cable service, including HBO. The motel provides aloe vera bath products, helpful if you get too much sun at the beach.

What Amenities Are Available?

Spend time on the motel’s upper deck sunbathing during the day. The deck, heated in the evening, allows guests to enjoy the stars at night. When you leave the hotel, pedal a complimentary beach bike around town.

What are the Rates Like?

Presidio Motel's rates, which are reasonable for Santa Barbara motels, differ according to the month in which you stay.  Average rates are $159 for a room with one queen bed, $169 for a room with one king bed, and $199 for a room with two queen beds.

What's There to Do Nearby?

Presidio Motel is on State Street, in the heart of Santa Barbara, excellent city to explore on foot. It is less than two miles to El Presidio State Historic Park, Santa Barbara Historical Society Museum, and Mission Santa Barbara. Restaurants featuring California cuisine from local ingredients and shopping aren’t far away. The Waterfront is home to three beaches, a wharf, harbor, skate park, and restaurants.

What's the Bottom Line?

The property’s central location means you can walk to many sightseeing venues. Arrive at the beach after a long walk, or by bus or car. Keep your eyes open as you roam — the Santa Barbara area is home to celebrities. Former guests have commented that room walls were thin, causing them to hear voices and music in rooms bordering theirs. They have said the carpets in the rooms in which pets stayed had stains.

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1620 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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User Highlights
"Amazing staff" "Great customer service"
98% found the staff to be very friendly.
92% said the reception staff was great.
"Close to shops etc" "Beautiful botanical gardens"
Great parking, according to 91%.
City centre within easy reach, said 95%.
Wellness Area
top-notch fitness area, thought 90%.
"Free Wi-Fi" "Fast internet"
62% thought the wifi quality was ok.
100% thought it was a great value.
"Use bicycles for free" "Tons of bikes to borrow"
68% thought the building was acceptable.
99% found the grounds to be nice.
Value for money
"Excellent value for the money" "Excellent price"
100% thought it was a great value.
"Spacious accommodations" "Big flat screen TV"
88% said the beds were comfortable.
79% thought rooms were spacious.
"Spacious accommodations" "A/C did not work"
82% said rooms were clean.
56% complained about the bathroom.
"No breakfast"

Good to know...

Good outdoor sports facilities
Pleasant hotel grounds
Near city centre
Bathroom could be optimized
Expert Reviews
The Presidio's sixteen rooms are adorned with custom-designed vinyl decals that render each one a whimsical work of art --- a canvas of modern expressionism.
Afar Magazine
Santa Barbara was one of our favourite towns on our California road trip. We hadn't really planned to spend any time there because we knew we couldn't afford it - everyone had warned us...
Travel + Leisure
This hip and trendy boutique in downtown Santa Barbara uses colorful customized vinyl decals of peacocks... and other playful images to create a modern and individual style for each of its 16 guest rooms.