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Hyatt Santa Barbara – Balcony Room

The Hyatt Santa Barbara is an upscale(ish) hotel located across the street from East Beach in Santa Barbara, California. The hotel has gotten mixed reviews in the past so we were a bit apprehensive about booking, but after staying here I have to say that I have a pretty positive opinion of the place.


Hyatt Santa Barbara


Hyatt Santa Barbara

The main complaints from others about the hotel is that it is outrageously overpriced, run down, and managed by a rude staff. The people that have these complaints are not completely wrong. The room we stayed in (King with Balcony) was priced at $469 for the night which would come to well over $500 after taxes–which, frankly, is ridiculous. Luckily, we were able to book the night with one of our annual free night certificates from the Chase Hyatt Visa.

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$469 + Tax for our Room — Definitely Not Worth That

Now, I suspect the other complaints people have about this place are based on their expectations of paying $500+ a night. Is the place actually run down? No. I very much liked the Spanish Colonial look of the hotel and our room was great. But our entertainment console had a chipped corner, which didn’t bother me, but might have if I was paying full price.


Chipped Corner on the TV Stand

The rest of the room was good if not great. The room also had a balcony which offered views of the mountains behind the city, but mostly the views were of the parking lot and other people’s balconies. Though, as far as parking lots go it was a pretty nice one I guess.

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Overall, we felt that this hotel was a great value use of an Annual Hyatt Certificate. We weren’t blown away but were more than satisfied with this solid hotel, located across the street from the beach in a city where hotel rooms are very expensive.

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