"The staff was great. Everyone was welcoming and very helpful. My girlfriend and I came to SB for the night to visit. We arrived a couple hours before ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 02 Jul 2017

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Hotel Description

Motel near Santa Barbara Natural History Museum in Santa Barbara

City center stay

With a stay at this well-placed motel, you'll be half a mile (1 km) from Upper State Street and within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Los Padres National Forest and Mission Santa Barbara are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Free perks

This motel features an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the spa tub and free perks like continental breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, refrigerators

The individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and hair dryers. Other amenities include refrigerators, microwaves, and LCD TVs with cable channels.

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
C$168 per night

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Sandpiper Lodge ratings based on 70 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sandpiper Lodge

Everyone (19) Family (1)
4 out of 5

Posted by on 24 Apr. 2019

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4 out of 5
Great value for the price. Close to the beach and restaurant. Enjoyed the contenental breakfast too!

Posted by on 31 Mar. 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 27 Feb. 2019

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5 out of 5
Nice, helpful staff. Family-friendly (traveling with small children). Quick check-in. Great breakfast (cheesy eggs, cereal, toast, bagels, pastries, yogurt, juice, coffee). Spacious room (family suite).

Posted by , from Michigan on 6 Feb. 2019

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5 out of 5
Staff really nice. Facility perfect for our overnight stay. Heated pool and spa. Breakfast good.

Posted by on 21 Jan. 2019

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4 out of 5
Clean room, comfortable bed. Decor is a bit outdated and well used. Staff was efficient but not very friendly.

Posted by on 13 Dec. 2018

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4 out of 5

Great Motel

Pros: Friendly staff, clean rooms, great AC, nice breakfast restaurant/bakery across the street.
Cons: More towels and an earlier check in. Usually 1pm is reasonable, but 3pm was a bit of a stretch.
Location: A couple cute places to go to eat, a grocery store (Gelson's), and cool bookstore close by.
The staff was great. Everyone was welcoming and very helpful. My girlfriend and I came to SB for the night to visit. We arrived a couple hours before check in (3pm) so they allowed us to leave our bags by the front desk while we went around. Check out was at 11am, but our train ride home was at 7pm so they allowed us to leave our bags at the front desk again while we went to downtown. Downtown was about 2.3 miles away which was about $7 with an Uber. Overall I would come back.

Posted by , from Orange County on 2 Jul. 2017

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3 out of 5
Pros: Heated pools were a favorite. We were on ground level and were not bothered by noise from the parking lot.
Cons: Parking spaces are narrow and there are not enough for everyone. I parked in a neighboring strip mall one night.
Location: We enjoyed the mission and the zoo, but the favorite activity was playing in the ocean at the county beach park at the end of Cliff Street.
We came to SB to visit the mission and did not expect to spend much time at our hotel so I looked for economy lodging. We had two queen beds which were comfortable but took up most of the floor space. We were on ground level so we kept our curtains closed and the room was dark. Traveling with children we needed breakfast, free WiFi, and a pool. Sandpiper provided all three. Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, cereals, breads, yogurt, bananas, and drinks. The kids were satisfied. They loved the heated pool and spa, and I loved that breakfast service lasted till 10.

Posted by , from Central Valley, CA on 14 Apr. 2017

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5 out of 5

Very nice property

My wife and I were very pleased with our recent two day stay at the Sandpiper. The room was comfortable and clean, the pool area was well-kept, and the free breakfast (scrambled eggs, toast or bagel or muffin, coffee, and juice...several kinds) was most appreciated.

Posted by on 29 Mar. 2017

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5 out of 5

close to beach......well lit

Pros: location ...price...
Cons: front desk........male only
Location: beach....154 pass......whole foods close.....trader Joes close.... SOLVANG CLOSE ALSO
landscaping good....... very clean.......... great location...........breakfast well enough........

Posted by , from DALLAS on 1 Feb. 2017

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Property Features

Sandpiper Lodge offers its guests an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite business center. Free breakfast is served daily. Multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and coffee/tea in a common area are also featured at the business-friendly Sandpiper Lodge. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This Santa Barbara motel is smoke free.

  • 74 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Business facilities
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Gift shop
  • Television in lobby
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) (11.1 km / 6.9 mi)
  • Train station: Santa Barbara Station (5.7 km / 3.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Sandpiper Lodge offers 74 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. 37-inch LCD televisions come with premium cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 7 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15.0 per night.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 50 per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Sandpiper Lodge Santa Barbara
  • Sandpiper Lodge
  • Sandpiper Santa Barbara
  • Sandpiper Hotel Santa Barbara
  • Sandpiper Motel Santa Barbara
  • Sandpiper Inn Santa Barbara

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.