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Santa Barbara: Hotel Virginia - Holiday Inn Express

17 W. Haley Street, Phone: (805) 963-9757

Reviewed by: teaberry from USA (moderator), review #3119

When: September 2011

Great location, historic hotel beautifully refurbished, but with one reservation.

Located on the first block off of State St, this hotel will situate you in the heart of the shopping / restaurant / strolling district of Santa Barbara.

This is a historic hotel with many Spanish mission details (think ceramic and baked tile work) that has been completely refurbished into a very comfortable and appealing place to stay. Mattresses, pillows, and linens are extremely comfortable, fully equipped bathroom, good water pressure, roomy accommodations.

Free wifi, continental breakfast, on site parking at $9/day extra cost. Friendly and courteous staff.

We stayed here 4 nights, and I would give this place the highest ratings, but our last night, a Thursday, we were awakened at midnight by a very loud very bad punk band (think Lincoln Park off-key) who must have been playing at a nearby bar. So I'm really not sure just what the weekend situation might be. I would recommend thus hotel, but with that disclaimer.

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