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Ala Mar by the Sea

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Property grounds
On the beach
Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | View from room
Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Ocean View | Individually decorated, individually furnished, blackout curtains
Room, 1 King Bed | View from room

Overview of Ala Mar by the Sea

Ala Mar by the Sea

2.0 star property
Beachfront motel within walking distance of Stearns Wharf

754 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Non-smoking
  • Refrigerator
  • 24/7 front desk
102 West Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • ATM/banking services
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
For families
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Microwave
  • Private bathroom
  • Premium TV channels
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Santa Barbara Beach
  • Santa Barbara Harbor - 6 min drive
  • Santa Barbara Zoo - 7 min drive
  • University of California, Santa Barbara - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal) - 12 min drive
  • Santa Ynez, CA (SQA) - 47 min drive
  • Santa Barbara Station - 7 min walk
  • UC Santa Barbara Station - 17 min drive
  • Goleta Station - 17 min drive


  • Finney's Crafthouse - 3 min walk
  • The Harbor Restaurant - 6 min walk
  • Loquita - 6 min walk
  • Union Ale - 6 min walk
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company - 7 min walk

About this property

Ala Mar by the Sea

Located near a train station, Ala Mar by the Sea is a great choice for a stay in Santa Barbara. Guests looking to stay active can experience the nearby hiking/biking trails, kayaking and scuba-diving, and free perks include continental breakfast, WiFi and self-parking. The nice bathrooms and beach get good marks from fellow travellers.


Danish, English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 18 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 10:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • An adult aged 18 or older must assume all liability for the booking
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests are asked to check in between 3 PM and 11 PM on Saturdays and by 10 PM Sunday through Friday. To arrange check-in outside of these hours, guests should contact hotel/vacation rental management in advance.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking and van parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast

What to do

  • On the beach
  • Personal watercraft (motorised)
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby
  • Winery tours nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • ATM/banking
  • Terrace


  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • Danish
  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Premium digital channels

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Access via exterior corridors

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 25 per pet, per day

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Ala Mar Sea Motel Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Sea Motel
Ala Mar Sea Santa Barbara
Ala Mar Sea
Ala Mar by the Sea Motel
Ala Mar by the Sea Santa Barbara
Ala Mar by the Sea Motel Santa Barbara

Frequently asked questions

Does Ala Mar by the Sea offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Ala Mar by the Sea does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Ala Mar by the Sea?
As of 7 December 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Ala Mar by the Sea on 11 December 2022 start from €138, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Ala Mar by the Sea?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Ala Mar by the Sea?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 25 per pet, per day. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at Ala Mar by the Sea?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Ala Mar by the Sea?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
What is there to do at Ala Mar by the Sea and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as cycling, boat tours and fishing, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course.
Are there restaurants at or near Ala Mar by the Sea?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Finney's Crafthouse (3-min walk), The Harbor Restaurant (6-min walk) and Loquita (6-min walk).
What's the area around Ala Mar by the Sea like?
Ala Mar by the Sea is a short 7-minute walk from Santa Barbara Station and 5 minutes' walk from Stearns Wharf. Travellers say that the area is walkable and good for families.

Overall score and ratings





Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



4/10 Fair

Miserably uncomfortable
Sarah, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

It was a marvelous stay.
Robert, 1-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

One night stay
Very cozy room, not fancy but comfortable. But I think it was over priced on the Hotels application
1-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

Bad hotel for the lrice
Check in was slow and appeared overwhelmed with all the clients. When it was finally our turn to check in the receptionist offered us rooms in a house instead of the hotel we booked. We declined. Room did not feel safe, windows could not lock, but closed okay. Would we stay here again, not for $350. We had 2 rooms and both were disappointing.
Judith, 1-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Old Motel = Ok; But lack of simple Amenities = Not
Check-in: man put up a finger to wait while he made a personal call; lasted 5+ minutes. Other than taking my cc for an extra charges he gave us nothing but a room key. Had to go back to get wifi password. Roll of toliet paper on back of toilet; no holder. No info in room. Room was clean but old, stuffy. There was a fan. Open slider to let in air was directly open to street, no screen. No closet or even bar for hanging clothes. No paper or plastic drinking cups. Conditioner & lotion, no shampoo. The continental breakfast ran out of coffee by the time I got there 25 minutes after it opened. No one around to refill. What was out was a few pieces of dry coffee cake and dry cereal. I know with COVID rooms are not cleaned daily which I am fine with but when I got home day 4 still not waste basket even emptied. At that point I could have cared less to say anything more to the management. I couldn't wait to check out. I was late getting reservations and took what was available knowing it was a peak season I paid what was asked, but over $1,600 for 4 nights for that room was ridicules. It goes down as the worst place I've stayed ever.
4-night family trip
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2/10 Poor

Diane, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

This was not worth the any of the money they charged.
sher, 2-night business trip
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6/10 Good

Excellent location/Poor service
The location is excellent! The check-in was a very slow process and they didn't seem to know what they were doing. When arriving there was a sign on the office door that you had to go a block away to check-in at another building/hotel. Not the worst thing, but not very convenient either. Even though we had already paid for the room, preregistered via email per the email they had sent requesting info prior to our arrival it still took about 10-15 minutes for them to figure out how to give us the keys to our room. The hotel is older and not in the best condition which I had expected so wasn't surprised by, so I was fine with the room. It was clean and the bed was comfortable. Unfortunately we were right by the ice machine and that was a little noisy. There also isn't any air conditioning so it gets a little warm.
Nichole, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Camp on the beach, the infraction would be cheaper
Left 2 vm & 2 emails prior to our visit - no response. The front desk/office doesn't exist- just a note that says to check in at the next hotel down the street. Noone ever answers the phone. Bedding tattered. Scratched mirrors. Cigarette burns on furniture. Mismatched towels. Not a single hanger to use. No ac, nor screens in the windows, just bent security bars where you can see someone had bent to slip in at one point. No coffee in the room. "Continental breakfast" offered next door, but that's dependent on when and if they decide to put it out. Our first morning there, the coffee was ice cold with nothing else out & not a soul around. Parking is limited- hope you arent handicapped because they dont enforce the people that park in that spot or the blue lined area next to it. Just all around not clean. Oh, AND they charged my card at the end it all without my consent. For what?, I have no idea because they dont answer their "courtesy text" either!!!! Shady, shady, shady. It's INFURIATING to stay in a crummy place like this for how much money they charge. I honestly can't believe that / expedia even hosts this dump on their platfom- its disgraceful
Amanda, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Stephanie, 1-night trip
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