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Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel

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dublin
Reviewed 12 June 2005

the hostel looks lovely from the outside, but inside isn;t as nice. the bathroom were dirty. on my first morning i found a mouse in the hallway, and ants in the bathroom. breakfast consists of toast, but the toasters kept breaking. some of the staff were nice, others were not helpful at all. i wouldnt reccomend staying here. go to...

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Reviewed 12 June 2005

This hostel looks ok from the outside but looks can be deceptive! We stayed in this hostel for 2 nites and were not impressed by it at all!This hostel was unclean and infested with ants. 'breakfast" consisted of toast with either peanut butter or jam. Staff were not very helpful. The facilities are also very limited and the fuse kept...

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4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2005

This place was a dump - nothing like in the pictures or the description. They say it's brand new...when, in 1973? We paid over the odds ($70) for a private room with no bathroom or television after the receptionist told us that was really cheap for Santa Barbara. When we walked in we walked straight back out again. It was...

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Cork, Ireland
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4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2005

Loved the place, great location, very friendly staff, fun activities, just what we wanted!

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Wisconsin
1 review
2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2005

I stayed there in July of o4. It is now December and they are still charging me excess amounts of money! A headache waiting to happen to everyone!!!

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Hong Kong
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2004

I used my credit card to make a reservation on phone on Nov 8,I thought the rate of santa barbara tourist hostel is reasonable,cos I can have a private room with double bed for $49 per nite,but that's not true! When I got there with my boyfriend on Nov 10,the black guy at the front desk said according to the...

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abroad
2 reviews
5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2004

This place is ideal for young travelers. It's cheap, great downtown/beach location, and a good time. Very friendly staff and people. Haley Cottages on the other hand was not as impressive. The rooms were dirty and not very well kept up. But as a whole, a great deal for fun people who are up for something new.

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Miami Shores, Florida
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Reviewed 16 June 2004

Boyfriend and I stayed here and had a negative experince. Dorms were $23. and a $5. cash deposit for the key. To go out late at night they expected you to give them another $10. for a different "night key". Being right next to the train station like their website advertises mean you HEAR the stupid trains!! They are 100...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A beautiful new hostel located two blocks from the beach and one block to State Street, famous for it's nightlife, restaurants, Spanish architecture and shopping. We are directly opposite the train station and walking distance from the bus station, with plenty of bike parking. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Santa Barbara Tourist Hostel

Address: 134 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3510
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: RM88 - RM102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
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“Rooms on the opposite side of the train track are less noisy”
 of 5 bubbles ChiquitoRestaurant, 23 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else”
 of 5 bubbles havemonkeywilltravel, 27 Jan 2014 | Read review
“I stayed in a 12-bed female only dorm. I felt uncomfortable and wished I had the room to lock up EVERYTHING I had in the locker since I had clothing stolen. I don't think it matters what room you stay in, as people weren't that friendly and the beds were terrible”
 of 5 bubbles Jenna041986, 16 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Just don't go there.”
 of 5 bubbles _miliec, 22 Oct 2012 | Read review
“Stay in a motel when going to santa barbara”
 of 5 bubbles Loeffie, 8 Aug 2012 | Read review
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