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Old Yacht Club Inn

431 Corona Del Mar Drive , Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3601 USA (Show map)
4.3
106 Reviews
$119 - $299
per night

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About

Escape to our romantic Inn in Santa Barbara, CA ideally located just one block from beautiful East Beach! There is much to enjoy at our charming Santa Barbara, including Wi-Fi, beach towels and beach chairs. Our rooms feature delightful modern amenities such as luxurious whirlpool tubs, cozy fireplaces, private entrances and private decks. Located just a short block from the lovely ocean side bike path that follows the shimmering beaches of Santa Barbara. We are one block from the shuttle and within walking distance to downtown and Stearns Wharf, unforgettable shops, galleries and ocean view restaurants. Our Santa Barbara beach inn is the perfect place to enjoy turn of the century charm. Built in 1912, the original house is a California Mission Craftsman and was used throughout the roaring 1920's as the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. In 1980, the inn was lovingly restored and became the first bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara. Guests can choose to stay in the original Bungalow, the Spanish Mediterranean Hitchcock House, or the beautiful 3-bedroom Beach House Suite which features Santa Barbara beach rental accommodations for up to 6 people. Each room is comfortably furnished with colorful fabrics and wallpapers, antiques, and oriental rugs, which capture the warm hospitality of our Santa Barbara, CA inn. Featured on the Travel Channel and Voted one of the Top 15 B&B/Country Inns by Arrington's Bed & Breakfast Journal.

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Overall
4.3

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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Dining4.3

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106 Reviews

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A Rare Find in Santa Barbara, East Beach!"

4.4 on August 14, 2014

This was the perfect location for the Santa Barbara Triathlon last year! Rooms were clean and very nice, staff was very friendly and helpful, and they put breakfast out for us before the race. Loved the wine and cheese in the afternoon on the porch. A short walk to the trolley to take us along Cabrillo and up State Street to dining and urban wine trail. We'll be staying here again on our next visit to Santa Barbara!


Disappointing and a Little Overpriced!

2.4 on January 10, 2014

We stayed at the OYCI for a week during the Christmas holidays in a suite with a small fridge and microwave. Our rooms were clean and comfortable and the surrounding neighborhood very pleasant. The best thing going for OYCI is its location only a few blocks from the beach. Unfortunately, OYCI is in dire need of remodeling. The furnishings and decoration were dated and the window coverings worn and shabby. The OYCI claim to be remodeling for the breakfast room/reception was inaccessible and piled high with furniture and debris (we were told in advance breakfast was not served in winter--please ignore the above "Dining" rating). The name “Old Yacht Club Inn” might conjure to some an image of a picturesque B&B with rooms of charming decor and a reception reflecting a distinctive nautical ambiance and brightly decorated for the holidays. Alas, OYCI has almost none of that; it has rather all the charm of a dilapidated boarding house.


Great experience at the Old Yacht Club Inn

4.4 on October 07, 2013

This was our first stay at The Yacht Club Inn and we had a very positive experience. The inn was clean and the host, Eileen, couldn't have provided a more positive experience. She is very personable and easy to hold a conversation with. The food was great and the evening "wine hour" provided a nice forum to relax and meet the other guests. Our room (Castellammare) was clean, comfortable and exceeded our expectations. The bicycles that the Inn has available were well kept and they had plenty of them for the guests to use. There was sufficient parking available and the Inn is truly one block or less from a very nice beach. We'll definitely stay a Old Yacht Club on our next visit to Santa Barbara!

Innkeeper Response
"We'll definitely stay at Old Yacht Club on our next visit to Santa Barbara!".....This is the greatest complement of all. So happy that your first visit to the Old Yacht Club Inn was so positive for you. Hope you visit us again soon for more beach, bikes, conversation & relaxation! Eilene


Perfect quick get away

4.0 on October 03, 2013

If you want to stay in a quaint setting and be close enough to the beach to walk or ride a provided bike to get there , then this is your destination! We stayed in the lovely Bella Caruso room (with a small kitchen- so convenient!)(recommended by the Innkeeper- many thanx! : ) ) We were so involved on walking around the area (& bike riding) we missed the wine socials! Breakfast and the organic coffee kept us going! Our only regret is not being able to stay longer!!! We will be back! Santa Barbara is the perfect destination from the O.C. or I.E. to get away from it all and The Old Yacht Club Inn is a good place for your Home base!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for this wonderful review ".......then the Old Yacht Club Inn is your destination!" So thrilled that you had a perfect quick get away and wished you could have stayed longer. Love this area too. Bikes, beaches, Belle Caruso! Glad you had such a wonderful time and shared your experience with others. Thanks again!!!! Eilene


We will be back....

4.4 on August 06, 2013

My husband and I stayed two nights in the Jardon room; a clean, quaint and comfortable space with a private bath. We relaxed and enjoyed the wine tasting hour on the front porch both days. Each morning we enjoyed a very tasty breakfast in the dining room, while watching the comforting flames from the gas fireplace. My only complaint is that the walls are a bit thin, and some rambunctious children stayed up too late one of the nights.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your 4 Star Review of the Old Yacht Club Inn. We are so please that you enjoyed your 2 night stay in our Jardan Room; and shared what a clean, quaint and comfortable guest accommodation that was for you. So glad you were able to relax and enjoy our wine social on our covered front porch both days. That's actually my favorite part of our Inn. I just love it out there. Oh, right tasty breakfast in the dining room, while watching the comforting flames from the fireplace, I love that too. Wish you would have called us about the rambunctious children one of the nights and we would have nipped that one in the bud for you. So sorry about the rudeness of some people. Having second thoughts about any more rambunctious little darlings, especially in an upstairs room. Sometimes what happens is that guests book their reservation on line for 2 adults and "forget" to count or mention the rambunctious children. They just show up with them like they don't count as people. So sorry about that. I wish I had known. Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it.


UCSB Graduation

4.8 on July 01, 2013

Everything is A+++++++, except that they only provide one bathroom for 3 rental rooms.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your 5 star, A++++++++++++ Review of the Old Yacht Club Inn. I know what you mean about our 3 Bedroom 1 bathroom Beach House Suite but we price it accordingly. If each bedroom in the suite had a private bathroom it would be higher priced. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you visit the Old Yacht Club Inn again soon! Maybe try one of the private guest rooms with private bathrooms. Thank you for your stellar review! So appreciated.


We'll be back!

5 on December 29, 2012

Our 5 star stay started at the time of our reservation. The Innkeeper took her time to place us in the room that fit our comforts and needs. She referred us to "off the beaten path" restaurants and wineries. Service continued in this manner through departure. Excellent food, staff and service. Charming property just a block to the ocean, bike path & trolley. We'll be back again and again!


Home away from home...

5 on November 26, 2012

My husband and I spent a portion of our honeymoon (Nov., 2012) here and we were very satisfied with the location, the personnel, the gourmet breakfast, and the wine & cheese hour. (The cookies were my personal favorite!) My husband is a hearty breakfast eater and Skylar was so attentive and generous with us to offer my hubby 2nds! Cheap but yummy eats to try: Rosales Mexican (X:Milpas & Montecito), Lily's Tacos (were Chapala ends at the 101 fwy); Taqueria Cuernavaca (X:Carillo & DeLaVina St.). Eileen was very generous too as she provided a room upgrade to a Suite for the price of a less expensive room. Well worth it!!!


I've already booked a return trip.

4.4 on August 21, 2012

My husband and I stayed for three nights and had a wonderful time! We've stayed at other B & Bs in Santa Barbara over the years, but they've all become so expensive. The OYCI has a terrific location, away from the noise of downtown but close enough for an easy bike ride to State Street. The neighborhood is quiet, parking easy, and our room was very comfortable. The staff was also terrific. Breakfast was good (but not spectacular), but the evening cookies made up for the so so breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the review! We hope you took advantage of one of our specials for the return trip! We will do our best to make the breakfast more than just so so by the time you get back and appreciate you pointing it out to us so we may continue to improve the Inn for our guests. Those cookies get em every time! Our location and the available transportation options make it convenient to get around town and see all that Santa Barbara has to offer with a little feel of home tucked away a block from the beast in the East Beach neighborhood. We have on and off street parking for guests. We are happy you enjoyed your room as well. Thank you for the review and feedback and we'll see you soon! Cheers, -The Innkeepers


Loved it!

5 on July 16, 2012

We just celebrated our 20th anniversary at the Old Yacht Club Inn and enjoyed it very much. We used the bikes they provide to ride up to the Mission (a bit of a trek, but we did it!). We also biked to Stern's Wharf. We enjoyed our room, visiting with the staff and other guests, and the food. Oh my, the food was delicious! We enjoyed breakfast and wine/hor dourves. We were treated so well. When I asked for the granola recipe, they kindly sent it to me. So yummy. This inn is only a short block to the beach and we would gladly come again.

Innkeeper Response
Loved your review, it was great! Happy Anniversary to you; we are thrilled we were able to help make it a happy and memorable celebration! You biked all the way to the mission on our beach cruisers? Way to go! Santa Barbara is very bike-friendly and it's a great way to see a little more of the city. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food so much you even asked for our granola recipe. We have some of our recipes on our website and our Facebook page, delicious and easy to follow. Thank you so much for the review and feedback. Cheers and congratulations to you! Here's to another 20 and maybe celebrating back at the Old Yacht Club Inn again! -The Innkeepers


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Rooms & Rates

Castellammare Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $159 - $249

Portofino Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $159 - $249

Montecito Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $119 - $169

Captain's Corner

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $149 - $259

Julia Metelmann Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $159 - $249

Jardon Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $199

Gallaher Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $199

Santa Rosa Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $189 - $299

Santa Cruz Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $189 - $299

San Miguel Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $199

The Cottage

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $189 - $299

Deluxe Queen

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $199

Deluxe King

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $149 - $249

King Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $159 - $259

Belle Caruso Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $169 - $259

Marbella Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $199

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Location

Location Type

Natural Habitat Zoo, Trolly stops 1 block from Inn, Stern's Wharf, The Harbor, East Beach-1 block, Downtown shops/antique malls, Airport, Beachside, City, Downtown, Mountains, Oceanside, Suburban, Tropical, Wine country

Airport

Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 12 miles

Directions to property:

From Hwy 101, exit on the LEFT at CABRILLO BLVD. Turn West 1 mile to Corona Del Mar Dr. Turn right on Corona Del Mar Dr to 431 Corona Del Mar Dr Apprx 1/2 mile from Amtrak Station. 10 minutes from Santa Barbara Airport. One block from Santa Barbara Airbus stop. Electric Trolley 1 block, 25 cents

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Stearn's Wharf, The American Riviera, Mission Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro Beach (dog-friendly), Santa Barbara Harbor, Botanical Gardens, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Secretarial services, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Complimentary Bicycles & Body Boards, Gourmet Gift Baskets, Custom Floral Arrangements, Complimentary Beach Towels, Complimentary Beach Chairs, Full Gourmet Breakfast & Afternoon Wine Social

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Farmer's Market, Wine Tasting, Santa Barbara Mission, Trolly Tours, Fisherman's Market, Whale Watching, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 2 - 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Some rooms can accomodate children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Please call or e-mail, decisions made on an individual basis.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Night Minimum Saturdays. Summer/Holiday weekends 3 night minimum in some cases
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 night non refundable advanced payment at the time of the reservation. 
The remaining nights are refundable if you let us know at least 7 days before your arrival.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations and changes must be made at least one week (7 days) prior to arrival for full refund less the one night non refundable advanced payment. Applies to all days reserved.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

The Owner/Innkeeper/s are a married couple with a 28 year old daughter and 3 year old grandson. Interested in fine food, hospitality camping & travel. Former teacher, animal lover (has English Bulldog, Toy Poodle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Mini Dachshund at home). Former foster parents. Artist & business couple.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full Home Made

  • Time Served: 8:30am - 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Outdoor Deck, Front Porch, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Early Breakfast


Signature Dish

Green Chile Cheese Souffle
A delicious breakfast or brunch souffle that is easy even for the simple cook! You can make it for 2 people or 50 people and it's delicious and a real crowd pleaser. Our Saturday morning breakfast, don't miss it! We serve it with a freshly baked homemade corn muffin, fresh fruit and our own mixed berry juice. Enjoy! Visit our website for this recipe and others!


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431 Corona Del Mar Drive , Santa Barbara, CA 93103-3601 USA (Show map)

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