Old Yacht Club Inn Reviews


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

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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

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

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

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

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.

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

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.

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

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

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

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

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

A bit disappointed

2.6 on July 02, 2012

We recently spent a night at the OYCI. We were in one of the suites in the next house. The pictures on the web site were a far cry from what we actually saw. The room was very bland, pale or mint green walls with a plain off white bedspread. The "sitting room" had a bumpy day bed and was also shabbily furnished. The bathroom was more pleasant....It had wallpaper with a small pink print. The room looked like it had been cleaned but when I got down on the floor to check under the bed for items of ours, there was dust and a few pieces of paper ....I guess housekeeping missed that part. The ceiling fan worked but the lights could only be turned off by unscrewing the bulbs - same thing with the bedside lights. The suite just needs some TLC - little decorating touches that matches the pictures on the website. The hospitality was nice and it was enjoyable meeting the other guests.

Innkeeper Response
A bit improved! We are in the process of updating our website with new photos from the recent remodel and redecoration and much needed TLC of the Santa Cruz Suite. We got a new day bed that has a trundle to an extra person may sleep there if needed. We also took off the remaining wall paper to match the more contemporary feel we are trying to give our Hitchcock House. New paint and a new tv make it quite lovely! Also, the light fixtures are new energy efficient ones so some of them are turned on and off by a simple touch or flip of a switch. If you were unsure how they worked, we would have certainly helped you had we known! This is why we love the B&B feel; the Innkeeper is available all day to assist guests with their needs, concerns, etc. We have an "open door policy". We have spoken to the housekeeping staff to make sure they always check under the beds, thank you for the info. Thank you for the review and helpful feedback. Regards, -The Innkeepers

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Loved it!

4.0 on May 26, 2012

This was our our first stay at a bed and breakfast. The house was charming, our room (Cottage Room) was private and very comfortable. We loved how comfortable the bed was! We loved the wine and cheese socials as well as the chocolate chip cookies that were provided for us the first night. The second night we had chocolate dipped strawberries. Breakfast was delicious as well. We met some very nice and interesting people from other countries that were also staying at the Inn. Situated so close to the beach, it was easy to walk there each day. We loved sitting outside on the large porch..definitely relaxing! We would most definitely stay here again sometime in the future.

Innkeeper Response
Loved it! What a great review! We are so happy your first B&B experience was enjoyable and was a good fit. It is nice to have the privacy of the cottage while still being able to meet other guests at breakfast (where we serve a variety of gourmet dishes) and at the evening wine social (where guests enjoy light snacks and delicious treats). The beach being so close is a great amenity for our guests; we also provide guests with beach towels, chairs and body boards. We hope to see you next time you visit beautiful Santa Barbara! Cheers, -The Innkeepers

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Awesome place!

4.2 on April 23, 2012

My wife and I stayed for one night in March 2012 and had a great time. It was our first time at a B-n-B, and didnt know what to expect. The experience is one we will always cherish. The food was outstanding, but I think our favorite was the cheese n wine social. We also took advantage of the free bike rentals, we took a little stroll to a local market that had great local produce n fruit. The room was bigger than I thought and had a unique charm to it. The innkeeper Jasmin was awesome n the people we talked to were great. Were definitely coming back!

Innkeeper Response
This review is one we will always cherish! We are so happy to see that your first B&B experience was a happy one! Sounds like it suited you well. We love our perks and "home" like feel. Santa Barbara is a great town to walk, bike and see. It has such charm and a truly local feel, even with all the visitors. The Wine Social is one of our favorites too, perfect transition from daytime to evening activities! We look forward to seeing you again and have given Jazmin your excellent feedback as well; she is fantastic! Cheers, -The Innkeepers

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Delightful weekend!

4.0 on February 26, 2012

We really enjoyed our weekend at the Old Yacht Club Inn. Met some very nice guests that we fould ourselves visiting with over wine and breakfasts. It was fun hearing about the different room. We found the food very good, the room bright clean and the bed very comfortable! Being so close to the beach make our romantic walks even better. We will be recommending the Inn to our friends!

Innkeeper Response
We really enjoyed your review! We love to hear guests tell us they really embraced the Bed & Breakfast interactions with guests and Innkeepers. This is why we not only do our full gourmet breakfast in the morning, but we also host a wine social in the late afternoon/early evening, so people may visit and meet others and every once in a while, they continue their new friendships after check-out! Each room at the Inn has its own style and charm, people return and try a different one each time or stay in the same room they fell in love with over and over. Thank you, again, for the review and recommendation to your friends. We hope to see you again. Best, -The Innkeepers

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Cottage Room

3.6 on November 12, 2011

My wife and I are big fans of the Old Yacht Club B&B and we've stayed there several times. We tried the cottage room this time, and loved the room, especially the fireplace, but have one problem with it. There was no hot water for the "state of the art" whirlpool tub. I should say there was only enough hot water to fill the tub about 4 inches. The tub was the main reason we picked the room, the same reason we like the castellamarie (sp?) room. We love the place and we're only giving this less than satisfactory review to alert the owners to the problem.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the review and feedback. We repaired the tub in late winter and are happy to say it's a HOT tub now! The Cottage is a great room and we are thrilled one of it's main attractions, the 2 person whirlpool tub is top notch. Thank you again and see you on your next visit. Take advantage of one of our specials when you rebook (listed on our website). Regards, -The Innkeepers

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

great place to stay

5 on August 16, 2011

This was a cozy , very nice place to celebrate our anniversay. We will stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your 5 Star Review of the Old Yacht Club Inn! Spending your anniversary, such a special time with us and knowing that you'll be back means so much to us! So glad that you found our Cottage so cozy and comfortable and for sharing your experience with other Inngoers. Eilene

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

Our 40th Anniversary Delight

4.0 on August 03, 2011

Loved,loved,loved it. Don't listen to the bad reviews, they are totally off the mark!!! The staff is very friendly and the rooms are decorated so cute. Very clean and comfortable. Only heard the train whisle 2 times. Once in the eve and once in the early morning. No big deal. Slept right through the night. Bathrooms are spacious and clean. Rode down to the beach each day on the complimentary beach cruiser bikes provided. Thank you for making our 40th Anniversay a memorable one. We definitely will return and A BIG thanks to Eilene for helping us make this reservation at our 1st B&B.....K&G

Innkeeper Response
Our almost 40th Anniversary Delightful Review! (It's only our 32nd Anniversary) but we loved loved loved reading your review, it makes us want to get to our 40th!! Sounds like you got to enjoy many things Santa Barbara has to offer. The Beach Cruisers are my favorite amenity we offer, it is wonderful to ride the bikes along the waterfront and even on State Street. Thank you for the review and Happy Anniversary, we are happy to hear you had a wonderful time. Hope to see you again next time you visit Santa Barbara. Happy we were able to make your stay special and memorable.

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

The REAL TRUTH of the Old Yacht Club Inn

4.8 on July 29, 2011

Just returned home a few hours ago, and the very first thing I wanted to do was write a review for this B & B. The negative reviews are soooooo incorrect, and do such a disservice to the establishment and the owners... but most of all,to the folks who would miss out on a lovely stay in this wonderful place. From the moment we turned onto the street, I held my breath for fear of what kind of Psycho House we would be checked into, based on the nonsensical negative reviews posted here. This home is so charming and warm from the outside, but one step inside and we KNEW the reviews were wrong. The friendly young lady checked us in and shared all the information that we needed to get to our room--oh, and we were upgrade at no extra charge! I looked at EVERYTHING, all the silly negative notations from others, and the home was SUPER CLEAN, lovely, had tremendous character, quiet, charming room, nice bathroom, great fluffy towels, and the food was FABULOUS! The portions were great, and my girlfriend and I did not finish what was on our breakfast plate. Coffee was great...the fellow diners were happy and no complaints to be had, only compliments. Loved the location, it took less than one minute to be on the ocean front and I ran all the way to the current Santa Barbara Yacht Club in 30 minutes! ( the wharf would take a few minutes by car!) This is a factual, and truthful review. I am very quick to criticize and certainly complain if the situation warranted it. I will be back next year for the SB/KHYC Race, and bring more friends with me. I loved it!

Innkeeper Response
The Real Truth about your review... We thank you sincerely for pointing out some things in other reviews that we also feel are not quite an accurate depiction of our property, our guests' experience and what we strive for. We do our best to upgrade guests, do a little something extra, accommodate any special requests and go above and beyond to ensure each guest has a memorable stay and wishes to return. We are a very unique place and we think it takes unique people to appreciate us. We could not begin to compete with the large hotels, nor do we wish to. We like our quaint little home turned Inn with an extended family across the globe! Thank you so much and see you next time you "run" your way to Santa Barbara!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

Inn is GREAT but needs NEW OWNERS!

4.0 on July 27, 2011

Wish I could give the Inn a 5 star rating because we DO love it. Not the first time we stayed there. The Belle Caruso Room is PERFECT and Jazmin is a sweetheart! But.... the owners.... YIKES! Rude, unfriendly and not adept at telling the truth. We stayed for 5 nights in July. We paid a $249 deposit in February. Our balance was $996 which we PAID IN FULL upon arrival. When we returned home to Sacramento, we discovered that the owner had charged our card an additional $1000!!! They do NOT answer the phone nor do they reply to e-mails. Never even sends reservation confirmations unless you pester the heck out of them. It took 4 phone calls and an entire day to have the charge reversed. But it did not happen without much insistence on our part. The owner read my other review and blatantly LIED in her response. There is no reason WE would lie but the owners have much to lose so they outright LIE! She said when "they" discovered the double charge, "they" corrected it within "60 seconds". OMG! Nothing is further from the truth. "They" discovered NOTHING! We had to bring it to their attention. She insisted we were given receipts for both the actual charges and for the corrected charge. LOL!!! We never received any receipts. AWESOME place but stay away until someone else buys it. Hopefully, new owners would know the meaning of the truth. The two current owners hide and when you happen to catch a glimpse of either one, there is no "Hello, welcome and thank you for staying with us." There is not even a friendly nod. Just glaring!

Innkeeper Response
This person made a mistake. As soon as we found out about it we immediately refunded her even though she was not entitled to it. Even though it was her mistake she resorted to actionable defamation by publicly committing Trade Liable. It's too bad that some people who make a mistake feel so upset and mad at the world that they strike out with actionable Personal and Business Defamation charges for which they can be sued.

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

an englishman.. abroad

4.2 on July 01, 2011

Hi-ho everyone.. an englishman and an Pacific Islander traveling the world. (Please read the Guestbook entry if interested)..a British Army Veteran, I have seen slum's all the way up to Ritz Carlton, etc- I find this Old Yacht Club Inn, a Gem that fit's the profile I was seeking... thus I give this B&B a high ranking. We just completed a few days in Santa Barbara as we are fond of the beauty of California. We had the Julia M. Room. I must say, the Manner in which business was discussed over the telephone with Manager/Co-Owner, Eileen, was EXCELLENT, as in order to accommodate my special needs (with a service dog) she had to adjust her reservations... being disabled, with a dog- she could have simply told me 'No Vacancy's' Nah, not this Woman... so when we arrived from the South next day, all was as promised. Vince was busy in the Kitchen with his Staff. We bypassed wine tasting.. after all we came to this lovely City.. to go to the Vineyards ! My Dog (a Westminster show champion) Judy,Judy,Judy simply loved the very short walk to the Beach. Now, the main reason I wished an B&B in the area was the Zoo. GREAT STUFF, love the Zoo.. and was a very short walk from the old Yacht Club. Parking was excellent, which was refreshing as there are ZERO disabled persons parking in downtown Santa Barbara (State Street). I love traveling as I tend to always meet travelled (read educated) people, this Inn was no exception.. and we were able to temporarily befriend fellow Inn's-persons, funny enough fellow country man/WOman (small world) So when we Return, short answer is.. we ARE returnee's, if my companion wishes to return to Visit, Santa Barbara- I can feel no reason we would not again choose this fine inn.. the Old Yacht Club Inn. Enjoy- Jonathan, Judy & Edward

Innkeeper Response
Our Innkeeper, our guests and I were happy as well! Thank you! You have no idea the timing and importance of your review. As you may have read in a previous review, a former guest was not happy we had let the Inn "go to the dogs". They had stayed with us when we had our recurring guests here (they stay at least twice a year) with their two service dogs. The other guests staying at the Inn usually love getting to know them, their story and their dogs. The dogs are amazing and well behaved, as was yours. It's a shame that people are not more sensitive to service dogs and how important they are for people's livelihood. We are so happy you were able to enjoy your time both at the Inn and in Santa Barbara. Wine tasting, the zoo, shopping and dining, all wonderful things and when you can relax at "home" after that, it really makes for an all around good experience. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and having you. We hope to see you again soon. Thank you again and cheers!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

Back Again!

5 on March 03, 2011

Came back with my best friend for my birthday celebration and had the most relaxing & fun time again. We stayed in a one of the King guest rooms upstairs in the main house with a balcony. After we arrived we sat out on the beach in with the beach chairs and beach towels provided by our Innkeeper. We biked along the bike path on the complimentary bikes provided by the Inn and explored the pier and found a restaurant with the most amazing ocean views for my b'day dinner. Biked back to the bird refuge, and zoo before heading back to the wine social. After dinner headed back and sat out on our balcony talking about old times and headed off to bead in the most comfortable 4 poster canopy bed ever. Woke up early to fresh brewed coffee and a warm fire and lovely home cooked breakfast. We have already booked our next stay and cannot wait to return. This Inn is so homey, beautiful and in the best location ever! Thank you for your warm hospitality.

Innkeeper Response
Read again and again! What a pleasure reading your review. In this economical time with people seeking out bargains and trying to get more and more for "free", we as a small family business have really seen the kind of people out there. You are one of the ones that we remind ourselves of when someone else is negative. Thank you so much for demonstrating exactly what we are in business for... giving people a home away from home who wish to return because they love all we have to offer, our staff, our location, our food and our "home". See you next time at the Old Yacht Club Inn! Cheers :-)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

A memorable and romantic weekend in Santa Barbara.

4.6 on February 28, 2011

The room, the breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese, that welcome home feeling and even the local felines made for a tremendous weekend. We shall most definitely return. Thank you to all concerned.

Innkeeper Response
Your 5 star review of the Old Yacht Club Inn is so appreciated! "That welcome home feeling" that you mention is really what we strive for at our B&B. Of course, knowing that you'll must definitely return is our greatest compliment of all in addition to knowing that your weekend was complete with our breakfast, room & wine social. Come visit us again soon! Thanks for sharing your experience!Eilene

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

Much needed rest!

5 on February 16, 2011

My husband and I stayed at this wonderful B&B in November. We own and run a small Victorian B&B in Colorado and was looking for a great place to be the "Guest" We found a great one! The room was nicely decorated and the the bed made for a great night sleep. The bathroom was large and easy for both of us to get ready in the morning. We did enjoy having the small kitchen to fix coffee in the morning. (We no longer can sleep in!) Having the cruiser bikes to use while we were there was most helpful. We were able to park the car once we arrived and never used it again until we left. The bikes were so easy to ride and comfortable, so much so, we bought a couple when we arrived home and gave our Mountain bikes away! In the evening we road up and down the coastal bike path, stopping at most of the restaurants to get a nibble and some of CA fine wine and beer. We only made to one of the evening wine gatherings. Great time to mix and mingle with other guest. I would recommend the wine tour with Captain Jack, we had a blast, (Santa Barbara Winery is a must). We also enjoyed their evening sail. Being owner, operator of a B&B we have become very critical of where we stay, Well Done Eileen and Staff! Hope to be back again!

Bring you back to this second home

4.8 on December 27, 2010

The rooms with the Blue roofs have all but vanished from the landscape of Santa Barbara County. For some 10 years now my wife and I have made several attempts to duplicate that experience along this section of our beautiful California coast. At last we have arrived and discovered there is a place that brings you back home. As we turned the corner down Corona Del Mar Street and got our first look at the "Old Yacht Club", we instantly got the sense of “Home away from Home". Our stay in the cottage behind the main house felt like we had come back to visit an old friend. Fantastic experience in every way, (loved breakfast) the inspiration is back and we too will return to do this again and again. Thanks for the memories!

Simply one of the BEST

5 on December 22, 2010

Check in was about the friendliness ever. The attention to detail was great! The extras were a total surprise. The food was way better than I had imagined and I'm in the business. An ideal location. Need to find an excuse to visit again.

Innkeeper Response
This is simply one of the best reviews! Thank you so much! Our staff is excellent; we have a great team of friendly and knowledgeable people to ensure that guests have the best stay possible. We are so thrilled the food exceeded your expectations as well. We take great pride in our gourmet breakfasts and afternoon wine social, using local fresh and almost always organic produce, eggs and juices. Our new coffee vendor is also wonderful, fair trade organic coffee is essential for us. We are very lucky to be the closest B&B to the beach as well! We hope to see you again next time you find an excuse to visit, not too hard I am sure when beautiful Santa Barbara is your destination! Thank you, The Innkeepers (Eilene, Kori & Criselle)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

OYCI - An enhancement to our Santa Barbara visit

4.4 on November 19, 2010

The staff was great as was the location and property. Breakfast was wonderful. A few small details could be improved upon such as not having large Kirkland shampoo bottles in the bathroom, having bicyles to use was great but they could use some maintenance, serving a local wine instead of a generic jug wine for the social hour, and perhaps an upgrade to hard candies as the in room treat. I do recommend OYCI and would stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the enhancement to our reviews site! We are thrilled you enjoyed the staff, breakfast, location and our property overall. You have some great suggestions and we will certainly utilize them. We would first like to point out that we are a "green" business, we strive to be environmentally sensitive and reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. We therefore, do not purchase the smaller bottles of shampoo/conditioner... we find most people bring their own, or use the ones we have if needed. If we were to purchase the smaller ones, the amount of tiny plastic bottles that would be used is about 20,000 per year, and often times the products go to waste. We maintain our bicycles as much as possible, beach cruisers are simple bikes, designed for a mellow ride, so they don't have much "ooomph" so to speak; we will check them right away to make sure they are in good shape. The wine we serve during the wine social and sherry in the rooms are central coast local wines. The winery distributes to select businesses and they package their wine in a "jug" due to the amount of consumption the businesses have. We are thrilled you will stay here again and recommend us to others. See you next time in beautiful Santa Barbara. -Your Innkeepers (Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Criselle)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

Nice place, if you can get a room!

3.6 on October 20, 2010

It was a nice place, our first nice we stayed in the cottage. Very lovely. However, we got double booked - the B&B stated that the website never gave them the information, however they answered a question of mine via email that included the information the website sent them. So I was sent off to an apartment over a garage, which was nice...but odd for my honeymoon to stay over someone else's house, especially since I could hear them! I just suggest making sure before hand that they definitely have your reservations in the system.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the Cottage and were still able to participate in the afternoon wine social and our breakfasts while staying in our Vacation Rental. When you arrived the Inn had been completely sold out.. We did receive information that you had booked online through a third party booking engine and received your email inquiring as to whether or not you could find out which room we would place you in. We replied and let you know which room (the only one we had left at the time) and advised you that if it didn't suit your needs, that we would not charge you a penalty for canceling the stay. We did not hear back from you, which is where the confusion came. We personally send confirmations to each guest for their reservation, since we did not get confirmation from you that you wanted our Beach House Suite, we ended up booking it as well for that week. Since you declined our offer to arrange for you to stay in another hotel we offered you our Vacation Rental which we normally do not make available for such a short visit. You would have heard other guests while at the B&B as well as you are in someone's home and not leasing the entire Inn for yourself. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon and Santa Barbara. Thank you again for the feedback.

- Eilene (Owner/Innkeeper)

Anniversary Getaway ~ LOVE this place! Keep coming back!

4.8 on August 06, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Old Yacht Club Inn a few weeks ago (weekend of 7/23/10) for three nights. We returned to this lovely, charming place to celebrate our 16th year wedding anniversary. We love that this place is very remote to the beach, the wharf, the restaurants and shops. We LOVE the fact that the inn includes bikes, as my husband and I both enjoy working out and pretty much ride our bikes to get around town. This year we stayed in the Santa Rosa Suite which had a nice antique decor. We agreed however that our favorite room was the one we stayed at last year, the Belle Caruso, as it had a cute deck and small kitchen area. We love that the inn is close to the freeway and enjoyed our day trip to to Solvang and to the wineries in Santa Ynez. We always look forward to the breakfast each morning as they are quite exquisite, not to mention filling! My husband's favorite is the cinnamon vanilla french toast which I continue to make for him as they even have their recipes online! A few of our favorite places to eat, also close to the Inn, are the Enterprise Fish Co. & Los Agave for authentic mexican food! We are extremely appreciative of the staff having yet again gone out their way to make both our 15th and 16th wedding anniversary quite special and memorable. The Innkeeper Eilene was also very gracious and pleasant to talk to. We will definitely return to the Old Yacht for many more anniversary celebrations to come!

Innkeeper Response
Love your review! We too hope you keep staying with us for many Anniversaries to come! I have to say one of my favorite rooms is also the newly remodeled Belle Caruso Room! Since we put the kitchen in, the new bed and flat screen tv, it's been a big hit for short and long term guests. We are happy to hear you received our top notch service from our wonderful staff, enjoyed our beach cruisers and our delicious breakfasts! We have most of our recipes online and are really thrilled when people take them home with them and continue our tradition. Sounds like you had another great time in Santa Barbara and wine country. Cheers and we will see you again next year! -The Innkeepers (Eilene, Kori, Jazmin & Criselle)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

thank you

4.0 on July 20, 2010

We stayed a week and had a great time. the purpose was daughters graduation. we held a little party of 17 on the deck with snacks and wine. very nice. we enjoyed the b-fast but only ate twice. always had a banana for me weather we ate or not. the owners just need to maintain the bike with air and chain adjustment so it does not fall off......m&j weller

Innkeeper Response
Thank you and you are welcome! Congratulations on her graduation! It is always nice to have guests here celebrating such milestones. We are able to accommodate parties like that due to our incredible patios and dining room. Sounds like even though you couldn't make it to all the breakfasts, you were able to get something to tide you over. Next time you visit, feel free to let us know if there are mornings you are not able to eat between 8:30-9:30, we can always set out some of our homemade granola, yogurt, juice, etc. in the fridge so you can eat earlier or later if need be. We will make sure the chains on the bikes are tightened as well, thank you for the info. Cheers to you and hope to see you again next time!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

A Perfect Getaway

4.2 on July 08, 2010

We choose the OYCI because we wanted a romantic and personal setting to celebrate our anniversary. The OYCI did not disappoint. We arrived to a house that had everything we wanted. We found our room made up with comfortable bedding, antique furniture, fresh flowers, no computer, no television no telephone…no distraction. An amazing breakfast every morning and local wine every evening; we hardly needed to leave the house, but we did. And thank you so much for the bikes! What a worthy amenity for Santa Barbara! We were to the wharf and downtown in less than 5 minutes. Lastly, many thanks to Jazmin, who we saw most often. We loved your restaurant and tour recommendations. Overall, OYCI was perfect: peaceful, personable, delicious, close. We loved our stay!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the perfect review! Good job taking advantage of all Santa Barbara and the Old Yacht Club Inn has to offer! We are very proud of our gourmet breakfasts and really enjoy the evening wine social where guests and the Innkeepers get to socialize and relax before setting out for the evening. It's true, you may never have had to leave, but Santa Barbara is so beautiful, I am glad you did get out to see the town, the Wharf and ride our bikes! I will also give Kudos to Jazmin, she is a great addition to our family run business. We hope to see you again and congratulations on your Anniversary!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

A wonderful B&B a block from the beach.

5 on June 17, 2010

The Inn is charming and romantic yet large enough to accommodate bigger groups. The beds were amazingly comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. The highlight was the free bike rentals that allow for a quick ride to the beach and up the coast via the bike path. Would reccommend to anyone visiting Santa Barbara.

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate your review and for recognizing our prime beach location! We have been getting lots of good feedback about the new beds we have put in the rooms, so we are glad you were able to enjoy that! Yes, we have many accommodations from a couple's getaway to a wedding or family reunion. People really enjoy all the Inn has to offer and the complimentary beach cruiser bikes are definitely a bonus for getting around town and riding along the coast! Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you the next time you visit Santa Barbara! -The Innkeepers (Eilene, Kori, Jazmin & Criselle)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

OYC April 2010

3.4 on May 04, 2010

The room was beautifully decorated. No TV or phone, which is a plus for me. They are only staffed part of the day, but has never presented a problem. The breakfasts are very good and the staff attentive. Some of the bathrooms are very small, check before you book.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review! I am happy to hear you enjoyed our full gourmet breakfasts and the staff met your needs. We often have to run errands for groceries, etc. so sometimes we are away from the Inn. Yes, only some of our rooms have televisions. We aren't able to wire the Historic Main House for cable in order to preserve it, so we offer those in our other house for guests who wish to have that amenity. We appreciate the feedback you have left about the bathrooms. We have a bathroom in each guest room to ensure privacy for guests, so some of them are on the smaller side. We have rooms with various bathroom setups, so depending on guest needs, we can certainly find the best fit. And, with cell phones replacing most landlines, we took the old phones out of the guest rooms; we do have a phone for guest use in the living room of the main house, free local calls included. Thank you again and we are happy you enjoyed your time with us in beautiful Santa Barbara! -The Innkeepers (Eilene, Kori, Jazmin & Criselle)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

Will definitely go back

3.6 on May 03, 2010

Loved the complimentary cookies! The room was great. Would like a menu for breakfast so that we can pick and choose what we can have though. Will definitely return for another stay.

Innkeeper Response
We will gladly have you back! Thank you for the review. The fresh baked cookies we put out in the evening are definitely a big hit with guests! We are thrilled you liked your room. When you return, let us know if the pre-set menu is not working for you, we are happy to work with you on the food items and alternatives to offer for guests who cannot eat what we are serving or want eggs instead of pancakes, etc. We have homemade granola, yogurt and fruit as well that we can serve during our breakfast hour or put out early should guests need to leave before 8:30. Since our breakfast is only served for an hour and our kitchen is usually in full use to get the breakfast out, we don't offer a menu to choose from per se, as it would be a bit difficult to manage. People often let us know they have dietary restrictions and we can usually accommodate all of those needs as long as we know a bit ahead of time as well. We can always work something out to ensure guests start their days full and happy!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)

"Un Dia Maravilloso" "A wonderful Day"

4.0 on April 17, 2010

I would like to said that my husband and I really enjoyed our stay. The service people, the innkeeper, and the owner were very friendly. The room was very nice and clean. We only stayed for one night I just wish I would stayed a little longer. I will come back next time with my kids they really going to love it.Thank you for the breakfast it was delicious. Thank you we really love our stayed. Mi esposo estaba encantado muchas gracias

Innkeeper Response
A Wonderful Review! Thank you so much for the compliments. I am happy you were able to enjoy your time, even for you 1 night. We can't wait to see you back again soon for a longer visit so you have the chance to enjoy even more the Inn and Santa Barbara have to offer. Kids really enjoy the board games and bicycles we offer and the beach is so close, it makes for a great family time! Our breakfast is delicious and each day we rotate between an egg dish and a Pancake or French Toast meal. Our staff work very hard to make sure each guest has a great experience and I am thrilled to hear you did. See you soon and thanks again, The Innkeepers (Eilene, Kori, Jazmin & Criselle)

- Eilene Bruce (Owner/Innkeeper)


4.0 on April 14, 2010

My husband and I stayed for one night during the week. We arrived around 2p to find the innkeeper was out. The keys to our room was in a lock box which was really convinient. After we settled in we took a pair of their bikes out. The bikes were kind of old and rusty and some tires deflated but we found 2 decent ones. They were free and convenient so what the heck! We had no problems during our bike rides. Although may I suggest baskets for some bikes. My bike had a rack in the back so maybe have some bungees available to tie stuff down on those bikes that have a rack in the back. I guess if I had remembered to bring a back pack, a basket or bungees wouldn't be necessary. :) I am not much of a bather so taking a shower in their spa tub was not very convienient. Maybe a suggestion is to maybe put a hook somewhere on the wall so we can rest the shower nozzle on it for a stand up shower. The bed was comfy. Plenty of pillows. Breakfast the following morning was yummy. Omelette with a crumpett and fresh fruit. The coffee was really good. Will definitely stay there again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for letting us know how convenient you found our lock box, self check in. We often run errands during the day after the breakfast and this way guests do not have to wait if we get back later than expected. You know, it's an odd thing about the bikes. We pay more for the used older ones than we could buy new ones for at Costco. We have found over the years that the new ones get stolen and the older ones do not. Guests really like to take the bikes to town rather and lock them up and the new ones would have the lock cut and get stolen. Rather than having guests be responsible for stolen bikes and/or us needing to replace stolen bikes we have stuck with the older cruisers and this has alleviated this problem. Bike theft is probably the biggest crime in Santa Barbara due to the fact that there are so many colleges and students use them to get from place to place and then just abandon them. I guess that if a city has to have crime, and which city doesn't then this is a good one to have. It nice that you appreciated the fact that "they were free and convenient so what the heck!" We do have a couple of back packs available and provide helmets and locks. Baskets on bikes are heavy and take up a lot of space in the bike racks so then we wouldn't be able to provide as many bikes. Comfy bed, plenty of pillows, yummy breakfast and really good coffee are wonderful compliments but the best ever is the fact that you'll be back. Thank you so much. Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Chantelle.

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

Better than I could have imagined

5 on April 04, 2010

The Old Yacht Club Inn is an absolutely phenomenal experience for those looking for a charming place to stay in Santa Barbara. Not only is it steps from a beautiful beach, but the property itself is wonderfully charming and eclectic. Each room at the Inn is a bit different from the next, and they even have a cottage and beach house available for those looking for even larger accommodations. The best part about the Inn is the service and experience. Each night, they provide guests with wine, cheese and other treats. Enjoying time by the fireplace or looking at the ocean while mingling (or keeping to yourself) is an exceptional experience. Not only that, but the breakfast is amazing and the staff is incredibly hospitable. The people that run this place know what good customer service really means. (Eilene Bruce, one of the Inn's owners gave us a tour of the property herself!) I am so happy that we chose to stay at the Old Yacht Club Inn during our recent trip to Santa Barbara. Now that we have been once, I'll never look elsewhere when planning a trip there. Love it!!

Innkeeper Response
"Love it" Well, I love this 5 star review! The "absolutely phenomenal experience" you described is so much of what we strive for to make your stay a delight. Being steps from a beautiful beach certainly helps but that you found our property itself "wonderfully charming and eclectic" is such compliment. As Innkeepers we do pride ourselves delivering service and experience so thank you for appreciating ours along and letting us know how much you enjoyed your time by the fireplace and looking at the ocean during your stay. Exceptional guests, exceptional experience. Your attitude, compliments and appreciation are so greatly, greatly appreciated. I hope you know that and I trust you'll be back for another "amazing breakfast" and "incredible hospitality" the next time you are in Santa Barbara. Love it! Your Innkeepers, Kori, Jazmin, Chantelle & Eilene

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

You have to be kidding me!

2.2 on March 25, 2010

My husband and I just spent three days in the Cottage which is really just a very small room adjoining the laundry room. It was very dark and shabby with only a handheld shower. The gas fireplace did not work, the whirlpool tub came on loudly during the middle of the night and the brass bed is literally falling apart. Not to mention dingy linens and only three hangers in the closet. The location was good but that is the only positive thing I have to say about this B&B. After a dismal experience at the Old Yacht Club Inn we spent two wonderful nights in the spacious Fess Parker Hotel. Much better. FYI - we frequently stay at B&B's and usually love them.

Innkeeper Response
It is a shame that you chose to stay for three days in an accommodation that apparently was not a good fit for you.We have rooms that are brighter and larger for guests to choose from. If we were not sold out a move would certainly be in order. It's surprising because the Cottage is our most popular accommodation and guests reserve it often a year in advance. I have to disagree with you about having "only a handheld shower". The "state of the art" whirlpool tub in the cottage is one of the largest in the industry and accommodates two people comfortably. The jets create the bubbles with air rather than re-circulating water so it is much more sanitary than less expensive models on the market. It has never come on automatically so this was a first. In order for it to "come on" it would have to be left on and not shut down properly. We made good with you about the fireplace. Yes, things will break. Things get mended and life goes on. The fireplace was repaired and has been occupied by guests from back East who have already booked to come back in June. Obviously, one size does not fit all in this industry and your move to a 5 star hotel with 5 star prices sounds like it was a much better fit for all involved. Your Innkepers Eilene/Kori/Chantelle & Jazmin

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Great Romantic Getaway

5 on March 23, 2010

We spent our honeymoon at the Inn. It was charming and romantic to say the least. The innkeepers did everything possible to make our stay memorable. We expecially liked the location which is just footsteps away from the beach, shops, and resturants. I will definately be back for our one year anniversary. In fact, we reserved the same room already! Great Place for memory building

Innkeeper Response
It was such a pleasure having you stay at our Inn for such a special time in your life. What a blessing that you were able to start building memories right here at our Inn! Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Jazmin, Kori and Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

The Best B&B in California

5 on March 23, 2010

This is the best B&B we have ever stayed in. My husband and I travel extensively throughout the southwestern US and Canada. We spent our 25th wedding anniversary here. B&B's are usually our accomodation of choice, and this one was the best yet! The property is immaculate. The owners and their staff attended to even the smallest detail. We enjoyed being a block from the beach. We used their bicycles on Sunday to ride down to the crafts fair which was great! Food was FIVE STAR! Service was FIVE STAR! Room was FIVE STAR! My husband says " The Old Yacht Club INn B&B is heaven on earth." We will DEFINATELY return!

Innkeeper Response
Happy 25th Anniversary! Thank you so very much for taking the time to let us and other potential guests know what a "five star" time you enjoyed at our B&B. We hope you enjoy many more special times here. Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Quaint and close to beach in Santa Barbara!

5 on March 23, 2010

Historic Inn and bed and breakfast! Great change of pace from big box hotel experience, walk to beach in great area of Santa Barbara.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your experience at our B&B. Yes, I have to agree, the location is definately the best that Santa Barbara has to offer. We love it here too! Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Chantelle

- Eilene (innkeeper)

Home away from Home

5 on March 23, 2010

This beautiful bed & breakfast was everything we were looking for! My husband and I got married back in October, 2008 and we recommended that our guests (family and friends) stay at the Old Yacht Club Inn. We got nothing but great feedback!! The Old Yacht club in is truly a Home away from Home. It's quaint, private, homey, beautiful, relaxing, etc, etc. The staff is so friendly, the location was incredible, and they had great amenities. I would recommend this Inn to anyone visiting Santa Barbara.

Innkeeper Response
We are tickled to know that our Inn "was everything" you were looking for! Friendly staff, great location and the fact that you got "nothing but positive feedback" from your friends and family is such a compliment. We are especially pleased that they enjoyed our quaint and homey atmosphere. Your were so kind to take the time to give us your feedback. Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Pleasantly surprised !

4.4 on March 13, 2010

We were disappointed at first when we walked into the first room they showed us with the full kitchen. WE didn't need a kitchen and it didn't have a tub which is something I enjoy.....we asked if there was something else we could see and they were so pleasant about it ! They took us to the Santa Rosa room which was PERFECT! We had a great stay and it is a lovely room ! Thanks so much....we'll come back. Our kids live in SB. Judi and Tom Welch, Pacific Palisades

Innkeeper Response
Dear Tom and Judi, We are so glad you will be back and that you let us know how "PERFECT" you found our Santa Rosa Suite.It's wonderful that you had such a great stay and will be back when you visit your kids in Santa Barbara. Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Santa Barbara visit on Feb 15 & 16 2010

2.4 on February 25, 2010

The B&B is convenient to the beach and easy parking access. There was plenty of parking space. We should have been warned that the trees drip sap onto the cars. The rooms were clean and nicely furnished. No radio or TV in the room. The bathroom was small, about 3 feet by 12 feet and ackward to use. We were given excellend suggestions about where to dine for lunch and dinner. The 25-cent trolley to State Street was also convenient. The evening wine and cheese social was disappointing. It consisted of a single caraffe of white wine and a small selection of cheese, crackers, and vegetables. The gourmet breakfast was disappointing and consisted of toueh pancakes with sliced bananas on top. This was accompanied with small portions of granola and yogurt. This B&B operates as an efficient business with limited hospitality.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for commenting on our convenience to the beach easy parking and trolley access. We didn't know about the tree sap. However, yes parking under trees can be messy and Santa Barbara has lots of trees and flowers as we are known for our tropical vegetation. Thank you for your compliments about our clean and nicely furnished rooms. No radio or TV in the main house but the Hitchcock House, Cottage and Beach House Suite all have t.v.'s so guests have a choice. In order for each room to have a private bathroom some had to be small, however if a larger bathroom is important to guests upon booking and choosing a room that can often be accommodated for. We are glad you found our dining suggestions "excellent". The evening wine and cheese social is a not a large spread, however complimentary wine, cheese, crackers, fruits and veggies. Something extra before guests go out to dinner as ordering wine out in Santa Barbara can be quite costly. We rotate our breakfasts daily between egg dishes and bread dishes, like French Toast or pancakes. We always have home made granola available for guests who may not desire the main breakfast. We would have been happy to make something else for you if you did not like the cinnammin vanilla pancakes, with chopped nuts and sliced bananas on top and sides of cottage cheese and yogurt. Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Kori, Jazmin and Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

A Romantic Break

4.2 on February 01, 2010

I was pleased with our stay at the Old Yacht Club. It was walking distance from the Zoo and the Pier at Santa Barbara. We love to get up and explore. It was at a location that made that possible. If you want to do a lot of walking you can walk to State Street where you can find movies,shopping and fine dinning. I felt the stay in our cozy room and the friendly staff helped to make our Romantic Break a time to remember. Alex

Innkeeper Response
Dear Alex, We are so glad you enjoyed your romantic getaway at our Inn. Thank you for letting us know how friendly you found our staff, appreciated our location and your cozy room. We hope to see you again soon.

- Eilene, Kori, Jazmin (Innkeepers)

Christmas at the Old Yacht Club Inn

4.2 on January 30, 2010

We've traveled extensively, both here and abroad. We have enjoyed B&Bs in Germany, The Netherlands, France, The Czech Republic as well as other European countries and The Hawaiian Islands. I can say without hesitation that our 7 days at the Old Yacht Club Inn was the best Christmas gift we could have given one another. Excellent accommodations and outstanding staff!

Innkeeper Response
We are so pleased that you took the time to share your experiences with us. The fact that you are such extensively traveled guests makes your knowledge and feedback so rewarding. We hope you will keep us in mind the next time you visit Santa Barbara.

- Eilene, Kori, Jazmin (Innkeepers)

Wonderful place

5 on November 05, 2009

It's a very nice B&B locates in Santa Barbara Beach. It's decoration is very delicated and romantic, and the owner is very hospitable.

Innkeeper Response
You are so kind to take your time to let others know of your experience. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. We do pride ourselves with our hospitality and glad you so appreciated it.

- Eilene, Kori, Jazmin (innkeeper)

very very nice and perfect location

4.6 on October 15, 2009

I went to santa babara with my aunti in october-september time, we went there on the off chance that we were going to get a place, and then we came across this beautiful BnB which was in the perfect location for shops, markets, beach and restuarants. Not only was it in the perfect location the people who work there were friendly, welcoming and gave good advice. thank you for such a memoral stay

Innkeeper Response
I am so glad you and your Aunt had such a wonderful time together at our Inn. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you appreciated our "welcoming" and "friendly" staff and "perfect location". I hope you come back again when you are in our lovely city.

- Eilene, Kori, Jazmin (Innkeepers)


2.6 on September 25, 2009

Our experience at this B&B was marred by very poor customer service from the owner following a series of unfortunate events. We were initially booked and paid for, then they were overbooked, then they offered us an upgrade to a studio that isn't normally rented out, then when we got there that studio was rented to someone else! We were offered one night in the cottage (Converted shed in the car park) and one night next door in the motel 2. There is Motel 6 - this was motel 2! At almost $250 per night, this was not acceptable. We were not offered any refund, full or partial, by the owner. On the other hand, the one breakfast we had was great, the service from the food staff was excellent and the kindness shown to our young daughter was heartwarming. When all is said and done, our weekend away was ruined and our experience was not enjoyable. Had these problems not arisen, our stay could have been very pleasant.

Innkeeper Response
I appologize about our double booking your reservation. We had just gotten established with an on line booking service that weekend and were not experienced in using it at the time. However when you arrived and your room was not available we gave you a free upgrade to our Cottage. We promptly located another hotel for your second night stay in Santa Barbara and paid for it so that you could get a refund from the booking engine that you had previously paid. In addition to paying for your accommodation for your second night we invited you to our breakfast and afternoon wine social on a complimentary basis. Since the property we relocated you to was right next door we tried to accommodate you to make your stay in Santa Barbara pleasurable by paying for your night there and offering you use of our property and dining as well. We later found out that you did not like the second property either and left without telling us so that we could get our payment refunded. I am very surprised that you would consider our handling of your situation as poor customer service because you seemed very happy at the time. Not until I read this review on line did I know your reactions. If I had known you did not like the second property I would have continued to assist you in finding a property that you were comfortable with. It's also quite remarkable that you say the breakfast was "great", but rate it a 3. You also state that the service from the staff was excellent and your daughter was treated so heartwarmingly yet rate service as a 2. My main concern is the comfort of our guests and so I would have been continued to be helpful and accommodating to you had I known that you were not satisfied with the property we relocated you to.

- Eilene, Kori, Jazmin (Innkeepers)

Santa Barbara Accomodation

3.2 on September 25, 2009

Prices are high in this area for what one gets however everything did meet expectation. The staff were just terrific. Friendly and informative. Had a really good time meeting people from other parts of the country and indeed the world, England and Sweden. Very nice place to stay.

Innkeeper Response
Yes, Santa Barbara is one of the priciest places in the world. We all pay the price to live and vacation here but it's well worth it! So glad you had such a good time, met world travelers and appreciated our informed, helpful staff! That's what you'll usually find here at the Old Yacht Club Inn.

- Eilene (Innkeeper)

The Wedding!

5 on September 04, 2009

We rented the Beach House for the weekend of our daughter's wedding, and absolutely fell in love with it! Our Bride :) her new sister-in-law, the photograper (Auntie) and my husband and I stayed there and had a fabulous time! We had wedding things EVERYWHERE and yet still had plenty of room! It was perfect - cozy, private and very comfortable. We had family and friends in and out constantly and Eilene and her staff are incredible! They made our families feel like we were at home. In fact, the two families met for the first time in the dining room, and we'll never forget that moment and how wonderful Old Yacht Club Inn's staff made that time for us. Old Yacht Club Inn will be the only place we ever stay when visiting Santa Barbara. Thank you so much, Eilene. With Much Love xoxo The Peternels

Innkeeper Response
"Cozy, private and very comfortable"...that about says it all! No wonder you "fell in love" with your accommodations here". I had no idea your new family was meeting for the first time at our dining room table! You all seemed so comfortable and like you had known each other forever! Seems like a match made in heaven. Thank you for sharing such a special time in your family with us.

- Eilene (Innkeeper)

Home Away From Home!

4.0 on September 01, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the OYCI in celebration of his birthday and we were beyond thrilled with our experience. Right away we felt as though we had stepped in our second home. Eilene, the Innkeeper, was wonderfully helpful and was quick make sure we felt at home. Our room, the Santa Cruz suite, was beautiful and spacious and we felt quite comfortable in our large king-sized bed. We absolutely enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to a return visit!

I love this B&B

4.8 on August 26, 2009

My bf and I were vacationing down the west coast and stopped here for 4 days. The room was upstairs in the main house and very spacious with a balcony. The pictures online made it look smaller than it was. The inn keepers were so friendly and helpful, they even took a 1 night free gift certificate when they usually only in the off-season. There is a lot to do in the area, the beach is a 5 minute walk, and there are bikes that you can ride all around town. The breakfast was awesome! We are a younger couple and it was perfect for what we were looking to do. I highly recommend this Inn to everyone and I will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write such an awesome and appreciated review! So glad you are going to come back too!

- Eilene Bruce (Innkeeper)

Great time!

4.8 on August 23, 2009

This is our second time that we have spent our anniversary at the Inn. Each time we have stayed three days. The rooms are charming and the main house is full of character. The breakfast is also terrific. The staff are very helpful with any of your needs including recommendations to dining, beaches and activities. The location is within easy walking distance to all beach activites. We will be returning again next year for our anniversary.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for choosing to spend such a special time in your lives with us again. We look forward to your next anniversary with us at the Old Yacht Club Inn! So glad you enjoyed the "terrific breakfasts" and found our staff so helpful. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

- Eilene (Innkeeper)

Old Yacht Club Inn is a Fabulous place to stay!

5 on August 20, 2009

The Old Yacht Club Inn in Santa Barbara, Ca. is a fabulous place to stay! I have experienced many places in Santa Barbara, and I have to say I was extremely impressed with the professionalism; customer service and not to mention the gourmet breakfast served every morning. I am a photographer and I had a large dress rehearsal and wedding to photograph at East Beach. I needed to check into my room a little early so that I could start my job right away. Eilene and her staff were wonderful! They were so accommodating making sure my room was ready and beautiful for me to run in and out. If I happened to miss the Innkeeper, they made it very easy for me to find my room and go. When I finally finished for the night, I felt like I was coming home. My room was very welcoming and quiet, and my bed was extremely comfortable. The next morning, I was greeted by Eilene and her friendly staff with a cup of hot coffee and an incredible gourmet breakfast. I highly recommend the Old Yacht Club Inn if you are looking for a quiet quaint place to stay to enjoy the Santa Barbara beaches and sites. Thank you Eilene and your staff for creating a wonderful stay that I will always treasure. Sincerely, Diana Chase Photos By Diana

One Night at Old Yacht Club

3.2 on August 20, 2009

Rooms: Stayeded in the Portofino Room. It was clean and the bed was very comfortable (as mentioned in other reviews). Location: Great location! It is in a neighborhood next to houses and motels. It is near train tracks but I did not hear the train at all. It was only a short walk or bike ride to East Beach and the Santa Barbara pier. Wine social: Delivered as promised. The wine and food were ok. The snacks were just store bought cheese and crackers. We did enjoy eating them on the front porch. Breakfast: Delicious! We had french toast and homemade granola. We were even offered seconds (I accepted!). Overall: I would stay there again and thought it was nice.

Not Bad

3.4 on August 19, 2009

Very short walk to the beach; but was cloudy and windy during our stay. One crankout window didn't work; had to push it closed from the outside. The old fashioned vinyl curtain on the door didn't work; had to unroll it by hand. Breakfast was great & wine and cheese for happy hour was nice; Met some nice guests.

Innkeeper Response
Glad you met some nice guests and enjoyed the breakfast and wine social. Thanks for letting us know about the window. We will have that taken care of right away with some WD-40.

- Eilene (innkeeper)

A must stay bed and breakfast!

4.0 on August 16, 2009

Very charming and peaceful setting. A wonderful place to just relax on the porch or by the fireplace and enjoy the comforts of home! Will definitely make this a getaway again next year.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for sharing your experience of relaxing at the fireplace and front porch. So glad you would like to return for next years get-away!

- Eilene (Innkeeper)

A nice surprise

5 on August 10, 2009

On a business trip and no decent rates to be found in Santa Barbara right before a major festival. We found the name of this B&B in a travel guide and booked earlier in the day at a reasonable price. This turned out to be such a lovely, comfortable place. There were evening cocktails and wine, and Eilene,the owner, made dinner reservations for us weary travelers at a wonderful restaurant in town, Opal. Our rooms were spotless and charming, obviously decorated with loving care! It was the most comfortable bed I can remember ever sleeping on, and I travel every week! The breakfast was wonderful: french toast with fresh berries and bananas, home made granola and yogurt. Eilene was a gracious hostess. I highly recommend this B&B, on vacation or on business!

Innkeeper Response
You are so kind to write such a lovely review! I hope you come back again either for business or pleasure! It is a genuine pleasure to host such appreciative and thoughtful guests. Glad you found us! Eilene/Innkeeper

- Eilene (innkeeper)

4 Star Location

3.4 on August 07, 2009

We loved the old California atmosphere with comfortable beds and warm hospitality.

Innkeeper Response
I am so happy that you enjoyed our location and our "California Atmosphere" with comfortable beds and warm hospitality. Thank you for taking the time to let other guests know you enjoyed your stay.

- Eilene (innkeeper)

A special anniversary surprise

4.0 on August 05, 2009

We really enjoyed the new Bella room. It was very private. Breakfast was delicious. This was our first anniversary and my husband was very surprised. The location was perfect to the beach and pier. The Opal restaurant was a special place to have our celebration dinner. Thank you for the recommendation. We look forward to our next stay. Deb H.

Innkeeper Response
Hi Deb, Your appreciation for our newly remodeled Belle Caruso Room is tremendous! My husband and I did it all ourselves so we are very proud of that room in particular. Thank you so much for choosing our Inn to celebrate your first wedding anniversary. We look forward to your return. Eilene, Kori, Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

We had a great time

5 on August 05, 2009

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, the B&B was spendid. Food was good, room was wonderful. We will definately be back.

Innkeeper Response
You are so welcome. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time and will be back! Please consider this your "Santa Barbara Home Away from Home".

- Eilene, Kori, Chantelle (innkeeper)

Great and Conveniently Located

3.6 on July 31, 2009

The Old Yacht Club Inn was a nice last minute getaway spot for my husband and I to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It is remote to many of the locations we enjoyed visiting (e.g. zoo, beach, good restaurants). We rode bikes practically everywhere we went. It is great to have the bikes available for guests at no extra charge; however, they could definitely use some attention. We stayed in the Belle Caruso room, which was spacious and nicely decorated. The beds was very comfortable which allowed for a restful sleep! The only downfall of our room was that it did not have a tub, which we did not realize until we had arrived. The innkeeper was kind enough to offer a bottle of wine and snacks to compensate for this (as other rooms with tubs were not available). I should also mention that since the Belle Caruso it is a downstairs room and you can hear much of noise (e.g. steps, voices) coming from the room directly above. The breakfast was delicious and the service and attention were remarkable. It was also nice to have the wine tasting hour in the early evening. The fees were reasonable; however, we were a bit disappointed we were asked to pay slightly higher fees than the special prices offered that weekend, because we made use of our B&B gift certificates. Overall, I feel that this is a pleasurable and conveniently located B&B. I have shared our positive experience with friends and colleagues who look forward to staying here. My husband and I will definitely plan to return to the Old Yacht Club Inn during our next trip to Santa Barbara!

Innkeeper Response
It's wonderful to know that you and your husband enjoyed your last minute getaway to our Inn in celebration of such a special time in your lives. Our proximity to the zoo, beach, restaurants and points of interest seemed to work well for you as well. Since we are the only B&B with a beach location in Santa Barbara it's important to book early to get your choice of room with the amenities you desire. Since you were very comfortable which allowed for a restful sleep, enjoyed our warm hospitality and will come back again is what we strive for. Thank you so much for taking the time to recommend our Inn to future potential guests. Have a great summer! Your Innkeepers, Eilene, Kori and Chantelle

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

close, qquiet and comfortable

5 on July 27, 2009

We stayed in a spaccious newly remodeled room with King bed. Delightful sitting room opening to deck. Walk to beach, quiet location yet a short drive to main part of town. Front porch is delightful for evening wine.

Innkeeper Response
Your appreciation of our newly remodeled room is really taken to heart! My husband and I have been remodeling and redecorating each of our guest rooms, one by one and it has been so much fun and lots of hard work too. Having our hard work and investiment appreciated by you means so very much. Thank you again.

- Eilene (innkeeper)


4.0 on July 18, 2009

My wife and I had a greeat time, the inn keepers were the best, Specisl thanks to Chantelle for the advice.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad you enjoyed your "getaway"...thank you very much for taking the time to let us know!

- Chantelle,Kori & Eilene (innkeeper)

Spectacular B & B

5 on July 08, 2009

We have returned every year for 8 years. The experience is always special. The rooms are quaint, and the food and hospitality is wonderful. We wouldn't go anywhere else in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. I promise you won't be disappointed. It's our home away from home!

Innkeeper Response
We can't tell you how happy this makes us! We love that you experienced that "home away from home" feeling which is so very special. Enjoyed the little chats and laughs with you too. Laughter, great food and hospitality is a wonderful way to spend a little R&R time. Can't wait for you to return!

- Kori (innkeeper)

Chuck's review

4.4 on July 07, 2009

Bikes could be kept in better condition.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you, Chuck for your almost 5 star rating and for letting us know about the bicycles too. You are so right. We have been redecorating all of our rooms, one by one and with such a busy summer our bikes have taken a back seat. We will take a break on the room remodeling for a while and give the bikes some TLC.

- Eilene (innkeeper)

Great getaway

4.2 on June 30, 2009

Staying at the Old Yacht Club Inn was beautiful and restful, Eilene is a great innkeeper, and the staff is wonderful. I'll need to schedule visits on a yearly basis in order to rest and rejuvenate at this wonderful place!

Innkeeper Response
I am so pleased that you had a "great getaway" and had the opportunity to really unwind and relax. And the best compliment to me is that you will be coming back for more! So glad you enjoyed your stay and gave me your feed back. Hope to see you very soon. Eilene

- Eilene (innkeeper)

The best in Santa Barbara!

4.4 on June 23, 2009

Eilene is a wonderful host! She and her staff make you feel as if you own the place. The breakfast is wonderful and the wine and cheese in the afternoon allows guests time to visit and relax. This was our third stay and we will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
Can't wait for your return visit. Thank you so very much for your kind words. I hope to make your 4th visit even more special than your first three. Eilene

- Eilene (innkeeper)

best place to stay in santa barbara

5 on June 23, 2009

This is the third time we have stayed at the Old Yacht Club Inn. The rooms are always neat and clean; the service is outstanding; everyone is friendly and very willing to accommodate all your needs. The breakfasts are wonderful!!! The wine and cheese in the late afternoon is very good. You get to meet your fellow travelers and share events of the day. I cannot imagine staying any place else in Santa Barbara.

Innkeeper Response
I cannot express how wonderful it feels to get 5 star ratings in all areas from you. You called us the"best place to stay in Santa Barbara" which is such a compliment along with your ratings of our Inn. I trust you will come stay with us again and that your visits keep getting better and better! Thank you again. Eilene

- Eilene (innkeeper)

Get away week-end

3.0 on June 22, 2009

If you're looking for a quiet and quaint get-away, Old Yacht Club is your best bet.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much. So nice that you enjoyed some peace and quiet in our quaint little bed and breakfast. Eilene

- Eilene (innkeeper)

As good as promised

5 on June 20, 2009

So often you see pictures of accommodations that don't quite live up to expectations. Not so at the Old Yacht Club Inn. The rooms were even better than pictured. Very clean, quiet, comfy beds, lots of nice little touches. These folks want you to be comfortable. The breakfasts were delicious and different each morning. We would highly recommend this charming and historic B&B and look forward to our next visit. The Watson Family.....San Diego

Innkeeper Response
Greetings Watson Family! So glad our Inn lived up to your expectations. Yes, for sure we want you to be very comfortable and I think the Beach House Suite for your family was a perfect match! Loved chatting with you and hope you all come back to stay with us again very soon! Thank you so very much for your 5 star ratings and for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write a review for us and for other potential guests. Eilene

- Eilene (innkeeper)

a stay in spring

3.6 on June 10, 2009

Owners pleasant and friendly....helpful in finding restaurants.......room clean......very comfortable

Innkeeper Response
A friendly, helpful, clean and comfortable environment is just what we strive to maintain for our guests. Thank you so much for your kind words.

- Eilene/Innkeeper (innkeeper)

Lovely Warm and Friendly

4.8 on June 08, 2009

We arrived and were warmly greeted by Eilene the innkeeper. At once we felt at home, not like guests. Our room was lovely and comfortable. The breakfasts each morning were delicious, sitting in the dining room with a fire in the fireplace. We will surely be returning to our Santa Barbara home away from home in the future.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to let potential guests know how at home you felt while staying at our B&B. It's so important to feel at home and comfortable when you're traveling and I am just tickled that you were at home. Saying that you are going to return to your "home away from home" is the greatest compliment an Innkeeper could receive.

- Eilene/Innkeeper (innkeeper)

A Truly Lovely

5 on May 29, 2009

The staff was genuinely friendly, very attentive, and very helpful. The breakfast was delicious. My husband and I really enjoyed the room and the way it was all set up. From the dining area to the bedroom, it was all very comfy and cozy. Everything that was offered online was fulfilled. It really was an absolutely lovely experience. I would recommend the Inn to anyone in a heartbeat. Truly delightful.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so very much for your appreciation of our Inn! Having guests like you who enjoy themselves so much at our home is what makes Innkeeping such a rewarding occupation for us. Consider us your "home away from home" and please come back soon. Very sincerely, Eilene

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Fun Family Run B&B

5 on May 25, 2009

My fiance and I spent the weekend at the Old Yacht Club Inn and left feeling like part of the family. The owners were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. They cooked us a fresh hot breakfast and had beach cruiser bikes for us to take downtown. The innkeepers were very knowledgeable about the area and suggesting some great sights and restaurants for our stay. The location is superb....just a hop, skip and a jump to the water's edge. My fiance and I enjoyed a romantic sunset stroll each evening after indulging in the evening wine socials. Looking forward to returning soon.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so, so much! It feels so good knowing that you had such a wonderful time and will be coming back. I've lived here for over thirty years and love it here so much that I hardly ever leave to go on vacation. If I do vacation I vacation right here and love passing on little treasures that I find to our guests. Glad you enjoyed what I do about our very special location-evening beach strolls, bike rides along our splendid bike paths, great breakfasts and a homey atmosphere. You definately are part of the "family" now!

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

a good time in santa barbara

4.0 on May 15, 2009

quiet, charming old house with a great inn-keeper. Close to all the good stuff, easy parking.

Innkeeper Response
Great that you liked our location, charm and Innkeeper (guess that's me!) Hope you'll be back to enjoy more! Thanks for your comments and appreciation of our Inn.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Home away from Home in S.B.

4.6 on May 14, 2009

Recently my wife had an event at Fess Parkers Hotel nearby and we opted to stay here at the Old Yacht Club Inn since we're more of the down home type. Although there are many B&B's to chose from in S.B. we decided check it out and we were not disappointed. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was perfect. Not too much but just right so we could get a good start to the day. Having the use of the bicycles and the beach a block away was just great. Kudos to the Innkeeper for staying on top of the landscaping and overall ambience of the Inn. We will no doubt be repeat guests.

Innkeeper Response
We are so pleased that you enjoyed our friendly staff, ambiance and that our breakfast helped you get a good start on your day of business in Santa Barbara. I am very happy that you are going to return and look forward to having you again as guests at our Inn.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)


5 on April 20, 2009

My 2 daughters brought me here for my 60th birthday and a "girlfriend weekend" and we had an absolute wonderful time! We loved our room, we loved hearing the train at night, and the breakfast put on by Innkeeper Eilene was outstanding!! I would highly recommend the Old Yacht Club Inn if Santa Barbara is your destination!

Innkeeper Response
I am so thrilled that you had such a wonderful time at our Inn, especially for such a memorable occasion as your 60th birthday. I hope you visit with us again and again and enjoy many fond memories of your birthday celebration at the Old Yacht Club Inn.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Great hostess gave it a good try

3.0 on April 07, 2009

Corey, the hostess, gave it her best, all in all I expected something more, I suppose, and this just didn't live up to it.

Innkeeper Response
We are always looking for ways to improve our inn, and all comments, even the disappointing ones, provide feedback that enables us to provide better service to our guests. I see you gave us 5 stars, the highest rating available for service and cleanliness and I appreciate that.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Great Location..

3.0 on March 06, 2009

We want here to review wedding sites. The B and B was good except for the rooms don't have double pane windows so the train wakes you up early and often. The windows didn't have shades dark enough to keep out the light, so this woke us up as well. In the separate house where we stayed it was a bit of a hassle to get ice and there was no internet service there..

Innkeeper Response
You know, the train has been traveling through all of the coastal property here since the 1800's. It is really quite quaint and most people enjoy the nostalgic ambiance. The only way to avoid the train is to not stay near the coast. I'm sorry your wireless device did not operate to your expectation during your stay at the Inn. We have wireless access for both properties but if your isp doesn't have strong signals from one location you may have to move a few feet to another spot at times, but that is really individually up to your own wireless device. We provide ice buckets filled with ice and also have a small fridge in the dining room for your convenience as well.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)


4.8 on February 23, 2009

This was a really nice bed and breakfast. The staff was helpful and I felt as if I was staying at a friends house. A big plus was that the breakfast was awesome... Thanks!!!

Innkeeper Response
Such a compliment-calling our breakfast "awesome". Feeling like you were staying at a friend's house is also the highest compliment. Thank you so very much for appreciating our Inn and service.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Fun Fun Fun

4.4 on November 13, 2008

The emphasis on Bed and Breakfast here would be on the Breakfast! A great way to start a morning: Great food. The Inn itself was perfectly fine, in Santa Barbara there is so much to do, great place to go for a get away.

Innkeeper Response
Great food and fun sounds good to me! Thank you so much.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Santa Barbara

4.0 on October 06, 2008

The Old Yacht Club Inn is a delightful and convenien place to stay. My only disaapointment was the "private patio" outside of our room -- it was truly about 4' X 4' and was shared with another room and on the side of the driveway!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your feedback. I checked our website to make sure that we weren't advertising a private patio for your room and weren't. Gallaher room has a shared patio because our rooms with private decks and patios had been sold out. Thank you for your high rating even though it sounds like you were a little disappointed about the patio situation. Just e-mail me or call if a room amenity is very important to you, just so we can make sure before your booking that you are getting just what you would like so that your time here is very happy and special.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Great Inn, in a great location

4.8 on September 12, 2008

My wife and I spent one night in one of the smaller rooms. It was comfortable and clean. The service was wonderful including breakfast and the afternoon wine/cheese. One block off the beach allowed for wonderful AM/PM walks. We will be back should the opportunity be presented.

Innkeeper Response
I too enjoy early morning walks along our beautiful beaches! You knew just how to spend a lovely morning before joining us for breakfast. Glad you'll be back. Thank you for staying with us.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Stepping back into a Friendly, Leisurely Era

4.2 on September 08, 2008

The Old Yacht Club Inn is the only B & B with a beach location in Santa Barbara and usually full. a "home away from Home." We stayed in the Hitchcock House next door -- quiet with period appointments, Oriental rugs, colorful fabrics and wallpapers, telephone, private bathroom and wonderful sun room with sleeping quarters. Big Queen Size beds and in our case, a separate and inviting sitting room with French windows where at night we could see sky all around and smell the ocean air. In the evening we were invited to a wine and sherry tasting in the front room and on the front porch which turned into an informal party with other guests. Next morning we only had to walk a few yards to the Main House dining room for complimentary breakfast. We ate at the big common table. Inviting fresh fruit juices and fruits covered one sideboard while attentive but unobtrusive servers filled coffee cups and brought out steaming plate of Mexican omelettes. Stuffed with cheese and salsa, they were tasty and filling. Even without the overcast early morning air giving a cozy feeling to being inside, the atmosphere encourages people to talk to each other. Plenty of space behind the buildings for parking cars, and free bikes there. Owner Eileen Bruce could not be friendlier and positive and at the same time somehow low key.

Innkeeper Response
Smelling the fresh ocean air from your French windows, enjoying time spent with the other guests and appreciating our food and proximity to the beach are just a few of the things that make sharing our Inn with other so much fun! Thank you for your comments and for sharing your enjoyment with other readers.

- Eilene Bruce (innkeeper)

Gotta Love It

4.0 on August 31, 2008

Great breakfast, great location (close to the beach), great service and great rooms. It just doesn't get any better than this at a bed and breakfast!

Charming Inn By the Sea

5 on August 24, 2008

A perfect vacation get-away by the beach. Friendly staff and delicious food. I especially loved the Santa Barbara omelet with toasted crumpet and poached pear. They have beach cruiser bikes for riding along the bike path that you can access just a block from the inn. They have a lovely front deck where I often found myself socializing with the other guests during the wine hour or drinking my afternoon tea while enjoying the homemade cookies. Cozy, clean and quiet room with lots of sunlight. A perfect place for rest and relaxation.

Quaint, Comfortable, and Beautiful!

5 on August 24, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Old Yacht Club Inn in “The Cottage” for our 5 year anniversary. The Inn was beautiful and our room looked like something out of a romance novel (and I mean that in a good way)! We loved the fireplace and the jacuzzi tub… Breakfast was scrumptious and the Inn had an amazing selection of wines. My husbands family own a vineyard so he’s hard to please, but even he was impressed. Finally the staff at the Inn was great; they were really knowledgeable about the area, day and nighttime activities, and made a GREAT restaurant recommendation with Pascucci. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Old Yacht Club Inn and we’ll definitely be back! THANKS AGAIN! --Tina Lee

Top Value For Your Dollar!

4.4 on August 19, 2008

Excellent location. We heard no trains! Great staff, wonderful win, social hour on the porch. We'll be back soon!


4.6 on August 05, 2008

The stay was outstanding and exceeded my expectaions.

Great Stay in SB

4.0 on June 17, 2008

We had a very pleasant stay in the Captain's Corner room. Took a couple of rides on the complimentary bikes and enjoyed the delicious breakfasts. The location was perfect and we fully utilized the beachfront shuttle. We'll be back!

Pleasant B&B

3.2 on June 09, 2008

We enjoyed our stay very much. We like the antique atmosphere of another time. The house and room reminded me of the my parents home in the 1940's. We were surprised that it was so close to the beach. Since we stayed at the Inn on a Wednesday and Thursday, the innkeeper gave us what I thought was an excellent rate for the quality and location. We could not have found a better rate and accommodation at a three or a four star hotel.

The Old Yacht Club Inn

4.4 on June 04, 2008

Outstanding service, value and cleanliness! Rooms and dining were great.

Old Yacht Club

5 on May 21, 2008

For a weekend getaway in a beautiful relaxing city...Santa Barbara, The Old Yacht Club is the spot. It is a couple blocks from the beach and you can ride bikes to the downtown area! The price is great for the service and atmosphere!! And they have great coffee!!

Enjoyed my stay

3.4 on May 15, 2008

The B&B is in a great location, one block away from the beach. And the street it's on is very quiet. However beware there is a train that passes by at least two times during the night but you're going to hear it no matter which b&b you stay at as they're all located near the R&R. The breafaksts were scrumptious and I loved the cookies, wine, cheese, crackers, and grapes that put out every day at 5:00pm. Just that perfect little afternoon snack. I stayed 5 nighs in the Julia Metelmann room and it's a spacious room that's in the house next door to the main house. It' s nice to be able to have your own entrance from the outside and not share a hallway with anyone. The only negative of the location of the B&B is that it is a far walk to the pier and harbor. However not even a 5 min drive. The highway and downtown state street (lots of shopping and dining)are extremely close by car.

Everything was wonderful

5 on April 17, 2008

Oh! That whirlpool tub and sipping sherry. Just what I needed to relax. I enjoyed my stay tremendously!

Beautiful step back in time!

4.8 on April 17, 2008

Breakfasts were scrumptious we'll see you again soon


4.8 on April 16, 2008

Great food, warm innkeepers, location - 1 block from ocean Love this place. We'll be back

Location! Location! Location!

4.4 on April 16, 2008

WHAT a deal - lovely beach neighborhood - Loved the bikes. Relaxing & warm caring atmosphere

we'll be back

4.0 on February 21, 2008

My husband and I wanted to get a way for a long weekend and stayed at the lovely old yacht club. The room was beautiful the food prepared was awesome. You could tell time and thought went into the preparation. The staff was just wonderful and friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. All in all, we had a wonderful time away ... thanks you for the great weekend. We’ll be back!!!!

The negative reviews are WRONG

4.8 on February 21, 2008

My wife and I made reservations for a 3 day 2 nite stay. We then read any review we could find on the net. We read quite a few of which the majority were negative. We started to panic. If it could be put down, then it was put down,...from the service, the rooms, the breakfast and the surroundings...most of what we read, since most WAS negative, was completely innacurate. Our stay was exactly what we wanted. The service was friendly, attentive, personable and just plain good. The room was what you would expect from a quality bed and breakfast, quaint, warm, and cozy. The breakfasts (we had two) were perfect - delicious, nicely prepared, well thought out, appropriate portions (not too big not too small), - to start out the day with and served with warm and attentitive service - couldn't ask for more. Finally the location - again,...just perfect. We walked to the beach (less then a minutes walking time) after dinner, before breakfast or whenever we wanted some coastal scenery and air, too easy. Since it is actually located in Santa Barbara we were a 5 minute drive from the main downtown street and the freeway. Something to take advantage of, and we did. Oh yes, there is a railroad track close by, of which we only heard the train horn once. We were antipicating and looking forward to hearing it more - it was actually romantic and added to the ambience. We WILL be going back,...very soon!

Perfect Santa Barbara Get-away

4.6 on February 09, 2008

We stayed in the Portofino room and absolutely loved it. The bed was incredible comfortable, we have a lovely balcony overlooking the quiet beach community. We used the bicycles to ride along the water and found a great local produce store a block away. Excellent location. The service was superb. Great recommendations for dinner and local activities. Delicious food, homemade chocolate chip cookies and chile cheese soufle was our favorite. They even gave us the recipe for the famous soufle! Nice wine social too. Will be back.

Innkeeper Response
We read your review and absolutely loved it! The Portofino Room is one of our favorites; in fact most of the photos we publish of the inn show that room. It has a nice cozy feel but enough space, including a nice window seat area, a balcony, fireplace and canopy bed. It's beautiful and romantic. Each of our rooms has their own charm and amenities (and their own bathrooms). The complimentary bikes our guests are able to use are wonderful for cruising the city. Yes, we serve some delicious food, and at the end of the night we leave a plate of fresh bakes cookies, yum! Cheers, -The Innkeepers

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Just like Grandma's house

4.0 on February 02, 2008

This was our first B&B and after staying here it will not be our last. The rooms are warm, large and full of charm. I was pleased with the service and the Breakfast was a great way to start the day. The inn is walking distance from the beach so after Breakfast we were able to take a nice long walk along the water that did add to a wonderful experience.

Innkeeper Response
We are so thrilled you enjoyed your stay and will be back (maybe you have been already)! It really does feel warm and cozy and historic, just like a grandmother's house would. We love our home and are happy to share it with people who appreciate it as much as we do! Amazing that just a block away is the beach and just less than a mile away is the wharf and downtown. After a yummy breakfast, you have everything you need to get through the day and enjoy all that Santa Barbara has to offer.

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

How are you supposed to brush your teeth?

2.8 on June 22, 2007

We stayed in the Captain's corner, but the sink in the "bathroom" was just not user friendly at all. It was frustrating trying to get ready to go out. The breakfast was very nice and I thought the wine social was a nice thought Being able to walk to the beach saved the day and the use of beach chairs & bikes was a nice touch. For the money, I think you could do better.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the feedback in the review. In order to give guests extra privacy, each room at the Old Yacht Club Inn has it's own bathroom... we felt guests would appreciate that more in exchange for a little loss in space. Most of our rooms have spacious bathrooms, with a few exceptions. We can always advise you on which room would best suit your needs. We do appreciate you making note of our extra touches and amenities (bikes, close proximity to Santa Barbara attractions and delicious food).

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Charming, historic home-Great Service

5 on March 01, 2007

We loved this place. Included in your stay are complimentary beach cruisers, chairs & towels along with the delicious breakfast. Service was great as well. The perfect place to stay in idyllic Santa Barbara.

Innkeeper Response
What a charming 5 Star review! Santa Barbara really is an idyllic place and we fit right in, giving guests perfect little extras to enjoy their stay... complimentary bikes, beach towels and chairs are a great perk. Our food is delicious and made fresh daily, using local produce and our fair-trade organic coffee is always a big hit!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Don't miss this one!

4.0 on January 14, 2007

We found this beautiful, home one block from the beach by surprise! It was so relaxing. They have bikes, great food, and are REALLY in Santa Barbara. Not far from State Street. Make sure where the others are located!

Innkeeper Response
We missed this one! Thank you for the review! You touched on some of the key features/amenities our Inn has to offer. The food is delicious; we serve a full gourmet breakfast and have an afernoon wine social with snacks each day for guests to enjoy in between riding our complimentary beach cruiser bikes to Staten Street or the beach, just minutes away!

- Eilene Bruce (Owner)

Old Yacht Club Inn


  • Nightly Rate $119 - $299
  • Reviews (106) 4.3
  • Rooms 14
  • Accepts Gift Cards

Contact Innkeeper

  • Phone +1-800-676-1676
  • Fax 1-8059623989
  • Toll free 1-8005491676
  • Toll free 1-8006761676
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