Monica Khemsurov

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

with Monica Khemsurov www.sightunseen.com
  • Where:Santa Barbara, California

  • Why:A mini getaway from my winter sojourn in L.A. — and my first-ever visit to Santa Barbara.

  • When:February 2017

  • Who:Me and my L.A. roommate Chrysanthe, a Santa Barbara aficionado.

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Highs & Lows

  • The location is perfect — across from the beach, but near SB’s best shops, bars, and restaurants.

  • Its chilled-out, fireplace-equipped, plant-filled vibe was the perfect complement to our Santa Barbara experience.

  • Super-helpful staff and manager — if you see Barry, high-five him for us.

  • The hotel’s five buildings are oriented around an alley that you walk through to get to the pool and gym — it could use some more plants and trees to feel less alley-like.

  • The pools could also use some love as they feel a bit barren, but then again, you should probably be at the beach instead.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Relaxed beach retreat.

  • Vibe

    Laid-back, private, and quiet, with extra-helpful front desk staff ready to play tour guide — it’s really meant as a cozy place to unwind after spending all day exploring Santa Barbara.

  • Location

    In prime, walk-able Santa Barbara, across the street from the harbor.

  • Rooms

    122

  • Music

    We didn’t hear any.

  • Year Opened

    It was rebranded as Hotel Milo in 2014.

  • Designed By

    IdeaWork Studios

  • Pool/Gym

    Two pools, a hot tub, and a gym that has a priceless view straight onto the beach and harbor across the street.

  • Restaurant

    There’s a breakfast room, but no restaurant, because how could it compete with the amazing insanity that is Santa Barbara’s foodie scene?

  • Bar

    Just that wine selection in the lobby.

  • Minibar

    Adorable. Snacks, drinks, sunscreen, phone chargers, and Harry's razors, plus a huge selection of wine bottles for sale in the lobby.

  • Wifi

    Free wifi throughout.

  • Children

    We didn’t see any.

  • Price

    Affordable, with rooms in February for under $200.

Try every incredible restaurant in town, iincluding the Lark, La Super-Rica, Savoy Café, and Mesa Verde for vegan Mexican.

Be a foodie

131 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Try every incredible restaurant in town, iincluding the Lark, La Super-Rica, Savoy Café, and Mesa Verde for vegan Mexican.

A crazy underground salt-cave spa .

Go to the Santa Barbara Salt Cave

740 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States

A crazy underground salt-cave spa .

Sprawling across 65 acres in historic Mission Canyon, it features over 1000 species of rare and indigenous plants.

Go to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

1212 Mission Canyon Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, United States

Sprawling across 65 acres in historic Mission Canyon, it features over 1000 species of rare and indigenous plants.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States

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