Easy freeway access is probably not the primary consideration of most travelers staying at Hyatt Place Santa Barbara. My interest in Hyatt Place Santa Barbara was a hotel stay stop on the 370 mile drive from Monterey to Orange County, California. The location of Hyatt Place Santa Barbara next to Highway 101 made it a great road stop, but the location is not so great for people who want to be near the beach some five miles away. Parking at Hyatt Place was $10 per night with in and out privileges.
Hyatt Place Santa Barbara is currently a category 5 property with variable rates around 20,000 points per night. The hotel was only 15,000 points as a category 4 property last November when I redeemed my 12/31/21 expiring Chase Hyatt credit card free night for a room night priced $200+.
Incidentally, this was my first hotel stay since our trip to London and Windsor in February 2020 two weeks before the pandemic started shutting places down.
Palapa Restaurant is a Mexican restaurant next to Hyatt Place Santa Barbara. We ate dinner there and found it to be reasonably good food and even better Happy Hour discount beers.
Hyatt Place breakfast was packaged items and throw away cups and utensils due to covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
Hyatt Place Santa Barbara review
Price – High (this is Santa Barbara!). At 15,000 points this hotel was useful to me as a Chase Visa card annual e-certificate free night at a category 4 hotel. This hotel is now a category 5 property.
Location – good for 101 freeway access, too far from beach to walk. Restaurants and supermarkets in area of hotel.
If booking a hotel in Santa Barbara using points then Hyatt’s Mar Monte Hotel by the beach in Santa Barbara is another option as a category 5 hotel.