May112022

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara easy Highway 101 access

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.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara exterior.

Familiar Hyatt Place couch.

Big TV is another standard in Hyatt Place.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara walk in shower.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara mini-frig with my Stella bottles.

Patio courtyard at Hyatt Place Santa Barbara.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara lobby space.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara business center.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara front desk and breakfast room to left.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara fitness equipment.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara fitness equipment.

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.

 

 

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. Sad to see this at cat 5. This property should be at a lower category than Mar Monte Hotel.

  2. The map imbedded in this article shows neither the location of the Hyatt Place Santa Barbara nor the Mar Monte Hotel. It red marker appears to show the location of the Hotel Santa Barbara, which is not mention in the article.

  3. The hotel locations are where the 17,000 blocks are positioned by the beach (Hotel Mar Monte) and Highway 101 (HYatt Place).

    Red marker simply indicates city of Santa Barbara.

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