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Hotel Santa Barbara

Downtown hotel on State Street in Santa Barbara near beaches & walking distance to Stearns Wharf, shopping, restaurants and night life.
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4 Mar

Staff Picks Series: Marc’s Santa Barbara Recommendations

Santa Barbara is where our staff work, play, eat and shop. As Santa Barbara insiders, our staff love sharing recommendations, whether it’s fun activities, scenic views, or the best kept secrets and local favorites. We want to help make the most of your Santa Barbara vacation so we gathered our favorite SB recommendations in our Staff Picks Series.

This week we spoke with Marc Erickson, valet and concierge team member, to learn about his favorite Santa Barbara recommendations.

Marc, Valet/Concierge
Years at Hotel Santa Barbara: 4 Monthssmiling staff member in front of hotel

What is your favorite part about working at Hotel Santa Barbara?

Meeting people from all over the country and world.

What is your favorite restaurant within walking distance to the hotel?

The Little Kitchen has amazing food. Great spot for lunch in downtown Santa Barbara. What this restaurant lacks in size, it makes up for with some BIG TIME flavor. Try the Chicken Tikka Masala and you won’t be disappointed!

What is your ideal restaurant in Santa Barbara for a nice dinner out? Why?

Loquita is delicious. Traditional Spanish food and wine. The sangria and cocktails are also top notch. Just a classy spot to enjoy quality service, and a unique dining experience.

What do you like to do in Santa Barbara on your days off?

I love going to the beach. Can’t get enough of those views. It is relaxing and refreshing. Where else would you rather be?

Favorite wine tasting room or brewery?

Lama Dog Tap Room + Bottle Shop. Good vibes. Good beer. Located in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone only a short walk from the hotel.

How would you describe Santa Barbara in one word?


Check back every couple of weeks as we feature a different staff member and their favorite SB spots. Have questions about our Santa Barbara recommendations? Call 1 (800) 549-9869 or text our 24/7 concierge service at (805) 448-0710.


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