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Reviews of AAE Santa Barbara

Hotel | 111 N MILPAS ST, Santa Barbara, California, USA 93103

65.5% Overall Rating

20 out of 27 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (23/11/2013)

"The staff was nice. They even called us to make sure that we are going to check in before the receoton closes."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Communal kitchen

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

Cancellations made within 2 days prior to arrival will incur a charge of the first night’s stay. No walk-ins accepted! 12% City tax not included in rates. 3% Merchant fee for credit card transactions. Reception opens from 8AM-10PM No children allowed. Dorm Guests must be under 30

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65.5%

Overall Rating

20 out of 27 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'AAE Santa Barbara'

Atmosphere
72.8%
Location
64.0%
Facilities
56.0%
Cleanliness
67.2%
Staff
81.6%
Value
52.8%
Safety
64.0%
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65.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Josh van den berg

Alone

Visiting friends or family

13 January 2014 Josh would recommend this property

Liked: Upstairs veranda

Disliked: No towels

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

23 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was nice. They even called us to make sure that we are going to check in before the receoton closes.

Disliked: As mentioned above, everything is extremely old and outdated. I don't think anyone cared to put any effort changing furniture and bathrooms/kitchens. The bathroom did not have a mirror! The water runs cold and it took forever to warm it up.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 June 2013

Liked: only 4 persons per room

Disliked: bathroom facilities, showers quite poor, breakfast was not really good, common room was pretty small, beds were squeaking

71.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Business / conference
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

21 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: comfortable beds, nice atmosphere

Disliked: only pancakes and coffee for breakfast. More variety would be nice.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

15 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was really good in SB close to the beach and some bars. The roof-terrace was nice, too.

Disliked: The beds squeaked all night which was really annoying.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Stephen Wilkinson

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing

02 November 2012 Stephen would recommend this property

Liked: Handy for Santa Barbara sights. Although a few blocks from the beach it was ok given the price. Staff were helpful

Disliked: Expensive private room. Bed linen did not fit the bed and there were horrible plastic mattress covers. Road noise.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

29 October 2012

Liked: The place had a good atmosphere and it felt like we were at someones home. They had a big tv with films, a nice patio and new computer for use.

Disliked: The dorm that was suppose to be 4 beds was more like a 8 dorm because you had to walk through another 4 dorm room to get into it. The doors between was also always open. Also the total price was not accurate because of the tax, which should have been included in the total price at hostelbookers. Not just written as a btw further down. The total price ended up being way too high for a bed in a 8 dorm room. This also caused confusion when arriving at the hostel and we argued with the receptionist before realising that the tax was in addition. Also there were no one there when we arrived, and we had to call this number and wait for 15 minutes after already walking for 30 minutes to get there from the train station. They made us feel bad for interrupting their dinner.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Laura Young

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

24 October 2012 Laura would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and modern. Good TV room and kitchen. Free internet.

Disliked: No laundry facilities and not really any activities on offer.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Katrin Osarek

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Shopping
Visiting friends or family

25 September 2012 Katrin would recommend this property

Liked: I really liked the roof terrace. Its just nice to hang out there and have a beer with the other travellers.

Disliked: Its really expensive. The hostel was good, but not exceptional in any way, so why are they charging double of what I would normally expect?

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

City break
Family Holiday
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

04 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Biggest Pros: - Fantastic location (10 minutes from beach, 30 minutes from main State Street, lots of cheap eateries around, very safe seeming neighborhood) - Very clean - Small house - not tons of kids dragging in at 3 am and puking on your pillow, not wonky useless wifi as is often the case in bigger hostels - Extras: free parking, awesome sundeck upstairs, pancakes and coffee as advertised, good little common room with TV and movies and net hookups, wifi that worked

Disliked: Cons: - No hot water in the shower - not freezing but tepid/neutral - Remember to bring your own towel! (think you can rent one for $2) - If you want a party hostel, this isn't your best bet.

48.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

29 August 2012

Liked: Internet.

Disliked: Everything else.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

15 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I was a single female traveller and I felt safe in this hostel

Disliked: The room was really warm inside. In order to have it colder, it was necessary to open the door to the hallway, which didn't offer much privacy. And as it was facing the street, it was quite loud due to traffic.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

caroline bryan

As a family with children

Family Holiday

07 August 2012 caroline would recommend this property

Liked: The chap in charge, I think his name was Call was really lovely and very welcoming. What an interesting man

Disliked: No mirrors in the bathroom. One of the sinks was out of use in a bathroom. For a triple room it was a bit tight on size and my son chose to sleep on the floor for two nights but we are all 6' +

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were extremely friendly and always happy to help in every way that they could. Location is pretty good - only about 10 minute walk to State street, and perhaps the same again in a different direction towards East Beach. There are no lockers available, but the hostel felt completely safe.

Disliked: There are washing machines nor are you allowed to wash your clothes in the sink! - which seems ridiculous. Also, the mattresses are way too thin! I had a really uncomfortable nights' sleep.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Alessia De Conti

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

06 July 2012 Alessia would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff!!!

Disliked: small bathroom and room!!

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

16 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly staff. Good atmosphere.

Disliked: Next pub its quite far to walk.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Yvonne Gao

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 April 2012 Yvonne would recommend this property

Liked: The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. It's a very cozy place with all the necessary facilities that a backpacker needs.

Disliked: Yvonne left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

27 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff is extremely helpful and nice. They have a really cool terrace on the 1st floor; the rooms also dorms have a small number of beds, I think maximum is 6 or 8 that is very comfortable.

Disliked: Only 2 bathrooms in the entire house, no separate toilet and if one shower runs the other almost has no water. The room in front of the kitchen is very noisy and the breakfast is only pancakes. But take into consideration that they just opened in February and that they are still doing improvements.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Eoghan burke

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 March 2012 Eoghan would recommend this property

Liked: It was simple and efficient, nothing more nothing less, a good hostel.

Disliked: The location is a little bit away from state street.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

08 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good atmosphere. Frendly staff. Rooftop to enjoy sun.

Disliked: Only 2 bathrooms in whole hostel. Not much space in rooms and house. Can become very packed when all beds are booked.