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Unbound Collection Santa Barbara (MarMonte) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Unbound Collection Santa Barbara (MarMonte) REVIEW - MASTER THREAD

Old Sep 16, 18, 11:38 pm
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The hotel was recently sold for $90 million and will undergo a $6 million renovation in summer 2019.

https://www.connect.media/chesapeake-lodging-trust-sells-hyatt-centric-santa-barbara-for-90m/
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Old Oct 16, 19, 11:35 am
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Originally Posted by JJ804 View Post
The hotel was recently sold for $90 million and will undergo a $6 million renovation in summer 2019.

https://www.connect.media/chesapeake...rbara-for-90m/
Following the renovation, which is expected to be done in the 1st quarter of 2020, the hotel will be rebranded as an Unbound Collection property - going back to it's original name, the Mar Monte Hotel.

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Old Oct 16, 19, 12:34 pm
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Will it stay as a Hyatt?
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Old Oct 16, 19, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by ZBigFam View Post
Will it stay as a Hyatt?
Correct - joining the Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:03 pm
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Just completed a three night stay here after Christmas. Rates were high and I redeemed points for the stay. I previously visited the hotel in 2015 and found Santa Barbara stunning so wanted to return. A few notes:
  • What I recall from my last stay as the main building of the hotel is completely closed for renovation right now (that is, the eastern-most building). Most of the hotel's facilities (e.g. pool, restaurants, etc.) are also closed.
  • A temporary lobby is setup in the western-most building. I don't think the lobby has any heat and it was really really cold at most times, I felt awful for the reception staff - who were standing around in winter clothes, scarfs, and hats. If I had to guess it was probably 45-50 degrees in the "lobby" once the sun went down. It was somewhat warmer during the day. The temporary lobby doesn't have any facilities to speak of but there is coffee available in the morning.
  • Breakfast is being served in a conference room that, as far as I could tell, also did not have heat. They had one space heater which was completely laughable given the size of the room. My wife ate breakfast each morning fully bundled up in her winter coat, I think my son even kept his winter hat on during breakfast (we were lucky to have traveled here from the northeast so had all of our winter gear with us).
    • As far as food - the first day we had the huevos rancheros which I thought were really good. Subsequent days I had the eggs benedict and the avocado toast with poached eggs, both of which were alright. The eggs had been poached really really hard, I'm not sure what type of kitchen setup they have so they may have been pre-poached elsewhere. Given the current situation I wouldn't expect a great breakfast. I remember the breakfast from my last stay being much better, although that was five years ago.
  • We were upgraded to a "deluxe" King Room which had a small balcony and overlooked the parking lot. You may be noticing a theme by now, but the room itself also did not have proper heat. The wall-mounted air conditioner could be set to "heat" but I only found that useful if you stood directly in front of it. The hotel had provided a rollaway for our son but he was so cold overnight he had to sleep in between us in bed, which was alright but does illustrate how cold it was. With that said, I am a little more warm-blooded and I slept great in the cold
  • With the parking lot view that we had, you can clearly hear the train when it blows its horn. The first night this woke me up twice, however I never heard it after that. I may have been cold enough that I entered into a hibernation.
On the positive side:
  • The hotel is hosting a free yoga class on Saturday mornings on the lawn in front of the hotel, which my wife enjoyed
  • It's wonderful to be able to walk right across the street to the beach and my son had a blast playing on it
  • I loved the walk from the hotel into "town" along the water, but it could get old depending on how much you like to walk. We took Amtrak into and out of SBA and that worked well, it's probably a 25 minute walk to the train station and downtown
Things to do:
  • One day we went to Carpinteria, just a few miles east of Santa Barbara. We both LOVED it there and agreed if we win the lottery, that is where we will move. I highly recommend a visit
  • My wife and I aren't wine drinkers but we love beer, and especially enjoyed Third Window Brewing and Institution Ale Company, and in Carpinteria Island Brewing Company
  • I walked up to Habit Burger the night we arrived for a snack and really enjoyed the burger, then it seemed everywhere I went in Santa Barbara people were talking about Habit Burger. It's along similar lines as In-N-Out with a more extensive menu, I recommend it for a casual meal.
  • Regarding the Zoo, we took our son there and it's certainly pretty, he also enjoyed the Zoo Train. It feels more like a botanic garden that has some zoo elements. I found the California Condor to be one of the more interesting animals on display, I had no idea their wingspan was so massive. In general it doesn't compare to something like the National Zoo but it is a pretty spot to walk around for awhile.
In summary - I don't think I can recommend this hotel until the renovation is complete, or until the weather warms up. If I had've had my parents or in-laws with me I would have had to have left, they would have been freezing cold. As it was it took a whole lot of coaxing to get my son out of (our) bed in the morning. From here we went to the JW Marriott in LA and it was night and day in terms of quality.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 10:57 am
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This place is, as River in Sight says kindly in his review before mine, a hard avoid. I'd go as far as to call it one of the worst Hyatts I have stayed in as it stands. What a mess.
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Old Feb 10, 20, 11:37 am
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Recent Fire Damage

Crews Extinguish Fire at Hyatt Hotel on Santa Barbara Waterfront

Would imagine this might delay completion of the renovation.
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Old Mar 7, 20, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by e53nyc View Post
Crews Extinguish Fire at Hyatt Hotel on Santa Barbara Waterfront

Would imagine this might delay completion of the renovation.

...but at least it was warm for awhile ;-)
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Old May 23, 20, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by e53nyc View Post
Crews Extinguish Fire at Hyatt Hotel on Santa Barbara Waterfront

Would imagine this might delay completion of the renovation.
I rode my bicycle past this property and was wondering why they were renovating that area.

It looks much nicer now.
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Old Jun 28, 20, 10:20 am
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Originally Posted by Intl359Widget View Post
I rode my bicycle past this property and was wondering why they were renovating that area.

It looks much nicer now.
This property will officially reopen as Mar Monte Hotel (Unbound) on June 30th. I used 2 free night certs to book a stay for late July and will report back on the property. Curious to see if it remains category 4.
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Old Jun 28, 20, 1:15 pm
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Originally Posted by DamoTime View Post
This property will officially reopen as Mar Monte Hotel (Unbound) on June 30th. I used 2 free night certs to book a stay for late July and will report back on the property. Curious to see if it remains category 4.
I personally think itís overpriced (As a Cat 4) as is for what you get in terms of space and quality. Manchester GH is right on the oceanfront in the same Category with much better quality.

This is considering I had stayed there a week before the fire they recently had. Now if they are or have improved quality significantly itís possible. But I honestly doubt them being valued at over a Category 4 just comparing them to other beachfront properties like MGH, The Confidante, HR Mission Bay. Especially since Santa Barbara has lost a lot of its luster in recent years. Many stores on state st. have shuttered permanently even pre-COVID. Not to mention a major tourist draw, the fireworks show has been canceled. If I were the property owner Iíd definitely want more people to come rather than less. Category 1-4 Certs draw in business, especially with the new Pay My Way feature it makes it much easier to use one then pay cash rates for remaining nights. Most people that do stay end up there for 2 nights minimum, usually on the weekends.
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Old Jul 6, 20, 8:45 pm
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Iím considering a stay here for the weekend. I just spoke with the front desk. Construction is still going on through August. Pool is open. Guests are only being put in renovated rooms. Construction is Monday through Friday. Not sure if I will go for it or not. My wife had a nice stay at the Hyatt place a few weeks ago but I was hoping for some pool time.
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Old Jul 11, 20, 8:22 am
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@kpott - how was your stay? Debating between a night there or the Hyatt Place (Santa Barbara) this coming week on route up to Big Sur...

Thanks!
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Old Jul 11, 20, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by madderlake View Post
@kpott - how was your stay? Debating between a night there or the Hyatt Place (Santa Barbara) this coming week on route up to Big Sur...

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we ended up heading to Hyatt Huntington Beach instead which has been perfect. Contribution at Santa Barbara scared me off. Iím sure itís great though.
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Old Jul 12, 20, 8:33 am
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Thanks @kpott - I ended up reserving Hyatt Place since it's just a quick overnight anyway and will report back on that. It will be nice to see the Hyatt Centric though once it's fully open and renovated! Reading a few Google reviews from the past week or two it doesn't seem like a great experience yet to stay there... hoping for some updated reviews in here too!
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