Many years ago, when my husband and I were dating, we stayed at the Ambassador By The Sea Motel in Santa Barbara, California. I just came across these matches that I took from the hotel as a souvenir. Since then, of course, they have remodeled and it’s now called Oceana Santa Barbara. It’s across the street from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara. It’s on prime Santa Barbara land and in a very touristy area. On Sundays there is the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Festival, which has fabulous items, all handmade in Santa Barbara. The hotel still looks like a cute place to stay.
I would like to be in Santa Barbara right now! Don’t tell me you are going there! But please tell me if you have been there!
Oceana Santa Barbara 202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Phone: 805.965.4577
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It was interesting to stay in my favorite Courtyard Marriott in Marina Del Rey, California for the first time in two years. It’s off of Lincoln Blvd and Maxella.
So much has changed in that neighborhood in two years. I could no longer see the hotel from the intersection of Lincoln and Maxella. There is a trendy-looking condo building called The Stella on the corner that blocks the view of the Marriott.
My son and I walked over to see the movie Skyfall at the AMC Loews Marina 6 Theatre.
Turns out they serve alcohol there and because of that don’t allow people under the age of 21!!! WE WERE SO DISAPPOINTED and…pissed off and inconvenienced, might I add!!!
So we walked over to the Marina Del Rey United Artists movie theater and it’s been CLOSED down!!! Basically, there is nowhere within walking distance to see a movie in that neighborhood anymore if you are under 21 years young. That sucked!
They do have a Fatburger close by though, and I always love going there. But I didn’t take a photo of my Fatburger burger because sometimes with food I chow it down before I remember to take the picture!
Back to the Courtyard Marriott…The rooms had been remodeled and I always feel at home there. And they have a pool that I can swim laps in.
The BEST THING is eating their cooked-in-front-of-you breakfast omelettes in their restaurant. They are DELICIOUS and the salsa they serve is home made. The potatoes and bacon are excellent too!!! The cooks and food servers are friendly and I love eating there every morning when I’m at the Courtyard Marriott.