A former motor court that celebrates mid-century modern style.
Embracing its mid-century origins, this quirky hotel’s recent face-lift did nothing to detract from its original lines. In fact, steps were taken to accentuate the International style, which prevailed in 1960 when the Lemon Tree was first built (as a motor court). Offering 96 guest rooms and suites, the property is located in the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara, several miles north of downtown and a little further from the waterfront. While it’s certainly not a luxury resort, the Lemon Tree does have a nice swimming pool built into the central courtyard, as well as an on-site restaurant and bar. All rooms are air-conditioned, with flat screen TVs, high-speed wireless Internet and basic amenities like hair dryers, personal safes and irons/ironing boards. “Delux” rooms are located on the third floor and feature balconies overlooking the tropical-themed courtyard and pool area. Despite recent cosmetic improvements, the bones of the hotel are creaky with age: walls separating some guest rooms are thin, and the plumbing in many rooms could stand to be upgraded. Prior to booking, ask the management if your chosen room is among those that have been renovated.