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2. The Sandman Inn( Richard Derk )
This 112-room motel in uptown Santa Barbara advertises "a tradition of value for over 50 years," and few would argue. It has the most attractive grounds of any of the hotels in our budget category, with 41/2 acres of trees, vines and lovely landscaped pool areas. Rooms are efficient and clean; continental breakfast, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi are included.
Weekday rates from $85; weekend rates from $100
3714 State St.; (805) 687-2468, http://www.thesandmaninn.com
FOR THE RECORD:
Santa Barbara hotels: A previous version of this caption identified this inn as the Blue Sands Motel. —