Vintage Postcard – Twin Palms Motel
Twin Palms Motel
18 Bath St. Santa Barbara, Calif.
QUIET — OFF THE HIGHWAY. Spacious, sound-proofed units with shower or tub and shower. Some kitchenettes. Most units have mountain and ocean view. Free TV. Only half-block to excellent ocean beach. Good restaurants within walking distance. Owned and managed by Carl and Betty Garms.
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Printed by Robert W. Moline Santa Barbara, California
You are in luck! This motel is still open for business, operating as Casa Del Mar Inn. And it is even MORE gorgeous than in the above postcard. It gets excellent reviews on Yelp! and Trip Advisor.
Woot! Casa Del Mar Inn owner Yun Kim has sent some additional information about the Twin Palms! The Inn had an unexpected visitor in this week who was able to provide some history. Robert Hall and his dad, Charles Hall purchased the motel in 1969 and changed the name to Twin Palms Motel. They kept it for about 6 or 7 years and sold it someone who changed the name to Sand Castle Motor Lodge. Here are the dates provided:
1944: Original building permit for 18 Bath Street Parcel. Was originally a 7 unit residential apartments.
1944-1962: More units were added over time
1962: Became a 21 room motel, called Del Mar Motel & Apts, Owner Fred Fey
1969: Purchased by Charles Hall and changed to Twin Palms Motel
1976: Purchased by unknown and changed to Sand Castle Motor Lodge
1983: Purchased by unknown and became Sandman at the Beached
1992: Purchased by Mike & Becky Montgomery and became Casa Del Mar
12/1/97: Purchased by Yun Kim, became Casa Del Mar Inn.
Thank you SO MUCH Yun Kim for providing the additional history! What a fantastic place. Friends, I highly encourage you to check out the Casa Del Mar Inn next time you’re in Santa Barbara.