Saturday, January 3, 2009
Fantastic fitness facility in Santa Barbara
I live in Baltimore most of the year, but have a condo in Santa Barbara that my wife and I return to 2-4 times a year for R & R. In Fall 2007 I joined Spectrum Uptown as a full-time member while on sabbatical in S.B. and was a regular user of the facility which I found to be very well run, consistently clean and orderly and very friendly. I also got to know Lisa and Cindy who helped me set up an active membership for Fall 2007 and an inexpensive inactive status for me while I was away from S.B. The inactive status could easily be reactivated for longer return trips, and this made it extremely convenient for me to come and go and still have access to the fitness facilities when I was in town. Thanks Cindy!
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During our recent trip back to S.B. from the East Coast over the winter holiday break (Xmas through New Years plus a couple of days in Jan.), I was wonderfully surprised by the expanded facilities at the Uptown Spectrum. There are more cardio machines (the most recent models), plenty of access to weights and strength machines, and a convenient layout upstairs that seems to have tripled the available space and machines. What is most impressive is that Cindy and Lisa still provide wonderfully personalize service (I was greeted by "Hi Phil" by each of them -- on separated days -- even after a six-month hiatus in my use of the facilities), and was impressed by the layout and design of the renovated facilities. Lots of windows upstairs, additional bathrooms, a small but comfortable sitting area (good for cell phone conversations away from the machines), and above all, spotlessly clean -- and kept that way day in and day out all day by Luis and the other members of the the maintenance and facilities crew. Thanks guys. It is always a delight to workout there.
Phil and Debbie
Pros: convenient, clean, great staff
Cons: Parking lot slots hard to come by at peak use periods during the day