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Simpson House Inn
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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“Perfect romantic getaway!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Truly excellent service and attention to detail. The Simpson House is a gem and deserves each of it's 5 diamonds. The included breakfast and snacks were outstanding! Although it was not inexpensive, the service and grounds make this a true value as we felt special staying at this charming Victorian home, enjoying the gorgeous gardens and company of the staff.

Stayed July 2014
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Glendale, California
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

easily SURPASSED our expectations.

Kerry was the most amazing host who greeting us in front of the main home as soon as we drove up. She graciously showed us around the grounds, introduced us to our room, described the menu's etc. She was SO sweet.

The grounds are STUNNING. I wanted to sit under the gorgeous magnolia tree all day/night. We didn't even leave to watch the fireworks as originally planned~ enjoyed wine and mingled with other couples on the most comfortable garden chairs.

the room is FIVE STAR chabby shic/ victorian. The tub was devine and the bed/pillows were HEAVEN. Tall vaulted ceilings ~ just perfect.

Breakfast in the morning on the patio was glorious ~ DELICIOUS and served on the most stunning fine china - Kerry and the Chef even accommodated my vegan needs and made all the dishes based on our requests.

We stayed at the freestanding cottage that didn't share rooms with anyone so it was so quiet and serene.

100% coming back.

xoxo ~ melineh/ Matt

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

My fiance is not very fond of B&B's, or he wasn't before we stayed at The Simpson House. He is now very much in love with the B&B charm. The Simpson House is the only 5 Diamond B&B in the United States and it is very apparent. From the moment you arrive the service is top notch. They know how to cater to your needs without being over bearing. The rooms have lush bedding, Kiehl's toiletries, and you're welcomed with homemade tarts and a welcome note. They'll help organize any activity that you're interested in (most likely wine tasting) and are especially accommodating of food allergies. We will definitely stay here the next time we are in Santa Barbara!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

From the moment you arrive you are transported back in time to tranquility and service that you don't get anymore. We had the Robert and Julia room and it was perfect. The bed was so comfortable and the balcony awesome. Has umbrellas so you can enjoy reading a book there. You really don't need a room with a balcony though as there are many places to sit and enjoy the place. The breakfast was delicious and the wine and spread in the afternoon amazing. Do yourself a favor and just book. Great service.

Room Tip: Robert and Julia Room awesome with own balcony but you really don't need a balcony as many place...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

It is more difficult to write a review about the perfect place because there is less to say! Suffice to say this Inn is perfection - simply that. If you are going to be in Santa Barbara it has to be on your list. The house is very special - you wish you lived there from the moment you walk in. The décor, appointment of rooms, the garden, the staff, the food......everything is wow. We had a small room but its size was irrelevant as everything was so perfect, the magazines, books and DVDs were a great addition. The single most important thing to me is cleanliness and Simpson House gets a AAA rating on that score. The old style bathrooms have character, work beautifully and are places you want to spend time in. The bed linen is top quality and the beds are super comfortable. Our room had a huge private terrace and we could opt for a private breakfast each morning. In the early afternoon the Inn offer complimentary wines, cordials, and small bite sized delicacies from their menu. Effectively if you are so inclined this could be a very nice lunch!! The Inn have complimentary bicycles to explore the beautiful Santa Barbara area. I could go on......just don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014 via mobile

My wife and I spent two blissfully restful days in Santa Barbara with Simpson House as our base.

The Hayloft room is spacious and comfortably appointed. The breakfasts are fresh, plentiful and tasty, offering something for all. The staff are warm, welcoming and cannot do enough to help you.

The location of the Inn is perfect, just a short walk from all the great restaurants and shops of State St, yet off the beaten track enough to maintain some tranquility when you just want a little downtime.

A particular thank you goes to Kerry for looking after us on arrival, departure and great banter at breakfast. It was also lovely to talk to the gentleman from Plumsted, England (I'm so sorry I forgot your name, sir!) to share memories of London.

Thank you also to Paul who so kindly rang ahead to our next stop - The Post Ranch Inn - where we have been also so wonderfully welcomed.

You won't get a level of service like this in a big, faceless hotel, and I dare say you won't have as much fun. Don't hesitate for a moment to book your stay!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We had booked our stay in Santa Barbara at Belmondo El Encanto, and because we changed our schedule, we had to change hotels. We didn't know how lucky we were! The place is really special! It feels that you're staying at a friend's house, and this friend is very attentive to the very small details. Breakfast at the porch was great. Personalized menus, very exclusive without being snobbish. And the bicycle for the guests was a plus! Definitely I would stay here again!

Room Tip: We stayed at Margaret Simpson and at the Parlor's room. Both are great, but the Parlor has a Kin...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Simpson House Inn
Address: 121 E Arrellaga St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1903
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Simpson House Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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