Years ago I was told by a close friend "If you expect, you'll always be disappointed".
I love staying at B& B's for the many personal touches rarely found at hotels or motels. When I found the Secret Garden Inn on the internet last week I was very taken by the lovely advertised pictures, wine & cheese, brownies & most of all full breakfast served in a lovely garden. Yes, I had great expectations who wouldn't.
Arrived Friday 4/11/08 in late afternoon. Margaret checked me in to the Kingfisher Cottage. From now on I'm asking dimensions of a room before plunking down $175.00 a day for what anyone would consider a closet . Margaret left and I brought in my luggage from the car. That proved quite difficult as the spa tub takes up 3/4 of the attached wood patio attached to the Kingfisher room.
Next I'm searching this spec of a space they call a room for a closet. I'm thinking every room with a bed is suppose to have a closet so where is it? Wow! I finally found the closet except there's a chair in front of it.
The bathroom was another experience, more room in there but less private as I could only close 1/2 of the french doors since the queen bed blocked the other door from closing.
When I reported these problems to Margaret all I got was
" Besides all that is everthing alright "?
The breakfasts are good & served in a lovely garden. The wine & cheese along with the brownies are nice as well.
These are the amenities you can expect at most B&B's
The Kingfisher cottage was such a let down in terms of space/size & not worht the $175.00 a day I was charged.
Peg, Pasadena, Ca
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded behind high hedges, hidden pathways, and romantic gardens in Santa Barbara, lies the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages, built in 1905 and now owned and run by Dominique Hannaux. Stay in a main house guestroom, a cottage room or suite with or without private hot tub, or our completely private house. Surrounded by the Inn's gardens, all of our accommodations are romantic and peaceful. Enjoy the delicious Buffet Breakfast which includes: Dominique's French recipe quiches, fresh-baked scones, muffins, sweet breads, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juices. Our rates also include wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres at 5 pm and brownies and hot cider later in the evening! All our rooms have a TV-DVD, a private bath and shower and a hairdryer. Many fine restaurants, shops, museums and sights of beautiful Santa Barbara are just a short stroll or a quick bike ride from the Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Secret Garden Hotel Santa Barbara