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The Secret Garden Inn
Ranked #10 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Snohomish, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“Our First Bed and Breakfast”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

This was our first BB we have ever stayed in and with mixed feelings. We were in town for our daughters wedding and used the 2bdrm house as a gathering point. We first stayed in a unit that was about the size of a studio and that was too small for us. Then we moved to the 2bdrm house and that was fantastic. The service while there was great and the staff was very courteous and helpful. Breakfast everyday was superb. Would go back again if we got a bigger unit compared to the first one we stayed in. Worth it.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Santa Barbara is expensive on summer weekends... if booked early enough, this B&B is a good budget option.

Pros: Cute property, quiet, 20 minute walk to heart of State St, yummy breakfast, wine & cheese happy hour, good water pressure, large rooms, air conditioning (although it's loud)

Cons: Mosquitoes :( mattress is extremely hard, and bedding needs updating

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had an amazing stay at the Secret Garden Inn! Great location close to downtown, secluded rooms so you don't have the typical bed and breakfast feel. Private Hot Tubs, wine and cheese at 5pm and your in Santa Barbara right! Most comfy feather bed I've slept on in quite a while and did I mention, your own hot tub! Weather you are staying for 1 night or a whole week this is an epic location to feel like a Santa Barbara local living in the nice residential area of downtown and the best street in the city, Bath st. Just remember, don't take a bath in the Hot tub! Enjoy!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the Secret Garden Inn immensely. We were looking for a relaxing atmosphere and found the perfect place. We stayed in the romantic Oriole Cottage which was quite charming with a private deck and hot tub. The inn is located in a residential area several blocks from the downtown shopping and dining mecca of State Street. A short drive or 30 minute walk. We came by train but didn't mind the walk as Santa Barbara is the perfect place for strolling. Dominique and Shelby were wonderful hosts and the daily homemade french quiche breakfasts were outstanding. Don't forget the famous O'Connell ice cream parlor just around the corner on Mission Blvd!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Placentia, CA
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388 reviews
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We love the Secret Garden. When our daughter went to UCSB, every time we went to visit her, we tried a different hotel. When we found The Secret Garden, we stopped looking. We have been here so many times. We come by ourselves and bring friends and family. We just brought our guests from London and they share our views. Dominique, the innkeeper, makes a cooked to order breakfast, has drinks and snacks and a post dinner drink and brownie special. I always feel so comfortable there.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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La Mirada, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This was nicer than I expected being in the middle of a residential area. It was very close to everything. Great value. I would definitely go again. Hope my husband and I are able to go in the near future.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We were a group of four old friends, and really loved the whole experience. We stayed in the house (the two available rooms) and enjoyed the privacy, warmth of the owner, terrific breakfasts and treats, friendly staff, and relaxed atmosphere. We would definitely recommend the the Secret Inn and Cottages and look forward to staying there again!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Secret Garden Inn

Property: The Secret Garden Inn
Address: 1908 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2813
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Secret Garden Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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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