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“Wonderful place to stay in SB”
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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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San Francisco Bay Area
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful place to stay in SB”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

We stayed at The Spanish Garden Inn while attending a wedding. It is located one block from State Street and is convenient to walking the downtown area. Mercifully quiet, parking and a lovely breakfast buffet (with cappacunio) included. Decor is Mission style. There's a small pool and some outdoor exercise equipment. It's a little expensive, but the Inn is charging what the market will bear. We've tried a number of places in Santa Barbara and this was the nicest one by far.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share a review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Just to clarify for readers, we are actually 3 blocks from State Street, though admittedly it is a short three blocks.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Santa Barbara on your next visit.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

To say the staff takes care of you here is a gross understatement. They are amazing. From service, baggage handling, to recommending restaurants. And they clearly all enjoy their work, they're all happy!

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Large
Luxurious
Full of amenities
Quiet
Comfortable

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Large
Excellent toiletries selection
Lots of HIGH quality towels
Counter space

Food
Happy hour is great and the selections of wine and other items is great.

Breakfast is very well done, think European offerings, and while it is self-serve you are not ignored.

The location of the Inn is perfect and provides for a quiet location. I will be back.

Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
SoCalNative,

I can tell you that the staff has printed this review and put it up in their break room! Thank you for singling them out for praise as they are truly the key to our success as a hotel.

I am happy to read that you had such a lovely stay with us and I look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Herts
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

Very nice hotel, small and intimate with lovely inner courtyard and pool and parking. We had suite overlooking the pool. Chose hotel because of it's Spanish style and town location and were not disappointed. Felt it was a little overpriced but extremely well furnished in Spanish style and well equipped with Molton Brown and cafetiere etc. Offered simple food for room service or to be eaten in courtyard which was excellent and reasonable, as was the wine. Breakfast ok, nothing special.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 31 October 2013
JuneHerts,

Thank you for the detailed review. Your feedback is appreciated. We are currently revamping our breakfast, adding organic pastries and new items. I trust that on your next visit you will find it to be an excellent complimentary offering.

We look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Burlington, Connecticut
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

My husband & I stayed at the Spanish Garden Inn this past June. Our room was immaculate and very well appointed. The staff was very helpful with picking restaurants and recommendations for visiting the wine country. Breakfast was delicious and wine after a day of sight seeing was quite welcoming! We also enjoyed the courtyard and the pool area. We loved that it was walking distance to town yet nestled into a quiet residential area. We would definitely stay at this Inn again.

Room Tip: Our room faced the pool area which was very lovely.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 25 October 2013
winterbot,

Thank you for the review. June was an unseasonably sunny month this year and I am glad that you were able to take advantage and spend time with us. Your compliments are appreciated and I will be sure to thank the team on your behalf.

We look forward to your next visit to Santa Barbara.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Reviewed 22 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I made a road trip down the California coast to take a well needed break from work, kids.!! The weather couldn't have been better! We get to Santa Barbara and leave it to good ole trip advisor led us to this fantastic hotel. It's just how you would picture SB.. Spanish style decor with a courtyard and private patios in some of the rooms. Wonderful service , friendly staff, clean rooms and great location! We will be coming back!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
Foodie,

Your review is much appreciated. I am happy that we were able to take part in your "time-out" from responsibilities. Santa Barbara is a wonderful place for such an occasion.

It's fairly rare that we have availability for a same day reservation so on your future visits be sure to book us in advance. I look forward to welcoming you back.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

I really enjoyed this "just off the beaten path" hotel. It was a fairly decent value, by Santa Barbara, standards. The included breakfast was really tasty and fresh, with some delicious options. The rooms were clean and well appointed and quiet. I would go back. It's a bit farther from the main attractions than the usual hotels, but more than made up for it in a great stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
fozzetti,

Wow, 217 reviews is a lot! Reading a positive review from such an experienced traveler really validates our efforts here at Spanish Garden Inn. Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay.

I suppose how far we are to the main attractions depends on your definition of main attractions. We are the closest hotel to the restaurants, bars and shopping as well as the museums and Santa Barbara Mission. We are about a 3 minute drive to the beachfront activities.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, thank you again.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Apologies that it has taken a year since we stayed at this fabulous hotel to review it but better late than never! We stayed here for the weekend at the end of our tour of CA sept 12 & spent my birthday here, yes it was the most expensive hotel we stayed in during our trip but so worth it! We had a beautiful room with balcony overlooking the pool, the room was very large & comfortable with lovely fire place and seating area & a lovely luxurious bathroom with shower & bathtub with molten brown products. The staff & service was excellent with reception staff going out of their way to ensure you we're enjoying your stay. Breakfast was first class you could eat outside in the courtyard in the sunshine. Santa Barbara is a beautiful place & the hotel is a few blocks easy walk from the Main Street, we were torn between seeing all SB has to offer & spending our time at this beautiful hotel!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 18 October 2013
Deborah,

Better late than never is absolutely right! Thank you for the fabulous review. I am so glad to hear that we helped to end your tour on a high note.

The dollar is only getting cheaper so should you decide to take advantage and make another foray stateside, please come back and visit us again.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Property: Spanish Garden Inn
Address: 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1414
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Spanish Garden Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the jewel of luxury boutique Santa Barbara hotels. Spanish Garden Inn offers a sophisticated Spanish-Mediterranean inspired design, quality amenities and close attention to personal service. The hotel epitomizes the vitality of the City and honors its tradition by recreating the history, romance and intrigue of Spanish Colonial Santa Barbara. ... more   less 
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