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“Generally very pleasant, but for $400 a night only average”
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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Generally very pleasant, but for $400 a night only average”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We had a deluxe upper room (19) this was away from traffic noise, comfy and very spacious.

The hotel is well located and comfortable but communal facilities are limited (eg very small and ordinary breakfast room). At times staff attitude was not great .

Reason for 3 stars is all about price; if it was priced at $200 for a deluxe room it would have rated 5 stars, at the $400 that we paid, it was an acceptable average.

Room Tip: We found that we woke in the night very dehydrated - we later realised that this may be due to in ro...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
M&G,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your feedback and are glad to see that overall your stay was a great one.

You stayed with us during a holiday weekend where rates are at their peak. There are certainly many times when rooms are available at lower rates. Should you be back in Santa Barbara in the future, please don't hesitate to contact me directly for your reservation.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

This is a truly excellent hotel. Excellent mostly due to the amazing and personal service we received from ALL of the staff, particularly the two men who checked us in on the first day.

There is nice, pleasant small talk with the hotel staff and then there is the Spanish Garden Inn, they were genuinely thoughtful, interested and made us feel welcome the very second we arrived.

In the first hour of being in the hotel, they helped us with our bags, showed us to our room, served us wine and even booked two restaurants for us after first being able to show us the menu from every place in town.

We sat by the fire and read magazines about the local area. Once the restaurant reservations had been confirmed they printed out the details with turn by turn directions from the hotel to each place. What fantastic service!

The room itself was exactly what we wanted from Santa Barbara - it felt very "Spanish" style, with red tiled floor, white walls and a fireplace. The room also had a private patio and the bathroom had a very deep soaking tub which was great. The bathroom products were Molton Brown and just lovely.

Breakfast was great, good teas and coffee and an interesting mix of fruits, cereals and muffins. I also had delicious hot quiche every morning.

Other nice touches from this hotel were the fire pit in the courtyard, bikes to borrow and free lemonade in the lobby.

It's not cheap but this is in an exceptionally great hotel. We wish we had booked a few more nights.

Room Tip: Room 8 was downstairs on the courtyard and had a small private balcony and deep soaking tub. It was...
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Richard,

I do love detailed reviews from experienced travelers so thank you very much for taking the time to write yours. The team here does enjoy having genuine conversations with our guests and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed that aspect of our service. Thank you also for adding some very nice photographs to the collection here. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

What a great find. We absolutely loved everything about the Spanish Garden Inn. Staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Room was unique -- definitely not cookie cutter. Felt like we were staying in a personally owned Spanish style home.

Our room as very quiet, in walking distance to all the hub bubble downtown, and very cozy.

Highly recommend.

Room Tip: King jr. suite room with balcony.
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
ShadyMaryland,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your stay with all of us. We appreciate the feedback. You are correct, each of our 23 rooms is unique in its design, layout and furnishings. I am so glad that you enjoyed that aspect and your stay overall.

The next time you need to escape the cold weather back east you are welcome to visit us again.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Prairie Village, Kansas
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

We stayed 4 nights at the Spanish Garden Inn. We meet another couple there and had a great time. Our friends were upgraded to the Majestic Suite, so that was a bonus for us all. Our room was a standard one with a lovely balcony over the courtyard...a great place to hang out. Our first night there was a wine tasting from a local winery...very fun and we were able to meet some other guests and staff that way. We took the Stagecoach wine tour our first full day and it was very fun. Although, I was unprepared for the length of time we would be in the van travelling to the vineyards. We asked the staff numerous times for recommendations and reservations at local restaurants and were always very impressed! The Boathouse, Bouchon and the Lark in Funk Zone were some faves. We took several hikes in the mountains while there, and had great advice on what to do with that as well. Once learning that there were additional breakfast items to order, we were very pleased with this as well.

Room Tip: Our room faced the street, but we never felt it was too noisy. We felt more connected to the courty...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
madsmom,

It was truly a pleasure meeting you and your friends. I am so glad that you were able to escape the winter and enjoy your stay in Santa Barbara. You certainly picked some of our favorite restaurants to dine at. Hiking in the foothills here is a family favorite for us as well. Such stunning views.

We look forward to your next visit!

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

The Spanish Garden Inn is the perfect place to stay. It is probably the most expensive room I have ever booked but it was absolutely worth it. Everything about it was perfect. They advertise a "Continental breakfast" but was more like a gourmet brunch....so many healthy choices to choose from. I was totally impressed by the customer service. Everyone I interacted with absolutely amazing. The beds were comfortable, the room was very clean and high end. The courtyard was a peaceful place to relax when we didn't want to be in the room. I give 100% to this hotel. It was an amazing weekend.

Room Tip: Room 1 with 2 queen beds was perfect with a view of the courtyard but tucked away on the side.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
OntheMove,

Thank you for your terrific review! We have put great effort into improving our breakfast offering this winter. For example all of our pastries are now 100% organic and we have added 2 gluten free muffins to our menu. I'm so glad to hear that you liked our improvements.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Stow, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Spanish Garden Inn was recommended to us by a friend. She has worked in hotels and said "This is as good as it gets in Santa Barbara" which we took as high praise. She was right. The staff has been wonderful and helpful from the moment we checked in. The room is comfortable and well appointed. The complimentary breakfast, snacks, parking and Wi-Fi all add to the "We want you to be happy" atmosphere. We plan to be back next January.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Dale,

We appreciate your taking the time to share a review with us. Please thank your friend for the referral. Word of mouth is one of our favorite sources of business. I like your "We want you to be happy" catchphrase and it is definitely the reason behind all of our complimentary offerings.

I look forward to your return next January.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

What a special resort! Charming, cozy, with a lovely courtyard and pool area. Parking is complimentary and easy access right under the Inn. My room, just what I craved- lanai overlooking the pool. King sized bed and a fireplace. Being from Maui and in the hospitality industry, the staff is amazing. Smiling, greeting, genuine.
I still have a few more days here to relax and am so thankful I stayed here.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
MauiConcierge,

We love seeing reviews from fellow hospitality industry veterans. Your compliments to the staff carry particular meaning for us. I am glad that you found our Inn and hope that you will continue to relax with us on future visits to Santa Barbara. Thank you 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 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Green 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: 23
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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