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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #3 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

My boyfriend and I spent a few nights in Santa Barbara and this was an amazing treat to stay here. The staff took care of everything- restaurant recommendations, booking us on an amazing wine tour and the breakfast was so tasty. Our room overlooked the pool and it was nice and quiet, very serene. The only recommendation I would have is that perhaps there can be notes left in the upper rooms to remind guests that they should remove heels when walking around on the tile floors. It can be heard through the floor in the suite below. The location is superb, you can walk anywhere on State Street quite easily. Love this place, will definitely be back!!

Room Tip: Second floor
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Lisa H
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2014

Lisa,

Thank you for the review and for letting us help you with local suggestions. We love being your concierge and helping to create custom stays tailored to your requests. A lot of guests these days are self-sufficient, using the internet as their concierge which, to be honest, takes some of the fun out of it for us. :-)

We look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

As you step into the lobby, you can almost feel yourself calming and relaxing. The staff were welcoming and friendly and were ready to assist with anything we could have wanted, including a cool glass of white wine in the sun-warmed interior courtyard. Our room was lovely and spacious, with high ceilings and even a skylight in the large bathroom. There were plenty of towels and supplies. We also had a nice little balcony off the room, and the hotel has a pretty pool. The decor and style of the hotel created a sense of privacy and old-world charm. They offer complimentary breakfast in the morning which had a good variety, including mini quiches. The hotel is walking distance to many restaurants and the main shopping area. We would love to stay there again and highly recommend the Spanish Garden Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Travel_time321
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2014

Travel_time,

It's that immediate sense of calm that we strive for upon first entry onto the property. We know how stressful most people's daily lives are and we want the relaxation to begin immediately. I am so glad to hear that we were able to help you in that regard. Thank you for the kind review and do please come back to visit us again soon.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

My husband and I had been to Santa Barbara but had never stayed overnight. We were thrilled to have booked a couple nights at the Spanish Garden Inn for our anniversary last month. I honestly can't imagine ever staying in another hotel when we return. The staff here knows exactly how to make you feel very welcomed, and special during your stay. We loved entering our room to the beautiful music that was playing. Our room overlooked a quaint courtyard with comfy chairs on the balcony. It was a treat to sit, read and enjoy a glass of wine here each evening. The decor reminded us very much of our favorite hotel in Santa Fe. The breakfast was delicious each morning. The parking, which is below the hotel, is very handy and no charge!! An elevator took us right up from the parking garage to our room-easy in and out. Beware of parking in the city though. After our free minutes had expired one afternoon, we were given a $48 parking ticket while touring a museum. Santa Barbara is certainly a charming place, and the Spanish Garden Inn is the best place to stay!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kellynewmexico
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Kelly,

Thank you so much for the review. It sounds like you took advantage of all that Santa Barbara has to offer. I'll let the team know how much you appreciated their efforts. Hopefully the free parking during your stay offset the unfortunate parking ticket you received while at the museum. We look forward to your next visit to Santa Barbara.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Polly and I chose The Spanish Garden Inn to end our 2nd Californian adventure based on trip advisor reviews. We stayed for 3 nights and weren't disappointed!

We were checked in by 2 helpful ladies who showed us to our room and took time to explain how the tv/cable and aircon worked. Throughout our stay we were greeted by friendly attentive staff who were always keen to help and seemed genuinely interested in making our stay pleasant.

We had chosen a junior suite and it was immaculately clean and well presented. The bed was comfortable and the furnishings of lovely quality. We were looking to have some restful time before flying home and the hotel certainly provided it. Our room had a balcony overlooking the pool which we found cool and confortable.

We would both agree that the hotel deserves its #1 status in Santa Barbara. We were made to feel welcome into luxurious surroundings. We would definately return and recommend to all!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Steve H
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Steve & Polly,

It was a pleasure meeting you both. I am happy to hear we provided the needed relaxation at the end of your trip. Thank you for the review. Perhaps we will see you at some point on a 3rd California adventure in the future!

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights in early May 2014 and wish I could have stayed longer. Spanish Garden Inn gets what a boutique hotel experience should be. Charming architecture and rooms, beautiful common areas, fantastic staff, and a great complimentary breakfast spread. Absolute perfection. It is located in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance to the restaurants and shops on State Street as well as the surrounding side streets. Being a beach girl I thought I would miss not being right on the beach, but I surprisingly thoroughly enjoyed it here and would not have had it another way.

The room was very spacious as well as the bathroom. Water pressure in the shower was great. There is a separate shower from the tub. Molton Brown toiletries are provided.

This is a great place to relax and unwind... in your room... in your room's patio... in the courtyard... or by the pool. Just a very chill type of place. I told my hubby (who did not come with me on this trip) that "My soul is so relaxed from being at SGI!" :-)

There is no restaurant on site, but they do offer some light fare in the evenings. I ordered a tomato soup, and cheese/fruits/crackers platter, and a glass of wine on my first night delivered to my room (too much food for one person actually). Everything was tasty and reasonably priced.

The front desk staff were warm and friendly and you can tell they truly enjoyed working here. They were spot on with recommendations on places to visit or eat, and with directions to these places.

I have not stopped talking about SGI since I got back home. Not much has drawn me back to the SoCal area since I left, but SGI has certainly changed that. I will definitely be back for a longer stay next time, with my hubby so he too can experience what a special place SGI is!

I also love the fact that they support the local food bank. Please don't forget to add a small donation to your room rate which SGI matches. Win-win!

One thing that can be improved is the internet connection. The wifi was slooooow. So keep that in mind if you need to do work, or if high speed internet is important to you.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Pigsterz,

Thank you for this unbelievably gracious review. It was so nice of you to encourage others to join in the Foodbank donation. To date we have, thanks to our guests generosity and our 1:1 match, given over $4500 to the Foodbank. It's not a lot but every bit helps and we are proud to be a partner.

We have noticed that demand for internet has increased of late and next week we are tripling our bandwidth. On your next visit I am certain you will notice the improvement.

Thank you again for the kind words.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We absolutely fell in love with the Spanish Garden Inn and highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates high-quality amenities, wonderful location, comfortable, luxurious rooms and expert service. Everyone we encountered was wonderfully pleasant and extremely helpful. Top-notch all around! We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and the low-key, peaceful atmosphere around the courtyard and pool area. Truly fantastic! Close to everything! You won't be disappointed! Wonderful staff!

Room Tip: We loved our junior suite that overlooked the pool!
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Christine P, Director of Sales at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Hello megreen1971,
Being #1 is an honor we don't take lightly. It's guests, like yourself, who put us there. In every way, we are continually striving to stay there. The most important thing is that we know you will choose to stay with us again. That you took the time to write this and will tell your friends about us.
Thank you so very much,
Christine

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

This was a very special hotel. The service was amazing from start to finish. We had a superior king room which was really lovely, the balcony overlooked the (small but adequate) pool. The landscaping and gardens were so pretty and very well maintained. The bedding was luxurious and we slept so well! Molton Brown toiletries were very much appreciated. We loved the homemade cookies offered on arrival, and the breakfast was perfect. It could be eaten inside or outside in the courtyard or on the balcony. Really satisfied with the price/value. If anything could be criticised we could see a builders skip from our balcony but hey this didnt matter at all - we had a really great stay here. Great location to see all the wonderful attractions of this brilliant city.

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Thank Karen C
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Karen C,

The trip along highway 1 in California is one of the best drives in the world, rivaling the great ocean road in Australia. Great decision to make that the focus of your trip stateside and thank you for choosing us as your rest-stop in Santa Barbara. Happy to hear that you enjoyed our service and amenities as well as all that the city offers just minutes from our hotel.

We'd love to welcome you back should you decide to visit California again someday.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager

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Additional Information about 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: £258 - £470 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Hotel Of The Spanish Garden
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