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“Small, dark room-otherwiseOK”
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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Santa Barbara, California
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23 reviews
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“Small, dark room-otherwiseOK”
Reviewed 13 September 2005

We were able to get a room here for 4 days over the Labor Day Weekend by reserving a "suite" (room 20) for over $385/night. Thus, I hoped for a spacious room but was disappointed with how small and dark it was. The bathroom also had huge cut-outs in the walls so from the bedroom you could watch the person in the bathtub, and also look into the shower and toilet. No privacy or possibility of one of us being able to sleep in while the other took a shower or bath or got dressed. The lighting in the bathroom was far too dim for shaving or putting on make-up - very annoying. The pool was another let-down - very small - not worthy of swimming even a short lap - though it was warm and some children were enjoying it one day.
All the positives mentioned by others are true - the cleanliness, ammenities, great breakfast, and especially attentive and friendly staff. Best of all was the location - we walked to town every day.
Maybe I'm just clueless about prices in Santa Barbara, but for $385+ I was expecting something more than a small dark room.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed 12 September 2005

If you are looking for a sumptuous hotel with full amenities and a very warm welcome, look no further.

We had a weekend-after-Labor_day trip to Santa Barbara, and were lucky to get a great room facing into the relaxing Spanish-style garden, with its lime trees and fountain. The room was spacious, beautifully decorated and very relaxing. Staff were exceptionally helpful, and the continental breakfast was varied and of a very high quality similar to that at rooms twice the price.

Normally, I try to visit different hotels in an area, but next time we will be certain to book early for the Inn of the Spanish Garden!

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed 23 August 2005

My girlfriend and I stayed here for three nights (8/17 - 8/20) and we had a great stay. The hotel is immaculate and the room we were in (#10) was very spacious and homey. We loved the balcony and the included breakfast. They delivered breakfast to the room at no extra charge. The location was also great - just far enough away from the bustle of State St. We had originally booked the Hotel Oceana and were scared away by the terrible reviews on this site. Didn't check out the Oceana when we were there but I have no complaints about the Inn - it was totally worth it!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed 19 August 2005

Stayed here in June, enjoyed the experience thoroughly, particularly having the pool to ourselves most afternoons. A problem with an overhead guest relocating their room furniture late one night was dealth with very politely and efficiently by the staff. Location great.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Reviewed 17 August 2005

A friend of mine and I decided to head to Santa Barbara to celebrate our birthdays. We'd never been there before and decided to stay at the Inn of the Spanish Garden based on its high ratings on this site. We found it to be a gem of a place. All of the glowing reviews the inn has received are absolutely true. Our room was high ceiling'd and very spacious, with a charming balcony overlooking the small pool below. The bathroom was also terrific down to the English toiletry products provided and spa shower. The fountained inn courtyard provided a quiet oasis for breakfast or cocktail hour. I must commend the lovely young staff as well. They were adorable and made our stay lots of fun. We did the "spa thing" at the Biltmore and stopped by the San Ysidro Ranch, but loved returning to our lovely inn each night.

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed 17 August 2005

The Inn of the Spanish Garden is the quinessential boutique hotel experience. It is a wonderful break from the big name hotel chains and is such a fitting place to stay in the small California Spanish town of Santa Barbara.
I had come to Santa Barbara ready to explore the town and ended up wanting to soak in the experience of the hotel! The hotel staff was wonderful and very attentive. The cookies were delicious, as was the breakfast. The room was fantastic----spacious, clean, and quite charming. I would highly recommend a stay here!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed 10 August 2005

Thanks to fabulous site, I decided to follow everyone's advice and check into the Inn of the Spanish Garden for a night in August.
My boyfriend and I travel constantly, and generally stay in luxury hotels. After one night at the Inn, it's at the very top of our list (tied with the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul). The free self parking was great. Our room was amazing! (we chose a romance package, and found our room had candles, a bottle of wine and a $90 meal voucher for the fabulous Bouchon restaurant 3 blocks away.) And then of course, there was the offer of freshly baked cookies and lemonade...heaven. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It really felt like being a special guest in a comfortable home, rather than a hotel room. BRAVO!

  • Stayed August 2005
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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: 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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