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“Absolutely Fabulous!”
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Cheshire Cat Inn
Ranked #1 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Everything about Cheshire Cat Inn is fantastic! We stayed in the Prestbury Cottage. It was immaculate (the whole Inn was impeccably clean) and very comfortable with a full kitchen, a bath, living room, 2 bedrooms, and our own hot tub/spa with a sitting area. The food was delicious--breakfast had a very nice selection of cereals, yogurts, and bread to toast along with a fresh fruit cup and a special hot breakfast "entrée". The afternoon wine and appetizer hour was always delicious and a pleasant respite after a busy day out and about in Santa Barbara.

The grounds of the Inn are beautifully landscaped and maintained. It's a great location--away from the noisy tourist center of Santa Barbara, but a comfortable walk down State Street to shops and restaurants. For a longer walk, it is possible to stroll to the beach.

The innkeepers are all friendly and helpful. They offered many good suggestions for places to visit in and around Santa Barbara.

I'd stay at Cheshire Cat Inn again in a heartbeat and can't wait to return to this Absolutely Fabulous B&B.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed in the dormouse room which was one of the smaller rooms, but plenty big enough for us for our two nights in Santa Barbara. The house is in immaculate condition, has free parking in the back and a great breakfast each morning. There's also wine and cheese at 5:00 pm, worth it to hang out outside with the rest of the guests and grab a drink before dinner. The house is a short walk down State street to all the shops and restaurants. A little too far from the beach to walk, but there's parking down there.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

My friends and I had the good fortune to stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn. The folks who own and operate this Inn deliver absolute perfection to their guests. The buildings and grounds are just beautiful, the breakfast is delicious and the afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres were wonderful.

Connie was so helpful in recommending restaurants and places to visit. The location is great; it's situated in a quiet neighborhood and in walking distance to downtown and the waterfront.

My friends and I stayed in the Prestbury Cottage - charming, cozy, and quiet. If you're traveling to Santa Barbara, I highly recommend the Cheshire Cat Inn.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Prestbury Cottage which is located away from a busy street. If you're staying...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

But don't let that put you off! The is a great inn, super location, lovely decor and wonderful hosts. Loved the 5pm wine and canapés and the peaceful garden. Very convenient for the town centre and good recommendations for dinner. Lovely atmosphere at breakfast, all in all highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed at the cheshire cat for 2 nights towards the end of our honeymoon, we had originally booked the door mouse room but on arrival we were greeted by Connie and with a huge smile she welcomed and congratulated us then upgraded us to the tweedle dee suite along with a complimentary bottle of wine, what a great start to our stay in Santa Barbara. We had stayed in mostly large 5 star hotels throughout our trip but this was the highlight of them all. The friendliness and home from home feeling of this 5 star B+B was lovely. The room was spotless and the gardens were beautiful. The happy hour at 5.00pm each night was a great way to meet the other guests over a glass or three of wine! we met some wonderful people there. The breakfast was all home-cooked and the quiche and scones were gorgeous. Free parking was great we didn't need the car there as it was within walking distance to all the restaurants and shops, and you could take a small bus down the main street to the beach although we walked most days. This is a must visit if you are staying in Santa Barbara a real treat, we loved it.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

My husband and I decided on the Cheshire Cat after researching Santa Barbara properties on TripAdvisor - and we were delighted with the choice. The beautiful - and very well maintained - Inn is perfectly situated for exploring the beautiful town on foot. The staff were very proficient and friendly. Breakfast hit the spot for us - outside in the garden next to the beautiful 'more than double fuschias’ – the weather was also great! We very much enjoyed the wine (good quality Californian Chardonnay) and hors d’oevres (varied – hot and cold) in the garden in the early evening. Fresh cookies and coffee and tea on tap also went down very well. We will certainly be coming back.

Room Tip: The Cheshire Cat Room was wonderful.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We found this B & B on line and quite simply lucked out, which doesn't always happen. We were absolutely delighted with our selection and also our selection of the Prestbury Room, with it's spacious 2 BRs, private hot tub deck, kitchen, private entrance, etc., etc. The Innkeepers were really welcoming and seemed genuinely interested in our comfort. Breakfast was really good, and so were the afternoon snacks and wine - a very nice touch. The room was clean, and so was the hot tub. We were so impressed that we hope very much to return and we are recommending it to friends for a perfect California getaway in Santa Barbara.

Room Tip: The suites across the street are very private - highly recommend that if you prefer privacy.
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Additional Information about Cheshire Cat Inn

Address: 36 W Valerio St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2524
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range: £176 - £426 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cheshire Cat Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cheshire Cat Inn features two stately Queen Anne Victorian homes, an elegant coach house with two suites and four two bed-roomed cottages, all surrounded by lush flower filled gardens and patios. The Inn is situated just one block from Santa Barbara's main shopping street, which is full of attractive courtyards and alleys. The Old Mission is an easy 20-minute walk in one direction and the beach a brisk 40 minutes in the other. Each one of the sunny guest rooms and cottages is unique, with an individual charm and ranges from the elegant to the whimsical. Some are larger split-level junior suites with private balconies, some have in-room Jacuzzi s and fireplaces. This romantic Santa Barbara inn also features flat screen LCD/DVD, ironing boards and refrigerators. There is free Wi-Fi and parking. All rooms have private baths and direct dial telephones. The rates include breakfast and local wines and hors d'oeuvres daily. ... more   less 
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