5 on July 01, 2015
I discovered this property years ago online and decided to try it sight unseen. Have never stayed anywhere else. If you're looking for a brand new, pristine property, this isn't for you. It's got a very romantic old Spanish/Italian country charm and it's a quick refreshing walk to the wharf and restaurants. Villa Rosa doesn't have a restaurant, but they serve a breakfast and wine/cheese in the evening...very nice touch. People are very nice. I had one unfortunate incidence one time with a young front desk clerk. I made a comment online and they responded immediately with a resolution. I highly recommend Villa Rosa!!
3.8 on May 18, 2015
The staff was very accommodating and helpful. Booking on line is sometimes difficult and we were able to move to a room that better suited our needs. We would recommend this location due to comfort, service and close proximity to both the beach and downtown area.
4.0 on May 07, 2015
Staff were great! Great location. We were originally disappointed with the room as it felt old and had a slightly dingy smell. The photos looked way nicer. However, we settled in and found very nice aspects of the room and overall place and enjoyed wine/cheese hour meeting other guests by the spa. We look forward to going back again and would recommend it to other people. It is a little pricey though. It would be much better if they replace the carpets in room and replaced some of the gross cushions by the pool. Pro: great location, great continental breakfast, awesome wine/cheese hour relaxing in their lounge/pool areas meeting other guests, spacious rooms, balcony to hang out at, comfortable bed/pillow, nice and bright bedspreads, large windows, nice chairs to sit, fridge, warm/cozy, fruit, tea, oatmeal available all day/night, great staff Con: a little pricy, red carpet looks old, room smelled a little dingy (maybe it's the old carpet, some of the seat cushions by the pool were old/lumpy/gross
5 on April 29, 2015
This was my first time staying at an Inn and it was so pleasant. The room was a good big size with its balcony looking out into the garden, it really was beautiful. The wine and cheese served was very delicious along with the breakfast. I would definitely go back and recommend.
3.4 on April 17, 2015
We stay here because they do not have minimum two night stays.
3.6 on April 15, 2015
I have a soft spot, in my heart, for crumbling hotels built in the 1930's. I think I'm in love, again, with this sweet little gem. It is far from perfect. It is full of character. The faucets in the bathroom are not intuitive. Many of the wall switches don't work or don't work in a way that one expects. ...but the French doors, the Spanish tile floors, the lovely semi-private patio, the comfortable lobby; the kind and attentive hosts that welcome a weary traveler.... It is as far from the Marriott as one could hope to be.
3.8 on April 06, 2015
Incredible location: a 30 second walk to the beach and 10 minutes to the heart of State Street. Staff was friendly from check in to check out. First floor room was nice (did not experience "musty" issue reported by others) and bed very comfortable. Bathroom was small but very clean; sink was in room outside of toilet and bathtub/shower. More than met expectations and would not hesitate to stay again.
3.8 on April 05, 2015
This was our second visit to Villa Rosa Inn. We stayed there two years ago and loved it. The second visit was even better. Villa Rosa feels like a charming, welcoming resort. Every room is unique. Ours was comfortable and delightful -- with a private patio and an atrium off the shower. The staff are friendly and helpful. Breakfast is served in the morning, wine and nibbles in the evening and there is a port service at night. Talk about value for your dollar! And Villa Rosa is ideally located just a block from the beach and a comfortable walk to shopping and restaurants. It's a jewel in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara.
3.6 on March 01, 2015
Walking distance to The Larc! Great place to hang your hat for a wknd in SB. Our shower was having some temperature issues so the management moved us into their nicest room. Truly enjoyed our stay and appreciated being able to street park with the hotels parking permit and walk to dinner...
2.8 on March 01, 2015
Location was great But the hotel needs new carpet and the bathrooms need to be redone.
3.8 on February 23, 2015
We've stayed here twice now, pretty building and rooms. Would stay here again.
3.8 on February 19, 2015
Great location and service. We got a parking ticket for street parking because we didn't have a pass. The front desk lady explicitly told us we wouldn't need one for the next morning of our stay, so we trusted her on blind faith. Don't do that, and ask more than one person if you're not sure. Other than that, great.
5 on February 16, 2015
This gem is located a block away from the ocean, restaurants, and the pier. The staff was helpful and pleasant to work with. The room was clean, well appointed, and comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and look forward to my next stay at this property. Wine and cheese in the late afternoon was self-catered, but fine. For the value, well worth the experience.
3.2 on February 11, 2015
Loved our stay here. Second time we have been back. Will definitely be back again some time soon.
4.2 on February 04, 2015
Front desk staff outstanding (a.m.) and were very accommodating when we asked to change our room. Very sensitive to our needs. Fred P.
3.6 on November 19, 2014
Lovely B&B in Santa Barbara, walking distance to restaurants, State Street, and the pier. Our room faced the street and had a view of the ocean. Very quiet as far as outside noise and the staff was extremely helpful with any inquiries. The breakfast was more than I expected as far as choices and the coffee was fantastic! Great place, my husband and I can't wait to return!
3.4 on November 16, 2014
Nice place. Excellent location. Room spacious and comfortable. Bathroom tiny and outdated (desperately needs upgrade). Although breakfast is only continental could do better.
1.6 on November 03, 2014
First B&B I have stayed in where you must pay in advance. Old hotel which could have character, but carpet in desperate need of cleaning, dirty walls and chipped paint, toilet ran all night, no one was available at the desk after 9:00PM even though it is supposed to be staffed until 10:00PM. Couldn't reach staff by phone either, only a busy signal. Hotel would not honor pricing from B&B website, had to pay full rack rates. I cannot recommend this given the other better choices nearby.
3.6 on October 31, 2014
Lovely place, owner friendly and personable, great location. Nice ambiance
1.6 on October 30, 2014
We were very disappointed with Villa Rosa. The screens had holes in them. The blinds on the window in the shower didn't work. The carpets were old & stained. There was broken furniture in the hallway & rollaway beds stored in the hall. When caing the desk, the phone wasn't answered for a long time.
3.2 on October 29, 2014
Really nice place, great location with a beautiful patio with palm trees, a pool and a jacuzzi. The breakfast was ok, nothing more and the room didn't have AC, just a loud fan that brought down the score. Nice touch with complimentary cheese and wine in the early evening. I would stay there again!
3.2 on October 22, 2014
I was greeted informally, by a staff member that provided me little information about the hotel, I got the impression I was bothering him.. The room was exactly as pictured. It was spatious, clean, and comfortable. I ran into two other staff members who were more pleasant and helpful. One even went above and beyond to fullfill a special request. Overall it was a bit pricey, I would expect flawless service for what I paid.
5 on October 15, 2014
Lovely place to stay. So convenient to the beach, nice lounge areas to sit and visit with friends and lovely pool area.
4.0 on October 13, 2014
I enjoy staying at this quiet inn. It is clean and convenient and close to the beach and tourist areas. It is quaint and very Santa Barbara!
4.0 on October 13, 2014
Such a unique place to stay, and such a great location. We immediately felt at home and wished we could stay longer.
4.8 on October 06, 2014
Our daughters give us this two night stay for my husbands 62nd birthday/retirement. It exceeded our expectations!
4.6 on September 30, 2014
Beautiful location, delicious breakfast, very cozy - this is one of my favorite Inn's in Santa Barbara
5 on September 26, 2014
Excellent value for my sister and I. We spent 5 nights and were very well looked after. The best value in Santa Barbara.
5 on August 27, 2014
Right across from the beach , beautiful roomy hotel rooms, amazing breakfast , happy hours , and port drinks before bed, all complimentary ! This will be our go to spot whenever we visit Santa Barbara!
3.6 on August 16, 2014
A friend and I had only one day to spend in Santa Barbara and we booked a reservation at Villa Rosa. It was a lovely B&B that was close to the wharf and the beach. The room was light, airy, and clean. We very much enjoyed our balcony and window seat and the beds were comfortable. The inn was a little bit off of the main downtown area but that turned out to be a huge asset because the neighborhood was very quiet and we were right near the beach for walks. We could still easily walk to all of the main attractions on State street also. The staff was friendly and helpful. We had a great time.
4.8 on August 11, 2014
Will always stay here. Only concern was the lack of air conditioner (none)
3.0 on July 29, 2014
Very close to the beach. Small but very nicely done.
3.6 on July 26, 2014
The facility is very quaint, and the rooms are nice with french doors and little private balconies - the place has a lot of potential. However, it's definitely not kept up to the standards it could be - there were mismatched cushions on the couch in the room, holes in the window screens, etc. The pool area was very cute - but again - not kept up to standards - broken furniture, pieces of scrap metal and wood lying around, and a dangerously unsteady railing on the pool stairs. However, the breakfast was good, and the location was great - so overall I think it was a good value - as long as you're not expecting the Ritz Carlton.
5 on July 25, 2014
Quiet and right where you wanna be. Great inn.
4.6 on July 24, 2014
This was our second stay at the charming Villa Rosa. The first time, 3 years ago, unprecedented rains created unanticipated challenges -- but the staff responded promptly and made our stay memorable. This trip the weather was picture-perfect, and so was our stay at the Villa Rosa. The bread served at breakfast was delightful. The happy hour snacks were just right, although I wish they served local wines during happy hour. Appreciated the quiet, neighborhood feel while being just steps from the beach and from lower State Street. Can't wait to go back!
4.4 on July 21, 2014
We only stayed one night. It was a very quiet and beautiful place. Walking Distance to restaurants and the pier. We had a partial view of the ocean from our balcony.
3.4 on July 17, 2014
Really enjoyed staying at the Villa Rosa. It was small & intimate. Nice pool area. Also enjoyed the morning and evening treats. Will come back.
3.6 on June 27, 2014
Very decent lodging close to the beach with happy hour wine and snacks and good continental breakfast.
4.4 on June 19, 2014
We stayed at the Villa Rosa Inn in June 2014 for my son's graduation from UCSB. I didn't know what to expect, but only knew it was a small hotel. We had the room with 2 beds, one up a flight of stairs and one below, and my husband and I shared with my sister and mother. We ended up having a wonderful time! The only minus was that this room had a tiny bathroom for all of us to share, but there was an extra bathroom in the hallway right outside our room. I loved the Spanish decor and all the beautiful touches in this hotel. The staff was more than friendly, they were amazing! Wade was very personable and gracious and made us feel very welcome. I loved the numerous areas for our family to gather and talk. There is a nice sitting area inside the lobby with a fire, very cozy, and tables outside by the pool. Since we had family getting together for the graduation, it was the perfect place to have our champagne and talk! The garden by the pool is beautiful and is decorated with so many unique things like mortar stones and anchors. Everywhere you look there is an interesting detail. The hotel is also steps from the ocean, so you can't beat the location. I highly recommend this hotel, and we'll be staying there next year for my 2nd son's graduation!
2.0 on June 12, 2014
The first thing we noticed was the entry lock was very difficult to turn. It needed to be removed, lubricated, tested and replaced. This was mentioned to the manager and for the three days we were there, nothing was done. I was afraid the key might break off in the lock because it was so difficult to turn. The shower curtain rod was severly rusted. The shower tiles were losing their grout and some on the tub top edge were cracked and or broken. The light fixture in the bathroom was very old, missing the light cover lens so the light bulb was exposed and the heater switch was not working. The bathroom in room 10 was so small that there was no room to put toiletries for convenience of use. The lighting above the sink was so dim that it made seeing clearly extremely difficult. They need to know that a coat of paint and some white silicone for patching the tile is not good for a clean room and good esthetics. Closet shelves were badly scratched and in need of fresh paint.
3.8 on June 05, 2014
Still dreaming of our stay at Villa Rosa!
4.6 on June 01, 2014
Close to beach, very nice, will be back!
3.0 on May 27, 2014
Beautiful 1920's era Spanish revival architecture just a block from the beach. It's homey, warm, inviting, and a little down at the heels. It has a well-used feel, kind of like staying at your aunt's place, you know, your mother's sister who used to have money, then divorced, but kept the house and has been living there for 30 years and struggles to maintain appearances. Still you really like to visit because it's quirky and welcoming, even though she's not a great cook. We'll go back.
1.0 on May 22, 2014
By Far ... Absolutely ... the WORST place to stay in Santa Barbara. TERRIBLE guest "services". The manager has a hole in the wall disgusting and messy closet as an office and takes forever to get to you. And do not for a MINUTE think your room will look ANYTHING like the web site. NOTHING like the photos on line. Disgusting pool and hot tub. The little girls they have running the place have zero experience in guest services. The TVs are great. Vizio. But don't bother trying to watch anything. Cannot get a signal. We were there with 2 other couples. Three rooms. None of the TVs had any clear signal. And oh yes. The dog in the pool comment? Must be one of the employees dogs. Because it seems to be an accepted practice. And, we had to make our balcony private by placing a blanket between our side and the room to our left. Because the occupants were within 2 feet of us. Ridiculous. When we confronted the "manager" with all of these issues, she offered us $20 off our $615 stay. GO FAR FAR AWAY from this place and don't let the false advertising fool you.
4.0 on May 19, 2014
We had a great time at Villa Rosa Inn. Great location, only a few minutes from the ocean, train station and inner City. Very nice common area inside and outside, very charming and with its own personality. The wine and cheese were a great and unexpected extra. Our room was very nice, the staff very friendly. I would definitely recommend it.
5 on May 11, 2014
Very happy with service! Continental breakfast delicious- perfect location right across the beach!
3.4 on May 05, 2014
We met our friends from Northern California in Santa Barbara, since they had previously stayed at Villa Rosa Inn, we tried it also. Overall a good visit to Santa Barbara but unseasonably hot! Our room overlooked the pool and got a little warm despite the ceiling fan and small fan provided. The room needed some freshening in that no towel bar or ring in bathroom although there had been one at some point.
4.2 on May 05, 2014
Loved the afternoon wine and snacks.
2.8 on April 15, 2014
We enjoyed our stay but the room seemed a little 'tired'. In particular the patio doors did not lock and the shutters were damaged. The room is a bit unusual as the wash basin is not in the shower room. Otherwise, the Inn is clean and comfortable, staff are welcoming and the value is reasonable.
4.4 on April 14, 2014
We were happy to have stumbled upon Villa Rosa Inn in our online searches for a place to stay a Saturday night in Santa Barbara. We wanted to be close to the harbor to walk for dinner and Villa Rosa met that requirement. In addition, the place is darling with a really nice pool/patio area for relaxing. The happy hour spread is quite impressive as well!
4.4 on April 07, 2014
Great place to stay in SB...near Wharf and Downtown.
4.6 on April 03, 2014
My husband and I stayed in a room with views of the courtyard/pool. The view was gorgeous and serene. The only downside of the room was the bathroom - it was a little tight, but having the vanity area separate helped out. The service was incredible. Everyone working there was friendly and helpful. The daily breakfast and cocktail hour made the inn feel like home. It was truly a cozy, intimate stay. And the location couldn't have been better. It's walking distance of State Street, the Wharf, and beautiful views. We will certain stay at Villa Rosa on our next trip to Santa Barbara!
4.4 on March 13, 2014
We had a wonderful stay at the Villa Rosa Inn - such a beautiful building with a lot of character and the pool and garden area is very relaxing. We enjoyed the complimentary wine and cheese the evening we arrived and the breakfast the next morning. The front desk personnel were very friendly, accommodating and helpful. My only complaint is the shower was very hard to adjust the temperature and when we switched to the shower it had to be adjusted again. I hate to think of the water I wasted trying to get the temperature comfortable. Overall, I highly recommend this beautiful inn!
4.4 on March 12, 2014
A wonderful B&B right next to the beach in Santa Barbara. The rooms are spacious and comfortable (most have balconies or decks). The decorations and furniture are aged, which gives the place a rather unique and charming feel. Great breakfast and wine+cheese in the evening. It is about 2 minutes from the beach and from State street, an ideal location.
3.0 on March 11, 2014
Over the span of a few years I have stayed at the Inn a few times for a few days while attending Joyce Wilson workshops. The rooms vary in size quite a bit. From a studio to king size. I found the beds comfortable. Keep in mind the rooms that face the courtyard/pool can be somewhat noisy if there are guests in the pool or hot tub. Read the other reviews for comments on various rooms. Likewise rooms facing the road may experience some rare car noises. Both of these can be mitigated with a glass of wine and staying up late with a good book. The happy hour and breakfast are nothing to write home about, as such you can walk to nearby restuarants for a varity of foods. Which brings me to the most important attribute of the Inn the location. It is a easy walk to the beach, but mind you that there are oil drops in the sand which stick to skin and shoes quite well. The other thing to mention is parking, or the lack of, this due to the location. Permits are required and the Inn provides them. Personally I would not consider the Inn for families, especially those with small children. The Inn is arranged for child or baby safety, from the pool to the objects on tables, so keep that in mind.
2.2 on February 20, 2014
I suspect that I've stayed at more than a 100 B & B's and this experience was a disappointment. Although I know Santa Barbara is pricey, the price was not commensurate with the quality of the experience. Although our room was large (and perhaps the most expensive), the bathroom was at the level of a low end motel chain and the shower was offset almost into the corner of the bathroom which made for an awkward shower. A couple items in the room did not work and the made didn't arrive to make up the room until about 3:30, when we had already come back and looking to relax a bit after sight-seeing. The evening wine and hors d'oeurvres met expectations, but the self-service continental breakfast was, again, at the level of a low to mid-price hotel chain. The staff was courteous, but seemed somewhat detached. The bottom line is at $299 a night the experience did not seem like a good value even if the location is excellent.
4.6 on February 12, 2014
Pleasant surprise. Great location. Had a blast.
3.8 on February 04, 2014
I like small places to stay and ones that aren't like the typical chain hotel. The location is great: near the beach and pier, small shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and State St. Bicycle and kayak rentals are close by too. The lobby is charming and enjoyable to sit and read, check one's email, or play one of the available games. The intimacy of the inn gives it a sense of community.
3.2 on January 24, 2014
Surprising hotel. Very charmant. Very good location in Santa Barbara. But the staff was this time not as friendly as the others time we went there. I still recommend this adress.
3.8 on January 21, 2014
Outstanding service from the people working at this beautiful villa. Very friendly and cozy atmosphere in great location. Will definitely come back and also recommend to others.
3.4 on January 17, 2014
With the harbor and beach right across the street--the location couldn't be better. This is a small, old Spanish style Inn with great Santa Barbara charm. A romantic inn.
4.0 on January 06, 2014
Great place, would definitely stay again, except not in room 11. Room 11 only has very light, white shades and faces another building across the street that has a lot of outside lights on all night. It pretty much was like sunrise the entire night. Other than that, very cool little place!
3.0 on January 05, 2014
This place has a lot of character and charm. Great location! Easy access and walking distance to dining and beach. The building is very old, so the walls and windows are a bit thin. You can hear the plumbing from the next room over and noises from the street outside. Also it's very close to the train tracks, so be ready for trains late at night and early in the morning. But it was clean, comfortable, and the staff was very friendly.
3.8 on January 05, 2014
The room worked really well for two couples. I wish it had two bathrooms but there was an extra bathroom in the hallway right by our room. Very quiet place with a nice breakfast in the morning. An easy walk to the beach and State Street for some fun!
4.4 on December 27, 2013
Very nice hotel in top location. We love coming back!
3.2 on December 04, 2013
My daughter mid-twenties and I stayed here for two nights. The atmoshere was quaint, warm and inviting. The rooms were basic but clean and comfortable. The staff was wonderful and welcoming. The breakfast and wine and cheese was a special added value and so convenient. My daughter complimented me on my choice of accomodations more than once. We would stay here again.
3.4 on November 25, 2013
We stayed at Villa Rosa for the first time over a the weekend in early November. Love the location, the architecture, the B&B character, the generally very pleasant and caring staff. Beds were comfortable, amenities were a plus (breakfast, happy hour, newspapers, pool and hot tub). Just a few inexpensive updates (replace front stair carpet, new bedspreads or better, duvets) would have a fantastic impact on the overall feeling. It's a B&B so we were not expecting the Biltmore.
3.0 on November 24, 2013
Room 10 was large with very comfortable king size bed. Two leather chairs were not very comfortable. Wine and cheese hour was great.
5 on November 23, 2013
We gmade reservations that afternoon for a Sunday booking and drove up to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles. The renovated 1920's building, the Spanish decor and the atmosphere made for a wonderful stay. Although the rooms are small, you can't beat the value. Anywhere else you might pay twice to get a hotel with this kind of ambiance. We will definitely come back again.
3.8 on November 09, 2013
Very nice grounds especially private patio area off of room 6. Comfortable & clean. Would stay their again. Breakfast & wine & cheese was average though. Very good location close to shopping and pier - all within walking distance or use of trolley car on State St.
5 on October 28, 2013
My standard room was very spacious and pleasant, the manager and staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming. The amenities: microwave and fridge in room and large guest lounge with book and DVD library, limitless fresh popcorn and even fresh pies in the evening ...PLUS the best roof too sun deck ever! I will definitely be back!
4.2 on October 27, 2013
I took my boyfriend to Santa Barbara for a few days to celebrate his birthday. We had decided to travel by Amtrak, so I specifically wanted something small and close to the train station. Villa Rosa Inn was perfect! Our room was beautiful, with a patio in the garden. Easy walking distance from the train station, close to the waterfront and State Street. The staff was all very helpful, knowledgeable and kind. We will definitely stay here again on our next Santa Barbara vacation!
4.4 on October 17, 2013
We stayed in a studio cottage. I t was perfect size and was a great locations. We loved ho homey our room felt. The bathroom doorknob was antique and we hd a few issues with it but other than that we had a great experience!
3.4 on October 15, 2013
The Villa Rosa is very quaint - fireplaces in the rooms, big wooden shutters on the patio doors, and interesting (in a good way) light fixtures. We love the close location to the beach as well as all of the shops and restaurants on State Street. The landscaping is absolutely beautiful and despite the abundance of foliage, the pool and Jacuzzi were clean as well. A couple drawbacks - the bed in room 17, while quite comfortable, is horribly squeaky - I mean HORRIBLY squeaky. Don't choose this room if you, um, plan to "use" the bed a lot. Secondly, I made the mistake of disrobing and stepping into the shower before seeing that the bathroom window was open and I was quite visible to the couple from the next room sitting on their patio. Interesting set -up, just be aware of the close proximity to your neighbors in this one and close the shade to avoid putting on a show. We much prefer room 15 for the four post bed and slightly more privacy.
3.4 on October 09, 2013
Beautiful building. Very nice and helpful staff. The room needs alittle upkeep but everything was clean. Great stay!!!
4.2 on September 18, 2013
Have stayed here multiple times. Always a pleasure!
3.0 on August 14, 2013
We stayed in one of their cottages. Perfect for people with kids or who could use a kitchen and the price was cheaper than a standard room. It's a block from the water and on a pretty nice street. Overall I was happy with this place (they were also the only place in town that let us book a single night rather than two)! I would just say that the floors were pretty dirty. You couldn't see it but my feet were black. I would stay here again for sure!
4.2 on August 12, 2013
This is a wonderful place. Definitely would stay again.
4.2 on August 06, 2013
This Inn was truly a most welcoming Inn. A very nice place to relax and enjoy great hospitality at. This is a place me and my family with great joy would return to!
4.4 on August 04, 2013
We have stayed at the Villa Rosa Inn about 5 times now. Love the "home" feel, the employees are wonderful, we love this place! We original booked her because of the location to the wine festival we attend. Love the decor, the coziness, feels like home.
4.6 on August 04, 2013
Very nice, let's keep it secret.
3.2 on July 26, 2013
I have stayed at this property a number of times over the past 10 years and have always loved it. The location is fantastic!!!! I noticed on my most recent stay that the property is beginning to look quite weary. Carpet in my room was worn and appeared a little dirty. The bedding was threadbare and tired. A little TLC would go a long way in re-establishing this bed and breakfast to its previous rank, in my opinion. I will continue to stay here, for now. However, I hope that things will improve for future stays.
4.6 on July 11, 2013
This will not be the last time we stay at Villa Rosa. So quaint and so centrally located. A great value.
4.0 on June 30, 2013
I spent two nights at Villa Rosa with my 3 daughters. We stayed in a room 12. In general, the hotel is visually interesting. We spent a lot of time in the pool area, the lobby, and the breakfast/reception area. Each time we looked around, we noticed something new. All the various statues, dolls, etc., were clean and cared for. The whole place was cozy and comfortable. It felt very homey. The staff was attentive and helpful. Our room was very clean and very cute. It felt spacious and inviting. We had a great view of the mountains and Stearn's Wharf. (Location was awesome. Once I parked, I did not use my car again for the entire stay.) The windows opened to let in a nice breeze, and the window seat was comfortable. The wine and cheese reception was fabulous. The breakfast was awesome. Port or sherry at 9 was great as well. The kids loved heading down for the treats and then hanging out by the pool. There was some deferred maintenance and the place could use some minor updating--grout filled, cracked window pane fixed, screens on the upstairs windows. It would be nice to be able to On Demand movies and perhaps a folding table/tray in the room in case guests order pizza or something like that. Overall, my stay was relaxing. They are now my go-to hotel in Santa Barbara. I could not imagine staying anywhere else.
2.6 on June 27, 2013
Villa Rosa Inn is very quaint and I have stayed in the main house before without incident. We decided on the Cottage #2 for our next stay. We thought cottage meant no one overhead. WRONG...first two nights it felt like a stampede overhead and at 1130 pm we needed to call out to shut it down. Staff was very apologetic and gave us the number to call the night manager if it happened again. By day 3, we were ready to change rooms. The bathroom had been remodeled nicely but the kitchen was not equiped with cooking utensils or pot and pans. But they did go out and buy some and deliver it our room the next day.The breakfast was what I expected and the wine and cheese/fruit/crackers in the afternoon was lovely. Bed was comfortable. Short walk to beach and STATE STREET. Overall it was nice except for the noise overhead.
4.0 on June 14, 2013
I found Villa Rosa on line and thought it would be a great central location to stay in Santa Barbara. Close to the beach, wharf and State Street. Everything was pretty much within walking distance! The room on the 2nd floor had french doors that opened up to a small balcony with a small table and chairs overlooking the courtyard which has a pool, hot tub and a coy pond with a fountain. The room was clean and quiet. Even though we were only one block away from the main street, you didn't hear the traffic. We did hear an occasional train whistle in the distance, but it wasn't bothersome at all! The young lady who was at the front desk was very welcoming. We had asked her if could suggest a good Mexican restaurant in town and she suggested two different places, one being Carlitos Cafe y Cantina on State Street. She didn't steer us wrong, because the food was outstanding! My husband and I agreed that next time we come to Santa Barbara, that we want to stay here again, and hopefully with the rest of our family. Thank you for the wonderful, relaxing stay!
3.6 on May 28, 2013
This is a very quaint and unique place to stay. It is walking distance to the beach and pier (literally right across the street) as well as to State Street for all the shops and restaurants. They serve a pretty decent breakfast (they have a waffle maker!), wine and cheese in the evening and port/sherry later in the night. The swimming pool is nice but not heated and they have a jacuzzi. They don't have many rooms so booking early is a good idea. All in all, this a great place to stay and I would definitely come back!
3.0 on May 27, 2013
Great Location near the beach. Good value for location. Small, older rooms. I would book again.
3.4 on May 20, 2013
We liked this place. Just minutes to the beach and a very nice facility. It's old but well maintained. The room was big and very clean and we had a little balcony. The staff recommended Brophy Bros restaurant, at which I had the best swordfish and claim chowder I've ever eaten. My wife and I agree, we would both stay here again.
5 on May 19, 2013
Outstanding service, friendly always with smiles, made you glad to be there,.
3.0 on May 16, 2013
The rooms and furnishings are eclectic and cozy. The entire place exudes warmth. The balconies are pleasant, even without ocean views. The only down side is the inadequate bathroom furnishings. There were no towel bars in the room we had and the toilet/shower room was very, very small. We had many windows in our room but not all the blinds opened so we could enjoy them.
4.8 on May 05, 2013
What a great place to stay. Rooms were as expected and quite roomy. The extra services provided were exceptional, wine and nibblies in the early afternoon and again at night were complimentary and an extra special touch. Thankyou for a delightful and memorable stay
4.8 on April 26, 2013
I picked the Villa Rosa as the destination for a quick 2 day get-away for my girlfriend and myself based on the website for the Inn. To say we were surprised by the Inn is an understatement. Everyone knows only the best photos are put on the website. In the case of the Villa Rosa Inn, the best awaits you personal inspection on your arrival. From the inviting exterior to the lobby area you think you have suddenly been transported to an Old World Inn. Our room was outstanding and had the added value of a balcony overlooking the pool and patio area. On our return to the Inn after dinner we were surprised to find Port set out for the enjoyment of the guests and we enjoyed ours in our room. Morning found the availability of the Continental Breakfast to give us a quick start to our day of Wine Tasting while following Santa Barbara's Urban Wine Trail. We enjoyed our stay and will be definitely staying at the Inn on our next trip to Santa Barbara.
5 on April 21, 2013
Fabulous location and hotel
3.0 on April 18, 2013
Villa Rossa is a good value. The hot tub and pool are nice. The rooms are somewhat outdated. The staff was really helpful. I would stay again.
3.8 on April 07, 2013
We enjoyed our stay here. The location was great for beach and restaurant access, and the afternoon wine and cheese was a nice touch. We were a bit frustrated with the toilet in our room - it had a sensitive handle, and if you didn't get it just right you had to reach into the tank to get the stopper to seal and allow the tank to fill up (and stop running water noisily!). Breakfast was good enough that we didn't have to plan a mid-morning snack, like we do with the usual tasteless shelf-stable stuff you'd expect at a chain hotel. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home. We spent more than we would normally spend to stay here, but it was a pleasant break. No regrets.
4.0 on March 31, 2013
It was a lovely hotel. Close to water and very charming.
4.8 on March 27, 2013
Very cozy and loved the design and decorations. The only thing I didn't like was the bathroom. It seemed to not fit with the rest of the room and felt like a "cell" the walls were bare and it just seemed out of place. I stayed in room #8
4.4 on March 25, 2013
Went to the Villa Rosa Inn to get away from the city for a night and I was quite pleased with the inn and its staff. The room was fantastic--quiet, clean, with a charming balcony overlooking the pool. Staff was kind, helpful, pleasant. Great location. I find myself now making up reasons to get away again, just to stay here.
3.2 on March 20, 2013
I wanted something cozy and quaint for my anniversary, and that is exactly what I got. :-)
4.6 on March 04, 2013
Very nice room
4.8 on March 01, 2013
Birthday/Valentines day trip from San Diego. Arrived and was pleasantly greeted by the concierge with a map and details around town. Outstanding amenities, and the continental breakfast and wine/cheese at night were delicious. Fireplace inside gives great atmosphere. All the feel of a Spanish Villa without having to go to Spain. Step outside and you can pretty much walk to the beach in 2 minutes. Really wished we stayed another night or two!
4.0 on February 26, 2013
I just love the feel of this place. The breakfasts are so great and of course the wine and cheese in the late afternoon. I love the cozy living room with the fireplace. It feels like home to me. Cathryn
3.8 on February 03, 2013
Very pleasant ambiance. Location good. Neighborhood quiet. Street parking Ok but some restrictions.Room was large. Bathrooms dated.
4.2 on January 30, 2013
Very nice, cozy little hotel. My friends and I were surprised that it was really close to the beach/wharf and train station. It was lovely. Very quiet and unique. The place definitely has character. The only complaint I had was it was hot in the room. The ceiling fan didnt really help. There are no windows on the downstairs bedroom. But overall, we like the place. There was wine and cheese around 5pm-7pm. They were good too. They also have free continental breakfast.
3.0 on January 24, 2013
I only stayed one night at the villa rosa inn, I was happy with the employees there, since they were all very friendly when we arrived and checked out. My partner and I had just walked from the bus station to the hotel and were a bit tired and we were offered bottled water and other refreshments as we arrived. The hotel design itself was really nice, and very unique, which was nice rather than the same standard look of other hotels. My only complaint of my stay here was that the walls in the rooms seemed extremely thin, and all night long I could hear snoring coming from the adjacent room and footsteps of people down the hall. The price was pretty high for having these disruptions, but I suppose for a hotel in santa Barbara it's cheaper than most.
4.2 on January 09, 2013
Our stay was fabulous! Great service at the front desk, great room, great location! Would definitely stay here again! Met great people from all over the world!
3.0 on December 29, 2012
We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite located in the main building. The decor was old, but clean. The staff was friendly enough. It's located really close to the beach so that was a big plus. They have free wifi and breakfast in the morning which was nice. The walls are thin, so it was easy to hear people on the street and outside the door. Not sure I would stay here again.
4.0 on December 24, 2012
A quaint and unique place located near the beach and State Street.
3.6 on November 30, 2012
Always a superbly warmly welcoming reception. Absolutely charming. I have been returning since 1997.
3.6 on November 28, 2012
Very quiet and home. I would definitely stay here again.
5 on November 14, 2012
The room was exactly as described and pictured in the website. There was a stand fan running in the room when we arrived keeping the room cool after the unexpected hot weather the few days before. The food was above expectations and the eating area was very intimate. Enjoyed meeting other guests from all over the world, yet we had the option of keeping to ourselves if we wanted to. Guests were very friendly. The website does not do justice to the layout or ambiance. The hot tub was great - very welcome after a long day of hiking. The central garden courtyard was much more enjoyable "view" than expected with a beautiful tiled table and chairs on the balcony. Just a few steps to the beach but not right on the ocean avenue, which made for a quiet night. We both slept better than we had in months. Bed was extremely comfortable. Hoping for a return visit as soon as travel plans allow.
5 on November 14, 2012
Nice rooms, great location. Friendly staff. Close to the beach and within walking distance of state street.
5 on November 13, 2012
Sehr gutes kleines Hotel. Perfekte Lage in der Nähe von Stearns Wharf. Geschmackvoll gestaltete Räume. Sehr nettes, nicht aufdringliches Personal. Rund um die Uhr Wasser und Tee verfügbar. Frühstück und Nachmittags-Snack mit Weinprobe war im Zimmerpreis inbegriffen. Frühstück war okay. Insbesondere die selbst zu backenden Waffeln sind sehr lecker. Geringe Anzahl an Parkplätzen im Hof; ansonsten Parkmöglichkeiten an der Straße. Achtung: Straße mit zeitlichen Parkverboten. Das Hotel weist gesondert darauf hin. Ich würde das Hotel jederzeit wieder buchen.
4.6 on November 08, 2012
The Villa Rosa is a cozy and charming inn just steps from the ocean. The beautiful tile work and earthy color palate throughout lobby and hallways make it a cool, relaxing retreat from the Santa Barbara sun. The fireplace, fountain, and old hardwood beams across the ceiling also add a touch of romance to the atmosphere. We were traveling on a budget, so we chose one of the smaller, less expensive rooms. We had plenty of space to spread out and the room was very clean, quiet and comfortable. Staff members were polite and helpful. The one disappointment (and this is very minor) was the complimentary wine, which was Yellowtail. We were visiting from the East Coast, and while we weren't necessarily looking for anything expensive or high end, we really would have loved to see a bottle from a local vineyard, or something that's unique to the Santa Barbara area. Again, a very minor detail. The Villa Rosa is an excellent choice, and I would highly recommend it.
3.0 on October 31, 2012
Lovely old Santa Barbara Inn, lots of character, but in need of upgrading its basic amenities. Shabby bedding and pillows, shabby bathroom. Overall, if you’re looking for location and that "old Santa Barbara style", a good value. But if you like a bit of luxury, try elsewhere!
4.4 on October 25, 2012
Villa Rosa Inn is a very lovely B&B; unfortunately, I did not get to my room until late (though they let me get my key early in the day before check-in time). If I had known how beautiful the room was, I would have gotten back in time for the wine & cheese. I absolutely loved the room - it was spacious, beautifully decorated - I felt like I was at home. It had a darling balcony and the foliage around the building is gorgeous. The front desk was wonderful to me - definitely taking care of their guests. Lots of choices for breakfast and the location is ideal. LOVED IT!
4.2 on October 23, 2012
My wife and I had the privilege to stay at Villa Rosa Inn and enjoyed it tremendously. It's well located steps from the beach and a stones-throw from downtown. The bed is enormous and comfortable, our room overlooked the pool with a little balcony with a table and two chairs to sit at. The place is not your sterile mega-hotel and is the better for it. The fittings are pretty dated but all work and it adds to the ambience, you feel like you have stepped onto a movie set. The staff are great and re-directed us to a great fish restaurant down the road (FisHouse) which got two thumbs up. We would not hesitate to stay there again
3.4 on October 22, 2012
I loved this quaint little inn right next to the beach in SB. My room felt like I was at home and the room was so charming. The kitchen was huge and the bathroom was beautiful. I would definitely stay here again. The only complaint I have is one night the gentlemen working the front desk was a little rude and dismissive, other than that, everything was fine.
5 on October 14, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely and charming ambience of this bed and breakfast. There are lots of little touches, like beautiful tropical plants and succulents inside and out on the patio. A lovely fountain on the cozy patio, where there is also a pool and jacuzzi. The free breakfast included warm waffles with syrup and whipped cream! The room was clean and full of antiques and style. In the evening there was free wine and cheese! I will go back again next time I am in Santa Barbara!!
4.4 on October 09, 2012
This was such a beautiful place to relax in peace and serenity. Our room, #6, had French doors opening out to a lovely, secluded garden. The garden could be used by hotel guests but it was always empty during our stay so it seemed very private and quiet. The Spanish/Southwest colors, atmosphere, and decor were exquisite. We will come back.
3.4 on October 09, 2012
Good service, great location (one block from the beach) and only 5 minutes by car to great restaurants, clean and comfortable rooms. Overall great value. Definitely recommend this place.
3.0 on October 01, 2012
The room was spacious and nicely appointed. The balcony was very nice, and the bed was comfortable. Since there is no air-conditioning, on a hot day, the room can be uncomfortable. The breakfast was not ready on time at 7am (coffee not even ready). And the breakfast lacked any protein, such as hard boiled eggs or cold cuts. The staff was not helpful in recommending a restaurant. So, overall, it was a pleasant stay, but as the title suggests, a few improvements would make it even better.
4.2 on September 27, 2012
We stayed in room 13, and it was perfect, we sat on the balcony and enjoyed the view.
4.6 on September 26, 2012
had a very wonderful stay, close to shops restaurants, to the mission , ect.
4.2 on September 25, 2012
Villa Rosa Inn has a warm inviting atmosphere. Friendly staff and nice rooms. We were only there for a few hours but would definately go back.
3.0 on September 23, 2012
The Villa Rosa is technically an inn, not a B&B as it has the usual motel breakfast of do-it- yourself granola and bran flakes in a paper bowl. It looks sweet from the outside but there are drawbacks upon further inspection. Essentially it needs a full-time maintenance person to keep it from falling apart. The ice machine failed so there was no ice for our drinks for three days. And speaking of ice, the pool is not heated so it's not welcoming, except to sit around and relax. The hot tub must have stopped heating also--it was the temperature that the pool should have been. Although they turned it on the last day of our stay. The towel rack in the bathroom was missing but the brackets were still there--just the things that a maintenance person should be fixing. Another thing: there is so much STUFF around the pool: too many potted plants, and things that don't need to be there--a little junky looking. If you're not a picky, neurotic person, this inn has its charms: close to the beach, fountains, pretty rooms, (ours, #9, has 5 windows and lots of light), some rooms overlooking the pool/courtyard, wine/cheese happy hour, succulent garden around the perimeter, close to State St.and it's fine restaurants, relatively quiet, and it's a good value. Despite the rough edges, we enjoyed our stay.
4.6 on September 20, 2012
We visited this Inn over two decades ago so we expected many changes. We were pleasantly surprised that it has kept its charm! When we think of staying in Santa Barbara, The Villa Rosa Inn will be tops on the list.
4.0 on September 20, 2012
Very nice place to stay at when visiting Santa Barbara. Has a lot of old days charme without lack of comfort and modern days fscilities (e.g. TV, Internet etc.).
3.8 on September 07, 2012
I've stayed at several hotels in Santa Barbara, and the Villa Rosa beats them all. The building itself has so much charm and character. Our room was spacious, with a huge balcony and a massive, comfortable bed. The location is unbeatable. A block from the beach and a block from State street. Jessica, at the front desk, was fantastic. Cheerful, helpful, warm, and welcoming. The perfect hostess. They have a pool and a hot tub. They serve wine and nibbles, and port upon request. It's like a dream, a true escape. A place to delight in and relax in. I'll definitely return...
2.6 on September 04, 2012
Cute and quaint, but really out of date and overpriced for what you get. The lobby, sitting area, and pool are all very nice, but the rooms are in dire need of refurbishing. Don't let the photo gallery fool you, the rooms look nothing like the photos. This place is also much more bed than breakfast, as the breakfast was very underwhelming.
3.4 on August 29, 2012
Nice decoration, room without ac, hot during day time, facilities old and broken, service and people there are nice, very home feel envirnment.
3.2 on August 26, 2012
Villa Rosa Inn is just that - an Inn that welcomes you "in" - our 10 yr old daughter swam in the courtyard pool the evening we checked prior to dinner at the Palace Grill, and felt at home when she got to feed the Koi fish the next morning after breakfast at the Inn. If we had had time, we would have taken the short walk to the beach and Pier - Villa Rosa Inn is that close. Try an upper room which may be more up to date. No doubt we will be back!
4.2 on August 23, 2012
Our favorite location in SB for price, ambience and location, being close to the water and State St with its handy bus. Plenty to do without getting in your car.
5 on August 21, 2012
All I have to say is if you want to get away with your spouse or loved one, this is the place to go to. You cant find a better place :)
3.6 on August 14, 2012
Being a block from the Santa Barbara beach made staying at the Villa Rosa Inn a great experience. The breakfast and wine and cheese were very good. Our bathroom set-up was unique, but we adjusted. The beds were good.
4.2 on August 11, 2012
The first thing that struck me in a positive way was how good the room smelled and how comfortable and clean everything was in the hotel. I love the wine and cheese, was a better spread then most hotels. It was quite at night, which is a real plus when you stay close to the beach, everything was in walking distance.
4.4 on July 29, 2012
Can't afford a trip to Tuscany? Visit Villa Rosa. My wife and I hardly ever leave thee inn.
3.2 on July 25, 2012
This hotel is unique and has a lot of character, the staff is helpful and friendly and the rooms are very spacious.
4.6 on July 23, 2012
Lovely boutique hotel. Passing through Santa Barbara only, but would definitely consider staying here again if we are in the area. Thank you.
2.4 on July 20, 2012
I visited the Villa Rosa for a friends weekend wedding. The hostess wasn't very pleasant And the room could have used some airing out but the room had a great view for the price!!
3.4 on July 18, 2012
Nice location to the beach and main downtown strip, clean neighborhood and breakfast.
2.6 on July 12, 2012
This was a brief overnight for my wife and I prior to going on to the Hearst Castle. The Inn is charming, and Annaliese on the front desk is pleasant and service oriented. While the age of the Inn contributes to the charm, it does not support the $260/night rate. We would consider staying here again, but only after carefully considering other options.
5 on July 09, 2012
Very nice older hotel, vintage decor and a half-block from the beach. The two-story suite was perfect to prevent my wife from complaining about my snoring! Small kitchen was fine. We will stay here again. The "dining" score reflects the complimentary continental breakfast, which was great. They also have wine and cheese in the late afternoon which was also very nice. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant but there are several nearby.
4.8 on July 08, 2012
Loved our room plus free breakfast ,wine and cheese
3.8 on July 05, 2012
The breakfast was less than what would be offered at a lower end hotel with contential breakfast. I was surprised at this. No eggs or meats included. Totally unexpected. Doesn't take much to make up some hard-boiled eggs etc for even throw some sausage in the microwave for breakfast. Other than that the stay was fine. The second night wine and cheese was good on wine but no cheese or fruit (was "leftover" from the night before.
3.6 on June 23, 2012
Nice place. Close to everything. Breakfast is ok but there are places near by you can go to instead.
4.4 on June 06, 2012
We enjoyed the Inn altho were in Santa Barbara for a family event and spent little time there other than to sleep. Breakfast was lovely and more than adequate, rooms nicely decorated and clean, the staff was helpful and pleasant. We appreciated the fact that the Inn is located in a quiet area with adequate street parking and close to the harbor area.
2.8 on June 04, 2012
Great place for a quick weekend away from Southern Ca. Walking distance to State St and the beach. Our room was a bit noisy early Monday morning due to construction in the alley. We would stay here again, but select another room.
3.8 on May 25, 2012
Villa Rosa Inn was a great place to be for a perfect get a away in Santa Barbara. The room was huge, the bed however too small and not of best quality. The Villa Inn itself was cosy, romantic and the pool side was a nice place to enjoy a free welcome drink. All and all a great time traveling through California on HWY1!
4.6 on May 17, 2012
My girlfriend and I stayed here, and loved the service. Even with a power outage, we were taken care of right away. There was wine and cheese for the happy hour, which gave it a nice personal touch. The rooms were all unique with a sizable. The pool and hot tub were beautiful outside in the Spanish-style courtyard. I would certainly stay here again.
5 on April 30, 2012
We had 6 people and had a wonderful time. We wish we could have stayed longer. The Inn was the perfect location. We walked every where. Which was good because we had too much dinner and needed to work it off. Even though our days were rainy it was still well worth it. We will definitly go back, especially to Villa Rosa. The breakfast was perfect for us. Everything we like.
3.0 on April 15, 2012
We recently stayed at Villa Rosa and had a wonderful time. The breakfast's were very nice and the wine happy hour nightly was a nice way to start our evening. We stayed in room #3 which has a bedroom upstairs as well as one down with a kitchenette however a very small bathroom. The Inn is in a great location, just a block off the main street where all the shops and restaurants can be found and about them same distance from the beach. Street level noise as well as the second floor noise was a bit of a bother so request a room upstairs or one that is on the interior. Brenda and the rest of the staff did a fantastic job of making us feel welcome and we would stay here again. P&V from Texas
3.4 on April 14, 2012
The Villa Rosa Inn was a very convenient walk from the train we arrived on. We were in town by 10am, and the staff was willing to keep our bags until we checked in at 3pm. The location was wonderful, literally minutes from the ocean and downtown Santa Barbara. We enjoyed our room stay in Room 10, but plan on reserving Room 13 or 17 next time.
5 on April 13, 2012
We had an absolute wonderful stay at the Villa Rosa. The staff is wonderful,very friendly and helpful. They had all kinds of info on restaurants and things to do in Santa Barbara. The hotel is beautiful, nice and quiet, private, and very romantic. I highly recommend it and will tell my friends and family. We will definitely visit the Villa Rosa again.
3.2 on April 11, 2012
The rooms are clean and cozy with french doors opening to the courtyard. Nice pool and hot tub. Great experience but it was a little noisy.
3.6 on April 10, 2012
We thought it was expensive for what we got, but the service was great and the breakfasts were generous and personal. The closets were not very convenient. They need some new closets. The one we had didn't close properly. Overall, it's a lovely place to relax and walk to nearby attractions. I would recommend this place to my friends but they should lower the price considering the age of the villa.
4.8 on March 29, 2012
Close location to the beach, pier and State Street shopping/dining/entertainment. Complimentary wine and cheese every night from 5-7pm and wonderful continental breakfast was fabulous! The rooms were super-cozy and very well kept and decorated. The place can get a little noisy at times with tile floors and thinner walls, but other than that, absolutely no complaints!
3.0 on March 26, 2012
Our room was spacious but the furnishings were dated and oversized. The fit and finish of the rooms leaves much to be desired. Needs paint desperately. The public rooms are cozy but again the furnishings are out-of-date and very tired.
3.6 on March 07, 2012
my boyfriend and I did a short trip in SB, i must say this place is such a good place to stay. the location is very nice, so close to the beach, free wifi, breakfast included. the staff was very nice too. we got room 13, it was a corner room with lots of windows and a small balcony with ocean view. the room was very clean, warm and stylish. if anything i don't like, i would say it was the bed. when I looked in the website, it said the bed was queen size, but that was smaller than queen.
4.0 on March 05, 2012
Jorane Barton writes: I paid over $300.00 for a room and the hot water faucet in the bathtub didn't work it just dribbled a tiny amount of water. Also, they messed up my first reservation for a $200.00 room so I had to take what was left because that is where my party was staying. The dusty fake plants in the room and the creepy glass case filled with weird dolls in the reception area was very disturbing. Not a horrible place to stay but no where near worth the price.
3.4 on March 02, 2012
Stayed here over a romantic weekend with my girlfriend. Really nice place within walking distance of everything downtown on State Street and nicely placed along the Urban Wine Trail. We went in Feb. so it was chilly but I imagine it would be a perfect summer spot... it's less than a block from the beach. The pool and hot tub are clean. Breakfast is nothing fancy but just enough for what you pay for. Waffles, fruit pastries and cereals. The wine they use for their evening wine is Yellow Tail (pass) but you really are paying for the location, convenience and romantic setting. Will definitely be going back and would recommend to any couple looking to spend a great weekend downtown!
4.4 on February 28, 2012
Can best describe it as having met or exceeded all of our expectations and we would not hesitate to stay there on another visit to Santa Barbara.
4.0 on February 24, 2012
I took my fiance here for Valentine's week We were both very happy with the look and the feel of the place. Very cute in and out, just could have been a little cleaner, especially outside. The patio furniture chairs are poorly maintained with missing cushions or very dirty. Chairs in bushes that look nice to sit in, but you can't get to and spider webs all over. Inside though is very nice, we had room 13 which has a great view of ocean and nice patio, but a little musty smelling. All in all a nice stay.
2.6 on February 13, 2012
we were in #1 room on the street level past the check in desk by the side door entry. too much traffic thru that door next to that room, even the employees. there needs to be a sign posted to alert folks to be quiet as they come and go thru that side entry. our thermostat was broken on the wall heater. we could not adjust. we finally got the maintenance man to turn the whole thing off. it was 80 degrees in there. the maids should have alerted the front desk of the extreme heat before we ck'd in. also, none of the window open to let in fresh cool air. the shower/bath is really not exceptable. way too small and cramped. you get wet when you turn on the handles at the far end of the shower. instead of that awful shower wall, you should tear out and install a bypass clear shower door. it would make the bathroom feel bigger and you could adjust the shower valve without getting wet or chilled with water till it get hot. also,there was no mini refrig.
4.0 on February 07, 2012
Villa Rosa inn was a very nice little inn half a block from the beach. Room had a lovely windowseat and comfy beds. The wine and cheese in the evening and breakfast in the morning were both outstanding. The best part of our stay was sitting next to the pool on the charming deck surrounded by trees, birds, and sipping wine. Then after the sun went down we moved into the lovely lobby with a beautiful fireplace. The ambiance was marvelous.
4.0 on February 02, 2012
We decided to stay at the Villa Rosa because the "brochure" looked nice. Unfortuantely, our stay was just O.K. We had taken the train and arrived pretty early. We didn't have a car, so we asked the front desk clerk if she could hold our luggage and we would just go walk around. We were told were were welcome to sit in the lobby for 3 hours and wait for our room as they had no where to store luggage. We decided to rent a car a day early so we could store our luggage until check in time whick is 3:00. When we arrived back at the Inn after 3:00, the front clerk gave me our key. Unfortunately, the maid was still cleaning our room. I went down and asked the front clerk what restaurant she would reccomend to go to. Without looking up she stated "I don't know, I'm new around here" We went out for the evening and when we returned to the Inn, our room key didn't work. I proceeded to go down stairs and was greeted by a very nice young lady who stated we were given the wrong keys. As they lock the front door at 11:00 she said we would need a door key also. (which we didn't get initailly). Our room was clean, and the next morning the gentleman on desk duty was superb. I am not sure I would go back again. It was just OK.
3.8 on January 18, 2012
Pictures are much more beautiful than reality! It is located in a nice spot near the beach and downtown. The heater in the room I stayed in was broken or something, i had a hard time trying to turn it off. It was so hot I had to open all the windows to allow air flow. The staffs were great and easy to talk to.
3.8 on January 05, 2012
Booked at last minute for my wife and I to spend New Years in Santa Barbara. When we arrived we smiled immediately as the rustic hacienda/villa appeal was very evident. The lobby was comfortable and inviting, the staff quick, and the room was great. We saw the other reviews from people not liking the older boutique feel, but that is what we loved. It does not feel like a Hyatt, Sheraton it is individual, unique. Very clean, Large flat screen and the electric fireplace was great additions for January Fog chill. The breakfast and wine and cheese was generous, well done, fresh and felt like it was in someones home instead of a hotel. We will be back for sure and recommend it to anyone looking for a getaway that feels you got away
3.6 on January 04, 2012
My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here on the way to see our kids and grandkids. Great location, clean, cozy, comfortable. Unpretentious and laid back place.
4.2 on December 26, 2011
This was my second stay at the Villa Rosa. It is a great location and the room was terrific. The staff were friendly and very helpful.
5 on December 19, 2011
I was in town for one night to shoot a short TV commercial on a low budget. My camera guy and I got the split-level room (Room 3), which has two floors with a bedroom on each. We were able to stay close to the water AND our shooting location for almost half the price of most of the hotels in that immediate area. Two rooms in one - perfect! They also let us get off the hook for making a last-minute cancellation for the second night, even though I'm pretty sure they have a two-night minimum. Wonderfully cozy place with excellent service - I will be back.
4.0 on December 11, 2011
Santa Barbara was a stop over on our way to San Pedro to board a cruise ship. I looked at it as a mini pre-vacation and was delighted with the Villa Rosa Inn. I wanted to be within walking distance to the beach and I got my wish. I described the Inn to our friends as "a cute little Tuscan like place …very quaint and eclectic". We enjoyed just roaming around inside the Inn and it's courtyard area....delighted to discover all the neat little things that made it unique.
3.4 on December 07, 2011
First I must say that I liked the place and I will probably stay there again. we went their during the off-season so the place was almost empty, which was great. the Pool, jacuzzi and the yard in general were great. we liked the wine and cheese at 17:00. I would suggest rooms 17 & 18 for the better view of the yard. Location of the INN is perfect. The Inn has 3-4 parking spaces and the remaining parking is on the street with a permit Tag from the Inn. Con: The Inn suppose to have an Old vibe to it, which is perfectly done on the first floor. However, the second floor doesn't look Old, it looks neglected !! All of the Door handles in our rooms were Loose, the Wooden Rolling shade in the main balcony was off its rail when we came into the room. The Heater unit kept making a banding noise. We did complain about the the broken window shade in the bathroom, which was replaced in 30min. Conclusion: This place is nice, The Location is great. it could be perfect if the owners just maintain the rooms properly.
3.6 on December 01, 2011
We came in late one night and my wife remarked that it felt like we were coming into our house. That's good. There is a nice sitting area where you can just relax in the evening and meet other guests. There were guests from all over the world.
3.4 on November 24, 2011
Had a nice two night visit. Did not use the pool or Jacuzzi during my visit. Bed was comfortable. Room's decor was warm. It was nice not having a "hotel" feel to it. Cons: Electrical outlets sparse. Shower controls not conveniently located.
3.0 on November 16, 2011
We stay her fairly consistently when we come to Santa Barbara (probably for 10+ years). Everything has met our expecations in the past and still does - of course, it depends on what you're expecting! This is more smiliar to a European inn - quaint rooms, small properties, wine and cheese in the evenings. We like it .. however to be honest, I feel like the staff is not as warm and friendly as it had been in the past. Before I felt like the manager / inn-keeper was visible and welcoming ... I now felt like the desk staff really didn't care about making us feel welcome or having a conversation. That has changed the feeling for me personally. It is a little dated and worn in places - but we still love it.
4.6 on November 15, 2011
Great hotel! The hotel is quaint and very cute. The wine and cheese hour at 5 pm is amazing! I was in town for the Santa Barbara Marathon and this was the perfect place to stay. It ended up being walking distance from the finish line (an added bonus). I would definitely go back!
3.4 on November 14, 2011
Handily placed, within a stone's throw of the beach, this lovely suburban villa is ideal for travellers wishing to rest their weary heads. It's also close to the shops and restaurants on State St, with much choice for an evening's enjoyment and entertainment. The rooms are comfortable and cosy. The wine and appetisers offered in the early evening provided a welcome opportunity to meet other guests and to peruse the local information folders for ideas for our stay. We would recommend Villa Rosa Inn to anyone staying for a night or two in Santa Barbara.
3.6 on November 14, 2011
Room was clean and quaint. The wall heater did not work but the electric fireplace was also a heater so we did not need both. The bathroom area was very small and did not have a counter to place items on. Single pane windows did not muffle street/sidewalk noise. The breakfast was excellent.
3.0 on November 11, 2011
The Villa Rosa Inn is a beautiful Spanish-style building with a lovely courtyard that includes a swimming pool and hot tub. It's in a great location, less than a block from the beach and close to State Street. My room was airy and had lots of windows, but the decor was cluttered and dated. (This was visible on the website so it wasn't unexpected.) The happy hour with wine and appetizers was very nice, although I was disappointed that they ran out of melon at breakfast. The hot tub was enjoyable, but we warned about loose tiles on the steps. I returned in the afternoon and found the door of my room wide open, the door in the hall to the outside wide open and no one around. The maid returned within minutes, but a stranger could easily have walked in. My open room door was visible from the outside.
5 on November 07, 2011
This little European feeling inn is so charming and a good value, considering the competition. It is not for the pickiest of travelers, but a good place for experienced travelers looking for a unique and romantic experience. While we were there a nearby palm tree took out a major power line, and the power was out all day long. The manor in which the Villa Rosa responded was amazing! There were unhappy guests and confusion everywhere, but they had candles everywhere and offered them to each guest for their guest rooms. The continental breakfast and the appitizers and wine in the evening are a very sweet bonus!
4.0 on November 06, 2011
We had an enjoyable stay at Villa Rosa. The staff was friendly and accomodating. The rooms were clean, and their was a good varitity of food for breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese appetizers. The location was great. We were right across the street from the beach, the pier and marina were in walking distance and the trolley to State Street was very close. Overall, we had a great stay and would stay at Villa Rosa again.
4.6 on November 02, 2011
I absolutely loved my 3 day stay at the Villa Rosa Inn. It was convenient to the Train Station, to the Wharf area, and the shopping area. It was a very relaxing stay. I want to make it a yearly outing to this place. Although there was one staff who came across as a bit "hard", everyone else was super nice and friendly. I highly recommend Villa Rosa Inn!
3.0 on October 25, 2011
We searched online for a B&B that was well-priced and well-reviewed. Villa Rosa was absolutely fine for the price and we would not hesitate to stay there again. My ratings above are all at "met my expectations" and this should not be construed negatively.
4.6 on October 24, 2011
Only stayed one night on our way down south, but the inn was very cozy and comfy. The room was very nice, small bathroom but nice furnishings and the view was pretty. The staff was very courteous and the breakfast perfect. Would love to come back and stay for longer.
5 on October 23, 2011
This is the first time we have been to a B an F. It was very pleasant, very quaint, excelemt location, would like to go back again.
4.4 on October 21, 2011
Great Location,clean rooms and attentive staff made the stay great! Will defitnetly be coming back . Walking distance to downtown restaurants,bars and shops and all tourist attractions .. loved it.
4.6 on October 20, 2011
Cute, quiet, small Inn 2 blocks from the beach. Very affordable for tony, expensive Santa Barbara. Highly recommend and would definitely stay at again and again.
3.0 on October 16, 2011
Gorgeous old property, interesting and charming. No air conditioning was a disappointment - weather was hot. Uncompleted wallboard repairs in bathroom, some upgrades but lots of things that needed to be fixed. Our room just off the lobby was noisy - staff at front desk and in hallway talked loudly
3.6 on October 15, 2011
Great value, beautiful place. Courtyard really nice. Service great. Location excellent. A great time.
4.8 on October 08, 2011
This place is amazing... Beautiful view of the pier and ocean from "lucky # 13". Beds are comfortable and room/restroom have a nice vintage decor. The front desk and service crew are extremely nice and personable. We will definitely be returning soon.
2.6 on October 06, 2011
Our room was in a building separate from the main inn. It was nothing like the pictures in the accompanying photo album. The room was old and tired and the bed creaked loudly with the slightest movement. We did not sleep much because of this. Also, the view from our window was of a trash collection area. We booked this inn because it had a lower rate and the pictures of the rooms were beautiful. We were disappointed.
5 on October 01, 2011
It is the best of the best hotels!!! I was there like on the heaven. It is a lovely and clean hotel with exclusive and stylish rooms and unforgettable view. The pool area was fabulous. Location of the hotel was amazing; it’s very close to the beach. Fantastic Hotel and I would recommend it to everybody!!! I love it so much!!!
4.0 on September 28, 2011
This was my first stay at a bed and breakfast and I was really disappointed. I expected a more homey feel as I if was someone's house guest. Instead I got continental breakfast and free wine at dusk which I can get at most hotels these days.
2.8 on September 27, 2011
Close to the beach. Only street parking available and needed to ask to obtain parking permit, which should have been given on check-in.
3.8 on September 26, 2011
I love staying at the Villa Rosa. It reminds me of going to my grandmother's house on Lake Michigan. It is very quiet, and the staff goes out of their way to help you. It is definitely a bed and breakfast. Do not expect the Four Seasons. However, the rooms are spacious and well decorated with flat screen TVs. They offer a yummy breakfast in the morning (the waffles were amazing). They also have a lovely wine and cheese buffet in the late afternoon. I can't wait to return when I am not working, and have time to walk across the street to Stern's Wharf.
3.2 on September 26, 2011
Nice place. Complimentary wine and cheese early evening was a bonus. Breakfast a bit disapointing. Great location and great room.
4.0 on September 25, 2011
My two friends and I wanted to stay in a reasonably priced inn that represented Santa Barbara architecture. We knew that at our price range we couldn't get an elaborate setting, but we were hoping for some charm. The Villa Rosa was built in the 1920's as a guest house for a local college, and the innkeeper has tried to keep the vintage feel in both the inn and the grounds. The three of us shared room #6 which has two comfortable queens and a roll-a-way which we added for an extra fee. In addition to the ambiance, we thought that the quiet location convenient to walking to the wharf and State street, the free parking, and the breakfast/happy hour, made the inn a perfect match for us.
4.6 on September 22, 2011
The Villa Rosa Inn is a quaint B&B situated within a 5 min walk from the wharf and shoreline of Santa Barbara. Also within a short distance is the SB tram trolley which runs up and down State Street (main street) on a regular basis for a minimal fee. The B&B reception staff were very helpful & friendly and go out of their way to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. The continental breakast is wonderful and allows plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast before commencing the start of your day. The afternoon cheese and wine selection is also a wonderful way to relax after a day of shopping, touring, or having enjoyed a more strenuous day of fun and activities. Rooms maybe slightly smaller than a newer hotel/motel room but the character and charm of this B&B, the staff, its location to all facilities and the atmosphere of this B&B make it a place I would highly recommend and will certainly be returning to next time I am in Santa Barbara.
3.2 on September 21, 2011
great location, steps from the beach. Charming Spanish colonial-revival architecture. Unfortunately, the hotel double-booked our room, but they upgraded us to an apartment next-door, which was large and fine.
3.6 on September 14, 2011
Very nice room with a comfortable bed. Very helpful, pleasant staff. Had room 7 and loved the atrium outside the bathroom window....
1.6 on September 01, 2011
Unfortunately, we won't be able to recommend Villa Rosa Inn and will not be returning. We are regular visitors to Santa Barbara and decided to give VRI a try. It was unclean, poorly maintained and the maintenance staff did not respond after three requests to repair two doors! Not anything as it appears on the internet!!!
4.4 on August 31, 2011
I love this place so much that I'm afraid to give it a good review for fear that everyone will storm the place. It's close to the beach, the staff is very nice, and they always remember us. It's such a homey place, that it feels like I live there. Love it love it love it.
3.6 on August 28, 2011
Only a half block up from the beach and Stearns Wharf. Close to State Street restaurants and shops. Clean, comfortable room and bed. The room showed the age of the place. Shower head did not work well. The towel rack was broken, and it was a good thing that there was a floor fan, because without it, the room was stuffy. The continental breakfast was better than I expected. Not a lot of seating, but that wasn't really a problem. Advertising was right. A good room for tourists on a budget.
2.8 on August 28, 2011
The Villa Rosa Inn is a charming 18-room Bed and Breakfast across the street from the beach in Santa Barbara. The exterior is lovely and it is clear that much attention has been given to the landscaping. The inside is Spanish hacienda-style but could use a little attention. Our room, although small,was furnished adequately and on first glance appeared clean. A closer look showed cobwebs in the corners and lots of dirt behind the toilet in the bathroom. The electrical outlets were falling out of the walls which could potentially be a bit of a hazard. The happy hour and continental breakfast were both nice...nothing special but served the purpose. The pool area is also beautifully landscaped but the pool never looked very clean and one of the steps to the hot tub was broken. All in all, it was a positive experience and we would probably stay there again.
4.0 on August 25, 2011
Villa Rosa is the only place to stay in Santa Barbara for the price, location, service - it's simply the best.
3.4 on August 20, 2011
Our room was really charming but the bathroom was dated and really small. The Villa Rosa is in a great location. What this means though is that they don't have enough parking spaces for all the guests. If you park on the street, be sure to ask for a parking hang tag if they don't offer one. We didn't know about this option and ended up getting a ticket. The breakfast was nice, the evening wine and hosr d'ouevres were unexpected and great and the nightcap port was just the ticket. You can walk to all the hotspots along the water from here.
4.8 on August 20, 2011
Spent one night here with my girlfriend, and enjoyed it very much. Great value, perfect location, nice and quiet, friendly staff. Would definitely stay here again!
5 on August 18, 2011
Lovely, quiet, easy walk from Amtrak. Pool/spa were perfect. Wine & cheese in the late afternoon sets the mood. Breakfast is casual, but ample. 2nd time we've stayed here...& we will go back again.
3.8 on August 16, 2011
It was a beautiful villa with great view of the beach. The rooms were a bit small and noisy near the alley
1.6 on August 16, 2011
Although the location is great and the staff behind the counter is friendly, this little place fails in so many areas. Upon arrival, the Inn looked very quaint. We checked in and were told how to find our room - #16 at the top of the stairs. When we climbed the stairs we saw that the door was open, there was a fan standing in front of the open french doors from the outside, and it seemed to be airing out from some sort of smell. We had to be somewhere right away, so we shut the door and didn't come back until after 8:00. We walked into our deluxe room only to discover the sewer smell permeating the room. My husband when down to the desk to complain about the smell - he didn't mention what it smelled like but the staff said right away - oh you mean the sewer smell? She looked for some air fresheners for us, but couldn't find any. She called the owner and was told he would bring some over for us. My husband told her to leave it on the counter for us as we were going out. At our last check at 11:00 p.m. there was still no air freshener. The next morning we asked if there was any air freshener-none. We spent the day walking all around the beach-enjoyed the day and all the festivities and decided to come back for their wine and cheese offerings. The owner apparently heard our complaints and left to go get some air freshener. When he returned he came up to me and started berating me for speaking poorly about his Inn-in front of the other guests. All it would have taken was some simple air freshener. If the owner had gotten it right away, I would have overlooked the other things. Or, if after realizing I was a little upset about the whole thing, he could have come over and apologized for our inconvenience and fixed it right away-not come over and yell at me.
1.8 on August 15, 2011
Location good if you wish to be near the beach, but the B and B had no personal feel to it, and often the front office staff seemed completely disinterested and very distant from the guests (with one exception). Also, the breakfast was very disappointing (the wine and cheese was definitely better), with mostly plastic plates and utensils and nothing that seemed as though it had any home touch at all..and very little space for the guests to sit comfortably It really did not have a feel at all of what I would consider a good B and B.
1.6 on August 14, 2011
From the outside, the Villa Rosa Inn looks like a gem. However, nothing about the interior lives up to that first impression. The inn’s interior design is not so much design as it is an interior mishmash of mostly cheap textiles and furniture. The bed we had was rock hard; the bed linens were synthetic, and made us yearn for home. The Inn has good architectural bones and it breaks our hearts to see it not be given its rightful due. Breakfast? Sure, not bad if you like little plastic containers of grape jelly, soft, warm butter packets and cheap bread that is brought out the night before and allowed to go stale, leading us to the conclusion that nobody wanted to get up early enough to put out fresh bread. The one ray of European light that the Inn claims as its pedigree may be the coffee, which was pretty good. Our first room – yes, we had to move – featured no windows but instead French doors, which opened out on to the entrance of the Inn. We had to keeps these open to let in some night air since there was no other ventilation to speak of (aside from an oddly placed ceiling fan). Of course, there were no screen doors so we spent the night battling mosquitoes. After our first sleepless night, we we’re given a new room. Our effort to catch up on lost sleep that afternoon proved fruitless as a loud wedding in the adjacent Veteran’s Hall commenced at 4 PM. Apparently, according to an Inn employee, most Fridays and Saturdays feature loud activities in the Veteran's Hall, something we would have liked to know before making the room switch. Indeed, had we known, we would have switched hotels altogether.
3.4 on August 09, 2011
Rooms needing a little sprucing up...towel brackets on bathroom wall but no rack, boiler outside room loud during early morning showers & occasionally during night. Inn is old & probably to be expected. Suggestion: put higher wattage light bulbs in room as mirror & other part of room pretty dark.
4.0 on August 04, 2011
rooms were nice but a little crowded. i didn't like the parking situation at all.
3.4 on August 03, 2011
We stayed 2 nights in Santa Barbara and really loved Villa Rosa Inn. It had a pretty pool, sofas by a fire place, beautiful rooms and complimentary breakfast and wine and cheese in the afternoon. The only downside was the ignorant staff (not unfriendly but not very helpful and absolutely not in accordance with your expectations of people working in the service business. The prices were also fairly high.
3.2 on July 28, 2011
Not knowing the inn or the area, I let the reservation/desk clerk suggest a room and couldn't be happier with the view of the ocean from my private, albeit small, balcony (room 13). Happy hour snacks and drinks were nothing special but nice and the atmosphere and couches were comfortable in the lobby area.
5 on July 26, 2011
We make a trip to Santa Barbara at least once per year and would NEVER dream of staying anywhere but the Villa Rosa Inn. The rooms are immaculately clean and comfortable. We always request Room #9, but have had very pleasant stays in some of the other rooms, as well. The beautiful trees and flowers surrounding the windows outside gives one the feeling he is in a "jungle." It is such a luxury to go to sleep at night with the windows open enjoying the fresh, clean air and the ocean surf. My favorite part of our visits is the wine and cheese service in the afternoons while sitting around the pool. The inn is a rustic, Spanish style building and breathes of antiquity and "old world" charm. The only drawbacks that might bother some, are the small sized bathrooms and lack of parking area on the street. We always find a good parking space in front of, or on the side of, the inn and STAY there until we check out. The inn is within walking distance from the beach, the pier, and several good restaurants. Our visits to Santa Barbara would certainly be less appealing if we could not stay at the Villa Rosa. Make your reservations early. You won't be disappointed. It is one of the most outstanding B&B's we've experienced!
4.6 on July 14, 2011
We stayed for five nights in the cottages associated with the Villa Rosa Inn and they were such an amazing value and the perfect place for an extended stay! We had a full kitchen, oodles of closet space, a jacuzzi tub, and extremely comfortable beds. In fact, I think those beds were the most comfortable hotel beds I've encountered in years (and we travel a good deal!). Kind and friendly front desk folks. Excellent free breakfast, full of variety. I HIGHLY recommend the Villa Rosa Inn and its cottages!!!!
4.2 on July 13, 2011
great location near beach and downtown the staff is very friendly perfect for a weekend getaway or an extended stay
2.8 on July 11, 2011
The staff was excellent, the room good was good though lacking privacy. We were surprised at how the second day at breakfast was so different (bad) than the first day (great). We'll be back.
5 on July 07, 2011
Wonderful, warm, welcoming, perfect location! We absolutely loved our stay here. Great staff! The pool and gardens were very relaxing and our room was clean and comfortable.
5 on June 29, 2011
We enjoyed everything about this lovely hotel. The staff was wonderful, the rooms were nice and clean, the continental breakfast was great and the wines and cheese were more than great, they were excellent. I will recommend the Villa Rosa to all my friends and will certainly be back to stay again very soon.
3.6 on June 27, 2011
our first room was too dark-so we went to rm 15,which was better. staff was pleasant except for the blond lady who never smiled,never greeted us,seemed angry or just not interested
5 on June 22, 2011
Loved being here! The ambiance of "Old Santa Barbara." The food was great and so were the beds and rooms.
3.8 on June 21, 2011
The rooms were nice and clean. The location is excellent for walking to the beach and on the pier, or checking out the State street shops (little further of a walk). The bathroom was a little small, but other than that, I was very pleased with my choice in lodging.
5 on June 15, 2011
Great small inn. Great staff. Great stay. The room was clean and very comfortable. We will certainly be back soon.
5 on June 14, 2011
We had a very wonderful and pleasant stay here. The staff was absolutely fantastic. They were helpful, friendly and attentive to all our needs. We were very impressed with their service and professionalism. The pool area was very nice. The rooms were beautiful. Our room was clean, comfortable and the house keeping was great. I would certainly recommend to friends and family.
5 on June 06, 2011
Our second time to stay here, wonderful atmosphere, comfortable and great location!
3.6 on June 06, 2011
If you are looking for a modern and hip place to stay, this is not the place for you. This place is quiet and not your ordinary place. Be careful when choosing your room the rooms can be small the bathrooms even smaller. There are no elevators. There is no 24hr staff on duty. When staff is on duty they are very helpful. this place is walking distance from great places to eat and sterns wharf. bottom line this place is great for those who want to relax at a quiet and quaint place.
2.4 on May 18, 2011
The Villa Rosa Inn was very cute. We did not use the pool or hottub but they looked nice. The room was pretty average but it was what I expected. The breakfast was all continental. We were very disappointed. We have stayed at several B&B's and they have all served hot breakfasts. The breakfast at Villa Rosa was the same as what some hotels serve; muffins, bagles, yogurt, fruit but it was gone by the time we got there, juice, and a belgian waffle machine where you make your own. The overall feel of Villa Rosa was more of an Inn than a B&B. We are used to the owners coming out and greeting us and making/serving the breakfast. The only "employees" we saw were the housekeepers and the girl that worked at the front desk. If you are looking for a true B&B this is not the place for you. If you just want a cute place to sleep at that's near the beach and has a free continental breakfast then The Villa Rosa Inn is your place.
3.0 on May 13, 2011
Although the included breakfast was very simple and the dining space very limited, Villa Rosa Inn offers an interesting mix of services and cozy and charm environment; we were there for only 1 night, but our two kids could enjoy the pool and the heated spa, as well as play into the internal garden; the room offers enough space and there is a refrigerator by the dining room available for the guests.
5 on May 12, 2011
This was a true delight staying here. The facilities are beautiful. Full of gardens and flowers. The staff was fantastically helpful and accommodating. I definitely would love to stay again.
4.2 on May 12, 2011
I enjoy Villa Rosa Inn more with each subsequent stay. It has the ambience of being in your own home with the amenities of a small resort. The proximity to the Pacific is wonderful! I look forward to my next stay with you. Thank you for your hospitality.
5 on May 11, 2011
We are always happy to return to the Villa Rosa. Everyone is friendly and helpful and make us feel at home. Especially, Daniella. She was such a Joy. Her grace and warmth are very special. We are going to miss her.
4.0 on May 03, 2011
My husband, my parents and I stayed at the Villa Rosa Inn for a break of 5 nights. We had a troublesome journey and the Villa Rosa staff welcomed us nonetheless at midnight with a smile and a glass of wine! The rooms are cosy and decorated with attention to detail. The garden, the pool and the living room areas are beautiful. We enjoyed the complementary wine and cheese a lot as it allowed to socialize with other guests, too. Our receptionist/concierge on duty was amazing! She arranged a great spa treatment, had many useful tips and hints and most importantly she always had a smile on her face! We enjoyed it so much that we asked friends to join us for 2 nights and they loved it, too. If you are looking for a relaxing break in cozy rooms close to the sea and walking distance from downtown: stay here. We are definetely coming back. P.S.: For extra romance ask for a room with fire place...
4.0 on May 02, 2011
We had a lovely stay at Villa Rosa Inn. The location is ideal. Every aspect of the service was excellent. Breakfast was very adequate and the wine and cheese feature was nice. We highly recommend it.
5 on April 30, 2011
The hotel was excellent. We really enjoyed the garden. Hope to stay again.
5 on April 26, 2011
My husband and I checked-in to the Villa Rosa Inn for a romantic getaway and upon entering the room we realized we had 2 queen beds, which we weren't aware of when reserving the room. The owner stepped into our room and asked us if we'd like a different room, we said we wouldn't mind looking around. He gave us a gorgeous king room upstairs at no extra charge! Even though it was a quite a bit more. We were so pleasantly surprised and felt very well taken care of. We'll definitely be back!
3.0 on March 30, 2011
After moving away from California, when I would often stay in Santa Barbara as a treat, I did not return for many years. Recently my husband, who does not know California, had to travel there for business. I accompanied him, wanting to show him some of my favorite places. I made reservations at Villa Rosa, and was not disappointed in my memory of the lovely rooms, friendly staff, comfortable yet elegant ambiance, and convenience to beach and town. My husband fell in love with the place, and we had a wonderful experience, in spite of the midnight marauding group of students invading the Inn and knocking on our door, insisting they had been invited, and would be welcomed as they had alcohol. The owners addressed this problem, but when the students took to the street and continued to be loud and disturbing, it seemed to take longer than necessary for quiet to be restored. We've decided this should be an amusing element to the story of our weekend at the Villa Rosa and my husband is willing to again take time to vacation in California.
5 on March 29, 2011
Love it here. This is my 3rd or 4th stay love it every time, Beautiful, great staff!
5 on March 26, 2011
I have stayed at the Villa Rosa Inn in Santa Barbara several times now. LOVE IT. It is a short walk to the beach, the pier, restaurants and shopping. Having said that, I find that I don't want to leave my room or the property! Just gives you that European feel - and also very home-ey. It is truly a romantic, enchanting place. I have looked elsewhere to find a perhaps less expensive place (although Villa Rosa is very reasonable for the area), but haven't been able to bring myself to switch. You can't beat the ambience, the proximity to the beach/pier and the charm. Can't say enough good about this place. Enjoy!
4.2 on March 22, 2011
I had looked on line for days and a friend suggested i look into this place, saying he had checked it out once and the place had character. Our room was on the first floor next to the reception desk, it was a good size with an electric fireplace and flat screen tv, and an up to date bathroom. We got to the hotel just in time for the complimentary wine and cheese. We sat in the reception area for wine and cheese, there was a fire in the fireplace and the reception area and front room were very quaint, really liked the roaring fire. My friends had a room upstairs, it had two French doors opening onto the ppol and courtyard, very nice. This room was about the same size as the room down stairs. There was no elevator and my friends were travelling from the East, so had heavy luggage. The hotel is an older Spanish Style Hotel, but had lots of character like my friend had told me. The continental breakfast the next morning was very extensive, they had croissants, pastries, waffles, fruit, oatmeal and cereal, yogurt, coffee, teas water and juices...We enjoyed that same room we had wine and cheese the night before. The pool area was very green and attractive with a hot tub. We enjoyed the hotel and think it is a good value.
3.0 on March 17, 2011
Only problem is the door key, kind of hard to open the door. Bathroom is small especially the toilet. Location is great. Breakfast is decent.
4.4 on March 16, 2011
My fiance and I stayed at the Villa Rosa Inn and we loved it. The staff was warm and welcoming. They had a nice wine and snacks happy hour and a great continental breakfast. I must say though room #1 does get noisy in the morning with other guest coming in and out of the side door, but above all else our stay was beautiful.
4.0 on March 02, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Rosa. It was very close to the beach and State Street. Nice cozy rooms. Quaint atmosphere. Friendly service. Fantastic value. We highly recommend it.
3.6 on February 24, 2011
Villa Rosa is very quaint. The only issue was that they required a two night minimum when they had vacancies. Other than that we would highly recommend them. 1 block from the beach!
4.6 on February 23, 2011
We were 5 women on a little getaway and Villa Rosa was the perfect home base!
3.6 on February 22, 2011
We were very happy with our room, which was on the ground floor so we didn't have to walk up stairs with our luggage. The room overlooked the charming courtyard with pool and hot tub (I used the hot tub but it was a bit cool for the pool). I sat on the little patio off the room several times and enjoyed the sun. The atrium off the bathroom gave the feeling of a garden. The breakfasts were fine, although an option of whole wheat toast instead of sweet danishes would have been more to my taste. But the fresh oranges and other fruit was welcome. The afternoon wine and cheese was nice, and one evening that was our dinner, since we had had a big lunch on the pier. The close walk to the beach and pier and the 25 cent shuttle bus up State street was great. We would stay again if we came back to the area.
4.6 on February 20, 2011
First visit, picked the hotel off the internet, couldn't have been more pleased with the accomodations and service staff (Sarah was very helpful and made a great dinner recommendation).
2.4 on February 16, 2011
Our first stay. The hotel has charm but the rooms need attention. We styed in room 17 and the bed kept us awake most of the night because the frame sweeked literally when you moved a toe! The room needed attention and has very old bathroom, the door was disgusting. While the lady that checked us in was lovely, the young lady who worked on the weekends clearly did not want to be there and would have much rather been sleeping in her bed at home. My husband and I stay in lots of B&B's and it is clear that the owners of the Inn have no involvement in the hotel. It was a great location:) Will not be staying there again.
4.6 on February 16, 2011
well I had a great time there, hot tub should be more hotter
3.2 on February 13, 2011
The Villa Rosa Inn is an older building in the heart of Santa Barbara that has a unique feel, good service, a wine & cheese reception every evening between 5 & 7, good breakfast, and a beautiful atrium area with pool. The rooms are fairly small but have a comfortable bed. The shower however, isn't suitable for men over 6'0'', as the shower head is fairly low.
2.8 on February 09, 2011
Perfectly located and convenient parking, the Villa Rosa was perfect for a quick coastal getaway. Don't expect much for breakfast--and even on weekends, it disappears at 10am sharp! The downstairs rooms can be noisy, so, choose to stay upstairs. The little fake fireplaces are cute, but useless for heat-and the bathrooms are especially cramped. Towels are less than soft and absorbent-kind of retro. The staff seem preoccupied and appear bothered by requests-so, thank goodness the rooms are clean and pleasant!
3.8 on January 21, 2011
We Had a very nice one night stay. The price was very good, the room had both comfort and character and the breakfast was good. I'd definitely reccommend the Villa Rosa inn.
4.2 on January 19, 2011
The room was great, service was friendly, food was good. We'll be sure to go back.
3.2 on January 18, 2011
Went to the Villa Rosa for New Years with my husband. We got a room in the main house. THe entrance is lovely and the location right across from the pier (but not facing traffic) was great. THe room was comfortable and had a cute patio but not fancy; the bathroom was stark and dormitory-like. But the worst part was the noise- our room was located next to a staff area and the staff were talking, shouting down the halls, and laughing at 7 am (New Year's Day!)- very, very inconsiderate and unprofessional. The manager reduced our room rate when we complained, but really..... The hotel has a wine and cheese 2 hours in the evening which was very nice; the breakfast is continental and not the nice breakfast fare you usually expect from a B and B. While we were there another couple complained that the jacuzzi tub that was promised did not exist in their room (apparently only some have it). The manager or perhaps owner was polite but overall the place did not exude warmth or hospitality. So-- better than a hotel, but not a B and B experience.
2.8 on January 18, 2011
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Villa Rosa. It has a great location, is decorated very nicely in the main areas and in the rooms, and the happy hour wine/snacks was a nice touch. What we were dissapointed with was the service. The person at the front desk was not very welcoming and did not really seem that concerned with providing excellent service. I would have expected better customer service for the price and quality of the inn. Also, the continental breakfast did not have very much variety in the foods - it was bagels, english muffins, waffles, and fruit. Would have liked some protein of some kind (cheese, boiled eggs, cold meats). We will not stay there again when we return to Santa Barbara.
3.0 on January 15, 2011
The room was very clean and comfortable. The jacuzzi wasn't working while our stay and it was a little disappointing. The walls seemed too thin and so we were able to hear everyone around. The breakfast was very good.
4.6 on January 04, 2011
We had a wonderful time a the Villa Rosa. It was so charming and you felt like you were at home. The staff was incredibly accommodating and helpful. They truly treat you as their guest. We will definitely return and recommend to friends and family!
4.0 on December 28, 2010
During our stay earlier this month, California had a massive rain storm that hovered overhead for week. Still we had a great time!! The Villa Rosa Inn was cozy and warm with excellent service, clean rooms and a great collection of information and suggestions for enjoying the area. The atrium bathroom was fantastic as was the private small patio that led out to the pool and spa area. Our room (7) was slightly rustic but so charming! I would absolutely recommend this B&B to my friends and will likely return in the future. The continental breakfast is okay. The wine & cheese served at 5pm is quite nice. The location is fabulous as well! And if you have the opportunity to eat at Brophy Bro’s just down the way, I strongly suggest you give ‘em a try!! Yummy!!! Los Agaves is also very tasty! (Caution, the portions are huge.) My final recommendation if you enjoy Pinot Noir, is a tasting at Witcraft. Incredible!
5 on December 02, 2010
Villa Rosa Inn has become a favorite of ours. We love the intimate atmosphere of the hotel and the rooms. It's a home away from home.
3.2 on December 01, 2010
Very cozy room. Will try a corner room next time. Maybe a bit more room. The breakfast and happy hour was very plentiful. Thank you. Would stay again.
4.0 on November 28, 2010
The Location and the Place just perfect. The breakast - hm, wouldnt recommend. At 8.30 no Toast available. Just plastic, nothing special, no cereals. Pool unheated. Jacuzzi hot, no bubbles, didnt work. Internet occupied from the staff.
3.8 on November 27, 2010
Very relaxing and cute place to stay.. exceeded my expectations
4.4 on November 25, 2010
We were totally satisfied with our stay at the Villa Rosa. Other amenities were very closeness (100 yards) to the ocean, walking distance (within 1/8 mile) to fine restaurants, and a hop, skip and a jump (2 miles) to the exquisite downtown Santa Barbara. We most certainly will stay there again. The Lucas'.
3.8 on November 24, 2010
Although Villa Rosa was nice to place to stay it is little over priced for what you pay for. I expected a little modern bathrooms and more kept grounds. The staff was excellent especially Farrah she took great care of me and made sure that may stay was still enjoyable despite the fact my boyfriend was very upset over the price of the bed and breakfast. Overall it was still a good stay.
3.6 on November 11, 2010
came in on the train and made it easy that the Villa Rosa Inn is only about 100ft away. very quiet and to yourself. excellent service on trying to make it the best stay. all in all a great get away!!!
3.6 on November 09, 2010
Quaint, enjoyable place to stay in Santa Barbara. Some minor upkeep would be beneficial, but it was still a good place to stay because of the location and value. Continental breakfast was nice.
3.8 on November 09, 2010
Very cute, interesting, and great location. My wife and I loved it and would happily return. Pleased with everything except you need to locate the Glade Air Freshener in your room and turn it off. We felt like we fell in a vat of sweet orange citrus cologne.
4.6 on November 03, 2010
Great value, friendly staff, wine & cheese at night and decent breakfast in the morning. Great location right next to the marina. All in all a very pleasant stay!
3.6 on October 29, 2010
We celebrated our 1st year anniversary at Villa Rosa and enjoyed the room and location wich was walking distance to the warf and local restaraunts. Our stay was too short and we would have liked a longer visit if we had the time.
3.2 on October 13, 2010
The Villa Rosa was a bit pricey at $290 a night, but the location, accomodations, and meals were all terrific. Even at that price, I think I'd return for another weekend visit.
4.0 on September 24, 2010
My wife and I recently stayed at the Villa Rosa on our way up the PCH. I had booked this online and we were delighted. The accomodation is at least as good as it appears on the website, it is in an ideal position for the beach and downtown. The staff were very nice, breakfast was good. In fact I can not fault this place at alll and would recommend it to anyone. Martin, England.
3.6 on September 11, 2010
We have stayed a number of times in the last 20 years, and as always, it was very nice.