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Cheshire Cat Inn

36 W Valerio Street , Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA (Show map)
4.6
106 Reviews
$194 - $425
per night

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The Cheshire Cat features two stately Queen Anne Victorians, and a Coach House with two suites, three 2-bedroomed cottages and a Spa rooms offering full massage and body treatments, all surrounded by lush flower-filled gardens and patios. The Inn is just one block from Santa Barbara's main shopping street, which is full of attractive courtyards and alleys. The Old Mission is an easy 20-minute walk in one direction and the beach, a brisk 300 minutes in the other. Each one of the sunny guest rooms and cottages is uniquely furnished and ranges from the elegant to the whimsical. Some are larger split-level junior suites with private balconies; others have in-room Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Other amenities may include TV/DVDS, ironing boards and refrigerators. The Victorian guest rooms have been decorated with Laura Ashley wallpapers and fabrics and English antiques, while the cottages have oak floors, oriental rugs, pine furniture and Eddie Bauer down comforters. All the rooms have private baths and direct-dial telephones. Rates include breakfast and hors d'oeuvres and local wines served in the afternoon.

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Rooms & Rates

Bramhall

Bramhall is our most recent addition with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 twin and 1 queen sized bedroom with french doors which open on to a private woodsy patio. Please specify whether one or 2 bedrooms are desired at time of reservations.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle features a charming corner bay window with comfortable chairs, and a queen bed. It has its own bathroom with shower. Decorated in sapphire and white. TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

March Hare

The March Hare with its large open bay window seating area gives this room a charming cozy feeling. Decorated with sunny yellows and green bramble furnishings, a queen bed and the private bathroom has a shower. TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Dormouse

he Dormouse enchants with a sloping ceiling, gas burning fireplace and original mantelpiece making this a lovely intimate room. Decorated in smoke blue, terracotta and cream with queen bedded brass bed. Private bathroom with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Duchess

Ceiling and walls in attractive lightly flowered wallpaper. Queen bed, antique armoire and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub and shower. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Caterpillar

The Caterpillar charms with pretty window seats in a split-level room with queen bed and sitting area opening on to a large private deck overlooking our English gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. Private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat is richly decorated with Scottish thistle wallpaper in burgundy, gold and cream and features an elegant vaulted ceiling and split level accommodation with a king brass bed and small jacuzzi tub. Private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Eberle

Honoring the building's architect and inspired by a spiritual retreat to Santa Fe, the Eberle is decorated in earth tones and terracotta tile flooring. The beautifully tiled jacuzzi tub provides a relaxing atmosphere enhanced by the gas burning fireplace. It has a queen bed, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

White Rabbit

The White Rabbit offers similar accommodation to Alice's with it's split level room, king bed and sitting area opening onto a secluded deck overlooking our English gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. The room decor is spring like with its primrose yellow and saphire blue color combination. This light and airy room features an antique corner cupboard, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Alice's

Alice's namesake with pink, grey, and ivory wallpaper creates a peaceful space. The spacious split-level room with king bed and sitting area opens onto a secluded deck overlooking our English gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. A delightful stained glass rendition of Alice has been lovingly crafted by a local artist. Private bath room with shower and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter is charmingly decorated in greengage and cream with hard wood floors, rugs and antique furniture. This room features a king brass bed, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Jean's

A special room recognizing the owner's mother and granddaughter. Hard wood floors and soothing green tones of English gingham and muted sage provide an inviting ambiance as do interesting architectural features. Large room with king bed, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts offers romance with its flower filled garden patio and private entrance. Relax and rejuvenate in our jacuzzi tub for two sequestered in the bay window. Queen bed plus private shower with Molton Brown products and flat screen TV/DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Tweedledee

The Tweedledee studio is a spacious room elegantly furnished in soft garden hues and light wood flooring. The wet bar/kitchen has a microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle and refrigerator complimented by an authentic English oak farmhouse table and chairs. It has a king size bed, private bathroom with tub/shower combination, flat screen TV/DVD and air conditioning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Tweedledum

The Tweedledum suite is a luxurious hideaway offering wow factor accommodation. Featuring a large bedroom with an in-room jacuzzi uniquely built into the bay window and a living room boasting oak beams and hard wood floors with elegant rugs and English antiques. A gas burning fireplace and comfortable furniture create the perfect romantic setting. A wet bar/kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle and refrigerator are an added convenience. This suite has a private bathroom with tub/shower combination, two flat screen TV/DVD's, large walk-in closet and is air-conditioned.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Woodford

Woodford is a family favorite with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 king and 1 queen sized bedroom which opens on to a private deck. Please specify whether one or two bedrooms are desired at the time of reservations.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Prestbury

Prestbury is inspired by the owner's favorite Cheshire village with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 king and 1 queen sized bedroom which opens on to romantic private deck.. Please specify whether 1 or 2 bedrooms are desired at time of reservations.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Mobberly

Mobberly is our most secluded choice with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 twin and 1 queen sized bedroom with french doors which open on to a romantic private patio. Please specify whether one or two bedrooms are desired at time of reservations..

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.4

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Perfect

4.6 on October 20, 2014

We rented a two bedroom cottage for one night. It was absolutely clean. Furniture seemed brand new. It had it's own private outdoor spa, but we didn't have the chance to use it. All amenities we wanted were there. We kept saying how much we loved our cottage. Breakfast was great: cereals, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, scones, oatmeal, lox & bagels, etc. Will definitely return.


Very nice facility

3.4 on October 20, 2014

We have been to Santa Barbara before and this is the best B&B we have stayed in. The room we had was the Tweedledee. It was large and was at the back of the property. There was a refrigerator in the room which was very convenient for us. There is AC which came in handy as it was a bit warm. The staff was very accommodating, especially Connie and John. My wife wanted to know the color or the paint on the exterior. Not only did John tell us the brand, but also presented us with a board with the colors on it. Overall a very nice visit. We would return if we returned to Santa Barbara.


Lovely B &B.

4.6 on October 11, 2014

Spotless accommodation. Excellent breakfasts. Staff very helpful. Enjoyed immensely.


Excellent all-around stay

5 on September 25, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Cheshire Cat Inn for a 3-day weekend celebrating our anniversary. It was an all-around wonderful getaway, and we wished we could have stayed longer. We were in the Dormouse, which, like it's namesake, is small but comfortable. Gracious touches like homemade shortbread and a note left on the fireplace mantle, and fresh apples and baked goods available throughout our stay make this inn special. If we could give 6 stars for the food, we would. The breakfasts were outstanding, just right to start the day. Highly recommend, and would return again.


Great B & B, noisy room location.

4.8 on September 16, 2014

Great 2 day get away. Have stayed here many times over the years and have always enjoyed it very much. The staff is very friendly and the entire B&B is kept up to a high standard. Visitors will not be disappointed. I had never stayed in the Cheshire Cat room, It is quite nice and big, but the noise from the outside air conditioner unit(s) is quite annoying and the room shares a wall with the kitchen. The staff get going quite early and if you intend to sleep in past 7:00 AM, this would not be the room for you.


Lovely big houses; excellent location

4.0 on September 12, 2014

Excellent position for Santa Barbara - near enough to the main street to walk but far enough away from the noise and traffic. It is also close enough to the mission to walk. The houses are on a quiet side street and there is a good sized car park at the rear (it is not obvious where it is until you get there). The rooms are spread out across two large houses, ours was in the main building. The room was large, excellent large bed and the furniture/decor was good. There was in the room a jacuzzi bath which we did not use and it took up quite some space. Excellent shower; the only down side was this and the toilet entrance were slightly cramped and next to a large window to the street. There is however a very effective blind to prevent embarrassment! The breakfasts are either served outside or indoors depending on the weather. Inside is in two very pleasant and airy rooms at the front. The breakfasts varied between self serve cereal, fruit and bagels with a cooked plate on one of the mornings. very nicely cooked and served. Late afternoons and there is wine and hors d'oeuvres served outside on a patio. There is an outside jacuzzi and pleasant garden with chairs. Service was good, the staff were chatty and welcoming. Definitely recommended.


Gorgeous area, Amazing Food, Exemplary Customer Service

4.8 on September 11, 2014

We came here for a getaway weekend. The place was easy to find with parking available. The room was beautiful and extremely comfortable. We stayed in the Queen of Hearts which has it's own separate entrance; I would highly recommend this room. The breakfast served each morning was wonderful... I would go back for the food alone. The people were super friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend this place. -Amy


Great B&B!

5 on August 29, 2014

We have visited Cheshire Cat Inn for every year now for 21 years!


suggestions

4.2 on August 25, 2014

i stayed in the queen of hearts room. i thought it was very nice, especially for a romantic weekend. i wish there was more privacy in the patio area. it was my first time staying at the inn and i received no explanation about the breakfast situation and i was a little bit confused the first morning. i wish someone would have explained it to me beforehand. i thought it was a wonderful location and walking distance to state street.


Lovely find in Santa Barbara

4.4 on August 23, 2014

We were very pleased with the renovations at Cheshire Cat..everything was wonderful as usual. Thank you


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Location

Location Type

City

Airport

Santa Barbara, CA (SBA) 8 Miles miles

Directions to property:

From Los Angeles/San Diego Take Highway 101 North Bound. When in Santa Barbara take the Arrellaga St. exit. Continue four blocks to Chapala St. (Chapala St is a one way street going left). Turn left on Chapala St. for one block to Valerio St. The Cheshire Cat Inn is located on the corner of Chapala St and Valerio St. From San Francisco/Monterey Take Highway 101 South Bound. When in Santa Barbara take the Mission St. exit. Turn left on Mission St. and continue five blocks to State St. (six stoplights). Turn right on State St. for three blocks to Valerio St. Turn right on Valerio St. for one block and you will see the Cheshire Cat Inn on your right at the end of the block. From Train Station, Wharf and Beach Drive North on State St. (towards the mountains) for 1 ½ miles to Valerio St. Left on Valerio St. for one block and you will see the Cheshire Cat Inn on your right at the end of the block

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Beaches, Botanical Garden, Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Marina, Santa Barbara Mission, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Spa

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Parking, Spa, Videos, Washer/dryer , Spa Services

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, March Film Festival, Fiesta, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 12:00 Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Allowed in Cottages
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No In Cottages Only
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on some weekends and special events
  • Accepted payments S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • Deposit Amount Required: First Night
  • Cancellations: Must cancel 7 days or more prior to arrival for deposit refund less a $25.00 handling fee.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Christine Dunstan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  • Serving Location: Patio, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Deals


Special Package

Food Glorious Food

CAT'S GRIN (2 days/1 Night) $269.00 + tax (per couple) A romantic one night stay in our classic queen bedded accommodation including dinner for two at the celebrated restaurant "Bouchon". Buffet breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres in our elegant sitting room or on our patio. Reservations must be made directly with the Inn Valid Sunday through Thursday, excluding holiday periods and special events. There is a surcharge of $35.00 for deluxe kings, $70.00 for balcony rooms and $110.00 for the Cottages and Tweedledum.

Romance Packages

THE CAT'S MEOW (2 days/1 night) $309.00 + tax (per couple) Enhance your stay in our classic king bedded accommodation with two ½ hour massages in the privacy of your own room. Buffet breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres in our elegant sitting room or on our patio. Reservations must be made directly with the Inn. Valid Sunday through Thursday, excluding holiday periods and special events. Subject to availability. surcharge of $60.00 for balcony and jacuzzi rooms and $110.00 for the Cottages and Tweedledum.

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36 W Valerio Street , Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA (Show map)

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