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Cheshire Cat Inn

36 W Valerio Street , Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA (Show map)
4.6
104 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

Mock Turtle

This room features a charming corner bay window with comfortable chairs, and a queen bed and is decorated in Sapphire blue and white. It has its own bathroom with shower. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $194 - $229

March Hare

A large open bay window seating area gives this room a charming cozy feeling. Decorated with sunny yellows and green bramble furnishings, a queen brass bed and pedestal sink. Private bathroom with shower. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $194 - $229

Dormouse

A sloping ceiling and brick gas-burning fireplace with the original mantelpiece gives a cozy ambiance to this intimate room. Decorated in smoke blue, terra cotta and cream, a queen bed, private bathroom with a shower and refrigerator. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $194 - $229

Duchess

Deep rose floral wallpaper and fabrics are featured in this room which has a queen bed, antique armoire and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub and shower. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $214 - $254

Caterpillar

Charming window seats, a split-level with queen bed above and sitting area below and a large private deck overlooking gardens and mountains make this very special. Decorated in pastels with a pedestal sink and private bathroom with shower. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $234 - $284

Cheshire Cat

Richly decorated with wallpaper in burgundy, gold and cream and featuring an elegantly vaulted ceiling, this room boasts a small Jacuzzi tub, TV/DVD and refrigerator. It has a king brass bed and a private bathroom with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $244 - $294

Eberle

Jacuzzi Room. Decorated with faux walls and terra cotta tile floors, this room features a gas burning fireplace and a large in-room Jacuzzi tub for two. It has a queen bed and a private bathroom with a shower. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $244 - $294

Alice's

JNR Suite. White wicker, pink, grey, and ivory wallpaper give this room a romantic ambience. This spacious room with king bed opens onto a secluded deck overlooking the garden, bathroom with shower, and a refrigerator. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $249 - $304

White Rabbit

JNR Suite. A spacious split-level room with a king bed and a comfortable sitting area. A light and airy room in colors of Sapphire blue, pale yellow and apple green with an antique corner cupboard, pedestal sink, private bathroom with shower and refrigerator, TV/DVD and private deck overlooking the gardens and mountains.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $249 - $304

Mad Hatter

Sophisticatedly decorated in greengage and cream with antique furniture, this spacious room features a king brass bed, private bathroom with shower, TV and refrigerator

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $224 - $269

Jean's

English gingham in muted green with matching floral linen enhances this spacious, light and sunny room. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $224 - $269

Queen of Hearts

Jacuzzi Room. This room has an in-room jacuzzi tub for two, terra cotta tile a queen bed, and private bathroom with shower. The Private entrance opens onto a flower filled brick patio. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $244 - $294

Tweedledee

Studio Room. This very elegant coach house room has been furnished in soft garden shades. The wet bar/kitchen has a microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle and refrigerator. It has a king size bed, private bathroom with tub and shower. Fully air conditioned. TV/DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $241 - $304

Tweedledum

Two Room Jacuzzi Suite. This suite features a large bedroom with a king bed and Jacuzzi tub for two. The sitting room has oriental rugs and English antiques and a gas-burning fireplace. This suite has a private bathroom with shower. Refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, electrical kettle and TV/DVD. Fully air conditioned

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $279 - $349

Mobberly

Cozy one bedroom cottage with private entrance and a private patio with a hot tub. Living room with a gas burning fireplace, a small dining area, full kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom with a bathtub/shower combination. TV/DVD and fully air conditioned

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $309 - $429

Prestbury

Cozy cottage with private entrance and a private patio with a hot tub. Living room with a gas burning fireplace, a small dining area, full kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom with a bathtub/shower combination. TV/DVD and fully air conditioned. $50 surcharge per night for two bedrooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $309 - $429

Woodford

Cozy cottage with private entrance and a private patio with a hot tub. Living room with a gas burning fireplace, a small dining area, full kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom with a bathtub/shower combination. TV/DVD and fully air conditioned. $50 surcharge per night for two bedrooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $309 - $429

BramHall

The Bramhall cottage is our newest addition, with hardwood floors, living room with fireplace, TV/DVD, full kitchen, air conditioning and a dining nook. The cottage has a twin bedroom and a queen bedroom, which opens on to a private patio. Please specify one or two bedroom cottage when making a reservation.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $299 - $419

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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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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


Great quiet and relaxing place.

3.4 on August 23, 2014

Beautiful backyard. There is just some musty smell otherwise a very relaxing place to stay.


Delightful experience!

4.6 on August 21, 2014

We just stayed one night, but throughly enjoyed out time at the Cheshire Cat. We had a lovely wine reception shortly after we left walked to dinner at Downey's for a lovely meal and then back to the B&B for a yummer sweet treat and cup of tea. Breakfast was lovely with a nice assortment of choices including fresh baked danish pankakes with bacon. We'll definitely come again!


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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
  • [Resource Id: alcohol_provided, Set: propertyview] No
  • Suitable For Children: No Allowed in Cottages
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No In Cottages Only
  • [Resource Id: disabledaccess, Set: propertyview] No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on some weekends and special events
  • 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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