We stayed one night in the Castaway room. The king size bed was very comfy, the décor was an eclectic mash up of nautical related themes (a quirky combination of Cape Cod, Hawaiian, and Californian with teal and pink walls, some wallpaper with shells, and a large map), and the bathroom was spacious (huge Jacuzzi tub, decent towels, plenty of shelf space). The room was quiet and worked just fine for our needs. Besides the eclectic mix of nautical themes, the only other sort of quirky thing is the bathroom door. It is a glass door with most, but not all, of the glass frosted – so that privacy is a bit compromised especially since the toilet is right next to the door. It wasn’t that big a deal to my wife and I but it was an amusing design detail. The B&B is located on Bath Street, a short five-minute walk to the new Public Market (take Victoria Street). The B&B has three buildings. Our room was across the street from the main building. Breakfast was good and delivered to your room at a pre-arranged time (but no earlier than 8:30m) and included OK Orange Juice, a very nice fresh fruit bowl, and a quiche-like egg dish made with veggies and puff pastry (that did get a little soggy on the bottom and was in need of salt and pepper – which they included). There is a coffee maker in the room. This is a great base to explore State Street with its shopping, restaurants, and theaters. The new Public Market has a great coffee shop (“Green Star”) and a very nice wine and beer bar (appropriately named “Wine+Beer”). There is a small grocery store in the Market too but has a limited selection and the prices are quite high (even when compared to Whole Foods, which is a 10 minute drive from here and has a huge selection). Also near the Public Market is Bouchon (an upscale, great French Californian restaurant). If you go State Street be sure to stop by a store named “Random” because it is just as the name implies a random assortment of second hand
Very close to the main thoroughfare of Santa Barbara, so easy to walk to a lot of interesting venues. The rooms at the Cheshire Cat were very nice and private. Parking was close. The food was wonderful. The hosts were nice, pleasant and made the stay worthwhile. Highly recommend a visit when you are in Santa Barbara.
All in all my fiance and I had a good experience here. The host and hostess were friendly and hospitable without being annoying and the gardens were quaint. The room was cozy and clean, but the shower had a slate in the ceiling which made showering a bit difficult if you're over 6 foot. The location was great as we were in walking distance of both State St. and the beach. We were a bit disappointed that we were served a variation of quiche both mornings, however the food was hearty and well balanced. I would recommend them to my friends.
Adorable room with all that's needed, including parking and breakfast and Delish cookies to snack! Great location. Very nice staff. Left jewelry there and appreciated honesty of returning to me!
We found the staff to be friendly and appreciated recommendations made about the area. The place was perfectly located near everything thing you might want to do in Santa Barbara and we were able to walk nearly everywhere. This is a pet friendly inn, so take that into consideration. A neighboring guest didn't seem to follow the rules that if you leave, your pet leaves with you, so we had a barking dog to listen to from time to time. The place is cozy and clean. We would not hesitate to stay there again.
I took my girlfriend to the inn for a quick visit to Santa Barbara. The house is beautiful and the service was great. Everyone working at the Inn was very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend it for a romantic getaway to SB. The house is within walking distance of State Street as well.
Wonderful experience. Staff was kind and attentive. Easy check in and out. We had everything we needed. I would recommend this B&B and would stay there again. Thank you!
From the time my wife and I checked into the room, John was attentive to our every needs. Victoria Suite as fantastic --- loved the two gas fireplaces. Breakfast in the morning was terrific, with lots of fresh fruit. Location was idea and staff extremely helpful. Best Bed and Breakfast we have had the pleasure to visit!
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!
Had an amazing stay overall. The room and Inn were beautiful and clean. Very friendly staff. Would love to come back here again. The ONLY reason room has 4 stars is because the jets in the hot tub in the room weren't working- and that was one of the main reasons I rented that room.
Our room was immaculately clean, quiet, and lovely. The warm breakfast was delightful, the coffee was delicious, and the inn keeper was very kind to accommodate my food allergies. We ordered in room massages and it was so wonderful. We come to SB every year and this was our first stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn. We hope to stay here every time from now on.The inn keepers obviously love what they do, are warm and fun to stay with.
This is my third time at the Cheshire Cat Inn, and again, it did not disappoint. The first time I came with two girlfriends for a girls weekend. The second I brought my cousin and his wife. This time was with another two girlfriends for a moms' weekend away. Suzanne and Tia were lovely and generous hosts. The afternoon wine and snacks, and breakfasts in the morning, were perfect. I've stayed in one of the cottages all three times. The cottages are super cozy and have everything we need for a home away from home. Love it.
My stay at Casa Del Mar Inn was quite nice. I was in town visiting my brother and sister-in-law so didn't really spend too much time in the room, but the CDM still met my expectations. I really appreciated the size of the bathroom and the upscale shower head in the shower. The staff seemed friendly and accommodating and the room was well kept. The location was great too!
Perfect location. I wish we stayed longer. It's a 2 minute walk to the beach and wharf, and a 15 minute walk to all the great shops and restaurants on State Street. One of the main reasons we chose Casa Del Mar was because they are pet friendly and accepted our two cats. The space was fine for the cats. The room itself was a bit small, but the bathroom was huge. Having a big bathroom was perfect for a stay with kitties because there was plenty of room for their litter box and food/water bowls. Shower was nice and had great water pressure and hot water. There was also a spacious area with a closet, counter, shelves, and a fridge. The room didn't have carpeting, so an area rug would be nice. The front desk staff was very nice and helpful with directions and suggestions. The continental breakfast was okay; very basic, but fine. We didn't really eat because there weren't vegan options. Some vegan options would be great, but honestly we had fun going out for breakfast anyway. The dining area was cute. There was also a very cute courtyard area. We never got a chance to attend the wine and cheese in the evening, but if we every go back and stay longer, we will check that out. My only real complaint is the pet fee. It was $15 per pet, per night, which came to $60 total, which was very steep in my opinion. Especially if we had stayed more nights. I think a flat rate pet fee would be more fair. Or a deposit instead of a fee. For example, traveling with 2 cats instead of 1 doesn't make any difference in the end, when it comes to cleaning or damage, etc. And having a pet for 3 nights instead of 2 (for example) also doesn't really increase the amount of cleaning that has to be done. So charging a fee per pet AND per night was too much. The overall price of the hotel was great, but when you add on the $60 in pet fees, it no longer felt like a good deal. That's my only complaint. The location was incredible and I would definitely go back.
My girlfriend and I decided to try a weekend getaway in Santa Barbra for our 1-year anniversary. We found the Secret Garden Inn and chose it for our place to stay. It was very nice, cozy homelike atmosphere with a friendly helpful staff. We enjoyed meeting the other guests and chatting with them during the collective morning breakfasts. The breakfasts were delicious, French cuisine that exceeded our expectations. The 5:00 wine and cheese hour was wonderful as well with a nice patio to enjoy the treats with a scenic, quaint backyard view. The room was spartan (ours was called the "Garden Room" I believe, and others I imagine are different), clean and comfortable. My only real complaint is there was no refrigerator in the room and the ones in the main area were completely full. It made it so we chose not to visit the farmer's market we were interested in since we had no way to keep any produce or other food fresh and no way to keep ice or take leftovers from a dinner for a midnight snack. I think the patrons of Secret Garden Inn would do well to invest $50-75 on a dorm-sized fridge for the room we and any other that doesn't have one. Otherwise, a great place to stay when visiting Santa Barbara.