I spent 3 nights here on a visit to Santa Barbara in September. First of all, my room was gorgeous (White Rabbit) with every amenity possible: quiet and excellent air conditioning, mini fridge, bath amenities, soft robes, flat screen TV, and balcony to name a few. The breakfasts were excellent. But what made this stay spectacular was the service, friendly, efficient, and "bend-over-backwards" to please you. The entire inn was lovely. There was 24 hour coffee in the sitting room, warm cookies in the evening, and afternoon wine and appetizers. The location was perfect, within walking distance of downtown and close to the trolley stop to the harbor. My stay could not have been improved upon and why stay anywhere else in Santa Barbara?
We have been enjoying The Cheshire Cat Inn for almost 20 years, and love the owners, hotel and it's location in Santa Barbara so much we have bought gift certificates for our in-laws and our son and his girlfriend to experience a special weekend get-away!
John was the best. He coordinated a to-go breakfast and double- checked everything. We loved the food. Our room was clean and had everything we needed (great iron!). We would definitely stay here again.
At the first moment we loved that place. We had the room of hearts which included a private patio. We arrived early and could already check into our room. No questions asked! When we checked in there were so many details given about the premise, the town, activities, food choices etc. we were impressed with all the information and the time which was given to us. The rooms are just lovely with all the details to it. It looks like it has been updated just recently. Everything is in excellent condition. Breakfast was served at our private patio which was a surprise for us. The table was set up in te morning just for the 2 of us. It was really nice and we felt special. Breakfast was also one of the best with fresh cut fruit and most likely self made cookies. Since it was our anniversary we received a complimentary bottle of wine which we could enjoy at our patio. We enjoyed every single minute there and if we have the chance we will definitely return. Thank you for this excellent experience
Stayed for 2 weeks and totally satisfied. A very central location and friendly staff. Garden is very pretty and we even bought dinner to eat in the garden one evening. Generally no complain with an exception but its not the fault of the Inn however maybe they could explain to other guests...I had a bottle of wine open kept in the fridge half filled, next evening there was just a drop left!! obviously another guest obviously thought it is provided by the Inn drank from my bottle!! Its not an expensive bottle except that evening I wanted to share it with someone and it was embarassing that the half bottle has less than a glass left. I strongly recommend White Jasmine to all and have given my friends the contact for their visits. A very good value for money.
Great B&B for walking into SB but far enough away from any noise. Good parking and a nice garden for breakfast if you so wish. Garden room perfectly good for a short stay but would prefer one of the larger room for 3 nights or more.. Great service
We were only in town for one night and really wished we could have stayed longer! The accommodations were perfect for our needs and the location could not have been better ~ short walk to the beautiful beach and to Stearn's Wharf.
I have stayed at the Cheshire Cat Inn four times over the last few years. I have stayed in individual rooms and also in one of the cottages. Every stay has been special and a little bit of heaven. The buildings are beautifully maintained and the staff is warm and welcoming.
Nice spot half a block from the marina. The room was nicer than we expected. I found the bed very firm. The breakfast was adequate continental style. Afternoon wine and cheese was very pleasant. I wouldn't consider this a bed and breakfast but yes you can toast yourself a bagel in the morning. Overall it was a pleasant experience and I would go back.
Love this place. Owners are so kind. We missed wine and appetizers but she opened a bottle of wine for us. They set up breakfast for us on our private patio. They really try to make your stay special. Yummy breakfasts.
Here for a wedding weekend. Stayed in the 2 bdrm suite with a kitchen. Basic amenities but clean! Perfect for a family. Great location right across the street from the beach and an easy walk to the Pier and State St. Would recommend that they put the individual keys on a key chain so it's easier to find. We almost lost ours several times over the weekend because it was by itself. Couldn't put it on our key chain as we had a rental car. Otherwise, we would definitely stay here again. Thank you.
I spent the weekend in Santa Barbara with my husband and our dog. I chose Casa Del Mar because of its price, location and dog-friendliness. Their pet fee was only $15 a night compared to an inn next door that charged $50. We had a king suite facing the courtyard, which was beautiful; however, with no air conditioning you need to keep the windows open and everyone can see into your room unless you put the big shades down. It wasn't a major inconvenience; just be prepared. We brought our own box fan, which helped during the day. They offer free breakfast, but I wouldn't count on it as a full meal. There were some small bagels and cereal- not a full breakfast like you would think. They do have a wine and cheese set up from 5-7pm which nice. We just went for about 10 minutes and enjoyed the free goodies. The location is great, just about a five minute walk to Stearns Wharf, and 10 minute walk to the harbor area with cafe's and maybe a 15 minute walk to the restaurants on State street. Overall it was a nice experience, very pretty Spanish-style inn, rooms were a good size (especially the suite with a kitchen). My husband and I would stay here again!
Pros: Stay was in a private cottage with A/C. Proximity to State Street - dining/shopping/etc. Cons: Old bed, bedding, daybed. A little TLC would go a long way to upgrading the appearance and feel of the place. Old doesn't always mean poor condition, but in this case much of the place looked tired and worn. Many window screens appeared broken. Ants in bathroom. Ended up in my toothbrush, on the washcloths, etc. Had to go into main house to get bug spray. I wouldn't stay here again unless it was remodeled.
This is a little gem in Santa Barbara close to State St and the Funk Zone. The owners/keepers were pleasant and even called when we left some personal items in the room. I would definitely stay here again and will recommend it to people looking for a charming, charismatic and romantic to stay in the Santa Barbara area.
This was the best choice that I could have possibly made; it is hard to imagine a better place to have stayed. The food was excellent, and the wine and cheese in the last afternoon was a great touch. The room was terrific (and, frankly, I think we got the best one, as it's hard to imagine the others being any nicer). It's a very short fifteen-minute walk to downtown too. Parking was no problem at all. The garden was pleasant too. Everything posted on the website is 100% accurate!
Find Santa Barbara sandwiched between the Atlantic and the Santa Ynez Mountains, less than a two-hour drive northwest of L.A. You’ll see beauty at every turn in this relaxed California coastal city.
What to See
Make one of your first stops the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, located at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Yes, it’s a desert climate, but you’ll also see shady redwoods and babbling brooks - the perfect place for a stroll, as is Ganna Walska Lotusland - a 37-acre estate boasting gardens filled with rarities: bromeliads, succulents, cycads. You can find several species of lotus in the ponds and kids will love the topiary garden, with trees trimmed into giraffes and other fun shapes. See fascinating local history at the Mission Santa Barbara and Casa del Herrero.
What to Do
Hike at the Nojoqui Falls County Park, about a 30-minute drive northwest of downtown Santa Barbara and into the foothills. If it has recently rained, you can take a swim under the pretty waterfall here. Head to Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park to see intricate and well-preserved cave paintings, dating to the 1600s or earlier, from the local Chumash Native Americans.
See more history at the fascinating Santa Barbara Maritime Museum or the small but mighty Museum of Natural History. To cool off, take a swim at breathtaking Shoreline Park and enjoy a sunset picnic at the Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, a relaxed beach about 20 minutes west of downtown Santa Barbara. Catch a live show at the historic Granada Theatre - dating to 1924 - in downtown Santa Barbara or at the historic open-air Arlington Theatre.
Dining and Shopping
You can find the best shopping - major retailer and boutique - on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, running about ten blocks between Micheltorena and Gutierrez Streets. Head to the waterfront for the best seafood: Brophy Brothers near the yacht club and The Harbor Restaurant on Stearns Wharf. Bouchon, Wine Cask and Los Agaves are other must-tries and all located near downtown Santa Barbara.