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.
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.
My husband and I arrived late and were met at the door by a gracious woman who seemed to sense how tired we were. Wine and cheese hour was long over but she asked if she could pour us a glass of wine. We "supped" on the home-baked cakes and cookies -- all good and several remarkable. The ambiance is charming and welcoming, cozy rather than pretentious Victorian, and countless books. Best feature was its people, owner and staff seemed to take seriously the responsibilities of a hostess, including frank advice about local attractions. we wished we could have stayed longer. Kate Auspitz, Somerville, MA
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.
Had a wonderful stay here - enjoyed a nice quiet room in the main house, loved the extras of cheese and wine in the evening, with brownies and tea at night. The courtyard garden was a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast with a view of the mountains in the distance.
We really enjoyed our weekend stay at Secret Garden. Rooms were clean and cozy, albeit quaint, and the hot tub was truly private and a great way to relax at the end of a day. The location is centrally located within easy distance of state street and the mission. Both Dominique and the innkeeper were warm and welcoming and we enjoyed the little touches like fresh brownies in the evening and freshly baked persimmon bread with breakfast
This inn was very cute and located close to the main street..You are in walking distance to many wonderful restuarants. The only thing that was unusal for a B&B was there was no socialization. Your breakfast is delivered to your room in a basket You never see the inn keepers. The breakfast is delicious.
Wonderful B&B close to the Santa Barbara Harbor, Old Town Santa Barbara, & Hwy 101. Terrific staff, and a comfortable courtyard to enjoy your breakfast or an evening glass of wine. The only disadvantage we found was trying to find parking when returning after dark. Recommended
We recently spent 2 nights at Casa del Mar Inn and really enjoyed the Courtyard King room. It was airy and quiet with good linens and towels. The staff was very helpful and the location is perfect for seeing Sanat Barbara
We had a great stay at the White Jasmine. The garden out back was incredibly peaceful. The breakfast was phenomenal. John was very welcoming and gave great recommendations for restaurants. I can't recommend this place enough!
This was my 2nd stay here. A little disappointed that we did not get one of the rooms with a kitchen and queen size bed; the confirmation was a somewhat vague as to the style of room. Having said that, our room was clean and spacious. The continental breakfast and 5pm wine and cheese are great.
We arrived after Dominique closed the office, but the key and instructions were ready for us to pick up in the prearranged spot. We wandered along a brick pathway to the rear of the main house, and through a well-lit patio area to our little yellow cottage, where the lamp was on, welcoming us in. The cottage was one of four that flank the patio area. The Whippoorwill Room was immaculate and homey. Breakfast of fresh fruit; made-to-order omelets; and a crunchy baguette or croissants, served with fresh butter and French jams, was out under the fruit-laden persimmon tree. It was absolutely lovely, with attentive service from Dominique.
This was an enjoyable place to stay. The room was large enough and the bed very comfortable. The breakfasts were tasty, with fresh fruit, but a little sugar heavy. We'll survive. The location was close enough to the downtown to be able to keep the car parked and walk to our destination. We would definitely stay her again.
We were told there would be a social hour with wine, cheese and crackers and cookies at 5:30 in the main house. When we went in there was a water pitcher with a little white wine in the bottom of it and some small water glasses to pour it in. No cheese,crackers or cookies and no one around to ask. What social hour? The bathroom in our room had originally been a closet. If either one of us had been large we would not have fit. The food was good and delivered to our door in the morning.
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.
A White Jasmine Inn is a great place to stay. It is very comfortable and the service is great. John is very accomodating and will try to help you in whatever way necessary. The breakfast was exceptional with a quiche the first day to an omelet the next day and always with fresh fruit and a different muffin each day. It is very convenient to State street where you can find all kinds of shopping and restaurants. We did walk all the way to the beach which is quite a few blocks and then took the State street bus back to Victoria to walk back to the inn. The bus is 50 cents pp and will take coins and dollars if there are multiple people traveling together.
Secluded setting in a residential area. Santa Barbara is small so getting downtown was no problem.Lovely patio and cottages with seating areas. Wine and snacks served in the afternoon and breakfast was served outside on the patio.The rooms are older but spotlessly clean and have comfortable beds.Not for those seeking sleek and modern.
Our stay at the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages was brief but wonderful! The staff was very friendly and inviting. We enjoyed the wine and cheese in the evening and the quiche at breakfast was fantastic! Our room was clean, the bed comfortable, and the hot tub was an added benefit. I would highly recommend the Secret Garden.
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.