Great location. You can walk pretty much everywhere. The hotel lost power between midnight and 1am on the last night of my stay. The room became very uncomfortable because the ceiling fan and the A/C would not run. This made it difficult to sleep. No lights in the morning so you could not shave or take a shower. The power was not going to be restored until the late afternoon.
This was my second stay at Villa Rosa and I've loved it both times. The European ambience, the wonderfully friendly and helpful service, the full breakfast, the wine and cheese in the late afternoon, AND the close proximity to the pier, beach and State st. shuttle are the many reasons I'll go back again and again. The price is well worth it all!
Had the most WONDERFUL 3 Days here...everything was perfect, I had the best 50th birthday weekend. The owner went beyond the call of duty when my fiancé had over a 100 red roses delivered to our room ahead of time and she put them in vases all over our little cottage. She was very sweet and thoughtful for doing that. We stayed in the Woodthrush Cottage, it was very quaint and private and we absolutely loved the hot tub. There was a fridge, but with there was a microwave too. The AC worked great and the King Size bed was super comfortable...we would totally stay here again!! Kudos...
We stayed in the very cozy, and comfortable garden room on the second floor of the main house. Although the room is small it is well laid out and appointed with a generously sized bathroom including a spa tub. A delicious breakfast was delivered to our room in the morning. Loved the on site private parking.
i was coming into town and needed a place that would remind me of being at home. I had a 2 bedroom with a full kitchen which made it very nice. The room was amazing, clean, and smelled fresh. The service was excellent. When ever i needed anything they were always right there to help. Anytime i am in town i will be stayin at the Caa Del Mar Inn!!!!!!
We stayed here for one night. Super cute room with comfortable bed, though the queen size was a bit small for us. REALLY good appetizers and wine in the afternoon, but the breakfast was just okay. The waffles were under-cooked and cold. The fresh fruit was probably the only good thing I ate. They had some bagels and scones, hard boiled eggs and cereal and yogurt (Yoplait....which had HFCS :P ) I would recommend to serve healthier Greek yogurts, like Chobani. I slept well, but my husband (who is a light sleeper anyway) said he was up most of the night due to traffic. Our windows faced the street. Very friendly staff. Very nice grounds, beautiful plants, spacious patio where breakfast was served. I would definitely go back. Also, if you are in town for a concert at the SB Bowl, it is only a 1-mile walk from Cheshire Cat to the Bowl.
Parking, Wifi. Breakfast, Evening Reception: Included! Hospitality inspired by true passion. Dominique and her team have lived in and travelled the globe; they understand more than most what a vacation stay should be. Parlez-vous français? Profiter d'une belle conversation avec Dominique! Enter a world of beautiful and colorful plants and flowers. A Victorian style home with architecture and craftsmanship from the early 1900's awaits you upon check in. There are individual cottages throughout the property with unique features on the interior and exterior. Our room was large and comfortable with a wonderful bay window. Windows that actually opened to let the fresh air in! On the deck there was a great hot tub that we took advantage of on both nights of our stay. The privacy and night sky view was incredible. We enjoyed fruits, wines, cheeses, breads and more; great Hors d'oeuvres to start our evening with. A nice outdoor dining area with plenty of tables and chairs for everyone in a tree lined garden oasis. Breakfast is served individually. Not buffet style and not with heat lamps and the like. The freshest fruits, breads and the tastiest scones youll ever find. Chilled juices, fresh hot coffees and your choice of teas. The grand finale is Dominique’s Fabulous Omelette. She puts some special love and magic into these and the result is just amazing. We discovered later that she is actually well known in the area for this! If you are into loud parties at night, do not care for privacy, peace and quiet, do not enjoy historic craftsmanship, nor understand the concept of true hospitality, this may not be the place for you. This is not a Motel 6, so class and respect for the hard work of this team goes a long way. Thank you Domique and team for a great experience!
The staff at the Casa Del Mar Inn are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The rooms are comfortable and even without air conditioning, the cross breezes and the fans in the ceiling kept the room at a comfortable temperature. I liked all the energy and water saving features. The continental breakfasts were delicious. The Inn is situated in an area near to downtown, the railway and the beach. Who could ask for anything more! Pat and Phil Evans
Loved WJ. Be sure to get a room with an AC. Breakfast is great, and delivered to your room. Gardens were wonderful. Nice and quiet with secluded areas, easy to avoid other guests.
Great rooms for the price! Extremely friendly staff and completely exceeded my expectations with customer service! Only critique is that I wish the rooms could have AC, because it can get a little warm in the summer.
We stayed here while volunteering for the Avon Walk, it is very conveniently located. I upgraded my room to a king (upstairs) when we arrived after I saw how small the downstairs queen room was. The weekend was very warm and humid and the hotel has no air conditioning, as is the case with most beach-side hotels, since it relies on cool ocean breezes, which were not around for the days we were in Santa Barbara, so do not stay here during any heat waves. The front desk clerk "Chris" provided us with box fans and all rooms have ceiling fans, which helped a little. There was a small neighbor noise problem the first night. Our room shared a porch/balcony (as well as being located on the main street) and the party next to us came home very late (after 2 AM) and sat outside talking and smoking cigarettes and since it was so hot our windows were open, which we had to close to get some quiet. The next day after reporting to the front desk clerk, we were moved (actually upgraded) to another room which was quite nice and there were no noisy neighbors. The courtyard is quite lovely, we enjoyed time sitting out and viewing the stars. This is nice hotel and like I said would be quite comfortable when there is nice weather. The front desk clerk Chris was very friendly and accommodating and the housekeeping staff as well.
Peter & Sue were very welcoming and incredibly helpful, when we turned up late for the tennis and hot and bothered by the London Traffic, Peter gave us a lift down to the AELTC which was very kind and way over and above what we expected. The Accommodation, breakfast, cakes and biscuits, service were first rate. We left my wife's earrings in the room, they promptly posted it back to me in Italy. Very kind and thoughtful hosts. We will certainly go again if we go again in Santa Barbara. Highly reccomended
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
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.