Cheshire Cat Inn

36 W Valerio Street , Santa Barbara, CA 93101 USA (Show map)
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The Cheshire Cat features two stately Queen Anne Victorians, and a Coach House with two suites, four 2-bed-roomed cottages, all surrounded by 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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Overall
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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Wedding trip to Santa Barbara

4.4 on June 09, 2017

The Cheshire Cat Inn property and staff are lovely and welcoming. I would stay there again anytime and hope to return. Very friendly, cozy and delicious food made our stay at this location wonderful.


Wonderful Stay

4.6 on January 21, 2016

Stayed 3 week day nights in Tweedledum suite. Roomy, microwave, refig, king bed. Only complaint is sofa and chairs in living area are not very comfortable. Bed was great, didn't use the spa tub. Breakfasts were great and so was wine/snacks at 5.


Bpmrak

3.6 on December 13, 2015

My only negative would be the breakfast. Many B&B's take pride in their breakfast offering. During the week a deluxe continental breakfast was offered and on Saturday they served a deep dish french toast casserole. The cook makes the casserole the night before and the morning staff cooks it. On the Saturday we were there the bottom of the casserole had overcooked and the casserole was too soft. The flavor was good but the preparation not great. At the rates this Inn charges the breakfast should have been more memorable. The rooms were comfortable, the afternoon social with wine and snacks created an opportunity to meet the other guests. They only served Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc both days we were there . No red wine was offered. The Sauvignon Blanc served did not recommend the winery.


November wedding

3.6 on November 25, 2015

B&B was in a great location. Room was comfortable and better than the photo on the website. Staff was accommodating and curteous


Great experience!

4.4 on November 06, 2015

Although the air conditioning wasn't working during our stay, the management deducted 15% from our bill which we thought was very reasonable. We would certainly stay there again.


A breeze of Fresh Air

4.8 on October 22, 2015

wonderful, charming and beautiful. Great breakfasts. Connie the inn keeper was a treat. Friendly , helpful and a pleasure to talk to. Convenient to walk everywhere. Great breakfast and wine hour


Cute and charming

4.2 on October 20, 2015

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.


Nice stay

3.6 on October 07, 2015

Very nice property. Good staff. Comfortable bed. Coffee at 7:15, breakfast at 8. Creative food. Lots of international customers while we were there. Conveniently located.


One of My Top 3 in the World

4.8 on September 26, 2015

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?


Our home away from home!

5 on September 24, 2015

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!


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Rooms & Rates

Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle room features a charming corner bay window with comfortable chairs and a queen bed. Decorated in sapphire and white with private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 175 Sq. Ft/16 Sq. Meters.

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

March Hare

The March Hare room with its open bay window sitting area gives this room a unique character. Decorated in sunny yellows and green bramble with antique furnishings and queen bed, private shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 176 Sq. Ft/16 Sq. Meters.

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

Dormouse

The cozy Dormouse room enchants with a sloping ceiling, wooden floors, gas burning fireplace and original mantelpiece making this a lovely intimate room. Decorated in smoke blue, terracotta and cream with queen bed. Private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 160 Sq. Ft/15 Sq. Meters.

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

Duchess

The Duchess room has ceiling and walls decorated in attractive lightly flowered wallpaper. Queen bed, antique armoire and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub and shower. Flat screen TV. Room size - 193 Sq. Ft/18 Sq. Meters.

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

Caterpillar

The Caterpillar room charms with pretty window seats in a split-level room with queen bed and sitting area opening on to a large private deck overlooking our gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. Private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 215 Sq. Ft/20 Sq. Meters.

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

Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat Room has been renovated and upgraded to our highest standards. This lovely room features high ceilings accented by beautiful handcrafted woodwork as well as a sumptuous walk in shower for two with heated tiled floor. Rich wood furnishings complement the light and airy decor with a comfortable queen bed and inviting sitting area making this a grand choice. Room size - 208 Sq. Ft/19 Sq. Meters.

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

Eberle

Honoring the building's architect and inspired by a spiritual retreat to Santa Fe, the Eberle is decorated in earth tones and terracotta tile flooring. The beautifully tiled tub for two provides a relaxing atmosphere enhanced by the gas burning fireplace. It has a queen bed, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 240 Sq. Ft/22 Sq. Meters.

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

White Rabbit

The White Rabbit is a split level room offering a king bed and sitting area opening onto a secluded deck overlooking our English gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. The room decor is spring like with its primrose yellow and sapphire blue color combination. This light and airy room features an antique corner cupboard, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 264 Sq. Ft/25 Sq. Meters.

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

Alice's

Alice's namesake with pink, grey, and ivory wallpaper creates a peaceful atmosphere. The spacious split-level room with king bed and sitting area opens onto a secluded deck overlooking our gardens and Santa Ynez mountains. A delightful stained glass rendition of Alice has been lovingly crafted by a local artist. Private bath room with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 237 Sq. Ft/22 Sq. Meters.

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

Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter is charmingly decorated in greengage and cream with hard wood floors, rugs and antique furniture. This room features a king bed, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 212 Sq. Ft/20 Sq. Meters.

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

Jean's

A special room recognizing the owner's mother and granddaughter. Hard wood floors and soothing green tones of English gingham and muted sage provide an inviting ambiance as do interesting architectural features. Large room with king bed, private bathroom with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 212 Sq. Ft/20 Sq. Meters.

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

Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts is all about romance. Enjoying it's own entrance through a private flower filled garden, it's perfect for a honeymoon stay or quiet getaway. The sunny bay window invites a relaxed atmosphere in comfy chairs with a good book. Offering a king bed with shower and flat screen TV. Room size - 227 Sq. Ft/21 Sq. Meters.

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

Tweedledee

The Tweedledee studio is a spacious room elegantly furnished in soft garden hues and light wood flooring. The wet bar/kitchen has a microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle and refrigerator complimented by an authentic English oak farmhouse table and chairs. It has a king size bed, private bathroom with tub/shower combination and a flat screen TV. Room size - 309 Sq. Ft/29 Sq. Meters.

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

Tweedledum

The Tweedledum suite is a luxurious hideaway offering wow factor accommodation. Featuring a large bedroom with an in-room jacuzzi uniquely built into the bay window and a living room boasting oak beams and hard wood floors with elegant rugs and English antiques. A gas burning fireplace and comfortable furniture create the perfect romantic setting. A wet bar/kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, electric kettle and refrigerator are an added convenience. This suite has a private bathroom with tub/shower combination, two flat screen TV's, and a large walk-in closet. Room size - 543 Sq. Ft/50 Sq. Meters.

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

Woodford (2 Bedroom)

Woodford is a family favorite with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 king and 1 queen sized bedroom which opens on to a private deck. Cottage size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Prestbury (2 Bedroom)

Prestbury is inspired by the owner's favorite Cheshire village with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 king and 1 queen sized bedroom which opens on to romantic private deck. Room size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Mobberly (2 Bedroom)

Mobberly is our most secluded choice with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 twin and 1 queen sized bedroom with french doors which open on to a romantic private patio. Cottage size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Bramhall (2 Bedroom)

Bramhall is our most recent addition with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 twin and 1 queen sized bedroom with french doors which open on to a private woodsy patio. or 2 bedrooms are desired at time of reservations. Cottage size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Bramhall (1 Bedroom)

Bramhall is our most recent addition with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 twin and 1 queen sized bedroom with french doors which open on to a private woodsy patio. Cottage size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Mobberly (1 Bedroom)

Mobberly is our most secluded choice with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 twin and 1 queen sized bedroom with french doors which open on to a romantic private patio. Room size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Prestbury (1 Bedroom)

Prestbury is inspired by the owner's favorite Cheshire village with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 king and 1 queen sized bedroom which opens on to romantic private deck. Cottage size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

Woodford (1 Bedroom)

Woodford is a family favorite with hard wood floors, living room with fireplace, flat screen TV/DVD, fully equipped kitchen, dining nook and air conditioning. The cottage has a large bathroom with tub/shower combination and 1 king and 1 queen sized bedroom which opens on to a private deck. Room size - 628 Sq. Ft/58 Sq. Meters.

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

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Location

Location Type

Downtown

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. We look forward to having you at our .

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, Beaches, Botanical Garden, Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara Marina, Santa Barbara Mission, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Kayaking, March Film Festival, Fiesta, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Allowed in Cottages Only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Christine Dunstan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Proud owner of the Cheshire Cat Inn for over 33years!

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8:30AM - 10:00AM
  • Serving Location: Patio, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Complimentary Afternoon Wine
Served daily!


Recipes

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