We loved the location of this little inn. It is so close to both State Street as well as the pier and beach. It's a nice, quiet location with simple but nice rooms. We also loved that it was dog friendly as we were travelling with our large dog. Our only disappointment was breakfast which had been described as "generous" but was anything but. There was mostly cereal and bread items along with some yogurt and oranges. Very basic and far from generous. We were hoping for more fruit options and perhaps even some eggs. Overall, we had a find stay and would return...we'd just go somewhere else for breakfast.
It's difficult to find a place for a long-term stay that is conveniently located when you have a dog. We found everything we needed at Casa Del Mar Inn. We had everything we needed from an outside entrance to a small kitchen and a comfortable work space.The front desk staff was incredibly helpful, polite, and professional. I would highly recommend Casa Del Mar to anyone staying in Santa Barbara - especially if you have a dog.
It was hot, but a good fan was provided that made it fine. The breakfast was wonderful and well presented. It was my birthday and I received a bottle of wine - surprised, but that was outstanding! Great location for walking to everything.
Casa Del Mar was an outstanding place to stay in Santa Barbara. The property has a very intimate and romantic feel and was the perfect spot for our night over in Santa Barbara. The fire pit area is a great place to relax after dark and the wine/cheese offerings in the evening are a great touch that complete the B&B experience. The breakfast was fairly basic with bread, bagels and pastries. I was hoping for some hot food items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, etc., but the breakfast at least met our expectations.
My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary. The room was very cute. It was hot when we visited but they had extra fans in our room to help cool it down. The breakfast had a nice variety of items. We enjoyed the wine and cheese in the evening. Never heard any noise from any of the rooms. It is just a few steps to the beach. The warf and State Street are a few blocks away. An ideal location for going out and exploring during the day, dinner on the beach, and ending the night in the hot tub.
The Inn was very nice and has an old world charm. The grounds are beautiful accept the parking lot that could us some upgrading. It is convenient to the beach and many restaurants. The day we spent there was unusually hot so I appreciated all the fans in the room. We will stay there again.
When we visit Santa Barbara we always stay at Dominique's secret garden . We love the touch of France , the cosiness and the great hospitality of Dominique and her team ( Inc peanut the cat ) . Mark&Elise
The room was located in the backyard and was very spacious. The interior is a bit old, but its clean and has everything you need. Its a quite place on good location near harbour and state street. They provide a breakfast and in the evening vine and cheese. Overall not a luxurious but a good choice. We would come again.
We stay here every summer when we come up for our annual summer concert at the bowl. We stay in the largest suite with the kitchen. We love the location next to the ocean and the Spanish style architecture. Staff is very friendly. Looking forward to next year!
Stayed in room 32 right behind guest reception area. Great well maintained property with lots of old Spanish charm. Excellent location and the available parking was TIGHT but a great bonus. Breakfast selection was limited but good for a quick bite. Property very clean - rooms very small. No ac but with fan and windows open it was fine. Staff all courteous and professional. Would stay again but maybe in a bigger room.Can't beat it for the price!
This small hotel looks a lot better online than in person! So many things were broken or just plain OLD. I can appreciate a historic building; but this place is falling down! In our room alone, these items were broken: door lock to outside patio, sliding blinds, ceiling fan. They are charging top prices because of nice location by the pier, and it appears no money is going to upkeep or updates. We spent over $600 for TH and FRI night stay. Included was a $10 pp "resort fee"! Really??? What for? There is only the pool, which could be nice, but has patched tilework, over-grown, tired greenery, and garage sale patio furniture. The wine & cheese reception is a nice touch, but does not make up for the neglect of what could be a beautiful little property. Staff was friendly and helpful. Someone needs to get after the slumlord who owns this place!
We regrettably only stayed one night at this property. I wish we could have stayed longer. It is a beautiful property very close to the beach. The rooms and beds are comfortable and the staff accommodating. The breakfast is quite minimal, but we are not big breakfast eaters so not a problem for us.
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.
The rooms were small but charming. The staff was very nice and helpful. The parking is a bit limited. So close to the beach and quiet because it is just a short block back from the oceanfront. Short walk to State Street. Not the cheapest rate but not as much as the others right there.
The location of the Villa Rosa Inn is excellent and the staff are very friendly. The rooms were pleasant and ours had a balcony that led out to the courtyard and the pool. You can walk everywhere from the Inn, to the beach which is right there and the pier is also very close. You cannot beat the location, the Inn is also a beautiful place to stay.
My husband and I stayed here for our 3rd wedding anniversary. neither of us had been to Santa Barbara before. Our stay was quiet, comfortable and great if you want to get away and not be found lol. We stayed in the cottage suite and it was very clean and neat. We loved the complimentary wine and chesse. The staff was very helpful, nice and attentative to us. Everyone around the area was nice and kind. The food was spectacular. We plan on returning and staying at Casa Del Mar Inn this summer!
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.