The room was large with a great balcony overlooking the mountains. The free breakfast and wine and cheese in the evening was amazing. Seth treated us as special guests from the minute we checked in to the minute with left. Thank you Seth for the personal attention!!
We stayed two nights at the hotel whilst touring the West Coast middle September. Santa Barbara tends to be expensive but Casa del Mar came in at a good price. The position is perfect for walking to the beach, Marina, and Town. Room was comfortable and clean, check in was friendly and efficient, as was check out. The afternoon cheese and wine is a lovely touch. I would stay again but not in summer due to the lack of aircon.
We stayed a couple of days to break up our trip down the coast. The Inn was perfectly placed for us as we wanted to walk up and down the shore, and eat fish. The cheese and wine in the evening was a lovely touch.
The services and the room itself exceeded expectations. It felt like our own private villa right off the beach. The location was great, within a short walk to the Funk Zone. On site dining could have provided some more options.
Innkeeper is friendly and bends over backward to ensure guests are comfortable. The room in the main house was roomy and the bed was super comfy. Breakfast, delivered in a basket at the door, was outstanding. Look forward to staying here again!
My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay with our Labrador Retriever. Dominque was extremely kind and helpful. Breakfast and evening wine and snacks on the patio was fun. Nice to meet other guests. The cottage we stayed in was comfortable, cute and clean. Love the private patio and hot tub.
We spent Labor Day weekend in Santa Barbara after a week long conference in San Diego. My experience when booking an independent has been the pictures and reviews usually exaggerate the quality of the hotel. Not this time. Clean, updated room. Located just one half block from the beach, the front desk staff were great. Check in was easy, explaining the parking which was not a problem at all. This will be our place to stay (with or without the dog) in Santa Barbara. Can't tell you about the breakfast in the morning or the wine and cheese in the pm, but the coffee was good.
Charming set of cottages within a 20 minute walk to downtown. Rustic in appearance but everything worked. Breakfast was great. Might be considered a little pricey considering the age and upkeep on the place but great ambiance.
A beautiful accommodation in a great position. We loved the drinks and nibbles in the afternoons which gave us a chance to meet and chat to other guests. We came on family recommendation and were delighted with our stay. We appreciated the extra touches in the rooms although there wasn't a lot of space around the sink for toiletries etc. The stairs were a bit of a mission! We would recommend you to anyone heading your way!
We loved this hotel! It was beautiful, clean, and conveniently located. Walking distance from everything! The wine and cheese bar was a nice touch and the service was outstanding! We were very pleased and can't wait to return to Casa del Mar!
Although the rooms are small and compact, they are truly a bargain. We had a room opening to the pool. They snacks and breakfast were great. The wharf was in walking distance as well as the bay shoreline.
We decided to head to Santa Barbara at the last minute for the weekend and didn't want to spend $500 a night. We had no idea what to expect ... The Villa Rosa is a boutique hotel and is an absolute Gem. From the time we made the reservation with Haley until we checked-out (also with Haley), the experience was nothing short of spectacular. We stayed in lucky room #13 on the second floor ... the corner room with an amazing view of the beach and pier. We flew in to SB airport, rented a car and then departed on the Surfliner train (3 blocks from the hotel). The location was perfect, inclusive breakfast was perfect, as was the hosted evening wine and cheese. It was my boyfriend's retirement as a commercial pilot so we've stayed in a lot of hotels over the years and this experience simply could not have been any better! Thank you to all of the staff at Villa Rosa Inn and a special shout out of gratitude to Haley! Denise and Dan
Can't beat location. Near Amtrak, near beach, near Funk Zone, near State Street shopping/dining areas.....All easy walking distance. Our room was on corner and had LOTS of glass. (5 windows/1glass balcony door). If you don't like exposure & noise, it's not for you, but we liked the charm. Truth is, hotel is worn. Balconies in many rooms were red-tagged. Seems like someone thought they were unsafe and ratted them out to city building inspectors. Complimentary breakfast is set up in a very cramped area and not worth the hassle. Pool area is too small to lounge around, and not comfortable for al fresco breakfast or happy hour. Hey, they have OK wine and cheese in evening. Not may decent/affordable places to stay in that area of SB. Villa Rosa IS unique, we would stay there again if I can't find something else interesting with similar price & location.
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.