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Simpson House Inn

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121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here nearly twenty years ago and this visit was just as special. The house is so comfortable and gardens are beautiful with plenty of places to relax. All the staff are so friendly and welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in the Robert & Julia Simpson room again with its lovely veranda and a wonderful breakfast... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This superbly run B&B is a true jewel in the town of Santa Barbara. Wonderful staff, excellent facilities and delightful rooms all added up to create special memories to be shared by my husband and myself.

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you tire of the same old soulless hotel chains where you are just someone who is passing through on holiday and you don't really matter and you yearn for something much more personal then Simpson House Inn may just be for you. Imagine being transported back in time to a beautiful, colonial country house where time just seems not... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was wonderful in all respects - in fact the highlight of our stay in SB. The old house was elegant and beautifully maintained. The grounds were lovely, with lots of locations to sit in comfort and read. The food was amazing at both ends of the day - both the breakfasts and the wines and hors d'oeuvres in the... More 

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solihull
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This truly is a very lovely place to stay; the good reviews sum it all up. The rooms are very quaint, and special. The place is spotlessly clean and well maintained. Breakfast is truly excellent and can be taken in the gardens, on the veranda ,in your room. The level and standard of service is impeccable, and all the staff... More 

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Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simpson House lived up to all the glowing reviews on this site. Definitely one of the best places I've ever stayed in. They had a lot of nice little touches-- microfibre sheets, soft robes, Kiehl's products in the bathroom...There was always tea and a tray of sweet things in the main room and they served hors d'oeuvres and wine before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall a fantastic accommodation: staff, room, garden and location within city. The garden is particularly nice to sit and feel as if you've escaped. Breakfast was also a treat with its changing menu and availability of outdoor dining.

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Calabasas, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From the moment I arrived and escorted to the Plumstead Cottage for my two night stay, I had the most wonderful birthday experience. The staff, immaculate property, food service, help with reservations, taxis etc. were superb! I felt like I was transported to the Cotswolds in the countryside of England! Attention to detail was unsurpassed. I've stayed in many Inns... More 

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Little Chute, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We stayed at the Monterey B&B, which Frommers called the best B&B in the US, but the Simpson House was better. Great rooms, wonderful breakfast and a location that was quiet but only a few blocks from the shopping and dining. Wonderful place!

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Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My wife and I spent last weekend at the Simpson House. This was our second visit although we had not been there in a number of years. Nestled in a basically residential area of Santa Barbara, it is walking distance to the main street in Santa Barbara. It is a beautiful property and the rooms are great. Our room, which... More 

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