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The Secret Garden Inn

3.0 of 5 Inn   |   1908 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Ranked #11 of 24 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Barbara is expensive on summer weekends... if booked early enough, this B&B is a good budget option. Pros: Cute property, quiet, 20 minute walk to heart of State St, yummy breakfast, wine & cheese happy hour, good water pressure, large rooms, air conditioning (although it's loud) Cons: Mosquitoes :( mattress is extremely hard, and bedding needs updating

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an amazing stay at the Secret Garden Inn! Great location close to downtown, secluded rooms so you don't have the typical bed and breakfast feel. Private Hot Tubs, wine and cheese at 5pm and your in Santa Barbara right! Most comfy feather bed I've slept on in quite a while and did I mention, your own hot tub!... More

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San Diego, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We enjoyed our stay at the Secret Garden Inn immensely. We were looking for a relaxing atmosphere and found the perfect place. We stayed in the romantic Oriole Cottage which was quite charming with a private deck and hot tub. The inn is located in a residential area several blocks from the downtown shopping and dining mecca of State Street.... More

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Placentia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We love the Secret Garden. When our daughter went to UCSB, every time we went to visit her, we tried a different hotel. When we found The Secret Garden, we stopped looking. We have been here so many times. We come by ourselves and bring friends and family. We just brought our guests from London and they share our views.... More

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La Mirada, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was nicer than I expected being in the middle of a residential area. It was very close to everything. Great value. I would definitely go again. Hope my husband and I are able to go in the near future.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were a group of four old friends, and really loved the whole experience. We stayed in the house (the two available rooms) and enjoyed the privacy, warmth of the owner, terrific breakfasts and treats, friendly staff, and relaxed atmosphere. We would definitely recommend the the Secret Inn and Cottages and look forward to staying there again!

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Villa Park, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I have to start this review by saying this is Santa Barbara - top hotels are expensive in Santa Barbara. My wife and I travel to Santa Barbara on a fairly regular basis and have stayed at a number of the hotels and B&Bs but we have to limit ourselves price-wise. This trip to Santa Barbara was for one night... More

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Bay Area, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Secret Garden Inn is a nice play to stay while in Santa Barbara, in walking distance from downtown. We stayed in the Wood Thrush room, which is a separate cottage. The claw-foot bath tub is an elegant touch, but there isn't much of counter space in the bathroom. The bed was comfortable, but where the TV is plugged in, in... More

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Valencia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Our stay was comfortable and extremely enjoyable, in no small part because of Madame Dominique's wonderful breakfast of a delicious omelette, croissants, excellent fig and pear preserves, a selection of other breads, delicious bread pudding and excellent poached pears. The best of French home cooking! A relaxed atmosphere and a friendly but independent resident cat complete the picture. We arrived... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Cute place, confortable and nice cottage room. The owner is very helpful if you need advice on restaurants ....The breakfast was exellent, she made us exactly what we wanted. There is WiFi, TV , nice garden etc...

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Address: 1908 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Secret Garden Inn 3*
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Secluded behind high hedges, hidden pathways, and romantic gardens in Santa Barbara, lies the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages, built in 1905 and now owned and run by Dominique Hannaux. Stay in a main house guestroom, a cottage room or suite with or without private hot tub, or our completely private house. Surrounded by the Inn's gardens, all of our accommodations are romantic and peaceful. Enjoy the delicious Buffet Breakfast which includes: Dominique's French recipe quiches, fresh-baked scones, muffins, sweet breads, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juices. Our rates also include wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres at 5 pm and brownies and hot cider later in the evening! All our rooms have a TV-DVD, a private bath and shower and a hairdryer. Many fine restaurants, shops, museums and sights of beautiful Santa Barbara are just a short stroll or a quick bike ride from the Inn. ... more   less 
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