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Simpson House Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #2 of 54 Hotels in Santa Barbara
San Diego, California
1 review
“Simpson House Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Outstanding Service. Beautiful grounds. We spent 3 nights in the Weathervane Room and enjoyed the wood burning fireplace each evening. This is by far the very best B&B we have ever stayed in. Sitting in the afternoon sun in the gardens with the jasmine in full bloom was both very relaxing and enchanting. We would recommend the Simpson House Inn to anyone who is looking for a pampered, relaxing vacation yet still be walking distance to the center of town to enjoy the shops and fine food.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Los Altos, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

I stayed at the Greenwich Cottage. It's nothing too extravagant and quite small. Though the bathroom tiles were sparkling, the grout was white, and every surface of the room appeared clean, there was an odd, sort of "vintage" smell to the room that took some getting used to.

Elegant touches: Skylights, recessed dimmable lights in the ceiling's wooden beams, surround sound radio (great balance of sound, but the system was definitely from the 70s).

Weird: The bathroom door hits the toilet when opened. The television is awkwardly stuffed into a nook too small for it. The fireplace required extra cleaning that wasn't done before I checked into the room, and which I later had to call about, and that was a bit of a nuisance.

STATIC WARNING -- I think new dryer sheets are in order. The sheets of the bed, while obviously very high in thread-count, literally sparked blue and white light in the dark. For DAYS. Obviously veryveryVERY unnerving for me. I went through two robes that also had severe static. I've never seen anything like this before, to be honest. The static really distracted me from how soft and luxurious the sheets and robes probably were.

Amenities / extras: All nonalcoholic beverages are complimentary and bottomless. Cold water is filtered for making drinks as well. I was greeted with chocolate covered strawberries, sherry cakes, and a bottle of SB white wine. All delicious. Newspaper delivered to your doorstep every morning wrapped with a bow and nice inspirational quote. The bathroom products are very large, generously sized bottles of Kiehl's and were restocked everyday. Needless to say, I ended up with a bunch of lovely extras after spending a week here. :) Turndown service leaves small chocolate truffles before bed. The "complimentary kettle corn" (delivered to you if you'd like to stay in and watch a film) is just your run-of-the-mill Orville Redenbacher's. Though I still appreciate the gesture.

Food: Portions are perfect here, but what some might consider "too small." Don't be fat. Lemonade was AMAZING. Definitely have some in the sugared glasses. Dessert is really just cookies, though one night there was pecan pie. "Wine tasting" remained the same throughout the week, so it's not really a true "tasting." The Mediterranean apps were standard fare with a few surprises (highlights -- unique cheeses, prune dishes, balsamic dressed fruit). Breakfast was disappointing on some days, though I really enjoyed the delicious almond crusted french toast with ricotta cheese served one particular morning.

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SHI also offers their own tourist pamphlets in the living room of the main house. I am so glad to have stopped by and picked up a few. One of them is a very lovely and detailed walking tour best taken in the morning, that passes by several beautiful, original 19th Century homes. The history in the neighborhood is so rich! I learned the architects of certain buildings, the short stories of some of the owners, and of course detoured over to Alice Keck Park for some serenity.

Also, without those SHI pamphlets, I never would have discovered the Butterfly Reserve near UCSB (which was absolutely INSANE and wonderful) and I never would have known there was a Seal Rookery in Carpinteria; magical discoveries I knew nothing about in my years of visiting SB. Thanks to Simpson House, I witnessed a sea of hundreds of butterflies flying about me and I saw a live birthing of a seal pup in the wild. Those are moments I will never forget.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

This B&B is charming, well-appointed and has lovely enchanting grounds. The staff is outstanding and gives the utmost attention to detail. I would have given a 5-star rating, but I felt overall it was very expensive for what was offered.

Room Tip: I would recommend staying in the most expensive rooms
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Foley, Alabama
Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We spent the last nite of our week long 25th anniversary celebration here and obviously saved the best for last. The house and grounds are beautiful. The owners spared no expense when they did the restoration. The living room is filled with comfy chairs and sofa facing a fireplace which the manager will light upon request. The colors on the walls are perfect and the decor is quite fitting for an historical hotel. There is a wall of bookcases holding DVD's and VHS tapes which are in cartons which look like leather bound books from the outside.
The rooms are all different and great attention has been spent on the detail. Our room had a nice bed, two chairs and a table between, a chest holding the large flat screen tv and a really nice bathroom-claw foot tub, brass shower rod, pedestal sink and for a touch of whimsy a rubber ducky in the tub. Beautiful linens complemented the room.There were personal touches everywhere from a small silver tray holding the chocolates that come with turn down service, robes with slippers, morning paper tied with a gold tie and a card with a nice quotation on it. Everything has your name on it. All the modern amenities were also in the room.
Breakfast was great and can be enjoyed either in the dining room, at a table on the lovely wrap-around porch or in your room. You are also served afternoon tea and a wine tasting with enough great food to eat as your dinner. Later they put out sweets for a little taste before you retire. If you are so inclined, you can also ask the manager to pop up a batch of kettle corn for you. Coffee and tea are always available on the sideboard.
The location is excellent within walking distance to shopping and restaurants.
All the wallpaper on the walls and ceiling are incredible.
The staff are all knowledgeable and really nice and helpful and the service is impeccable. It is a non-gratuity hotel which is nice.
This B & B has really earned its 5 diamond rating. It is perfect in every way. Though the rooms are on the expensive side, I think it is well worth it. I am saving up for a return visit.

Room Tip: Look on the internet because all the rooms are different. Some have a deck, a porch, one has an acr...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

This is a beautiful B and B conveniently located in Santa Barbara - within walking distance to many attractions. The house and gardens are glorious. We had a lovely room with a large wrap-around balconey that included a dining area and several lounge areas. The food was delicious and the service excellent. I'd highly recommend this establishment.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

We stayed here as part of our wedding anniversary celebrations and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. The house and grounds are stunning and we stayed in the sun room which has a lovely deck, perfect for the sunny autumn day we were there on. The afternoon wine and nibbles were a nice touch and breakfast in our room was great. Enjoyed Santa Barbara itself, if I could criticise the town I'd say it was almost too perfect and a little over-polished, but that isn't much of a complaint!

Do not hesitate to stay at this hotel, its worth every penny.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Everyone was really nice. I was at peace when I saw the Garden with fountains everywhere. The best thing about the hotel was their breakfast which you could request to be deliver right at your door steps. The lemon pancake was to die for. We stayed in the Greenwich Cottage, it had a Jacuzzi and a fireplace. The only complaint I have was the pillows, it was too soft but I guess that's just me. I did though found some left over hair on the floor (not a big deal). Everything else was clean and in top shape.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Simpson House Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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