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 and we decided to try the Secret Garden Inn on Bath Street. One reason we chose the Secret Garden is that it allows pets in some of the rooms and we had our dog with us.
The Inn is in a good location in Santa Barbara, close to State Street (3 blocks away). There's a good coffee shop on the corner of Mission and De La Vina - "The Daily Grind" - and there's an excellent ice cream shop - "McConnells Fine Ice Cream - on the other corner of Mission and De La Vina, both in the same block as the Inn.
The Inn is located in a mainly residential area of small homes built fairly close to each other. It's not a great neighborhood but it's not a bad neighborhood, either. I walked my dog in the neighborhood and never felt insecure.
The Inn consists of a main house and about three cottages, but the cottages are subdivided into multiple units. The cottage we stayed in was subdivided into three units, I believe. The room we had, the Oriole room, was adequate. It was not too big, but it was clean and the bed was comfortable. WiFi is available and was of adequate speed for my purposes - mostly checking mail and a few web pages.
The bathroom was small but adequate. It had a tub shower which worked fine.
Parking is around back, accessed via Sheridan street (actually an alley), and can be a problem because if you park close to the Inn, and a couple of big vehicles park in the lot, you could have a difficult time getting out. If you get there early, park close to the alley so you can get our when you want to (without asking others to move their vehicle).
The grounds of the Inn are fairly rough - it's not even close to being "manicured". See the pictures for what the grounds look like.
Breakfast was good. We had a broccoli quiche along with a variety of other things, fruit, bread, danish, coffee, etc.
The proprietress, Dominique Hannaux, was extremely nice and spent quite a bit of time giving us information and suggestions for our upcoming trip to Paris.
All-in-all, a decent stay for the money in Santa Barbara. Not luxurious but adequate.
- Also Known As:
- The Secret Garden Hotel Santa Barbara
- The Secret Garden Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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