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“Stellar one-night stay at this lovely boutique hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Spanish Garden Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   |  
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Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Los Angeles
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Stellar one-night stay at this lovely boutique hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

True perfection at a fraction of the cost ;-)! My 21 year old niece and I shared a double queen enormously spacious upstairs room at this wonderful boutique hotel, while also checking out UCSB as a potential college transfer for her. Fireplace, patio overlooking the verdant pool/garden area, two extremely plush and comfortable queen beds, superb bathroom with Molton Brown toiletries, thick towels, well-stocked bar with many nice edible goodies, desk, flat screen TV, nice cotton waffle robes - goodness, what more could we want? And yes, the breakfast in the morning was light but delicious - mmm, that spinach quiche. And the chocolate cookies upon arrival! Not to mention the ample garage with FREE parking. If my niece gets accepted at UCSB, this will become my second home. Love, love, love.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We recently spent 1 night in Santa Barbara at the Inn of the Spanish Garden and both were so beautiful we were sad that we hadn't planned a longer stay. The Inn is one of those places that is very difficult to fault - welcoming, friendly and incredibly comfortable. The very large rooms are full of simple, stylish & luxurious touches ... everything you could possibly want including many things you don't even know that you might want (Molton Brown bath products!).

The staff were lovely and recommended a great restaurant for dinner (Arch Rock Fish). We finished our evening with a large glass of Pinot Noir sitting by the fires in the courtyard.

I would urge anyone considering a visit to Santa Barbara to treat themselves to a stay at this hotel.

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  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We live in Santa Barbara and The Inn of the Spanish Garden is where we stay when we have work done on our house that requires we move out for a couple days (e.g., floor refinishing). This small, boutique hotel is a great find. The Spanish courtyard and touches in the rooms make this place very special. It is located just a couple of blocks off of the main street, State Street, in downtown which makes walking anywhere downtown quite doable. This is the place we have put up visitors who come to town on business and they are forever grateful.

Room Tip: Restaurant to my knowledge is breakfast only, but snacks & wine available all day.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Wonderful boutique hotel. Just the right size and walking distance to everything.

Rooms ate awesome as well as the staff. Made us great reservations for dinner: Downey's and Seagrass. Great experience.

Thx!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a five night stay at the Inn of the Spanish Garden. It was our first visit to Santa Barbara and this little hideaway was perfect. Just a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of State Street, this quiet boutique hotel was in walking distance of great restaurants and shopping. And only a 15 minute walk to the ocean. Our room (Number 10) overlooked the small pool area, was quiet, spacious and clean. Every morning we were greeted by the cordial staff overseeing the continental breakfast (lattes included). The personnel at the front desk were valuable in helping us restaurant selections, hiking areas and sight seeing ideas....special kudos to Brian and Izimu. We would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Santa Barbara, but would not recommend to families with small children...to us it was the perfect 'adult' getaway.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

We stayed in January and the weather was cool. Our room had a gas fireplace, as most or all rooms do, which was both attractive and effective at taking the chill off of the room. There was also a regular heat/ac system. The room was spacious, nice seating area by the fire, nice bathroom and amenities. It is near the courhouse and shopping yet in a very quiet location. Our room and balcony overlooked an open courtyard with a fountain which would be a great place to lounge in warmer weather. Breakfast was included and was good. Wine is available and some limited snack items from the kitched. The cheese plate was great and enough for four people. The staff was friendly and attentive, but not intrusive. We felt comfortable and "at home" from the minute we got there. It gets a little $$$$ during higher demand times but is definitely worth some extra dollars.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

When i want to stay someplace romantic in Santa Barbara, something smaller and more personal than the Biltmore (another favorite) i always come to the Inn at the Spanish garden. All of the rooms have fire places, bath tubs and comfortable beds- perfect for romance and relaxation! Even cozy when it rains!

Free wine tastings in the lobby give you a chance mingle if you want, or just something fun to do before dinner. Locations is very central to downtown if you want to go out, and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful if you want to set up an wine tasting or other excursions.

if i recall correctly, they don't have a restaurant so no room service, but they make up for it with their DVD library (i just love this at a hotel, i don't know why!)

Anyhow, if you stay here for either romance or business, i don't think you will be disappointed.

Room Tip: I prefer NOT over the pool for extra privacy
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  • Stayed March 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 Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#8 Business Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Spanish Garden Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the jewel of luxury boutique Santa Barbara hotels. Spanish Garden Inn offers a sophisticated Spanish-Mediterranean inspired design, quality amenities and close attention to personal service. The hotel epitomizes the vitality of the City and honors its tradition by recreating the history, romance and intrigue of Spanish Colonial Santa Barbara. ... more   less 
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Inn Of The Spanish Garden Hotel Santa Barbara
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