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“Great for families with Small active kids” 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
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great for families with Small active kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My daughter is 15 months old and this hotel was great for families with kids that age.. We didn't ask to childproof it, but it was perfect anyway. The Bed and all tables were high enough so she couldn't pull things down. The little yard attached to the room was fenced so we had our privacy and the baby had no way to escape. I could actually lay down and not worry about her jumping out of the balcony or hurting herself by pulling the the kettle from the table down on herself
Hotel's vibe is great too. Super close to State street.
We walked all the way to the water, about 20-30min walk, prefetch for me, but I enjoy walking a lot

  • Stayed December 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
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This Inn was a perfect choice for my husband and I. We only had one night but I wish we could have stayed longer. We had room #20 which had a cute patio over looking the pool. It was a great room but might try a second floor room next time for some added privacy from other guests walking by and to avoid loud foot steps in the room above. The Inn was so adorable and quant! The service was superb, the breakfast was delicious with cinnamon rolls and quiche being our favorite. The food in the fridge and snacks were a very reasonable price compared to stays at chain hotels. Our room had a fireplace, which was a huge factor, plus a fabulous deep tub! There were no jets, just a soaking tub but it was wonderful! The soaps and amenities were very high class and liked by both my husband and myself. They gave us two free glasses of wine for our anniversary celebration, which was an unexpected nice touch! I can't think of one bad thing to say or suggest, it was just fabulous! There were robes, slippers, hair dryer, and other stuff which made traveling for one night easier with less to bring.

Room Tip: First floor room #20 had a great pool view from a small patio; however, you could hear footsteps on...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
Thank you for the lovely review and for the great photos. So glad that you chose us for your Anniversary celebration.

Please come back and visit us again soon.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Chicago
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My wife and I took a mid-week, two day trip to Santa Barbara in late December prior to an LA-based wedding that weekend. We found Spanish Garden Inn (SGI) through TripAdvisor and several other travel sites. We briefly considered the Canary (KImpton) hotel, but ultimately went with SGI.

Our 48 hours at SGI were excellent - spacious deluxe room w/ superb bathroom, balcony, fire place, and small balcony facing onto a lovely garden. Although it was included, we ate our breakfast elsewhere both days, but did notice the dining room to be comfortably full both mornings (and we loved the all-day takeout coffee and fresh squeezed OJ). Location of hotel is close to several of SB's best restaurants, and about three blocks from the main street in Santa Barbara. The free, onsite underground parking lot is also a perk (see: having to pay $20+ a day for parking at the Canary).

While understandably unable to accommodate our request for an early check-in, the hotel did provide us a complimentary wine tasting our first night.

Staff was very personable. We booked our own restaurant reservations, but they seemed quite knowledgeable about local dining/drinking options without trying to steer guests to a certain establishment.

We would certainly stay again in the future!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Mr. HRWoods,

Thank you for the kind words and for taking the time to share your thoughts. We do believe it is important that our guests feel that not only was their experience terrific but that it was fairly priced as well. To that end we are the only upscale property in Santa Barbara to include Breakfast and Parking in the room rate.

We can't wait to welcome you back in the near future. Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Wonderful place. We stayed one night with two children in the majestic suite where the sofa became a sleeping bed for the kids. The staff was helpful and friendly. Quiet place, close to everything, elevator from parking garage right next to the room.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethesda, Maryland
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13 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

For spouse and I, a big anniversary on the Pacific far from home back East was boosted by the Spanish Garden Inn's wonderful blend of location, style, service and many little touches. The result is exactly what we like most: being away but feeling like we're at home. From long experience, we know excellence is never accidental. The service, the smiles, the breakfast room, the easy garage, Brian's happy enthusiasm at the front desk are all additive. No plastic plants, polyester sheets or dead light bulbs, just quiet terraces and patios to remind you that you are in Southern Califormia even in December. A special place.

Room Tip: Views of the mountains from east-facing windows did the trick.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stayed at the Spanish Garden Inn for the first time in November. it was lovely. Rooms are well appointed, service was extremely good and the breakfast was just perfect. The Inn has a great location. We could walk to dinner each night - although Santa Barbara has no street lights, which makes the side streets kind of dark for walking. Our hosts were generous with their time and recommendations. The atmosphere is comfortable and casual. The Inn is a great base for exploring Santa Barbara, the coast and the nearby wine country.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear litho,

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us. We hope it is the first of many future visits. I would agree with you that our location is an excellent one for those who want to explore downtown Santa Barbara's exceptional dining scene on foot.

Thank you again,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Santa Cruz, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We have enjoyed staying at the SGI several times and have always had a spectacular visit. As stated in other reviews the rooms are quite spacious and cosy at the same time. Being that we were there during the holidays the last few years we take Christmas twinkle lights and other holiday amenities to make our digs holiday appropriate.
The continental breakfast and newspaper selection make the morning so pleasant. The cinnamon rolls, smoothies, quiche etc are wonderful as are the breakfast crew that are so helpful.
The central location is another bonus. We truly enjoy parking our car and walking throughout Santa Barbara. You are a hop, skip, and a jump from shopping, great dining, the museum and theaters.
The amenities in the rooms are luxe as well, Molton Brown products and the largest plushest bath towels anywhere. In summary all of the above made our stay memorable, yet again!

Room Tip: We prefer the second floor overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear Jilldeville,

Thank you for making the Spanish Garden Inn a regular part of your holiday festivities. I love that you take the time and effort to decorate your guest room for the season. What a terrific idea!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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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 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Luxury 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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