We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Spanish Garden Inn, and would agree wholeheartedly with the positive reviews already posted here! We stayed in Room #14 and found it to be perfect for what we needed. The room and bathroom was very clean, high-end linens and towels, and a great location to all the shopping and restaurants on State Street. I appreciated the help from Brian in making dinner reservations in advance of our arrival. The continental breakfast was fine although I would highly recommend taking a short walk to Handlebar Coffee a block and a half away! Best coffee in Santa Barbara!
We were in town for a lazy long weekend to get some sun and visit the wineries nearby, but besides Brian, we found the rest of the front desk staff really didn't want to spend a lot of time answering questions or providing assistance. Oh well - it was a fabulous stay regardless!