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“Wedding Party” 5 of 5 stars
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Inn On Summerhill
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2520 Lillie Ave, Summerland, CA 93067   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Summerland B&B and Inns
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wedding Party”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I love this place. Great staff, amazing breakfasts, beautiful rooms. We rented out this b and b for our wedding and have spent many happy anniversaries there. Yes, it is a little too close to the 101 but Santa Barbara has a train going through it at all hours anyway so we didn't mind it. We loved the hospitality of this charming b a and b!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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portland
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36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I stayed at this Inn more than a year ago, as a gift from a friend who lives in Monceito, nearby. We both had a lovely room overlooking the ocean. I liked the decor and the private little garden area for sipping wine, or reading. The highway noise was not a big concern. Breakfast was more than ample, and the lobby personnel, the wine service and nibbles, all very happy-making and easy. A walk through the village is a must. Terrific antique shops, garden shops and clothing stores, plus a very fun and lively pub where President Bill Clinton once played the sax, spontaneously, when he was president. I would defiintely return to the Inn on Summerhill. I stayed downstairs in the last room on the left, my friend stayed in the first room on the right, downstairs. We both felt our rooms were furnished nicely, elegantly and made us feel good to be in them. The beds are excellent. Parking is easy. And, you are in paradise - Summerland, Montecito, Santa Barbara? The best.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Forest, California
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110 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The room was ample and decoration was comfy cozy.
Altough warned of Fwy noise and occasional train, the room was quiet at night and during the day it did not seem bothersome. The views were quite nice from the balcony and enjoyed walking to the small town of Summerland. We could also walk to the beach as well.
Staff was great, food was good and there are only 17 rooms so it was very private overall.
We had the hot stone massage on site, spa on site but accomodated the 2 of us just fine. I am thinking 2 at a time (in the same room is about max.)
For a nice weekend retreat and some peace and quiet I would recommend this property.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

My husband and I just spend two days/nights at the Inn on Summerhill. We had a great time. We arrived a little early so the front desk gave us a few food recommendations. We headed to the sandwich deli just east of the Inn. We then headed to the beach for some sun. The Front Desk wasn't joking, we COULD have walked to the beach from the inn, but choose to drive.
We stayed in Room #1. We were a little nervous that we would have a ton of noise from people coming and going... Not at all! The noise level for being right off the HWY and train tracks was minimal. Yes, during mid-morning/Afternoon it was a little noisy but overall, no complaints.

Inn on Summerhill does a great job at accommodating their guests. We were greeted with a complimentary bottle of champagne for our anniversary. We spent the mornings on the main houses porch eating their great assortment of fruit, coffee, tea, and pastries. They also provide afternoon wine and appetizers and Evening desserts.

***We had a great stay and will recommend and return to the Inn on Summerhill.

Do note that the restaurants within walking distance open a little later/close earlier than normal.

Room Tip: They had a few rooms with balcony's. They are over the lobby. But in the morning/afteroon they w...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

My husband booked three nights at Inn at Summerhill for my "big" birthday getaway trip recently. We usually love quaint little inns and B&Bs and prefer them over hotels. We've had one experience where we got up and left during the night at one B&B from hearing noisy neighbors in the next room. I hoped this would not be one of those experiences when my husband voice a little concern about noise at this inn. But noise wasn't an issue even though this inn is situated above Hwy. 1 across from the beach. With the balcony doors closed, there's very little noise. And if you decide you want to turn on the music that is piped throughout the room and bath, even better. So do not run away from this place. Run to it. It's really worth the bit of nearby traffic blips.

Inn at Summerhill was really wonderful for this getaway. We stayed in Room 15 with an ocean view with an ample balcony (and view of the front parking lot and street). The room was quite superb with sumptuous canopy bed and elegant French country/English country furnishings. An armoire was part closet, part entertainment unit with a fridge filled daily with complimentary bottled water. Ours also came with a large tray of chocolate dipped strawberries and wine for my birthday. We feasted on the strawberries for the three-day stay.

Breakfasts were was sumptuous as the beds, served in the dining room or on the front patio or in your room, as we did the first day. Teas, coffee and fresh juices are self-served, along with a table filled with muffins, scones, croissants and other pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal is available to serve yourself while you wait for the wonderful chefs to prepare your hot meal. The first day our fare was a delicious frittata accompanied by wonderful chicken apple sausage links. Another breakfast was fluffy scrambled eggs with scallions and feta and bacon strips. Everything was beautifully prepared and plated and tasted fabulous. We enjoyed warm cookies one evening after returning rather late from our outings. The kitchen was closed, but we were offered tea and drinks with our cookies. Very nice. Although the Inn offers wine and cheese tastings every evening, we were always off exploring and wasn't able to experience it.

My husband treated me to a luxurious massage and facial on the first day at the Inn. Pamela was my clinician and she was perfect! Wish I could transport her back to Texas with me as she gave one of the best massages and facials I have experienced in some time. I left the spa area feeling extremely relaxed with all the kinks out, and ready to face a day of exploring Santa Barbara and playing on the beach.

The staff at Inn at Summerhill were young and vibrant and friendly and helpful. One young lady, in particular, and I did not get her name, was extremely engaging and helpful. She even carried my heavy suitcase upstairs for me, which I did not expect. The cleaning staff was wonderful as well. Everything was perfectly clean and pristine every day and every evening they appeared for turn down service with chocolates.

We hope to return to this lovely inn to explore more of the beautiful California coast. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being in the Inn at Summerhill and didn't want to leave.

Room Tip: We loved our Room 15. Lovely and comfortable!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Louisville, Kentucky
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41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I read reviews about the noice on Hwy 1 in front of inn and decided to book anyway because of all the nice comments. It is noicy highway, and it is loud, but because we live in an urban area, it did not bother us. We were on 2nd flood and we slept with the deck door open!
The room had very nice furnishings. Bathroom somewhat small, but many times that is the case in a BB or inn. Front desk was very helpful selecting a restaurant and making reservations for us.
We were offered breakfast in our room, which we accepted. Liked the convenience, but food would have been warmer if we had eaten in dining area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We only wanted to stay one night in Santa Barbara and most places would only take bookings for two nights on a Friday or Saturday, so we ended up staying slightly out of town at the Inn on Summerhill. The location is a bit noisy as next to a busy road but you cannot hear any traffic at all with the windows closed. The rooms are excellent - very clean, very modern and comfortable with a large bed. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the rest of the property and the lobby is nice to look at and well decorated. It's not far into town, and if you want a good value one night stay near Santa Barbara, then this is the place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2520 Lillie Ave, Summerland, CA 93067
Location: United States > California > Summerland
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Summerland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Inn On Summerhill 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Property Amenities: Air conditioned, fireplaces, private bath w/Jacuzzi tubs, refrigerators, Cable TVs w/VCRs/DVDs, radios, clock, instant hot faucet for coffee/tea, ceiling fans, canopy beds w/pillow top mattresses, telephone in room and baths, voice-mail, balcony or patio in all rooms. Complimentary full breakfast, afternoon wine and hors' doevres, evening dessert, and turn down service. ... more   less 
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