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Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages

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36 W Valerio St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2524
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
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4.7
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.7
Value
4.4
The Cheshire Cat Inn features two stately Queen Anne Victorian homes, an elegant coach house with two suites and four two bed-roomed cottages, all surrounded by lush flower filled gardens and patios. The Inn is situated just one block from Santa Barbara's main shopping street, which is full of attractive courtyards and alleys. The Old Mission is an easy 20-minute walk in one direction and the beach a brisk 40 minutes in the other. Each one of the sunny guest rooms and cottages is unique, with an individual charm and ranges from the elegant to the whimsical. Some are larger split-level junior suites with private balconies, some have in-room Jacuzzi s and fireplaces. This romantic Santa Barbara inn also features flat screen LCD/DVD, ironing boards and refrigerators. There is free Wi-Fi and parking. All rooms have private baths and direct dial telephones.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Express check-in / check-out
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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DWH wrote a review Aug 16
St. Albans, United Kingdom13 contributions16 helpful votes
We stayed in the Woodford which was a fabulous bungalow for four. The whole place oozed class and we would certainly recommend to all travellers. Having breakfast included was a real bonus and the accommodation is very handy for State Street. All in all, we loved it here
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Marjorie M wrote a review Aug 6
Framingham, Massachusetts5 contributions6 helpful votes
I stayed in the Twiddledum room for 4 nights. This is a very large suite with living room, kitchenette, dining area, big bedroom with jacuzzi, huge walk in closet, and nice sized bathroom. Lots of elbow room, Room was clean and grounds were well kept. The continental breakfast was yummy--very good tart yogurt with granola and fruit followed by decadent croissants (one sweet, one plain). Plus lots of good coffee. The staff did not enter the room during the stay which was fine by me. My party had to leave before the crack of dawn and the staff delivered a to go bag with a banana and a croissant the night before. Two thumbs up for sure!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: Tweedledum is a very large suite. My sister stayed in the Alice room which is quite small with a...
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Richard Mabbutt wrote a review Jul 2022
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Loved this place! We stayed in the March Hare room, which wasn't the biggest but big enough, and with a very comfortable bed. What really made our 2-night stay special was the hospitality from the moment we arrived. We were welcomed like old friends and the breakfast was one of the best we enjoyed during our 3-week California road trip. The beach was easily walkable (approx 40 mins), and the town itself was en route, so the walk was an enjoyable meander along State Street and around the Funk Zone.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Marian W wrote a review Jun 2022
Uckfield, United Kingdom130 contributions96 helpful votes
We stayed in The Duchess room at The Cheshire Cat Inn for 2 nights in June as part of a road trip through California. All of the staff we came in contact with during our stay were friendly and helpful and the inn itself was clean and well located with ample private parking. It's only a couple of minutes walk from State Street where all the shops and restaurants are and if you are feeling energetic, you can walk the whole way down State Street to Stearns Wharf or the beach. Our room, Duchess, was quiet, clean and spacious - comfortable bed, nice bathroom and everything we needed for our stay. The Molton Brown toiletries were great as it adds to the feeling of luxury. Breakfast was served on the patio in the gardens (which have loads of seating areas and are a great place to relax - not that we had time to relax!). There is fresh orange, tea and coffee and yoghurt and granola followed by either pastries or a hot option. We liked that you could also help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day in the lounge area. That was a nice touch. There are many brilliant restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk from the Inn and the innkeepers were happy to provide recommendations when asked. Cheshire Cat Inn is a quirky and comfortable place to stay in Santa Barbara.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Duchess room was lovely and spacious with a soaking tub and shower.
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Drdavefamilydoc wrote a review May 2022
Roseville, California21 contributions5 helpful votes
What a find! We traveled to Santa Barbara to return to my alma mater,UCSB, to visit after a long absence. Searching Trip Advisor I found Cheshire Cat Inn. Simon,the owner operator,greeted us with a warm feeling,showed us to our room, Alice’s, upstairs overlooking the gardens and the lovely mountains. Though small,the bathroom and shower were more than adequate with terrific bedding and towels. Breakfast each morning was a delight! Served outside on the patio and gazebo with great fresh squeezed orange juice,coffees and teas,and choice of delicious continental breakfast or savory each day announced the evening before by text so choices could be made. A frittata one morning,French toast with blue berries another each preceded by fresh tasty local fruit and yogurt and granola. Again, we cannot say enough about how the hospitality and gracious accommodating we encountered after three days in this lovely B&B. Last,but not least. This is a great location, one block from main street,State St. Walking to dinners each night was a plus! Local highlights, Mission Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf, Montecito are minutes away. Super place to stay,relax and enjoy! Thank you Simon,and the Inn for such a great return to Santa Barbara!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jackie D wrote a review May 2022
Poole, United Kingdom238 contributions87 helpful votes
What a gem! We stayed for 2 nights in ‘Alice’s Room’; a spacious king room with balcony. It was very comfortable - lots of pillows, super soft towels and lovely Molten Brown toiletries. Carolyn provided a very warm welcome and some useful info about Santa Barbara. The breakfasts on the patio were fabulous; delicious freshly prepared breakfasts served by a friendly team in a tranquil courtyard setting - a truly lovely way to start the day. The location is very handy for State Street with all its shops, cafes, restaurants etc. We loved Cheshire Cat Inn and would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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cranehillbarn wrote a review Apr 2022
Cheltenham, United Kingdom114 contributions82 helpful votes
We chose to stay at the Cheshire Cat hotel during our recent tour of California and beyond. We were drawn to the quirkiness of the rooms - not the usual corporate set up. We were not disappointed, our rooms Jeans (ironic as my Mother-in-Law is called Jean!) was tastefully decorated and furnished. The room was spacious with a large comfy bed and more than enough space to swing the proverbial ‘Cheshire cat’ (sorry!!!!) The en-suite sported a powerful shower and wc with a period washbasin in the corner of the room. Breakfast is served in the courtyard - maybe a bit more choice would be better. Overall the stay was very good and we would return.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TLCbikes wrote a review Mar 2022
Littleton, Colorado42 contributions15 helpful votes
After a 2-year Covid delay, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary (so now actually 42nd) in Santa Barbara. Our stay at Cheshire Cat was great! Coming from Colorado, it was so nice to have the green gardens, flowering shrubs and plants, and al fresco breakfasts on the patio every morning. All staff were very pleasant and conversational. Our room, the Queen of Hearts opened to its own patio and had a separate sitting room. The bed was comfortable (no morning back aches). Location is very convenient and we walked to dinner when we stayed in town. Parking has an EV spot! The brother and sister team went out of their way to make us feel welcomed, had great recommendations, and really helped out my wife after she left a few things behind. Thanks Cheshire Cat!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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BallroomDancer2 wrote a review Mar 2022
San Bernardino, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
This was my first stay at Cheshire Cat, but it will not be my last! I was welcomed from the moment I parked. Simon and Caroline are exceptional hosts!! And the staff is so friendly. The breakfast was delicious! My suite, Tweedledumb, was beyond my expectations. One of the most relaxing vacations I have had. Thank you for your hospitality.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Greg B wrote a review Oct 2021
Los Angeles257 contributions188 helpful votes
We had a very nice stay at the Inn. Many inns and hotels excel at their facilities but service suffers. Not so at the Cheshire Cat. The innkeeper. Simon, saw us pull up and ran out to great us. We thought that was very nice but found he was always looking out for us and other guests. One time I guess he saw me start to pull into the parking area and I did not see a space so I parked on the street..and he ran out to say he would move his car for me. We were going out in a short time so I said that was ok. Later I got a text from him saying he put a cone up in his parking space and I could use it when I came back from dinner. Wow. But I also heard him with other guests and he was just as friendly and helpful with them. I have stayed at lot of bed and breakfasts over the years and while the innkeepers tend to be very attentive and treat you like a guest in their home, I think he beat them all. The Inn, as it looks in the photos, looks like several large old houses that were converted to a bed and breakfast. There is a courtyard and very large garden area with a gazebo that was very relaxing having breakfast, and later I even sat and did some work from the gazebo, but found myself watching the birds fluttering about in the trees and sipping water from the fountain! Breakfast was served in the gazebo and in the courtyard. Lovely place for breakfast. I could have stayed there all day. Because of Covid they were not using the indoor common areas (which looked like the living room and dining rooms from the old house which was made into the Inn). Breakfast was yogurt with fruit and granola along with a choice of fresh baked croissants (best i have had..even better than Paris) or some kind of hot dish (one morning it was a French toast brioche casserole which was like bread pudding..and the other day it was a Mexican strata which is also a casserole. It was a perfect breakfast. Just right to start the day, and wonderfully prepared. I loved it so much i meant to ask for the recipe for the strata but forgot to ask. We had the White Rabbit room. While I was a little concerned as to whether the rooms were going to be over the top with Alice in Wonderland treatments (a la Madonna Inn type), I was pleasantly surprised that it was very subtle. Our room had a small stained-glass window above the bed with the rabbit in it, and clock on the wall with the rabbit. The room just looked like a nicely appointed, quaint, room. Our room was a fairly large room with a small balcony (if you look at the pictures you will see a step up to the bed area from the sitting room area). There is also a step up to the bathroom. As with most bed and breakfasts, the only downside with the room is the small bathroom and sink. The bathroom had a walk in shower and a toilet and just outside of the bathroom was a small sink (while the room itself is well appointed and well kept, the bathroom could, in my view, use a remodel). Also, as with many bed and breakfasts, there is not a lot of space to put all your toiletries (there are some small shelves against the wall next to the sink but it was not enough for us). We found ourselves putting most of our toiletries on the table in the sitting area (the sitting area had a table and chairs and there was also a desk with chair). But as I said, I think almost every bed and breakfast has that problem. The bed was a bit firm for me. But was just right for my wife. The website photos are a fair representation of the Inn and our room. Wifi for the most part was fine and a reasonable speed. But I found in our room it did go in and out a bit but in the garden or on our balcony I had nice service. There was also a reasonable amount of plugs available to charge our devices. While I would recommend staying there, and its far nicer than most of the hotels along State Street, the Inn was a bit farther walk to the main part of State Street then what I had thought it would be. There is small market a block away, and some restaurants about half a dozen blocks away (and an IHOP on the corner), but the main part of State street is at least a half hour or more walk. While we found parking in the city lots, the town was not that busy the weekend we went. So driving from the Inn to the main part of town could be a problem finding parking depending on how packed the town is. Overall, between the service, room comfort, lovely garden and common areas, I would highly recommend a stay at the Inn.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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$297 - $442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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cheshire cat hotel santa barbara, cheshire cat bed breakfast, cheshire cat inn santa barbara
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United StatesCaliforniaSanta Barbara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.6 miles), Old Mission Santa Barbara (0.7 miles), and Italian Pottery Outlet (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bouchon, Jeannine's Bakery, and Lilac Patisserie.
Is Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Santa Barbara.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.6 miles), Casa del Herrero (4.3 miles), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (0.7 miles).