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Simpson House Inn
Ranked #1 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 26, 2012

This 5 Diamond B & B located in downtown Santa Barbara is a must. Situated on and acre of land, the 1864 Victorian house and Carriage House are considered one of the best examples of this building type in California. The owners have restored this property to pristine condition, furnished with many authentic antiques.
We enjoyed a two night getaway, and loved the peace and quiet found behind the garden walls. Evening serves a nice wine and cheese tasting, One can walk to many great places to dine for dinner within a few blocks. The breakfast the next morning was superb. While not priced for the faint of heart, this is worth a trip.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Others have describe this place well. I thought o just submit my review to triple confirm what everyone else has mentioned about this place. Perfect accommodation. Great location. A little bit pricy for us but we enjoyed every minute of it. (We also stayed during thanksgiving so that might be it). You get the 5 start service. You almost want to stay in and not explore Santa Barbara:-) We checked in late and got out right a way but stayed the next morning and relaxed till noon before we check out.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

From the moment we arrived, we knew we had chosen the right place to stay in Santa Barbara! We were greeted at our car the minute we parked and personally welcomed into the House by our gracious hostess who personally introduced us to our gorgeous room and explained all the amenities. We stayed in the Katherine McCormick room in the main house and, although our room was small, it had abundant character and we loved it. The decor was charming and the amenities were perfect (Kiehls bathroom products, bathrobes, media facilities including an extensive movie library, internet access etc).

As it was our anniversary, the staff had prepared a beautiful Red Velvet cake and card especially for us. We were also served delicious pre-dinner canapes and drinks and our hostess recommended (and booked a table for us) at a fabulous local restaurant. It was an easy stroll from the Simpson House to the main street of Santa Barbara for dinner and we felt completely safe doing so at night. Despite being only minutes from the centre of town, the Simpson House is a tranquil oasis, hidden behind impressive hedges and set amidst a beautiful, verdant garden with water fountains. We slept so soundly in this peaceful idyll.

In the morning, a delicious multi-course breakfast was served in the garden and on the beautiful veranda by very attentive staff, and upon departure, we received gifts and were farewelled like family members.

Thank goodness the owners of this beautiful historical residence fought for its preservation as The Simpson House is one of Santa Barbara's treasures. The care and attention invested in its restoration has produced a beautiful home. Thank you to all the wonderful staff - you made our stay truly memorable.

We highly recommend the Simpson House and would definitely stay there again if we ever return to Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic and beautiful B@B. We highly recommend to all. Only a couple blocks off of State Street. My husband and I just loved it! We would definitely recommend to all. Location is only two blocks off of State Street. Complimentary bikes were available to us. Breakfast was.over the top.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

We stayed for one night at Simpson on our drive from LA to San Francisco. The inn was beautiful and service was impeccable from our arrival. We were greeted by Kerry at our car and given a tour of the house and explanation of the house services. We stayed in the sun room which was worth every penny. The room has its own large private roof deck which proved wonderful to see the stars and for a rooftop breakfast delivered to the room. It was very special. The food was fabulous. The inn is very close to the Main Street of SB which was convenient for dinner. I highly recommend Simpson if you are looking for a great B&B.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

It was an expensive two night stay but the extra details made it special. Relaxing in the garden was somewhat spoiled by external traffic and gardening noises. Clearly this is not their fault! On the other hand the location makes lots of the attractions of Santa Barbara very walkable. Plenty of good restaurants nearby.
The staff are charming.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a beautifully restored and maintained house and nicely landscaped grounds. But most of all the hospitality was excellent. We arrived in the afternoon and were immediately offered refreshments. The happy hour hors d'oeuvres were substantial and excellent. Breakfast was sit-down and tablecloth worthy. A wonderful relaxing place the is worthy of the 5-star rating.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 121 E Arrellaga St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1903
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range: $339 - $584 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Simpson House Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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