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“Full of character -a delight” 5 of 5 stars
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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #2 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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33 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Full of character -a delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed for two nights whist on a self drive tour of Western USA. I chose it because of previous reviews and I liked the picture! Great decision. We had a lovely upstairs room overlooking the pool ( which,to be honest, needed a clean) and loved it. The staff were all friendly and helpful, the setting was great -lovely courtyard- and it was ideal for the beach and centre. Breakfasts were slightly restricted but good and parking was free to guests.
Thoroughly recommended. Please go.

Room Tip: We had room 23 which was lovely.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We recently spent a weekend at the Inn while we were in town to attend my niece's wedding. It's a nice, quiet little place located in the downtown area. The service is great, as is the breakfast, and the courtyard is a nice place to relax. There are only two comments that prevent me from giving this 5 stars. First, we were on the ground floor and it sounded like elephants were in the room above us, so I suggest you ask for an upper story room. Second, my wife came out of the shower only to find a maintenance man in the room despite the fact we had the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door. After some friendly persuasion he agreed to come back later.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
JaxSwiss,

Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your stay. We are so glad that we were able to accommodate you for your special weekend. Let me personally apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with our maintenance team. Our guest's privacy is one of our top priorities and it is disappointing to learn that we interrupted yours. I have spoken to the team and we are making some changes to our procedures to prevent this from happening again.

Next time you are visiting Santa Barbara, please contact me at the hotel and I will personally handle your reservation.

Thank you again,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Scotts Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a weekend at the Spanish Garden Inn. It was our anniversary so I wanted to stay somewhere nice, yet cozy and romatic with a Santa Barbara flair. With only 23 rooms and a short walk to State Street, it was exactly what I was hoping for. The architecture and landscaping are tasteful. We loved the room with a balcony overlooking the pool. The courtyard was a perfect spot to sip champagne and wine. The staff is attentive without being intrusive. My husband really enjoyed the complimentary breakfast and cookies. It's nice that the parking is free too.

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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Mindi,

Thank you for choosing to spend your special weekend with us. We are always excited to have people spend their anniversary with us. You two were very sweet and we enjoyed having you here so please know that you don't have to wait another year to visit us...I hear half-year anniversaries are the next big thing :-)

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

we happened to stay here and boy are we glad we did. The staff was wonderful and the
breakfast room is darling. you can eat in it or out in a wonderful courtyard. Our room was
charming with a fireplace and unique furniture. The location is great, a short walk to the
main shopping street and the mission.
movies and popcorn if you want provided free by staff. Covered parking in garage and no
valet fee.
we will for sure stay again

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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
We appreciate your sharing your experiences with us. So nice to hear that you had a memorable stay at the Spanish Garden Inn. I will let the staff know that you were impressed by the work they do.

Should you venture out west in the future, please come and stay with us again.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Although the Spanish garden Inn wasn't near the beach... but because it had been given such a high rating we thought we would put the rating of higher than the Biltmore! to the test...... How correct the rating was at #1 every little detail had been thought of breakfast that can be enjoyed in the lovely Spanish courtyard, a fire place in the room, lots of goodies in a basket to pick from in the room, complimentary pop corn and video library. The most helpful reception guys (one in particular but his name escapes me) sent us to well priced restaurant called Roy's really great food rather a grumpy waitress that warmed up by the end of the meal. Highly recommend the Spanish Garden Inn. Thank you x

Room Tip: Court yard rooms are the best
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Thank you very much for writing to share your experiences. We are so happy to hear that you had a great stay with us. Roy is one of my favorite local restaurants, best place to get a steak at midnight!

Next time you travel stateside, please do come back and visit us

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Has to be one of my favourite hotels in the US. Feels very Mediterranean, relaxing and calm. Rooms are good size with character as not just a standard box. We had a gorgeous balcony overlooking the pool in room 18 I think. The deepest bathtub I have been in and the complimentary breakfast was delicious as well as being able to eat it in the picturesque courtyard.

Room Tip: Rink we stayed in room 18
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad that you had a memorable experience with us. Our bathtubs are indeed one of our most popular amenities.

Next time you travel to the United States, please do come back and visit us again.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Most of the reviews are accurate. The Inn is lovely, quiet and relaxing. The staff is wonderful. They are all very knowledgable and eager to help make your stay the best it can be. The location is close to everything, State Street, restaurants, easy access to the highway. Breakfast was more than the food - beautiful surroundings, splash of the fountain, a sunny place to start your day. The evening offerred candles everywhere, cookies, and a small fire pit to enjoy. The rooms are large, comfortable, have lovely balconies and a fireplace (at least in #2.) Showers are large with a seat, great water pressure and temperature and Molton Brown products. We went to look at the Four Seasons, and while a lovely place, our preference is the more intimate Inn with its welcoming staff.

We are fortunate enough to travel frequently and this is now one of our favorite places.

Room Tip: We loved #2 overlooking the patio. Lots of sunlight.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Thank you for writing such a lovely review of your experience with us. Your comments about breakfast expressed precisely our sentiments about the whole experience.

To clarify for future visits, all of our rooms do have fireplaces and a balcony or patio. Please come back and visit us again soon.

Thank you again.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
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Property: Spanish Garden Inn
Address: 915 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1414
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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 Family Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#2 Luxury Hotel in Santa Barbara
#5 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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