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“Spanish Garden Inn is an Oasis in Santa Barbara” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Spanish Garden Inn is an Oasis in Santa Barbara”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

Spanish Garden Inn is an Oasis near the center of all that is Santa Barbara. Its location makes it easily walkable to The Presidio, Museums, most excellent restaurants, shops and nightlife. We had the best stay in Santa Barbara due to location of these accommodations that provides a great breakfast, quite rooms and pool. We were able to see the sites after breakfast return too cool off in the pool after lunch and before dinner out, finally to return to our oasis for wine tasting or Smores for desert, cooked over an outdoor fire.
The staff was more than helpful; the facilities were beautiful and well maintained, along with easy parking.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian M
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Christine P, Director of Sales at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Brian M,
It seems we are often referred to as an oasis. Moving from the action of downtown into our hotel property is such a pleasant feeling. It's great you were able to take advantage of what our location provides. There is so much, so close, yet you'd never suspect it until you magically happen upon it. I'm glad you enjoyed the breakfast and the room accommodations. Our staff is always delighted to hear positive comments about their service. And, as you found out, the Smores can really top off a busy day in Santa Barbara!
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Milan, Italy
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Delicius and charmant hotel, very kind staff, perfect beds and big rooms, excellent breakfast. The hotel deserves the stay even if it is not on the sea. One of the best hotel I saw during my travel in California!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Babi_sanremo
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Christine P, Director of Sales at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Hello Babi,
Grazie mille! It was our pleasure.
Fino alla prossima volya!
Enjoy your travels!
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We sadly only stayed here for 1 night on our road trip in California. We arrived after dark after a long drive from Las Vegas and were welcomed into our beautiful room, overlooking the pool. This hotel is truly lovely. The staff are helpful and attentive. The breakfasts are good too, with pastries, fruit salad, cereals, quiche, fresh meats and cheese etc. they have a lovely garden area, with a fountain, lots of lovely plants etc. very relaxed place to eat breakfast.

They recommended a lovely restaurant, just a block away and we had the best meal ever. We sat outside in the garden area, which was covered in fairy lights. Each table had a fire pit in the middle, so you didn't get chilly. They has a live band on, which played easy listening music, whilst we ate the gorgeous Lebanese food and drank lots of wine!!!

We loved our short stay here and will hopefully come back one day for a longer visit.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christine P, Director of Sales at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Hello there,
We're very glad you found us and had such an enjoyable stay in Santa Barbara. You made the most out of a one-night visit! The restaurant you enjoyed is Zaytoon, one of our favorites and so close! Thank you for the breakfast compliments and I will pass on your positive comments to our staff. We appreciate you writing this review and look forward to your next stay with us!
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St. Lucia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at Spanish Gardens. The rooms are larger than a standard hotel room. They are high ceiling and very comfortable. They have parking and it does not cost extra. It's great to leave your car at the hotel and go for nice walks.

They have a full breakfast menu and even smoothies and an espresso machine.

We plan to return to SG in May 2014 as we had a very relaxing time.

Room Tip: The downstairs room have a little balcony facing the garden and the pool.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anna M
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Anna,

Thank you for the review. Our rooms are definitely larger than the average hotel room, especially if you include the patio/balcony that every room has. We look forward to seeing you in May!

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here in September 2013 for 2 nights in an executive king which was a very spacious room with a beautiful bathroom with both a bath and a separate shower and a very nice patio. Excellent continental breakfast with good choice that can be taken outside in the nice courtyard. Located in walking distance of the beautiful town centre and very friendly staff who gave excellent tips on what to do and where to eat. We highly recommend staying here!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
bersim,

We appreciate your taking the time to review your stay with us. The staff loves making personalized suggestions for dining and activities within walking distance of the hotel. I am pleased to hear that you appreciated their efforts.

See you next visit!

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

My boyfriend and I spent a weekend here and couldn't have asked for a lovelier experience. The staff was so friendly and helpful and the hotel is gorgeous, peaceful, and in a perfect central location for exploring Santa Barbara. The attention to detail was impeccable. Perfect for a romantic getaway!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah R
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Brian C, General Manager at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 25, 2014
Sarah,

Thank you for the review. So nice to hear that we were able to provide a romantic getaway for you and your boyfriend. I will pass on your kind words to the team.

Sincerely,

Brian Cogswell
General Manager
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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

Unpretentious and tastefully Mediterranean, meticulously maintained, and well located, the Spanish Garden Inn was the perfect choice for my group of eight this week. My room was on the second floor overlooking the beautiful Terra Cotta courtyard to which all rooms have ready access.

The rooms were smartly decorated with up-to-date amenities, furnishing, bedding, and bathrooms. The property is handicap accessible, however, the upstairs second-story rooms are not serviced by elevators, so one member of my party who is mobility impaired simply was assigned a first floor room.

I worked with Christine to makes all the advance arrangements. She was professional and responsive throughout, and checking in for all eight rooms went smoothly, as did our check out. Everything was as described.

The staff could not be more accommodating, and the names, Jordan and Ryan come to mind as being outstanding. There was a young lady as well, who could not do enough for us.

A perfect stay in a perfect setting for a reasonable rate. Within three to six blocks, so you can walk anywhere from the Spanish Garden, particularly the shops and restaurants are easily accessible on foot.

I would not hesitate to bring a small group or just a few friends back to the Spanish Garden Inn any time. There are I believe only 23 rooms, so it is a non-corporate style retreat and a pleasant, relaxed alternative to the larger business and event-style resorts, which not only are two to three times more costly, but far less intimate and comfortable.

The only drawback to Spanish Garden Inn is their lack of on-site restaurant; however they serve a fantastic, FULL complimentary continental style breakfast with delicious home-made baked goods, cereal, fresh fruit, coffee, juices, all of which which were as fine as any I've encountered. We walked to dinner and there is a private "boardroom" which can be used for a small private function.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Christine P, Director of Sales at Spanish Garden Inn, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Hello El Paso,
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. I will pass on your complimentary words to our staff. We strive to provide a high level of customer service and very much appreciate your positive acknowledgement and honest comments. Your well-traveled group seemed to truly enjoy themselves both on the property and in the exceptional local activities you planned for them. I'm glad you had a chance to walk to town and that you also liked the continental breakfast and baked-goods ( from a local organic bakery). Many thanks for choosing the Spanish Garden Inn. It was our pleasure!
My very best,
Christine Piper
Director of Sales & Marketing
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Property: Spanish Garden Inn
Address: 915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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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 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Romantic 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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