I drove up from the LA area and found the hotel a few blocks off the freeway exit as per Mapquest. Note: Santa Barbara requires businesses to have quite small signs. Everything almost seems hidden from a distance. I parked on the street after I spotted the hotel on the left and got instructions from the staff as to how to get into their indoor parking area.
This hotel was a great choice (from this website) for my first visit to Santa Barbara. I am a hotel buff and have traveled the world so I have lots of hotels to compare it with (in the $200-$400 range). From the photos you can see it's Spanish style.
The room was clean and nicely sized. It had a view of a patio area and a balcony with chairs. A gas fireplace that actually worked was in the corner.
I had a beautiful walk-in shower in the bath. Soaps and shampoos had a great scent.
I wanted to tour Wineries and see the whales. This is what you do when you visit this city. The staff was very helpful and made my reservations for me. Note: bring a jacket for both tours. You travel a bit on the freeway in a jeep for the winery tour and if your ship goes through fog on the whale whatching tour there is a big drop in temperature...even on a warm, sunny day.
The main drag for Santa Barbara (State Street) is only a couple of blocks away. This happened to have all three restaurants for my dinners. I walked to all of them.
On my second full day in Santa Barbara I took a tour of four area wineries. A tiny memory stick slipped out of my pocket sometime during the tour. After I returned home I realized that I had lost it and I contacted this hotel staff about the tour company and where it could possibly be found. The staff contacted the company and they found the memory stick on the floor of the jeep that was used. This type of personal service can't be found everywhere.
A comment about Santa Barbara's shopping. A bit of a disappointment if you are looking for arts and crafts and high end merchandise in the city center. I think the residents spend their money on their mortgages. Nice restaurants and beaches though.
If I were to return to Santa Barbara, I would definately stay at The Inn Of The Spanish Garden again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Inn Of The Spanish Garden Hotel Santa Barbara
- Hotel Of The Spanish Garden
- Of The Spanish Garden Hotel