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“Pure Pleasure!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Spanish Garden Inn
Ranked #2 of 51 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Illinois
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Pure Pleasure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2007

My husband and I spent 2 nights at this lovely inn. The location was the initial attraction for us, but there is so much more to like about the property. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is located within walking distance of State Street, the historic district and a wonderful array of restaurants. Parking is provided in an underground lot.

Our room overlooked the swimming pool towards the back of the property. We had a balcony, fireplace, huge soaking tub, large shower, flat screen TV, very comfortable bed with top notch linens, and two nice reading chairs near the fireplace. Nightly turndown service (with chocolates!) was a pleasant surprise.

Breakfast is included in the room price. The breakfast area must have been upgraded since one reviewer stayed there, because there are patio tables outside now, as well as linen covered tables inside. We liked their food choices, which included 2 kinds of quiche, granola, yogurt, muffins, bagels, fresh melon and strawberries , juices and specialty coffees (like lattes). They will bring breakfast to your room ,if you prefer.

The overall feel of the property is that of a small, casually elegant retreat. You get the sense that there is no need to dress up (we didn't) but you wouldn't feel out of place if you did.

  • Liked — ambiance, location
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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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2 Thank happyatthebeach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2007

My wife and I celebrated our 10th year Anniversary @ the Inn! Great place! The staff was so helpful and friendly, our room was fantastic and the privacy factor was a 10!! We walked a few blocks to State street where we enjoyed shopping and dinning at some great local places. We would come back here in a second the next time we are in town. If you want to stay away from the "mega room" hotels that do not have the personal service then this is the place for you. The continental breakfast was also good, as well as the wine hour that was all part of our Anniversary experience. Reccomend this hotel to anyone staying in town.

  • Stayed June 2007, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank falcon12
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Edinburgh, UK
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2007

Everything positive that has been written about this place is absolutely true. We stayed here over the Easter weekend 2007 and loved it. The room was gorgeous and really homely. The breakfast was also very tasty and more than adequate to set us up for the day. Front desk were also extremely helpful in recommending places to eat etc.

Only slight issue was some noise at night from noisy guests returning to their rooms (our room was on the ground floor right by the courtyard) - but can't blame noise like that on the hotel!!

Santa Barbara is a delightful and friendly place to visit and a stay at the Inn of the Spanish Garden compliments it perfectly. Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Simiejh
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Los Angeles
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2007

Just got back from staying at the Spanish Garden Inn for 2 nights over Memorial Day. My wife and I celebrated our 7 year anniversary there. The service was nothing short of fantastic. The staff there really do make you feel at home and go out of their way to make sure you have a wonderful time. Christine, Asia, Frank, and the staff there really deserve a pat on the back. We will definitely be staying here again when we get the chance.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mrchowder
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UK
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2007

Ok, so my turn to give yet more praise to this gem of a hotel!
We only stayed for one night but it is one of those places where we wised we could have spent a week just chilling out and enjoying the atmosphere.
Our room was beautifully decorated, simple yet well equipt and stylish. There was a great deal of space and the bathroom was huge (with very nice toilettries!).
The rest of the hotel was in similair style and had a very peaceful relaxing atmosphere.
The breakfast that is included was very good and in a lovely little room which also doubles as a wine bar in the evening for a few hours for guests.
Service was fantastic, very friendly faces with great suggestions for restaurants / directions etc.
Don't forget to try the cookies on reception!!
Location wise the hotel is a few minutes walk from the main streets of Santa Barbara and even closer to a few good restaurants.
This place was fantastic, it is hard to say exactly why, but it just works!

  • Liked — Wonderful atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank _________________
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Los Angeles
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2007

What can I add to the glowing reviews here?

We had a junior suite, which was just the right size for the two of us, our stuff, our laptops, etc. (Free wireless! Free wireless that actually works with a strong signal!) Clean and nicely furnished. Flat screen TV, comfortable bed, good linens. A gas fireplace. Molton Brown toiletries.

Every single staff person we met was warm, helpful, and considerate.

We took advantage of the tasty included continental breakfast every day. Nice. We also bought a few glasses of wine at the wine bar in the evenings. We enjoyed one of the wines so much that we included that winery in our next day's trek.

The weather wasn't nice enough to enjoy the pool, but it looked inviting and we'll be sure to try it out when we return. Because we will definitely return. This place is a gem.

  • Liked — Great staff. Easy walking distance to State Street. Included breakfast. Well-appointed room.
  • Disliked — Why is there a window into the shower from the main bath? Kinda weird.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank MrsCoffeeCake
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San Mateo
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80 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2007

The Inn of the Spanish Garden is a nearly new small hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. It is on a relatively quiet street and is designed to provide seclusion centered on an interior courtyard. It provides a good continental breakfast in a pleasant room looking out on the courtyard. It is very clean and well maintained. My room was large with large bath, including separate shower. Interior and exterion decor fits in with the Spanish architecture of Santa Barbara. The front desk provides good restaurant recommendations, several of which are within walking distance. The hotel is only a couple of blocks of State Street and the magnificent Courthouse. 100% nonsmoking. A very comfortable and upscale place to stay.

  • Liked — Location and comfort.
  • Disliked — I found nothing negative.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 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
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
12 Thank Tipster2000
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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 Green Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
#1 Family 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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