Reasonable rates, but customer service is below average. They quickly asked for a donation, saying they were financially strapped. Some of the personnel were definitely not peaceful or joyous, as one might expect at a spiritual retreat. Instead of experiencing "spiritual renewal", I felt emotionally uncomfortable. For me, staying at the well-managed Montecito Inn, eating at the Montecito Cafe (where the food is great), and taking long hikes in the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains would be preferable, and much more "spiritual."
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Ranked #12 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Santa Barbara
Number of rooms: 17
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Center for Spiritual Renewal is part of the La Casa de Maria Retreat & Conference Center which is peacefully located in the semi-rural foothills of Santa Barbara, just 90 miles north of Los Angeles. The 26 acre tranquil sanctuary offers the following amenities, including a dining room, plus an outside dining patio; a large chapel and small meditation chapel; labyrinth; walking paths; hiking, peace garden; organic orchard and vegetable gardens; book & gift shop; swimming pool; yoga; and massage. Individuals and couples are invited to deepen their spiritual journey at the Center for Spiritual Renewal. The Center is the original stone manor house, of both architectural and historic interest. It provides gracious guest rooms and delicious meals Tuesday to Sunday. In addition, a three bedroom, three bath separate guest cottage, the Hermitage, is available seven days a week for retreatants who may prepare their own meals in its kitchen. ... more less