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Cheshire Cat Inn
Ranked #1 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Essex, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

My Wife and I stayed for three nights in the Alice room at the end of May 2012. We found the room to be comfortable and beautifully decorated, staff were great and the food was excellent.
On arrival we were greeted by Bharti, one of the housekeepers. We were shown to our room in one of the two large houses, which had a great view of the San Diego mountains and the garden at the back of the property. After a short walk down State Street we returned to the Cheshire Cat Inn for the afternoon reception. There was a range of tasty light snacks on offer, and some very nice white wine. That kept us going until dinner that evening, and on returning to the Inn there was a plate of delicious chocolate brownies left in the hall for guests. This was typical of the nice little touches the property excels at.
Breakfast the next morning was filling, not a huge selection but the fresh baked quiche was great. Plenty to keep us going until a snack at lunchtime. Other breakfast treats during our stay included poached pears with cinnamon and round dutch pancakes. We can't fault the food we had or how friendly and helpful the staff were.
The only negative thing I could think of for the whole stay was the size of the bathroom in the Alice room, as it was tiny. There's a shower cubicle and a toilet in there, and no room for anything else. It wasn't a problem for us as the room offered plenty of space to relax.
The location of the Inn is good, being one block from State Street. There are plenty of excellent restaurants within a few minutes walk, and the Cheshire Cat has plenty of on site parking for guests.
While the Cheshire Cat Inn isn't the cheapest accommodation in Santa Barbara I can't recommend it highly enough. The though that has gone into the décor and little touches makes it one of the best places we have ever stayed. Being from the UK I was initially sceptical at staying in a quaint English themed Inn in Santa Barbara, but our stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn was wonderful.
During our stay any empty room had the doors left open, so I was able to take some photo's of the other rooms in our building. I have posted these as well as the photo's of the room we stayed in to show how nice the property is. I think customers photo's are a better show of quality than those the property provides, so hope these prove useful.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed here in May/June 2012 for 3 nights and found when we arrived we had been upgraded to one of the cottages (Queen of Hearts), brilliant start. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Breakfast was continental with plenty of fruit salad, well laid out and enjoyable.
Location is great, just a 10min walk to State Street.
Connie one of the Innkeepers, is an absolute mine of information and extremely helpful and friendly. What more do you require from accommodation. Also afternoon "tea" is served around 5:00pm, where you can then talk with fellow guests, superb touch.
The gardens are well kept and reminiscent of an English garden.
If ever in the area again would most definitely stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012 via mobile

The grounds are perfect. Nice room called the "mad hatter". Good breakfast and afternoon wine. The hosts are charming and generous. Couldnt ask for more.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bedale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2012

We stayed here in May 2012 in one of the cottages and found it to be spotlessly clean. The food was excellent with a service to match.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. The location is very good and is just a short walk to State Street.
The next time we are in Santa Barbara we will definitely stay at the Cheshire Cat.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

Cheshire Cat Inn has a great location. Walking distance to downtown and fine dining. It is beautifully decorated and all the rooms are unique. The two inn keepers are friendly and aim to make your stay pleasurable. The food is delicious! The grounds are beautifully landscape.
I look forward to staying at the Cheshire Inn whenever I am in Santa Barbara, I feel like I am visiting good friends. It is peaceful and relaxing place to stay.


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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Once you get past the cost, this is a great place to stay. We stayed for 3 nights on the weekend of the UCSB graduation, and this is probably the worst weekend of the year to get a room in Santa Barbara. And really, the cost is not unusual for Santa Barbara, either.

It is in a fairly quiet residential area, and not far from the 101. The rooms are well done and mostly keep to the theme, although we had a couple of pictures of New Orleans and I don't know what New Orleans has to do with Alice in Wonderland.

The breakfasts were great and they were very accomodating as we had to leave 1 day before breakfast was served so they left out some things we could take with us. The wine receptions were very good, too, we definitely enjoyed them! They also leave out cookes and brownies to snack on in the evening.

The room was large and very comfortable, we slept very well.

One minor point is that their parking is not big enough for all of their guests, so some have to park on the street. And the street out front is only 90 minute parking.

We really enjoyed our stay and will stay here again when we are in the area.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hemet, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

My Wife and I are repeat guests at Cheshire.We have never stayed at a place in Santa Barbara that made us feel soooo comfortable and welcome!Cheshire is no longer a Bed and Breakfast for us,but has become a favorite Vacation Home!We love the location that provides peace and quiet along with tranquile beauty.The landsapes around cheshire are marvelous.Staying at Cheshire,you can be completely on your own with privacy or you can involve yourself with the staff.After our stay in the Summers,we start thinking about our return for the next Year ahead.Cheshire Inn will always be in our Plans for the rest of our lives!
If you find yourself with complaints at cheshire then you probably belong at Motel 6 and we would gladly help you on your way.
AL and Yuliya

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Cheshire Cat Inn
Address: 36 W Valerio St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2524
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cheshire Cat Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cheshire Cat Inn features two stately Queen Anne Victorian homes, an elegant coach house with two suites and four two bed-roomed cottages, all surrounded by lush flower filled gardens and patios. The Inn is situated just one block from Santa Barbara's main shopping street, which is full of attractive courtyards and alleys. The Old Mission is an easy 20-minute walk in one direction and the beach a brisk 40 minutes in the other. Each one of the sunny guest rooms and cottages is unique, with an individual charm and ranges from the elegant to the whimsical. Some are larger split-level junior suites with private balconies, some have in-room Jacuzzi s and fireplaces. This romantic Santa Barbara inn also features flat screen LCD/DVD, ironing boards and refrigerators. There is free Wi-Fi and parking. All rooms have private baths and direct dial telephones. The rates include breakfast and local wines and hors d'oeuvres daily. ... more   less 
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