Our cottage felt very private, and we enjoyed the jacuzzi that was part of our patio. The bathroom was nearly as large as the bedroom and well-designed. The decorating style probably can best be described as french country (with odd little Asian accents). The TV was the same limited non-HD cable menu you get in nearly all hotels. The grounds were beautifully landscaped but limited in scope - we were disappointed that there weren't more walking paths on the property (instead, we walked along the San Ysidro Creek trail nearby and around the adjoining neighborhood and into the Montecito South downtown). The service was impressive but hardly flawless (it seemed to be a function of who was at the front desk - Thursday person great, Friday and Saturday people more prone to confusion). The two on-site restaurants were lovely and the food (coming from one kitchen) averaged out at very good with mixed service (again, Thursday being superior to Friday). (Perhaps the facility gets strained as people come in for the weekend and more of the LA crowd shows up just to eat.) Given the price of the rooms (see other reviews), I'm not sure we'd ever return. We enjoyed the Spanish flavor and grounds of the nearby Four Seasons more (same owner) - and if we're really talking about the best hotel in the US - I would rank several places in Hawaii above this. Another word to the wise - we had a couple days where the sun did not shine (spring and early summer can mean a lot of overcast weather in Santa Barbara).
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