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This hotel was always beautiful - I like modern boutique hotel which this is not and I still love it - kimpton purchased it and added their touches which are great but didnt change the character of a beautiful hotel nothing
Ian at the front desk was absolutely phenomenal. He went way out of his way to make sure we were comfortable, and gave us a fantastic recommendation for dinner. The valets were extremely pleasant, willing to help and attentive They seem to be a bit understaffed.
The restaurant and bar were very nice. Fabulous staff. We will be staying again in July as our daughter is getting married very close to the hotel. The individuals we talked to in setting up several suite reservations and possibly doing a bridal lunch were somewhat customer service lacking.
Very Quiet, very clean and friendly staff. Centrally located, walking distance to many venues. Great experience.
Great location with incredible staff who made sure my stay was top notch. They made my stay worth it. Room was becoming worn and torn, with some awkward elements like a flat screen in the bathroom that was too big for the space. I understand they're going for chic, but ultimately fell flat and was silly. Less is more.
The location was good. The hotel was very noisy and only moderately clean. There was mold in the bathroom and several spiders in the room. The bed was also unomfortable.
Great service, nice rooms, amazing roof top area with pool/spa Rooms and bathroom a bit small
Lovely decor, comfy bed. Good location to walk and shop. Free bike loaners. Pet friendly. Complimentary wifi and coffee. Tiny rooms. Loud street noise all night. Inconsistent seevice, some great, some disinterested. Poor shower pressure. Weak air conditioning in bedroom.
In heart of downtown SB, walking distance to Granada Theatre and dining/retail, beautiful Spanish Mission styling. Excellent service at valet parking, front desk, restaurant, and housekeeping. Wonderful canopy bed but definitely used the step stool. Only thing missing was a ottoman to put up your feet. Absolutely nothing. Expensive but worth the splurge.
Atmosphere is nice. Romantic. Room is cozy. Location is by far the best thing. So close to State street. 10 min to anywhere worthwhile. A bit noisy in the room. Rooftop is cute but small. Pool and jacuzzi is small.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff High price for valet-only parking
Beautiful hotel, nicely located downtown. Great restaurant. The pool staff was horrible. So slow, so inattentive, and kind of rude.
This was a very quaint hotel. It is a perfect place if you enjoy more of a 'bed & breakfast' inn-like experience (rather than a major hotel or resort experience). The staff was very friendly and made you feel like you were a guest in their home. Large, clean rooms. If you are accustomed to staying at larger, higher-end hotels and getting the full 'brand experience', this may be a bit dissapointing. My previous location before stopping here was the Ritz in San Francisco. The two locations are worlds apart. Again, the staff couldn't be nicer and the rooms were large and clean, but the facility did have a city 'grit' to it. This is a solid 3 star experience. But if you were expecting a 4- or 5- star stay, you may be dissapointed.
The room was beautiful with a gas log fire that added a romantic touch. The service was first class and authentic.
Nice room, friendly staff and good location, but just to expensive.
The hotel staff was fantastic!!! We so enjoyed our stay at the Inn of the Spanish Gardens. We will definitely return.
Staff very friendly and attentive. Rooms were very clean and comfortable.
The room was fantastic, the staff and service exceptional. I really got the feeling that the staff would be happy to help with anything. the room was very bright and spacious in a typical 'Spanish' style. Could have stayed there far longer then the 2 days we had
Staff is all very friendly and helpful. Location is great, walked to State Street, restaurants and shopping. Also beach, wharf and Funk Zone is walkable distance. Pricey, but then Santa Barbara is overall.
Quiet, the staff was very helpful, beautiful garden, patio, registration/sitting area. Even at the bookings.com price, it seemed overpriced. But I guess that's Santa Barbara.
Beautiful place to stay! I loved the fountain and being able to hear it from my room. The linens were soft and luxurious. The soaking tub was relaxing. I loved the spanish style and elegant touches such as the tile and bath fixtures. The continental breakfast was great. I wish there was more of a variety of food on the room service menu.
location Room smelled like smoke even though it was a non-smoking room. We called the front desk and were offered another room however.
Location right on State Street where all of the great shops and restaurants are was great. Valet guys were pretty nice. Room smelled slightly smoky even though it was a non smoking room. Our room was close to the ancient elevator from 1926 and it sounded like our hotel room was in a subway station which was a bummer when we wanted to sleep in. A bunch of sketchy characters hang out right outside the front door of the hotel on State Street at night. Wasn't aware that parking was $10 until we arrived at the hotel.
Great location, it is right at the very central of downtown area. Close to all the good eating locations. the room is clean. Staff is very friendly. THE ELEVATOR!!!! OMG!!!!
This hotel exceeded all expectations. It is an older building and they have done an outstanding job keeping the character while providing modern amenities. The location is great, we arrived and departed town via the Amtrak station, which is a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Its location near shopping, dining, and nightlife is perfect. And to top it off, I think the highlight is the staff. The people running this place obviously have instilled a high level of courtesy, customer service, and friendliness in the staff. You can't go wrong.
The breakfast and nice size rooms. I like the parking valet system too. The wifi does not work, so it's frustrating.
Decent and attractive accomodations, unbeatable location, staff were all great. I was awakened by security discussing the drunken behavior of someone a few doors down. It seemed to go on longer than it should have though I recognize there's only so much control they have. But take note they post lots of quiet hours signs so they must attract partiers on and off.
The bed was so comfy and I like noon check out:) The room was a little small
Historic hotel. Great location! Friendly staff A bit noise at night from the surrounding bars but not too bad. Rooms are a bit small Only one slow antique elevator.
Beautiful historical building Seems at 8:30 am the shower ran out of hot water
We loved the B&B feel of the Country House. The smell of fresh baked goods most of the day is enough to get me to come back. Fresh made breakfast, baked goods, homemade cookies at night, wine in the afternoon...the hospitality was amazing. The back patio and yard were so nice and quaint. We had a relaxing weekend at the Country House. The only complaint we had was we had a squeaky bed (every time one rolls over, everyone is awake, etc). New towels would be a nice update as well, but these wouldn't deter us from staying again. It was lovely.
The hotel is located in a great location for tourism in Santa Barbara. Beautiful area and great weather. Room was decently furnished and comfortable bedding. Just don't leave anything in the room of value! I'm not talking just jewelry or laptops but expensive toiletries and skin care products. My wife accompanied me on this trip and on two different occasions her skin care products were pilfered and stolen. Not just a portion of the product but every drop removed from the container and empty bottle left behind. Of course their hotel policy states they accept no responsibility for loss if item not secured in safe deposit box at front desk. But come on make up and lotion in the SAFE! ?? Stay at ypour own risk!!
In planning girls weekend in Santa Barbara, I was trying to find a hotel that was on the more inexpensive side, centrally located to all the action on State Street, yet comfortable for four women with all our bags. This place was perfect! The price was totally reasonable and the room was clean and spaceous. We had an amazing weekend and will definitely stay here again next time we visit. :)
WE had a wedding in Montecito and came down from San Franisco. This is right next to State Street and all of the great shops- it was a bit expensive for the type of room, but staff is courteous and room was clean- just what we needed. Would stay again.Also they have a good neighbor policy to snure you have a quiet experience!
Went to a family wedding in Santa Barbara. Three couples stayed here. Two couples had rooms in front. One in back. The ones in back had an ok nights sleep. Didn't hear too much noise. But us in front - well let me start with someone on a skateboard outside on the sidewalk at 3 a.m.,(we were on the second floor), people walking in the hallway at 4 a.m. and hearing their entire conversation. . Toilets flushing at all hours. Garbage being picked up at 5 a.m. A train whistle early in the a.m. The topper being at 8 a.m. when we all checked out the 'Continental Breakfast' - very poor. I went to the front desk and asked the clerk if there were any vineyards he could reccomend and he responded 'I don't drink'. What does that have to do with anything! I didn't ask him to go for a drink with me! Again I asked him 'Are there any wineries or vineyards in the area we could visit before going back to LA - again he responded 'I don't drink'. Let me tell you that was the topper for that hotel. If you must stay there get a room in the back - take a sleeping pill (I took one - didn't work for me that nite) and don't bother asking anyone for any kind of help or directions! Their staff probably is from the area you would think that they would know whats in the area.
We asked for a quiet room and were happy with it. The staff was very\nknowledgeable and helpful. The breakfast was fine--and the woman who\nprepared it baked homemade cookies for everyone!\n\nIt's an old historic building with some flaws, but the furnishings are lovely.
The hotel is conveniently located at the end of State St with an easy walk to most shops and restaurants. There is ample parking for guests and the front desk employees were extremely helpful. Breakfast was mediocre but one can't complain when it is complimentary. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. Although the walls were a little thin. For the price and location I would without a doubt, recommend to fellow travelers.
Just 1/2 block from State street the downtown restaurant district starts right next door. Small clean rooms, good parking and a friendly staff. Comfortable pillow top beds.In the end it's all about the location. Keith
This hotel was in a great location, but it is very old. My room was on the first floor and the room was very small. But, it is within walking distance of downtown so if you don't plan on spending a lot of time in the room, it's a good spot.
I wanted a romantic place to enjoy our 3rd wedding anniversary, and this was PERFECT! The hotel is obviously historic. I have stayed at newer hotels and the walls were paper thin. This old gem is solid brick and that adds to its charm. The parking lot is a little small, but they offer complimentary valet servide so it was never an issue (nice touch!). Also, I could tell that they spend a lot of money on their complimentary breakfast. Most hotels offer a continental breakfast, but here they add hard boiled eggs, omlets and yogurt along with fresh fruit for those who want to stay away from the carbs.\n\nMy wife and I felt appreciated and pampered by the front desk staff. Even the housekeeping staff was friendly and courteous. If I must spend a little more to stay in Santa Barbara, this hotel is the one that I would want next time!
Everything was great, except the upstairs neighbors! It sounded like there was a gymnastics tournement going on above us, at 6 AM no less! That would be my only complaint, maybe they need to work on soundproofing between floors.
My family of four shared a 2-bedroom room, with a roll-away bed. It was a reasonably economical stay. The hotel is nice and clean. Very good free breakfast. Best of all, is the location. State Street is a half-block walk away. Up and down there is a huge variety of restaurants and shops. In warm weather, sidewalk cafe seating is common. It's also a short 6-block walk to the beach. For most activities, we left the car parked and walked. Not common in Southern California. The roll-away is best suited to young kids. My teenagers could feel the springsbut it cut down on the fights over who was hogging the covers.
The room fit the Spanish feel of the town, comfortable and roomy. I had a nice stay.
Rooms are not huge but comfortable, new and clean. Staff was very helpful and polite. The proximity to everything--wine tasting, breweries, restaurants, the beach and all the shops on State St could not be better. Also close to the train station. no complaints at all.
But it had amazingly comfortable beds. The decor was fancy, the bathrooms were very modern - I see why it was a little more pricey than average hostels. Had a tv in the room, and with decent channels! Location is prime. Had nightly activities but the night I was there, it was cancelled because not enough people wanted to do it. The price
We loved the boutique feel of the wayfarer. The quirky designed reception area, mermaid wallpaper in the bedrooms and state of the art kitchen facilities. Location is perfect to explore Santa Barbara. Staff were super helpful. Great value for money.
*The decor was awesome *The room was immaculate *The staff was super friendly *Free coffee / water / kitchen access *Free breakfast *Very funky space with a big library, board games, and fun activities planned (there was a bar crawl going on the night I got there) *THE POOL! *Super close to the train - 1.5 blocks walking *Great use of space in the room, including cabinets built into the headboard The room, though immaculate, was TINY. I live in NYC, and this was small even by NYC standards. The bathroom floor doubled as the shower floor, which actually worked out rather nicely, but it was an odd adjustment. The space was great for one person, but I'm glad there weren't two of us staying there.