Spanish Garden Inn

915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Action Bar

19
Rating

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Ratings Breakdown

  • Rooms19.5
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service19.5
  • Overall19
12
Reviews

Most recent review:

What I liked:

The romantic atmosphere jumped off the pictures and became reality when my fiancé and I checked in. The hotel staff were friendly and truly went above and beyond to make our weekend stay feel extra special. When we first entered the room, we were welcomed my soothing music. The bath tub was ready and two robes were hanging in the bathroom. My fiancé and I went away thinking this may be our honeymoon destination, it was that impressive.

What the hotel could do better:

I wished the check out time was a bit longer, as 11am seemed too soon.

Isaias

Stayed June 2015

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Hotel Description

Santa Barbara, though only 95 miles from Los Angeles, is the aesthetic opposite of the prevailing image of Southern California; L.A. might be all chaotic sprawl and strip malls, but development in Santa Barbara is tightly controlled. The result is that, while few buildings survive from before the 1925 earthquake, all those built since are in an authentically Spanish colonial style, and look as though they may be hundreds of years old.

Even this brand-new hotel (constructed in 2001) looks perfectly at home right in the middle of the historic downtown Presidio district — just steps away from the authentic Presidio itself, the last Spanish fortification to be built in North America. The building is modeled after a Spanish family villa, in white adobe and red tile roofs, with archways, courtyards, and fountains — the sort of thing that might come off a bit kitsch if it were not so well done (and here, they have had decades of practice at precisely this style).

The rooms (and suites) themselves are absolutely modern, owing to their recent construction, with gas fireplaces, high-speed internet, and private soaking tubs, and each has a private patio or balcony. We would be in danger of violating some unspoken travel writing custom if we did not point out that the very fine bedsheets are, in fact, Frette, and that the manner of en-suite coffee preparation is the French press.

This being health-conscious California, you can be assured of the most up-to-date spa treatments, available in-room, and you will likely have company in the fitness room or the adjoining heated pool. This is no oasis, though — the location is conveniently central, and though downtown Santa Barbara retains a small-town vibe, there are a number of high-end galleries and boutiques, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a short walk away.

Though California’s celebrated wine country is 300-plus miles to the north, the area surrounding Santa Barbara has its own vineyards — and the weather is much more pleasant here, with the added benefit of a stunning seaside location — there's not a lot of whale-watching in landlocked Napa county.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 23 Rooms
  • Style: Contemporary Classic
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa treatments (on request)

Need to Know

Pets are not allowed. Up to two children under 16 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. Additional guests 16 and older are charged USD 15 per person per night when using existing beds. An extra bed is available for USD 25 per night for guests over 16. The hotel allows a maximum of 1 extra bed/crib per room. All extra bedding must be confirmed by the hotel prior to arrival and is on request.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Spa treatments (on request)

Need to Know

Pets are not allowed. Up to two children under 16 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. Additional guests 16 and older are charged USD 15 per person per night when using existing beds. An extra bed is available for USD 25 per night for guests over 16. The hotel allows a maximum of 1 extra bed/crib per room. All extra bedding must be confirmed by the hotel prior to arrival and is on request.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

11am

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