Simpson House Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Santa Barbara, California, United States

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Pros

  • Great location, a short walk to State Street dining and shopping
  • Free breakfast, and evening wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres
  • Some rooms feature a patio/balcony and a fireplace
  • In-room spa treatments including massages and facials
  • Access to nearby Santa Barbara Athletic Club, for a fee
  • Free bicycle loans and beach equipment available
  • Mini-fridge with free water and soda, and coffeemakers

Cons

  • Showers feature tacky bath product dispensers
  • Some bathroom fixtures are dingy
  • No pool or Jacuzzi

Bottom Line

The quaint and upscale Simpson House Inn resides in a quiet residential area in an old Victorian home, originally built in 1872. This lovely bed and breakfast features two wrap-around porches on two levels, with wicker chairs overlooking the expansive lush property. The grounds are well maintained with flowering hydrangeas and lime trees. Some outdoor benches are worn and weathered, but it adds to the old-fashioned charm of the inn. Guests have the option of choosing from standard rooms, suites or cottages, which all feature a little patio or balcony, as well as a fireplace. The decor is consistent with the late 1800s, with lovely antiques and brass bathroom fixtures, though at times the floral carpeting or bedding may feel a bit dowdy. The free breakfast (enjoyed in the dining room or from the privacy of guest rooms), evening wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres, and the in-room spa treatments are nice perks.

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 Location

Near Santa Barbara's main airport and a short drive to area shopping and dining

Simpson House Inn is only a five-minute walk to Santa Barbara's historic downtown district filled with boutiques, art galleries, wineries, cafes, and restaurants.

Santa Barbara is an affluent community in Santa Barbara County, home to five colleges and universities, as well as a large yachting population. Swaddled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, this charming town is known for its Spanish-inspired architecture, surfing, and the nightlife dotting State Street.

  • 13-minute drive to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport
  • 37-minute drive to Santa Ynez Airport
  • 5-minute walk to State Street, which features shopping, dining, theaters, and museums
  • 5-minute drive to the shops and restaurants of Stearn's Wharf on the harbor
  • 5-minute drive to Santa Barbara Amtrak
  • 10-minute drive to Shoreline Park and Ledbetter Beach and Park
  • 11-minute drive to Arroyo Burro Beach County Park

 Bottom Line

The quaint and upscale Simpson House Inn resides in a quiet residential area in an old Victorian home, originally built in 1872. This lovely bed and breakfast features two wrap-around porches on two levels, with wicker chairs overlooking the expansive lush property. The grounds are well maintained with flowering hydrangeas and lime trees. Some outdoor benches are worn and weathered, but it adds to the old-fashioned charm of the inn. Guests have the option of choosing from standard rooms, suites or cottages, which all feature a little patio or balcony, as well as a fireplace. The decor is consistent with the late 1800s, with lovely antiques and brass bathroom fixtures, though at times the floral carpeting or bedding may feel a bit dowdy. The free breakfast (enjoyed in the dining room or from the privacy of guest rooms), evening wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres, and the in-room spa treatments are nice perks.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 15
Pool: N/A
Spa: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Santa Barbara, California
Address: 121 East Arrellaga Street
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