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In a residential neighborhood, but just a five-minute walk from the popular downtown area
Located on Garden Street, a good three blocks from the popular State Street, the Spanish Garden Inn lies in a residential, low-key neighborhood. Restaurants and shops are about a five- to 10-minute walk away.
Casual and laid-back, Santa Barbara echoes a Mediterranean-like song. Despite its small size, there are a surprising number of significant tourist attractions. Namely: The Santa Barbara Mission, a wonderful illustration of California's Franciscan-Spanish architecture; Stearns Wharf, a long deep-water pier with restaurants, shops, and the Ty Warner Sea Center; the Santa Barbara Zoo; and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. State Street is the town's main drag, and features boutiques, the shops at Paseo Nuevo (including a Nordstrom), art galleries, and quaint restaurants.
Boutique hotel with Spanish architecture
Orange tile steps lead up to the whitewashed entrance of the Spanish Hacienda-style Spanish Garden Inn, a small boutique hotel. A succulent garden and palms flank the steps, and the California flag and a wood balcony hang over the entrance. Inside, the lobby includes a simple wood reception desk and a truly lovely living room area complete with a fireplace, cream-colored armchairs, and framed paintings that depict Santa Barbara. Alcove bookshelves display tourist information and hardcover books. A bowl of green apples and floral displays add vibrant color to the space. Outdoors, a pretty patio is set with tables and chairs under an umbrella and native plants. A white Spanish fountain adds to the ambience. Kids are welcome here, but the inn mainly attracts older couples on a romantic holiday.
Charming and romantic with fireplaces and deep soaking tubs
There are 23 Deluxe Rooms, Superior Rooms, and Suites at the Spanish Garden Inn. Each room is charming, cozy, and clean. Gas fireplaces, free Wi-Fi, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, French press coffeemakers, and air-conditioning are standard in all of the rooms. Contemporary decor is accented with Spanish Hacienda touches, like orange tile floors, heavy dark food furniture with iron hardware, and wood beams on the white ceilings. Two queen-size beds or one king bed are made up with white 300 thread-count Italian linens. Most of the bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and white marble vanities. Toiletries include make-up remover wipes and large dispensers of Molton Brown products. A loofah and bubble bath are presented in a wicker basket on the ledge of the tub. Junior Suites include a living room separated from the bedroom area via an entryway. All rooms have furnished balconies; some overlook the pool. Rooms that face the street are still quiet, as the neighborhood is residential. Note that some of the rooms require climbing a flight of stairs, some have elevator access.
Swimming pool, tiny fitness center, and free continental breakfast
As the Spanish Garden Inn is a smaller boutique hotel within walking distance of downtown Santa Barbara, there aren't many features on the property. The free continental breakfast includes healthy items like fresh fruit and granola, and treats like pastries. Outdoors, there's a pretty, though small, swimming pool. A few sun loungers and tables and chairs provide places to relax. Both underground parking and Wi-Fi are free. A tiny open-air fitness center provides a few cardio machines and staff can arrange in-room spa treatments on request.
It's all about the charming guest rooms, walkable location, and pretty grounds at the three-and-a-half pearl Spanish Garden Inn. It's situated on a residential street, but lies only three blocks from State Street, Santa Barbara's main drag. This hotel has all the free essentials -- a healthy breakfast, underground parking, and fast Wi-Fi -- but the pool is small, the open-air fitness center is smaller, and there's no on-site restaurant. Still, all rooms come with balconies, fireplaces, and French press coffeemakers and friendly staff can arrange in-room spa services. The boutique hotel is a good option for couples seeking a quiet, convenient Spanish-style retreat.