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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 Inn of the Spanish Garden lies in a residential, low-key neighborhood. Restaurants and shops are about a 5- 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.
The 23-room Inn of the Spanish Garden isn't the most luxurious hotel in Santa Barbara, but it's certainly one of the most charming boutique options (the fireplaces in each room definitely help). 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 essentials -- continental breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi -- but the pool is small, the open-air fitness area is smaller, and there's no on-site restaurant. Still, it may be a good option for visitors seeking a quiet, convenient Spanish-style retreat.