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“Not a Breakfast during the week” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cheshire Cat Inn
Ranked #1 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Arcadia
1 review
“Not a Breakfast during the week”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

Stayed during the week and the breakfast was not a breakfast, had better at a Residency Inn. Expected a breakfast from a bed and breakfast. We stayed in a cottage and the bed was as hard as a rock. The innkeeper was friendly and the lights were left on when we arrived late. Location is close to great restaurants. Might want to try the IHOP for breakfast!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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CheshireCatInn, Owner at Cheshire Cat Inn, responded to this review, 15 April 2012
We were disappointed not to have met your expectations. We do provide firm mattresses and will check this particular mattress to see if a replacement is necessary. We serve an expanded continental breakfast Monday through Friday which is popular with most guests, but your comments hasten us to update our web site with breakfast menus which will help to inform guests of their choices. We hope you will return to stay with us in the future.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for one night, loved the outside (that's what gives the inn a 4 rather than a 3). It was a great location, yes a bit of a walk to the beach, but the weather is so nice is Santa Barbara who doesn't love a good walk!

Parking was easy and breakfast very tasty. However, this seems to be more a small hotel rather than b&b, there were many many guests staying.

The issue was the room decor. The rooms are terribly outdated and conjure up memories of a slightly creepy grandmother's house. The bed was comfortable and the room clean, but the pink bathroom tiles and old furniture need updating. If this inn revamped the rooms, it would be great. Overall a pleasant stay, but for the price, might look elsewhere next time we are in Santa Barbara.

Stayed April 2012
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CheshireCatInn, Owner at Cheshire Cat Inn, responded to this review, 15 April 2012
Thank you for your positive comments about the Inn and Santa Barbara. We regret that you did not have enough time to explore the Inn which has a wide variety of accommodation to choose from. Many of our rooms have just been updated with either wooden flooring or new carpeting and more contemporary furniture. The “Duchess’ is one of our classic rooms with English antique furnishings and a claw footed bathtub in the pink tiled bathroom. Historically, this room has been a favorite of many but I do take your comments into consideration. Perhaps, on your next visit to Santa Barbara you will try one of other rooms or cottages.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012 via mobile

Cozy. Pretty. Slightly eerie feeling, like the haunted mansion in Disneyland. Slept well though, the bed was great. The Dormouse room was definitely smaller than the other rooms, because I peeked at the other rooms ( they keep the doors open when the rooms aren't occupied). A very clean place which I love. Lots of places to sit around the B&B to just take in the beauty of the surroundings. Cynthia the innkeeper is a sweet and wonderful woman. The continental breakfast was great. Better than great. You can tell the owners of this B&B take pride in their space which I love. Felt more like spending the night at a family member's home rather than an impersonal hotel.

Stayed April 2012
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Chester County, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

Staff was friendly, rooms were lovely, the location is walkable to State Street shops and restaurants. Breakfast was excellent, the wine and appetizer social time was great. An excellent choice for Santa Barbara.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

Recently spent the weekend at the Cheshire Cat Inn. The Cheshire is a lovely B&B, one of the best we have ever stayed at, however words of advice. One be sure to select a room off the main corner, lots of traffic at all times day and night. The other word of caution, you are not close to downtown shops! You are relatively close to State Street, but it is a long hike to actual downtown shops. We are walkers and use to a good walk, but don't plan on walking downtown and making many purchases. I wish Santa Barbara could rid itself of the bums that hang around downtown, they are a menance to an otherwise beautiful city.
Chesire Cat Inn itself is a real winner and I hope to go back again in the future.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Cheshire Cat Inn

Property: Cheshire Cat Inn
Address: 36 W. Valerio St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price range (per night): ₹ 15,562 - ₹ 34,344
Hotel Class:3 star — Cheshire Cat Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cheshire Cat Inn features two stately Queen Anne Victorian homes, an elegant coach house with two suites and four two bed-roomed cottages, all surrounded by lush flower filled gardens and patios. The Inn is situated just one block from Santa Barbara's main shopping street, which is full of attractive courtyards and alleys. The Old Mission is an easy 20-minute walk in one direction and the beach a brisk 40 minutes in the other. Each one of the sunny guest rooms and cottages is unique, with an individual charm and ranges from the elegant to the whimsical. Some are larger split-level junior suites with private balconies, some have in-room Jacuzzi s and fireplaces. This romantic Santa Barbara inn also features flat screen LCD/DVD, ironing boards and refrigerators. There is free Wi-Fi and parking. All rooms have private baths and direct dial telephones. The rates include breakfast and local wines and hors d'oeuvres daily. ... more   less 
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