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“Terrific low key get-away”

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The Secret Garden Inn
Ranked #10 of 18 Santa Barbara B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Terrific low key get-away”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

We went for a quick get-away and were not disappointed. The appeal for us was the private hot-tub, made private by the patio shed walls. Just beyond we could hear our neighbors in the garden and through the bedroom walls we could hear the all-night crying of our other neighbors' baby. Tiny room, small TV, no floor-space, warm and friendly service, easy parking, delicious breakfast and $200 a night. We had a lovely time, but came with reasonable expectations. If you're wanting a luxurious resort, this isn't for you.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cypress, California
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Went here with my wife....we had such a romantic time. Cozy, nicely appointed, friendly host with fantastic food

  • Stayed March 2011
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Our cottage was tastefully appointed with decor that was contemporary and yet reminded us of deepest Provence. Everything was fresh and immaculate, and kept that way with daily maid service. Our romantic private mini-garden was a wonderful secluded place to read and relax. The fact that the beautiful 100 year old house and lush grounds are off the well-beated Santa Barbara tourist track was a big plus for us. However, it was still centrally located enough for our plans, just minutes away from everything.
Our hostess Dominique, an artist and accomplished chef and the other staff members really added to our trip with their hospitality and excellent dining recommendations. The food is marvelous, and we treasured our gorgeous breakfasts in the charming vintage garden as well as the wine and cheese parties in the afternoons and 'midnight snacks' that are left in the kitchen for guests who feel that they need 'just one more thing'. The Secret Garden Inn seems to draw a very nice local and international clientele, and so we had many pleasant interactions with other guests during our stay.
Take advantage of Dominique's unique homemade preserves which you can spread on warm croissants. We were especially enchanted by the Cantaloupe Spice preserve. We felt completely restored after this brief but beautiful three-day getaway. Love this place!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

Breakfast was exquisite like one might find in a high-quality French restaurant. The daily wine and cheese reception at 5:00 PM was excellent. Located in a very private and beautiful setting in a quiet area in the center of town. Rooms are immaculate and the service fastidious. I really enjoyed staying there and looking forward to returning!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Calgary, Alberta
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

Excellent breakfasts in a lovely location. Very nice spread with wine, cheese, dips and breads before dinner. At night, one may help themselves to hot cider, homemade brownies and tea. Charming rooms, in a continental style. Would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Secret Garden Inn

Property: The Secret Garden Inn
Address: 1908 Bath St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2813
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Barbara
Price range (per night): $235 - $434
Hotel Class:3 star — The Secret Garden Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Secluded behind high hedges, hidden pathways, and romantic gardens in Santa Barbara, lies the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages, built in 1905 and now owned and run by Dominique Hannaux. Stay in a main house guestroom, a cottage room or suite with or without private hot tub, or our completely private house. Surrounded by the Inn's gardens, all of our accommodations are romantic and peaceful. Enjoy the delicious Buffet Breakfast which includes: Dominique's French recipe quiches, fresh-baked scones, muffins, sweet breads, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and juices. Our rates also include wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres at 5 pm and brownies and hot cider later in the evening! All our rooms have a TV-DVD, a private bath and shower and a hairdryer. Many fine restaurants, shops, museums and sights of beautiful Santa Barbara are just a short stroll or a quick bike ride from the Inn. ... more   less 
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