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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2012

Well, according to some previous reviewers---THIS INN IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. I only ended up staying in a B&B near the kitchen once & my experience was totally opposite I awoke to wonderful aromas of cooking breakfasts (and, yes, some noise). It is the best wake-up I have ever had. Reminded me of when I was a child & Saturday... More 

2 Thank ijustknow29
Lancashire, England
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2012

I chose this place for our first visit to Santa Barbara based on TA reviews and pictures. I goofed. We booked two nights but after the worst nights' sleep ever had to check out after the first night. The bed was like sleeping on a board. There was a sitting area in the cottage but unfortunately nothing comfortable to sit... More 

3 Thank justanothertourist
Glendale, California
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Unfortunately I booked one of the 2 rooms in the main house. You enter the room from the dining room. In my opinion these 2 rooms should not be used for the B&B unless you don't mind waking up early and it is definitely not for a romantic vacation. Cottages and gardens were nice looking. My bed was extremely hard... More 

Thank pat q
Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2012

We stayed in the room that is attached to the kitchen and located within the main quarters. You can pretty much hear all activity and people walking in and out of the kitchen. There is also a living room next to the kitchen and you can hear all activity and conversations. The staff and manager were very friendly. They offer... More 

Thank Jade F
Newport Beach, CA
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We had to attend a family function in Santa Barbara and wanted to be close to my husband's cousin's house so we close the Secret Garden Inn only for location. What a nice treat. It was like staying at your old aunt's home. We got there just in time for a complimentary glass of wine and some cheese under the... More 

1 Thank Kay P
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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... More 

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Cypress, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2012

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

1 Thank fistful_of_dollars
Los Angeles, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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... More 

Thank Maria P
Victoria, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 24 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!

Thank Olga H
Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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.

Thank Tammy L

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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 

Additional Information about The Secret Garden Inn

Address: 1908 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Price Range: €125 - €249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Secret Garden Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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“I preferred the cottages they offer more privacy than the rooms attached to the main house.”
 of 5 bubbles maxineb264, 13 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in Hummingbird, which is the room for people with pets. The pet fee was less than at other places.”
 of 5 bubbles kbostrom, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“It is cottage style living, so think of being open to saying "Hello" to people that you will see on their porches next to you.”
 of 5 bubbles louism179, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Garden Room is very private”
 of 5 bubbles 872johannab, 5 Jun 2016 | Read review
“If you are looking for more privacy, rent a cottage outside of the main house. Staying inside is a great way to meet people at breakfast!”
 of 5 bubbles jiles126, 23 Dec 2015 | Read review
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