“Spanish Colonial jewel box with suite-style rooms and anything-you-please service, in the historic Presidio District”
The 23 extra-spacious rooms and suites sprawl across 3 buildings. Each has a private balcony or garden patio (most facing the courtyard or pool). With well over 37sq.m. (400sq.ft.) of living space, they are cosy sanctuaries furnished with the owner’s own paintings and unique items. Some rooms have beamed ceilings, four-poster beds, comfortable sofas and leather chairs with ottomans.
Deluxe Rooms have a balcony or patio, Superior King rooms also have small seating area. Junior Suites are larger, with a half-wall separating the bedroom and living room area.
Mod cons are hidden away or blend discreetly into the background. The large leather covered desk is home to the French press (cafetière) and electric kettle. The minibar refrigerator is tucked into a chest of drawers. Excluding the Deluxe Kings, all rooms have a bathtub and separate shower - luxury details include Frette Italian linens, bathrobes, towels and Molton Brown bath products.
A generous 'expanded' continental breakfast is served daily from 7.30-10.30am in the breakfast room off the lobby. Choose from a buffet including fresh fruit, quiche, cold cereal and granola, yoghurt, breads, fruit juice, coffee and tea, plus various specialty items which are served on request.
Take your plate to the courtyard. Better yet, ask for breakfast in your room and hang out on your balcony or patio in your bathrobe reading your free copy of Santa Barbara News Press (delivered Monday-Friday). Complimentary copies of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times are also available. Check out the weekly Independent for the latest on the city’s current arts and entertainment schedule.
Pitchers of fresh water, iced tea, pots of coffee and fresh fruit are replenished all day in the breakfast room; freshly baked cookies are available in the late afternoon. Starting at 5.30pm, you can order select wines from the surrounding Santa Barbara, Santa Rita and Santa Ynez valleys by the glass or bottle, as well as domestic and imported beers, at the wine bar.
The concierge staff is ready to make recommendations and dinner reservations for you - you could dine at the romantic Bouchon or Opal restaurants. If you’re arriving late or just want a snack, the hotel has a small room service menu including soup, salad, a cheese platter and local organic ice cream. Treats from the honour bar include the usual fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks, plus a rubber duck for your bathtub!
Children are welcome. Under 13s stay free of charge unless they are sleeping in a rollaway bed (see Rates).
There are no adjoining rooms and families with small children may prefer a room on the ground floor. All rooms have space for a baby cot and, excluding the Deluxe Queen room, all can accommodate at least 1 child. The Deluxe Double Queen is a good option for families as under 13s stay for free if they are not in a rollaway bed.
Guest services can refer bonded/licenced babysitters.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children under the age of 13 may swim in the pool only with an adult present.