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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 June 2013

Traveled with my best friend, my daughter and her best friend. We stayed in the "yellow house" and had all the amenities of home, good sized living room with fireplace, 2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, claw foot tub with shower, we even had a washer/dryer in the cottage. We enjoyed the quiet and privacy. There is an avocado, orange, lemon... More 

Thank Jan A
Fullerton, California
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90 reviews
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Our hostess Dominique served lovely breakfasts in the garden--we ate too much and enjoyed every bite. Wine and cheese and munchies at the preprandial time; brownies and hot drinks in the evening--we felt well-cared for. Enjoyed having a private hot tub. Our room was small but cosy, and the bathroom was spacious. Gardens were overgrown in a charming way. Good... More 

Thank JenniKey
Placentia, CA
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342 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2013

A piece of France in Santa Barbara. The innkeeper, Dominique, is friendly and helpful and a darned good cook. If you like sleek and modern, this place is not for you. If you like country and a homey feeling and a home cooked breakfast, wine and cheese in the afternoon and an evening snack, this is a great place. The... More 

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Culver City, California
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

This was our third visit to The Secret Garden Inn. It is charming - small, private cottages with a hot tub, and for this visit we splurged on The Nightingale room, which has a fireplace and small sitting room. So quiet, private, and lovely! Breakfast is always excellent -- quiche, fruit salad, homemade berry scones and persimmon bread (from the... More 

1 Thank Lorind
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Reviewed 19 March 2013 via mobile

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! I have stayed in a few other SB B&B's that are nice, but very different from the Secret Garden, I have found this place to be the best. I love the location, the grounds, the cozy little rooms, the food, and of course...the hot tubs. When the trees & flowers are in bloom there are lots... More 

1 Thank ijustknow29
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

will certainly return to this charming b and b.......the room was bright and cheery and very quite.........set in a european type garden. what really made it special is the owner dominique. not only is she a superb cook, but a knowledgeable and gracious hostess with a beautiful french accent. a good location to walk to state street during the day,... More 

Thank Kathy M
Santa Ana, CA
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

Like many B & B's, The Secret Garden is fun but quirky. The atmosphere, as well as the owner, is French. We had a 2 (small) room "suite" in a cottage situated on grounds that are probably lovelier in spring, summer, or fall. Our queen bed was comfortable, but the daybed that our 8-year-old used was very small. I don't... More 

Thank edtherapist
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 November 2012

Excellent service and hospitality. Nice French Vintage with good taste of cheese and wine. Surround by big tree and nice ambient for relaxing. I stay in the house outside the main house so it's quite not so much noise even close to the parking lot

Thank ToyokoC
Santee, California
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

We booked 3 nights and stayed only 2 (negotiated 1/2 off for unused night). Bed was horrible, no A/C (it was hot), only floor fans. Poor finishes not much better than a motel. Inadequate bathroom facility. Hot Tub was full of foam. The residential area that it's in was run down and looked like questionable areas of LA. During the... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

The grounds are very pretty and the location is up a few blocks from State Street in a residential area. Offers a full library of local tourism and dining options. The breakfast was good ... and the evening wine and snacks, fine. It is decorated simply with average quality, grandma-esque furnishings. Many hand painted pieces created by the French owner... More 

1 Thank Desiree P

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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: $191 - $376 (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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