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Cheshire Cat Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Amazing service and delicious breakfast /pre-dinner nibbles. Suzanne was the consummate host - thank you! There was lots of room for three of us, with separate living and eating areas as well as a lovely courtyard.

This is a lovely property that is well-managed, well-maintained and nice to hang out in. We had the White Rabbit Room in the separate building beside the main building which was spacious with a very comfortable bed. Everything worked well. There are two little sets of stairs that require navigating at night in the dark, but the steps closest to the bed has a automated motion sensor night light which is clever. The only thing is, by the time you return from the loo, the night light has gone out - maybe needs some tweaking. There is also a beautiful stained glass window above the headboard which is a nice design element. The whole hotel is themed on Alice in Wonderland, done in a very tasteful way with historic artifacts, themed accessories here and there but nothing is overdone. There is a nice happy hour with complimentary wine and appetizers. The wine choices were really good. It offers a chance to talk with other guests or just hang out on your own - there are lots of places to sit and relax either way. Same area is used for breakfast. Breakfast every morning was good - nothing super spectacular out of this world gourmet, but there was a hot dish offered every morning along with the standard buffet and the hot dish was good. Staff were prompt, friendly and very attentive. The cookies, brownies and other offerings they left out at night was a great treat! Really stunning landscaping and wonderful backyard area with tons of seating. It was a bit chilly to enjoy this part of the Inn for us, but I'm sure as the season gets warmer, this would also be a fantastic place to hang out and read a book. I was blown away by the roses they had. They must have an amazing gardener. The Inn is in a great location and very walkable to stores, restaurants, nice neighbourhoods to admire local architecture, and a nice walk up to the Mission.

Everything was quite nice. Wonderful room, well decorated. Parking available with EV charging. Good breakfast and truly enjoyed wine and Hors d'oeuvres. Great conversations with several out of town/out of country guests . Only negative was some traffic noice.

My boyfriend and I stayed at this lovely and relaxing b&b for one night in the room called Cheshire Cat. Such a nice room. Everything felt very clean. Did the wine tasing at 5 pm and early coffee at 7.30 am which are both free offers to the guests. The breakfast was nice. Best stay in California so far. So glad we did not go for a hotel in SB. All this coming from a 26 year old.

Everything was good. Very easy to make a reservation and the staff were all nice and helpful. Nice room and bed was comfortable. Appreciate having waters, tea, coffee, and cookies always available. The only suggestion is to have another night light by the bathroom stairs.

We were two couple traveling together and found the Inn quite welcoming. Its location is excellent: just a few blocks from the business section of State Street with its restaurants and other businesses. The Inn is very well kept, and the rooms comfortable albeit a bit small. But then, this is an older house constructed when bedrooms were less spacious The housekeepers are quite pleasant, and happy to help with any request. We especially liked the fact that breakfasts were primarily a buffet from 8:00 on with coffee prepared earlier and so we were not constricted by the Inn's schedule. The buffet food was quite good, and included each day that we stayed at least one hot dish. One possible downside is that the Inn might not be the best location for someone with walking concerns as I don't remember any room in the older sections which did not have at least one step. We would happily stay again.

This inn was the perfect spot for us, not noisy but close to State Street. We walked to different restaurants every night. The room was spotless and the bed comfortable. We meet friendly folks from around the world at the happy hours and breakfasts.We'll be back!

We had but one night here but it was a terrific experience, from the booking /reservation to the delicious breakfast in sun-drenched dining area. It was very quiet, the bed comfortable with nice linens. It is a great location, walkable to everything we wanted to see and do.

My husband and I stayed at the Cheshire Cat for several years when we attended the Broadway Shows at the Granada Theater. He passed away over a year ago and I have not been able to stay as my son has to be at work the next day. Last week my daughter was able to go to Kinky Boots with me and we stayed overnight. I felt like I was welcomed home by loving family.

We spent two relaxing nights in this unique top quality bed and breakfast within walkable distance to all attractions in Santa Barbara. All staff were welcoming and keen to share the top attractions and restaurant recommendations in the area. There is secure off street parking and even though we were by a road traffic did not disturb. We really enjoyed the wine and nibbles served late afternoon and breakfasts were very tasty and even healthy.The provision of coffee in the lounge was welcome after spending a day walking and exploring. The beds were comfortable, and toiletries provided of very good quality,all these little touches add to a fantastic stay. We would highly recommend this accommodation.

36 West Valerio Street Santa Barbara CA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Museum of Art
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Cheshire Cat Inn places you within a 15-minute stroll of popular sights such as Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This 18-room, 3-star bed & breakfast has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. In the historical district, it's also near Mission Santa Barbara and Presidio Santa Barbara.


Free continental breakfast is served each morning from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or meet other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


Cheshire Cat Inn's 18 individually decorated rooms provide private yards, free local calls, and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, designer toiletries, and bathrobes.

Property features

Guests of Cheshire Cat Inn enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a computer station. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can help with concierge services, and provide local restaurant recommendations. This bed & breakfast also has a garden.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 770 reviews