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Cheshire Cat Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Having toured most of the west coast of the USA we wound down in this little diamond in the beautiful tranquil and cool location of Santa Barbara. For us, this was like living the dream of living in a beautiful American home in a hugely pretty neighbourhood while in walking distance of everything.That is most unusual for US towns. It was the first time I didn't drive the car in three weeks. We met and spoke with more people in Santa Barbara than anywhere else on our travels. Our host was the perfect lady and made the ritual of introductions to other guests so pleasant and easy over eats and drinks at 5 pm that we were all buddies for breakfasts the next morning. Our Son even did a little entertaining on his ukelele of the guests. This is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy the best of the best.

Beautiful bed and breakfast! It's like stepping into a fairy tale and being treated like a queen (or king). The breakfast in the morning is fabulous! Plus they have a lovely wine hour and the wines were great! So we're the brownies- I had to have more. The rooms are beautiful and very quiet, I wish I could take the bed home with me it was so comfortable! Can't wait to come back and stay, best place in SB.

Beautiful accommodation and very friendly service. We hired out the coach house which was perfect for a family. Lovely touches like a glass of wine in the evening and a lovely continental breakfast with coffees, teas, fresh scones and lovely fruit bowls. Close to the action but also quiet enough. Only thing it missed with a pool but the beach is 7 mins away in an uber.

We stayed here for 2 nights and really enjoyed it.The staff was very helpful and friendly and the room was a good size. The breakfast was nice-my only suggestion would be to have the coffee put out a little earlier. The Haopy Hour was nice and the Main Street was within walking distance. There is a very large yard to relax in which was nice

The grounds of this B&B are particularly charming. I've read reviews complaining about someone not helping with the luggage and this really not being a 5 star property. This is a Bed and Breakfast; all ratings should take that into account and it absolutely is within walking distance to shops, cafes and restaurants. The innkeeper is very pleasant. There is complimentary water in the common area refrigerator. We stayed in the White Rabbit suite. Nicely laid out room with a balcony. Know that the bathroom is very small. It's the size of a sliding door closet with a shower on one side and toilet on the other. The sink is outside the bathroom. I personally found the mattress to be much too hard for my liking. I would describe it as an extra firm mattress. I did mention it to the innkeeper and she said that most of their mattresses are very firm and most guests enjoy them; not me however. If you prefer something with a bit more cushion you might call to make your reservation and ask which rooms have the less firm mattresses. The room across from us, Jean's, seemed to. The fresh fruit at breakfast was the highlight; the rest was OK. The selections at the wine hour are minimal and yes it's only one white wine, a Chardonnay but we still enjoyed sitting in the back enjoying the snacks. Overall if tripadvisor would allow I would rate it 3.5 stars but I'll give it 4 because a 3 start rating is too low.

We stayed here for 3 nights on a recent visit. We had the Mad Hatter room, which was a great size although the bathroom was extremely small. Liked the free tea and coffee making facilities, as well as the nighttime cookies. Afternoon nibbles and wine were a nice touch. Breakfast was ok, only one hot option per day and the cereals were a little stale. For those people that like walking, the distance to the beach will be no problem. Would happily stay again.

My husband took me to Santa Barbara for several days for my birthday. For the fourth time in the last 15 years we stayed at the Cheshire Cat Inn. We loved Alice's room and the wonderful balcony overlooking the back gardens. The breakfasts, wine and snacks and evening sweets were wonderful, as was the Innkeeper and her staff. What can we say but 'thank you' for the chance to stay at your beautiful inn plus the lovely chocolates and note upon our arrival.

We stayed three nights in one of the two bedroom cottages which are just across the road from the main B&B. Worked well for us with two teenagers - it is on a busy road but this soon quietens down at night. The location is a bit out of the main part of town but it is easy to get around by the trolley bus, Uber or walking as SB has a lovely vibe. Breakfasts good - didn't do the wine and nibbles thing in the evening but would definitely go back and stay again much nicer than a hotel.

We stayed in the Queen of Hearts room. King bed was kind of hard. It has a sitting room with a nice shower and a smallish bathroom. We lied having our own "private" entrance! Parking is limited. We had to park on the street one night.

I stay at this in several times a month while remodeling a house in Santa Barbara. The location is terrific, I can walk to many restaurants nearby and even to the beach, or take the public trolley. The staff and owners are always welcoming and make me feel as if I were home, since it has become my home away from home. I have stayed in just about every room and they are all lovely and, very comfortable and clean. Once my house is done, I will still have to come here for an occasional "Cat fix"! Thank you, everyone at the Cat!!

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 3-star bed & breakfast welcomes guests with 18 rooms and conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a 24-hour business center. In the historical district, it's also near Mission Santa Barbara and Presidio Santa Barbara.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 8 AM to 9:30 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, get a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, and mingle with 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

Cheshire Cat Inn features free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour business center, and coffee in a common area. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can help with concierge services, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Additional amenities include a computer station and a garden.

Room options


King 1 | Sleeps 2

Bramhall Cottage

Queen 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 4


Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Cheshire cat

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 727 reviews