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Cheshire Cat Inn

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Cheshire Cat Inn has everything you'd want -- great location, free parking, amazing bed, incredible breakfast, delicious happy hour treats. We would stay there again without question. So nice and helpful as well. Plus Santa Barbara has to be one of the friendliest cities in the US.

My husband and I have just had the most wonderful few days staying in Santa Barbara at the Cheshire Cat Inn. Our cottage, Moberly, was spacious and comfortable, even having its own fire in the living room and outdoor terrace space. The breakfasts each morning were delicious and different each day, and the staff were all so friendly and helpful, we simply couldn't have asked for a more lovely trip. Santa Barbara is also a fantastic town definitely worth the visit, with gorgeous mountain views, a lovely shopping high street and right on the sea.

tl;dr: I hate writing bad reviews for small family-owned businesses. But when I shell out $230-250/night for scummy service at a place I will stay for the very few vacations I get a year, I think others should rightfully be informed. I've kept people's names private, but I'm sure the management can track down who was working (or maybe they can't - not sure at this level of incompetence). To start: I write this from my home back in the bay area - we left a night early because we literally could not stand staying there another night. We arrived Wednesday afternoon, were greeted by an innkeeper, and checked in. When I asked for "night-of" suggestions she suggested just walking around on "State street." Ok... The trouble started when we got back to our room for the night to retire. As soon as I sat on the bed it made the loudest creak I think I've ever heard a bed make. The bedding was rough (my partner's legs and knees are scraped and roughed up - shoot me a message and I'll send you some pictures if you're so inclined) and the blankets were those really ugly christmas sweaters you wear feeling like you're enveloped in a thorn bush. When I went to use the bathroom, I realized it was missing a sink. Low and behold, the sink is OUTSIDE of the bathroom...I'm supposed to use the loo and head into my bedroom to wash my heads?! I wanted to get my clothes pressed for the next day and they had the crappiest looking iron with an iron board I swear was from the 70s. My pants have black stains on them from rust that was falling out of the iron. I now have to trash them. When we got ready for bed we realized how PAPER thin the walls were. I could hear every word of CNN's Anderson Cooper and we couldn't sleep for hours. I heard every after hours guest check in. I heard every time a car drove past, 3 streets away. On top of that, when we moved even slightly, the bed creaked so much that the neighboring room's guests constantly knocked against our wall to shut us up.... Unfortunately I'm still a graduate student so I had some work to get done. I went downstairs and of course, the WiFi isn't working. I'm supposed to send my boss a report where I needed to use the internet. Sigh. Ok. Night 1 done. Day 2 on Thursday: Me and my partner come back after a tough morning hike at Inspiration Point (DO highly recommend) and went back to our rooms to change. Unfortunately, my parents raised me to always knock before entering bedrooms regardless of whether they are locked or not. After my partner had taken a shower, a different innkeeper than the night before BARGES into the room without knocking, sees that my partner has no clothes on, and quickly shuts the door, apologizing. This would not have been as big a deal if she had later apologized and provided an explanation as to why she entered the room without permission. Instead, she awkwardly said hello when we were heading out for lunch, completely disregarding the horrifying encounter, a total invasion of privacy. My partner and I are still trying to figure out how she didn’t know which rooms were occupied. At the end of the day, this is a place for guests, and no matter how “homey” it may seem, privacy is a must. You don’t get that here. Day 3: Friday, today. We emailed the management letting them know of our barge-in issue and got a response saying "Please see Connie at the front desk!" We went to Connie. She apologized for the staff member, but it was very odd, she kept asking about our plans for the day and what we did yesterday IN THE MIDDLE of my partner explaining why she felt too horrified and embarrassed to stay at the inn any longer. Not cool. Connie allowed us to check out one day early. I was under the impression places that charge you $230-250 / night offer more than thin walls and subpar breakfast. A better room, perhaps. Updated bedding and bed frames, maybe. An apology, perhaps?!?! Nope.

My family had been planning a weekend reunion at The Cheshire Cat. Due to the extreme fires in Southern California this week, all 3 family members had to cancel our reservations at the last minute at The Cheshire Cat. Connie could not have been more kind or considerate. She did not hesitate and offered each of us a full refund due to the dangerous fires in the nearby towns. Her compassion and care for our well being was greatly appreciated by all. Without a doubt we would not consider staying anywhere else when do get a chance to visit Santa Barbara. Thank you so very much!

My two adult daughters and I stayed in the Woodford cottage, which was just great for chatting and relaxing in front of the fireplace or on the patio. The two bedrooms were spacious, the beds were comfortable, and the entire cottage was neat as a pin and tastefully decorated. We also enjoyed the delicious breakfasts and the warm cookies and brownies the hostess supplied every night. This was the perfect place for our long Santa Barbara weekend. We will definitely return. I would recommend staying in a cottage if you are with friends or family. The living room and the kitchen make very comfortable gathering places, as does the small patio area.

This is such a gem in Santa Barbara. We love staying here. The staff, the food, and the happy hour makes the visit extra special. The location is a little north of town but several restaurants within walking distance. Day trips out to the wine country are easily accomplished.

We stayed at the Cheshire Cat Inn to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. Our room, although small, was adequate, and we were able to adjust the thermostat ourselves, which during a record-breaking heatwave was essential. The Inn is quite well-located, just walking distance from the downtown area, restaurants and points of interest. The food was delicious in the morning, each day sporting a frittata or some kind (sweet potato, Mexican), and a nice assortment of cereals, yogurt, juices, ham and cheese, and other sundries. One could not go hungry. On our return trip from Paso Robles, we stayed one additional night, and because of a mix-up in the booking, our room was booked. We were given a lovely substitute, however, which was one of the coachhouse cottages. Double the size, a little kitchenette, and a large living room made this a great last night. One complaint, though, was that a large wedding party was staying at the Inn on this last night, and one of the guests brought his large dog into the dining room. He said he had cleared bringing the dog to the Inn, but the breakfast server suggested that she had never seen a dog in "here" before, making clear to us that the dog was not a welcome guest with the other diners. Santa Barbara is clearly a dog town, but dining with a dog, at least for us, was not a welcome treat.

We stayed three nights here. Rooms very clean and comfortable. We had the Duchess room which was an adequate size but our friends had the March Hare which was rather small. Situated about a mile and a half from downtown so not really walking distance but the tram runs during the day and there was ample parking. We really enjoyed relaxing in the lovely garden and the wine and nibbles offered at 5pm was an added bonus. The breakfast was fine. Overall a delightful stay. Santa Barbarba was one of my favourite stops on our road trip. You must try the Red Piano bar for a good night out.

Beautiful accommodations. Wonderful breakfast and evening snack time. Excellent staff in every way. Great location. We will definitely stay here again! Did I mention the gorgeous gardens ? About a 2 mile walk to the beach. State street businesses are just a few blocks away.

We arrived in Santa Barbara to enjoy a one night stay on our road trip in California. We choose the Cheshire Cat Inn due to very high rating and also because we thought this was close to the main street of Santa B. It was not really close to anything and we had to carry the luggage up a LOT of stairs since this is a very old wooden house with no easy access. We have 4 suitcases with us on this trip. The welcoming was average and the landlady met us with jokes I> did not understand. However the afternoon wine and snacks was fine. We stayed on the second floor in the main building and the bed was horrible, we did not get much sleep. And in the morning when we finally fell a sleep we woke up with the room smelling of fried onion... Somehow the kitchen is leading the smell of cooking directly into this room. Even today (2 nights later) our clothes smell the same ugly onion .....

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.

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 753 reviews