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121 E Arrellaga St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1903
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#2 of 55 hotels in Santa Barbara
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2022 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
See why so many travelers make Simpson House Inn their hotel of choice when visiting Santa Barbara. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a luxury setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you. Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as The Historic La Arcada Courtyard (0.5 mi) and El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park (0.7 mi), guests of Simpson House Inn can easily experience some of Santa Barbara's most well known attractions. Simpson House Inn offers guests an array of room amenities including a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available. The hotel offers a front desk, a concierge, and room service, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features free breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking. During your visit, be sure to check out one of Santa Barbara's popular shrimp restaurants such as Boathouse at Hendry's Beach, Brophy Bros., and Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, all a short distance from Simpson House Inn. There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular art galleries such as Santa Barbara Art Glass, Italian Pottery Outlet, and 10 West Gallery. At Simpson House Inn, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Santa Barbara.
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Paige S wrote a review Jan. 15
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Went as a four year wedding anniversary trip with my husband. The hospitality was wonderful and the bedroom we stayed in was beautiful. After finding out about our anniversary they chose to upgrade our room simply because they could. The food was amazing and everybody was so nice. We had never stayed at an inn before and because of this trip we will definitely be doing so again. Absolutely wonderful experience đź’—
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Date of stay: January 2023
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We will look forward to your return!
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Jeniece K wrote a review Jan. 13
We stayed here due to being stuck in the storm. Being in a hotel unplanned and being forced to stay in one is not fun, to say the least. However, the hospitality with these employees helped turn a bad time into a good time. Every employee was exceptionally happy and eager to assist you and the manager Hailey was fantastic! So personable, tried to help us out and you know she’s doing her job right because of the level of engagement of the employees, it felt like a family. First night we stayed in the Mary Simpson room, this room has a detached restroom that is across the hall, room is basic with a tv and wash area (sink). We got stuck an additional night and stayed in the Greenwhich room- love this room! It’s a cottage like room with a huge rock fire place (gas lit with wood logs provided) and oversized jetted tubs. This room had skylights in the room and restroom which provided a ton of natural light. Inn serves a great breakfast, we had the best French toast and the next day huevos rancheros, served with fresh juice and coffee or tea, fresh pastry’s and your choice of fruit or oatmeal. They serve refreshments on the afternoon, scones and freshly squeezed lemonade or ice tea and on the evening hors d’oeuvres with wine and fresh cookies in the evening. Lastly the property grounds are beautiful, tons of greenery and the Greenwich room had a cute patio, we just couldn’t enjoy the outside due to the storms. …
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so glad we could be your safe haven to comfort you in a time of need.
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Donna L wrote a review Dec. 2022
Ventura, California39 contributions14 helpful votes
We went to Simpson House Inn during December this time. Usually we go into Spring which is so lovely. This time the house was decorated for the holidays, lots of cookies and tea, holiday music in the main room, and a nice fire during the morning and evening. We love staying here. The staff is wonderful and make you feel at home. The breakfast and wine/cheese hour is amazing. We can't wait for our next visit!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Kim A wrote a review Nov. 2022
Chicago, Illinois5 contributions2 helpful votes
The Simpson House Inn hosted our daughter's afternoon wedding and luncheon. It was simply and superbly charming. Our newly blended family stayed the entire weekend and the staff made us feel as though SHI was our private compound. Everything was ailored to meet our needs. We couldn't have been happier.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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We are so glad we could make your special day a memorable one. Hope to see you for your anniversary!
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Megan Masini wrote a review Nov. 2022
Santa Barbara, California
The Simpson House Inn is such a beautiful location with incredible staff. My husband and I held our wedding here and it could not have been more perfect. The house and gardens are so thoughtfully designed and well kept. It created a very private and romantic atmosphere. Having family and friends stay at the venue and being able to get ready on site gave us that extra time to spend with our loved ones while making everything easier on us! The staff were all welcoming and kind. Haley was wonderful to work with throughout the whole process! She was easy to get in touch with and very helpful and accommodating. We appreciate how special everyone made this weekend for us. We can't recommend the Simpson House enough.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Fleetcat wrote a review Oct. 2022
Ko Samui, Thailand2547 contributions654 helpful votes
We had a lovely stay. Arrived early from a cruise ship. No problem. Asked to wait in the absolutely gorgeous gardens with the cheekiest squirrels for fifteen minutes for an early check in. Thank you. The inn is old and there is a slightly run down shabby chic feel but we are cool with that. Room is as seen in pictures. Slightly odd bath in the room which for us was a waste of space but for some might be a treat. We only had a bedside table on one side of the bed which was annoying. The bed is an ordinary king (I think 5ft) which is small at this price point and would have been a deal breaker for us if I’d researched better. However gas lit real fire was super albeit the wood was a little wet. Breakfast service (for us we could see others had a better experience) was pretty poor except for the last day. We felt uncomfortable being asked to tip on a zero check as breakfast was included and aforesaid service was … er .. meh. Some staff are great but others don’t have the smiles or the hospitality skills required at this price point. …
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Little Miss Sunshine wrote a review Oct. 2022
Northumberland, United Kingdom67 contributions78 helpful votes
Excellent location and not far from State Street and to all restaurants and shops. The grounds of the Inn are outstanding with plenty of sitting areas for when the weather is nice. We stayed in the Sun Room and it has the smallest bathroom/shower I have ever seen but was OK for 3 nights. The bedroom was of a good size and the balcony was huge where you could sit and have breakfast. We never ate on the balcony as the weather wasn't too good. The breakfast had a really good selection with fruit, pastries, porridge, yoghurt and granola then also a special every day. This was French toast and a Mexican option on the 2nd day so not to our liking but the food was all homemade and really nice. Every afternoon they had free scones, tea/coffee and on an evening a selection of hors-d'œuvre and wine. For supper there were freshly made cookies! The gentleman had booked us a taxi for the following morning to the train station which didn't turn up. I cannot remember the lady's name from the Inn but she kindly took us to the station otherwise we would have missed our train to LA so thank you so much! Such a friendly and homely place to stay for our holiday in Santa Barbara …
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Iris R wrote a review Oct. 2022
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My husband and I were gifted a stay at the Simpson House Inn for our first anniversary. What an incredibly beautiful experience. Our stay in Greenwich cottage, which was clean, comfortable and tastefully decorated, with the jacuzzi tub, was absolutely lovely, The staff were so friendly and went over and above to accommodate our every need. What a delight to have scones and lemonade in the afternoon, hors d’oeuvres and wine and cookies in the evening, and then a gourmet breakfast the following morning in the beautiful and tranquil gardens. The Inn is located close to downtown shops and dining and the beach and some magnificent gardens. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience. Thank you to all who made our stay memorable!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: Any of the rooms are absolutely lovely, the cottages seemed more private.
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Thank you. you are so welcome and we look forward to having you stay with us in the future.
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Char wrote a review Oct. 2022
Saint Johns, Michigan1 contribution
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This place was amazing and so relaxing. From the cute rooms, the antique decor, the history of the Inn and the delicious daily breakfast to the nightly hors d’oeuvres. A big shoutout to the staff at the Inn , Haley, Karen, David, Zulie, Aldair, Frank and Rene, and not to mention the staff behind the scenes from the house cleaning to the nightly turn down service where they deliver “sweet dreams” chocolate nightly. An excellent place to stay and centrally located to shop and explore! We loved it and were so impressed how secluded it was. You have to visit and enjoy!
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I would stay in the cottages on the property
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Would love to have you come back again!
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Joe Z wrote a review Sep. 2022
66 contributions21 helpful votes
Recently stayed here for a weekend getaway with my wife. It was everything we wanted and more. The grounds were beautiful, tranquil and relaxing. We reserved a private cottage and absolutely loved it. The room was clean, charming and well maintained. The staff was amazing and very accommodating to questions and requests. The breakfast was wonderful as was the nightly wine and orderve serving. The overall grounds are spread out enough that even at full capacity you can ALWAYS find a nice spot to sit and talk or have a drink in private. There are several wonderful fountains as well as amazing landscape work to enjoy everywhere. All while still being only a few minutes from the beach as well as shopping or dining. It truly is a great little gem.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: If you can find a private cottage it is the best way to go.
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US$423 - US$538 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Simpson House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Simpson House Inn?
Nearby attractions include Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.8 km), Old Mission Santa Barbara (1.1 km), and Italian Pottery Outlet (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Simpson House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Simpson House Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Simpson House Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Simpson House Inn?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Simpson House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Handlebar Coffee Roasters, Jeannine's Bakery, and Bouchon.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Simpson House Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Simpson House Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Santa Barbara County Courthouse (0.8 km), Casa del Herrero (6.6 km), and Old Mission Santa Barbara (1.1 km).