Review Summary Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators Pros In a quiet area off State Street, within walking distance of restaurants and shops Charming guest rooms, some with balconies, fireplaces, and jetted tubs Private cottages and suites good for families Daily continental breakfast with a hot dish Evening wine hour with hors d’oeuvres Large, shaded central garden In-room spa treatments are available Free Wi-Fi throughout Cons Removed from the beach No pool Some rooms are on the small side Children are only allowed to stay in the cottages and the Coach House (pro for some) Bottom Line This elegant inn is named for the owner’s home county in England and is lightly themed around the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” It has 18 charming rooms, suites, and cottages in a group of mostly historic buildings lining a quiet street off Santa Barbara’s main strip, within walking distance of several restaurants. Guests are served a full breakfast each morning and wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening. The inn is not right near the beach and some rooms are on the small side, but it offers both a romantic and family-friendly escape for travelers who are comfortable with the intimate atmosphere. Those who prefer beach proximity and a pool could consider the Mason Beach Inn, but it’s not as quaint. Flights for this trip with Skyscanner.com Oyster Hotel Photos 36 Caterpillar Suite 22 Doormouse 32 Dutchess 5 Restaurants and Bars 64 The Hotel 50 Tweedledum Oyster Hotel Review Scene Elegant, historic buildings centered around a garden create a romantic vibe The inn is made up of seven buildings. Much of the activity is in the main house, a cream-colored Queen Anne Victorian built in 1884, and the adjacent Eberle House, built in 1890. A third building — constructed by the current owners in 1991 — was designed to match the original architecture, and four additional private cottages date back to the 1940s. There is elegant, Victorian-style decor throughout the common spaces, which include a dining room and cozy sitting area with a gas fireplace. A tranquil garden shaded by a large oak tree, with a gazebo, fountain, and wooden benches, sits at the center of the property. Location On a quiet side street, walkable to restaurants, but a little far from the water The Cheshire Cat sits in a walkable residential area off State Street, Santa Barbara’s main drag, which becomes busier a little farther southeast of the inn with restaurants, bars, and shops. There are several places to eat within walking distance, and it’s a 40-minute walk or a 10- to 15-minute drive to Stearns Wharf and the beach. (Guests can also hop on the State Street shuttle; there’s a stop every block and it runs every 10 minutes from morning until early evening.) It’s also about a 10-minute drive to Santa Barbara’s Amtrak station and the well-regarded Santa Barbara Zoo. The Santa Barbara Airport is a 15-minute drive away. Rooms Charming rooms, suites, and cottages, some with balconies The rooms are named for “Alice in Wonderland” characters, and there are subtle references to the theme, including some cat-themed knickknacks and artwork. The rooms are decorated in an English country style, with floral patterns in light blues, greens, reds, and creams plus vases with fresh flowers. A few rooms — such as the Caterpillar and the White Rabbit — have private balconies, and some others come with fireplaces and jetted tubs. All rooms come with large flat-screen TVs, DVD players, robes, and Molton Brown toiletries, and guests are welcomed with a baked treat on fine china, accompanied by a handwritten note. The inn has 18 units, including six rooms in the main house and six in the Eberle House, all with private bathrooms. The Coach House has two suites: one is a large studio and the other has two bedrooms. There are also four two-bedroom cottages across the street named for villages in Cheshire; each has a full kitchen and a separate living room with a fireplace. Children are only allowed to stay in the cottages and the Coach House. Some rooms in the main and Eberle houses are on the smaller side and can get cramped if guests bring large pieces luggage. The Cheshire Cat Room, which sits on the ground floor, can get noise from the nearby kitchen during breakfast prep. Features Continental-style breakfast with a hot dish, an evening wine hour, and spa treatments available Breakfast is served in the main house and includes a hot dish and access to a small continental-style buffet with hardboiled eggs, English muffins, cheese, and cold cuts. Breakfast room service is also available. In the evening, guests gather in the main house for a free wine hour with light hors d’oeuvres. Baked goods are set out at night, and coffee, tea, and an ice machine are available in the Eberle House, which also has a computer and printer for guests to use. There’s no spa, but massages and facials can be provided in the guest rooms for an additional fee. Parking is free in the inn’s lot and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Customers Who Viewed Cheshire Cat Inn Also Viewed 3.0 La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Get Prices 2.0 Presidio Motel Santa Barbara Get Prices 4.0 Simpson House Inn Santa Barbara Get Prices Things You Should Know About Cheshire Cat Inn Address 36 W Valerio St, Santa Barbara, California 93101-2524, United States
A Warm Santa Barbara Welcome Four blocks from the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Cheshire Cat Inn is a beautiful Santa Barbra Inn. Our Southern California bed and breakfast offers travelers from all over the world an opportunity to enjoy beautifully appointed accommodations and furnishings in two Victorian Queen Ann houses and Craftsman cottages which have been updated with all the modern conveniences. This Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast Inn has been owned and operated by the Dunstan family for over 30 years with no expense spared to ensure the best experience hospitality can provide. During your stay at our Santa Barbara inn, you will get to enjoy our wonderful homemade breakfast and our renowned afternoon wine hour with local wine and hors d’oeuvres offered in our lovely gardens. In the evening, indulge in nightly treats and our 24-hour refreshment center that offers tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. An Award-Winning Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast in Southern California Our elegant and romantic bed and breakfast in Southern California features a unique, Alice in Wonderland theme that was inspired by the county of Cheshire in England. During your stay, you’ll experience true Santa Barbara lodging with gracious English hospitality and a touch of whimsy. Each of our thoughtfully appointed rooms and cottages features a unique name, many inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Our Santa Barbara inn is perfect for families, couples, and friends. We do not accept pets at our Santa Barbara B&B, but children and infants are welcome in our Cottages and in the Coach House. The Cheshire Cat Inn is also conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, so when you stay at our bed and breakfast, you will be just minutes away from the area’s best attractions and activities. Experience “The American Riviera” in Santa Barbara Visit the Cheshire Cat Inn during your Santa Barbara vacation and experience the essence of the Californian lifestyle. Here, the southern and northern regions of the state come together to combine the art and culture of a big city with the beauty and hospitality of a small beach town. There are plenty of activities and attractions in Santa Barbara, where some of the best shopping, beaches, and restaurants are all within close proximity to the Cheshire Cat Inn. Contact us today to book a room or learn more about our Santa Barbara bed and breakfast inn in Southern California. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you plan your getaway to the Southern California Coast.
When looking for unique places to stay in Santa Barbara, the Cheshire Cat Inn provides a wide selection of beautiful rooms, suites and cottages perfect for any California getaway. Our luxurious Santa Barbara accommodations in our California Coast bed and breakfast provide an imaginative experience for our guests with a whimsical Alice in Wonderland theme carried throughout the inn. Many of our rooms feature original fireplaces, sitting areas, and balconies that provide views of the garden or mountains. We are also happy to provide two Jacuzzi rooms – the Eberle Jacuzzi Room and Tweedledum Suite. The Cheshire Cat Inn is also conveniently located downtown just minutes from the best Santa Barbara area attractions and activities.
Experience “The American Riviera” in Santa Barbara Visit the Cheshire Cat Inn during your Santa Barbara vacation and experience the essence of the Californian lifestyle. Here, the southern and northern regions of the state come together to combine the art and culture of a big city with the beauty and hospitality of a small beach town. There are plenty of activities and attractions in Santa Barbara, where some of the best shopping, beaches, and restaurants are all within close proximity to the Cheshire Cat Inn. Contact us today to book a room or learn more about our Santa Barbara bed and breakfast inn in Southern California. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you plan your getaway to the Southern California Coast.