Simpson House Inn
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... then Gav took Suz shopping to her favourite shop in the USA, Express. What a lovely husband!
Suz managed to find things that fitted her (unlike the Gilroy Premium Outlet Shopping place) so made a purchase :) From here we walked to a Mexican restaurant for dinner and enjoyed yummy, cheap food for dinner.
We then went for a wander down the main street to find a bar to have a drink before retiring for the night. we came across a bar ...
We went to breakfast on the beach this morning and it was delicious! The table and chairs were right in the sand and we could see water and mountains. It was kind of like Costa Rica.
From what we could see, Santa Barbara is an upscale town with lots of shops but we really only had time to drive through it.
As we continued along the highway we saw many grassy hills, it was so cool! Now it seems like Ireland. We also found a bunch of cows and quite a few vineyards. The ...
We travelled on the Coast Starlight in a sleeper from LA to Oakland. This was a twelve hour trip and we passed through Santa Barbara, San Louis Obispo, Paso Robles and San Jose. We travelled in a sleeper car and had access to the first class lounge and dining car. It was luxury as we experienced the beautiful Northern California coast ...
... Roman pool, which was so different, but equally beautiful. Eventually and a little reluctantly, we made our way back to the bus to take us down the mountain and back to the visitor centre.
We made our way from Hearst Castle, past the creepy Cambria scarecrows and toward our next stop for the day - Solvang.
Solvang is a small town that has been compeltely built and decorated in a 'Danish village' style. It is so cute ...
... t get enough of our fixies! Ben also finally got his way in Santa Barbara and managed to convince me to stay in a back-packers hostel. I had been trying to put this off for as long as I could and for good reason. Apart from being the oldest people in the hostel by about 15 years (seriously some of these kids look like they were 12!), other highlights of the experience included a very stinky room with no ventilation, plastic sheets on the bed, and the kids ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Simpson House Inn Santa Barbara
The Gold Standard for B&Bs
My husband and I recently spent a vacation celebrating our 3rd anniversary in the Robert & Julia Simpson room at the SimpsonHouse Inn. This B&B is the gold standard by which to compare other B&Bs. The rooms are very nicely appointed (with the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in, including our own); the entire staff is professional, friendly, and ready to assist you in any manner needed; the amenities are complete; the food (gourmet breakfast; bountiful hors d' oeuvres and wine in the early evening) is outstanding; the grounds are as beautiful as described; and, the location is perfect. Thank you, Simpson House Inn, for spoiling us with your casual elegance!
My husband and I booked a reservation, after reading about the Simpson House in the AAA Travel Guide.
A Beautiful Inn
Just spent two nights here. Stayed in the "Sun Room." The grounds are lovely and the service and food excellent. Staff is very helpful in finding a restaurant you would like. Nice touches like the personalized breakfast menu and sherry cakes on check in. They also gave us free trolley tour tickets and a cute replica of the cookie jar in your room at check out. Common rooms are beautiful and you hate to leave. Our only downside was the size of our room - very cramped. You can sit on the toilet (sink was in the room) and extend your leg into the shower stall! No, I'm not kidding. I would certainly recommend one of the larger rooms if you plan on staying at the Inn. The Robert & Julia Simpson Room would be my choice on my next stay. Given the service, I would go back.
Adorable Bed & Breakfast in Santa Barbara
The Simpson House is a wonderful place to go to escape hectic life and relax in the midst of cottages and English-style gardens. The rooms are cozy, the service is impeccable, and the food (Mediteranean hors D'oeuvres paired with local wines) is absolutely delicious. The inn is within a beautiful historic area of Santa Barbara. I was able to enjoy the beauty and fun of Santa Barbara, and relax in my own private haven. I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend some vacation time.
We have just returned from a weekend at the Simpson House Inn. This bed a breakfast is incomparable to anywhere we have stayed before. It really helps you to understand the difference between a hotel and a bed and breakfast. The Simpson House Inn is a beautiful Victorian home which has been refurbished into a bed and breakfast. It is absolutely stunning, each room is unique, and the service is personal and extensive. We loved everything from the welcome cake when we arrived, to the tea service in the afternoon. They even provided European Spa Treatments for us in our room! Both my husband and I got the signature massage on Saturday afternoon. They use essential oils such as lavender, which was so relaxing I didn't know if I could even get up afterwards. Even when leaving the grounds we were taken care of, we decided to go to the beach one day and they provided us with complimentary beach chairs and towels! It is located near dozens of cute little shops and restaurants with unique menus. Our favorite was this beautiful little restaurant called Citronelle, they serve a French cuisine that was delicious. We stayed in one of the Garden Rooms for about $400 a night. We had a beautiful view of the meadows and the Gardens through our french doors, and we had a gourmet breakfast each morning out on the patio. This adorable Inn was so relaxing it was truly a home not too far away from home.
A romantic & charming b&b
We stayed in a cottage room over the weekend and it rained the whole time! Our stay was wonderful! We were spoiled with breakfast served in our room (the homemade oatmeal is yummy), free newspaper, comfy robes & slippers, welcomed with 2 rose shaped cakes in our room & cookies, & free beverages. Picked Roman Holiday from their movie library, we skipped the complimentary popcorn. They also serve wine & odeurves in the evening. The cottage is pricey but worth it, cozy with a fireplace and the jacuzzi tub was ideal for bubble baths. The skylights were great, and there was a fountain near our front door. Everyone was helpful and friendly.
Perfect for what it is.
Perfect for what it is, a lovely bed and breakfast. If you want the Four Seasons go there. But I found this place delightful. The grounds are lovely and private, the staff is first rate, and there are so many freebies (warm appetizers in the afternoon, wine tasting, popcorn, a free ride on the trolley). I stayed in the parlor room, which was not too small and had a lovely view of the fountain. Obviously this place is not cheap, but I think you get value for dollar and I liked the location and the intimacy when compared to the Four Seasons.
Since the Simpson House touts itself as the only AAA 5-Diamond Bed & Breakfast in North America, my wife and I had extremely high expectations (which were almost met, but not quite).
I loved this place. My boyfriend took me there for our 1 year anniversary! They left us a little cake and a note to congratulate us.
The breakfast was so yummy, including great huevos rancheros and the freshest blueberry muffin I've ever had! I've stayed at other B&Bs and hotels, but this one was the most memorable! It is expensive, but good hotels in SB cost around this much, and you get breakfast. The service was great too. They took care of all reservations and gave us directions to every place we were headed.
My husband and I were given a weekend stay at Simpson House Inn for our honeymoon. Our cottage was as charming as a hobit's house with private jacuzzi, high skylight ceilings allowing views of lush green foliage overhead, and a beautiful stone fireplace. A fountain danced right outside the door, its music covering any sounds the city might make. The meals were superb and the concierge and staff were amazing! The gardens are impeccable masterpieces perfect for strolling in or lazing about reading in leafy bowers. Since it is located in the heart of the city, getting about is easy. The Courthouse (for those who are old enough to remember Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law - its the opening scene) is magnificent, Paseo Nuevo shopping is like visiting European markets, and I could go on and on. A delightful experience. We hope to return for our tenth anniversary (or sooner!)