Simpson House Inn
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- 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!
A Secluded Retreat With Exceptional Service
My husband and I booked a reservation, after reading about the Simpson House in the AAA Travel Guide.
Due to business, we had to arrive late. When we arrived, a very nice gentleman called us by our names, took our luggage, and escorted us to our room!
Waiting for us was a wonderful bottle of wine, a cake, and assorted fresh fruit. Our names were prominently displayed on the outside of the cottage.
The cottage was warm and inviting, with a stone fireplace with sitting area, a huge and comfortable bed, a jacuzzi, and separate bathroom, with quite a huge shower.
There was, I believe, fireweood already put out for us on the patio.
It was simply paradise. The next morning we decided to have breakfast underneath an arbor, on the beautifully maintained grounds.
The staff could not have been more accommodating. We had a wonderful breakfast, complete with hot chocolate, and all the freshly-prepared breakfast entrees. Complimentary newspaper was given.
THe staff is superb. We could have availed ourselves with the afternoon goodies, but we just wanted to relax.
We spent the rest of the day exploring Santa Barbara, and againn, the staff could not have been more caring. Information helped us to determine where and what to do.
Being stumped for dinner, we were given directions to a wonderful neighborhood Italian restaurant. They even called ahead to book/confirm our dinner reservations. THe food was outstanding, an excellent selection of wine, and for the first time was introduced to Cake Bread wines. Absolutely fantastic, and we have been a fan ever since.
The main house is beautiful and historic. You can sit down in the living room area and read all about the history of the place.
Nestled within the neighborhood of Santa Barbara, it resides in a well-kept and quietly serene section; away from the boom-boxes and crowds.
We would definitely make plans to visit the Simpson House again.
Although the cottages can be a little pricey, we would have no hesitation in spending that money again, as it was well worth the experience.
By the way, this makes an excellent place to celebrate anniversaries and weddings. It would make a great present!
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.
Perfect weekend getaway
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.
Not Quite Five-Diamonds
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).
Having booked their lowest priced room to accommodate our budget, we were shocked to see how small it was at check-in. I asked the innkeeper if we could see some of the more expensive rooms (just to see what a $500-600 room looks like), and we were unimpressed with what we saw in relation to the prices. Sure, the Simpson House possesses a certain historic charm and the formal gardens a very nice, but the rear portion of the grounds (where the old barn and cottages are located) have a cramped, claustrophobic feel; and the age of the structures lends a less-than-pristine quality to the property.
On the plus side: The service was absolutely the best we've experienced anywhere, and the bed in the Weathervane room (which we were upgraded to at close to half the regular price) was the most comfortable we've ever slept in (even more so than at home).
The grounds were very quiet and peaceful during the day (it felt like we were the only people there), but the housekeeping was a bit lax (I ended up picking up Hershey's kisses wrappers from all over the floor in the main area, since no one else would).
Certainly there are many extras included in the room rates (popcorn, cookies, lemonade, tea, sherry, Santa Barbara trolley passes, plenty of movie titles, gratuities), but for the high standard prices, I would expect something more akin to a brand spanking new Four Seasons resort, to which the accommodations at the Simpson House don't quite compare.
So all in all, we probably won't return to the Simpson House; even for the cheaper rooms, which are too small and way-over-the-top Victorian. But if money's no object and you're looking for quiet relaxation within walking distance to plenty of shopping (and you have a stomach for foo-foo Victorian trappings), then this may be the place for you.
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.
Enchanted Garden getaway
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!)
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