Villa Rosa Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Rosa Inn Santa Barbara
This was the worst place I have ever stayed! The price was $285.00 per night and so not worth it. I would have rathered stayed in a Motel 6. We checked in and the moment we walked through the door, the front desk girl was looking at us like we had the plague and just said to us "yes".
I recently stayed at the Villa Rosa and had quite an experience, to say the least. At first glance upon arrival, the hotel seems warm and has a European bread and breakfast feel. That's the 4 stars right there. First off, for over $200 a night, you better have air conditioning (Not even advertised on their website). Especially when the room feels like a sauna. Old, musty, outdated fixtures. Small bathrooms with poor lighting. That's not even the exciting part. Upon waking up the next morning I found what I will call "Extremely Unsanitary Conditions" and I will leave it at that. Not wanting to spend the next night there I requested a cancellation for the second night (2 night minimum on weekends). The girl at the front desk said that I would have to wait for the manager to arrive later that morning. Now I felt like a prisoner in a hotel under very awkward circumstances. I just wanted to leave. Finally the girl at the desk got the manager on the phone and I noticed by her looks that she was fielding inquisitive questions about our nature (did WE create the Unsanitary Conditions?). We were allowed to leave and not charged for the second night but WERE charged for the first HELL NIGHT. Not quite the treatment you'd expect from a four star hotel. Now..not every hotel runs smoothly all the time, but I expect more from the people that run them. And I certainly would have refunded all of the money had I been in their shoes.
Fooled me once
We had made several attempts to stay here but the place was always booked. This was one place we feltt we had been had. The girl at check in could not have been less interested in our arrival. The wine and cheese at 5 was pathetic and displayed no charm. The front desk girl was perhaps a student more interested in talking to her friends clustered around the desk. If they ever ask if you would like to stay in their sister property, run. This is an old run down motel with all the charm of the Bates Motel. Overpriced and no sense of any management on site.
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I paid about $250+/night, so I was expecting a LOT. Initially I was worried: the inn itself is charming and the location is great (quiet street near the beach and AMTRAK station), but it's not luxurious or plush by any means. My husband, a weary business traveler, was not happy with the room we received; although it was clean, it had that musty smell old hacienda homes have and the bathroom was tiny. Also, the room faced the street and it happened to be noisy outside. They moved us to another room, a much bigger one facing the pool, which we really liked. However, staying at the Villa Rosa is like staying with your favorite relatives. The staff is super -- so friendly and helpful, with tons of great recommendations. The complimentary breakfast, etc. are little touches that make a difference. At the end of our stay, my husband was won over. We probably wouldn't want to pay $250 to stay there again -- but then again, I've paid almost that much at the Montecito Inn and wasn't impressed -- but we certainly don't regret our stay.
Travelers beware! From the moment I arrived, I knew I had been had made a mistake. From their website to the misleading brochure pictures, this Santa Barbara lodging leaves much to be desired. Beginning with its dirty, frayed stairway carpeting, unkept patio grounds of overgrown, half-dead shrubbery, not to mention the moldy bathroom tub grout, missing and chipped tiles and overwatered plants in my room, this place was totally unacceptable. I checked out after the first night and found a charming, beautiful lodging shrouded by immpecable grounds only two blocks away for $125 per nite --$100 less than the $225 they clipped me for. Perhaps at one time, Villa Rosa was a great place, but if you are discriminate traveler, look elsewhere. It's hard to imagine that this place got several good reviews.
Average Hotel But Great Location
We stayed at the Villa Rosa for two nights in August. It has a wonderful location,ony a block or so from the pier and bus stop which will take you up State Street. We had a nice room overlooking the pool.
It had a fireplace and was done in nice muted tones to complement the spanish exterior. The bathroom was adequate and was average in cleanliness. We paid a very premium price for this room and felt it was not worth it but if you could get it for $100 or so it would be fine.
First, I really must say, these guys have a great brochure and website; So much so that we almost didn't recognize the place when we were checked into the utility closet that I assume was supposed to resemble a hotel room to spend the weekend. The room consisted of a huge bed and, well...that's about it because there wasn't much room for anything else. At over $200 a night, I was not pleased to say the least. Not being the high maintenance complaining types however, we decided to grin and bear it for the time being.After flipping channels manually on the TV (no remote to be found anywhere), we decided to turn in. At about 3 in the morning we awoke to a stifling heat. There was nothing we could do but open the french doors and hang a blanket so as not to be completely exposed to other guests who may choose to use the pool only a few short feet away. This worked OK I guess until someone decided to use the pool at 6:30 in the morning. Well, long story short, we did complain and were moved to a different room. Much larger, and somewhat nicer. It was clear that we were given the worst room in the place to begin with. The new room was fine, though there were no blinds on the window next to the shower, so we were able to provide a free show to whomever should be passing by. So, the moral of the story: If you ever stay at the Villa Rosa and they book you into room 8, run for your life to the nearest Motel 6. Don't get me wrong, the Villa Rosa is an attractive old place with a degree of charm. It just seems like the staff could do more to keep it in shape...As for room 8, perhaps they should just use it for storage.
Initially I was a little hesitant to go with a smaller hotel/B&B, I wasn't confident it'd live up to the nicer places I've stayed (Ritz, W, etc.). However, I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised with the Villa Rosa!
A Fine Inn!
Most of the other hotels in the area were booked when we arrived on a Friday afternoon, and we had no idea how lucky we were to get a room in this absolutely beautiful little hotel. One block from the harbor, one block from State Street, and an idyllic little garden with a pool and ceramic-tiled jacuzzi. As if that wasn't enough, there was wine and cheese in the lobby every evening, and a continental breakfast spread in the morning! I will definitely stay at this hotel again.
I enjoyed the roomy rooms, the helpful front desk, the quick service ( I asked for an iron and ironing board) and the quiet nights. Maybe disallowing kids under 14 helps.