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Simpson House Inn

Santa Barbara, United States

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Simpson House Inn
Pamper yourself during your Santa Barbara vacation by booking a guest room or cottage at the most luxurious of Santa Barbara hotels, the Simpson House Inn. With a wonderful mix of elegant accommodations and beautiful grounds, the Simpson House Inn has the proud distinction of being ranked as the only five diamond bed and breakfast in North America. As one of the few five diamond Santa Barbara hotels, you'll enjoy lavish Santa Barbara accommodations and a wealth of amenities. The boutique Santa Barbara hotel is nestled on an acre of English gardens and features 15 guest rooms, suites and cottages. The gardens have been awarded the prestegious "Santa Barbara Beautiful" Award. Housed in a Victorian estate built in 1874, Simpson House Inn invites you to relax with a perfect combination of historic charm and modern luxuries.
Hotel Address:
  • Simpson House Inn
  • 121 E. Arrellaga
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • United States

Location Summary
Minutes away from the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the historic sites of Santa Barbara, Simpson House Inn is set off the tree-lined road and is surrounded by our famed garden. While we are a pleasant walk or short drive away from Santa Barbara, our boutique hotel is secluded from the street by English sandstone walls and manicured hedges.

Directions to Hotel
From the South (Los Angeles): 101 Northbound. Exit Garden Street. Turn right onto Garden Street. 1st left onto Gutierrez Street. 1st right onto Santa Barbara Street. 12 blocks to Arrellaga Street. Turn left. Simpson House Inn is in the 1st block on the right. Drive through the driveway gates which are set back from the street between tall hedges. From the North (San Francisco): 101 Southbound. Exit Mission Street. Turn left onto Mission Street. 6 blocks to Anacapa Street. Turn right. 4 blocks to Arrellaga Street. Turn left. Simpson House is in the 1st block on the left. Drive through the driveway gates which are set back from the street between tall hedges.
Conde Nast Award Winner
Fine Dining On Site
A full gourmet vegetarian breakfast served in-room, on your private patio or on the verandah. Hot and cold beverage service available 24 hours. Afternoon tea and dessert buffet.
Fitness Center
As guests of the Simpson House you are invited to enjoy the Santa Barbara Athletic Club during your stay. Their facilities include a lap pool, sauna, steam room, racquetball, yoga, exercise classes and modem gym equipment. The Club is located 1.5 miles from the Inn.
High Speed Internet
High Speed Wireless Internet Access.
Spa Facility
In-room European massage and spa services, including: Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Pre-Natal massage, Acupressure massage, The Simpson House Signature Massage, European Facial, Aromatheraphy Facial, Revitalizing Head and Shoulder Massage, Warm Herbal Oil Massage.
Santa Barbara beaches, Stearn's Wharf and Marina are within a short drive. Beach towels and chairs are available at the Inn.
Biking Touring
Available at the Inn.
Within a short drive: Harbor and coastline cruises, windsurfing, sailing, whale-watching.
A variety of restaurants are within walking distance, from haute cuisine to hamburgers.
Ecological Tourism
Ennisbrook Nature Preserve is an enchanting 44 acres of oak woodland along San Ysidro Creek. There is a 1 1/2 mile hiking and riding trail over old stone bridges, through groves of wild oaks and around a stand of eucalyptus trees where Monarch butterflies roost.
Miles of trails meander through the hills, forests and stream-filled canyons of Santa Barbara, truly a hiker's paradise. Hikes include Rattlesnake Trail, Cold Springs Trail, Romero Canyon Trail, Beach walks.
Horseback Riding
Nearby foothills for horseback riding, hiking and picnicking.
Jogging Running
The Simpson House Inn is in a lovely neighborhood, with excellent jogging routes and nearby parks. The Inn can recommend fabulous walks, including: Red Tile Walking Tour of downtown historic Santa Barbara, Morning Neighborhood Walk, The Garden Trail through Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.
Unique shopping at a number of boutiques and galleries. Paseo Nuevo- shopping mall that includes Nordstrom and Macy's. Antique shopping on Brinkerhoff Avenue or nearby Summerland village. Arts and Crafts Fair on Cabrillo Boulevard, every Sunday.
Theatre Museums
Within walking distance: Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and Alameda Park, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Magnificent Moorish "Palace" Santa Barbara Courthouse and Gardens, Arlington Theater- Miniature Hispanic Village, Santa Barbara Mission and Rose Gardens, Natural History Museum and Planetarium. Within a short drive: Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, Zoological Gardens- A Child's Estate.
Winery Tours
Santa Ynez Valley Vineyards, Wineries and Mission. A forty minute drive and you'll be ready for a leisurely tour of wine country. It will take you over peaceful country roads, through picturesque farmland dotted with thousands of acres of lush green vineyards. Breathtaking vistas of valleys and mountains are vivid against a background of clear blue skies. The wineries settings range from attractively rustic to architecturally sophisticated. Most tasting rooms welcome visitors year-round and are open daily for sampling and purchasing. Choose from 50 wineries to visit.
Recommended Rooms
In the main house, the Robert and Julia Simpson Room: This spacious rose-colored room has an elaborate Victorian wallpaper treatment in William Morris tradition. It features an antique king bed, comfortable sitting area and private bathroom with an old-fashioned claw foot tub/shower. French doors open onto a large private deck overlooking the gardens. Cottages: The Abbeywood, Greenwich and Plumstead cottages have been crafted to reflect the luxurious elegance. Each one opens onto a private intimate fountain courtyard where you can linger over breakfast. The cottages also feature antique canopied queen featherbeds, loveseats by wood burning fireplaces, and an in-room Jacuzzi tub for luxuriating. Teak hardwood floors complement the Oriental rugs and antique furniture. The Pendle Cottage is an English garden cottage, secluded in the inn's gardens. Features private fountain, sitting room with cozy love seat in front of wood burning fireplace, sunny upstairs loft bedroom with high ceilings and King canopy featherbed, skylights with views to the giant oak and a full kitchen.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Fine Dining On Site
    - Fine Dining Nearby
    - Fitness Center
    - High Speed Internet
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Beach
    - Biking Touring
    - Boating
    - Dining
    - Ecological Tourism
    - Hiking
    - Horseback Riding
    - Jogging Running
    - Sailing
    - Shopping
    - Theatre & Museums
    - Windsurfing
    - Winery Tours