Cheshire Cat Inn Hotel in Santa Barbara

Welcome to the American Riviera: Santa Barbara. Its beautiful beaches with giant coconut trees make for a young, relaxed destination with a culture full of colors.

Among the mountains of California, Santa Barbara is one of the most iconic cities in the state. Two hours from Los Angeles and more than 500 km from San Francisco, the city was our final destination of our road trip on Highway 1. Here we tell you about our stay at the B&B Cheshire Cat Inn. 

We started our trip in San Francisco, passed Sausalito, San Luis Obispo and Carmel and finally Santa Bárbara. The city is full of sights: the famous Stearns Wharf – a pier by the sea with a beautiful view of the beach and mountains in the background, with great options for restaurants and shops. the tower of Santa Barbara Courthouse also worth the visit. In addition, the charming city is home to the Natural History Museumthe Botanical Garden and more attractions.

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Santa Barbara, California

Where to stay in Santa Barbara – Cheshire Cat Inn

We stayed at the Cheshire Cat Inn, an excellent bed and breakfast. The accommodation caught our attention for being super well rated, with a score of 9,3 on Booking, great location and value for money.

The Cheshire Cat or Laughing Cat is one of the characters in the famous movie “Alice in Wonderland”. The decor is all based on the movie and each room is named after one of the characters. There are two cottage-style houses, the accommodation is super familiar and cozy. With beautifully manicured flower gardens, the atmosphere is calm and welcoming. Breakfast is served outdoors, a delight!

The Cheshire Cat Inn also offers Wi-Fi and free parking. Most rooms are on the second floor and the hotel does not have an elevator. It's worth keeping an eye out if you have any difficulties or are carrying a lot of suitcases. Another detail, which was no problem for us, is that the rooms are super bright in the morning. Bring a mask if you don't like waking up to the Californian sun.

Cheshire Cat Inn – Photo: publicity


The Cheshire Cat Inn is conveniently located 1,5 km from downtown Santa Barbara and a 10-minute drive from Stearns Wharf. Right next to the hotel there is an Ihop – an American restaurant chain with great lunch or dinner options. It's worth a tip, as the restaurant has a super affordable price, in times of high dollar.

Check in

The Cheshire Cat Inn does not have a reception. Upon arrival we were greeted by the hotel manager. She provided us with an access password (keep that password very well!) that allows you to access the hotel at any time. Be aware if your check-in is after 19:XNUMX. It is best to inform the hotel in advance so they can prepare for your arrival.


The hotel is boutique, with just 18 classically decorated rooms. As we said, the entire design is based on the theme of the movie “Alice in Wonderland”. Each room is named after one of the characters from the film (The Mad Hatter, The Mock Turtle, The Lady of Hearts and so on). We stayed in the room that is also named after the hotel – Cheshire Cat.

The decor is cozy, with lots of cushions, armchairs and always with a beautiful vase of flowers, kindly chosen in the hotel's garden. All rooms have air conditioning, bathrobe, flat screen TV and Molton Brown amenities. Some of the rooms are larger and have a spa bath, balcony and fireplace. Very romantic!

  • Cheshire Cat Inn Room – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn Room – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Duchess Bedroom – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Mock Turtle Room- Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Mad Hatter Room – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Photo: publicity

  • Cheshire Cat Inn – Honeymoon Suite – Photo: publicity

Tip for families

The Cheshire Cat Inn even has accommodation for families: The Cottages. They are houses that accommodate up to 4 people, with 2 bedrooms, living area with fireplace, full kitchen and private balcony.

  • Country house for family – Photo: publicity

  • Living area with fireplace – Photo: publicity

  • Full kitchen – Photo: publicity

  • Single room – Photo: publicity

  • Bathroom – Photo: publicity

  • Double bedroom – Photo: publicity


Breakfast was the highlight! It is served in the outdoor area next to the garden, so you can enjoy the beautiful view of the flowers and lawn, with the mountains in the background. The continental style breakfast is very complete: cold cuts, breads, milk, fruits, eggs, yogurt with honey and homemade granola, juices and Nutella (which I can never miss) and the famous quiche with different flavors every day. All fresh and made on time!

And even in the late afternoon (from 17:00 to 18:00 h) the hotel offers a happy hour. The accommodation offers wines from the region, snacks, cheeses and jams.

Breakfast at the Cheshire Cat Inn – Photo: publicity

Garden area where breakfast is served. A delight!

The charm of the hotel – the gardens!

Wines and snacks served in the garden

Write it down:

  • Address: 36 West Valerio Street – Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Phone: +1 (805) 569-1610
  • Facebook: @Cheshire Cat Inn

If you liked the hotel, see below the video that was narrated by the owner Christine Dunstan, that friendly Englishwoman.

***We stayed at the invitation of the Cheshire Cat Inn hotel***

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