Santa Barbara is paradise; no matter how you look at it, it’s the best seaside town that California has to offer. Once your there it is so picturesque and peaceful, just what the doctor ordered. Mix that in with ocean breezes, views, Santa Barbara will make you wish you could wake up there every morning, until that time comes, let The Villa Rosa Inn be your go-to for a lovely stay in Santa Barbara.
Villa Rosa offers a super quick half of a block walk to the beach, one block from Stearn’s Wharf, a nice size pool in a very private walled-in courtyard, and a glorious relaxing hot tub. The rooms are Spanish Colonial style with a beachy contemporary twist. They have 18 different rooms, all very unique and different. My room had a cute patio, super close to the pool, with a very comfortable bed and European linens. They have a conference room for all of ones business needs while at the hotel. The grounds are very sweet, with lots of statues and sitting areas, and a meditation area. During the pandemic, most everyone was wearing masks in the common areas. Everything was super clean and sanitized, you can see their cleaning people were doing double the work, constantly keeping everything sanitized.
They serve a very simple breakfast, with cereal, sweet rolls, yogurt, fruit, coffee and juice. On the weekends they have a waffle machine with all of the fixings, it was amazing!
Villa Rose has some other properties, Ala Mar Motel, which is a minute away from The Villa Rosa Inn, and is across from the beach. But I was so happy with my hotel, maybe I would stay another time at Ala Mar Motel of the Chantico Inn in Ojai, another sister property.
My room itself had a big huge indoor tub, with an outdoor area that is enclosed and super private, it is hard to describe, but let me tell you anyone would feel super pampered in this great room. It has a large flat screen on the wall with all of the channels. The décor is simply with a great tile seascape on the bathroom wall.
There is so much to do nearby, with lots of super delicious dining options within walking distance. Your right at the beach, so you can lounge on the sand or take a harbor tour, go sailing, go wine tasting, and walk along State Street.
I took the train from Union Station in Los Angeles. The Santa Barbara train station is a couple of blocks away. The train is the Surf liner and cruises along the ocean for a portion of the trip. It’s just stress-free, leaving your wheels at home and just enjoying all of the very captivating things that Santa Barbara and beyond has to offer. There are lots of buses, shuttles, trolleys, cabs, Uber and Lyft to get you around.
In this time of uncertainty, get in your car, or hop on the train and get the heck out of dodge. Santa Barbara is a two-hour drive; it’s the best getaway you can do. So leave your stress and troubles behind and high tail it to the Rivera, in California – you will be so happy you did!
Villa Rosa Inn
15 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA. 93101