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"(Santa Barbara Inns) don't get much closer to perfection than the Villa Rosa in Santa Barbara."
- LA West Magazine

The Villa Rosa is one of the finest Santa Barbara inns, combining an ideal location with the sort of personalized attention you'd expect from the area's top bed and breakfast inn.

With only 18 rooms, our small size lets us treat every guest with warm and personal attention from the moment they arrive.

Every room at the Villa Rosa boasts a spectacular view, whether of the ocean, the harbor, the mountains, or our beautiful garden courtyard. We also offer deluxe rooms with fireplaces to make romantic evenings that much more special.

Our location is truly superb, only 84 steps away from Santa Barbara's stunning East Beach. Yes, we counted!) And we're an easy stroll away from famous Stearns Wharf, with its numerous shops, restaurants, and activities.

Of course, there's no reason for you to leave the grounds!

We provide deluxe continental breakfast daily, so you can sit back and enjoy the morning. For total relaxation, lounge by our pool or soak in the spa in our garden courtyard. Later in the day, enjoy mingling with your newfound friends around complimentary wine and cheese or evening port and sherry.

The romantic Villa Rosa Inn…a special hideaway in Santa Barbara.

our purpose: large resort amenities, small inn intimacy

Our relaxing lobby...The Villa Rosa Inn is a unique environment that offers all of the amenities associated with larger resort hotels, while maintaining the intimacy of a small inn. The quality of construction, the ambiance of the interior design and the attentive, personable staff ensure that no detail is overlooked.


Originally called the "Hilton-by-the-sea," this Spanish Colonial Revival building was designed by George M. Thomas Studios in 1931. Serving as off-campus housing during the winter season for the U.C.S.B. Riviera campus, the rooms were rented to tourists in the summer months. Acquired in 1981 by Mark and Beverly Kirkhart, Robert Young and Lisa Young, the Villa Rosa Inn opened to the public on July 11, 1982.

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  • LA West Magazine says, "Inns don't get much closer to perfection than the Villa Rosa in Santa Barbara."
  • Villa Rosa Inn was featured twice in Los Angeles Magazine, "Santa Barbara Surprises...the serene little Villa Rosa Inn..." writes Harry Basch and Shirley Slater.
  • Glamour Magazine says, "Could this intimate Spanish-style Santa Barbara inn with its red-tile roof, wrought iron grillwork and sun-dappled courtyard really be in California, USA? The answer is yes, but the Villa Rosa's hometown, Santa Barbara, seems more Mediterranean than American..."

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