The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town

The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Oct 23, 2014
1 King Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-3)

The Secret to the Secret Getaway is its location, quality and price. Why stay in the nicest hotel suite in town, when you can have much more, for significantly less money?

We are located two blocks from the Beach, Stearns Wharf, Public Pool, Harbor, world-class dining, and downtown shops, including our own local Farmers market. Leave your car and parking worries behind. We even offer RARE off street reserved parking.

Within blocks are a European deli and market, bakery and sandwich shop, three wineries and a grocery store leaving little need to leave the neighborhood. In addition there are bike rentals, Segway rentals, peddle surrey rentals, a skate park, the Chase Palm Park with a merry-go-round and the site of a craft fair each Sunday that lines the beach boardwalk. The Santa Barbara Zoo and the Bird Sanctuary are an easy mile and half walk. If you are traveling to Santa Barbara by train the Secret Getaway is two blocks from the train station and there is a car rental agency two blocks away in case you want to explore the Santa Ynez Valley wine country. If you are tired of walking, all of these attractions can be reached by a local 25 cents-a-ride shuttle bus that runs up State Street and along the ocean front from the harbor to the zoo.

The Secret Getaway is new and resides in a historical turn of the century building that retains the charm of the day’s bygone. It has been lovingly restored to reflect the true authentic Santa Barbara style. The beautiful limestone floors, faux painting and ten feet ceilings all give it a romantic and European feeling.

The bright kitchen is fully equipped, including spices, with granite counter tops, all appliances and your own washer and dryer.

The bathroom is immaculate with custom stone work throughout, a built in Jacuzzi tub, separate large walk- in shower and Santa Barbara style cabinets with matching granite.

The living room has a Waterford fireplace, comfortable couch (queen sleeper), 42' HDTV which replaced the smaller one in the picture, DVD and stereo. Complimentary wireless internet access is also available for your convenience. The bedroom offers a king-size feather top bed with luxury linens.

The bedroom and kitchen each have eight foot glass doors that lead to the your own veranda where you can enjoy the California sun, complete with Bistro set, potted flowers and gas grill.

For your convenience we also offer private reserved parking and a washer and dryer in the Secret Getaway. Everything you need to complete your stay.

Also a helpful hint when comparing: We are not on a commercial thorough fare or next to the highway or railroad tracks. We are in a nice residential neighborhood.

Keywords: Beach Vacation Rental By Owner

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

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The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p91302vb
-(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Vancouver, BC
3

Just okay...

  • 3 of 5
First let me preface by saying that Santa Barbara is a relatively expensive holiday destination. This apartment is very passable, but not cheap by any means. Remember when you calculate the rental cost to include the cleaning charges, Paypal or bank transfer fees and any other costs, these added up and made the accommodation costs comparable to some pretty motels in the same area. The location is good, very close to the beach and walking distance to restaurants, cafes and downtown (if you're okay with hikes). The apartment was very clean, the bed was very comfortable and the kitchen has reasonable equipment, however if you like to cook, be warned that there are absolutely no food staples other than salt and pepper - and a lovely welcome bottle of champagne. Privacy was an issue for us, the little balcony overlooks the parking lot, and every window overlooks neighbours' windows at close proximity. The apartment feels completely airless when the windows are closed, but being on the ground floor we were not comfortable leaving the windows open at night. In the daytime we felt we were in a fishbowl when the blinds were open - people looked in as they walked by unit from the parking lot. The bedroom blinds are vertical blinds with no bottom weights, so they don't close properly and swing in any breeze making a clattering noise. Furthermore, one of the vertical slats was missing which meant the morning light streamed in at 6:30am. The WIFI signal was weak, and having no local phone made making reservations for restaurants an issue. All-in-all this unit was just okay I think there are probably better apartments available.
  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: For the past 12 years, we have both owned and managed this beautiful and historic West Beach property, in addition to 15 others, for which we have received hundreds of 5 star reviews. This guest posted perhaps the worst review we have ever had.

From the onset of the reservation process they were not happy with Santa Barbara pricing (which is one of the most expensive worldwide), the Canadian exchange rate fees and the international bank wire fees, the latter two of which we have no control.
After they evaluated the 700+ VRBO vacation rentals, in addition to our local hotels, they attempted to negotiate our rates, which were not provided. And yet they still chose our most economic Getaway. This must tell you something about the value of our property.

Our location, price, and quality is unmatched and our reviews and length of business prove this. The Secret Getaway offers a king bedroom, beautiful limestone bath with walk in shower and separate Jacuzzi tub, granite counter tops, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, living room with fireplace, large flat screen, small terrace, private parking, complimentary internet and all paper, soaps/shampoos and cleaning products, towels and linens. All of this is much more than a hotel room offers.

The Secret Getaway is on the ground floor and as such does not have complete privacy without closing the blinds, as is the case in any ground floor hotel property. However, the good news about this review is that this is highlighted, as the most important thing to us is that our guests are happy and return.

This guest also mentioned a vertical blind slat was missing and weak internet, both of which were not mentioned during their stay and both would have been an easy fix. And we certainly don’t stock the kitchen with food or beverages as they mention, nor do we advertise such, other than a complimentary bottle of champagne.

The square footage and quality, location and pricing offer more than any of our competition and we urge any guest to compare.

We enjoy meeting and working with guests from all over the world. However, as a matter of principle, even though they threatened a bad review, I refused to offer any further compensation.
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The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p91302vb
-(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Litchfield, CT
5

Mediterranean Oasis

  • 5 of 5
This place was better than we expected, not that we expected anything bad, but we have never been wowed. The Secret Getaway sits on the ground floor of a very charming Mediterranean style home with nooks and crannies of serenity, fountains and gardens. The apartment was very clean and homey with a well stocked kitchen, perfect for us.
The bed was comfortable with quality linens. The bathroom was a spa, just like the description said. A great place to unwind after walking around SB. During our entire stay, we rarely saw or heard any other people, despite knowing there were other residents in for the week. It felt like we had this whole oasis to ourselves. The little patio off the kitchen and bedroom was a perfect spot to have our morning coffee and breakfast.
What makes this a quaint retreat is that there are no signs and no front desk and no sight of any housekeeping staff. The little twists and turns throughout the estate makes each individual apartment hidden. In my opinion, this place is situated just off the beaten path in a good way. Out of the way of the mob of tourists and on the great side near the SB marina which makes for an awesome sunrise/sunset walk. The bulk of the people tend to thin out on this side of State Street which was PERFECT for us.
We chose this place for the, beach/State Street walking convenience, large kitchen, spa like bathroom and the gas fireplace which we didn't end up needing because of the unusual heat wave that went through during our stay. Coming from CT, we like our cozy comfort and here you will find it and more!
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
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The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p91302vb
-(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
United States
5

Super cute unit perfect for our stay

  • 5 of 5
My 2 year old keeps asking me to take her back to the "yellow house, yellow house!" So I'll take that as a sign that she loved the place. Clean, convenient, awesome. Would stay again.
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p91302vb
-(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Montana
4

Enjoyed Our Time!

  • 4 of 5
We enjoyed Santa Barbara very much. What's not to like! Just a wonderful vacation spot.
Loved the kitchen , bathroom and patio. Appreciated that the place was so clean and well stocked. Walked many places and felt very safe.
Would recommend new sheets and bathroom towels and some thought to bedroom window privacy.
In all this little place was very enjoyable.
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Another review that we are thankful for. Specifically hearing from our guest that they loved the kitchen, bathroom & patio, that it was clean and well stocked, walking distance to all and safe. As with all of other 5 Star reviews, we could not have said it better! However, we were disappointed that this guest did not enjoy the towels and sheets as we pride ourselves on getting quality linens and do not know how this happened, i.e. we were not notified during the stay. If any of our guests are not satisfied with the towels & sheets, we are committed to take care of it during the stay. Just call us so we can take care of it and provide the best stay we can.
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The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p91302vb
-(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
San Francisco, CA
4

Had a wonderful stay!

  • 4 of 5
This was the first time I tried using a vacation rental for my stay in Santa Barbara and I was not disappointed! Setting up this rental was quicker and easier than I thought it would be -- the owners seem very accommodating.

This place is adorable -- even nicer than the pictures. The living room is cute and cozy and the kitchen is inviting with dishware, utensils, serving platters, pots, coffee maker, etc. The owners even leave bottle of sparkling wine for you in the refrigerator. Nice touch!

I can't say enough about the bathroom. Having a Jacuzzi tub and duel-head shower was such a treat. And the bedroom was very comfortable.

There were a few little issues, such as slightly damaged window blinds that didn't close all the way, but that was no big deal.

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara -and usually just stay with friends when I visit but this time I was traveling with my husband and toddler, so this was definitely a great option. It was nice to just be able to relax and cook our own dinners and to hang out in the living room while our daughter slept. This was much more convenient and economical than staying in one of the nearby hotels, which I've also done before.

The location is good, especially if you don't have a car. It's walking distance to the harbor, wharf, State Street. But if you do have a car, there's also one off-the-street parking spot available.

I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are thankful for reviews like this. Specifically hearing from our guest that the reservation process was quick & easy, owners accommodating, place more adorable than the pictures, economical and a great location. We could not have said it better! This guests comments are consistent with the other 5 star reviews other than the blinds which have been completely replaced. So please be our guest and enjoy.
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The Santa Barbara Secret Getaway - Two Blocks to Beach & Town
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p91302vb
-(805) 689-8994 Ask for Melanie (California, USA)
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara County
Orlando, FL
5

A glorious long weekend in Santa Barbara

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I became repeat renters this year at this property, on this occasion staying in the well-appointed Secret Getaway. The apartment is more than comfortable for two persons and the kitchen/bath are especially equipped with nice upgrades. Everything in town (beach/downtown) is within walking distance. We would highly recommend this apartment based on the owners commitment to excellence of product and services and the reasonable price point. Hope to be back next year.
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Santa Barbara Airport at 15 Miles Car: not necessary

Check in time is 11 AM

Check out time is 4 PM

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Rental rates

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Summer High Season
May 22 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,295
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$195
$995
 

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $99
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

Standard method of payment is checks and direct deposits at any Bank of America Branch.

Credit card payment via PayPal and bank wire transfers are also accepted but in these cases the 4% PayPal fee & $25/wire transfer fee are applied.

Cancellation policy - the amount of deposit received is subject to loss, excluding the damage security deposit, unless re-rented for that time period.

Higher rates apply for Holidays and Graduation weeks.

Inquire for monthly rates which depend on length of stay and season.

Maximum occupancy up to 4

50% of the rent, tax, cleaning fee & damage security deposit are required to confirm a reservation with the remaining 50% due 30 days before check-in.

Amenities

Property Type

  • apartment

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 800 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Full bath with separate jacuzzi tub and walk in dual head shower

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Convertible bed(s)
  • King size bed with queen size pull out couch in the living room.

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • Kind size bed, High-Speed Wireless Access, CD and DVD Player, Cooking Utensils and All Paper and Cleaning Products provided, Private Veranda with Bistro Set, Jacuzzi Tub and Large Walk-in Shower, Hair Dryer, Iron and Iron Board
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