This anniversary trip was a mix of camping and hotel stays. It ended up being an alternating schedule where we went from hotel to camping and then back again. The first stop on our trip was Santa Barbara and while we were there, we stayed at Agave Inn. This privately owned motel is located on State Street, Santa Barbara’s main drag, just a couple of miles from downtown. There are some pros and cons to the location. It was quiet, save for the occasional motorcycle pulling through the light on the corner. The con to that quiet is even though its just a couple minutes drive to get downtown, it would be quite a hike on foot. Apparently, Santa Barbara has an awesome bus transit system and there is a bus stop on the block, I can’t vouch for it first hand because I didn’t actually use it. We did see a lot of buses around town and people do use it.
With only 13 rooms, I’m guessing the no on their vacancy sign in lit up pretty often. We stayed in room number 8 which was right next to the office. We were worried about the noise that might occur with people shuffling in and out of the office but didn’t hear anyone else while we were there, despite the fact the motel was fully booked the night we stayed.
Behind the bright yellow door we were greeted by a queen bed and some cute accessories that made the room feel unique and different than all the cookie cutter hotels and motels we had passed on our way into town. Everything from the cute clear mode-esqe chairs to the bring Mexican blankets enhanced the over all aesthetic of the room. And, it was so clean. The room was spotless and the bathroom looked brand new and had a super cute striped shower curtain to add a little pop of color to the otherwise white room. We were charmed.
Other perks of our stay included really welcoming staff members when we checked in or had a question, a mini-fridge and microwave in our room, free breakfast bites that included muffins, scones, fresh fruit, tea, and coffee. There is also free wifi which was surprisingly quick for hotel wifi. They also have AC and heaters in each room but I don’t think we ended up using either while we were there. It’s also across the street from a bunch of little restaurants including Renaud’s, an amazing French bakery, and a grocery store. We can’t recommend this adorable place enough. All those little touches really made it special.
PS: Those flowers didn’t come with the room. Guy surprised me with those from the store across the street. He snuck out while I was sleeping and I was none the wiser.