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Santa Barbara Inn Receives AAA’s Four Diamond Rating

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Santa Barbara Inn

The Santa Barbara Inn has received the AAA Four Diamond Rating. This is the first time the inn has attained this designation. Hotels at this level employ experienced, highly-qualified staff to provide the custom service luxury hotel guests expect, according to AAA. These establishments deliver unmatched guest comfort with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities, and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.


Fewer than 4 percent of the 59,000 AAA-Approved hotels and restaurants receive this rating, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California, and California boasts the most AAA Four Diamond hotels with 176. 


“AAA is pleased to recognize the Santa Barbara Inn for earning the AAA Four Diamond Rating,” said Patricia Marenco of the Auto Club’s Approved Accommodations Dept. “To maintain the standards required for this rating on a daily basis is an outstanding achievement. AAA Four Diamond establishments are attentive to guests needs and consistently deliver memorable travel and dining experiences.” 


The Santa Barbara Inn, at 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd., has elegantly-decorated rooms that offer ocean or mountain views from private balconies, according to Auto Club Inspector #546.  Suites boast Tommy Bahama poster beds, jetted soaking tubs and separate marble showers, the inspector added. 


The Santa Barbara Inn features 70 guest rooms and suites, most with views of the Pacific, while others face the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains.  The inn is within walking distance of historic Stearns Wharf.  The Mediterranean-inspired property houses a full-service restaurant featuring indoor and terrace dining, a brand-new fitness center and heated outdoor pool.  Breakfast is complimentary.


Owners of the Santa Barbara Inn are local real estate developers Mimi and Richard Gunner. 


Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online TripTik Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices.


For complete lists of AAA/CAA Four Diamond hotels and restaurants and rating definitions, visit

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