The city of Santa Barbara is located on the California coast, about 2 hour’s drive from Los Angeles. Visitors to Santa Barbara will find a great deal of activities to choose from, including hiking, watersports, nightlife, and some truly delicious food and drink. Whatever the agenda, one certainty is that a stay in Santa Barbara requires accommodation, and the city has many options. Visitors can stay at an inn inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the Secret Garden Inn. There are options for people traveling with children or pets, people who want to taste wine and relax on a romantic getaway, or host big events like weddings or birthday parties.
1.Casa Del Mar Inn
© Casa Del Mar Inn
Casa Del Mar Inn is located near several pristine beaches, and just a half block away from the pier in Stearns Wharf. This charming hotel offers a wide variety of accommodations suitable for all types of guests – spacious two-room suites for families or a lovely room for two, perfect for a romantic getaway. The Casa Del Mar Inn is a pet-friendly place, but the extra charge of $15/night per pet will be applied for those who wish to bring their furry friends. There is a maximum of two pets per room. All guestrooms are both simple and modern, with king or queen-sized beds, private baths, and large flat-screen TVs.
18 Bath Street, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-963-4418 or 800-433-3097
2.Cheshire Cat Inn
© Cheshire Cat Inn
The Cheshire Cat Inn has been owned and operated by Christine and Jack Dunstan for more than 30 years. In 1984, they purchased this property and turned the once abandoned and neglected buildings into a beautiful bed and breakfast inn. The inn now features 14 rooms and four cottages, all inspired by the famous book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. This charming bed and breakfast inn, surrounded by old oak trees and flower-filled gardens, is a perfect place for a romantic getaway. It's also suitable for families with kids, but an additional fee of $30 will be charged for each child over 5 years of age.
36 West Valerio, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-569-1610
3.The Eagle Inn
© The Eagle Inn
The Eagle Inn is a boutique bed and breakfast hotel suitable for tourists as well as for business travelers. It's located in the West Beach neighborhood of Santa Barbara, just 3 minutes away from the marina and beach. This place is also known as one of the most romantic hotels in the area, so it’s no small wonder that it attracts honeymooners as well. Each room is unique, with quality furniture and carefully selected details. Romance packages and special deals are often made available for couples who want to make the most of their time at the Eagle Inn.
232 Natoma Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-965-3586
4.Villa Del Cielo
© Villa Del Cielo
Villa Del Cielo is located just 15 minutes away from Santa Barbara downtown. Once the 26-acre estate is entered, complete privacy is guaranteed. Its magnificent landscape with oak and cypress trees, lavender, wisteria, and herbs as well as a lovely view of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands make this beautiful place ideal for events such as weddings or family gatherings. It features an infinity edge pool with a 7,000 square-foot lawn around it as well as an eight-person hot tub. Some services, such as spa (massage and facials), limousine, sailing, and sport fishing charters, are available upon a request.
5219 E Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Phone: 805-448-9029
© Secret Garden
The Secret Garden Inn and Cottages are a true jewel hidden behind high hedges and beautiful gardens in Santa Barbara. This place was first built for a large family in 1905, but it was renovated and reopened as the Blue Quail in 1980. Now it's owned and run by Dominique Hannaux. A lovely garden and shady patio are also available for small weddings of up to 24 persons. A peaceful and romantic atmosphere is guaranteed in this idyllic site. Licensed and certified therapists are on site to provide a relaxing massage that heals body and soul and, for $100 an hour, guests can schedule a massage in the privacy of their room.
1908 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-687-2300
6.Villa Rosa Inn
© Villa Rosa Inn
The Villa Rosa Inn is a small boutique inn housed in an historic Spanish colonial building and located just a few minutes away from the beach and Stearns Wharf. Its homey and intimate atmosphere attracts mostly couples who are looking for a romantic getaway. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs and a free Wi-Fi, although none of them have a minibar or coffee and tea-making facilities. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit and yogurt in the morning as well as free wine and cheese with some snacks in the evening hours. Although Villa Rosa Inn is not a resort, a resort fee is required.
15 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-966-0851
7.Inn by the Harbor
© Inn by the Harbor
The Inn by the Harbor is a classic Mediterranean-style inn with red tile roofs and lush gardens. It features a wide variety of relaxing amenities, such as a whirlpool spa, heated pool, and enclosed sundeck courtyard. This family-friendly place is located just a few blocks away from the Santa Barbara waterfront. Bike rentals are available for guests who want to explore the neighborhood. The hotel boasts 43 accommodation options that range from single rooms to spacious suites equipped with full kitchens and available for monthly rentals, which makes Inn by the Harbor ideal for extended stays.
433 W. Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-963-7851
© Kimpton Canary
Kimpton Canary is a family-friendly boutique hotel in Santa Barbara. Cribs and play pens are available at no extra cost. Larger families or groups traveling together can choose one to three-bedroom Nesting Suites with rooms connected by private hallways. Finch & Fork, the onsite restaurant, serves fresh, just-caught seafood as well as grass-fed beef from local farms. The Kimpton brand hallmarks include many thoughtful freebies, such as a free wine hour in the evening and free coffee or tea in the morning. This is a pet-friendly place, with pet sitting and dog walking services available on request. Guests with allergies can choose one of the pet-free rooms on the fourth floor.
31 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 877-468-3515
9.Simpson House Inn
© Simpson House Inn
The Simpson House Inn is a luxurious boutique hotel located on the American Riviera in the heart of Santa Barbara, secluded by tall hedges and an acre of English gardens. It's housed in a Victorian home built in 1874, which provides a dash of historical charm. From the moment they arrive until the moment they leave, all guests will enjoy every second of their stay at the Simpson House Inn. There's no pool or Jacuzzi, but in-room spa treatments, including massages and facials, are available. Guests can also enjoy free breakfast and wine tastings as well as hors-d'oeuvres.
121 E. Arrellaga, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-963-7067
10.Spanish Garden Inn
© Spanish Garden Inn
The Spanish Garden Inn is a cozy Spanish-style hotel surrounded by lush gardens and patios. It has 23 charming rooms with gas fireplaces and private balconies. This upscale boutique hotel provides a wide variety of fine amenities and personalized services required by its guests. All guests can pamper themselves with in-room spa treatments and enjoy deluxe continental breakfast. There are no on-site restaurants or bars, but the inn is located in Santa Barbara downtown, close to many attractions, shops, and restaurants as well as more than a dozen wineries. Children are welcome here, but the majority of guests are older couples looking for a romantic escape from daily life.
915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-564-4700
11.Harbor House Inn
© Harbor House Inn
The Harbor House Inn is a charming and quaint bed and breakfast inn. This small 17-room inn is located in a peaceful neighborhood, not far from different tourist attractions such as Stearns Wharf. There's no on-site pool, but the beach is in the near vicinity and guests can rent bikes for free, which will make getting around a lot easier for those without a car or who don’t wish to drive. All guests who book two nights or more are welcomed with a breakfast basket that contains freshly baked banana nut bread, fruits, and juice as well as some tasty snacks and water. Since the inn doesn't serve breakfast, guests who stay only one night can purchase this basket for $20.
104 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-962-9745
© Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Resort at the Biltmore Santa Barbara is a five-star luxury property that meets all the brand expectations regarding location, content, and style. Its architecture reflects the late 1920s Spanish colonial style, but at the same time rooms have some modern facilities such as flat-screen TVs with DVD players, minibars, and Bose stereo systems, available in the suites. It should be noted that conferences and special events are often hosted in the hotel, which can be a nuisance for guests who aren't participating. There are no tourist attractions in the immediate vicinity, but the hotel can arrange some private tours and winemaking lessons as well as whale watching trips and more.
1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-969-2261
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13.Belmond El Encanto
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Belmond El Encanto is a charming historic landmark located high in the Santa Barbara hills. Its landscaped gardens offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the American Riviera. After a long and expensive renovation, this place finally got its present look. The original Spanish colonial and Californian craftsman styles are preserved in its architecture, while some modern perks, such as bathrooms with heated floors, are included for the comfort of its guests. Red brick paths lead through 7 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens into luxurious bungalow-styled buildings. The adjacent fitness center has Technogym treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals.
800 Alvarado Place Santa Barbara, CA 93103, Phone: 805-845-5800
14.San Ysidro Ranch
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San Ysidro Ranch is a quiet, romantic property, nestled in the Montecito foothills of Southern California's wine country, with stunning landscapes and nature. Legends and history intertwine in the lush gardens, creating an idyllic atmosphere. Spacious cottage-style units are individually furnished with working stone or brick fireplaces, Persian rugs, and comfy king-sized canopy beds with Italian linens. There are 41 rooms at the ranch, many of which have enclosed patios and private whirlpool tubs. Pets are allowed, with some limitations, but there is a steep daily charge of $100. The fee includes a welcome bone and a beanie-baby toy.
900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, Phone: 805-565-1700
15.Harbor View Inn
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The Harbor View Inn is a family-friendly resort located in downtown Santa Barbara and along the West Beach area. This boutique hotel has 102 well-appointed guest rooms and 13 luxurious suites. All guest rooms feature the same amenities, such as Keurig coffeemakers, minibars stocked with local, organic, and gourmet items, two terry cloth robes, hairdryers, safes, and many others. Suites range in size from 750 to 1,000 square feet, while guestrooms are smaller and range from 425 to 500 square feet. All guestrooms and suites have a private balcony or patio. The adult-only fitness center features a universal gym and free weights as well as treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes.
28 W. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, Phone: 805-963-0780
16.Santa Barbara Inn
© Santa Barbara Inn
The Santa Barbara Inn is a boutique hotel that was reopened in mid-2016 after a complete renovation. The newly renovated rooms and suites have upscale furnishings and some designer touches. Bathrooms are also spacious and upscale, with separate whirlpool tubs and glass-enclosed, walk-in showers. This place is an excellent choice for foodies. The upscale Convivo Restaurant serves delicious Italian cuisine, such as homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza, fresh seafood, and grilled meats as well as a wine list with many amazing options and specialty tequilas at the bar. The inn is also popular for weddings and corporate events, and can host up to 80 people. It takes about 2 hours by car to reach the Santa Barbara Inn from Los Angeles International Airport.
901 E. Cabrillo Blvd. Santa Barbara, CA 93103, Phone: 805-966-2285
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© Upham Hotel
The Upham Hotel is a historic property with garden grounds in the middle of Santa Barbara. The original building dates back to 1871 and is one of the oldest continuously operated hotels in Southern California. It features small bungalows and cottages with private patios as well as an adjoining Victorian building, the B&B Country House. Both properties share amenities and offer free breakfast as well as wine and cheese in the afternoons and milk with cookies in the evenings. Guests can also visit the independently run Louie's California Bistro, known as one of the most welcoming dog-friendly restaurants in Santa Barbara.
1404 De La Vina Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101, Phone: 805-962-0058
© Montecito Inn
The Montecito Inn is a sophisticated hotel located within walking distance of Santa Barbara beach and built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928. Ever since the inn has opened its doors, it has been known as an upscale getaway for stars on holiday. Numerous guests come here every year to enjoy world-class service, award-winning dining, and luxury accommodations and amenities such as on-site dining, spa services, and a full-service pool area. All guest rooms and suites are furnished in the classical Mediterranean style, which features warm earth tones and pastel colors. Soundproofed luxury rooms and suites are located at the edges of the inn, away from other guestrooms.
1295 Coast Village Road Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 800-843-2017
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19.Hotel Santa Barbara
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Hotel Santa Barbara is a small boutique hotel with very strict “no party” and “quiet” policies to provide a peaceful night’s rest for all its guests. However, the hotel wasn't always so quiet, and a local legend says that liquor was always available during the Prohibition and that there was even a secret gaming room somewhere near the lobby. There aren't any on-site pools, fitness centers, bars, or restaurants (except a Starbucks), but the hotel is located in the center of State Street, which is known as a popular destination for dining and shopping. Most guests are leisure tourists as well as some business travelers who are attracted by the two meeting rooms, free Wi-Fi, and laptops available for loan.
533 State Street Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-957-9300 or 800-549-9869
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20.Pacific Crest Hotel
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The Pacific Crest Hotel is a charming boutique hotel on East Beach. It's located just a few minutes away from numerous tourist attractions, such as Stearns Wharf, the Urban Wine Trail, Channel Islands National Park, and the famous Santa Barbara Children's Zoo. Spacious and quiet guestrooms and suites will provide much-needed rest. All rooms feature plush bedding, HD TVs, and Wi-Fi, and many of them have a balcony with a view of the sea. Refrigerators are available upon request. This hotel has a strict no-smoking policy and a minimal $250 fee will be charged for violating this or any other hotel policy.
433 Corona Del Mar Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-966-3103
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© Castillo Inn
The Castillo Inn is a small budget-friendly property located only a block away from the beach and marina at Santa Barbara Harbor. There are many restaurants within walking distance. Even though this is a motel-style property, all of its 20 rooms tend to fill up quickly. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and tastefully decorated. The best rooms are the ones that have either a private patio or a balcony with nice views of Pershing Park. There are not as many features as in a full-service hotel, but there are computers and a printer available in the lobby as well as free Wi-Fi.
22 Castillo Street Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-965-8527 or 800-965-8570
The Wayfarer Hotel is settled in the trendy Funk Zone neighborhood, which offers a wide variety of artisan shops, restaurants, and bars as well as more than 20 wine tasting rooms and award-winning microbreweries. Newly opened in 2014, this chic boutique hotel offers 27 private hotel rooms and four shared hostel rooms as well as complimentary hotel amenities, such as an outdoor heated swimming pool and community games – Jenga, ping pong, and cornhole. A spacious community kitchen and dining area are there to keep guests social. Breakfast is served every morning from 7am to 10 am, and it includes fresh bagels, toast, fruits, cereals, yogurt, and Peet’s Coffee.
12 E Montecito St Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-845-1000
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© Franciscan Inn
The Franciscan Inn was just a Spanish-style house back in the 1920s, but today it is a classy 53-room inn that features all the amenities of contemporary life while still keeping the Old World charm from its beginnings. It's geared towards tourists who are visiting for business, vacation, or an extended stay. The inn has a strict non-smoking policy, and all guests who smoke in one of the guestrooms or suites will pay a $250 cleaning fee. They can choose between 31 guestrooms and 22 suites, and there are ten different room styles (from a standard queen-sized guest room to the split-level Edgewater Suite) to satisfy every need.
109 Bath Street Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 800-663-5288 or 805-963-8845
24.Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach
© Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach
The Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach is a Mediterranean-style hotel located just two blocks from Santa Barbara beach and yacht harbor. It's an ideal place for a romantic getaway as well as for a local wine tasting. Rooms, suites, and penthouses with fully equipped kitchens, living area, and bedrooms are a perfect choice for guests who choose to stay here for a while. Every morning, guests are offered a fresh continental breakfast, and every afternoon they can taste some wine and cheese. Freshly baked cookies and milk are also available in the evening. This hotel features 31 non-smoking guest rooms, suites, and penthouses.
223 Castillo St. Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 805-966-2219 or 800-468-1988
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© Hotel Milo
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is a charming beachside hotel located just a few minutes from downtown. This is a good choice for tourists who want to rest in a quiet place, but also want to be close to the city crowd. There are many galleries, boutique shops, and cafés nearby. The exterior of the hotel is a little bit older, in Spanish colonial style, while the rooms are simpler with some modern and colorful accents. All rooms have wooden floors and bright white walls, with many additional features such as LCD flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Phone: 866-547-3070
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- Casa Del Mar Inn, Photo: Casa Del Mar Inn
- Cheshire Cat Inn, Photo: Cheshire Cat Inn
- The Eagle Inn, Photo: The Eagle Inn
- Villa Del Cielo, Photo: Villa Del Cielo
- Secret Garden, Photo: Secret Garden
- Villa Rosa Inn, Photo: Villa Rosa Inn
- Inn by the Harbor, Photo: Inn by the Harbor
- Kimpton Canary, Photo: Kimpton Canary
- Simpson House Inn, Photo: Simpson House Inn
- Spanish Garden Inn, Photo: Spanish Garden Inn
- Harbor House Inn, Photo: Harbor House Inn
- Four Seasons, Photo: Four Seasons
- Belmond El Encanto, Photo: Belmond El Encanto
- San Ysidro Ranch, Photo: San Ysidro Ranch
- Harbor View Inn, Photo: Courtesy of dvoevnore - Fotolia.com
- Santa Barbara Inn, Photo: Santa Barbara Inn
- Upham Hotel, Photo: Upham Hotel
- Montecito Inn, Photo: Montecito Inn
- Hotel Santa Barbara, Photo: Hotel Santa Barbara
- Pacific Crest Hotel, Photo: Pacific Crest Hotel
- Castillo Inn, Photo: Castillo Inn
- Wayfarer, Photo: Wayfarer
- Franciscan Inn, Photo: Franciscan Inn
- Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach, Photo: Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach
- Hotel Milo, Photo: Hotel Milo
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