Where to Stay in Santa Barbara
Nestled between the towering Santa Ynez Mountains and the glistening Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara makes it easy to see why this southern California city is often referred to as “America’s Riviera”.
Whether you’re a fan of walks on the beach, water sports, or just some old-fashioned surf and sun, there’s plenty to do while you’re here.
Keep reading for our favorite places to stay in Santa Barbara, California!
Best Hotels in Santa Barbara, CA
To summarize, here's a handy chart of our recommended Santa Barbara hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, great locations and great customer service.
Best Santa Barbara Hotels – Summary Comparison Chart
|Four Seasons Biltmore||Coast||Luxury||Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com|
|Belmond El Encanto||North Santa Barbara||Luxury||Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com|
|Spanish Garden Inn||Downtown||Couples||Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com|
|Kimpton Canary Hotel||Downtown||All||Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com|
|Castillo Inn at the Beach||Coast||Families||Check rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com|
Below is more information about each hotel and why we recommend it!
Four Seasons Resort at the Biltmore
Located on 22 acres of teeming jungle and manicured gardens, the Four Seasons Resort at the Biltmore Santa Barbara redefines the luxury hotel experience.
Just steps away from a private expanse of Pacific Ocean-facing beach and offering private bungalows with terraces overlooking the famed Channel Islands, it’s easy to see why the Four Seasons is truly the crème de la crème of Santa Barbara hotels.
Belmond El Encanto
Set high among the Santa Barbara hills, the Belmond El Encanto has been treating its guests to a luxuriant hotel experience since the 1920s.
Don’t be fooled by the age, however, as the Belmond has been remodeled and refurbished with all the trappings of a modern hotel, including 92 gorgeous Spanish revival bungalows, a zero-edge swimming pool, and lavish boutique spa.
Spanish Garden Inn
If you’re interested in supremely appointed boutique hotels, look no further than Santa Barbara’s Spanish Garden Inn.
Lucky guests of the Inn’s 23 rooms and suites will enjoy everything from deep-soaking tubs, private balconies and garden patios, and even French press coffee makers – a gorgeously secluded oasis still just a few minutes away from State Street and downtown Santa Barbara.
Kimpton Canary Hotel
Nestled between downtown Santa Barbara and the lovely beach, the Kimpton Canary Hotel is truly one of Santa Barbara’s hotel crown jewels.
Guests at the Kimpton Canary Hotel enjoy everything from a stunning rooftop pool, private tastings of local wine at surrounding vineyards, and award-winning farm-to-table fare at Finch and Fork restaurant.
Castillo Inn at the Beach
Located just steps away from the Santa Barbara beach, the boutique Castillo Inn at the Beach offers its guests choice of 20 rooms that are replete with Mediterranean décor, including Italian tile floors.
Throw in complimentary breakfast, parking, and even dry cleaning, and guests at this boutique really will feel like king and queens in a castle!
And that's it! Our guide to Santa Barbara's best hotels to make the most of your stay.
Whether you're looking for a luxury hotel in downtown, a boutique hotel for couples or a family friendly hotel for kids, these top hotels in Santa Barbara are sure to please.