For those looking to stay in Santa Barbara temporarily, there is a feast of hotels, inns, cottages, and motels available. These local favorites offer a range of accommodations from the rooftop pool at the Canary, to the beach views of the Fess Parker, to the family fun at the Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center. Whether you would like to be tucked away in the Montecito foothills or placed in the center of Santa Barbara's casual city environment, this is the perfect spot to view a host of options. Feel free to read the reviews provided and follow the links to learn more. We hope your stay will be charming, comfortable, and unforgettable.
Nestled among the foothills of Montecito, this luxurious retreat is notorious for being the destination where John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon. It continues to provide a tranquil atmosphere for travelers today, blending natural beauty and classic luxury. Cottages are arranged in a bungalow-style allowing guests to enjoy full leisure while they vacation as fireplaces and outdoor spas complete the cottages, assuring privacy and comfort. Guests are able to bask in the brilliance of lush gardens, hand-selected antiques, and exquisite surroundings while enjoying widely renowned onsite restaurants: The Stonehouse and Plow & Angle Bistro. The historic charm and scenic magnificence of this place fully supports its reputation as California’s “most beloved secret hideaway.”
With a 100-plus year history under a number of owners and managers, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts acquired the property in 1987 and two years later, completed a massive restoration project costing $19-million dollars. This restoration maintained the original Spanish Colonial architecture while creating a lighter, airy ambiance. The resort is currently home to an elegant vibe and kid-friendly atmosphere with spacious rooms, a pool with a diving board and wading pool, and an array of activities from croquet and dance parties to s’mores nights and pool games. This 20-acre coastal property is about three miles off of Santa Barbara’s pier and an array of local restaurants and is only a 5-to-10 minute walk from the boutiques and cafes of Montecito. The Biltmore in Santa Barbara is one of the highest rated hotels in the area and one of the best known. Between its location and amenities, it really is an impressive place.
An absolutely stunning, centrally located hotel resting on the Santa Barbara coastline, this is not your typical DoubleTree resort. The Fess Parker is a 24-acre beachfront resort featuring guestrooms in mission-style buildings. Staying true to Santa Barbara architecture, visitors will get a true taste of the flavor of the area as they are only steps away from Santa Barbara’s many restaurants and wine-tasting shops. The resort is pet-friendly, features onsite dining, and has one of the largest outdoor, heated swimming pools in the area. The Fess Parker is a one-stop-spot for those who wish to experience the heart of Santa Barbara city lifestyle.
This is one of the most luxurious and notable resorts on the coast of California. Found just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, it boasts of relaxation, comfort, and class. A perfect destination for families, hours pass smoothly in this leisurely place. Positioned on a 78-acre beachfront, the resort has more than 350 spacious guestrooms and suites. The terra cotta roofs, lush landscapes, whitewashed buildings, infinity-edge pools, and courtyard fountains were all renovated in 2015. Only an hour outside of Los Angeles, guests are uniquely transported to a Mediterranean coastline in this resort. Accommodations include five onsite dining options, nature paths, tennis courts, neighboring golf courses, an award-winning spa, and a complete kids’ program. The stunning layout of buildings scattered along the coastline truly puts the cherry on top of this remarkable resort.
Is one of the sweetest gems to be found among hotels in Santa Barbara. Named for Spain’s Canary Islands, it is one of the tallest hotels in the area overlooking quaint shops along Carrillo Street. This yellow, six-story building absolutely sings with brilliance as a rooftop pool and lounge offers remarkable views of the mountains and ocean for all guests to enjoy. Ornate furnishings, Spanish-tile bathrooms, and four-poster beds in guestrooms and streets make this hotel one of most luxurious of the Kimpton brand (not to mention the award-winning restaurant, Finch and Fork, can also be found here!) Perfect for touring the area, free bicycles allow easy access to the beach and the city. Canary is a perfect place to be to get a taste of Santa Barbara living.
This is nature-lodging at its finiest and can be described as something between camping and hotel-staying. This resort has mastered the combination of rustic and luxurious, pampered comforts and natural ruggedness, community and isolation. Guests reside in private cabins arranged in a series of villages named after their location at the resort (i.e. Poolside Village, Creekside Village, etc). The cabins are drapped in safari tents backing up to fields where guests can be as active or as relaxed as they desire. Each cabin faces a private fire pit and picnic table, containing kitchenettes and soaking tubs in bathrooms to allow uninterrupted peace and privacy. A café and store at the base of the resort is open to all guests whenever lattes and lounging is needed. The best of both worlds can be realized in this full-service hotel doubling as a private getaway. The dual-nature of Santa Barbara is rarely experienced in such a practical and tangible way as it is here.
This is a family-run property tucked away in the side streets of Santa Barbara. Amid beaches and marinas, this inn is composed of what originally were three different hotels. When the current owner was just a girl in 1976, her family bought a 21-room, two-story inn. They combined this with a ranch house from the 1920s and neighboring pay-by-the-hour motel to create a 53-room, U-shaped hotel. The rooms of the stable are large and spacious and the inn and motel sides have traditional spaces. The property as a whole is decorated with original art by local artists and everything harmonizes to fit the architecture and beach-vibe of the Santa Barbara area. Both the convenient location and spacious rooms bring guests back again and again to this quaint spot.
Staying true to its name, Harbo View Inn has stunning and picturesque views of Stearns Wharf and West Beach. It lies directly across from the harbor and beach, providing opportunities for sailing and boat charters and visiting the wharf’s aquarium. This exciting location truly is at the center of activity and often the train can be heard from its walls. The rooms maintain a juxtaposition of old and new and the comfortable rooms are conveniently found on this waterfront location. The accommodations provided are excellent for weekend trips and its prime location is difficult to match within city limits.
This hotel offers every amenity and service guests could wish for when visiting the Santa Barbara area. The 24-acre grounds offers outdoor entertainment and opportunities to stroll the property while soaking in the views of the rose gardens, Spanish-style red tile roofs, central fountain, and surrounding Santa Ynez mountains. With a centrally located pool, a full-service gym and spa, and a private soft-sand beach, this incredible option is one of the most affordable in the area. Complimentary train and airport transportation is provided, making this a perfect destination for the traveler who prizes convenience and comfort.
This residential resort acan be found at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It provides a sweet getaway for families visiting the Santa Barbara area. The resort features nine one-week family sessions from July through August (a minimum of one-week required). Accommodations include meals, daily housekeeping, and family activities ranging from nature tours, campfires, tennis lessons, hiking trips, casino night, kids’ night, family carnivals, and much more! There is something for people of all generations and the regular, organized activities will make every member of the family a happy camper.