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Harbor House Inn
9.6
166 USD
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Simpson House Inn
9.5
309 USD
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Belmond El Encanto
9.3
426 USD
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Spanish Garden Inn
9.3
285 USD
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Cheshire Cat Inn
9.3
228 USD
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Beach House Inn
9.4
189 USD
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
9.2
561 USD
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The Eagle Inn
9.1
146 USD
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Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
9.1
204 USD
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Santa Barbara Inn
9.1
278 USD
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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
9.0
375 USD
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Marina Beach Motel
9.0
170 USD
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Kimpton Canary Hotel
9.0
319 USD
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Castillo Inn at the Beach
9.0
114 USD
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Lavender Inn by the Sea
8.9
173 USD
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Secret Garden Inn And Cottages
8.9
154 USD
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West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel
8.8
181 USD
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Harbor View Inn
8.8
284 USD
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Bath Street Inn
8.8
159 USD
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The Wayfarer
8.7
180 USD
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Coast Village Inn - Santa Barbara
8.7
124 USD
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The Upham Hotel
8.7
223 USD
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A White Jasmine Inn
8.7
150 USD
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Inn By The Harbor
8.6
173 USD
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Pacifica Suites
8.6
181 USD
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Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn
8.5
154 USD
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Hotel Santa Barbara
8.5
202 USD
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Casa Del Mar Inn B&b
8.5
139 USD
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Franciscan Inn & Suites
8.4
138 USD
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Best Western Beachside Inn
8.4
136 USD
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Agave Inn
8.4
108 USD
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Mason Beach Inn
8.3
135 USD
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The Presidio
8.3
122 USD
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Montecito Inn
8.3
155 USD
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara Downtown
8.3
139 USD
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
8.3
140 USD
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Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
8.3
158 USD
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Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites
8.2
161 USD
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Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
8.0
184 USD
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Autocamp Santa Barbara
8.2
171 USD
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Villa Rosa Inn
8.0
168 USD
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Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara
7.9
116 USD
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Days Inn Santa Barbara
7.9
116 USD
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Lemon Tree Inn
7.8
107 USD
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Sandpiper Lodge
7.8
95 USD
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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach
7.8
121 USD
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Quality Inn
7.8
99 USD
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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
7.7
126 USD
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Orange Tree Inn
7.6
91 USD
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Sunset Motel
7.6
90 USD
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Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
8.6
167 USD
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Country House
9.2
248 USD
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Rancho Oso Cabin 1
10.0
171 USD
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The Inn at East Beach
7.5
107 USD
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Rancho Oso Cottage 10
8.4
182 USD
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Rancho Oso Studio Cabin 3
8.6
171 USD
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Oasis Inn and Suites
7.3
83 USD
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Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Beach
7.3
95 USD
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Santa Barbara House
7.3
160 USD
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SB Home Away From Home
9.6
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Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
7.2
131 USD
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Town and Country Inn
7.1
78 USD
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Rancho Oso Cottage 6
7.1
190 USD
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Motel 6 Santa Barbara- State Street
7.0
86 USD
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Rancho Oso Rv & Camping Resort
-1.0
177 USD
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The Orchid Inn at Santa Barbara
-1.0
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Santa Barbara Studio Apartment F
-1.0
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Private Tuscan Villa
-1.0
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Hillside House Santa Barbara
-1.0
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Downtown Studio in Santa Barbara B
-1.0
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Downtown Studio Loft 2
-1.0
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Ihsp Guest Rooms
-1.0
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Sunny Downtown Sb Rentals
-1.0
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Downtown Apartment D
-1.0
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Downtown Studio 3
-1.0
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Montecito Enchanting Secret Suite on Large 1 Acre Estate w Pool!!
-1.0
130 USD
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El Capitan Canyon
-1.0
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Fiesta Inn and Suites
-1.0
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Oceanview 3- Bedroom Home
-1.0
1028 USD
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Apartment in Downtown Santa Barbara A
-1.0
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Downtown Santa Barbara Victoria Craftsman Home
-1.0
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Rancho Oso Cabin 2
-1.0
171 USD
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Santa Barbara Ocean View Villa with Old World charm. Peaceful 3500 SF retreat
-1.0
470 USD
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New Mountain-View 3Bed/4Bath Executive Home
-1.0
442 USD
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Mission Canyon Retreat
-1.0
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Haley 1905 Home
-1.0
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New Faulding Hotel
-1.0
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Upper Village Hideaway
-1.0
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Vista Riviera
-1.0
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6 Bedrooms, sleeps 14. Perfect for Reunions, Retreats and Large Groups!
-1.0
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Downtown Paradise Holiday Home
-1.0
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Harbor Retreat Holiday Home
-1.0
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River Rock Cottage Holiday Home
-1.0
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Los Arboles Ranch Holiday Home
-1.0
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Alibaster And Walnut House Holiday Home
-1.0
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Extended Stay America Santa Barbara - Calle Real
6.9
127 USD
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Ihsp Hostel Santa Barbara
6.8
117 USD
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Rose Garden Inn
6.8
108 USD
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Old Yacht Club Inn & Vacation Rentals
6.0
796 USD
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Ala Mar by the Sea
6.4
134 USD
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Quick facts about Santa Barbara

Time, currency, and the basics — see the local time and get an idea of how much money you will spend on the basics in Santa Barbara
Local time
Currency
US Dollar
Beer
Domestic Beer (.5 liter)
1.97 USD
Food
Inexpensive restaurant
18 USD
Public transport
One-way ticket
1.73 USD

When to book a hotel in Santa Barbara

Low Season
April
High Season
June

cheapest month to stay

14%

expected price decrease

most expensive time to stay

62%

expected price increase

+105%
+70%
+35%
Base
Price
250 - 471 USD
Temperature
63 - 80 °F
Precipitation
0 - 3 inches
Highest day of week
Saturday
Cheapest day of week
Sunday

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Average price (weeknight)

215 USD

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Average price (weekend night)

290 USD

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Santa Barbara travel tips

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Best time to visit Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara experiences mild temperatures of approximately 60 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit year round, so any time is a good time to visit. March – May and September – November are less crowded, and hotel rates tend to be more affordable. June – August is peak tourist season when most of the city’s annual events take place. If you are visiting from December – February, remember to bring an umbrella. No matter when you visit, dress in layers since mornings and late evenings tend to be much cooler than daytime.

Getting around Santa Barbara

Most of the popular attractions, shopping, and dining areas in Santa Barbara are located within a 3-mile radius in the downtown core. It is easy to get around on foot. The city prides itself on its eco-friendly programs such as car-free zones and green transportation options such as biking paths and pedicabs. Prices for pedicabs depend on the number of passengers and distance covered. MTD operates several bus routes in the city, and also offers a Downtown-Waterfront electric shuttle. Standard one-way fare for the buses and shuttle is $1.75 USD, while a Day Pass costs $6.00 USD. For a fun and scenic way to explore the city, book a trolley tour with the Santa Barbara Trolley Company. An Adult Pass costs $22.00 USD and allows one child under 12 years to ride for free. The trolley makes stops at all major sites and attractions, and once you buy a pass, you have the option to hop-on and hop-off the trolley any number of times during the day.


How much does a hotel in Santa Barbara cost?

4 stars and above
#1 most popular
Spanish Garden Inn
9.3
285 USD
#2 most popular
Montecito Inn
8.3
155 USD
Best value
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
7.2
131 USD
3 stars
#1 most popular
Hotel Santa Barbara
8.5
202 USD
#2 most popular
The Upham Hotel
8.7
223 USD
Best value
Sandpiper Lodge
7.8
95 USD
2 stars and below
#1 most popular
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
8.3
140 USD
#2 most popular
Coast Village Inn - Santa Barbara
8.7
124 USD
Best value
Town and Country Inn
7.1
78 USD

Where to stay in Santa Barbara

Best places to stay in Santa Barbara

With lush green and golden hillsides cascading into sparkling waters and red-tile roofs creating a brilliant contrast with clear blue skies, Santa Barbara county rightfully earns its moniker of ‘The American Riviera’. There are several neighborhoods and small towns within Santa Barbara, and each offers a unique experience and lifestyle. Choose where to stay based on the kind of experience you want to take home.

Downtown Santa Barbara – Cosmopolitan

Downtown Santa Barbara is a pedestrian-friendly area that vividly displays its Spanish heritage. The cool cafés, shops, restaurants, and Spanish Revival architecture featuring classic red rooftops, white-washed walls and colorful tiles, all come together to create a charming package. In the heart of downtown, stay in luxurious rooms at the Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara, a Spanish-style hotel with an indulgent rooftop pool and several complimentary amenities. Check out The Upham Hotel, an 1871-dated historic landmark, and the oldest operating hotel in Southern California. This small boutique property is located amid the buzz of downtown shopping and dining. It features comfortable rooms and suites with sweeping redwood verandas.

Santa Barbara Waterfront – Adventure

The Santa Barbara Waterfront area is picture perfect with views of its famed coastline, palm tree-lined shores, pristine beaches, and the Santa Ynez mountains in the background. Biking and walking paths run parallel to the beaches, making it easy to soak in the sun and enjoy the scenery at the same time. Enjoy unobstructed views of the scenic coastline and mountains from your hotel room at the Santa Barbara Inn, an upscale hotel on East Beach, just a 9-minute walk from the Santa Barbara Zoo. Check out the plush, Spanish Colonial-style rooms featuring wrought-iron balconies overlooking the ocean at The Ritz-Carlton Barcara, Santa Barbara. This luxurious hotel is the only property in the area with direct access to the beach.

The Funk Zone – Fresh and Funky

The area between the ocean and Highway 101 has emerged into a contemporary neighborhood with an artistic flair. The streets are filled with boutique tasting rooms, trendy cafés and art galleries. You’ll also find several shops housed in converted warehouses decorated with graffiti murals, selling vintage and modern goods. Budding chefs, brewers and wine-makers practice their craft in this part of the city. In the heart of Funk Zone, you have Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara that features well-appointed guest rooms, sunny patios, and an on-site art library and museum that takes inspiration from its creative surroundings.

Presidio – History

Presidio is where you can experience Santa Barbara’s unique history. This area is home to museums, historic homes, shops and eateries that blend coastal appeal with a European setting. Check out Simpson House Inn, an 1874-dated Victorian mansion converted into a refined B&B that offers country-style suites and bright, airy cottages. You can also consider the individually decorated rooms and suites in Cheshire Cat Inn, a family-run B&B set in 2 Victorian Queen Anne–style homes and Craftsman-style cottages.

Goleta – The Good Land

Nicknamed ‘The Good Land’, Goleta is a delightful locality that features surf-friendly beaches, farm-fresh food, local craft breweries and wineries. This area is also home to a flourishing tech industry, several golfing venues, and the University of California in Santa Barbara. Within ½ a mile from the university, enjoy contemporary rooms, modern comforts and the Mediterranean-style décor of the Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta. Check out the traditional and spacious 1-bedroom accommodation in Pacifica Suites, a classic all-suites hotel, just 2-miles from Goleta Beach.

Montecito – Luxury meets Leisure

Montecito, meaning ‘little mountain’, is flush with celebrity-owned estates and manors, luxurious resorts, and a wide selection of high-end shops and restaurants. The area exudes an effortless chic vibe, and the unspoken rule is that no one makes a fuss on spotting a famous face anywhere in the neighborhood. Enjoy country-chic cottages and suites decorated with Persian rugs and crystal chandeliers at the San Ysidro Ranch, an 1893-dated luxury resort set on a 500-acre ranch at the foot of the Santa Ynez mountain range.

Cheap hotels in Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara, it’s not difficult to find cheap accommodation in the downtown area or along the waterfront. Several quaint inns and family run B&Bs offer budget-friendly accommodation with excellent amenities. Consider the colorful retro-style rooms in Agave Inn in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara. Check out the tastefully decorated rooms at A White Jasmine Inn, a quaint B&B located on a quiet residential street in the theater district. In the West Beach neighborhood, just a 3-minute walk from the beach, you have The Eagle Inn, a comfortable boutique hotel with individually decorated rooms. A 12-minute walk from Stearns Wharf, stay in sleek rooms and suites at the Casa Del Mar Inn, a Spanish-style hotel surrounded by excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment.


What to do in Santa Barbara

The gorgeous city of Santa Barbara offers a scenic experience and a relaxed lifestyle that includes wineries, gardens, street festivals, music and dance. Your itinerary promises to be packed with sandy beaches, hiking trails, art galleries, museums, wine tours and plenty of shopping and entertainment. Here are a few suggestions that you may want to include in your see-and-do list.

  • Enjoy the tranquil East Beach, the colorful West Beach, and the Leadbetter Beach which has a harbor front.
  • Stroll along State Street, Santa Barbara’s most famous avenue that runs from downtown to the waterfront, lined with scores of shops, restaurants, galleries, theaters and museums.
  • Gaze at the intricate tile mosaics, lush gardens, and jaw-dropping views of the city and ocean from the 1929-built Santa Barbara County Courthouse.
  • Appreciate the permanent collections of American, European, and Asian art, including sculptures, paintings, prints and ceramics at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
  • Enjoy nature trails and picnic lunches in the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
  • Learn about the city’s history and early origins at the Old Mission Santa Barbara.
  • Meet anteaters, leopards, gorillas, penguins, native California condors, and snow leopards at the small but jam-packed Santa Barbara Zoo.
  • Take an Art Walk to admire prominent pieces of art and art installations along more than ½ a mile of the beachfront on Cabrillo Boulevard. On Sundays, admire local artwork, chat with aspiring artists and take home a memorable souvenir from the Arts and Crafts Show.
  • Sample fresh local produce and meats, including wild boar, heirloom tomatoes, escargots and pepper-crusted venison at the Bouchon bakery.
  • Book a wine tour with one of the local vineyards such as Claiborne & Churchill Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, or Rancho Sisquoc.

Looking for a specific type of hotel

Romantic Hotels
Best value
The Inn at East Beach
7.5
107 USD
#1 Most popular
Spanish Garden Inn
9.3
285 USD
#2 Most popular
Harbor View Inn
8.8
284 USD
Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara
7.9
116 USD
Harbor House Inn
9.6
166 USD
Belmond El Encanto
9.3
426 USD
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
9.0
375 USD
Villa Rosa Inn
8.0
168 USD
Marina Beach Motel
9.0
170 USD
Kimpton Canary Hotel
9.0
319 USD
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
9.2
561 USD
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
8.3
158 USD
Kid-friendly Hotels
Best value
The Inn at East Beach
7.5
107 USD
#1 Most popular
Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
7.2
131 USD
#2 Most popular
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
8.0
184 USD
Harbor View Inn
8.8
284 USD
Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites
8.2
161 USD
Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara
7.9
116 USD
Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn
8.5
154 USD
Santa Barbara Inn
9.1
278 USD
Pacifica Suites
8.6
181 USD
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
9.0
375 USD
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
9.2
561 USD
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
8.3
158 USD
Luxury Hotels
Best value
Kimpton Canary Hotel
9.0
319 USD
#1 Most popular
Belmond El Encanto
9.3
426 USD
#2 Most popular
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
9.0
375 USD
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
9.2
561 USD

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