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Santa Barbara California Accommodations

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The Santa Barbara center point is around the area of Downtown Santa Barbara and the area of De la Guerra Plaza.

Welcome to Santa Barbara, California! Located on a gorgeous south-facing coastline, the seat of Santa Barbara County is a true gem. The city rests between the Pacific Ocean and the steep Santa Ynez Mountains, giving it a Mediterranean-like climate unrivaled by anywhere else in the United States. Whether you want an oceanfront hotel or a mountain view, Santa Barbara offers a variety of accommodations to meet your needs and budget. More from this guide...

"One of the most gorgeous cities that you could visit"
Author: , a Hotel Planner from , reviewed on 01-Nov-2013
Score of City:
5.0 / 5

Santa Barbara to me is one of the most gorgeous cities that you could visit. There is such a diversity in both scenery and activities! You can shop for miles down State Street or enjoy delicious seafood on the Pier. They have hiking trails, parks for family gatherings and volleyball nets ready to go on the beach. For couples there are vineyards and wineries to explore and for anyone with children you will have to take them to Kidsworld. Every time I go there I feel like I've stepped back into history with the beautiful Spanish architecture that surround you. If your a history buff like myself you will also enjoy the Goleta Depot Railway Museum and many other treasures that have been preserved from the early American Frontier. Santa Barbara is truly my home away from home!

Santa Barbara Hotels & Accommodations

Hotel Santa Barbara : 533 State St.
+1-888-389-4121
533 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 75 rooms in hotel
  • Located near shopping areas with easy access to parking
  • Relaxing lobby area
From$187
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Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG Hotel - Santa Barbara
+1-888-675-2083
31 West Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • 97 rooms in hotel
From$75
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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, an IHG Hotel - Santa Barbara
+1-800-716-8490
17 West Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • Free breakfast available
  • Terrific location
  • Excellent location with great shopping
From$145
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Spanish Garden Inn : 915 Garden St.
+1-800-805-5223
915 Garden St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 6 suites in hotel
From$289
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The Waterman : 12 East Montecito St.
+1-888-965-1860
12 East Montecito St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
From$139
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Riviera Beach House : 121 State St.
+1-888-788-5576
121 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Affordable Downtown hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Bathroom could be bigger
  • Train station is close
From$276
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Hotel Californian
+1-888-897-9207
36 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Four star property
From$75
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The Eagle Inn
+1-888-311-4278
232 Natoma Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Horrible pool
  • Luxurious Hotel
From$147
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Upham Hotel : 1404 De La Vina St.
+1-888-469-4795
1404 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • 4 star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Not very comfortable
  • Almost all guests thought the service was very professional
From$225
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Simpson House Inn
+1-888-734-9421
121 East Arrellaga, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Luxury 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3pm
  • Nice rooms
  • Popular among couples
From$410
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Mason Beach Inn - Santa Barbara
+1-888-841-5292
324 Mason St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Midscale Beach hotel
  • Free breakfast
From$71
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Ala Mar by the Sea
+1-888-455-5160
102 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Inexpensive hotel
  • Across the street from the beach
  • Right across the street from the beach
From$129
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Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
+1-888-965-8297
202 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
From$150
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Villa Rosa Inn
+1-888-906-6358
15 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Affordable Beach property
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Fantastic service
  • Most guests criticized the unstylish hotel
From$100
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Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
+1-888-749-6785
128 Castillo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Mid-scale Beach property
  • 45 rooms in property
  • Most guests were happy with the price of the breakfast
  • Cakes good
From$80
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West Beach Inn, a Coast Hotel in Santa Barbara
+1-888-878-9982
306 West Beach Inn, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Affordable Beach hotel
  • 3 floors in property
From$239
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Beachside Inn - Santa Barbara
+1-888-389-4485
336 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Three Star Beach property
  • Free complimentary breakfast
From$80
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Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Downtown : 1601 State St.
+1-888-389-4121
1601 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 3 floors in hotel
From$109
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Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
+1-888-675-2083
633 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Named for the actor who played both Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett, Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort is a 24-acre, 360-room oceanfront resort that makes the most of its location in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Guests will enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean, mountains, or the property's gardens from their patio or balcony. The Santa Barbara shoreline can be enjoyed in guestrooms as well, thanks to ocean-themed decor and furnishings.
  • Four star Downtown property
  • 360 rooms in property
From$139
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El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara
+1-800-716-8490
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Luxurious 5 Star Resort property
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
From$295
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Best Western Plus Santa Barbara : 2220 Bath St.
+1-800-805-5223
2220 Bath St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Great dining experience
  • Friendly service
From$125
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Palmoro House : 424 Por La Mar Dr.
+1-888-965-1860
424 Por La Mar Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • 3 star Beach property
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Service could be improved
  • Furniture needs more attention
From$89
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Motel 6 Santa Barbara Beach : 443 Corona Del Mar
+1-888-788-5576
443 Corona Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • Cheap property
  • Check in: 3
From$40
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The Inn at East Beach in Santa Barbara
+1-888-897-9207
1029 Orilla Del Mar, Santa Barbara, CA 93103
  • 3 star hotel
  • 2 floors in hotel
From$90
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Quality Inn Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara
+1-888-311-4278
3055 De La Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Low Cost hotel
  • 34 rooms in property
  • Very quiet
  • Beach is a bit far
From$99
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Motel 6 Santa Barbara, CA - State Street - Santa Barbara
+1-888-469-4795
3505 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Low Cost hotel
From$40
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Sandpiper Lodge : 3525 State St.
+1-888-734-9421
3525 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Low priced Downtown property
  • Free breakfast available
  • Great service
  • Almost all guests found problems with the furniture
From$84
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Coast Village Inn - Santa Barbara : 1188 Coast Village Rd.
+1-888-841-5292
1188 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • 3 star property
  • Hotel has 28 rooms
From$90
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Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn : 3850 State St.
+1-888-455-5160
3850 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 19 suites in hotel
From$92
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara
+1-888-965-8297
1260 Channel Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Luxurious Five Star Oceanfront hotel
  • Hotel has 26 suites
From$495
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Montecito Inn in Santa Barbara
+1-888-906-6358
1295 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93108
  • Four star Suburban property
  • 10 suites in hotel
  • Intimate bar
  • Shower can be a problem
From$139
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Hyatt Place Santa Barbara
+1-888-749-6785
4111 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$150
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Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara
+1-888-878-9982
4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • 126 rooms in hotel
  • Almost all guests said the wifi quality was great
  • Comfortable beds
From$118
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Extended Stay America Suites Santa Barbara Calle Real
+1-888-389-4485
4870 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
  • Inexpensive Suburban hotel
  • 104 rooms in hotel
  • Almost all guests appreciated the closeness to the beach
  • Terrific location
From$101
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Inn on Summer Hill
+1-888-389-4121
2520 Lillie Ave., Summerland, CA 93067 ~6.01 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • Hotel has 14 rooms
From$90
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Pacifica Suites
+1-888-675-2083
5490 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93111 ~6.79 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • 3 star Resort property
  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Location is great
  • Pool is good
From$155
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Best Western Plus South Coast Inn : 5620 Calle Real
+1-800-716-8490
5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117 ~7.07 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • Cheap Airport property
  • Fitness + Health Center
From$139
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The Leta Hotel
+1-800-805-5223
5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117 ~7.14 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has an eco-friendly policy See policy
  • Trendy boutique hotels
  • Most guests thought, the hotel was modern
From$149
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Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta : 5665 Hollister Ave.
+1-888-965-1860
5665 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117 ~7.16 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • The majority of guests thought it was too noisy
  • The majority of guests said the reception staff was great
From$149
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Motel 6 Santa Barb Goleta Ca in GOLETA
+1-888-788-5576
5897 Calle Real, GOLETA, CALIFORNIA 93117 ~7.51 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • Two star property
  • Check-in: Avail
From$60
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Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Barbara/Goleta
+1-888-897-9207
6021 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117 ~7.62 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • Cheap Airport property
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • Great desserts & fruits
  • Great reception
Motel 6 Santa Barb North Ca - CARPINTERIA
+1-888-311-4278
4200 Via Real, CARPINTERIA, CALIFORNIA 93013 ~9.59 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • Economical property
  • Hotel has 52 rooms
Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara / Goleta - Goleta
+1-888-469-4795
6878 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117 ~9.72 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • Affordable property
  • Hotel has 3 floors
From$179
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Courtyard Santa Barbara Goleta
+1-888-734-9421
401 Storke Rd., Goleta, CA 93117 ~9.79 miles west of Santa Barbara
  • Midscale Beach hotel
  • 115 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Wonderful sightseeing
  • Mall nearby
From$289
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Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn : 4558 Carpinteria Ave.
+1-888-841-5292
4558 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 ~9.93 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • Enjoy your California vacation when you stay at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn, not far from Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and miles of beautiful beaches. From polo matches to visiting historic sites to dining and nightlife, Carpinteria could become your new favorite destination on the West Coast. On-site amenities at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn include a pool and courtyard for relaxing and taking in the views.
  • Low-priced Beach property
  • 3 floors in property
  • Most guests appreciated the closeness to the beach
  • Good city hotel
From$109
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Motel 6 Santa Barbara S Ca in CARPINTERIA
+1-888-455-5160
5550 Carpinteria Ave., CARPINTERIA, CALIFORNIA 93013 ~10.89 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • Inexpensive property
From$60
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria, an IHG Hotel : 5606 Carpinteria Ave.
+1-888-965-8297
5606 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013 ~10.95 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • 3-star Beach property
  • 2 meeting rooms in hotel
  • Accessible parking
  • Almost all guests complained about the bathroom
From$109
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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
+1-888-906-6358
8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93117
  • Luxurious 5 Star Beach property
  • Check in: 4:00 PM
  • Nice balcony
  • Spa messed
From$289
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Clocktower Inn Ventura in Ventura
+1-888-749-6785
181 East Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA 93001 ~24.84 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • Make the time to stay at the Clocktower Inn the next time you are on the West Coast. This California hotel is perfect for vacationers and business guests alike. Visit the sites of nearby Santa Barbara or stay on the property and enjoy the great amenities that include spacious rooms and a hospitable staff ready with recommendations for dining and entertainment.
  • Midscale Beach property
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • All guests liked the proximity to sightseeing
  • Nice balcony
From$89
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Motel 6 Ventura Ca - Ventura
+1-888-878-9982
350 East Thompson Blvd., Ventura, CALIFORNIA 93007 ~25.01 miles east of Santa Barbara
  • Economy property
From$60
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Graph: Next 20 Days of Santa Barbara Hotel Prices

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Santa Barbara, CA discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Santa Barbara hotel for each day and each star rating category.

Santa Barbara's history began with Portuguese and Spanish explorations as early as 1542. Spanish settlers claimed the area in 1782, but the Spanish period ended with the Mexican War of Independence in 1822. Santa Barbara's street names still reflect this period of its history. Today, Santa Barbara is home to several aerospace and defense companies. Tourism is also a major part of the city's economy. Popular year-round tourist attractions include the historic Stearns Wharf, the Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Lotusland, Santa Barbara Zoo, and a handful of museums. The world-class dining and shopping options are also big draws.

Whatever your reason for visiting Santa Barbara, it's important to find the right hotel so you can enjoy everything this beautiful seaside city has to offer.

When to Visit Santa Barbara, CA

As far as the weather is concerned, there really isn't a bad time to visit Santa Barbara. Winter highs rarely dip below 65 degrees, and summer temperatures tend to top out around 76 degrees. A year-round mild climate is great for tourism, but it can also mean higher hotel rates during peak seasons. The summer months tend to be crowded as travelers fly in for the area's pristine beaches, outdoor recreation, and events. There's little rainfall during this time, but June brings with it a lot of fog, which is why locals refer to it as “June Gloom.” If you're visiting during the summer, you may get to experience the Summer Solstice Celebration, the Santa Barbara French Festival, and Old Spanish Days Fiesta. Just keep in mind, though, that you'll be paying a premium for your accommodations.

Summer crowds and room rates both lessen by September. You'll experience some of the best hotel prices from September through November, coupled with great weather, but be prepared for strong winds.

The winter season is pleasant, but Santa Barbara does experience its most precipitation between December and February. This means it's not ideal for sightseeing or beach activities, but if you're visiting the city for its museums and other indoor attractions, you won't even notice. Winter is also the time when hotel rates are at their lowest.

Spring is one of the best times to visit Santa Barbara. The summer crowds have yet to form but there's plenty of sunshine, making it the perfect time to explore the city's outdoor spaces. You can also experience a broad range of events, including the Santa Barbara International Orchid Festival, the Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend, Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, and I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Santa Barbara, CA:

seasonality of hotel rates in Santa Barbara

Averate Rates by Star Rating

Below are 3 charts displaying average nightly cost trends by star rating class in Santa Barbara, CA. Analyze these illustrations to evaluate the best time to book a room in Santa Barbara for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Santa Barbara, CA

4 Star Average Prices: $234.62

Prefer upscale accommodations during your stay in Santa Barbara? The city offers several unique alternatives, including San Ysidro Ranch. Set on 500 acres just off Highway 101, San Ysidro Ranch is an upscale boutique hotel that dates to 1893. In fact, it's the place where John and Jackie Kennedy had their honeymoon.

The ranch features bungalow-style cottages and suites that are individually decorated with antique furnishings, such as crystal chandeliers and Persian rugs. Guests can enjoy their own personal patio, fireplace, flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso machine, and outdoor hot tub. The property features two restaurants, one of which serves up regional cuisine made from produce grown right here, plus a fitness center and pool.

If the ranch is a little too steep for your price range, consider the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Set on 22 acres, this sophisticated resort was built in a colonial Spanish style right on the ocean. Guest rooms include free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs, while upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas. A suite will get you a separate living space and dining area, as well as access to the property's beach club. The resort offers a paid buffet breakfast, two on-site restaurants, a cocktail lounge, and poolside café and bar.

Another premier Santa Barbara hotel is Belmond El Encanto. This five-star property is set among seven acres of lush gardens on a private hillside in the Riviera neighborhood, allowing you to unwind in style. Guest rooms feature marble bathrooms with heated floors, iPod docking stations, HDTVs, and free Wi-Fi. Upgrade to a suite, and you'll get a private outdoor space and fireplace. All guests can enjoy the outdoor infinity pool, spa, fitness center, and on-site restaurant.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Santa Barbara

Affordable Hotel Options in Santa Barbara, CA

3 Star Average Prices: $215.10

Finding an affordable hotel in Santa Barbara is easier than you might think. IHSP Santa Barbara hostel offers budget-friendly student accommodations ideal for backpackers. The dorm-style rooms are within walking distance to the beach and downtown, plus you can choose between a mixed or female-only dorm. Amenities include free linens, Wi-Fi, breakfast, free local calling, and free parking.

The Orange Tree Inn on State Street is an 11-minute walk from the Old Mission Santa Barbara, placing it in a good location for sightseeing. This two-star budget hotel features simple rooms with desks, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and balconies. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lobby, and guests can take advantage of the heated outdoor pool.

Also on State Street, Oasis Inn & Suites Santa Barbara provides easy access to Santa Barbara Harbor and the Earl Warren Showgrounds. This low-rise budget property features casual rooms with premium TV channels, Wi-Fi, microwaves, and mini fridges. Upgrading to a suite will get you a pull-out sofa or fireplace and a full kitchen. Other amenities include free morning coffee, continental breakfast, and a courtyard pool.

Additional affordable hotel choices in Santa Barbara include Quality Inn, Sunset Motel, Rose Garden Inn, and Lemon Tree Inn.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Santa Barbara

2 Star Average Prices: $167.99

2 Star Hotel Prices in Santa Barbara

Best Discounts in Santa Barbara, CA

If you know where to stay, you can save even more money on your accommodations. Many area hotels extend discounts and special offers that keep more money in your pocket. The Bacara Resort & Spa outside Santa Barbara, for instance, offers a special food and wine tasting program in addition to a bed and breakfast package, saving you even more on your California experience. Belmond El Encanto offers similar packages that throw in dining credits and valet parking.

Most Santa Barbara hotels offer membership discounts. AARP members can save as much as 20 percent off the best available rates. AAA members, military, veterans, and government employees can enjoy the same types of discounts.

Depending on when you travel, you may be able to take advantage of reduced rates on special rooms during weekdays. Franciscan Inn, for example, offers seasonal specials that can save you 10 to 20 percent off their standard suite rate. No matter where you stay, it's always a good idea to inquire about current specials, ongoing package deals, and membership discounts.

Best Value Options in Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara offers many mid-range hotels that give you plenty of value for your money. Ramada Santa Barbara off Highway 101 is just four miles from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport. This three-star hotel offers traditional guest rooms with coffeemakers, mini fridges, microwaves, and flat-screen TVs, plus free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. The best offerings of this property are the heated outdoor pool, hot tub, and tropical freshwater lagoon.

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara is an original 1917 building just five blocks from Stearns Wharf pier. Kids under 19 stay free, and all guests can enjoy a free breakfast. If you prefer an ocean view, head to Best Western Beachside Inn. This relaxed accommodation is just under two miles from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art includes rooms with private balconies and an outdoor pool.

Other mid-range options in Santa Barbara include Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, West Beach Inn, and Inn At East Beach.

Top Santa Barbara, CA Attractions

With so much to do in Santa Barbara, it can be hard to plan the perfect itinerary. There's a lot to see in this picturesque town, but if you're hoping to hit the highlights, you won't want to miss some of the area's historic buildings. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Old Mission Santa Barbara are absolute must-sees — just be sure to bring your camera.

For family-friendly fun, don't pass up the Santa Barbara Zoo. It's a 30-acre facility that's perfect for young kids. In fact, it's been ranked as one of the country's best small zoos.

If you can only visit one museum during your stay here, visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This notable museum is renowned for its large collection, which includes works by Claude Monet.

Other top attractions include the Ty Warner Sea Center on Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

However you choose to fill your time in Santa Barbara, you're sure to find the ideal hotel that suits your needs and budget. Start planning your trip today!

A visit to Santa Barbara Recapped

Beautifully nestled atop the Pacific's gently sloping hills, Santa Barbara's low-slung buildings that depict Spanish Revival fame feature white stucco walls and red-tiled roofs. Just the same, the American Riviera's golden beaches are clean and expansive, with palm trees curving along the bay. The main drag, State Street has an attractive assortment of nightclubs, coffee houses, bookshops, and diners. It would be a shame to come without visiting a few area wineries, such as the Fess Parker Winery. A majority of the tourists come to honor the mission that once brought the Spanish along its steeping coastlines. Head to Old Mission Santa Barbara, known as queen of the missions, and one look explains why. The few genuine mission structures remaining are restored as el Presidio de Santa Barbara. Its façade mixes Spanish style with Roman design - explore the quirky staircases, have a break in one of the sunken gardens, or climb atop the clock tower of El Mirador to see the historic city. Legend says Santa Barbara's wonderful architecture was inspired by a book on classical architecture; a visit will let you know it's worthy of a legend of its own.

'Santa Barbara is my ˜hood. I mean, it's not much of a ˜hood, but it is definitely like my ˜hood. I claim Santa Barbara like I claim my family-I'm going to be married and buried there.
Noted pop singer and a global mega-star Katy Perry, a proud Santa Barbara resident, pronounced her lover for her home city in these simple, yet profound words. 

It's true that most people have such feelings for their homes and hometowns. But there's something different in the way that the residents of Santa Barbara love their city “ an apple of their eye, so much so that they don't hesitate to call it ˜the American Riviera'. 

There's not a shred of overstatement in that idea, though. Blessed abundantly with natural beauty of unimaginable standards, Santa Barbara is one of the best cities on the West Coast to live in. With world-famous tourist attractions, world-class food joints, innumerable entertainment options and a global community that thrives in a world of competition, Santa Barbara has truly come into its own in last few decades “ especially as it grew in stature as the West Coast education hub. 

Tourists who wish to visit this beautiful place need to know first that a trip to Santa Barbara should, ideally speaking, not be a short weekend affair. You need at least 5 full days to completely exhaust major portions of what the city has on offer for you. 

Talking about going there, facts about accommodation must be compiled, too. This quick guide to Santa Barbara hotels can be quite handy in that regard. 

Want to Spend Less on Hotels? 

It's no secret, anymore. Tourists and travelers who have even the slightest of experience in staying at a hotel would know that hotel expenses, as your tour draws to a close, account for a large share of your total travel budget. That's exactly why it makes a lot of sense to cut down on how much you spend on a hotel, in order to keep by your tour budget. 

One way (perhaps, the only way) of achieving this is by staying at cheap hotels. 

In Santa Barbara, there are no cheap hotels, per say, as the overall cost of living in this city is much higher than the average American mean. In spite of that discouraging fact, tourists can take a lot of heart from the notion that Santa Barbara is very hospitable. 

Out of all the options of affordable kind that one can find in Santa Barbara, Inn at East Beach “ a simple yet impressive bed and breakfast styled hotel “ can provide real value for you money. 

In addition, La Quinta Inn & Suites gives tourists a more comfortable (more expensive, as well) option of staying in reasonable comfort in Santa Barbara. Mason Inn and Holiday Inn Express are two similar hotels in Santa Barbara that can be given a shot, if you get a chance to. 

A Craving for Opulence 

Who wouldn't want to live like a king? That's just rhetoric. All of us are constantly chasing luxury of one kind or another, just to make our life decisions of future easier and less taxing. 

In the same line of thought, it can be said that while you are in Santa Barbara, you can really go for dilapidated motels or alternatively, you can go for high-flying and opulent luxury resorts. 

Four Seasons, one of the leading hospitality groups in the world, operates the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, that is a straight and no-nonsense definition of real luxury. 

Kimpton, another leading chain of luxury resorts, operates Canary, here in Santa Barbara. Known for extravagant decor and unbelievably artistic outlook make your stay at Canary quite worth the price. 

Simpson Suites and Harbor View Inn also present worthy choices. 

Alternative Hotels in Santa Barbara 

The best part of your trip to Santa Barbara would eventually come “ if you are not wowed by a glittering hotel “ when you finally find a guest house or a private renter who would make your life in Santa Barbara a cakewalk. 

Holiday rentals have caught on immense popularity in Santa Barbara, especially because of their easy to manage flexibility and affordable price patters. 

The only downside of such rentals lies in the fact that international tourists are not allowed to use these rentals for long periods. For American citizens, typical long stay duration that doesn't require a rental deed agreement is one month. 

Hotels in The Vicinity of Santa Barbara Airport 

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport services the city Santa Barbara through a number of domestic passenger and cargo carriers. 

The airport is located outside the city limits of Santa Barbara by about 10-15 km, a short drive. 

Despite that, tourists cannot be blamed for trying to find comfortable and compatible accommodation options near this airport. However, it should be understood that the only option for you to explore when you end up in a situation where you have to find lodging nearby the airport would be drive straight down to Santa Barbara city center and find a suitable hotel. Trying to find Santa Barbara hotels that fit into many custom criteria you have set up might not work well, especially during summer months! 

Santa Barbara Weather 

Santa Barbara weather is reliable and predictable to a high degree, meaning that it will be very seldom that you will be surprised with a sudden burst of rainfall that disrupts all activity. 

Weather in Santa Barbara is on the hotter and more humid side, thanks to its vicinity to the Pacific Ocean. Such weather persists pretty much throughout the year, making sure that tourists do not get put off by inclement clime conditions. 

Holiday season and early weeks of the New Year are often greeted in Santa Barbara by light but consistent rains that make up for a large share of annual Santa Barbara rainfall. 

Hotels in Santa Barbara make the most of heightened tourist activity during summer months by hiking their nightly room prices by as much as 500% at times. 

FAQs about hotels in Santa Barbara

What are the most favored hotels in Santa Barbara?

Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG Hotel, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara and Hotel Santa Barbara are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most high-end hotels in Santa Barbara?

Simpson House Inn, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara are the top 3 luxury hotels near Santa Barbara city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Santa Barbara?

Hotel Santa Barbara, Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG Hotel, and Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, an IHG Hotel are the properties closest to Santa Barbara city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Santa Barbara cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Santa Barbara can be as cheap as $167.99 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Santa Barbara cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Santa Barbara has been $215.10 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a luxury hotel in Santa Barbara cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Santa Barbara has been $234.62 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best independent hotels in Santa Barbara?

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, Hotel Santa Barbara and Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, an IHG Hotel are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in Santa Barbara?

Courtyard Santa Barbara Goleta and Courtyard by Marriott Santa Barbara Downtown are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best Best Western hotels in Santa Barbara?

Best Western Plus Santa Barbara, Best Western Plus South Coast Inn and Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the Government Per Diem Hotel Rates in Santa Barbara, CA?

Below are the GSA reimbursement limits for hotel spending in Santa Barbara, CA excluding taxes per night. See gsa.gov for more details.

Applies to Santa Barbara

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
October 1, 2021 June 30, 2022 $177.00 $74.00
July 1, 2022 August 31, 2022 $228.00 $74.00
September 1, 2022 September 30, 2022 $177.00 $74.00

What did travelers think of the city of Santa Barbara?

Below are reviews of the city of Santa Barbara, CA from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Brophy Bros. clam chowder is like no other! Delicious!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The hotel staff recommended nearby restaurants. We opted for his 1st choice of Brophy Bros. It was great. In fact we went back again the next day. As the hotel employee said, the clam chowder is delicious like none other!

Mike M., from 24-Apr-2022
"Stunning Scenery!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Weather and natural surroundings are frequently stunning!

Deborah H., from 22-Feb-2022
"Love the area and the beautiful ocean drive!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Loved the area. Beautiful ocean drive. Friendly people. Lots to see.

Lexine G., from 23-Dec-2021
"Thanks"
Score 4.0 / 5

Safe relaxed and huge variety of great food and drink options.

Mike F., from 20-Oct-2019
" Great city to visit."
Score 5.0 / 5

Everything! so much to see and do and the city is just beautiful and so historic

Susana T., from 08-Oct-2019
"Nice Trip"
Score 5.0 / 5

Loved a coffee shop on East Haley called Caje! Very unique drinks.

Sherry O., from 17-Sep-2019
"The ocean is beautiful"
Score 5.0 / 5

The ocean is beautiful

Dorothy Q., from 22-Aug-2019
"Great Area"
Score 4.0 / 5

We love everything about Santa Barbara.

Patrick B., from 27-Jul-2019
"Santa Barbara is great! "
Score 5.0 / 5

Good wine, good food, amazing setting! A trip to wine country is easy, best done with a driver, though. Make sure you are prepared for limited cellular service in the Santa Ynez valley.

Adrianne T., from 29-Apr-2019
"Beaches are amazing. "
Score 4.0 / 5

The local vibe is everything you can ask for.

Don M., from 28-Dec-2018
"Beautiful"
Score 4.0 / 5

Beautiful area.

Desveri C., from 26-Apr-2017
"A Natural Beauty"
Score 4.0 / 5

Santa Barbara has natural beauty and also many things to do from dinner to paddle boarding to just relaxing in your room with a view.

Norma R., from 20-Oct-2014
"Beautiful City"
Score 5.0 / 5

Santa Barbara has it all: beaches, mountains, hiking, shops, bars, dining and perfect weather.

Christian B., from 28-Sep-2014
"Explore it all"
Score 4.0 / 5

The city is very peaceful and has lots of history to learn about. People are also friendly and very respectful.

Martha M., from 05-Aug-2014
"Take a boat ride! Beautiful."
Score 5.0 / 5

The boat ride we went on was really nice.

Arlene T., from 14-Apr-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Santa Barbara, CA shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
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