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10 Outstanding Boutique Hotels In Santa Barbara, California - Updated 2020

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If you are wondering where to start your trip once in California, Santa Barbara might make for a smooth beginning. Enjoying pleasant temperatures year-round, Santa Barbara is not an overpacked city, but a rather pedestrian-friendly one, making it quite a popular resort destination. It is located between an impressively large coastline and the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains, and Spanish colonial heritage can be seen in its Mediterranean-style stucco buildings.

You’ll never run short of things to do here and you can expect a number of upscale shops and restaurants, art galleries, museums, and even kid-friendly attractions. Below you will find the best boutique hotels in Santa Barbara, California, that will luxuriously complement your trip, so take a look and book today your next holiday!

1. Belmond El Encanto (from USD 705)

Mind-blowing views from the terrace’s fine restaurant, a fairly expansive spa, beautiful bungalows spread throughout the property’s lush premises, and a somewhat residential village feeling, are among the perks you get once in Belmond El Encanto. There is a chance you will get your very own bungalow here and, what’s more, you can pull out your yoga mat and salute the sun or treat yourself to the beauty salon. The hotel’s look is the result of many years of Californian craftsmen’s dexterity that can`t possibly disappoint its guests.


Belmond El Encanto

9.41 User Rating

Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara
Price: from 705 USD

2. Kimpton Canary Hotel

Named after the famous Canary Islands, this stately hotel features a Spanish architectural style and offers rooms with fine Spanish/Moroccan details. The contemporary room comforts include four-poster beds, as well as iPod docks and complimentary yoga mats, should you wish to stretch out on a Saturday morning. On the lovely rooftop pool terrace, apart from swimming, you can also enjoy panoramic views of Santa Barbara and its surroundings. Centrally located, it enjoys great proximity to sumptuous shopping and dining.


Kimpton Canary Hotel

8.91 User Rating

Address: 31 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

3. Spanish Garden Inn

Located in the wondrous seaside area of downtown Santa Barbara, this fabulous hotel is modeled after a Spanish family villa and features Spanish colonial characteristics, such as a yard with fountains and archways, along with red tile roofs. The thoroughly up-to-date suites come with fast Wi-Fi, a private patio or balcony, private tubs, and also gas fireplaces. Spa facilities (including in-room service), a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, and wine tours are among its other facilities.


Spanish Garden Inn

9.41 User Rating

Address: 915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

4. Four Seasons Resort - The Biltmore Santa Barbara (from USD 547)

Wake up to the splashing sounds of the waves and beautiful sea views in this well-appointed hotel that, among other events, can also host an unforgettable wedding reception. Designed in a 1920s-era Spanish colonial style, this fabulous hotel is set amidst prolific vegetation - a pure pleasure to the eyes. Its luxurious cottages are equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, along with lavish fabrics and antique woodwork, giving the space a nice ambiance. The vibrant city of Los Angeles is just 145 km (90 mi) away.


Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

9.16 User Rating

Address: 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara
Price: from 547 USD

5. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara (from USD 708)

The Spanish architectural style of this opulent hotel is clearly seen in its whitewashed buildings and red tile roofs that seem to fit quite well in this seaside location. Both lovely outdoor pools offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, while the interior spaces feature impeccable decor. The Bacara hotel boasts 360 rooms and suites, along with an expansive spa, a business center, room service, and 24-hour reception. The spacious suites have large windows and balcony doors that open up to private balconies, inviting lots of sun in.


The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8.91 User Rating

Address: 8301 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara
Price: from 708 USD

6. Hotel Milo Santa Barbara (from USD 222)

This wondrous property, right on the edge of the Pacific coast, is another Spanish-style architectural creation that reflects the leisurely rhythms of palm tree-filled Santa Barbara. Its modern rooms are sufficiently bright and colorful and provide enough space for guests to feel at ease. Tall trees and beautiful flowers are scattered around the outdoor premises, while spots to relax and enjoy those gardens are numerous. The property enjoys great proximity to the marina and historic State Street.


Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

8.42 User Rating

Address: 202 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara
Price: from 222 USD

7. Kimpton Goodland

Situated just north of Santa Barbara in the beautiful suburb of Goleta, this beach house-style boutique hotel is way more than a simple old Holiday Inn. The place exudes a rather easy-going atmosphere and is ideal for committed surfers or wine lovers, thanks to the promising coastline and nearby wine country. The hotel features a vintage style seen in details such as the record turntables, pretty longboards, and colorful woven rugs, as well as a retro-inspired cocktail bar.


Kimpton Goodland

8.17 User Rating

Address: 5650 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

8. The Wayfarer (from USD 207)

Perhaps the ideal place for a youthful audience, this hotel is a mix of friendly budget hostel and sophisticated boutique hotel. It features private rooms with a maximum sleeping capacity of three guests, while playful bright colors decorate these rooms. The architecture is based on the Spanish colonial style and, as such, it features whitewashed buildings and a pretty funky interior, befitting of youth’s needs. Just a stone’s throw away you will find art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and many more shops.


The Wayfarer

8.66 User Rating

Address: 12 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara
Price: from 207 USD

9. Simpson House Inn (from USD 394)

Right in the heart of Santa Barbara, this Victorian-style bed and breakfast enjoys close proximity to the historic downtown with all its sightseeing and city amenities. Each room is individually decorated with Victorian details and hardwood floors, while all boast a flat-screen TV, work desk, and bath essentials. The pretty, calm, and peaceful surroundings are comprised of beautifully landscaped gardens for endless hours of relaxation. Accessibility for disabled guests and free bike rentals are also provided.


Simpson House Inn

Address: 121 East Arrellaga Street
Price: from 394 USD

Internet services Room service Private parking Fax/photocopying Luggage storage Bikes available (free) Newspapers Non-smoking rooms

10. San Ysidro Ranch

Not quite like the Old West ranch you might have in mind, but rather a more luxurious one, this elegant hotel is located just on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, enjoying an unobtrusive atmosphere and tranquility. Its California-rustic style is complete with large rooms, equipped with a stone fireplace and heated bathroom floor, while its more spacious cottages also feature hot tubs on outdoor patios.

Spa facilities, wedding receptions, a 24-hour fitness center, and an outdoor pool are also offered here. Please note, the hotel is temporarily closed for the remainder of 2018 due to damages from the mudslides. Check here for more info: http://www.sanysidroranch.com/.

Lavish stays in a blessed place

Luxurious accommodation, strolls by the beach, stunning landscape beauty, and high-end shopping are all perfectly mixed to create your ideal type of holiday. When combined with plenty of sunshine, make sure you put Santa Barbara high on your list.

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