10 Budget Hotels In Santa Barbara, LA - Updated 2022

budget hotels santa barbara

Santa Barbara is only about a 2-hour drive from Los Angeles and it’s famous for a quick getaway to beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, wine tasting, or just to chill. Santa Barbara definitely has something for everyone.

Santa Barbara also has a reputation for its boutique shops and world-class resorts that make the city even more expensive. However, you are still able to enjoy this seaside paradise on a limited budget, because we have come up with 10 budget hotels in Santa Barbara for your ideal California retreat.

1. Lemon Tree Inn (from USD 210)

Lemon Tree Inn is a hotel with great access to stores, shops, and freeways, but it’s far enough from the tourist crowds. The Museum of Natural History is 1.6 km ( 1 mi) from the property and Arroyo Burro Beach is 5.8 km (3.5 mi) away. The property has a tropical courtyard and a swimming pool with an area with a hot tub.

Dining at the hotel restaurant, Crocodile restaurant, is a must. You will be served with delicious Italian and Californian cuisine. Another option is having breakfast at Garrett’s Restaurant, which is just a short walk away.

Lemon Tree Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 2819 State Street
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace

2. Sandpiper Lodge - Santa Barbara (from USD 199)

Comfortable beds and fluffy white linens are only a few things Sandpiper Lodge has to offer to their guests. The front desk is open for 24 hours and free breakfast is served until 10:00 am. So make sure to grab your breakfast with scrambled eggs, toast, yogurt, juice, and coffee.

Sandpiper Lodge - Santa Barbara

Wifi Available

Address: 3525 State Street
Accommodates: 10

Parking 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking

3. Quality Inn Santa Barbara (from USD 171)

Quality Inn Santa Barbara is located just off the main street but still close to anything that you need for your holiday. Mission Santa Barbara is 1.6 km ( 1 mi) away and State Street is 3.2 km (2 mi) away.

You can enjoy a free buffet-style continental breakfast each morning. And within an easy walk, you will find many great cafes and restaurants. The property has access to the freeways, which make it easier to reach the beach within a 10-minute drive.

Quality Inn Santa Barbara

Wifi Available

Address: 3055 De La Vina Street
Accommodates: 10

Parking Room service 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

4. Motel 6 Santa Barbara - Beach (from USD 178)

If you are planning to visit Santa Barbara with your lovely pet, Motel 6 Santa Barbara – Beach is your perfect accommodation on a budget. Located near the beach, this pet-friendly Santa Barbara motel meets all your needs for an affordable holiday. It has a swimming pool and a vending machine available for your late-night snacking options.

Motel 6-Santa Barbara, CA - Beach

Wifi Available

Address: 443 Corona Del Mar
Accommodates: 4

Pets allowed 24-hour front desk Terrace Facilities for disabled guests Free parking Internet services Heating WiFi Available

5. Agave Inn (from USD 179)

A modern Mexican-inspired hotel with everything you need, the hotel is clean and just remodeled. If you are not the big breakfast type of person, you will enjoy the light breakfast offered by this hotel. The breakfast selection is very basic with muffins, scones, some fruit, juice, and good coffee. You can also stop by at one of the many restaurants at the city centre.

Agave Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 3222 State Street
Accommodates: 4

Parking Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Heating Fax/photocopying WiFi Available

6. Sunset Motel (from USD 119)

Sunset Motel is located near the bus line, so it’s easier for you to reach many destinations if you don’t want to bring your own transport. You will enjoy a free continental breakfast, which is served every morning in the lobby. But please note that there are no tables and chairs, so you need to eat your breakfast in your room.

There is a popcorn machine and also free juices served in the evening. What a perfect way to enjoy late-night snacking!

Sunset Motel

Wifi Available

Address: 3504 State Street
Accommodates: 6

Parking 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services Cycling Heating

7. Oasis Inn and Suites (from USD 145)

Oasis Inn and Suites is a 100% non-smoking Santa Barbara hotel. It has an outdoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy and there are several choices of room types. The Suites offer a fully equipped kitchen and the hotel is walking distance to restaurants and shops, so you can buy your own food for a homemade dinner night at the suite.

Don’t forget to dine at Los Agaves for the best Mexican dishes at Santa Barbara, you will not be disappointed!

Oasis Inn and Suites

Wifi Available

Address: 3344 State Street
Accommodates: 6

Parking Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Internet services BBQ facilities

8. Orange Tree Inn (from USD 154)

Orange Tree Inn is located 3.2 km (2 mi) from West Beach and the Pacific Ocean. The most memorable things about this property is the helpful manager on duty, who is always ready to provide the guests with anything they need, from extra towels to a hair dryer.

Orange Tree Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 1920 State Street
Accommodates: 6

Parking 24-hour front desk Tennis court Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Free parking

9. Cabrillo Inn at the Beach (from USD 159)

A beachfront hotel on a budget! Cabrillo Inn at the Beach is located directly across the beach. It has a heated outdoor pool and offers a daily continental breakfast from fresh baked croissants to spinach quiche.

Rich at the front desk will always be ready to answer your questions related with your holiday activity and the other staffs like the lady at the breakfast room is friendly and always helpful with your needs. Put on your bikini and sunglass; let’s start our beach holiday from Cabrillo Inn at the Beach!

Cabrillo Inn at the Beach

Wifi Available

Address: 931 East Cabrillo Boulevard
Accommodates: 4

Parking Room service Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Free parking Internet services

10. Super 8 Santa Barbara/Goleta (from USD 120)

Start your day having a free continental breakfast. Within a short walk you will arrive at an executive golf course where you can practice your golfing skills. You can choose to spend the day visiting the Train Depot Museum, watching the boats go by at Goleta Pier, or enjoying the beach.

After you’re finished with your activities, take a quick dip in the outdoor swimming pool and enjoy the evening time.

Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Barbara/Goleta

Wifi Available

Address: 6021 Hollister Avenue
Accommodates: 5

Parking Pets allowed Room service 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms

Santa Barbara on a budget

Famous as an expensive holiday city, Santa Barbara has lots to offer for those budget-friendly travelers. Start by choosing your best accommodation with the best affordable price, and the rest will follow!

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