Where To Stay In Santa Barbara, California - Updated 2022

where to stay in santa barbara

Snuggled between the exotic shores of the Pacific Ocean and the slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara characterizes the relaxed California lifestyle. Referred to as the ‘American Riviera’, the city’s warm Mediterranean-like climate has a calming effect. Numerous treasured landmarks will excite travel enthusiasts like you. The impressive range of activities possible here has made Santa Barbara a highly preferred summer destination. Equally impressive is the fascinating range of stay options. You can choose from beachfront resorts to downtown accommodations or boutique hotels. These amazing Santa Barbara options are not only luxurious but are budget-friendly and ensure your safety too. So, if you are searching for the right kind of holiday accommodation, then read ahead to know more about where to stay in Santa Barbara, California.


1. Spanish Garden Inn (from USD 559)

Escape to this intimate getaway known as the Spanish Garden Inn and enjoy personalized service and luxury just the way it is meant to be. Located in the heart of downtown, it is one of the jewels among the Santa Barbara luxury hotels. Surrounded by lush gardens, the property’s wide-ranging amenities include marvelous rooms with a private balcony or a garden patio, a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, Wi-Fi, a wine bar, and a lot more. The peaceful environment and the extremely attentive staff make everything comfortable for you. Among the several points of attractions, the Santa Barbara Golf Club is a few minutes drive from here, the Santa Barbara Winery is 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from here and the closest airport is the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport located 17.7 km (11 miles) away.

2. The Eagle Inn (from USD 389)

The Eagle Inn is a part of Santa Barbara’s famed West Beach neighborhood and is very popular as a boutique bed and breakfast hotel. Be it the bridal suite or the executive or family rooms, every room has been decorated uniquely to offer utmost comfort and luxury. A few rooms have big whirlpool tubs, balconies apt for romantic evening and fireplaces which add to the comfort. The hospitality is overwhelming, and you can enjoy facilities like Wi-Fi, a wellness center, entertainment services, etc. Located just far enough from the stressful traffic, the property is at a walkable distance to the harbor, beach and State Street.

The Eagle Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 232 Natoma Avenue
Accommodates: 4

Parking Room service 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Business centre

3. Belmond El Encanto (from USD 1025)

Relish sweeping views of the Pacific and breathe in the fresh ocean air from this very glamorous and well-appointed boutique hotel, nestled in the Santa Barbara hills. The place is efficiently managed by a team of very welcoming staff, who will happily offer you the best services. Every room has king-sized beds, garden seating, and other feature; while the suites have added luxuries such as inviting patios and appealing open-hearth fireplaces. The hues and textures of the West Coast surely enhance its beauty. Further, the on-site bar and restaurant have an irresistible range of cuisines available. Besides these amenities, there is a spa and wellness center, an outdoor pool, Wi-Fi and there are shuttle services to take you to the nearby attractions.

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

Wifi Available

Address: 800 Alvarado Place
Accommodates: 10

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court

4. Castillo Inn at the Beach (from USD 185)

Castillo Inn at the Beach is a picturesque mission-style building with very thoughtfully decorated rooms featuring antique wood furnishings, Italian flooring, Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, and other amenities. The upgraded rooms consist of balconies and patios. You also get access to a health club along with a pool nearby at discounted prices. By staying here, you are close to many points of attractions such as Les Merchands, Santa Barbara Winery, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which are hardly a kilometer away. The nearest airport is the Santa Barbara Airport, 13.5 km (8.38 miles) away and the beach is a short stroll from here. The staff is very helpful and can help you with sightseeing suggestions.

Castillo Inn at the Beach

Wifi Available

Address: 22 Castillo St.
Accommodates: 5

Parking Non-smoking rooms Business centre Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services Heating

5. Hideaway Santa Barbara (from USD 655)

Explore the tranquil ambiance and exceptional service of this gorgeous boutique hotel. Airy, immaculately clean, spacious, sophisticated – Hideaway Santa Barbara has it all. The rooms have a stunning décor and some even offer breathtaking mountain views. Enjoy the delicious breakfast that is complimentary and other delectable preparations from the on-site kitchen and there are other pampering facilities too. Among the nearest tourist attractions - Santa Barbara Winery, Les Merchands, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art are located hardly a kilometer away.

Hideaway Santa Barbara, A Kirkwood Collection Property

Wifi Available

Address: 420 W Montecito St
Accommodates: 4

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Free parking Internet services WiFi Available

Vacation rentals

6. Rustic studio with a covered patio (from USD 65)

How about staying in a small rustic studio in a peaceful setting? As tempting it sounds, this is a very charming property with wonderful features. Although you might find the studio small, there is a large window from where you can see a beautiful and covered patio. The outdoor shower is a very interesting feature of this rental. Other than this, the place features a comfortable bed for a good night’s sleep, a fridge, a microwave, parking, Wi-Fi and a few other necessities.

Private studio in garden setting
Santa Barbara, California, United States
1256 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great wifi and amenities like the fridge etc
we loved the outside shower we had everything we needed except the coffee maker
cannabis was allowed on the patio which made us feel more comfortable in our environment
the room itself was small and quaint but perfect for a quick trip
the bathroom is outside the room although it’s a bit small but it’s very comfortable to use
very clean and well maintained
very clean and wellstocked
tidy clean and safe
very clean highly recommend it
the place was very clean and had everything we needed
friendly and helpful host
she was so friendly and very accommodating
thank you julia for being a great host
i absolutely loved julias home and her kind and warm welcome
great atmosphere stylish interior and very nice hosts
great location not far from downtown
we loved the location of her studio
great value and location
cute little place in sb
great location; minutes from museums botanical garden restaurants and shopping plazas
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7. Bright and airy guesthouse (from USD 149)

Freshly decked and sparkling clean, this is a gorgeous one-bedroom beach house located in a serene residential neighborhood of Santa Barbara. The kitchen is apt for basic cooking and has all the essential supplies and appliances. Relax at the patio or you can explore the backyard garden, which has all kinds of fruit trees. Apart from this, there is Wi-Fi, parking and the vacation home is very close to Douglas Family Nature Reserve, Mesa Steps Beach, Hendry’s Beach, grocery shops, restaurants, and many other stunning tourist attractions. Overall, the house will give you all the privacy, space and comfort you require for an easy-going holiday.

Bright & Airy Mesa Beach Guesthouse
Santa Barbara, California, United States
433 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
in particular the mattress was incredibly comfortable
huge comfortable bed excellent amenities and a lovely garden to wonder through
bedroom was very comfortable & it was great to have coffee and umbrella supplied
the bed was extremely comfortable and we appreciated the underfloor heating on the chilly night we stayed
the bathroom is so beautifully decorated lovely double sinks and gorgeous color scheme
very clean and spacious
very clean and comfortable
clean and quite place to stay
this place was clean quiet and very comfortable
communication was excellent the space was clean more than adequate and welcoming
the hosts were lovely and made us feel very welcome
marie is an outstanding host
hosts were very welcoming and responsive
marie was a fabulous host taking great care of us
marie had plenty of recommendations for food and activities and was a friendly and welcoming host
good location and just a short drive to downtown
the location is great near the sea
such a cute space and so close to downtown
the place is in a perfect location with multiple beaches within walking distance
perfect location the beach is within walking distance (down the mesa steps) and is positively stunning
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8. Private suite with separate entrance (from USD 95)

Simple, stylish and located in quiet surroundings, this is a cozy one-bedroom suite with everything to make your stay most contented. The bedroom is large and appropriately decorated with lots of closet space. Although attached to the main property, the house has a separate entrance and comes with parking as well. You can relax on the deck while soaking up the morning sun. Very well maintained, the home is walking distance to the ocean, downtown Santa Barbara, and lots of cafes.

Private Cozy 1 Bedroom Attached Separate Entrance
Santa Barbara, California, United States
819 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable apartment with the minimum necessary for the stay
great touches like coffee and bathroom items
there’s a great little deck outside with a table and chairs to relax at
we walked to a great breakfast place cajan i think
the little room is a perfect size and has lots of space
exceptionally clean and well designed
very clean and all you need
great place-- very clean quiet and comfortable
we loved the clean and adorable place
mattress and pillows did not feel or smell very clean
the host was great very responsive and helpful with questions
she is very responsive and has great tips and suggestions
thank you erika for hosting us
the host was kind and gave us useful information for our stay
host available to provide useful information both before and during your stay
amazing location for the price
good location close to the highway
the location is perfect
very good location and value
great location definitely recommend
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9. Spacious downtown Victorian house (from USD 706)

This is a bright and charming Victorian house with three roomy and aptly decked bedrooms with abundant natural light. Along with lofty ceilings, an open floor concept, beautiful architecture, there is every kind of amenity that you are hoping for, including a well-stocked kitchen! Take a stroll in the adorable front yard or you can even spend time at the peaceful and fenced backyard, which features a grill, a hot tub, and an outdoor dining space. The house comes with a deck that is perfect for relaxing and there is parking for about four cars. You have restaurants, cafes, museums, wine tasting rooms, West Beach and Stearn’s Wharf and many popular spots in the vicinity.

Spacious, Downtown Walk to State St & Beach
Santa Barbara, California, United States
449 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 6 Beds 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything is so tastefully decorated with lovely furniture bedding and the kitchen is gorgeous
the amenities of the shower we're great as i forgot to pack any toiletries before the wedding
the home is comfortable tastefully decorated loaded with thoughtful amenities and in a perfect location
our guests were able to easily find plates and utensils from the fully furnished kitchen to have dinner
everything from beds to wall art was impeccable and clean
extremely clean and organized
it's so clean and stylish
the house was very clean and beautiful
it was very clean open and spacious
the house is exceptionally clean and well equipped
host is super easy to work with
the host was very responsive and we’d definitely recommend this property
you can tell that the owner rachael wants her guests to feel comfortable and at home
host left somenice welcoming touches
host was amazing excellent responses and the place was shining clean
the location is fantastic
the location is amazing
literally walk to everything cute house decorated nicely
the location is excellent walking distance to state street
great location walking distance to many restaurants and shops also close to the beach
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A memorable trip to the American Riviera

Designed to exceed your expectations, the above mentioned Santa Barbara accommodation options are full of character and comfort. Blessed with wide-ranging amenities and several tourist spots within walking distance, these vacation rentals are exquisite and complete in every way. So, go ahead and plan your next holiday to this striking destination, without worrying about where to stay.

10. Beautiful remodeled condo

With a perfect location, this is a beautifully remodeled condo with three beds, hardwood floors and is most ideal for a small family. It has a private entrance and there are stairs which lead to a deck. The deck is apt to enjoy your morning tea or a glass of wine in the evening. The kitchen has the necessary appliances and condiments to prepare a wholesome meal. Other than this, you get Wi-Fi, books, and toys for kids, beach essentials, a TV, and a lot more. The place is very close to the beach, State Street, Old Mission Santa Barbara, and many great eateries and attractions.

Island Loft/Walk Downtown/Bikes Available
Santa Barbara, California, United States
784 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 2 Beds 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
no air conditioning but was pretty comfortable withou it
with the oil heater and the ceiling fan the room was kept warm
no a/c but the 2 fans kept us comfortable in july
space heaters provided and definitely did the job of keeping us warm
loved the tile in the bathroom
very clean and comfortable
the space was clean and quiet
super clean and spacious for a couple
we really appreciated how clean the place was too
the rooms were very clean and well equipped
naomi and john were fantastic hosts answering to our questions and providing great recommendations
great spot and great hosts
great host great spot 5/5
super friendly hosts who provided some great recommendations for things to do and places to eat
naomi was very responsive and provided all the info needed
awesome location a short walk from downtown in a quiet neighborhood
super cute great location renovated and safe
easy walking distance to so many things
the location is excellent and very pretty
super cute / clean / close to everything
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