Sleep Cheap: 10 Best Santa Barbara Budget Hotels



Santa Barbara is a popular tourist destination for many reasons: palm trees, scenic vistas, white sand beaches, celebrity residents and gourmet meals top the list. One thing it is certainly not famous for, however, is low prices. Budgeting for a trip to Santa Barbara might set your head spinning. From airfare and rental transportation to museum fees and dining expenses, there are plenty of reasons to save your pennies.

Hotel accommodations are probably one of your top priorities, and rightfully so. Hotels, motels and inns fill up quickly, especially during the summer months, and run the gamut when it comes to price. You can spend as much or (almost) as little money as you want when booking a room in Santa Barbara. This list of budget hotels is intended for those of you hoping to do the latter. Spend a little less on the room, and you’ll have a little more for the fun stuff!

Affordable rooms can be found all over town with a little hunting. Want to fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves? Reserve a spot at Motel 6 Beach Santa Barbara. This is actually the very first Motel 6, established in 1962, and it is just steps away from the sand. Planning a trip to Solvang? Try staying at the Holiday Inn Express and enjoy complimentary cinnamon rolls in the morning.

Consult this rest of this list for other great finds in different parts of town. You - and your budget - will be happy you did!


At the Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn you're sure to find that little something extra. Enjoy modern amenities and thoughtful design at this hotel near the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara. For the business traveler, a spacious work...  Read More


Searching for an affordable, ocean view room for the weekend? How about a Spanish-style vacation cottage - complete with full kitchen - for the week? Cabrillo Inn at the Beach has both, making it a great overnight choice no matter what the...  Read More


Visit Solvang for a taste of Danish culture, and you may find yourself wanting to stay the night! Save your pennies for the great area restaurants and wineries, and book your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Solvang. This convenient hotel is...  Read More


Stay at the Lemon Tree Inn when you want to be close to the action of downtown Santa Barbara, but not quite in the middle of it (a peaceful night of sleep is important for weary travelers, after all). Located on upper State Street, The Lemon...  Read More


The family-friendly Ala Mar Motel allows you to book beachfront accommodations at reasonable rates, starting at just under $100 during the low season. It is located one short block from Stearns Wharf and a quick trolley ride - or brisk walk -...  Read More


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Autocamp is an affordable boutique hotel with a twist... instead of rooms, guests rent vintage Airstream trailers! These shiny aluminum digs feature clean, completely refurbished interiors and relaxing outdoor patios. Choose from five trailers...  Read More


This hotel a is true find for any traveler with champagne taste but a potato chip budget. Located just blocks away from downtown Santa Barbara and in the heart of the the Funk Zone - Santa Barbara's art and wine district - Hotel Indigo offers...  Read More




Enjoy an affordable stay at this hip and happening hotel and hostel in Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. The Wayfarer offers 27 hotel rooms and four shared rooms. Choose a private room to plan a romantic weekend near the heart of Santa Barbara's Urban...  Read More


Maybe you're not the type of person that is typically impressed by a Motel 6. Well, that's fine, but this one, this particular Motel 6, deserves a little extra notice. Why? Well because it's actually the original Motel 6, opened in 1962. That's...  Read More


Located on upper State Street, just a short walk away from midtown shops, bars, restaurants and the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course, the Agave Inn has everything you need without the unnecessary frills. The Agave Inn provides free parking,...  Read More


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Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva

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