Feel the Love at Santa Barbara's Most Romantic Hotels



If you're in the mood to plan a romantic vacation, look no further than Santa Barbara. White sand beaches beckon, red tile roofs span the horizon, and colorful hibiscus flowers bloom on nearly every corner. You'll spend your days shopping, dining and wine tasting, but the real question is: where will you spend the night?

Fortunately, Santa Barbara is also home to dozens of romantic hotels. Whether you're looking for a luxurious, full-service resort or an intimate bed and breakfast, there is an overnight accommodation that's right for you.

To help you narrow down your choices, we've created this list of the 10 most romantic hotels in Santa Barbara. Book a private cottage at the San Ysidro Ranch for a weekend you won't forget or request an ocean view room at the Bacara Resort and Spa.

If you're looking for a cozy place with a great restaurant, get a room at The Upham, the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. From there, it's an easy walk to downtown shopping and nightlife.

Take a tip from us and reserve your hotel room early, especially if you want to visit around the holidays or during a summer weekend. Since Santa Barbara is such a short drive away from Los Angeles - and so beautiful - it attracts a lot of visitors. The best hotels fill up quickly!


The Montecito Inn is a romantic boutique hotel in Montecito, California. It is was built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928 and is considered a Santa Barbara landmark. Guests enjoy elegant accommodations and amenities such as onsite dining at the...  Read More


The Ojai Rancho Inn is located conveniently close to the downtown area of Ojai, a beautiful small town less than an hour south of Santa Barbara. Rustic decor and charming artistic touches lend this inn a true California getaway feel. Rooms...  Read More


The Goodland has all the perks of a big hotel, paired with all the charms of a small one. Couples looking to hunker down for the weekend will find everything they need onsite: a gorgeous pool, great food and, of course, cocktails! Or you can...  Read More


When you're ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than the Bacara Resort and Spa. Located on 78 acres of pristine coastline on Santa Barbara's northern shore, The Bacara offers you a taste of unbridled luxury. Book...  Read More


This Southern California resort and spa located in the heart of beautiful Ojai offers guests a place to truly get away from it all. Many rooms have fireplaces and private balconies or patios overlooking the nearby mountains. Wrap yourself in a...  Read More


The Inn of the Spanish Garden is a luxury boutique hotel just three blocks from busy State Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Sophisticated Spanish and Mediterranean themes inform the design of this enchanting hotel, making it the perfect place...  Read More


Book a room at the El Encanto Hotel and Garden Villas to experience one of Santa Barbara's most legendary properties. Perfectly situated in a secluded, quiet part of town, the El Encanto is famous for its legendary views and luxury standards....  Read More


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Built in 1871, The Upham Hotel and Country House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. It's located just two blocks from downtown--great shops, theaters, parks and restaurants are all within easy walking distance....  Read More


San Ysidro Ranch Hotel Santa Barbara
Photo courtesy of San Ysidro Ranch

Considered one of the top hotels in the world, San Ysidro Ranch has been a treasured romantic destination--among stars and us regular folk--for over a century. John F. Kennedy and Jackie honeymooned here. And Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh...  Read More


If your hotel checklist looks something like this--beachfront, exclusive amenities, possible celebrity sightings, ridiculous levels of hospitality--then the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is where you want to stay with your loved...  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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