Best Beds and Breakfasts in Santa Barbara

Get Cozy in One of the Best Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfasts

For an intimate family visit or a romantic trip, book a room at one of the many local bed and breakfasts in Santa Barbara. Most are located in the heart of some of Santa Barbara’s most beloved neighborhoods, giving you the opportunity to live like a local for the duration of your stay.

Try a weekend in the West Beach neighborhood of Santa Barbara for sunny days filled with beach volleyball and seaside strolls. This is a very pretty area occupied by relaxed locals and family beach rentals. The Lavender Inn by the Sea is within walking distance of area bars and restaurants.

Experience the other side of our coastline and stay at the Inn at East Beach. This is a fun part of town if you have children in tow; the Santa Barbara Zoo is located here.

Or if peace and quiet is what you’re looking for, book a room – or a whole cottage! – at the Secret Garden Inn. It's close, but not too close, to downtown shopping, dining and attractions.

No matter which area you choose for your stay, you’re sure to fall in love. Don't forget to ask the friendly staff members at these fabulous bed and breakfasts to point you in the direction of all their favorite local hot spots.


The Beach House Inn has 12 uniquely decorated guest rooms that border a peaceful courtyard. All of the meticulously maintained rooms include refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers. Most of the rooms feature fully equipped kitchens with dining areas and some include separate living rooms. With the added comfort of gas fireplaces, flat panel TVs and the convenience of free Wi-Fi, the Beach House Inn is a moderately priced gem in Santa Barbara's relaxed West Beach neighborhood. It's also pet friendly. Just blocks from the beach, many area attractions are easy to get to by foot, bike or car! Free beach chairs and umbrellas are available for guest use.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Beach House Inn is a pet-friendly family hotel that's close to the beach.

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This cozy, pet-friendly bed and breakfast abounds with old world hospitality. Fresh breakfast is cooked in the kitchen of the main building every morning, filling the rooms in that area with the delicious aroma of warm baked goods. Wine and cheese is offered to guests in the late afternoon, giving everyone a chance to socialize and learn more about the Santa Barbara. The Secret Garden Inn is made up of several freestanding cottages, and every room has its own charm. Some rooms include private hot tubs, others have wood burning stoves. Free parking is available to all guests, and the property is beautifully landscaped.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Tucked into a local neighborhood a few blocks from downtown, this bed and breakfast is almost like staying at a friend's charming home.

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Are you looking for a place to stay in Santa Barbara? Maybe someplace quiet and unique, with a little more heart than a chain hotel. How about your own kitchen because you like to cook? That can be arranged. And only a block from the beach? We can do that, too. Introducing the Harbor House Inn, a charming little place made up of seventeen units - rooms and suites - decorated with antiques and collectibles and all the special things that make a house (even a temporary one) a home. A breakfast basket is provided upon arrival, featuring granolas and breads made right on site. Once you're settled, you can borrow the inn's cruiser-style bicycles for a comfortable ride along the coast. Beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are also available.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Spacious rooms just a block and a half from the beach! Guests love the breakfast baskets with homemade treats.

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The Eagle Inn is a family owned and operated bed and breakfast in the West Beach neighborhood of Santa Barbara providing quiet, comfortable amenities within walking distance of many area attractions. Whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and balconies add a little luxury to their private cottages and deluxe rooms. Standard rooms include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. All guests are welcome to enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast every morning. The Eagle Inn also offers free parking, free use of the property's bicycles and fresh cookies in the afternoon. Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara Harbor are very close by. Sounds like a great vacation in the making to us!

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: The Eagle Inn is just a couple blocks from the beach, offers free parking and breakfast that's made to order.

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The Cheshire Cat Inn is a whimsical bed and breakfast with a subtle Alice In Wonderland theme set just four blocks away from busy downtown Santa Barbara. Comprised of Victorian and Craftsman style houses surrounded by green, English gardens, the Cheshire Cat Inn includes rooms, suites and cottages - providing a variety of accommodations for many sizes and occasions of parties. Deluxe breakfast is served daily, wine and hors d'oeuvres are offered from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, and warm cookies and brownies are baked fresh every evening for a sweet treat before bed. Please alert the staff in advance if you have any dietary restrictions so efforts can be made to oblige your requests.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Gorgeous grounds, subtle theme rooms, tasty breakfasts and an unbeatable location make the Cheshire Cat Inn a great Santa Barbara hotel choice.

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This charming three bedroom Victorian house dates from the 1890s but has been renovated to include eight guestrooms, each with their own unique charm. Another building behind the original house allows for the addition of two more rooms, a cozy loft and a suite boasting a fully-appointed kitchen for longer stays. Breakfast consists of organic coffee, fresh fruit, homemade granola and a daily hot entree that alternates between sweet and savory. Gluten-free and dairy-free breakfast are available with advanced notice. Afternoons feature tea and cookies, followed by a wine and cheese social hour. The Bath Street Inn is located in a cute residential area just off State Street. Downtown Santa Barbara is just a brisk walk or short cab ride away.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: We all like the convenience of food at our hotel, but we rarely expect it to be delicious. At the Bath Street Inn, it is!

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Just two blocks from the beach and the harbor, the Lavender Inn by the Sea is a lovely bed and breakfast located in Santa Barbara's pretty West Beach neighborhood. The inn's lush guest rooms feature pillow-top beds, down duvets, lavender-scented bath amenities and a welcome bottle of bubbly. Savor a deluxe continental breakfast on the sunny patio, wine and cheese by the fire, and milk and cookies before bed. There is a large, heated swimming pool as well as a hot tub and guests can check out beach cruiser bicycles to tool along the coastline or into town. Free Wi-Fi. Within easy walking distance of several restaurants and bars.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: West Beach is the prettiest place to get away from it all, and the Lavender Inn will help you do just that.

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The Inn at East Beach is a surprising budget find just steps away from, well, East Beach. This bed and breakfast brags amenities unusual for its price bracket. For example, if you're headed to the beach, stop at the front desk to pick up towels, umbrellas and even boogie boards. There are guest laundry facilities on site and, of course, a warm pool if you feel that the beach is just too far away (it's about a 3 minute walk from the inn, FYI). A warm, continental breakfast is free for every guest, but don't try to sneak anyone in; Frank, the legendary general manager, greets every party upon arrival and is quick to shoo outsiders away. Frank is also happy to give advice about his beloved city, so if you have any questions during your stay in Santa Barbara, just ask Frank!

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: In a word: Frank. Frank Santana, general manager, has developed a cult following of visitors who go to him for all the best local tips.

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Surrounded by tall hedges and an acre of English gardens, the Simpson House Inn is considered one of the most distinguished Victorian-era estates in southern California - and it just happens to be home to a luxury bed and breakfast too. The Simpson House Inn features guest rooms in two remarkable buildings, a Victorian estate home and restored carriage house, as well as freestanding English garden cottages. Each room is unique, and you'll be sure to find a favorite. Many have clawfoot tubs, fireplaces, and private patios. Guests enjoy a gourmet, chef-prepared breakfast each day and an evening wine tasting and hors d'oeurves buffet during their stay.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: For a truly luxurious, private stay, look no further than the Simpson House Inn - North America's only AAA 5-Diamond bed and breakfast.

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Built in 1871, The Upham Hotel & Country House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. It's located located just two blocks from downtown - great shops, theaters, parks and restaurants are all within easy walking distance. The main hotel features 58 rooms to suit every size need, from cottage rooms to master suites, all beautifully furnished. The onsite restaurant, Louie's Bistro, celebrates central coast flavors in an intimate setting - there's even a three seat wine bar. Across the street is their Country House, featuring bed and breakfast style accommodations with luxury accents like waterfall showers and sunny verandas.

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: A very "Santa Barbara" hotel in a prime location. George Clooney has been spotted staying here.

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