Santa Barbara's Best Hotels: Where to Rest Your Sleepy Head

Visit Santa Barbara and we guarantee that you’ll want to stay awhile. The scenic vistas, breathtaking beaches, busy streets and delectable restaurants require much more than one day of exploring.
But with so many hotels, inns and motels dotting the main streets, how can you know which one is the best fit for you? 10Best to the rescue! This list narrows down your best overnight options, so you can slumber soundly knowing that you made the right choice.

If you like to be pampered, try one of Santa Barbara’s luxury hotels - many are in prime locations, like the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, situated across the street from stunning Butterfly Beach.
If a bed and breakfast is more your style, The Upham is just the place. Right around the corner from busy State Street, it’s the oldest (and, we suspect, coziest) continuously operating hotel in Southern California. And for those on a sightseeing mission, it’s worth noting that Santa Barbara is home to the very first Motel 6 in America. It’s budget and pet friendly and even has a view of the ocean!

So make a reservation, settle in and stay awhile. Your comfortable night - or nights - in this beach town will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed... and ready for a whole new day full of adventures. Just don’t be surprised if you like your accommodations so much that you find yourself turning in early!

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The Inn of the Spanish Garden is a luxury boutique hotel just three blocks from busy State Street. Sophisticated Spanish and Mediterranean themes inform the design of this enchanting hotel, making it the perfect place for an exotic escape from...  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, the particular Motel 6, deserves a little extra notice. Why? Because it's actually the original Motel 6, opened in 1962. That's right,...  Read More



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...  Read More



The Canary Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that's truly in the heart of the action. Less than a block off State St. in the middle of Santa Barbara's downtown district, The Canary features five floors of beautiful decor (handpainted tiles!...  Read More



Kimpton's Santa Barbara boutique hotel is stylish, pet friendly and well situated. Located in Goleta, not far from the Santa Barbara airport and a 10-minute drive from downtown, The Goodland has all the perks of a big hotel, paired with all the...  Read More



Located just blocks away from downtown Santa Barbara and in the heart of the the Funk Zone - Santa Barbara's up and coming arts and wine district - Hotel Indigo offers modern accommodations for aesthetically-minded visitors, their families and...  Read More

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



Book a room at the El Encanto Hotel & 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



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. For a...  Read More



If your hotel checklist looks something like this - beachfront, exclusive amenities, possible celebrity sightings, ridiculous levels of hospitality - then the Biltmore is where you want to stay. One of the most beautiful hotels in Santa Barbara,...  Read More


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