Stay at Santa Barbara's 10 Best Family-Friendly Hotels

Don't let family vacation time intimidate you. Travel with the whole crew and stay at one of the many family-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara. Hotels that will welcome your whole brood can help remove some of the stress of a group trip... so you can focus on time with your loved ones.

This list will help you pick the right Santa Barbara hotel to host your family.

If you're looking for a lavish resort with activities for the kids, get away from it all at Bacara Resort and Spa. Their Monarch Kids' Club will keep little ones supervised while the adults enjoy the award-winning spa and onsite wine tasting room.

If you're looking for something near the beach and downtown, you have quite a few options. Fess Parker's Double Tree Resort is located just across from the beach and Stearns Wharf. For a more modern take on travel, book your accommodations at Hotel Indigo. This boutique hotel is located in the heart of the Funk Zone, has a restaurant onsite and is even Fido-friendly.

Or if you like a little kitsch and don't need all the frills, the Motel 6 here might be just the thing. Did you know it's the very first one? And it's just two blocks from the beach!



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



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

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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



So 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....  Read More



Located on upper State St., 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, free...  Read More



The Inn at East Beach is a surprising budget find just steps away from, well, East Beach. This hip motel has a retro flare with amenities unusual for its price bracket. For example, if you're headed to the beach, stop at the front desk to pick...  Read More



For a little beachside pampering for you and your mutt, book your stay at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort, a luxury resort directly across from the beach and just half a mile from downtown Santa Barbara. Bring up to two of your four-legged...  Read More



The Canary Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that has room enough for families of all sizes. 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...  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...  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 and your family a taste of...  Read More


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