Santa Barbara's Best Pet-Friendly Hotels: Bring Your Furry Companion

Do you hate leaving your prized pooch behind when you travel? Of course you do! Fido is a part of the family, after all. Fortunately, if you're visiting Santa Barbara, it's easy to bring your dog (or cat) along; this a very pet-friendly city with many welcoming hotels. No more expensive kennel reservations, no more worrying if your pets are getting the attention and care that they need. The pet-friendly hotels here have everything you and your pets need for a comfortable stay.

This list of the 10 Best pet-friendly hotels tells you where to stay when your pet or pets travel with you. Some of these allow pets to stay free of charge, and some allow animals for a small additional fee.

If you want your animals to enjoy the lap of luxury, consider booking a room at the relaxing Bacara Resort and Spa. Luxury pet beds, handsome in-room food and water bowls, and outdoor dining - with their master(s) - are the name of the game here. Downtown living more your speed? Reserve a room at the Canary Hotel Santa Barbara. Pets stay free, and the concierge will even book Fluffy a grooming appointment. 

For budget accommodations near the beach, spend a night or two at the Motel 6 Beach Santa Barbara. Not only is it the very first Motel 6, but also it is within walking distance of East Beach and the Santa Barbara Zoo.




Located in the West Beach neighborhood of Santa Barbara, Casa Del Mar Inn is just steps away from the sand. Casa Del Mar Inn allows two small pets or one large pet for an additional charge of $15 per pet, per night. Lush gardens and a relaxing...  Read More



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...  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

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 stars and us regular folk - for over a century. John F. Kennedy and Jackie honeymooned here. Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh...  Read More



Motel 6 is one of the pet-friendliest hotels around. Pets stay free every night, and there is no weight limit or restriction on the number of dogs per room. So maybe you're not the type of person that is typically impressed by a Motel 6. Well,...  Read More



When you're ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than the Bacara Resort & Spa. Located on 78 acres of pristine coastline on Santa Barbara's northern shore, The Bacara offers you and your pet a taste of...  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 and their animal...  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



The Canary Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel that allows pets of any size for no additional fee. 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



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


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