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 a place 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 Goodland has all the perks of a big hotel, paired with all the charms of a small one. Hip 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

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The Spanish Garden Inn 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 for a...  Read More



Burnt out on the beach scene? Switch it up and spend some time in the nearby town of Ojai, an artsy community just a bit south and inland. The Ojai Rancho Inn is located conveniently close to the downtown area, a beautiful small town less than...  Read More

The Landsby
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Ready for a memorable overnight getaway? Nestled in the heart of the Danish village of Solvang, The Landsby is a stunning boutique inn featuring a clean, contemporary design inspired by traditional Scandinavian aesthetic. There's a truly...  Read More



For a romantic weekend (or week) spent wining and dining in Santa Barbara, book your stay at the brand new Hotel Californian. Located steps from the beach and just a block or two from many of the best wine tasting rooms and restaurants in the...  Read More



If your sweetie likes historic, old town charm, The Upham Hotel and Country House is a must. Built in 1871, The Upham is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. It's located just two blocks from downtown--great shops,...  Read More



When you two lovebirds are ready to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than the Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Located on 78 acres of pristine coastline on Santa Barbara's northern shore, the Bacara offers you and your date a taste...  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

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. And Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh...  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 romantic views and luxury standards....  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