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#1 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Charming hotel near State Street, offering an exceptional complimentary breakfast with waffle maker and hot items. Within walking distance to beach and pier. Friendly staff, clean rooms, and ongoing renovations for enhanced stay.
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Elegant hotel boasting classic Spanish architecture and excellent amenities. Spacious, tastefully decorated rooms with ocean views. On-site gourmet restaurant, Convivo. Prime beach location.
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March 2024
56ºF
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April 2024
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February 2025
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Beachside hotel with complimentary bikes, beach chairs, and boogie boards. Quiet, beautiful location near harbor and restaurants. Spacious rooms with kitchenettes, quality amenities, and pleasant ambience.
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#4 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Perfectly located near Stearns Wharf, State Street, and the beach, this hotel offers spacious ocean-view rooms, balconies, and nearby attractions. Convenient access to shops and restaurants.
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#5 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Charming boutique hotel near State Street, offering quiet ambiance, cozy design, and exceptional service. Features a beautiful courtyard, pool, and comfortable rooms, some with balconies. Convenient self-parking in underground garage, close to shops and restaurants.
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Elwyn
Elwyn
@317elwynm
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Sep 7, 2021
Will Stay Here Again
"Our beautiful room is small but adequate for me and my wife."
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#6 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Historic hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, surrounded by restaurants, shops & close to the beach. Featuring friendly staff, cozy rooms & valet parking.
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Charming hotel with splendid ocean views and unique corner rooms. Steps away from beautiful East Beach and local attractions. Cafe Lido praised for coffee, food, and service. Easy beach access, nearby dining options. Car recommended for exploring.
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Neil S
Neil S
@T9705KDneils
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Sep 22, 2021
Excellent Customer Service by Jon D (Front Desk)
"We didn’t have a reservation and without hesitation he assisted us with an excellent room and amazing dinner recommendations."
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#8 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Ideally located on State Street, near beach, Stearns Wharf, and local shops, offering stunning ocean, harbor, and sunrise views from rooms and fire pit areas. Walking distance to Funk Zone, wine tasting, and attractions. Friendly front desk, valet services, and evening wine reception.
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Quiet residential setting, easy access to downtown Santa Barbara attractions, medical facilities nearby. On-site restaurant with excellent food, charming landscaping with bird aviary.
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#10 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Cozy boutique-style hotel near harbor and main street, with comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Offers breakfast options, complimentary happy hour, and an enjoyable atmosphere.
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#11 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Well-located hotel near beach, harbor, and downtown with clean, comfortable rooms. Offers pool, parking, vending machine, and friendly front desk staff.
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#12 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Quiet, peaceful hotel in charming neighborhood near attractions. Nicely appointed rooms, enjoyable breakfast options, in-room or patio dining. Whirlpool tubs, fireplace, balcony, romantic atmosphere, beautiful gardens. Walking distance to State Street, beach, restaurants, and shops. Traditional Santa Barbara style inn, reasonable rates, close to harbor and downtown.
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#13 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Friendly front desk staff, well-maintained pool and gardens, convenient location near amenities. Rooms offer fridge, microwave, and coffee-maker. Basic breakfast and all-day coffee available.
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Peter M
Peter M
@BlueBoots92008
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Aug 25, 2023
Spacious Accommodation in Converted Apartment Complex
"While dated, our accommodations were spacious with a full kitchen, large living room, wonderful outdoor patio and decent-sized bedroom."
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#14 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Upgraded, spacious rooms with thoughtful amenities. Cozy property with small pool, hot tub, and seating areas. Prime location near beach, restaurants, and downtown. Variety of breakfast options.
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#15 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Charming historic hotel with cozy rooms, friendly staff, and excellent location. Steps away from beach, shops, and attractions. Unique ambiance and character.
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William
William
@wtmount
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jul 9, 2023
Fantastic small boutique hotel in the Funk Zone
"Great location, clean and comfortable room, stylish, friendly and efficient staff, and a good value for the buck!"
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#16 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Prime location near beach, shops, and restaurants. Beautiful patio spaces for relaxation, some rooms with private patios. Easy access to train station, modern design, and well-appointed rooms.
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Perfectly situated in the heart of The Funk Zone, this stunning hotel offers a rooftop pool with amazing harbor views, wine tasting rooms, and custom cocktails at its bar. In walking distance to diverse dining, attractions, and the beach, this hotel is ideal for wine enthusiasts seeking comfortable accommodations.
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Chris T
Chris T
@N4133JBchrist
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Nov 28, 2023
Fantastic Stay
"The room was spacious, elegantly decorated, and impeccably clean."
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#18 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Ideally located near the beach, parks, and restaurants, this hotel offers spacious, clean rooms and a secure atmosphere. Guests enjoy welcoming staff, a small pool area, and ample parking.
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Beachfront location with complimentary continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese, free parking, and bike rentals. Spacious rooms and walking distance to attractions.
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NataschaOS
NataschaOS
@NataschaOtero
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jan 19, 2024
Great stay in Santa Barbara!
"Very comfortable room with just the right necessities - TV, microwave, small fridge ... and a fireplace."
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#20 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Charming boutique motel near beach with trendy remodel, comfortable beds, and great service. Modern, clean rooms featuring full kitchens. Pet-friendly, short walk to shops and restaurants. Excellent value and convenient location.
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Kate f.
Kate f.
@Vafreemans
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Apr 20, 2022
Excellent place to stay
"Room was clean, beautiful accommodations, and quiet."
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#21 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Quiet neighborhood hotel near beach, restaurants, and attractions. Comfortable rooms, heated pool, hot tub, laundry facilities, and daily cookies. Friendly staff and convenient location.
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Resort
#22 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Family-oriented hotel offering numerous activities such as pool, tennis courts, and mini golf, as well as fun outdoor games like giant chess and ping pong. Boasts stunning ocean views, prime beach access, and nearby seafood dining options. Wide-ranging breakfast options with praised service.
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Swenger002
Swenger002
@Swenger002
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Nov 6, 2023
What a great trip.
"Clean room, clean property, adequate parking, nice pool and hot tub."
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#23 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Welcoming hotel with good room layout, comfortable beds, and added amenities. Serene pool area surrounded by nature, ideal for relaxation. Central location close to restaurants, shops, and attractions. Off-street parking available.
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Lolo
Lolo
@loloN5424ST
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Jul 2, 2021
Adorable hotel with thoughtful touches
"The room was great size, got a junior suite."
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#24 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Charming hotel in quiet neighborhood near State Street. Walkable to shops, restaurants, attractions. Cozy atmosphere, lovely grounds, continental breakfast with wrapped items.
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#25 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Charming hotel with Mexican style, traditional bathrooms, and four-poster beds. Conveniently located near State Street. Wine hour, rooftop pool, and well-reputed on-site restaurant.
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#27 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Convenient boutique hotel, clean spacious rooms with amenities. Complimentary breakfast includes fresh fruit, eggs, sausage, oatmeal. Friendly staff, secure underground parking available.
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2011MOM
2011MOM
@teresa w
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed on Oct 25, 2023
Good location for Carpenteria sports
"Room overlooking pool attached to lobby was good."
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#30 Best Value of 93 places to stay in Santa Barbara
Great location on vibrant State Street with access to shops and restaurants; modern design featuring pool and jacuzzi areas; beautiful rooftop patios; friendly staff.
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Santa Barbara Hotels Information

Hotels in Santa Barbara

96

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Travel high season

Jun - Aug

Travel low season

Dec - Feb

High season avg price

$448

Low season avg price

$303

Hotels near the sights

  • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
    Santa Barbara’s iconic Spanish Colonial Revival Courthouse has been called, "The most beautiful government building in America.” It is open to the public 8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays and 10AM to 5pm weekends, and all holidays except Christmas. Visitors are not admitted after 4:30. Free docent-led tours are offered daily except Christmas Day. No reservation is required. For current tour schedules, please visit the Docent Council website. Self-guided & virtual tours are also available on the website or by using the QR codes at various locations in the Courthouse. Visit the website for information about private group tours.
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  • Old Mission Santa Barbara
    Visitors can tour this historic Franciscan mission that features twin bell towers and lovely gardens.
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  • Santa Barbara Zoo
    This zoo with a view was once a posh estate owned by a coffee and tea merchant; now it's the lush domain of animals representing 160 species. The pink stucco mansion that once presided over manicured lawns and gardens is gone—replaced by open-air habitats built for the less refined but still exacting tastes of giraffes, gibbons, snow leopards, and gorillas. What hasn't changed is the surrounding scenery; the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains are just as spectacular as they were back when this was the setting for civilized galas instead of the wild antics of monkeys and meerkats.
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  • Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
    NOTE: The Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Garden members have early access starting at 9 a.m.) Reservations are required for non-members due to our county-issued use permit and strongly recommended for members during peak season (April - July). As the first botanic garden in the nation to focus exclusively on native plants, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has dedicated nearly a century of work to better understand the relationship between plants and people. Growing from 13 acres in 1926 to today’s 78 acres, the grounds now include more than 5 miles of walking trails, an herbarium, seed bank, research labs, library, and a public native plant nursery. Amid the serene beauty of the Garden, teams of scientists, educators, and horticulturists remain committed to the original spirit of the organization’s founders – conserve native plants and habitats to ensure they continue to support life on the planet and can be enjoyed for generations to come. Visit SBBotanicGarden.org
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  • Cold Spring Tavern
    A popular mountain for hiking outside of Santa Barbara.
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  • State Street Underpass
    Seven straight miles of shops.
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  • Stearns Wharf
    Visitors can watch fishing boats unload the day's catch, enjoy spectacular sunsets, and sample fare from fast food to fine dining at California's oldest working wharf.
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  • Casa del Herrero
    Casa del Herrero, Spanish for “House of the Blacksmith,” was designed by famed architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925. Created for St. Louis industrialist George Fox Steedman as a family retreat, the Casa remained exclusively in his family’s hands until 1993 when his descendants transferred the property to create a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve, protect, and share this amazing historic resource with the public. Landscape architecture was provided by Lockwood de Forest, Francis T. Underhill, and Ralph K. Stevens. Antiquarians, Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley, helped outfit the Casa alongside the well-known Hearst Castle. The home’s original collection of 16th to 18th art, tapestries, silver, furniture, rugs, library, blacksmith workshop, and more remain fully intact for tours. Tours are by reservation only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission for the 90-minute, docent-led tours is $50 per person. All tours are booked online.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santa Barbara hotels

Simpson House Inn, Palihouse Santa Barbara, and The Upham Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travelers looking to stay near Santa Barbara County Courthouse. See the full list: Hotels near Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Inn, and San Ysidro Ranch are all popular resorts for travelers staying in Santa Barbara. See the full list: Santa Barbara Resorts.

Popular hotels close to Old Mission Santa Barbara include El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, Best Western Plus Santa Barbara, and Lemon Tree Inn. See the full list: Hotels near Old Mission Santa Barbara.

Popular luxury hotels in Santa Barbara include Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara Inn, and Palihouse Santa Barbara. See the full list: Santa Barbara Luxury Hotels.

Popular hotels close to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport include Hampton Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta, Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta, and Super 8 by Wyndham Santa Barbara/Goleta. See the full list: Hotels near Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

A few of the most popular hotels near State Street Underpass are Agave Inn, Ramada Santa Barbara, and Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn. See the full list: Hotels near State Street Underpass.

Some of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara are San Ysidro Ranch, Marina Beach Motel, and El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara. See the full list: Pet Friendly Hotels in Santa Barbara.

Popular cheap hotels in Santa Barbara include Harbor House Inn, Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Inn. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in Santa Barbara.

San Ysidro Ranch, El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara, and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara have a spa and received excellent reviews from travelers in Santa Barbara. See the full list: Santa Barbara Spa Resorts.

Harbor House Inn, Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, and Palihouse Santa Barbara all received great reviews from families traveling in Santa Barbara. See the full list: Santa Barbara Family Hotels.

Popular hotels by the beach in Santa Barbara include Santa Barbara Inn, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, and Blue Sands Inn. See the full list: Santa Barbara Beach Hotels.

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