Best Hotels in Santa Barbara

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Santa Barbara based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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    Hotel Californian
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #1 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 31 reviewsTripAdvisor (31)
    Free WiFi

    According to recent visitors, a stay at the Hotel Californian is worth the high room rates, the $30 daily resort fee and the $38 valet parking fee. Adjacent to the Santa Barbara, California, waterfront in the city's Funk Zone area, this Preferred LVX outpost delivers Spanish colonial-style architecture and modern Moorish decor. Guests will find large flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers, custom Hotel Californian bath products, stocked cocktail carts, Martyn Lawrence Bullard furnishings, light fixtures and wallcoverings inside all of the stylish accommodations. What's more, the property features a Moroccan-inspired spa, multiple meeting rooms (including a rooftop deck and a ballroom) and two restaurants – Goat Tree and Blackbird. Goat Tree offers casual breakfast fare and picnic baskets with seasonal items, while Blackbird features Mediterranean-influence cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. No additional facilities are available on-site; however, members of the iPrefer program can earn or redeem points while staying here.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 31 reviewsTripAdvisor (31)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #2 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2320 reviewsTripAdvisor (2320)
    Free WiFi

    With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from its shorefront perch east of downtown Santa Barbara, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is consistently lauded by guests for its friendly staff and stunning decor. The Spanish Colonial Revival structure houses 207 spacious guest rooms and suites that feel bright and airy and feature large windows and views of the 22-acre property, and visitors say that the down bedding adds an extra dose of luxury. Recent guests also praised the in-house spa for its extensive list of treatments, but should you desire some rest and relaxation without the additional cost, a day spent by the outdoor pool should do just fine. If you're traveling with kids, let the resort's certified staff provide them with a host of supervised activities while you enjoy a romantic meal at Tydes (if you like seafood) or Bella Vista (if you prefer your Californian cuisine infused with some Italian flair).

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2320 reviewsTripAdvisor (2320)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Belmond El Encanto
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #3 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1183 reviewsTripAdvisor (1183)
    Free WiFi

    Although it doesn't hug the Santa Barbara coast – you'll find this hotel on the northern fringes of the city – Belmond El Encanto earns praise for its beautiful setting and excellent views. The property's suites all feature private terraces or patios looking out toward the ocean, along with hardwood floors, marble bathrooms and, in some cases, fireplaces. Although the outpost's homey accommodations may be hard to leave, the property houses a number of amenities worth checking out, such as The Spa at El Encanto, an infinity-edge swimming pool and 7 acres of gardens to explore. And recent guests sing the praises of the California cuisine served at the Dining Room. Visitors can also opt for light American fare at The Lounge.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1183 reviewsTripAdvisor (1183)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
    Goleta, CA
    #4 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2630 reviewsTripAdvisor (2630)
    Free WiFi

    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara in Goleta, California, has all the essentials of a luxury seaside resort – a spa, several infinity pools, multiple dining venues and, of course, dramatic Pacific Ocean views. The Ritz's 358 luxurious guest rooms feature gas or wood-burning fireplaces, marble showers and private patios or balconies, not to mention flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. When it's time for a meal, head to the oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, to feast on steak, seafood and more. Many guests are quick to note that the prices here are steep, especially if you indulge in a spa treatment or a fancy meal. But overall, visitors say they very much enjoyed their stay, chalking their good times up to excellent customer service and the property's relaxed atmosphere.

    Goleta, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2630 reviewsTripAdvisor (2630)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Spanish Garden Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #5 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1433 reviewsTripAdvisor (1433)
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Nestled near downtown Santa Barbara, just three blocks east of State Street, this 23-room inn caters to couples looking for a quiet getaway. Recent guests praised the classic Spanish architecture and spacious rooms that include either a garden patio or private balcony. Rooms are also equipped with gas fireplaces, free Wi-Fi access and marble bathrooms with separate showers and soaking tubs. Although there's no on-site restaurant, the inn offers amenities like complimentary breakfast daily. Guests can also take advantage of in-room spa services or relax by the pool in the inn's private garden. And while recent visitors recommended the accommodations, they cited the personable and helpful staff as a main reason for repeat stays. 

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1433 reviewsTripAdvisor (1433)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Kimpton Canary Hotel
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #6 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1205 reviewsTripAdvisor (1205)

    In the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, the Kimpton Canary has the entire city at its front door. Though they say the ideal location is a definite plus, recent visitors are more charmed by the character of and service at this boutique hotel. A member of the Kimpton brand, the hotel offers unique stylings with hand-painted tiles and wrought-iron accents throughout the property, and guest rooms house elegant four-poster beds and hardwood floors. Accommodations also come equipped with amenities such as HD flat-screen TVs, rainforest showers and high-speed internet (which Kimpton Karma loyalty club members can access for free). The hotel's rooftop pool is also a hit with guests, who describe the views as spectacular. What's more, you can take in the scenery with a drink at the rooftop's lounge. If you're craving something more filling, try the farm-to-table cuisine served at Finch & Fork.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1205 reviewsTripAdvisor (1205)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #7 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3738 reviewsTripAdvisor (3738)

    The Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort sits along the Pacific Ocean within walking distance of Santa Barbara's shops, restaurants and shoreline, but many guests feel that they never have to leave the premises. Visitors can spend time at the resort's pool, tennis court and fitness center, or can use the complimentary bicycles to explore the area. The property also houses the Spa Del Mar, which offers a long list of massages and skin treatments. Come mealtime, you'll have your pick of four on-site eateries. As for accommodations, visitors describe the guest rooms as spacious, equipped with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, minibars and balconies or patios. Here, Hilton Honors loyalty club members can earn or use points here.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3738 reviewsTripAdvisor (3738)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Santa Barbara Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #8 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 262 reviewsTripAdvisor (262)
    Free WiFi

    The quaint Santa Barbara Inn sits across from the beach and Cabrillo Ballpark in Santa Barbara, California. Renovated in 2016, the hotel’s striking, red terra cotta roof and Spanish Mediterranean-style decor provides a European getaway feel in the heart of this Southern California city. Each of the 70 guest rooms includes complimentary Wi-Fi access, a private balcony with an ocean or a mountain view, and a flat-screen TV. Plus, visitors have access to the inn’s heated outdoor pool, fitness center, oceanfront terrace and on-site restaurant, which offers both indoor and outdoor ocean view seating. Recent guests love that this property’s location is close to everything they could want to do but still tucked away from the noise of downtown. This boutique hotel is small though, so travelers looking for a large resort might want to check elsewhere.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 262 reviewsTripAdvisor (262)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Harbor View Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #9 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1475 reviewsTripAdvisor (1475)
    Free WiFi

    Recent guests said the Harbor View Inn's location is its main selling point. Located at the entry to Stearns Wharf, the property sits across from the beach and just a short walk from downtown Santa Barbara, California. Some travelers note that room rates here are fairly steep, especially when compared to larger properties nearby. However, guests are quick to praise the employees particularly the concierge  for their eagerness to help you enjoy your time in Santa Barbara. Staff members are efficient when it comes to arranging dinner plans and suggesting things to do in the area. Meanwhile, every room has a patio or balcony to allow guests to breathe in the sea air. And outside their quarters, guests can be found lounging poolside, enjoying massages in Spa Beaumontia or enjoying dinner and the view at Eladio's Restaurant & Bar.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1475 reviewsTripAdvisor (1475)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Upham Hotel and Country House
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #10 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 711 reviewsTripAdvisor (711)
    Free WiFi

    In operation since 1871, The Upham Hotel and Country House in Santa Barbara, California, is a boutique bed-and-breakfast that is split between two buildings: the larger Upham Hotel and the smaller, adults-only Country House. Styled after a traditional English manor, the Country House, located a half-block from the Upham, has eight individually decorated rooms, some of which come with waterfall showers or whirlpool tubs. And inside The Upham's 50 guest rooms and suites, travelers will find flat-screen TVs (in most accommodations), bronzed accents and plantation shutters. Upgraded cottages and suites have more space, along with terraces or patios (in all but Garden cottages). Rooms at both properties include free breakfast and evening wine receptions, as well as complimentary parking and Wi-Fi. When it's time to eat, recent guests highly recommend dining at Louie's California Bistro on the ground floor. The restaurant serves California comfort cuisine and offers a detailed wine list with bottles from a selection of local vintners. Previous visitors also had high praise for the personable staff, continental breakfasts, serene gardens and central location by State Street's top restaurants, shops and businesses.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 711 reviewsTripAdvisor (711)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Montecito Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #11 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1310 reviewsTripAdvisor (1310)
    Free WiFi

    The Montecito Inn embodies the coastal elegance that's often associated with Santa Barbara, California. Rooms are decorated in chic shades of cream and gray and come outfitted with sleek furnishings including glass-top tables and chrome light fixtures. Amenities include flat-screen TVs with DVD players, complimentary Wi-Fi access and minifridges, though guests say the comfy beds were by far the most memorable perk. While decor is decidedly modern in the rooms, the rest of the property remains rooted in its past, featuring a Mediterranean-inspired style that hasn't altered much since the hotel opened in 1928. If you can believe it, Charlie Chaplin is one of the people responsible for the construction of the Montecito Inn. You'll see remnants of the entertainer throughout the property (including the hotel's Charlie Chaplin DVD library) on top of standard facilities, including a business center, a fitness center and an outdoor pool (a guest favorite). Overall, travelers found the inn to be charming and enjoyed its convenient location: From the front doors of the Montecito, the beach less sits than a mile south, and the adjacent Coast Village Road is flush with shopping and dining options. 

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1310 reviewsTripAdvisor (1310)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Wayfarer
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #12 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 426 reviewsTripAdvisor (426)
    Free WiFi
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    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 426 reviewsTripAdvisor (426)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #13 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 957 reviewsTripAdvisor (957)
    Free WiFi

    A mile from the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara, the Best Western Plus Encina Lodge & Suites offers guests a quiet neighborhood stay at on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, California. Start your day with complimentary breakfast or check out the outdoor pool. The hotel also features an on-site cafe and a bird aviary for enthusiastic birders. After a day of exploring Santa Barbara, guests can unwind in cozy rooms featuring TVs with DVD players and free Wi-Fi access. Suites add full kitchens and living areas. Recent guests note that the property could use an update, but they also love the customer service.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 957 reviewsTripAdvisor (957)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #14 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 814 reviewsTripAdvisor (814)
    Free WiFi

    Situated a block from the beach and within walking distance of Stearns Wharf, the Hotel Milo Santa Barbara offers guests a cozy stay with ocean views. If you’re looking to soak up the atmosphere, the hotel features two outdoor pools with cabanas, as well as a Jacuzzi and a courtyard. When it’s time to eat and relax, the property hosts a complimentary continental breakfast, as well as a daily evening wine tasting. There is also an on-site market. Additional amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary bicycle rentals and a Bocce ball court. Guest rooms with Spanish colonial touches feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Some rooms have ocean and poolside views. Pet-friendly accommodations are also available. A nightly amenity fee is applied. Recent guests applaud the hotel’s location and atmosphere, but a few of them have noted that nearby traffic can be noisy.

    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 814 reviewsTripAdvisor (814)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #15 in Best Hotels in Santa Barbara
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 547 reviewsTripAdvisor (547)
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    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 547 reviewsTripAdvisor (547)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi