Best Hotels in Montecito, Santa Barbara

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Montecito based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #1 in Best Hotels in Montecito, 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
    Free WiFi
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    Montecito Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    #2 in Best Hotels in Montecito, 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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    San Ysidro Ranch
    Montecito, CA
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 482 reviewsTripAdvisor (482)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    At a place where dogs receive in-room massages, you know their owners will be equally pampered and doted upon. According to travelers, such is the case at San Ysidro Ranch. Several different types of accommodations are available, the most prestigious being the Warner Cottage and the Kennedy Cottage (JFK and Jackie's 1953 honeymoon digs). Even if you're not laid up in those ultra-luxe digs, recent visitors say you'll still be more than comfortable. Guest cottages offer a sense of seclusion and a cozy atmosphere with four-poster beds, Persian rugs and stone fireplaces. Along with its intimate setting, the hotel hosts two restaurants. The Stonehouse serves up flavorful regional cuisine and Plow & Angel dishes up hearty plates of comfort food (the restaurant is famous for its mac and cheese). San Ysidro Ranch is in the Montecito foothills of California, about 5 miles northeast of downtown Santa Barbara.

    Montecito, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 482 reviewsTripAdvisor (482)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Coast Village Inn - Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    2-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 188 reviewsTripAdvisor (188)
    Free WiFi

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    Santa Barbara, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 188 reviewsTripAdvisor (188)
    2.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi

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