Best Family Hotels in Santa Barbara

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    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, CA
    3.6 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The resort’s complimentary Kids For All Seasons program offers a variety of supervised daily activities such as swimming, painting, cookie making and herb gardening. There are also family-friendly on-site activities including movies, games, putting greens, swimming and croquet, along with off-site adventures such as sailing, mountain biking and kayak tours.
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    Belmond El Encanto
    Santa Barbara, CA
    1.1 miles to city center
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $35 Nightly Resort Fee
    • 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.
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    Harbor View Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    1.1 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Harbor View Inn has a small children's pool, and complimentary cribs are available upon request. A kid-friendly pool is also located on-site.
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    Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
    Santa Barbara, CA
    1.6 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    The resort offers a variety of family-friendly amenities including a playground and seasonal children’s activities. There are children’s menus available and the hotel can assist with scheduling babysitting services.
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    Kimpton Canary Hotel
    Santa Barbara, CA
    0.2 miles to city center
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    The property offers the complimentary Kimpton Kids program which includes a welcome gift and child-size animal print bathrobes. The hotel also offers in-room childproofing kits, along with cribs and play yards.
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    Kimpton Goodland
    Goleta, CA
    6.8 miles to city center
    $25 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $25 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free Parking

    The hotel participates in the Kimpton brand's Kimpton Kids program. Young guests receive a welcome amenity and in-room perks, like animal-print child-sized bathrobes and a goldfish (upon request) to enjoy during their stay. Kids 17 and under stay free with parents.
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    San Ysidro Ranch
    Montecito, CA
    4.9 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    While the ranch is primarily geared toward couples, children are welcome. The property offers a variety of kids amenities, including complimentary Beanie Babies at turndown, in-room babyproofing, child-sized robes and slippers, bottle warmers and baby bathtubs.
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    The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
    Goleta, CA
    12.2 miles to city center
    $39 Nightly Resort Fee
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    $39 Nightly Resort Fee
    • Free WiFi

    Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment offers entertainment and activities for children. Some sample activities include arts and crafts, outdoor games, treasure hunts, science experiments and nature walks.
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    Spanish Garden Inn
    Santa Barbara, CA
    0.4 miles to city center
    $30 Nightly Resort Fee
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    $30 Nightly Resort Fee
    • 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.

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