The Top Ten Santa Barbara Hotels of 2016


Within minutes of seeing Santa Barbara for the first time, you’ll instantly understand why it’s such a prime location for a getaway. The great food, wine, fresh air and open spaces, and abundance of activities and attractions keep people coming back to the city year after year. Because it attracts so many visitors, Santa Barbara has a wide range of hotels, including some that are incredibly luxurious.

Here are ten of the top hotels in Santa Barbara.

San Ysidro Ranch


The 5-star San Ysidro Ranch is set on a massive 500 acre property that’s filled with beautiful sights. The hotel’s history dates back to 1893, and it contains 41 bungalow style suites and cottages along a creek that’s surrounded by towering trees. San Ysidro Ranch also has a 2,500 square foot villa and cottage available for rent.

There are two restaurants on site, a full gym, and pool. Inside of the hotel is an array of amenities including complementary Wifi, flat screen televisions, private patios, and Nespresso coffee makers. Some of the cottages have private outdoor hot tubs.

Cost per night: starts at $917

Kimpton Canary Hotel


Kimpton Canary Hotel is a 4-star property that’s a short distance from a nearby beach and the Santa Barbara Zoo. Its swanky rooftop pool and lounge are popular with guests, as is the on-site restaurant that serves a classic American menu. Bikes are available for gusts to take on excursions, and complimentary morning coffee and evening wine are served in the lobby. The rooms at Kimpton Canary Hotel are beautifully decorated and sport fine Italian linens and four poster beds. Upgraded suites include separate sitting areas and spacious soaking tubs.

Cost per night: starts at $370

Simpson House Inn


The 4-star Simpson House Inn is a Victorian bed and breakfast surrounded by English style gardens that’s less than five minutes from the downtown area. If you’re looking for one of the cozier and more intimate Santa Barbara hotels, this is a good choice. There are 15 rooms, each with their own unique decor and amenities including cable television, DVD players, complimentary Wifi, and spacious en-suite bathrooms. The hotel has beach gear and bikes available for rent, and breakfast, the evening wine tasting, and evening buffet of hors d’oeuvres are complimentary.

Cost per night: starts at $425

Hotel Santa Barbara


Those looking for downtown area Santa Barbara hotels should check out Hotel Santa Barbara. It’s just a half mile from Stearns Wharf and the beach, and it’s about a block away from Paseo Nuevo, a great outdoor shopping center. Guests at Hotel Santa Barbara enjoy complimentary continental breakfast and 24 hour access to coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and fruit.

The rooms boast an eclectic style that’s a mix of vintage charm and French Provincial decor. Wifi is complimentary, and the rooms also have flat screen televisions and coffee making equipment. Upgraded suites have minifridges and sofa beds.

Cost per night: starts at $184

Four Seasons, The Biltmore Santa Barbara


The Biltmore Santa Barbara is a Four Seasons property and one of the most popular Santa Barbara hotels. It sits on 22 acres of beautifully lush land and is an oceanfront resort. It’s also conveniently located near the downtown area.

The resort has two on-site restaurants, one that serves Italian cuisine and another that features a Californian menu. There’s also a poolside bar and cafe, cocktail lounge, tapas bar, and spa. The rooms are stylish and come with 65-inch flat screen televisions. Upgraded suites with separate living and dining areas are also available.

Cost per night: starts at $495

Brisas Del Mar, Inn at the Beach


Brisas Del Mar is one of the many upscale Mediterranean inspired Santa Barbara hotels, and it’s less than ten minutes from the city’s downtown area and West Beach. Guests are treated to a complimentary bottle of champagne at their arrival, a free continental breakfast each morning, and a poolside wine and cheese reception each evening. Brisas Del Mar has its own electric car charging stations, a full gym, hot tub, heated pool, and sundecks.

The rooms at this hotel have many amenities include coffeemakers, minifridges, flat screen televisions, DVD players and a free library of movies, and complimentary Wifi. Upgraded penthouses and suites have kitchens, private decks, living areas, and spa tubs.

Cost per night: starts at $219

Spanish Garden Inn


If you’re looking for Santa Barbara hotels that are close to boutiques and restaurants, consider Spanish Garden Inn. This 4-star property boasts a beautiful Mediterranean style and is just a few blocks from State Street. Old Mission Santa Barbara and Stearns Wharf are also less than two miles away. Spanish Garden Inn has a spa, lovely gardens, a bar, and a heated outdoor pool.

The rooms are elegantly appointed and have complimentary Wifi, iPod docking stations, flat screen televisions, coffee making equipment, and fireplaces. Some suites feature private patios, balconies, and additional living areas.

Cost per night: starts at $409

Belmond El Encanto


One of the most exquisite 5-star Santa Barbara hotels is Belmond El Encanto. It sits on seven lush acres of land with beautiful gardens and is close to the hillside Riviera neighborhood. There’s a great restaurant on-site that features locally sourced, California-style coastal cuisine. Belmond El Encanto also has plenty of terraces, an outdoor infinity pool, spa, and fully equipped gym.

The suites at this hotel are stylish and elegant and have fabulous marble bathrooms with heated floors. Additional amenities include iPod docks, HD televisions, and complimentary Wifi. Upgraded suites have fireplaces and private gardens and patios.

Cost per night: starts at $468

Bacara Resort & Spa


Bacara Resort & Spa is a gorgeous Mediterranean style 5-star property, and it ranks among the most lavish Santa Barbara hotels. Guests have stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the property is less than a mile from Sandpiper Golf Course. Complimentary drinks and Wifi, a spa, gym, sports courts, and the resort’s kids’ club are included in the daily resort fee. Bacara Resort & Spa also has oceanfront pools with cabanas available for rent.

The rooms at this resort have Spanish colonial architecture and decor, flat screen televisions, private patios and balconies, fireplaces, spacious soaking tubs, and some have separate living rooms.

Cost per night: starts at $450

Santa Ynez Inn


Santa Ynez Inn is a Victorian style mansion that now serves as a luxurious 4-star bed and breakfast. It’s a short walk from Solvang and a number of excellent restaurants and eateries. A restaurant adjacent to the inn serves a complimentary full breakfast for hotel guests, and you can also order room service from there. Santa Ynez Inn hosts an evening wine hour for guests, and there’s also a spa and gym on-site.

The rooms feature traditional decor and come with a number of amenities including complimentary Wifi, flat screen televisions, and coffee making equipment. Some suites are available that have private balconies, fireplaces, and whirlpool spa tubs.

Cost per night: starts at $329

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