Santa Barbara is one of Central California’s most picturesque coastal towns. If you want to make the most of your time there, be sure to book one of these top hotels.
Bacara Resort & Spa (Prices & Photos)
The Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort & Spa sits perched atop a bluff overlooking the glistening expanse of the Pacific. The Mediterranean-inspired resort offers private balconies in every suite as well as a 42,000-square-foot spa. This relaxation haven serves up more than 60 treatment options and includes an adults-only pool, a redwood sauna and a eucalyptus steam room. If that’s not enough, you can get even more relaxed by heading to the resort’s Foley Wine Tasting room. Not only can you sample and purchase great wines, but the personalized concierge service offers reserve tastings, cooking classes and wine outings.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara (Prices & Photos)
If you’re looking for a beachfront resort with high-end amenities, the chance for celebrity sightings and extraordinary hospitality, be sure book the historic Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Set across the street from one of the most stunning white sand beaches in the region, Butterfly Beach, you’ll be ideally situated for catching glorious ocean sunsets. When its time for rest, return to one of the rooms, suites or cottages that are spread among Spanish colonial revival-style buildings and surrounded by lush gardens. Don’t miss Sunday brunch at the property’s impressive Bella Vista restaurant, a local tradition.
San Ysidro Ranch (Prices & Photos)
Considered one of the world’s top hotels, this treasured romantic destination has drawn the likes of many a celebrity, including John F. Kennedy and Jackie Onassis who honeymooned here. Nestled in the foothills of Montecito, just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, it’s made up suites and cottages, and is so family-friendly it even provides babysitting service for parents so they can enjoy a night out. Dining is impressive too, with its two restaurants, The Stonehouse and Plow and Angel popular for locals who come to celebrate special occasions.
Spanish Garden Inn (Prices & Photos)
This romantic boutique hotel sits just a few blocks from the liveliest promenade in downtown Santa Barbara, State Street. Here you can immerse yourself in the town’s quintessential Spanish colonial revival style, with white adobe walls, red tile roofs and fountain courtyards when you aren’t out and about. The extra-spacious rooms are so large, you’ll feel as if you’re staying in a private apartment. Look forward to sleeping in a comfy four-poster bed, cozying up to a fireplace and gazing at the garden from your balcony.
Kimpton Canary Hotel (Prices & Photos)
The Kimpton Canary Hotel is a decadent boutique hotel where you can look forward to sipping cocktails on the rooftop pool deck near a roaring fire while marveling at the 360-degree views that include the glistening expanse of the Pacific, rolling hills and downtown Santa Barbara. When you can tear yourself away from the view, head to your comfy room that includes four-poster canopy beds with pillow-top mattresses and spa bath amenities. The property offers loaner bikes for getting out and exploring, as well as an evening wine social hour and an excellent onsite restaurant, Finch & Fork.
Belmond El Encanto (Prices & Photos)
The Belmond El Encanto is considered one of Santa Barbara’s most legendary properties. It sits in a secluded area of town, providing the ultimate in both tranquility and romantic views. Guests enjoy numerous luxuries, including being treated like a true VIP – in fact, even the bed you sleep in will include appropriately monogrammed linens. Enjoy quiet contemplation among the lush surroundings, indulging in treatments at the spa and dining on incredibly delicious meals at the Dining Room and Terrace, one of Southern California’s top restaurants.
Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort (Prices & Photos)
This luxury resort is just a half-mile from downtown and sits directly across from a beautiful beach. As each room includes a private patio or balcony you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views while taking advantage of the year-round pleasant weather. For the ultimate in relaxation, take advantage of the lavish spa and salon, and enjoy dining at one of four onsite eateries as well as sipping cocktails at the bar. The property also hosts a fitness center, three tennis courts and a shuffleboard court for getting active.
Hotel Indigo (Prices & Photos)
Hotel Indigo is just steps away from happening State Street, the beach and the artsy “Funk Zone” in a particularly hip part of town. A stylish boutique hotel, it features contemporary art displayed throughout, derived from the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, and there is even a library filled with cool books on internationally-renowned contemporary artists. Rooms have an edgy design, with sleek modern furnishings and pop art, some include a private patio with sun chairs. You’ll also be able to take advantage of recreational opportunities at the fitness center and beautiful vistas from the rooftop terrace and garden.
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara (Prices & Photos)
Across the street from the beach and just a short walk from downtown’s hopping restaurant and bar scene, Hotel Milo is a hit with those who want to enjoy both easy access to the beach and partying on State Street without the worry of getting behind the wheel. It boasts lush tropical greenery, a Jacuzzi and two swimming pools that are popular with the young, hip crowd, and it even provides complimentary two-hour beach cruiser rentals.