Five of the most popular Santa Barbara accommodations include the Spanish Garden Inn, the Four Seasons Biltmore, the Canary Kimpton Hotel, the Pacifica Suites and the Castillo Inn at the Beach.
915 Garden St.
This is a luxury boutique hotel in the historic Presidio district of downtown Santa Barbara. It has a beautiful Spanish Mediterranean design, with fountains and a fire pit. All rooms have a private balcony or garden. An in-room spa service is available. There is also a swimming pool and fitness center. A deluxe continental breakfast is complementary, as is the parking. Check rates and reviews
1260 Channel Dr.
This luxury beachfront resort is Spanish Colonial style and features 2 swimming pools, private cottages and access to the adjacent Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.
Oceanview indoor and outdoor dining is available in the Bella Vista restaurant. The Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club also has it's own indoor/outdoor restaurant that Biltmore guests can use.
The resort provides chaise lounges and umbrellas for your beach use. Kids programs can keep the little ones having fun while you're busy relaxing. Yoga, Pilates and Aqua Aerobics classes are offered at the pool. The extensive spa services are world reknow. Check rates and reviews
31 West Carrillo
Previously Hotel Andalucia, the Canary is a luxury boutique hotel, which seems to be quite a common feature of Santa Barbara accommodations. Perhaps paradoxically, this is a pet-friendly hotel.
Up on the sixth floor is the Rooftop Perch. Here, there are amazing mountain, city and ocean views, a swimming pool, fireplace and the Coast restaurant. Yoga classes are even offered in the morning here.
Other special touches include a daily hosted wine hour, four-poster beds, spa services, beach cruiser bicycles and access to the Spectrum Club (a posh gym) next door. Check rates and reviews
5490 Hollister Ave.
One thing that sets this hotel apart is that they offer a complimentary full breakfast, cooked to order in their Garden Cafe. They also have an evening wine reception on Mondays through Thursdays. It's an all suites hotel in a garden setting. There's a pool and spa on site, and for $5, you can access the Goleta Valley Athletic Club. This hotel offers a free shuttle to the Santa Barbara Airport and the Goleta Amtrak train station. This hotel is also convenient to visitors to UC Santa Barbara. Check rates and reviews
22 Castillo St.
This boutique inn is really a motel that has been completely renovated. It's in a great location, just half a block from the beach, marina and Stearns Wharf. The style is Mediterranean, so it fits right in with the Santa Barbara look and feel. Parking is free, which can be really handy in this popular area for visitors. Guests also get to use a health club with a pool. Check rates and reviews
There is a wide variety of Santa Barbara accommodations to choose from for your California beach vacation, from hotels and motels to inns and resorts.
The oceanfront hotels are of course more expensive and desirable. The downtown hotels are close to shopping and dining. The trolley car shuttle goes along the waterfront (Cabrillo Blvd.) and up State Street from Stearn’s Wharf through town, so if you want to leave the car at the hotel or at home, this is an easy and pleasurable option for getting around.
Hotels in midtown are in a quieter, more residential area. This is where most of the bed and breakfasts are located. Goleta is to the north, near the University of California at Santa Barbara. Montecito is an exquisite, upscale area just to the southeast of town.
In addition to the five mentioned above, the following Santa Barbara hotels are all on Cabrillo Blvd., which goes along the waterfront, across from the beach or harbor:
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