#motels in santa barbara
Santa Barbara Hotels
Charming stay, walk to the beach and harbor
What a great find! This small inn is welcoming and pleasant, with complimentary bottle of champagne, breakfast, daily afternoon wine and cheese reception, and cookies in the evening. Bicycles are available for guest use, which was a very popular choice around the waterfront area. The room was far more spacious than anticipated and well designed with many little extras. The bed is incredible! Hotel staff is exceptionally gracious, helpful, and professional, and the rooms, grounds, pool, and dining/reception areas are spotlessly clean and in good condition. Parking is free. The property is quiet and safe. I would highly recommend staying here.
Traveller from Albuquerque, NM
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach, is just a 5-minute walk from Santa Barbara More
Rating: 3.0 Stars
Wonderful Older Hotel
The hotel was well maintained and the staff was great. Every one of them were very helpful. When we were in the bathroom, we could hear noises from the room next door through the vent. It really wasn’t bad at all. Once we were in the bedroom we couldn’t hear those same noises. This is to be expected at least a little bit in an older hotel. As I mentioned above, it really wasn’t bad at all. The area is very quaint and it was easy to walk to local restaurants or just walk around and enjoy the scenery. We stayed because of an appointment at the Sansum Clinic. It was very easy to get to the clinic from this hotel as well.
Traveller from Central Valley, CA
On a boutique-lined street in one of Santa Barbara’s most upscale suburbs, Montecito Inn is a Mediterranean-style hotel More
Rating: 5.0 Stars
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara – Map
Beautiful grounds, quiet, w a GREAT dining porch
This is a lovely, quiet, beautiful, restful hotel. The website doesn’t do it justice. Perched inland and up in the hills of Santa Barbara, the hotel has a free shuttle that will take you anywhere within a 5 mile radius – which means all of downtown SB, beaches, parks, the Mission and other sites. The efficient and welcoming staff hums around the campus and is present immediately when needed. The pool is lovely; the workout room is reasonably useful and the grounds and gardens are fabulous. But, the best feature is the terrace off the dining room where everyone wants to eat; guests and locals alike. The breakfast fruit and eggs bene were among the best we’ve ever had. It was chilly in the mornings this past June and the staff had the heaters cranking and the blankets handy which was a real treat since we really wanted to be outside. We found the salt encrusted meats at dinner time a bit too salty. The rooms were spacious and the staff very accommodating. It’s easy to see why El Encanto gets rated so highly – I wasn’t fully convinced until we stayed. We’ll go back for sure.
Traveller from New England
This family-friendly Santa Barbara hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Santa Barbara More
so much better than the big chain hotels
The Inn At East Beach is a retro expierence. Frank is hysterical, and so welcoming. The hotel is in a perfect location, walking distance to almost everything. Frank provides a beautiful breakfast that includes eggs, yogurt, fresh made granola and the most delicious pastries from a local bakery. Frank insists that you take more for a snack later. This was the best choice I’ve made in a while and I would highly recommend it.
Located in East Beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Chase Palm Park and Santa Barbara Zoo. Presidio Santa Barbara and More
Rating: 3.5 Stars
901 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara – Map
Comfort and character, by the beach, good value.
Attractive, beautifully decorated, older and didn’t feel like a copy of a chain of hotels; we really enjoyed it. Good continental breakfast with nice fresh fruit. Good bed. The windows open which is great because Santa Barbara has fresh ocean air and a good climate. Very convenient location to the pier, restaurants, shopping. They’re having trouble upgrading TV system so no HBO, just regular cable; fortunately we didn’t care but that might be a big inconvenience for some; be sure and ask if it’s fixed. I highly recommend Eladio’s restaurant by the pier, about a block away, great food! The highway can be a little noisy but not a problem at night.
tutu59 from Mobile, AL, USA
This getaway is just steps from the beach; historic Stearns Wharf, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Zoological Gardens, and whale More
Rating: 3.0 Stars
Location is great. Hotel is not.
For the price paid, this hotel was a disappointment. It was run down, old, and came complete with strange smells. They do a halfway decent job of trying to keep it up, but that doesn’t stop this hotel for showing its age. I think the best way to describe my experience is to say I felt like I was staying in a cheap Motel 6 that had been renamed. Now here’s the good part. This hotel is located right across the street from the beach, so if that’s what really matters to you, then you might overlook the condition of the rooms. It’s also within walking distance to restaurants and shops, so I’d rate this place very highly on location. Unfortunately for me, I was there for the wineries about 25 miles away, not necessarily for the beach. I would have gotten a hotel closer to the wineries, but I wanted to be near more restaurants and stores. Almost all of Santa Barbara’s small hotels are outrageously overpriced because it’s a touristy beach town near wine country, so despite what I’ve said above, this is about the best you’ll get (especially near the beach) for a reasonable price. I’d recommend this particular hotel to others only if they care much more about the location than they do about the condition of the hotel.
Traveller from San Diego, CA
Situated in Santa Barbara, the West Beach Inn is just 10 steps from the beach and 3 blocks from Stearns Wharf and downtown More
Santa Barbara, California Hotel Guide
Santa Barbara is known as the Riviera of the West, and its combination of excellent wineries, idyllic coastline, cultural institutions, and stunning architecture gives it a beauty and charm found nowhere else. Just 100 miles from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara differs tremendously from its neighbor, and its unique character pulls you in immediately. Needless to say, you may have trouble leaving.
Out and About in Santa Barbara
After settling in at your Santa Barbara hotel, start your trip with some cultural lessons. Definitely visit Mission Santa Barbara, California’s Queen of Missions, and make some time to see other attractions such as soul-satisfying Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Once you’ve checked these off your list, it’s time to play.
There are many Santa Barbara beach hotels. and that’s because much of life here revolves around the sea. Shop at Stearns Wharf, play volleyball on East Beach, go surfing, and kayak in Channel Islands National Park. After that, relax by going to a winery to sample unforgettable wines and with weather that’s almost always agreeable year-round you’re bound to find a good seat outside. You can then end your eventful day with a sunset walk on the beach – a must when in Santa Barbara.
Eating and Drinking
From fresh seafood to noteworthy Mexican and French cuisine, you can delight in the culinary scene of Santa Barbara. Once night falls, you’ll have many choices for having a good night out. Plenty of hotels in Santa Barbara have great drinking establishments, and you may even be able to find one with a rooftop view.
Santa Barbara boasts small-town charm and big-city amenities. So, plan your trip here early by searching for deals on the best Santa Barbara hotels. From cheap lodgings to exquisite Santa Barbara B B’s. you can find it on Travelocity.
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