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Hotels in Santa Barbara

From luxury resorts to small design hotels and cozy inns, there are an infinite number of great places to stay in the world, including hotels in Santa Barbara. Browse our travel guide and get Travel + Leisure’s picks for the best Santa Barbara hotels—all-inclusive resorts, design hotels, remote lodges, vacation rentals, and more. Our international team of editors and writers handpicks the top Santa Barbara hotels, helping travelers discover the most popular places to stay in Santa Barbara, and the most memorable.

Whether a boutique hotel with luxury amenities, a wilderness lodge, a cool rental home, or a country inn fit for your budget, Travel + Leisure highlights the best of the best. From affordable beach resorts and cozy inns to high-tech hotels and kid-friendly all-inclusive resorts, these Santa Barbara hotel listings will help you find just the right place to spend the night during your visit. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top spots for where to stay in Santa Barbara.

  • Bacara Resort & Spa

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Mediterranean-style oceanfront villas sprawled over 78 lush acres between the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains, offering a laundry list of acti... More
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    Canary Hotel

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The sun is setting and you’ve got a front-row seat on the 1,800-square-foot terrace—plus a pool, two fireplaces, a quietly trickling fountain, and ... More
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    El Capitan Canyon

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    These comfortable cedar cabins—outfitted with Wi-Fi and other 21st-century amenities—are near El Capitan State Beach, a 17-mile drive from Santa Ba... More
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    El Encanto (Orient-Express)

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Seven years and $134 million in the making, Orient Express Hotels’ takeover of the storied El Encanto (the brand’s first West Coast resort) is rein... More
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    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    A 207-room property on Butterfly Beach with the area’s signature 1920’s-style tiles and gardens.  More
  • Hotel Andalucía

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Presidio Motel

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This hip and trendy boutique in downtown Santa Barbara uses colorful customized vinyl decals of peacocks, chandeliers, grandfather clocks, giraffes... More
  • Rancho Oso Guest Ranch & Stables

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Despite the name, which references a “bear” (oso) in Spanish, it’s all about horses at Rancho Oso. Join a guided trail ride in the nearby Santa Yne... More
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    San Ysidro Ranch

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    No wonder this was JFK's honeymoon spot: The 500-acre property, which got a $150 million re-investment in 2011-2012, gives the impression of stretc... More
  • The Inn of the Spanish Garden

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This Spanish-style inn, located in the Presidio District, is only three blocks from Santa Barbara’s main drag, State Street. Each of the 23 rooms h... More

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