Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a beautiful coastal city.

And there are plenty of luxury hotels with Spanish-colonial influences.

You’ll see stunning ocean views on one side and Santa Ynez Mountains on the other.

Whether you’re staying with family, your partner, or even bringing pets, there’s a place for you.

If you want to swim, there are hotels with pools and properties on the beach.

From boutique inns to 5-star rooms, here are the best luxury hotels in Santa Barbara.

1. Simpson House Inn

Set in an 1874 Victorian Estate, Simpson House Inn is a charming boutique hotel for adults.

Serene and relaxing, the lush and well-maintained gardens add more beauty to the property.

The quaint hotel has 15 rooms in 3 categories: Manor House, Carriage House, and English-style Cottages.

Each room is classy, elegant, well-furnished, and well-equipped with modern amenities.

The Carriage Room is perfect for honeymoons.

It has a king bed, two leather armchairs, a whirlpool tub, and a fireplace that sets a cozy and romantic mood.

The stay includes a gourmet breakfast, afternoon refreshments, evening wine tasting, and dessert bites.

Or ask the hotel to book dinner reservations at one of the local restaurants.

For a day stroll, Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden and Alameda Park are a few minutes away from the hotel.

  • Guest Rating: 9.5
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Carriage Room
  • Address: 121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States

Check Rooms Official site


2. El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, Santa Barbara

Established in 1918, El Canto is a luxury, dog-friendly hideaway on a hilltop in Santa Barbara.

It has 92 guest rooms, bungalows, and suites in Spanish-colonial and modern interiors.

Some have private balconies like the Superior Suites, which we recommend for couples.

They feature a well-equipped kitchenette and an elegant bathroom.

Guests can use the fitness center and the infinity pool with stunning Pacific Ocean views.

Visit the spa and avail yourself of its wide range of services for that much-needed relaxation.

Enjoy the finest Californian cuisine at The Dining Room and Terrace, The Lounge, or Alfresco Dining.

Book your Sundays for a sumptuous brunch at Bellini Brunch or unwind with a fancy drink at The Bar.

At night, you can have a quiet date at Orpet Park or a movie date at the SBIFF Riviera Theater.

  • Guest Rating: 9.1
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Superior suites
  • Address: 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States 

Check Rooms Official site


3. Santa Barbara Inn

Santa Barbara Inn is a few minutes away from Santa Barbara Beach.

It’s a haven with high-class amenities like a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center.

It also features 90 Spanish-Mediterranean-style guest rooms and suites fitted for couples.

Some rooms have balconies, offering views of the Pacific and the Santa Ynez Mountains.

For honeymooners, the premium Anacapa King Suite on the 3rd floor is the best option.

It has 3 balconies with ocean views, a living area, and elegant marble-walled bathrooms.

Set a romantic dinner date at the Convino Restaurant and enjoy classic Italian food.

Enjoy a quick stroll through Cabrillo Park before dipping your feet in the water along Santa Barbara beach.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Anakapa king suite
  • Address: 901 East Cabrillo Boulevard, East Beach, Santa Barbara, 93103, United States

Check Rooms Official site


4. Harbor View Inn

If you want a hotel close to the beach, the Harbor View Inn is a top choice.

Rated as a 4-star hotel, it features a relaxing pool area, a fitness center, and an on-site spa.

It offers spacious guest rooms and suites suitable for couples, families, and friends.

Most of them have a balcony or a patio, offering unique views of the city or the ocean.

But we recommend the Deluxe Rooms with city views if you’re on a weekend getaway.

Couples can take the Deluxe Room with 1 king bed, while families can opt for the Deluxe Room with 2 two queen beds.

For that much-awaited relaxation, head to the bar by the pool area and enjoy a refreshing cocktail.

Besides Stearns Wharf, you can visit the MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Deluxe rooms
  • Address: 28 West Cabrillo Boulevard, West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States

Check Rooms Official site


5. Palihouse Santa Barbara

Located in the Presidio Neighborhood, Palihouse Santa Barbara is a pet-friendly boutique hotel.

It’s close to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum and the El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park.

It has 24 homey rooms and suites designed for couples and small families.

Besides the elegant interiors, they feature fireplaces and balconies with scenic views.

If you’re on a vacation with family or friends, the best room is the Deluxe Double Room with two queen beds.

It has exquisite bathroom amenities, plus a private patio offering pool views.

You’ll love the swimming pool where you can enjoy a quick dip and relax on the sunloungers.

The Mediterranean-style courtyard has a garden cafe and a cocktail bar too.

For dog owners, book the PAWLISOCIETY pet package to give your furry friend a luxury treat.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Deluxe double rooms
  • Address: 915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States

Check Rooms Official site


6. Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian stands out with its elegant white Spanish-colonial-style architecture.

It’s near West Beach and the popular artistic neighborhood, The Funk Zone.

A 5-star pet-friendly hotel, it features a rooftop pool with amazing views and very classy dining areas.

There are 121 spacious and well-furnished rooms with balconies overlooking the city.

For couples on a romantic escape, the cozy and exquisite Superior King Suite is the ideal choice.

It comes with a separate living room, an extra-large double bed, and a minibar.

For drinks, you’ll love the wine and cocktails at Blackbird, Djinn the library bar, and the Tan-Tan Pool.

You can also have a spa date and enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments at the Majorelle.

  • Guest Rating: 8.6
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Superior king suite
  • Address: 36 State Street, West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States 

Check Rooms Official site


7. Hideaway Santa Barbara, A Kirkwood Collection Property

A boutique hotel, Hideaway Santa Barbara gives guests a well-deserved retreat.

It features sophisticated suites equipped with exquisite furnishings and coastal decor.

Many rooms have a fireplace, a private patio, or a balcony, offering picturesque mountain views.

There are rooms suited for couples, but the Deluxe King Suite is best for small groups.

It’s generously spacious with a well-furnished seating area and two bedrooms.

You’ll love the beautiful French windows with breathtaking views of the Fernald Mansion.

The hotel is close to many excellent restaurants that offer sumptuous local cuisine.

The Pershing Park and the Santa Cruz Market are also within a short distance from the hotel.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Deluxe king suite
  • Address: 420 W Montecito St, West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States 

Check Rooms Official site


8. The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

If you want luxury and elegance, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara has it all.

Located near two beaches, it features a huge spa and 3 infinity pools overlooking the Pacific.

It’s a 5-star hotel with 358 rooms, showcasing Mediterranean and contemporary designs.

They are fitted with state-of-the-art comforts and amenities.

Most rooms have private balconies or patios with amazing ocean or garden views.

For the best accommodation, nothing beats the double-story Penthouse Suite.

It has two well-furnished bedrooms, fireplaces in all living areas, and the most impressive balcony for gatherings.

Guests staying in this suite also have exclusive access to the Club Lounge.

For onsite dining, there’s Angel Oak, ‘O’ Bar + Kitchen, The Bistro, San Setto, CAFFÈ, Haskell’s Bar, and Bar De Vino.

  • Guest Rating: 8.1
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Rooms: Two bedroom penthouse suite
  • Address: 8301 Holllister Avenue, Goleta, Santa Barbara, 93117, United States

Check Rooms Official site


9. Montecito Inn

Established in 1928, Montecito Inn existed because of the iconic comic Charlie Chaplin.

He and other investors built the hotel, which has retained its grandeur all these years.

It continues to attract guests with its indulgent amenities like a heated pool, a hot tub, and a fitness room.

On top of that, it has 61 cozy guest rooms, radiating that classic Mediterranean style and interiors.

Some of them have Italian-marbled bathrooms, fireplaces, and stunning mountain views.

For couples on a romantic escape, the Apartment with mountain views is an excellent choice.

It’s located on the hotel’s front where the Santa Ynez Mountains are visible.

Go to Sushi|Bar for your sushi cravings, then avail of the hotel’s spa services for a relaxing date.

  • Guest Rating: 8.0
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Apartment with mountain view
  • Address: 1295 Coast Village Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, United States 

Check Rooms Official site


10. Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort stands across from East Beach.

This 24-acre resort has a swimming pool, a fitness center, and tennis courts.

It offers 335 guest rooms and 25 suites styled with coastal decor.

Many of its rooms have private balconies with resort, ocean, and mountain views.

Couples are welcome to stay, but most of the rooms are large enough for families and groups.

Equipped with modern amenities, the King Suites are the hotel’s best rooms.

There are King Suites with ocean views so you can wake up to the sounds of the sea in the morning.

For a special dining experience, go to The Set, The Roundhouse, Java del Mar, or Terraza del Mar.

Then visit the Spa del Mar for a luxurious spa treatment or pamper yourself at Salon del Mar.

  • Guest Rating: 7.6
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: King suites
  • Address: 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, East Beach, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States

Check Rooms Official site


11. Mar Monte Hotel, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

A short walk from Santa Barbara Beach lies Mar Monte Hotel, in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

This pet-friendly hotel looks elegant with chandeliers, stylish wallpapers, and carpeted floors.

Onsite, you’ll find a heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a breathtaking beachfront.

There are 200 guest rooms and suites to choose from.

All rooms are spacious, but the Deluxe King Suite is best for families on vacation.

It comes with a king bed, a living room, a large bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Try Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at Costa Kitchen & Bar.

Or grab small bites at Café Lido where there’s live music on weekends.

When you’re ready to explore, borrow their bikes, or go for a stroll at the beach across from the hotel.

  • Guest Rating: 7.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Deluxe king suite
  • Address: 1111 East Cabrillo Boulevard, East Beach, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, United States

Check Rooms Official site


12. Hotel Milo Santa Barbara

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is located across the road from West Beach, close to Stearns Wharf.

It’s also within a short distance from Amtrak Train Station.

Onsite, they have lovely relaxing areas including two pools, courtyards, and gardens.

The 122 cozy rooms are also very elegant.

Equipped with modern facilities, you’ll find calming and relaxing interiors.

For honeymoons, book the romance package and enjoy a one-night stay with wine and chocolates.

While there are plenty of rooms for couples, larger groups should book the Family suite.

It has a king bed and a separate alcove with a large bunk bed – perfect for the kids.

  • Guest Rating: 7.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Family suites
  • Address: 202 West Cabrillo Boulevard, West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States 

Check Rooms Official site


13. Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG Hotel

At first glance, Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG Hotel definitely gives off that luxury vibe.

With Spanish-style architecture, it has a rooftop pool and dog-friendly features.

Guests can bring their pets to their rooms with no extra fees.

Besides the modern facilities and decor, you’ll love the four-poster canopy beds.

For couples, check out the Canary King Suite with an ocean-view balcony.

It has a bedroom, a living area, an 8-set dining table, and a bathroom with a tub and walk-in shower.

At night, the on-site restaurant Finch & Fork offers local and coastal cuisine.

During the day, visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or relax at the FLOAT Luxury Spa.

  • Guest Rating: 7.4
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Canary king suite
  • Address: 31 West Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, United States 

Check Rooms Official site


Santa Barbara Hotels Map

Find More Hotels in Santa Barbara


FAQs

What’s the best Santa Barbara hotel on the beach?


There are many luxury hotels close to the beaches in Santa Barbara.

For the best one close to West Beach, check out the Harbor View Inn.

It’s also just a short walk to Stearns Wharf.

Meanwhile, Santa Barbara Inn is the best hotel near Santa Barbara Beach.

What’s the best Santa Barbara hotel with a swimming pool?


The Ritz-Carlton Bacara is easily the best hotel with swimming pools onsite.

It has 3 outdoor pools with plenty of sunloungers around them.

Plus, you can enjoy amazing views of the Pacific while swimming.

What’s the best dog-friendly hotel in Santa Barbara?


Many Santa Barbara hotels allow dogs inside their premises.

But Palihouse Santa Barbara offers a special treatment package for pets called PAWLISOCIETY.

If you’re looking for a free pet stay, have a look at Kimpton Canary Hotel.

What’s the best Santa Barbara hotel near the Amtrak train station?


Hotel Milo Santa Barbara and Harbor View Inn are closest to the Amtrak Train Station.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara is about an 8-minute walk from the station.

While Harbor View Inn is slightly closer, about a 6-minute walk from the station.

Summary

Santa Barbara HotelsBest Rooms
Simpson House InnCarriage room
El Encanto, A Belmond HotelSuperior suites
Santa Barbara InnAnakapa king suite
Harbor View InnDeluxe rooms
Palihouse Santa BarbaraDeluxe double rooms
Hotel CalifornianSuperior king suite
Hideaway Santa BarbaraDeluxe king suite
The Ritz-Carlton BacaraTwo bedroom penthouse suite
Montecito InnApartment with mountain view
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront ResortKing suites
Mar Monte HotelDeluxe king suite
Hotel Milo Santa BarbaraFamily suites
Kimpton Canary HotelCanary king suite