Beachside Hotels in Santa Barbara

Finding accommodations in Santa Barbara can be tough. Especially on weekends, summer, and due to the proximity of University of California Santa Barbara – on graduation weeks.

When planning to visit Santa Barbara, it’s highly recommended that you book for your hotels ahead of time.

Just to give you a heads up, there are certain areas in Santa Barbara where hotels are located. Each has its pros and cons. The cheapest hotels are actually located outside of Santa Barbara itself, in neighboring cities such as Goleta or Carpinteria.

Downtown by the Beach

Prime location being close to East or West Beach. Who wouldn’t want to stay by the beach? Because of this, prices are higher, but the locations can’t be beat. The beach and the convenience of everything the cute downtown Santa Barbara has to offer is just mere steps away.

Some hotels in front of the beach in Santa Barbara include:
Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara
Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort
Cabrillo Inn At The Beach
Hotel Mar Monte Santa Barbara

Downtown Santa Barbara itself

Still conveniently located, but the beach is further away. But it makes up for it for being right smack in hustle and bustle of fine shopping and dining.

Some hotels in downtown Santa Barbara location:
The Sandman Inn
Canary Hotel Santa Barbara
BEST WESTERN PLUS Encina Lodge and Suites
Lemon Tree Inn Santa Barbara
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Hotels in Montecito area

Montecito is the home of the rich and famous and the hotels in this area reflect this. Hotels in Montecito tend to be on the pricier end of things but you’ll be rubbing elbows with the rich inhabitants of Santa Barbara. As a bonus, many hotels in this area have patch of pristine beach in their backyard.

Some hotels in Montecito, Santa Barbara:
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
Inn At East Beach

Hotels outside of Santa Barbara

During those busy times, it seems that hotels everywhere are fully booked. It’s worth looking a couple of miles outside of Santa Barbara in neighboring cities such as Goleta or Carpinteria.

Some hotels in Goleta:
Ramada Limited Santa Barbara
Bacara Resort and Spa
Extended Stay America Hotel Calle Real Santa Barbara
Holiday Inn Santa Barbara – Goleta

Some hotels in Carpinteria:
BEST WESTERN Carpinteria Inn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria

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