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Top tips for finding Santa Barbara hotel deals

  • If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Santa Barbara, you should consider visiting during the low season. You'll find cheaper hotels in Santa Barbara in January and April.
  • Hotel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals in Santa Barbara if you stay on a Sunday. The opposite is true for, Friday, which is usually the most expensive day.
  • Book more than 90 days before your stay begins to get the best price for your Santa Barbara hotel.
  • The cheapest 3-star hotel room in Santa Barbara found on KAYAK in the last 2 weeks was $169, while the most expensive was $626.
  • How long should you stay? KAYAK users usually book their hotel in Santa Barbara for 4 days.
  • If you like to play golf when you travel, there are many great choices for courses in the Santa Barbara area, including some east of the city such as Birnam Wood Golf Club.The Inn at East Beach offers a location close to the course and amazing views of the water.
  • If you enjoy the outdoors and doing a little hiking, Santa Barbara offers a number of great spots in the foothills just north of the city that also feature great views of the ocean. The Sunset Motel along the north edge of town offers easy access to several of these locations.
  • If would like to get out onto the water and do some ocean fishing while you are in Santa Barbara, your best bet is to stay near Leadbetter Beach where many fishing charter companies operate. The Castillo Inn at the Beach will put you right in the heart of this neighborhood.
  • If you are driving to Santa Barbara and you want to stay somewhere with easy access to Highway 101 so you can explore the area, a good choice for a hotel is the Hyatt Place Santa Barbara which also sits right on State St. offering easy access to the downtown area without having to hop on the highway.
  • If you would like to stay at a hotel in Santa Barbara that offers easy access to a number of dining options in the area the Haley Hotel puts you within walking distance of several dining choices.
  • For those looking for hotels in Santa Barbara right near the beach, there are a few options. The Mar Monte Hotel offers a pool and direct beach access. West Beach Inn - a Coast Hotel is situated across the street from the beach, with an outdoor swimming pool.
  • To experience the history of Santa Barbara, try the Hotel Santa Barbara. The property was rebuilt in 1925 after it was damaged by an earthquake, but its unique architecture has an old-world charm that evokes the atmosphere of an earlier time. You can also check out the Simpson House Inn, a Victorian-style mansion built in 1874.
  • For shopping and dining, consider staying on State Street. Check out the Kimpton Canary Hotel as an upmarket option. For a cheap hotel that’s central to public transportation, you can try theOrange Tree Inn on State Street, which has a bus stop for two of the city’s downtown bus lines just across the road.
  • When you’re taking the children, stay within walking distance of the Santa Barbara Harbor, with boat trips, kayaking, the Maritime Museum and ice cream shops to enjoy. The Beachside Inn offers direct views of the harbor just a short walk away, with family rooms available.

FAQs when booking a hotel in Santa Barbara

  • What are some hotels that offer a pool for use during my stay?

    The Orange Tree Inn offers a pool and also has a great location right in downtown Santa Barbara. If you are looking for something a little closer to the water, the Inn at East Beach makes a good choice.

  • If I am going to be taking the train to Santa Barbara from somewhere like Los Angeles or the San Francisco Bay Area, is there a hotel with a location close to the station?

    The Waterman makes a great choice for those arriving in Santa Barbara by train because the hotel is only around three blocks from the train station.

  • What are some good hotel choices that are outside of the central Santa Barbara area that offer good public transportation access to the city?

    The Extended Stay America Suites - Santa Barbara is well west of the downtown area of Santa Barbara yet the Line 7 or 11 bus can have you back in the downtown area in around 40 minutes.

  • If I am traveling to Santa Barbara by plane and I would like to stay somewhere near the airport what's a good choice?

    The Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta is right adjacent to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) and also offers a pool, a fitness center, and room service plus there is easy access to Highway 101 to travel into the Santa Barbara area.

  • What hotels in Santa Barbara have onsite restaurants?

    The Belmond El Encanto has a range of dining options to choose from. The hotel’s dining room and terrace provide ocean views while you eat, and the restaurant sources fresh, seasonal ingredients locally. You could also try the Four Seasons Resort at the Biltmore, home to the Bella Vista restaurant, with panoramic ocean views.

  • What hotels in Santa Barbara are good for business travelers?

    TheRitz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is a good high-end business option if you want extra amenities like free Wi-Fi or meeting rooms. If you’re looking for lodging located conveniently in the downtown area, then the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Luis Obispo Downtown is a good option, and some suites offer kitchens.

  • Which hotels in Santa Barbara offer ocean views?

    The Hotel Milo Santa Barbara offers exceptional views of the ocean from its terrace or its outdoor pool, for those with a flexible budget. The Harbor View Inn has suites with views of the oceanfront and also offers a pool, fitness center and gift shop.

  • Which hotels are close to downtown Santa Barbara?

    The Lower State area is a good choice for booking a hotel near downtown. There are plenty of opportunities for you to find a convenient location between the beach and the city action. Try the Hotel Californian if you’re looking for a boutique hotel. Alternatively, you can try the Hotel Santa Barbara for a more budget-friendly option in the area.

  • What are the best hotels near Stearns Wharf?

    Travelers who like staying near Stearns Wharf recommend Hotel Californian, Harbor View Inn and Hotel Milo Santa Barbara.

  • How much does a hotel cost in Santa Barbara?

    The average price of a double room in Santa Barbara is $475, but it varies considerably depending on location, facilities, and seasonality. In the last 3 days, KAYAK users have found double rooms for as cheap as $135.

  • Are hotels in Santa Barbara safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis?

    Hotels are safe environments for travelers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Santa Barbara. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.

  • How much is a hotel in Santa Barbara for tonight?

    Hotel room prices will vary depending on facilities and location. The cheapest double room in Santa Barbara for tonight found in the last 3 hours was $135. We also found 3-star hotels from $150 and 4-star hotels from $296.

  • How much is a hotel in Santa Barbara for this weekend?

    In the last 3 days, the best price displayed on KAYAK for a double hotel room in Santa Barbara for the upcoming weekend was $240 per night. We also found good deals for 3-star hotel rooms from $240 and 4-star hotel rooms from $435.

  • How do I find a hotel in central Santa Barbara?

    After you launch a hotel search on KAYAK, you can refine your research by neighborhood, which allows you to pick the central Santa Barbara districts. You can also do a search using the city map to choose a specific location, like Santa Barbara city center.

  • How can I find hotels near me?

    Take a look at our extensive hotel map to find the best hotels near you.

  • Are there Santa Barbara hotels with free parking?

    There are many hotels in Santa Barbara that offer both parking and free parking. Popular choices among KAYAK users include Villa Rosa Inn, Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara and Sandpiper Lodge.

Where to stay in Santa Barbara?

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