Hotel Guide

Posted online: February 2010

From the practical to the posh, our HOTEL GUIDE will help you find the perfect place to stay.
PRICING IS BASED ON THE AVERAGE COST OF ROOMS: $ = $100-$200, $$ = $200-$300, $$$ = $300-$400, $$$$ = $400+.


AGAVE INN

3222 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-687-6009, agaveinnsb.com, $. This recently renovated motel is now furnished with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and modern meets Mexican pop art decor in the 13 rooms.

ALISAL GUEST RANCH & RESORT

1054 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805-688-6411, alisal.com, $$$$. Find serenity and stay active by horseback riding through the hills or golfing on a world-class green at this all-inclusive resort set amid the natural beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley.

AVANIA INN OF SANTA BARBARA

128 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, 805-963- 4471, avaniainnsantabarbara.com, $$. Each room in this retreat is furnished with French country decor.

BACARA RESORT & SPA

8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-968-0100, bacararesort.com, $$$$. The majestic beachfront Bacara boasts three gourmet restaurants, three swimming pools, a full-service spa, panoramic ocean and mountain views, and special rates for local residents.

BALLARD INN

2436 Baseline Ave., Ballard, 805-688-7770, ballardinn.com, $$. Fifteen personalized suites at this homey inn offer elegant comfort. Surrounded by wine country and top-notch cuisine, you’ll never run out of things to do.

CABRILLO INN AT THE BEACH

931 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-966-1641, cabrilloinn.com, $. This inn, located oceanfront at East Beach, offers spectacular views at an affordable rate. Spanish-style cottages are available for rent by the week or month.

CANARY HOTEL

31 W. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, 805-884-0300, canarysantabarbara.com, $$$. This downtown Spanish-inspired hotel claims 97 comfortable rooms and suites as well as the hip restaurant Coast, which highlights local seasonal ingredients. Check out the room specials online.

CASA DEL MAR INN

18 Bath St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-4418, casadelmar.com, $ to $$. This Spanish hacienda bed-and-breakfast is located near the beach and downtown.

CHUMASH CASINO RESORT

3400 E. Hwy. 246, Santa Ynez, 805-686-0855, chumashcasino.com, $$. Guests can eat at any of this Native American-owned resort’s three restaurants while enjoying live entertainment.

COAST VILLAGE INN

1188 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-969-3266, coastvillageinn.com, $ to $$. Guests of this quaint inn dine on complimentary breakfast at Peabody’s, the American fare restaurant next door.

COUNTRY HOUSE SANTA BARBARA

1323 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-2283, countryhousesantabarbara.com, $$. This century-old Victorian house has seven country-style bedrooms.

THE EAGLE INN

232 Natoma Ave., Santa Barbara, 805-965-3586, theeagleinn.com, $$. Situated in a quiet residential neighborhood near the harbor, the Spanish-style Eagle Inn is a fitting retreat for a weekend getaway.

EL CAPITAN CANYON

11560 Calle Real, Goleta, 805-685-3887, elcapitancanyon.com, $$ to $$$. This property’s luxury cedar cabins and classic safari tents offer a veritable escape from everyday city life.

FESS PARKER’S DOUBLE-TREE RESORT

633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-564-4333, fpdtr.com, $$$ to $$$$. The shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, fitness center, three tennis courts, pool, and spa make this a sublime retreat for families.

FESS PARKER’S WINE COUNTRY INN & SPA

2860 Grand Ave., Los Olivos, 805-688-7788, fessparker.com, $$$. From the heavenly massages at the indulgent Champagne Spa to an extensive wine list at the onsite Greek restaurant, Petros Los Olivos, the amenities contribute to a decadent stay at this luxurious four-star inn.

FOUR SEASONS RESORT BILTMORE

1260 Channel Dr., Montecito, 805-969-2261, fourseasons.com, $$$$. This 1927 Reginald Johnson-designed Spanish colonial gem is located opposite pristine Butterfly Beach. Ask about the Room with a View package, which includes dinner for two and a bottle of wine.

THE FRANCISCAN INN

109 Bath St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-8845, franciscaninn.com, $$. Originally a ranch house in the 1920s, this inn now consists of 53 rooms appointed in comfy country furniture.

HARBOR VIEW INN

28 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 800-755-0222, harborviewinnsb.com, $$$. Each of the 115 rooms features a private patio or balcony as well as amenities such as plush terry cloth robes.

HOTEL CORQUE

400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 800-624-5572, hotelcorque.com, $$. This Chumash-owned boutique property is known for its comfortable, modern rustic rooms and suites.

HOTEL MAR MONTE

1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-963-0744, hotelmarmonte.com, $ to $$. Since 1931, this seaside sanctuary has reigned as a comfortable retreat with an Old World feel.

HOTEL OCEANA

202 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 805-965-4577, hoteloceanasantabarbara.com, $$. When guests aren’t relaxing in the beach-chic rooms, they may be lolling at the pool cabanas or private spa.

HOTEL SANTA BARBARA

533 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-957-9300, hotelsantabarbara.com, $$. Hotel Santa Barbara’s State Street location puts shopping, dining, and culture right outside the front door.

HOTEL VIRGINIA HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

17 W. Haley St., Santa Barbara, 805-963-9757, hotelvirginia.com, $$. Built between 1916 and 1925, this hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

INN OF THE SPANISH GARDEN

915 Garden St., Santa Barbara, 805-564-4700, spanishgardeninn.com, $$$. Located in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, this luxury boutique property presides amid historic sites.

INN ON SUMMER HILL

2520 Lillie Ave., Summerland, 805-969-9998, innonsummerhill.com, $$. With gourmet in-room breakfasts—picture savory omelets and fresh seasonal fruit—you don’t even need to get out of bed to experience all the wonders of this country charmer.

MONTECITO INN

1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 805-969-7854, montecitoinn.com, $$ to $$$$. Built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin, this hotel is situated near the beach, high-end boutiques, and a multitude of gourmet restaurants.

OLD YACHT CLUB INN

431 Corona del Mar Dr., Santa Barbara, 805-962-1277, oldyachtclubinn.com, $$ to $$$. Two historic residences, one of which housed the Santa Barbara Yacht Club during the 1920s, comprise this inviting inn.

SANTA YNEZ INN

3627 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez, 805-688-5588, santaynezinn.com, $$$. This Victorian paradise—surrounded by wine country—features elegant suites with period furnishings.

SAN YSIDRO RANCH

900 San Ysidro Ln., Montecito, 805-565-1700, sanysidroranch.com, $$$$. The quaint cottages, mountain setting, and gardens of the San Ysidro Ranch have attracted well-heeled travelers since 1893.

SANTA BARBARA INN

901 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, 800-231-0431, santabarbarainn.com, $ to $$. This peaceful, tropical inn is across the street from Chase Palm Park and East Beach.

SECRET GARDEN INN & COTTAGES

1908 Bath St., Santa Barbara, 805-687-2300, secretgarden.com, $. Originally built as a family home in 1905, this secluded getaway surrounded by gardens is now a relaxing bed-and-breakfast that also offers guests complimentary wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres daily.

SIMPSON HOUSE INN

121 E. Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, 800-676-1280, simpsonhouseinn.com, $$$ to $$$$. Stay in one of this inn’s secluded private cottages—most have a private courtyard and Jacuzzi tub.

THE UPHAM HOTEL & COUNTRY HOUSE

1404 De la Vina St., Santa Barbara, 805-962-0058, uphamhotel.com, $$$. Founded in 1871, the Victorian-esque Upham sits on an acre of gardens close to the Arlington Theatre and other downtown attractions.

WHITE JASMINE INN

1327 Bath St., Santa Barbara, 805-966-0589, whitejasmineinnsantabarbara.com, $$. This garden bed-and-breakfast offers delectable hot meals each morning.