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Luxury and Exclusive Hotels in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara, California, makes a dazzling backdrop for a luxury getaway. Santa Barbara is home to five-star hotels that can accommodate nearly every budget—from extravagantly-priced hotels and resorts to more affordable options that offer an equally luxurious experience. From the stunning visuals of the Pacific coast to the posh neighborhoods packed with shops and restaurants, there’s so much to see and do here.

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3 Most Luxury and Exclusive Hotels in Santa Barbara

Hotel Californian

Located less than a mile from Santa Barbara Wine Collective and a few steps from the beach, this luxury hotel offers gardens, open plazas, a rooftop pool, and an event deck.

Guests of this pet-friendly hotel can enjoy various on-site dining options, spa facilities, live music/performance, beachfront relaxation, evening entertainment, meeting/banquet facilities, cycling, breakfast in the room, and business facilities.

Each room is equipped with a TV, a coffee machine, a minibar, and a fireplace.

Santa Barbara Inn

Situated within a mile from State Street and close to popular shops and restaurants, this luxury hotel offers an entertaining and relaxing experience; it houses 300 square feet of guest rooms for superior comfort.

This luxury hotel offers an outdoor pool, on-site restaurants, a hot tub, a fitness center, a bar, meeting/banquet facilities, and a terrace.

Select rooms have a balcony or patio with ocean and mountain views. Each room has a TV and a refrigerator.

Palihouse Santa Barbara

Set less than a mile from East Beach, this luxury hotel is close to popular city destinations and provides its guests with a unique and stylish environment; it offers 24 guest rooms with a city and pool view so visitors can relax after a long day.

This pet-friendly hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, various on-site dining options, and a fitness center.

The rooms have a kitchenette, a minibar, a dining area, and a TV.

Full List of Luxury Hotels and Luxury Suites in Santa Barbara

El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel

Located 3.2 mi from Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, this luxury hotel features seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with stunning Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean views.

This luxury hotel offers guests a picnic area with a sun terrace, wellness packages, live music/performance, spa facilities, a business center, beach, evening entertainment, a bar, cycling, hiking, and a heated outdoor salt-water pool.

The rooms have a minibar, a TV, a seating area, a private balcony, and a fireplace.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

The next luxury hotel in Santa Barbara is an 18-minute drive from The Santa Barbara Mission and is placed in the heart of gleaming beaches and beautiful mountains.

Guests can enjoy a 42,000 square-foot spa and wellness center, on-site restaurants, three salt-water infinity pools, an outdoor fireplace, beachfront, meeting/banquet facilities, a business center, cycling, hiking, and table tennis.

The accommodations offer ocean and pool views, a cable/satellite TV, a seating area, and a fireplace.

Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG Hotel

Situated a minute’s walk from Paseo Nuevo and the city’s top shopping and dining destinations, this luxury hotel is an elegant and relaxing environment for travelers. It is close to stunning beaches and tourist sites in the city.

This pet-friendly hotel features an outdoor rooftop swimming pool with a lounge area with impressive views, on-site restaurants, a bar, a fitness center, meeting/banquet facilities, a business center, and an outdoor fireplace.

Each room has a private balcony and a minibar.

 

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

This luxury hotel is situated close to Santa Barbara Zoo and a two-minute walk from the beach; it gives its guests an unwinding and splendid atmosphere.

This pet-friendly hotel features a large outdoor pool, an outdoor fireplace, a full-service spa, meeting/banquet facilities, wellness packages, a business center, various on-site dining options, a bar, table tennis, mini-golf, and cycling.

The accommodations offer private balconies with mountain or ocean views, a minibar, a flatscreen TV, and a refrigerator.

Harbor View Inn

Located 10 minutes drive from Arroyo Burro Beach County Park, this luxury hotel is also close to popular shops, dining, and other city attractions.

This luxury hotel offers two outdoor pools, a hot tub, a business center, a beachfront view, a fitness center, a pool bar, a garden with a sun terrace, on-site restaurants, and a minimarket.

Each room is equipped with a private balcony with an ocean view, a minibar, and a TV.

Simpson House Inn

Set 2.29 mi from Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens, this luxury hotel offers a deluxe setting with a mix of solace and enjoyment. It is home to extravagant amenities for a superior customer experience.

Guests can enjoy a garden with a terrace, wellness facilities, a business center, breakfast in the room, massage services, and cycling.

The rooms come with a private balcony, a fireplace, a refrigerator, a flat-screen cable TV, a coffee maker, and a work desk.

Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages

Located a five-minute drive from The Santa Barbara Mission, this luxury bed and breakfast property has suites and cottages nestled in flower-filled patios and lush gardens. It is close to famous city shopping streets and tourist destinations.

This family-friendly hotel offers a wine and cheese hour every evening, a picnic area, a sun terrace, bike tours, walking tours, massage, and a nearby golf course.

The rooms come with a cable/satellite TV, a private balcony, and a seating area.

The Upham Hotel

Continuing the list of luxury hotels in Santa Barbara is located a five-minute drive from Stearns Wharf and is close to the beach. It is beautifully placed in the heart of flourishing gardens.

This historic hotel offers its guests on-site restaurants, a happy hour, board games/puzzles for kids, a business center, off-site hiking, meeting/banquet facilities, an outdoor terrace, and a nearby golf course.

Each room has luxurious seating areas, a TV, and air conditioning.

The Eagle Inn

Located less than a mile from Stearns Wharf and close to local beaches, this luxury hotel offers visitors a tranquil and romantic ambiance. It is within walking distance from the city’s shopping and entertainment destinations.

Guests of this luxury hotel can enjoy wellness facilities, a picnic area with a sun terrace, a business center, and various off-site activities.

The accommodations offer a cable TV, private bathrooms, a dining area, a coffee/tea maker, and a fireplace.

Hyatt Place Santa Barbara

The next luxury hotel in Santa Barbara is located 3.7 mi from The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and is closed to famous local attractions. It is set between the mountains and sea for a unique nature experience.

This luxury hotel offers its guests a business center, various dining choices, wellness facilities, an outdoor fireplace, a hot tub, a minimarket, and off-site activities.

Each room has blackout curtains, a cable/satellite TV, and a coffee /tea maker.

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara, an IHG Hotel

Situated 1.9 mi from The Old Mission Santa Barbara and 14 minutes walk from the beach, this luxury hotel offers its guests comfort and a deluxe experience for travelers. It is close to the city’s famous shopping destinations.

Guests can enjoy an outdoor sun terrace, a kid-friendly buffet, a business center, facilities for disabled guests, and a shared lounge.

The rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a coffee maker, and a fridge.

The Waterman

Located eight minutes walk from the beach, this luxury hotel is close to top city dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations. It provides contemporary amenities for guests to enjoy.

This pet-friendly hotel offers a heated outdoor pool, complimentary morning coffee, a picnic area with a sun terrace, cycling, table tennis, a snack bar, board games/puzzles for kids, and a shared lounge.

The accommodations feature city and pool views, a dishwasher, a desk, and cable/satellite TV.

More luxury hotels and exclusive suites near Santa Barbara

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FAQs

  • Which luxury hotels in Santa Barbara offer rooms with a private balcony?

    Several luxury hotels have a balcony where you can enjoy the fantastic weather and views of Santa Barbara. Simpson House Inn, Santa Barbara Inn, and Palihouse Santa Barbara are some great choices.

  • Which luxury hotels in Santa Barbara come with rooms with great views?

    If you’re planning a romantic getaway and would like to enjoy stunning views, reserve a room at one of these luxury Santa Barbara hotels with amazing views. Some of the most popular luxury hotels in Santa Barbara with a view are Santa Barbara Inn, San Ysidro Ranch, and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

  • Which luxury hotels in Santa Barbara are best for family vacations?

    There's nothing better than taking a fun-filled family vacation in Santa Barbara. The selection of luxury hotels here will create a break your kids will never forget. From delicious in-room dining to outdoor pools, your kids will love the accommodations at Palihouse Santa Barbara, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, and Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara.

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