Affordable Hotels in Santa Barbara

With the Santa Barbara South Coast being the beautiful and alluring destination that it is, many assume that it also comes with a hefty price tag. And while this dazzling coastal oasis can offer luxury experiences, there are plenty of ways to vacation to The American Riviera® on a budget—just take a look at these free things to do in Santa Barbara. With that being said, one of the biggest travel expenses to consider when you take a trip are the overnight accommodations. 

Whether you’re here for a weekend or a weekday excursion—arguably the most affordable time to visit!—we’ve researched budget-friendly hotels in the Santa Barbara South Coast that are easier on the wallet.

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Downtown and Waterfront

With spectacular views of the Santa Barbara Harbor and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Beachside Inn is located right in the heart of Cabrillo Blvd, allowing guests to experience unique activities along the waterfront, sip their way through the popular Funk Zone and easily access businesses sprinkled along lower State St. The hotel boasts a modern-coastal aesthetic in its bright and airy rooms. Learn More
*Free breakfast, wireless internet, parking and business center

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Situated just a half block from West Beach, Marina Beach Motel offers modest rooms for any type of traveler. Traditional hotel rooms are available for those more likely to eat at local restaurants, or suites equipped with kitchenettes are an option for those looking to budget and cook their own meals during their stay in Santa Barbara. Learn More
*Free breakfast, wireless internet

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With rooms decorated in hints of turquoise and a splash of coastal influence, Inn at East Beach welcomes guests with spacious rooms and amenities located just steps from Santa Barbara’s popular East Beach and a short walk from Stearns Wharf. Learn More
*Pet-friendly

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True to Santa Barbara’s Spanish-style architecture, this bed and breakfast makes for a quintessential stay in The American Riviera®, with offerings from standard rooms to private, freestanding casitas for a more romantic getaway. Learn More
*Free breakfast, wireless internet

A stay at The Waterman puts guests right in the middle of the Funk Zone, where wineries, restaurants, shopping, bike rentals and more are located just outside of the hotel lobby. This funky slice of Santa Barbara includes amenities such as a communal kitchen, games (ping-pong, cornhole and Connect 4), a pool and beach cruisers available to rent. Learn More
*Pet-friendly

This beach-themed oasis is located just across the street from Pershing Park and minutes from the Santa Barbara Harbor, where fresh seafood, recreational activities and restaurants are plenty. Complimentary amenities that this property offers include a breakfast bar, wireless internet and parking. Learn More
*Free wireless internet

Uptown and Upper State Street

This upper State St. gem is the perfect retro-chic nook to get a taste of Santa Barbara, local-style. Pay a visit to The Crocodile Restaurant and Bar and dine on classic American fare in a relaxed atmosphere just steps away from your hotel room. Learn More
*Free parking, wireless internet

Located just down the street from the Lemon Tree Inn on State St., the Orange Tree Inn is also moments away from the lively lower State St. scene, complete with shopping, nightlife and restaurants as far as the eye can see. Learn More
*Free parking, wireless internet

The vibrantly colored rooms at this uptown hotel invite guests to immerse themselves in the eccentric downtown Santa Barbara atmosphere. Flanked by Kyoto Japanese Restaurant and Kimchi Korean BBQ, there’s no shortage of good food when you’re staying in this part of Santa Barbara. Learn More
*Free wireless internet

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This Spanish-style hotel is surrounded by towering palm trees and lush vines of bougainvillea, immersing guests in a tranquil Santa Barbara getaway. Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn is conveniently located next to La Cumbre Plaza, where plenty of shopping and restaurants can be found. Learn More
*Free parking, wireless internet

This bougainvillea-clad property features amenities like a full kitchen in nearly every suite, complimentary refreshments, a heated pool and spa, guest laundry and more. The convenience of being close to both the waterfront and downtown Santa Barbara makes this hotel an easy choice for travelers. Learn More
*Free parking, wireless internet

Montecito and Goleta

A luxurious stay in Montecito doesn’t have to break the bank. Coast Village Inn, a casual hotel located right on the corner of Coast Village and Middle Rd. and just a quick jaunt to Butterfly Beach, is a perfect coastal getaway for those looking for a more relaxing venture to The American Riviera®. Learn More
*Free wireless internet

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This locally owned and operated, award-winning hotel is located on a stellar property, complete with lush gardens, a freshwater lagoon and a striking koi pond to boot. Conveniently placed between Goleta and Santa Barbara proper, a stay at the Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara is the perfect middle ground for those looking to explore more of the Santa Barbara South Coast. Learn More
*Free breakfast, wireless internet, business center

Best Western strikes again with another affordable place to stay in the Santa Barbara South Coast. Located close to Highway 101, this modest hotel is also just steps away from the Calle Real Shopping Center, where visitors can find delicious Goleta restaurants such as Nikka Ramen and Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant. Learn More
*Free breakfast, wireless internet