Beachfront Hotels

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If you find yourself longing for sweeping coastal views, calming ocean breezes and front row seats to some of the best sunrises and sunsets the world has ever seen, you’ve come to the right place.

While there are numerous resorts and hotels scattered throughout the Santa Barbara South Coast that you would love to call home, we’ve compiled a list of Santa Barbara beach hotels that place you seconds away from sinking your toes in the sand.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Located on a golden stretch of California coastline, Bacara Resort & Spa is a dream come true for travelers who are looking to feel refreshed and revitalized. Spend an afternoon at the Spa, enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Pacific, or order breakfast in bed. You’re on vacation; this is the time to treat yourself to something special, and Bacara Resort & Spa exceeds expectations. Learn More

Ocean-front views at Bacara Resort & Spa.
Ocean-front views at Bacara Resort & Spa. Photo Credit: Instagram @bacararesortsb

Best Western Beachside Inn

Located along the popular Cabrillo Blvd., Best Western Beachside Inn is an ideal location for budget-conscious travelers. Just minutes from both State Street and the Santa Barbara Harbor, we’d suggest waking up early and watching the fishermen unload their morning catches. Then grab to-go breakfast burritos from On The Alley. You can spend the rest of your morning walking along and enjoying breakfast at Leadbetter Beach. Learn More

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Cabrillo Inn at the Beach

Another lodging option for great rates on your home away from home is Cabrillo Inn at the Beach. This hotel delivers on affordable pricing, without sacrificing on location. In fact, a few of their amenities include free parking, Wi-Fi and breakfast. Because of its prime location, start your day with a walk to the Santa Barbara Zoo, then for only $.50 catch the electric shuttle to take you along the Waterfront and to Stearns Wharf. Once there, shopping, seafood and sightseeing are in store. Learn More

The Fess Parker: A Doubletree by Hilton Resort

Sprawling relaxation is what you’ll find at this ocean-front property. Located along Cabrillo Blvd., take the stress out of traveling and find yourself mere minutes from all of Santa Barbara’s top downtown attractions. The Santa Barbara Zoo, East Beach, Stearns Wharf, The Funk Zone and more, all within a short walk.

The postcard perfect views at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton.
The postcard perfect views at The Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. Photo Credit: Instagram @fessparkerresort

If you’d prefer to settle into your hotel before exploring, get a taste of Santa Barbara County wines right in the lobby. Welcome the start of your vacation at the newly opened Fess Parker wine tasting room. Learn More

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Feel like a celebrity and get the star-studded treatment at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Located adjacent to arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the Santa Barbara South Coast, this famous resort will ease you into the relaxed Santa Barbara state of mind in no time. For a bit of flare, check out the Coral Reef Bar at Tydes Restaurant. As you overlook views of Butterfly Beach, grab a glass of world-class wine at this 275-gallon aquarium bar. Learn More

***Due to the effects of the recent mudslide in Montecito, California, please call ahead to check hours and availability. **

Make your grand entrance at Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara.
Make your grand entrance at Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram @fssantabarbara

Harbor View Inn

First time visitors to Santa Barbara love staying at this centrally located property. Not only does Harbor View Inn deliver on ocean front views, it’s ideally situated on the corner of State Street and Cabrillo Blvd., making it effortless to uncover all that Santa Barbara has to offer. Learn More

Pool, ocean or both? No need to choose at Harbor View Inn.
Pool, ocean or both? No need to choose at Harbor View Inn. Photo Credit: Instagram @neiljhemmington

Hotel Californian

How does breakfast in bed with a seaside view of Stearns Wharf sound? The newly opened Hotel Californian treats guests to the best of both worlds, luxurious ocean-front accommodations for you and a visual feast for your Instagram followers. Floor to ceiling, the luxurious Hotel Californian is a breathtaking mix of California Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and stylish, Moorish-themed interior designs by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

If you’re a frequent visitor to Santa Barbara, see Santa Barbara atop a new vantage point, Hotel Californian’s stunning roof-top. With its proximity to Santa Barbara’s Waterfront and The Funk Zone, guests are treated to 360 degree views of what makes Santa Barbara, The American Riviera®.

Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

This Mediterranean style hotel oozes tranquility and relaxation. Indulge in a spa treatment or go for a sunset beach walk. Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara encourages you to kick-back and kick off your shoes.

When relaxation hits at the end of an active day in Satna Barbara.
When relaxation hits at the end of an active day in Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Instagram @iamlisey

Try lounging poolside and pair your afternoon with a house-made cocktail. We’d suggest the “Santa Barbara Thyme” made with Vodka, lime, agave, raspberries and thyme. We’re already relaxed just thinking about it. Learn More

Hotel Milo

 Spend your time in paradise, experiencing quintessential Santa Barbara at this charming property. Not only will you fall in love with Hotel Milo, so will your pets! Hotel Milo welcomes all members of the family with open arms, and paws.

Explore Santa Barbara with these stylish wheels.
Explore Santa Barbara with these stylish wheels. Photo Credit: Instagram @thewhineconnoisseur

While there are many to choose from, one of our favorite amenities of Hotel Milo is the complimentary bike rentals. You can opt to walk around downtown Santa Barbara, but cover more ground, looking cute while doing so, on these picture-perfect beach cruisers. Learn More

Santa Barbara Inn

Style and comfort are calling at the newly remodeled Santa Barbara Inn. Awake to complimentary breakfast before strolling Santa Barbara’s East Beach. If you’re up for a game or two of volleyball, beachside courts are just across the street and serve up an afternoon of fun in the sun.

Morning coffee at Santa Barbara Inn.
Morning coffee at Santa Barbara Inn. Photo Credit: Instagram @kyleston

Later in the evening, be sure to dine at Convivo, the hotel’s signature dining option. Influenced by the bounty of the area, you can’t go wrong with ordering any of the Italian-inspired seafood options. Learn More

West Beach Inn

Directly across the beach from sparkling beaches and the Santa Barbara Harbor, your Santa Barbara vacation includes the perfect mix of relaxation and outdoor adventure at West Beach Inn. And, while we believe every hour in Santa Barbara is a happy one, West Beach Inn takes it one step further and offers a complimentary wine and cheese happy hour each evening. Learn More