Dreamy Bed-and-Breakfasts in Santa Barbara

Sprawling lawns, personalized touches and homelike amenities are just a few reasons why people opt for bed-and-breakfasts over traditional hotels. In Santa Barbara, there are several inns and B&Bs to choose from, some tucked away in the city’s ritziest neighborhoods and others situated a stone’s throw from the waterfront. 

Here are 11 of the dreamiest and most charming bed-and-breakfasts in The American Riviera®. 

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Villa Rosa Inn

Have you ever wanted to stay in a Spanish villa? Look no further than Santa Barbara’s Villa Rosa Inn. From its greenery-laden entrance, intimate nooks and spacious courtyard to the private terraces and balconies, everything about this property invites discovery and rejuvenation. Guests can also choose from an assortment of amenities, including afternoon wine and cheese hour, continental breakfast, an outdoor pool and a meditation garden.

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Inn on Summer Hill

Six miles south of Santa Barbara sits the quaint seaside town of Summerland. Located along the town’s coastline is the Inn on Summer Hill, a distinctive AAA Four Diamond property whose oceanfront views will truly take your breath away. Each room features a private balcony or deck—ideal spots to catch one of Summerland’s famous sunsets—along with modern-meets-antique decor and a fireplace, perfect for cool California nights. Bonus: You’re across the street from gold-sand beaches and close to several parks and hiking areas.

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The Eagle Inn

Santa Barbara is known for its Spanish Colonial-style buildings, and The Eagle Inn is no exception. Located in the West Beach neighborhood, the beloved beachside property offers convenient proximity to Santa Barbara’s iconic attractions, like Stearns Wharf, State Street and, of course, West Beach. Choose from well-appointed guest rooms or private casitas (little houses), a great option for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

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Bath Street Inn

The scent of fresh citrus trees, views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Victorian charm are just a few of the magical features you can expect at Bath Street Inn. A traditional B&B, everything centers around the parlor and common dining area, designed for relaxing and mingling. Or, if it’s privacy you seek, head to the third floor to find a quiet book nook and office space with incredible views. Bath Street is a short jaunt from the downtown area and close to several beach trolley stations that will take you right to the waterfront.

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Simpson House Inn

Nestled on an acre of verdant English gardens, Simpson House Inn was originally built in 1874 by Scottish immigrant Robert Simpson and his wife, Julia. Since then, the property has been reimagined several times, and today serves as one of Santa Barbara’s most treasured B&Bs. Choose from guest rooms, cottages or bungalows, each individually decorated with its own distinct vibe. Stays include breakfast, afternoon refreshments and an evening social hour complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Cheshire Cat Inn

While not quite like Alice’s adventures, a stay at the Cheshire Cat Inn & Cottages feels like a dream. Inspired by Carroll’s novel and the owner’s hometown of Cheshire, England, the property is equal parts elegant and whimsical, with its colorful garden, storybook gazebo and themed guest rooms, paying homage to the book’s beloved characters, like Alice’s Balcony Room and the Tweedledum Suite. Cheshire Cat Inn is conveniently located near State Street and within walking distance of cultural landmarks like the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Arlington Theatre, as well as a host of shops and restaurants.

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Secret Garden Inn & Cottages

Author Frances Hodgson Burnett’s words come to life at the enchanting Secret Garden Inn & Cottages. Secluded and romantic, each room in the property evokes the essence of a European estate, with botanic bedspreads, pastel wallpaper and well-loved books on nearly every shelf. The inn offers in-room massages as well as gourmet breakfast—one guest even stated, “The best breakfast quiche I’ve ever had! [The owner] is French so the classical cooking method shines!” And, while tucked away from the bustle of city life, a drive to the downtown area and waterfront takes 5-10 minutes.

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De La Vina Inn

As you meander De La Vina’s brick-lined walkway, you’re greeted by twinkling string lights and the sweet scent of blooming flowers. An ode to English culture both past and present, lovers of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” will be delighted to lodge in the Darcy Room, while Royal Family fanatics can lay their heads in the Windsor Room. The inn also offers an array of culinary enhancements, like chef-curated excursion packs—perfect to bring to the beach or on a hike—and a pizza masterclass; they bring the oven, you bring your appetite!

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Casa Del Mar Inn

A tropical oasis just steps from the Santa Barbara coastline, this property is perfect for a solo getaway, a romantic trip for two or a family vacation. The ambiance is Spanish villa-meets-coastal California, with barrel roof tiles and crisp white exteriors set against lush palms. Guests can cozy up in the outdoor courtyard and firepit after a night on the town or start their evening with wine and cheese in the main lobby from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Craft House Inn

Checking into this century-old property feels like walking into an Architectural Digest spread, with its marble countertops, wood paneling and stunning decor. At Craft House Inn, guests enjoy close proximity to the abundant restaurants, galleries and shopping in downtown Santa Barbara. We also recommend booking one of their curated experiences, which include an in-room massage, guided hike or bespoke seven-course dinner by one of Santa Barbara’s renowned chefs.

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Hideaway Santa Barbara

Touted by Variety as a “low-key haven,” Hideaway Santa Barbara is an off-the-beaten-path gem just a half mile from the Funk Zone. The soothing yet sophisticated color palette, coastal-inspired decor and small, thoughtful details, like freshly baked cookies and coffee in the lobby, are just a few reasons why this B&B is one of the best in Santa Barbara. While all of the rooms are impressive, the Luxury King Suite with the mountain-facing patio and gas fireplace is highly (and rightfully) sought after.

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