Bidding your beloved pet a temporary farewell when you leave for vacation is arguably the only downside to taking an overnight trip. Santa Barbara prides itself in being a pet-friendly destination with plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy with your pup such as serene hiking, stunning walking routes and blissful beaches. It doesn’t stop there: The American Riviera® also boasts a wide array of outdoor dining accommodations, many of which welcome your dog with open paws. You’ll never want to leave your pooch behind again after a stay at one of these dog-friendly hotels, because traveling with your four-legged family member has never been easier.
Top 16 Pet-Friendly Hotels in Santa Barbara
El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel
Elevated stays aren’t always just for the humans—dogs are meant to enjoy some premiere R&R as well. With private terraces perfect for sunbathing and a gourmet canine menu with veterinarian-approved entrées such as beef and quinoa and canine-friendly iced teas, El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, gives your dog the VIP (Very Important Pup) treatment every time.
Hotel Californian, a Santa Barbara staple, offers bowls and beds at check-in to ensure your pet’s comfort during your stay in The American Riviera®. Head downstairs to the hotel’s casual dining restaurant, Goat Tree, which has outdoor accommodations for pets. Or, head towards the ocean and browse The Funk Zone, where you’ll find dog-friendly wine tasting rooms and patios at The Lark or Lama Dog Taproom.
A $200 pet cleaning fee applies.
Haller Coastal Homes
Immerse yourself—and your pooch—into the Santa Barbara lifestyle with a stay at one of Haller Coastal Homes’ properties. With eight dog-friendly vacation rentals in Santa Barbara and one in Montecito, Haller Coastal Homes offers plenty of locations for you and your furry member of the family to temporarily call home.
Kimpton Canary Hotel
Pets of all breeds and sizes are welcome at Kimpton Canary Hotel. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, there are plenty of nearby places to take your canine companion. Want a night off? Kimpton Canary Hotel also offers pet-sitting and dog-walking services.
Riviera Beach House
Get the boutique hotel experience in the middle of bustling lower State Street at the eclectic Riviera Beach House, where dogs are welcome during every stay. Head downstairs to the hotel’s signature restaurant, Santo Mezcal, and indulge on pulpo (octopus) tacos and fresh ceviche on its pet-friendly patio.
A $75 pet fee applies.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in GOLETA
The Leta Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton
This California-cool boutique hotel is something to bark about. With no pet fees, your furry companions are welcomed with beds, bowls and treats upon check-in at The Leta. Nearby hiking trails such as Ellwood Mesa or beaches like Goleta Beach offer outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy. Keep in mind that dogs must be on-leash for these outdoor adventures.
Pacifica Suites Santa Barbara
For visiting families of the University of California, Santa Barbara students or those simply looking to stay in “The Good Land,” Pacifica Suites Santa Barbara offers an affordable way to bring your pet on vacation to the Santa Barbara South Coast. This property is in close proximity to Lake Los Carneros, where on-leash dogs are welcome to explore.
A non-refundable $50 pet fee, per stay, plus a $20 nightly fee with a max of two pets.
Residence Inn by Marriott: Santa Barbara/Goleta
Imagine walking your pup through the beautiful garden grounds as the sun dips below the horizon, leaving behind the iconic Santa Barbara South Coast sorbet glow in the sky just before nightfall. It’s never been easier to make this picturesque fantasy a reality when you book your Goleta stay, as Residence Inn by Marriott allows a maximum of two pets per room at a maximum weight of 75 pounds.
A non-refundable $150 pet fee applies.
Pet-Friendly Hotels in MONTECITO
Rosewood Miramar Beach
Rosewood Miramar Beach provides exclusive beachfront access and spacious property grounds for you and your four-legged furry family members to explore. The luxury amenities for those bringing their pets on vacation include: daily dog walking, a customized pet menu and exclusive pet products ready upon check-in.
A $150 pet fee per pet, per stay applies.
San Ysidro Ranch
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, San Ysidro Ranch is a 550-acre oasis, equipped with fragrant gardens and ample access to 17 miles of hiking trails. Each of the 38 pet-friendly intimate bungalow-style cottages offer backyard gardens with refreshing outdoor showers and tranquil sunken spas—ideal for every member of the family (even the furry ones). San Ysidro Ranch just unveiled its new Pampered Pets Program. The lavish new pet menu includes peanut butter and bacon pancakes, farm-raised Scottish salmon filet with sweet potato and rice, puppuccinos, pupsicles and more. When you check in, bark-worthy welcome amenities such as a plush dog bed, a Ty beanie dog toy, branded dog bowls and house-made dog cookies will be waiting upon your pooch’s arrival.
Pet-Friendly Hotels Along the WATERFRONT
Beach House Inn & Apartments
A few blocks inland from the iconic Cabrillo Boulevard, you’ll find Beach House Inn welcomes pups to this humble seaside escape. Dogs may not be left unattended in the room, so take your pooch on an adventure during your vacation with a walk along the palm tree-lined Cabrillo Boulevard, through the Santa Barbara Harbor or even make a pit-stop for fish and chips or seafood tacos at On The Alley, where outside seating is available.
A $10/night pet fee applies.
Blue Sands Inn
Blue Sands Inn is a locally owned hotel, nestled in the heart of the Santa Barbara waterfront, which welcomes guests and up to two dogs while staying in the ground floor, dog-friendly rooms. While dogs are not to be left unattended in the room, per hotel rules, take a leisurely walk with your pooch down to nearby Reunion Kitchen and eat overlooking East Beach on its dog-friendly patio.
A non-refundable $25/night pet fee applies.
Inn at East Beach
Located near long stretches of soft, sandy beaches and fresh ocean air, the Inn at East Beach offers four pet-friendly rooms for your canine companion. Stainless steel food and water bowls are available upon request during your stay. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on East Beach at any capacity.
A $50 non-refundable pet fee applies.
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Across the street from the stunning Cabrillo Boulevard bike path, your dog’s dream vacation awaits with Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort’s Doggone VIP program. With amenities such as pet water stations at the main entrance, tennis balls and treats at check-in, and a dog-friendly gourmet pet menu at The Set, the hotel’s restaurant, your dog will feel right at home. To top it off, dog owners can schedule a photo shoot with a Santa Barbara pet photographer, WinkFace Photography, to capture all the dog-friendly fun during your stay. All breeds and sizes are welcome among pet-friendly floors scattered throughout the property.
A $75 non-refundable pet fee applies.
Get the Santa Barbara treatment at check-in: Four-legged guests at Hotel Milo will be greeted with complimentary baggies and doggie treats for your (and your dog’s) convenience. Explore the Spanish-style architecture of the hotel and soak in the gorgeous views with your pup by your side.
A $35/night pet fee applies.
Mar Monte Hotel
Just steps from Santa Barbara’s beloved East Beach, perfectly situated for early morning (leashed) walks with your dog along the popular bike path, the Mar Monte Hotel provides an elevated pet-friendly environment during your stay in Santa Barbara. Dogs must weigh 50 pounds or less and two dogs per room are allowed, so long as the combined weight does not exceed 75 pounds. The hotel requires at least three days’ notice prior to your arrival if you plan to bring your dog(s).
A $75 fee applies per pet, per stay.
Looking for more ways to spend time with your pooch on vacation? Look no further than this guide to a perfect dog’s day in Santa Barbara.