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The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta
5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (786 reviews)
5 StarsThere are places you should visit at least once in your life. THIS is one of them. hands down it is money well spent. I will never forget how beautiful everything was, and how well we were treated. we enjoyed the pool, hot tub, gardens and spa, not to mention dinner and the terrace. it was ...
  4 Dec 2017

£300

£300
Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian

36 State Street, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (27 reviews)
Fantastic hotelThe hotel is gorgeous, central location, walking distance to the beach and many restaurants, the staff is extremely nice and accommodating,
  8 Dec 2017

£266

£266
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (508 reviews)
Amazing get away. People both hotel and restaurant staff were excellent and amazing.
  16 Nov 2017

£371

£371
Ojai Valley Inn And Spa

Ojai Valley Inn And Spa

905 Country Club Rd, Ojai
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (643 reviews)
Very friendly and helpful staffWe requested a change of room and we were obliged with no questions asked and even provided an upgrade.
  3 Dec 2017

£269

£269
Simpson House Inn

Simpson House Inn

121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (176 reviews)
This will ruin you for hotelsOur experience was beyond words. The staff, location, room, and food was amazing! Don’t miss the wine and appetizer hour. The parlor room had a nice gas fireplace that set the mood and made them room nice and cozy. The gardens were pleasant as well. I really enjoyed sitting outside by the fire pit ...
  27 Nov 2017

£212

£212
Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (243 reviews)
"The El Encanto" enchantmentFor those who know Santa Barbara, "The El Encanto" which is now the Belmond El Encanto has been known for decades as the enchanting hotel on the hill overlooking Santa Barbara. My spouse had this on the bucket list as a place we needed to stay in so when celebrating his retirement, we booked a long ...
  9 Dec 2017

£269

£269
San Ysidro Ranch

San Ysidro Ranch

900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (47 reviews)
Service, service, service Was here over 30 years ago and don't remember it being this beautiful! Grounds are immaculate and constantly being groomed. Peace and absolute quiet. Understated elegance, (rustic), quiet, absolutely professional staff all around---from the front gatehouse to the car valet. Friendly staff always ...
  17 Nov 2017

£564

£564
Balinese Inspired Beauty by RedAwning

Balinese Inspired Beauty by RedAwning

489 Hot Springs Rd, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
3425 Sea Ledge Lane House by RedAwning

3425 Sea Ledge Lane House by RedAwning

3425 Sea Ledge Lane, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
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Pocket Guide: 5 stars Hotels in Santa Barbara

Known as the American Riviera, thanks to its attractive Spanish colonial architecture and temperate year-round climate, Santa Barbara has a number of stylish five-star hotels perfect for a luxury stay.

Near designer shopping malls and eclectic Californian wineries, Santa Barbara’s five-star hotels range from beach-front resorts with spas and infinity pools to ranches deep in the mountains. Wander through immaculate gardens or enjoy a meal in the hotel’s top-notch restaurants.

5 Star Hotels in Santa Barbara

The standard of accommodation available in Santa Barbara is particularly high and the city has many luxury hotels and beach resorts. Book a room in one of Santa Barbara's sophisticated hotels and you'll have access to the city's vibrant downtown, its many cultural attractions, as well as the palm-lined white sand beaches Santa Barbara is famous for.

Cultural Attractions in Santa Barbara

If you can tear yourself away from your hotel's infinity pool, visit the iconic Mission Santa Barbara, an 18th-century cream-and-pink church known as the Queen of the Missions. The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is also nearby and features a range of works by Matisse and Monet, as well as pieces by well-regarded 20th-century American artists.

Take time for a guided tour of Lotusland in the upmarket suburb of Montecito. Lotusland is a 37-acre botanical garden renowned for its rare plants and animal-shaped topiary, and is the former estate of eccentric Polish opera singer, Madame Ganna Walska.

Where to Eat and Shop in Santa Barbara

Indulge in some retail therapy at the Historic State Street Plaza shopping mall, where you can buy leading designer brands or hip surf labels and popular high-street stores. After a day of sightseeing or shopping, head back to your five-star Santa Barbara hotel for a margarita on the terrace, or venture downtown and try one of the many stylish wine bars and wineries on an urban wine tour, a popular way to taste California's best vintages.

From swanky beachfront resorts to iconic luxury hotels, use Expedia to find a five-star hotel in Santa Barbara to make your stay perfect.