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Kimpton Canary Hotel
Kimpton Canary Hotel

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara 93101

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (851 reviews)

Evocative of a Spanish manor, this sophisticated urban retreat is a half-block from State Street, with its open-air shoppin …

£241
Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites

2220 Bath Street, Santa Barbara 93105

3.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,238 reviews)

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites is in downtown Santa Barbara, on a quaint street lined with century-old buildings. …

£125
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara

1601 State St, Santa Barbara 93101

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (719 reviews)

Situated in Santa Barbara, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Museum …

£139
Simpson House Inn
Simpson House Inn

121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara 93101

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (142 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, this romantic bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Alice Keck Memorial Garden …

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Belmond El Encanto
Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara 93103

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (220 reviews)

This family-friendly Santa Barbara hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Mission Santa Barbara …

£409
Spanish Garden Inn
Spanish Garden Inn

915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara 93101

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Located in the heart of Santa Barbara, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Presidio de Santa Barbara State …

£266
The Upham Hotel & Country House
The Upham Hotel & Country House

1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara 93101

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (215 reviews)

Located in Historic Downtown Santa Barbara, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arlington Theater and Santa Barbara …

£182
The Presidio
The Presidio

1620 State Street, Santa Barbara 93101

2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (168 reviews)

Situated in Santa Barbara, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Museum …

£113
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara 93101

2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (431 reviews)

Located in Historic Downtown Santa Barbara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Antioch University, Presidio Santa …

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Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Santa Barbara

533 State St, Santa Barbara 93101

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (431 reviews)

This hotel is approximately one-half mile from Stearn's Wharf and the waterfront, the Lobero Theater, Presidio Santa Barbara, …

£168

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Pocket Guide: Historic Downtown Santa Barbara Downtown Santa Barbara Hotels

Often referred to as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara’s famous red-tiled roofs and Mission-style architecture is in abundance in the city's charming and vibrant downtown district. Dividing Santa Barbara into east and west, State Street snakes down through downtown to East Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Where to Stay in Downtown Santa Barbara

Downtown Santa Barbara offers a variety of excellent hotels, inns and guesthouses catering to every budget. Many are built in the traditional Mission style and have outdoor pools, bars and restaurants, while some Santa Barbara hotels offer spa or fitness facilities and bike or surfboard hire.

Book a hotel in downtown Santa Barbara and you'll be within easy walking distance of many of the city's main attractions. Get your bearings at the grand Santa Barbara County Courthouse, stacked with colourful frescoes, murals and European tiled walls. Climb the 85-foot tower for fabulous views of the city and the ocean. Wander along to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, before heading a mile north to check out the city's most famous attraction, the imposing Mission Santa Barbara.

Shopping from Your Hotel in Downtown Santa Barbara

After exploring Santa Barbara's historic attractions, relax with a little retail therapy in downtown’s shopping district. The Historic State Street Plaza is regarded as one of best shopping areas in California. Here you can find everything from stylish boutiques showcasing local designers, quirky gift stores to laid-back surf shacks flogging hip surf labels.

Downtown Santa Barbara's Bar Scene

After dark, Santa Barbara's downtown lights up to become the vibrant heart of the city. Dozens of lively bars, modern restaurants and cocktail lounges line State Street, many of which have hidden terraces or shady gardens. It’s worth remembering that Thursday nights in Santa Barbara is college night, where the city’s student population descends on State Street to take advantage of the many drink deals on offer.

If tequila shots and beer pong aren’t quite your thing, why not try an urban wine tour around downtown’s dozens of wineries and wine bars, and sample some of California's finest vintages.

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