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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 (888 reviews)

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

£248
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara 93101

2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (465 reviews)

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

£143
Hotel Santa Barbara

Hotel Santa Barbara

533 State St, Santa Barbara 93101

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (451 reviews)

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

£141
The Upham Hotel & Country House

The Upham Hotel & Country House

0.1 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (249 reviews)

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

£159
Spanish Garden Inn

Spanish Garden Inn

0.2 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (56 reviews)

Located in Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of El Presidio de Santa Barbara Stat …

£224
Simpson House Inn

Simpson House Inn

0.2 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (161 reviews)

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

£249
The Eagle Inn

The Eagle Inn

0.2 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (498 reviews)

Located in Santa Barbara Beach, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Carriage and Western Art Museum and Presidio …

£147
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach

Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach

0.3 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (997 reviews)

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach, is just a 5-minute walk from Santa Barbara …

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Lavender Inn by the Sea

Lavender Inn by the Sea

0.3 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,205 reviews)

The hotel is in a quiet Santa Barbara neighborhood, 2 blocks from the beach and harbor. Guests can borrow a bike for free, an …

£155
Inn By The Harbor

Inn By The Harbor

0.4 mi from Downtown Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,202 reviews)

The hotel is in a quiet downtown neighborhood, a 10-minute walk from the beach and the boutiques and restaurants of State …

£148

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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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