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Top Santa Barbara Neighborhoods for Historic Hotels

Sandpiper Lodge

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Featured Santa Barbara Historic Hotels

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Montecito Inn

Montecito Inn

1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (415 reviews)
Nice hotel great locationNo complaints great stay. I walked to a bar to get dinner late at night and loved the food as well @ “Honor Bar”. Thumbs up!
  16 Oct 2017

£117

£117
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (102 reviews)
Convenient hotelHoliday Inn Express Santa Barbara was well located, not far from the Amtrak station and at the end of the main street.... State Street. The reception staff were very helpful with information about the city, and were very helpful when I left something behind at my last hotel. Breakfast in the foyer ...
  7 Oct 2017

£116

£116
Cheshire Cat Inn

Cheshire Cat Inn

36 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (108 reviews)
Beautiful b&b in a lovely cityA great b&b - the rooms are exceptional, clean, super comfortable and in our opinion the best Inn we have stayed in in the US which is renowned for quality inns, Great touches include the wine and canapés at 5pm and wonderful breakfasts served in a magical garden setting,
  1 Oct 2017

£156

£156
Chantico Inn

Chantico Inn

406 W Ojai Ave, Ojai
2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (82 reviews)
Old world Spanish styleOur room had such great character. It was clean and comfortable. The hotel staff was friendly and I loved the breakfast and glass of wine offered in the afternoon. The only thing I would have desired was a bigger parking lot. I like to park away from cars to prevent door dings and the lot was small ...
  24 Aug 2017

£80

£80
Kimpton Canary Hotel

Kimpton Canary Hotel

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (217 reviews)
Beautiful hotel in excellent location, worth the high cost. Rooftop deck is very relaxing.
  14 Oct 2017

£244

£244
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 (265 reviews)
Great spaOjai was one of the nicest experiences I’ve had at a spa and the adjoining town was great. Room was beautiful overlooking the golf course, room was spacious, facilities were great
  13 Oct 2017

£249

£249
Simpson House Inn

Simpson House Inn

121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (69 reviews)
A quiet haven within walking distance of everywherA thoroughly enjoyable stay. Great staff, wonderful attention to detail all provided great memories
  14 Oct 2017

£236

£236
Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (96 reviews)
Lovely Experience Spent a few nights this week at the hotel.  Lovely staff, wonderful grounds, great room, and excellent service from the hotel, spa, and restaurant staff.   I travel to Santa Barbara regularly and will stay here again without a doubt.
  22 Sep 2017

£301

£301
King Frederik Inn

King Frederik Inn

1617 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang
2.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (248 reviews)
It was okay clean and close to all.If you like a hot tub after walking all day, don't go here. They closed and locked the hot tub before 9 pm. Otherwise clean, free coffee, and nice check in, but would not allow a late check out after 12. Rooms have mirrors facing morning sun, no curtains, and woke us at 6am. Air conditioning worked ...
  18 Oct 2017

£65

£65
Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant

Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant

409 First Street, Solvang
3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (75 reviews)
Lovely and charming, as always! Thank you, Mirabelle, for always being consistent. We so love our stays here.
  10 Oct 2017

£136

£136
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Pocket Guide: Historic Hotels Hotels in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has a long and fascinating European history which dates back to the 1600s when the first Spanish missionaries arrived in California. Thanks to this Mediterranean influence, Santa Barbara has many iconic terracotta-red tiled and whitewashed buildings, a warm, year-round climate and a Spanish colonial appeal.

Historic Hotels in Santa Barbara

A hundred miles up the coast from LA and sandwiched between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is a popular weekend destination for the LA crowd who come to stay in its chic historic hotels.

Head to the stylish suburb of Montecito or for trendy Spanish-style inns, or to downtown Santa Barbara for sprawling 19th-century villas and upmarket B&Bs in Spanish Colonial Revival-style homes.

Stay near Santa Barbara's Historic Attractions

First stop on your history visit to Santa Barbara has to be the Mission Santa Barbara, just north of downtown. Known as the Queen of the Missions, this beautiful pink-and-white church has a fascinating museum depicting missionary life in the 18th century, and stacks of Chumash artwork from the earlier settlers.

From the Mission, it's a short hop to El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. Built by the Spanish in 1782, the four presidios played a vital role in Spain's occupation of Alta California. Learn more about Santa Barbara's early years in the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, which is tucked away in a stunning cloistered courtyard downtown.

Shopping and Dining in Santa Barbara

Renowned for its wealth of rich and famous residents, Santa Barbara has a fantastic shopping scene. Head to the Historic State Street Plaza, a pedestrianised open-air mall where designer stores line up next to hip surf labels and high-street shops.

After a day of sightseeing or shopping, retire to your Santa Barbara historic hotel for a drink in the bar, before heading out to explore downtown's many SoCal or Mexicana restaurants, chic cocktail lounges and wine bars around Lower State Street.

From 19th-century hacienda-style guesthouses to plush hotels built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, use Expedia to find the best deals on historic hotels for your next stay in Santa Barbara.