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Kimpton Canary Hotel
Kimpton Canary Hotel
31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (205 reviews)
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Beautiful hotel in the perfect location. I was upgraded to a king balcony suite which added to the elegance of the room. I was also able to check-in before noon which was totally unexpected. Staff were super friendly too. I will definitely
  22 May 2017

£241

£241
Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Santa Barbara
533 State St, Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (127 reviews)
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Great location Nice old hotel; well maintained and great location. We came on the train and walked from the train station to the hotel.
  21 May 2017

£168

£168
Cheshire Cat Inn
Cheshire Cat Inn
36 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (101 reviews)
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We had a good stay overall. I loved all of the windows in our room. The houses are beautiful. The grounds are nice. It's quite pretty overall. The guests were generally quiet. Breakfast is quite basic. There is very little variety. The wine and hors d'oevres is nice, but again basic and it's almost the same daily. I really ...
  6 Apr 2017

£181

£181
The Upham Hotel & Country House
The Upham Hotel & Country House
1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (78 reviews)
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Quant farmhouse. Beautiful grounds Very beautiful grounds, beautiful structure nice restaurant with outdoor porch sitting facing the street and gardens. Good food. Hotel staff extremely friendly very pleasant lovely, and living room and furnishings beautiful front common decks and private rear decks large lawn area with water fountain ...
  21 May 2017

£182

£182
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (94 reviews)
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Great Location Hotel is in a great location, clean room, comfortable beds and nice porch to relax and enjoy mountain views.
  22 May 2017

£146

£146
Svendsgaard's Danish Lodge-Americas Best Value Inn
Svendsgaard's Danish Lodge-Americas Best Value Inn
1711 Mission Dr, Solvang
2.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (222 reviews)
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Nice hotel, Cute outside Danish looking building It was an o k hotel. It served our purpose for two night stay
  23 May 2017

£79

£79
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara
La Quinta Inn & Suites Santa Barbara
1601 State St, Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (197 reviews)
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Great value La quinta is towards the top of state street so is a bit of a walk towards the beach. With that in mind, either be prepared to walk a lot or take a short lyft ride. Rooms were clean and conveniently located across store from a little market. My only complaint is that when I lost my keys I was not ...
  23 May 2017

£131

£131
Simpson House Inn
Simpson House Inn
121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (59 reviews)
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Quiet and quaint My wife and I came here on recommendation by my brother for our baby moon. They mistakenly put us in a smaller room but quickly placed us in our proper room. The staff was very kind and the grounds itself exuded a very relaxing old world aura and charm. It felt like stepping into 1874, with all the ...
  15 May 2017

£278

£278
Montecito Inn
Montecito Inn
1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (383 reviews)
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Quaint and Comfy Hotel Situated outside of Santa Barbara, the Montecito Inn provided a comfortable and convenient stay. Although the room my wife and I stayed in was a tad smaller than expected, the room has a contemporary feel and was very comfortable. We also enjoyed the amenities that the Montecito Inn offered including ...
  22 May 2017

£145

£145
Spanish Garden Inn
Spanish Garden Inn
915 Garden Street, Santa Barbara
4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (12 reviews)
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Nice Hotel Close to Santa Barbara Downtown Really cute hotel with a helpful staff. Loved the courtyard and all of the special touches in the room. Also appreciated that the room didn't have a hotel room feel to it. It was cozy, comfortable, and had a fireplace. The breakfast was good and the kitchen staff was very kind. I was there with my ...
  23 May 2017

£266

£266
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Pocket Guide: Historic Hotel 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.