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Featured Santa Barbara Historic Hotels

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Montecito Inn

Montecito Inn

1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara
4.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,179 reviews)
This is a quaint luxury hotel just off the 101 in southern Santa Barbara. The staff is very accommodating and pleasant. The rooms are very clean and have luxurious appointments. This is a perfect place for a quiet romantic getaway.
  19 Nov 2017

£131

£131
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

£214

£214
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

£305

£305
Chantico Inn

Chantico Inn

406 W Ojai Ave, Ojai
3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (278 reviews)
Great hotel w/in walking distance to everythingHad a great stay at this very charming hotel close to great restaurants and shops. They had a wonderful lobby that was very cozy to relax in during happy hour and breakfast. The staff was very knowledgeable about the hotel and the area. Our rooms were very large with a wonderful lanai. Nice heated ...
  27 Nov 2017

£71

£71
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara
3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (495 reviews)
Great hotel ambience. Friendly staff and comfortable stay.
  2 Dec 2017

£103

£103
Cheshire Cat Inn

Cheshire Cat Inn

36 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara
3.5 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (343 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

£155

£155
Kimpton Canary Hotel

Kimpton Canary Hotel

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara
4.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (918 reviews)
Beautiful hotel Staff is kind and attentive. They did not make me feel demanding or difficult when I asked to move from the freshly painted room with its fumes or when I called to figure out why you cannnot shut off the air conditioner.
  29 Nov 2017

£205

£205
Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto

800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara
5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (244 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

£271

£271
King Frederik Inn

King Frederik Inn

1617 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang
2.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (869 reviews)
Early Check-In UnavailableI waited for one hour in the lobby because they did not offer early check-in.
  21 Nov 2017

£64

£64
Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant

Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant

409 First Street, Solvang
4.5 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (204 reviews)
Perfect location and outstanding foodIn the heart of Solvang shopping and tasting. The restaraunt's chef trained with Gordon Ramsy; my Wife is a foodie and she was floored. One of the best meals I've ever had, and the free breakfast was wonderful as well. If food and wine is what you seek, look no further.
  29 Nov 2017

£126

£126
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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.