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The Fess Parker Santa Barbara - DoubleTree by Hilton Resort
The Fess Parker Santa Barbara - DoubleTree by Hilton Resort

633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara 93103

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1,758 reviews)

This mission-style resort is on Cabrillo Boulevard across from Chase Palm Park and the beach. State Street, the Santa Barbara …

£187
avg/night
Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn
Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn

3850 State St, Santa Barbara 93105

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (1,205 reviews)

Set on 5 landscaped acres, this Best Western Plus hotel is across from upscale La Cumbre Plaza shopping, 1.5 miles from Santa …

£137
avg/night
Kimpton Canary Hotel
Kimpton Canary Hotel

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara 93101

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (816 reviews)

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

£244
avg/night
Holiday Inn Express Solvang - Santa Ynez Valley
Holiday Inn Express Solvang - Santa Ynez Valley

1455 Mission Dr, Solvang 93463

2.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (960 reviews)

Located in the heart of Solvang, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wildling Museum, Solvang Festival Theater, and Hans …

£93
avg/night
Kronborg Inn
Kronborg Inn

1440 Mission Dr, Solvang 93463

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (1,327 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Wildling Museum, Solvang Festival Theater, and Hans Christian …

£93
avg/night
Lotus of Lompoc - A Great Hospitality Inn
Lotus of Lompoc - A Great Hospitality Inn

1415 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc 93436

2.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (459 reviews)

Situated in Lompoc, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Fiddlehead Cellars and Beattie Park. Lompoc Museum and Artesia …

£40
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Best Western Plus South Coast Inn
Best Western Plus South Coast Inn

5620 Calle Real, Goleta 93117

2.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,489 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zodo's - Bowling and Beyond, Lookout County Park, and Center …

£115
avg/night
Holiday Inn Express Lompoc
Holiday Inn Express Lompoc

1417 N H St, Lompoc 93436

2.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (757 reviews)

Located in the heart of Lompoc, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Artesia School Museum, Lompoc Museum, and Fabing-McKay …

£114
avg/night
Ramada Santa Barbara
Ramada Santa Barbara

4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara 93110

2.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (1,900 reviews)

Just off US-101, this Ramada hotel is 4.5 miles from Santa Barbara Municipal airport, Goleta Beach, and UC Santa Barbara.

£105
avg/night
Kimpton Goodland
Kimpton Goodland

5650 Calle Real, Goleta 93117

4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (327 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Santa Barbara Orchid Estate and within 9 mi (15 …

£152
avg/night
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Pocket Guide: Santa Barbara

Sandwiched between the Santa Ynez Valley Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the palm-lined city of Santa Barbara is a popular tourist resort on the central Californian coast. It’s known as the American Riviera thanks to its temperate climate, Mediterranean atmosphere and striking Spanish colonial architecture.

Embrace Santa Barbara’s European Heritage

The Spanish settled in Santa Barbara during the 1600s. It lies a hundred miles north of LA and 325 miles south of San Francisco, and is a popular stop on Highway 101. Santa Barbara attracts a thriving young crowd thanks to its five colleges and universities and popular surf beaches.

What to See in Santa Barbara

Get your bearings of the city at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, an imposing Spanish red-tiled building which offers sweeping views of the city from the open-air observation tower.

Wander along the esplanade or hang out at volleyball courts and beach cafes on Butterfly Beach or East Beach. Explore the city’s long history at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, tucked away in a beautiful cloistered courtyard, or enjoy famous artworks by Matisse and Monet as well as 20th century American artists at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

A highlight of a visit to Santa Barbara is the Mission Santa Barbara, the cream-and-pink church known as the Queen of the Missions, which is perched on a hilltop a mile from downtown.

Families will love meeting the giraffes and elephants at Santa Barbara Zoo, while teenagers can drool over vintage boards in the Santa Barbara Surf Museum at the bottom of Helena Street.

Where to Stay in Santa Barbara

There's certainly no shortage of accommodation in Santa Barbara. From hacienda-style villas, chic boutique hotels to luxury resorts, this beachside city is renowned for its quality of hotels, even on the lower scale of the budget. Head to the Mesa district for a hip beach vibe, or the upscale Riviera, a hillside area with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Barbara’s Beach Scene

Santa Barbara is famous for its beaches with dazzlingly white sands, swaying palm trees and and rolling white surf. Surfing is a big deal here and Santa Barbara has some of the best surf beaches along the western coast. But if you’d rather just sit back and watch the ocean, enjoy lunch at Stearns Wharf, which has gift shops and boutiques, bars and waterfront restaurants with fabulous views of the Pacific.

Shopping and Dining in Santa Barbara

Shopping is a major pastime in Santa Barbara and State Steet is the city’s main shopping hub. Head to the historic State Street Plaza, a pedestrianised shopping street downtown with a wonderfully diverse collection of shops and boutiques. After a day of exploring, dine out on fresh Californian cuisine, or the finest fish tacos outside of Mexico. Finish off the night with an urban wine trail, tasting Californian wines in wine bars around downtown.

Expedia offers an extensive range of accommodation in Santa Barbara from cheap motels, Spanish colonial villas to swanky beachfront resorts. Use Expedia’s search tools to find the best deals for your Santa Barbara stay.

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