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San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property

San Ysidro Ranch, a Ty Warner Property Rating: 4.5 Pearls

San Ysidro Ranch is one of the most exclusive, romantic luxury options in not just California, but the entire country. The grounds are stunningly beautiful, with mountain views, fresh air and a secluded location in a well-heeled neighborhood. The cottage-style units are individually furnished with brick fireplaces, stone walls, and four-poster canopy beds (some with private Jacuzzis and outdoor showers). Most units have dazzlingly white tiled bathrooms with walk-in showers and large soaking tubs. The rustic, romantic ambiance has attracted everyone from JFK and Jackie to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. Some guests argue the experience doesn't justify the high price tags, but for honeymooners or couples, it's undeniably a first-class option.

Canary, a Kimpton Hotel

Canary, a Kimpton Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Canary has been a notable luxury property in Santa Barbara for a number of years, and its purchase by the boutique Kimpton Hotel brand in early 2012 has only increased its appeal. The hotel mixes upscale, classic Santa Barbara decor with a laid-back vibe; the cheerful lobby has pale yellow walls, chandeliers, wrought iron details, and leather couches. The spacious rooms may be the highlight; all are decorated with four-poster beds, hardwood floors, colorful pillows and throws, and bathrooms outfitted in Spanish tile. Tech amenities include iPod docks, flat-screen TVs (both in the room and the bathroom), and Wi-Fi. The hotel's features are plentiful and cater to all types of travelers: meeting rooms, a restaurant serving locally sourced fare, a small rooftop pool, and freebies including a nightly wine hour. The hotel does not have a spa or fitness center, but in-room spa treatments and free access to the gym next door help compensate. It's within walking distance of attractions on State Street, but it's a trek to Stearn's Wharf and the beach; most guests will opt to drive or take the trolley.

Spanish Garden Inn

Spanish Garden Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The 23-room Inn of the Spanish Garden isn't the most luxurious hotel in Santa Barbara, but it's certainly one of the most charming boutique options (the fireplaces in each room definitely help). It's situated on a residential street, but lies only three blocks from State Street, Santa Barbara's main drag. This hotel has all the essentials -- continental breakfast, free parking, free Wi-Fi -- but the pool is small, the open-air fitness area is smaller, and there's no on-site restaurant. Still, it may be a good option for visitors seeking a quiet, convenient Spanish-style retreat.

Simpson House Inn

Simpson House Inn Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The quaint and upscale Simpson House Inn resides in a quiet residential area in an old Victorian home, originally built in 1872. This lovely bed and breakfast features two wrap-around porches on two levels, with wicker chairs overlooking the expansive lush property. The grounds are well maintained with flowering hydrangeas and lime trees. Some outdoor benches are worn and weathered, but it adds to the old-fashioned charm of the inn. Guests have the option of choosing from standard rooms, suites or cottages, which all feature a little patio or balcony, as well as a fireplace. The decor is consistent with the late 1800s, with lovely antiques and brass bathroom fixtures, though at times the floral carpeting or bedding may feel a bit dowdy. The free breakfast (enjoyed in the dining room or from the privacy of guest rooms), evening wine tastings and hors d'oeuvres, and the in-room spa treatments are nice perks.

The Eagle Inn

The Eagle Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 15-room Eagle Inn is a quaint but basic B&B in Santa Barbara, near the water but a bit of the trek from restaurants and shops on State Street. Like many B&Bs, each of the rooms is a bit different, and there are very few on-site amenities. However, the rooms feel cozy and tidy, and many are updated with extras such as flat-screen TVs, Jacuzzi tubs, private balconies, kitchenettes, and fireplaces. The Eagle Inn is a good deal -- offering free Internet, free breakfast, and free bicycle rentals -- and a popular romantic getaway spot. All in all, it's a solid value pick in pricey Santa Barbara, though it's worth comparing rates with Hotel Santa Barbara and Hotel Oceana.

Harbor House Inn

Harbor House Inn Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Harbor House Inn looks like something out of a Disney fairytale: Charming and quaint, this 17-room bed and breakfast-style inn sits in a quiet residential area just minutes from West Beach. All rooms are decked with antique furnishings and unique decor. Some studios are more modern, with big upholstered sleigh beds and intricately decorated bathrooms, while others have a homey, but more basic, feel. Guests are welcomed with a free breakfast basket, and can help themselves to free bike rentals to ride the town. Although the inn has no pool, it's close to the beach and a slew of tourist attractions, such as Stearn's Wharf.

Inn on Summer Hill

Inn on Summer Hill Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Inn on Summer Hill is a charming beachside bed and breakfast located in the coastal village of Summerland. From the outside, the inn resembles a typical beach home with shaker siding and white decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The interior is more country than beachy, with wood-paneled walls or ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs in each room. Rooms, which are decorated in a homey style, also have balconies that offer ocean views -- though the Pacific lies just beyond busy Route 101. Each room is different; some have wardrobes and side tables with hand-painted floral designs, while others feature wood flooring instead of carpets. The furniture is nice, but large canopy beds in the rooms makes the space seem crowded. The inn has no pool, but it does have a nice outdoor Jacuzzi that's shaded by white latticework. Overall, it's a lovely place for business and weekend travelers.

Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara

Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Located directly across the street from the ocean, Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara is a cute beachside property ideally located minutes from downtown. The Spanish-style exterior is right at home among the area's palm trees and beach, while the rooms are more simple and modern (though some are extremely tiny or a bit dingy). Each guest room features wood flooring and bright white walls with green-paisley and pink-stripe accents. With iPod docks and LCD flat-screen TVs, the rooms are up-to-date, though the basic bathrooms lack personality. The hotel has two mid-sized pools with private cabanas, but they tend to take on a lot of shade throughout the day. Ultimately, with a great locale near the beach, wharf, pier, and downtown Santa Barbara, Hotel Oceana is a nice choice for tourists and families wanting a quiet place close to the city's action.

Castillo Inn at the Beach

Castillo Inn at the Beach Rating: 2.5 Pearls

While not directly on the beach, this budget-friendly, motel-style property is located about a block away from the marina at Santa Barbara Harbor. It’s close to Stearns Warf, a popular tourist attraction with lots of shopping and dining options. There are few on-site features, but guests can park for free right in front of their rooms, which were renovated in 2013. The Mediterranean-inspired architecture and decor is more attractive than some may expect from a motel.

Hotel Santa Barbara

Hotel Santa Barbara Rating: 2.5 Pearls

This classic 1926 hotel lies on the heart of Santa Barbara's famous State Street, known as a popular destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Hotel Santa Barbara is well suited for business travelers, with two meeting rooms, free daily breakfast, and an on-site Starbucks. The French-inspired guest rooms are splashed with butter cream yellows, pale blues and floral decor, which looks pleasant enough (albeit it a little tacky and dated). The bathrooms are outdated and have shower/tub combos, and some carpets could do with replacing. Although the State Street location is convenient, guests would get more for their money at nearby Hotel Oceana, which faces the ocean and has two pools and a fitness center.

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