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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Rating: 5.0 Pearls

The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is a 207-room, five-star luxury property that lives up to the Four Seasons brand expectations in terms of location, amenities, and style. The relaxed elegance of the 1920s-era Spanish Colonial architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds give the resort a timeless feel. Only a few hotels in this region can compare; the San Ysidro Ranch is one, but it lacks the Four Seasons' oceanfront location.
Bacara Resort & Spa

Bacara Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls

There is much to love about the Bacara, a destination resort located on a rocky stretch of coastline about 20 minutes west of Santa Barbara. It has a gorgeous spa, two respected golf courses, top-tier organic Spanish cuisine, a kid- and pet-friendly vibe, and gorgeous coastal scenery. It's expensive, even after you check in, but many guests find the splurge worthwhile.
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.
Hyatt Santa Barbara

Hyatt Santa Barbara Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The 171-room Hyatt Santa Barbara is an upper-middle-range hotel that sits across from the ocean in a collection of historic, Spanish colonial-style buildings with white stucco walls and red tile roofs. It’s located around two miles from the main tourist attractions in Santa Barbara. Rooms are basic and a bit tired with loud air conditioning units; some rooms have terraces with gorgeous ocean views.The hotel charges for parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast.
El Capitan Canyon

El Capitan Canyon Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Twenty miles north of Santa Barbara, situated on 300 acres of canyon wilderness, El Capitan Canyon offers a camping, or "glamping," experience with enough modern conveniences to satisfy travelers who would rather just semi-rough it. Guests stay in cabins, tents, or yurts; only cabins have en-suite bathrooms. All accommodations have electricity and wooden floors. El Capitan Canyon provides the fun and adventure of camping but with many of the comforts of a hotel.
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.
The Sandman Inn

The Sandman Inn Rating: 2.5 Pearls

The Sandman Inn, a value hotel with a '50s-style breakfast area and 112 modern rooms, also has two outdoor heated pools and a big hot tub. It has a large breakfast selection, and is a good family-friendly budget pick, but be aware that it’s a 10-minute drive from downtown Santa Barbara, making a car necessary. Guests may also want to check out the Inn at East Beach, a smaller hotel closer to the beach but with slightly higher rates.
Ramada Limited Santa Barbara

Ramada Limited Santa Barbara Rating: 2.5 Pearls

This 126-room budget-friendly chain hotel draws business travelers and families with its relaxing outside space and its location within a 10-minute drive of both the airport and downtown Santa Barbara. The swimming pool and adjacent koi pond, a relaxing spot to view ducks and turtles, are highlights. All room levels have the same decor: updated bedding with white duvets, fresh carpeting, and dated pecan furniture. The free continental breakfast, free airport shuttle, and free Wi-Fi add value, but those looking to be within walking distance of the beach should compare rates with the Castillo Inn.
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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