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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.
Belmond El Encanto

Belmond El Encanto Rating: 4.5 Pearls

El Encanto is a gorgeous historic landmark in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara and the ocean beyond. It underwent a long, expensive renovation that preserved its character while adding modern perks to luxury bungalows, like automatic espresso machines and bathrooms with heated floors. The spa is beautifully done, and even the fitness center has aesthetic appeal with cardio machines set under an arbor on a brick patio. Active guests can hop on free rental bikes to get around. For everything else, expect to pay during a stay here -- a breakfast burrito costs as much as buffets at less storied hotels.
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 stone fireplaces and pour-poster canopy beds; some have private outdoor whirlpool tubs. A chic swimming pool and charming Californian cuisine restaurant set in a flowering garden have 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.
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.
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.
The Upham Hotel & Country House

The Upham Hotel & Country House Rating: 3.5 Pearls

The Upham Hotel & Country House is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California. It's actually two sister properties: the boutique Upham comprised of small bungalows and elegant cottages surrounded by green space, and the Country House, a restored Victorian building that operates like a traditional bed and breakfast. Both share amenities and offer wine and refreshments throughout the day, though Country House serves a more full-fledged breakfast. Rooms are all individually decorated, varying widely depending on the building, but even the tiny standard bungalows have private patios.
Spanish Garden Inn

Spanish Garden Inn Rating: 3.5 Pearls

It's all about the charming guest rooms, walkable location, and pretty grounds at the three-and-a-half pearl Spanish Garden Inn. 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 free essentials -- a healthy breakfast, underground parking, and fast Wi-Fi -- but the pool is small, the open-air fitness center is smaller, and there's no on-site restaurant. Still, all rooms come with balconies, fireplaces, and French press coffeemakers and friendly staff can arrange in-room spa services. The boutique hotel is a good option for couples seeking a quiet, convenient Spanish-style retreat.


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