Santa Barbara Getaway - Independent Hotels For Modern Travelers

Santa Barbara makes for a change, for it’s a rather small city, yet a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles. It’s known for beautiful beaches, traditional, historic architecture and tasty cuisine. This is a selection of hotels that add to a memorable stay in the city by the sea - for all kinds of budgets.


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The Agave Inn

This is one for the young, modern travelers - The Agave Inn. The minimalist, light and friendly interior makes for a perfect home away from home. Room rates start at $120 per night and include iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and concierge. You can also save money on eating out by taking advantage of the in-room fridge and microwave. If you want to experience the lesser touristy path, stay here. Beaches and downtown aren’t far; shopping facilities are on your doorstep.  

Canary Hotel

The Canary Hotel is a superior place to stay and offers whatever your heart desires. It’s part of Kimpton Hotels and with average prices starting at $350 per night, it’s definitely for people who appreciate a good place to stay. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, you’ll be close to the beach and have shopping and dining opportunities around the corner. Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool, fitness center, in-room spa, a restaurant, stunning mountain views, and complimentary coffee and tea. Enjoy the rainforest shower, fluffy bedding, boutique chic interior, as well as Wi-Fi.

Montecito Inn

This luxurious hotel is situated at the Pacific Ocean. Very upscale, and rooms at the Montecito Inncome with minibars, CD-players, Wi-Fi, high-quality bedding, and custom bathroom products. Some rooms allow mountain views; average rates per night are about $330. Start off with a complimentary breakfast, then go whale-watching, visit Stearns Wharf or Old Mission Santa Barbara, and use the free bicycle cruisers. Montecito is only a stone’s throw away. Afterwards, go for a dip in the pool or check out the fitness room. You could also book a relaxing spa treatment.

Spanish Garden Inn

Spanish Garden Inn is a luxurious boutique hotel exuding a Mediterranean atmosphere. Enjoy a deluxe breakfast, a heated outdoor pool under the sun, and benefit from the fitness room and in-room spa treatments. Bookworms can get their piece of literature at the hotel library, and read in front of their room’s fireplace. Get your bathrobe on and enjoy local artwork in a cozy, tastefully designed room while drinking freshly pressed coffee on the balcony or your garden patio. Rates vary depending on season but can start at $250. The wharf is within walking distance; art and history are surrounding you.

The Presidio

Excellent price/performance ratio, The Presidio offers a lot for comparatively little - with mountain views on top. Prices start as low as $128 per night, but you can expect cozy, contemporary decorated rooms, complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, beach bike rentals, and an outdoor sundeck. You could even travel with your pet. Hypoallergenic bath products are provided, as well as free HBO access, fluffy bedding and iPhone docking station. Situated in the heart of Santa Barbara, you can head out and explore the historic city by foot and indulge in Californian cuisine.

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