Downtown Santa Barbara may never rest, but you'll need some shut-eye to take in all of the restaurants, bars, sites, and activities that State Street has to offer. With everything from hipster motels, posh hostelries, and historic B&Bs, there's an accommodation for everyone in the heart of town.
Most of our Top 10 spots are within walking distance to State Street shops, restaurants, and theaters, as well as beaches and Stearns Wharf. A few hotels--like Presidio Motel and Hotel Oceana--offer complimentary cruisers so guests can pedal around downtown, along the ocean side boardwalk on Cabrillo Boulevard, or to nearby destinations like the Old Mission and the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Bed and Breakfasts that made the list include The Upham and Simpson House Inn, both classic Victorian settings deeply rooted in the history of Santa Barbara. For something more modern, Presidio Motel and Agave Inn (Presidio's less centrally located sister motel) are this century's answer to '60s Americana accommodations.
Urban-inclined visitors are in for a treat at Canary Hotel, situated in the hub of State Street, while beach goers should check in to ocean view rooms at Hotel Oceana, Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort, Casa Del Mar Inn, or Cabrillo Inn. No matter where you decide to lay your head, our Top 10 picks promise clean, comfy rooms and warm Santa Barbara hospitality.
1404 De La Vina Street
The oldest continuously operating hotel in Southern California, The Upham has retained its Victorian Santa Barbara charm. The rose gardens are a peaceful setting to relax and the rooms are fresh and cozy... read more
121 East Arrellaga Street
Between Santa Barbara and Anacapa Sts
1620 State Street
Sleek and hip, Presidio redefines the definition of a motel... read more
533 State Street
Comfy digs right on State Street... read more
931 East Cabrillo Boulevard
633 East Cabrillo Boulevard