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Top Santa Barbara Family Hotels

Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
3 out of 5
433 Corona Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $217 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (546 reviews)

"Close to the beach. Nice neighborhood. Owners were very friendly. The homemade bread and breakfast was tasty."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2020

Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara
Hotel Corque
4 out of 5
400 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA
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4.6/5Exceptional! (3,192 reviews)

"pool was heated and available till 9pm. No microwave in room."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Hotel Corque
Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
3 out of 5
223 Castillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $237 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,825 reviews)

"Cozy, clean, and up to date rooms.Great customer service, helpful."…"

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach
O'cairns Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
940 E Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA
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The price is CA $171 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (577 reviews)

"Staff very friendly and helpful. Had a problem with hair dryer and it was immediately taken care of. Made to order breakfast was great every day whether it was omelets , waffles or whatever. Wait staff absolute great. Will definitely stay there every time we return to the area."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

O'cairns Inn & Suites
Castillo Inn at the Beach
2.5 out of 5
22 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $111 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,689 reviews)

"The patio was awesome, the rooms were large, staff was friendly, very clean, very comfortable, close to beach, reasonably priced...overall 10 in every category 👍🏾"…"

Reviewed on May 23, 2020

Castillo Inn at the Beach
Royal Copenhagen Inn
2.5 out of 5
1579 Mission drive, Solvang, CA
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The price is CA $117 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,756 reviews)

"Clean, quiet and attractive. Located in center of town - the ultimate walkable location. Found great food, pizza, breakfast and drinks within a few blocks. Spend your time browsing rather than driving to town."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

Royal Copenhagen Inn
Best Western Plus South Coast Inn
2.5 out of 5
5620 Calle Real, Goleta, CA
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The price is CA $177 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,930 reviews)

"The remote for tv didn’t work. Other than that all good. Thanks"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 21, 2020

Best Western Plus South Coast Inn
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria
2.5 out of 5
5606 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA
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The price is CA $195 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (1,595 reviews)

"Beautiful property in Carpinteria, great breakfast, great staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 13, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria
Inn By The Harbor
2.5 out of 5
433 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $221 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (1,669 reviews)

"This Inn is always perfect. Clean, great location and amazing breakfast, wine and cheese and milk and cookies. The staff is always polite and they go above and beyond to make everything very nice. Frank is always there when I stay and he goes out of his way to make sure we have everything we ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2020

Inn By The Harbor
Pea Soup Andersen's Inn
2 out of 5
51 East Hwy. 246, Buellton, CA
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The price is CA $110 per night
4.2/5Very Good! (2,031 reviews)

"We had a very pleasant stay, very clean and nice. We'll be back here again."…"

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Pea Soup Andersen's Inn
Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites
3.5 out of 5
2220 Bath Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $201 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,629 reviews)

"It’s on a great location close to everything the zoo, downtown and the mission places I wanted to see and the place is cozy and clean and the suite was perfect for me and my family specially when you have kids and I would stay there again if I go with my family and staff was very friendly and the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 17, 2020

Best Western Plus Encina Inn & Suites
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Lompoc
2.5 out of 5
1621 N H St, Lompoc, CA
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The price is CA $132 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,039 reviews)

"This is a nice, clean hotel and the staff is always friendly. This is my first choice when staying in this area because the price is reasonable as well."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Lompoc
Wine Valley Inn
3 out of 5
1564 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA
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The price is CA $139 per night
4/5Very Good! (2,235 reviews)

"My stay at Wine Valley Inn was in May of 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions continued. The staff was kind and accommodating. Coffee was made ready very early in the morning - just for me. The room felt exceptionally clean with bright white, lovely linens. Appreciated having a refrigerator in the room ..."…"

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Wine Valley Inn
Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
3.5 out of 5
4558 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA
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The price is CA $165 per night
4/5Very Good! (2,143 reviews)

"I enjoy staying here! Always feel welcomed. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
4 out of 5
633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $265 per night
4/5Very Good! (2,133 reviews)

"All good, just hope the Covid quarantine ends, the facility is wonderful, we will be back."…"

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Kimpton Goodland
4 out of 5
5650 Calle Real, Goleta, CA
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The price is CA $225 per night
3.9/5Good! (807 reviews)

"I love the record shop and the check in beer at The Goodland !"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

Kimpton Goodland
Sandpiper Lodge
2 out of 5
3525 State St, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $125 per night
3.8/5Good! (2,148 reviews)

"Clean room, well maintained. Staff maintained "safe" distances during covid 19"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 17, 2020

Sandpiper Lodge
Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
3.5 out of 5
202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA
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The price is CA $213 per night
3.8/5Good! (2,330 reviews)

"Location and access to bikes. Lounge sitting areas a big plus"…"

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara
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Where Should We Stay in Santa Barbara?

The walkable destination of Santa Barbara is a great choice if you've been considering a vacation with the kids. The biking trails, beaches, and cafés are just some of the things that make this an attractive family vacation destination. Arrange a flight into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), which is the closest airport, or Santa Ynez, CA (SQA), which is located 25 mi (40.3 km) from the city center. Santa Barbara offers 135 child-friendly hotels and other accommodations so you'll have a variety of options when you're deciding where to stay.

Families on vacation have good things to say about these accommodations:

Brisas del Mar, Inn at the Beach: Offers an outdoor pool, free parking, and free breakfast. Guests like the central location at this 3-star hotel.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Carpinteria - Features an outdoor pool, free valet parking, and free buffet breakfast. This 2.5-star hotel is popular with guests for its overall comfort.

Hotel Milo Santa Barbara - Offers 2 outdoor pools, free cribs, and in-room refrigerators. Guests like the overall comfort and central location at this 3.5-star hotel.

Inn By The Harbor - Features an outdoor pool, free parking, and free breakfast. The overall comfort and central location make this 2.5-star hotel popular with guests.

Hotel Corque - Offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and free parking. Guests like the overall comfort and central location at this 4-star hotel.

When Should We Visit Santa Barbara?

You're likely hoping for good weather for your family trip. Use these tips to plan when to pack up the kids and head to Santa Barbara.

  • Hottest months: September, August, July, and October, with an average temperature of 74°F
  • Coldest months: January, December, November, and February, with an average temperature of 41°F
  • Driest months: May, October, April, and November, with an average rainfall of 0.87 inches
  • Rainiest months: February, January, March, and December, with an average rainfall of 3.41 inches

What Should We See and Do in Santa Barbara?

While you are visiting Santa Barbara, you might want to round up the kiddos and make time to see interesting attractions such as Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in the area's activities like Presidio Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Mission Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara is also well-known for its:
  • Beaches
  • Shopping
  • Historical sites
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Biking

Getting Around Santa Barbara

If you'd like to explore more of the area, hop aboard a train from Santa Barbara Station, Goleta Station, or Carpinteria Station. Santa Barbara might not have very many public transit options so consider renting a car to explore more.

Frequently asked questions

What's Santa Barbara like for family-friendly vacations?
You might want to consider the walkable destination of Santa Barbara if you’ve been thinking about a trip for the whole family. The biking trails, beaches, and cafés are just some of the things that make this an attractive family vacation spot. Fly into Santa Barbara, CA (SBA-Santa Barbara Municipal), which is the closest airport, or Oxnard, CA (OXR), which is located 31.9 mi (51.4 km) from the center of Santa Barbara.
What's the best accommodation for a family vacation to Santa Barbara?
Royal Copenhagen Inn is a property with an outdoor pool and free parking, and it’s a top choice on Expedia for families. Other good options for your kid-friendly vacation include Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn and Pacific Crest Hotel Santa Barbara.
What's the seasonal weather like in Santa Barbara?
The hottest months are usually August and September with an average temp of 64°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 54°F. Average annual rainfall for Santa Barbara is 17 inches.
What's there to see and do with your family in Santa Barbara?
While you are vacationing in Santa Barbara, you and the family might want to see interesting spots such as Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Bowl. Make sure you have plenty of time to take in the area’s activities like Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara Zoo, and Upper State Street.

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