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Top Santa Barbara Historic Hotels

Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
The price is CA $322 per night
4.9/5Exceptional! (64 reviews)
Wonderful Week

"The Affordable Beach Penthouse was wonderful for our visit to Santa Barbara. We come here often to visit our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. This is by far our favorite vacation rental in the Santa Barbara area. The location is perfect, two blocks to the ocean and a short walk to State St. ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 26, 2020

Affordable Beach Penthouse - 2 Blocks to Beach and Town
Simpson House Inn
5 out of 5
121 East Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $376 per night
4.8/5Exceptional! (331 reviews)

"Its a must!!! It was better than expected highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

Simpson House Inn
Affordable Beach Getaway - 2 Blocks to Beach & Town
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4.8/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Fantastic property and location

"Everything about our stay in this Santa Barbara property was great. The unit is in a building that looks like a grand old house from the outside, but once you're in it, each unit is very private and stand-alone. There were many nice touches like a Nespresso machine with pods provided, a very nice ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 18, 2020

Affordable Beach Getaway - 2 Blocks to Beach & Town
Exceptional Ocean Getaway - 2 Blocks to Beach, Public Pool & Downtown
4.8/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Enchanting

"Many great memories at the perfect enchanting property ."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2020

Exceptional Ocean Getaway - 2 Blocks to Beach, Public Pool & Downtown
Cheshire Cat Inn
3 out of 5
36 West Valerio Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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4.7/5Exceptional! (436 reviews)

"Tasteful updating, impeccably clean, in a very convenient location. Free off-street parking."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

Cheshire Cat Inn
Close Walk To E. Beach 2 Bed,1 Ba @ Cocovillasb Rentals 30/ngt Minim.,clean,saf
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Apartment near East Beach

"The apartment was clean and spacious and less than a mile walk to beach. Also close to grocery stores and easy access to 101 and downtown area. Was very helpful to have the 2 car garage to pull into every time we arrived home and not have to worry about finding a parking space on the street. Owners ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2019

Close Walk To E. Beach 2 Bed,1 Ba @ Cocovillasb Rentals 30/ngt Minim.,clean,saf
Ojai Valley Inn
5 out of 5
905 Country Club Rd, Ojai, CA
The price is CA $804 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (945 reviews)

"Beautiful views. Very clean. Friendly staff. Comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

Ojai Valley Inn
Belmond El Encanto
5 out of 5
800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara, CA
The price is CA $664 per night
4.7/5Exceptional! (363 reviews)

"The hotel is one of the best 5 stars I have stayed in."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Belmond El Encanto
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
4 out of 5
2860 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos, CA
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4.7/5Exceptional! (285 reviews)

"This is a very nice property with exceptional rooms. 2 2 Wine tasting and a bottle of their wine is offered complementary. You may have to ask for the wine. Fess Parker winery is right up the road and is beautiful and Jack is hilarious and very informative. Join the wine club and take some home or ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant
4 out of 5
409 First Street, Solvang, CA
The price is CA $213 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (357 reviews)

"Loved the restaurant - dinner and breakfast were amazing. Great large size L'Occitane amenities, and quick stroll to the shops downtown."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 24, 2020

Mirabelle Inn and Restaurant
Kimpton Canary Hotel
4 out of 5
31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellation
The price is CA $485 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. We stayed just one night in a junior suite. The room was spacious and was decorated in a colorful fun way. The bed was very comfortable and the bath spacious enough. The lighting in the bath was good, which is my typically pet peeve with hotels! It’s too bad they don’t have exercise ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

Kimpton Canary Hotel
Affordable Executive Getaway - 2 blocks to Beach & Town w/private parking
4.5/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)
Santa Barbara Executive Getaway

"We had a great time at this property. Very clean and comfortable. Location was very close to beach, Funk Zone, restaurants. Check-in was very easy. Lovely quiet property in a nice neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Affordable Executive Getaway - 2 blocks to Beach & Town w/private parking
Casa Ojai Inn
2.5 out of 5
1302 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA
The price is CA $171 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"Very nice place and relatively quiet because it’s at the edge of town. Jacuzzi and pool were good. Would have been perfect with an exercise room."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Casa Ojai Inn
Montecito Inn
4 out of 5
1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $224 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (1,782 reviews)

"beautiful hotel. Staff was great. They have free Tesla charging, which was great for our overnight stay, and its a great location - near restaurants and shops. Best pillows and towels of our weeklong trek up the CA coast. Bathroom is small, but charming. Would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Montecito Inn
Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
2.5 out of 5
17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA
Free cancellation
The price is CA $160 per night
4.2/5Very Good! (817 reviews)

"Hotel was top notch in service & cleanliness. Had sanitizer, gloves & masks available in the lobby. Is walking distance to downtown for farmers market & shopping. However, we had to pay for hotel handicap parking."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 4, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
King Frederik Inn
2 out of 5
1617 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $113 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Great central location & family friendly! Very helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

King Frederik Inn
Chantico Inn
2.5 out of 5
406 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $230 per night
4/5Very Good! (431 reviews)

"Ideally located on the main road but within walking distance of downtown Ojai, this quiet property was the perfect getaway for my husband and me recently. The hotel was clean and quiet and the beds are super comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful and the swimming pool was sunny and private. ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Chantico Inn
Kronborg Inn
2.5 out of 5
1440 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA
The price is CA $155 per night
3.9/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"The Jacuzzi suite was fantastic. The property overall was smaller than expected, but that's not a bad thing."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2020

Kronborg Inn
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About Santa Barbara Historic Hotels

When you go on a Santa Barbara trip out of town, it's easy to decide on a chain you are familiar with, or a modern hotel. You know that your accommodation will have all the conveniences. However, staying in an in a more unique hotel can elevate your stay. Staying in a Santa Barbara historic hotel allows you to still have a fully-furnished room and one with lots of character. Furthermore, it provides you the opportunity to surround yourself in Santa Barbara's history.

If These Walls Could Talk

Many of the historic accommodations transport you to a past era as soon as you step into the lobby. With Victorian-style and addresses in the heart of the city, it will become obvious what makes Santa Barbara renowned. Luckily, you aren't required to live like the hotel's past occupants. While these lodgings are older, they have many up-to-date conveniences to help you relax on your trip. You will discover your room outfitted with a comfy bed and just about anything else you'll want for a marvellous visit.

Once you've checked out the hotel property, you can continue to take in this culturally-rich area by checking out the art galleries and well-known landmarks. With several historically key landmarks in Santa Barbara, you can take a long walk through this area's past during your visit. Begin your journey by seeing Rafael Gonzalez House or Santa Barbara Mission. If you still have some time remaining you can venture to Santa Barbara County Courthouse to see more of Santa Barbara. If you need more recommendations, be sure to ask your hotel's front desk, or go through the 9972 comments. Our review section provides tips from fellow visitors that may point you to a great spot to eat or more sightseeing opportunities while you are in Santa Barbara

Your Santa Barbara Hotel Is Ready for You

Santa Barbara has 621 vintage hotels that have the look and feel of another era. Some of these hotel rooms are where notable musicians stayed. You're certain to find a hotel that has all the amenities and the charm you desire. Take advantage of the great Santa Barbara deals here at Expedia, and make your visit unforgettable with a stay in one of these unique accommodations.

Frequently asked questions

What should a history buff expect from a stay in Santa Barbara?
Visitors love the rich history they find on a trip to Santa Barbara. And while you’re here, you can visit the array of shops and scenic seaside. And also relish a stop at the top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.
What's the best hotel in Santa Barbara to learn about local history?
Based on our travel expertise, Chantico Inn is a top hotel on Expedia for those interested in history, and it features an outdoor pool and free WiFi. A couple of other options near historic sites include Kimpton Canary Hotel and King Frederik Inn.
How many historical hotels are located in Santa Barbara?
In Santa Barbara, there are 624 hotels and other accommodations bookable on Expedia, including 123 designated as historic hotels or close to historic sites.
What are the top historical sites and other places to visit in Santa Barbara?
Santa Barbara is notable for landmarks like Presidio Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and Mission Santa Barbara. Cultural venues include Santa Barbara Bowl, Lobero Theater, and Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Other popular sights include Los Padres National Forest and Stearns Wharf.
What is a historic hotel like in Santa Barbara?
By booking a historic hotel, guests can enjoy a vacation in a place that has an officially recognized historic designation. A palace, castle, stately home or even a lodge, pub, or skyscraper can be transformed into a historic hotel as long as it’s a place of special interest. Traditional architecture and period features are often preserved in the communal spaces and guestrooms of such hotels in Santa Barbara, bringing the history to life.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
You’ll often hear the term “heritage hotel” in Asia and Europe, while “historic hotel” is a term often used in the U.S. though overall the terms are quite similar. The building and architecture of historic hotels tend to be the most significant aspect. For a heritage hotel, it’s mainly the cultural value as well as how it shaped the community.
Do historic hotels in Santa Barbara have modern facilities?
Hotel interiors feature the modern conveniences and safety features you’ve come to expect, though efforts have been made to preserve treasured traditions and historic facades. Smart TVs, WiFi, updated bathroom facilities, and the usual amenities found in most hotels will be available in a historic hotel. Rest assured that when you select a historic hotel in Santa Barbara, you won’t find a place that’s uncomfortable for guests or simply rundown.

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