Santa Barbara Hotels
After years of planning, permits, and construction, the majestic Bacara finally opened and quickly became a well-known Central Coast resort. It is located on the westernmost coastal edge of Goleta, approximately ten miles north of Santa Barbara and directly adjacent to the popular Sandpiper golf course. It has undergone a recent multi-million dollar renovation and continues to be a popular destination for the rich and famous due to its private location, lush grounds, and scenic coastline. Amenities include luxury guest rooms and suites with spectacular ocean and island views, two oceanfront zero-edge saline swimming pools, luxury cabanas, and four restaurant and lounges including the award-winning Miro restaurant. The Spa at Bacara, a 3,500 square foot fitness center, daily exercise classes, hiking trails, Har-Tru tennis courts, on-site water rentals, and a full-service salon provide for every guest’s total relaxation and wellbeing.
Owned by Ty Warner, who also lives close by, the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort is nestled in a tropically landscaped setting in Montecito, with great views of Butterfly Beach and the stunning Pacific ocean. This hotel is also a favorite of the rich and famous, and besides the Bacara Resort 17 miles to the North, offers the only true oceanfront, luxury resort in the Santa Barbara area. As such, don’t be surprised if you encounter a celebrity in its halls or lounging by the pool of the Coral Casino.
Santa Barbara’s premier downtown hotel, Canary Hotel is the only luxury hotel located immediately downtown in the midst of Paseo Neuvo and all the great shopping and dining it offers. Previously known as the Hotel Andalucia, this hotel features designer interiors, high-tech amenities, and a fantastic rooftop pool area boasting some of the best panoramic views in town. It is also the most recently built hotel in the area so all of the finishes and amenities are in sharp contrast to some older Santa Barbara hotels.
Located directly across from the enormous palm trees and white sand of East Beach, Fess Parker’s DoubleTree is nothing short of fantastic. In addition to amenities including luxurious suites, complementary travel transportation, and tennis and pool facilities, the resort hotel provides the upscale Rodney’s Steakhouse where you will find some of the highest quality dining available in all of Santa Barbara. While its age may make some locals and visitors consider it a step down from newer options like the Canary Hotel, its desirable location across from East Beach makes it perfect for those who want to soak up the sun and take full advantage of all that Santa Barbara’s waterfront has to offer.
Located just two blocks away from pristine Butterfly Beach and just steps away from boutique shopping and some of the city’s finest dining on Coast Village Road, the Montecito Inn is a Montecito classic. The Inn was reputed to have been built in 1928 by cinema legend Charlie Chaplin, originally meant as an escape to paradise for Mr. Chaplin’s closest friends. The Montecito Inn has since become a landmark of local hospitality, and its café is a Montecito local’s favorite. While the hotel is not directly on the beach as is the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, the Montecito Inn offers the easiest and quickest beach access of all other Montecito hotels.
Those who are looking for classic luxury amenities and fine dining, but desire more of a rustic and private setting, need only look a few miles inland to the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito. Here guests will discover a hidden gem of Santa Barbara history, hospitality, and romance. The hotel is famed for being John and Jackie Kennedy’s honeymoon retreat, as well as a peaceful getaway for many classic Hollywood stars. The San Ysidro Ranch offers natural beauty and tranquility in the foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains, where guests can easily access miles of hiking trails, or simply enjoy the view while relaxing poolside.