The most romantic hotels in Santa Barbara

Top 15 of the most romantic hotels in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is one of the most romantic cities in one of the most romantic cities states in the USA. Beloved by the couple’s from all over the globe this is a place seemingly made for people in love. The beautiful coastal scenery makes a perfect backdrop but if you happen to tire of romantic sunset strolls then there are also plenty of things to do as well. Start the afternoon to a visit to a Santa Barbara winery where you can impress your loved one with some of the state’s most glorious vintages, go for a romantic picnic in The Rose Garden and then end the evening at a romantic candlelit dinner for two on restaurant patio adorned with fire pits and fairy lights. Now you just need to find a place to stay for you and your squeeze, so here are the best and most romantic hotels in Santa Barbara…

Belmond El Encanto – an iconic and romantic Santa Barbara hideaway which also offers stunning views

A romantic guest house in Santa Barbara



Belmond El Encanto - Santa Barbara romance

Belmond El Encanto - Santa Barbara

With perfect weather and period chic, the Belmond El Encanto charms couples seeking the perfect romantic getaway. Enjoy celebrated cuisine on the terrace to twinkling stars and susurrating surf at this popular five-star hotel. Your stay wouldn’t be complete without pampering, and there is an array of couples Spa treatments on offer here.

The romantic suites and bedrooms are a heady mix of colonial Spanish and Californian design and allow you to relax on super comfy beds wrapped in sumptuous robes from lavish marble bathrooms. Enjoy HD TV while treating yourself to something from the minibar, while upgrades include fireplaces, and private terraces serve to further elevate the luxury. The precise fitting of style and luxury ensure consistently ensure that this hotel is one of the best for couples breaks in Santa Barbara.

Hideaway Santa Barbara – a beautiful new and romantic hotel not too far from the beach

A cozy Hideaway in Santa Barbara

Hideaway Santa Barbara - a romantic suite

Cute and romantic hotel Santa Barbara

When you imagine the shades and forms of the ideal ocean room, the Hideaway Santa Barbara‘s unfussy chic has them all. Where better for that romantic hideaway? Waking outside to enjoy the blossom bouquets and gentle sea breezes is heaven on earth here at this four-star hotel. Located just a short walk from the Funk Zone and a quick trail hike from the harbor, Santa Barbara’s attractions are close by.

The Californian Riviera, renowned for its cuisine and wine production, is waiting just for you. After a day of cuisine and culture, relax on your King bed, swaddled in robes, and pristine with potions from the sleek bathroom. Cuddle up in front of the TV or check your messages, courtesy of free Wi-Fi. The Hideaways setting, style, and elegance combine to earn excellent ratings on TripAdvisor.

Kimpton Canary Hotel – an elegant Spanish-style hotel offering four-poster beds perfect for couples

A romantic four poster bed in Santa Barbara

Romantic swimming pool Santa Barbara

Romantic hotel dining room Santa Barbara

Built-in colonial Spanish style with a dash of modern California, the four-star Canary hotel exudes relaxed sophistication. Rest assured, your romantic getaway is off to a fine start here. The Kimpton Canary Hotel is located in downtown Santa Barbara near State Street, cuisine, music, and art combine, producing an enjoyable ambiance for couples on vacation.

Cool off on the pool deck with its shaded corners and cooling waters or step up the pampering with the Spas many couples’ treatments. As the day closes, luxuriate on the Frette linen of your King bed, wrapped in robes, feeling purified by premium bathroom potions. Cuddle up to a movie on the HD TV and check your messages courtesy of free Wi-Fi while planning which bits of Santa Barbara to explore next.

Simpson House Inn – an award-winning luxury estate hotel with romantic cottages

Romantic historic hotel Santa Barbara

Romantic cabin Santa Barbara

Charming and romantic hotel in Santa Barbara

Winner of the 2019 Travelers’ Choice Award, the Simpson House Inn is a four-star hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, located just minutes away from a wealth of museums, galleries, and restaurants. Take advantage of free bicycles to experience the sites and sounds of the city.

As an adult only hotel, it’s ideal for relaxing, romantic getaways and the innkeeper will make reservations at one of the hand-selected restaurants, serving cuisines from Sushi to classic Italian and everything between. Retire to the Victorian elegance of your room or cottage with a King bed to luxuriate on and free Wi-Fi for entertainment. The Inn brings pampering to you with spa treatments in the comfort of your room.

Ritz Carlton Bacara – an upscale, Mediterranean-style resort perfect for impressing your loved one

Very romanic hotel in Santa Barbara

Romantic hotel view Santa Barbara

Romantc Fire pit Santa Barbara

Nestled in 78 acres with two miles of beach, the Ritz Carlton Bacara is a five-star sparkling gem nestled away on the Santa Barbara coast. The artful Mediterranean design combines with natural beauty making it the perfect for romantic escapes. Beyond the famed vineyards, the restaurants, bars, and attractions of California’s Riviera await.

Experience high-quality dining in-house with a wide choice of restaurants, or head to the Spa to enjoy a pampering for couples, that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. When night falls, luxuriate on your King bed, cosseted in robes, and perfectly pampered with Asprey bathroom products. Snuggle up to a movie courtesy of free Wi-Fi and then fall asleep soundly before greeting a new day from your romantic ocean-view balcony.

Kimpton Goodland – a casual upscale hotel which makes a great base for a stylish and romantic break

Kimpton Goodland - romantic places to stay in Santa Barbara

Romance in Santa Barbara

This thriving mid-range hotel in Goleta is archetypal of a California we imagine before we get there. With sunshine and coastline, it talks of longboards, music, and mid-century motifs. The ocean air exudes a vitality you can unleash in the state-of-the-art fitness center. If Californian culinary temptations didn’t make your list today, enjoy great food from Outpost, or libations from Good Bar.

Enjoy romantic evenings luxuriating on the super comfy bed, relaxed in robes, and feeling all pristine from Atelier bathroom products. Bathe in the warm glow of the sunset as you cuddle up together for a movie on the HDTV. Keep current with free Wi-Fi and keep indulged from the gourmet honor bar. The blend of light touch Californian style and friendly service makes the Kimpton Goodland ideal for that romantic getaway.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara – a luxury resort built in a colonial Spanish style and set in lush gardens and perfect for couples in love

Beautiful and romantic hotel in Santa Barbara

Ultra romantic hotel in Santa Barbara

Romantic hotel garden Santa Babara

Set in 22 verdant acres, the Four Seasons Resort a five-star icon of the Californian Riviera that sits resplendently in the Santa Barbara landscape. Secluded courtyards connected by a weave of paths meander through lush gardens, and here, between the Pacific and Santa Ynez Mountains is the perfect place for a romantic escape. The award-winning Spa provides pampering for partners, while the pool provides space to lazily soak up the sun.

Enjoy excellent food and drinks from Cabana Club or Ty Lounge too. When the sun dips below the Pacific, appreciate your personal sanctuary with bedrooms that offer cool Mediterranean styling, comfortable beds, smart TV and Wi-Fi, and luxury bathrooms with designer toiletries. This upscale romantic Santa Barbara hotel is also home to a world-class fitness center, a sauna and steam room, a whirlpool, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and direct private access to the very beautiful Butterfly Beach.

The Spanish Garden Inn – beautiful and romantic Mediterranean-style  Santa Barbara accommodation set in the historic Presidio District

Four poster bedroom romance in California

Romantic hotel patio in California

Hotel for couples in Santa Barbara

The Spanish Garden Inn pays homage to Santa Barbara’s Spanish heritage, and the colonial styling of this four-star hotel makes it a stylish romantic hideaway. With a mixture of comfortable interiors and refreshing exterior spaces to be found, this hotel provides enough secluded corners to help you forget you are in a busy downtown location. The hotel has a fitness facility and spa to keep you invigorated, as well as an outdoor pool and cozy wine bar.

The colonial styling extends to the uniquely appointed romantic bedrooms where you can nuzzle up together on your sumptuous bed, while appreciating pristine luxury bedding and an array of deluxe bathroom products, before watching a movie on TV. When you wake, enjoy a fresh cup of coffee on your balcony or head down to check out the continental breakfast and complimentary newspapers in the lobby every morning.

Hotel Californian – a stunning upscale and romantic Santa Barbara B&B set a Georgian townhouse

Luxury romantic accommodation in Santa Barbara

Upscale romantic B and B in Santa Barbara

Luxury romance in Santa Barbara

Located in the uber-cool Funk Zone, this Moroccan-Mediterranean fusion hotel soaks up Californian sunshine, creating an incredible chic environment for hip and trendy lovers to enjoy. The décor at the Hotel Californian is a tasteful blend of Mediterranean cool and Moorish motifs, while the clientele are often noted for their fame and fortune.

Surrounded by lively streets buzzing with great bars, beaches, restaurants, and shops, retire back to the romantic Santa Barbara hotel to enjoy drinks at the bar before heading to bed. Your bedroom awaits resplendent with luxury beds, high-class linens, designer bathroom, and own-branded toiletries, ready for you both the snuggle up for a good night’s sleep before heading out once more, into the sun.

Santa Barbara Inn – an elegant upscale hotel with polished romantic rooms

Santa Barbara Inn - romantic places to stay

Santa Barbara romantic inn

A stunning romantic inn Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Inn provides easy access to the Moreton Bay Fig Tree and Santa Barbara Harbor, and the world-famous Californian Riviera has a sunny climate that is just right for romantic getaways, all year round.

Enjoy classic Italian cuisine at Convivo restaurant or a glass of local wine at the bar in the evening before heading up to your bedroom to enjoy Mediterranean styling, plush beds and furnishings, and balcony views. In the morning, head on out to discover the beautiful beaches and scenery around you, as well as a wealth of other local attractions, or hole up at the romantic Santa Barbara hotel to take a dip in the pool or work out in the gym.

Lavender Inn By The Sea – a charming and romantic Santa Barbar hotel located near beautiful beaches and a yacht harbor

Hotel for lovers in Santa Barbara

A charming hotel in Santa Barbara

Named to invoke the scent of its gardens, the Lavender By The Sea nestles two blocks from the beach. Landside, it’s a short walk to the downtown shops and restaurants, making this mid-range inn ideal for special romantic breaks. The Inn brings its very own taste of the Cote D’Azur to the American Riviera with French influences blended with Californians.

Start your days with the complimentary continental breakfast before taking a ride on the free beach cruiser bikes before enjoying a day at the beach. When night falls, sprawl on your pillow-top king bed enjoying a DVD or HBO, or luxuriate in the well-appointed bathroom. In the morning, check your messages courtesy of Wi-Fi while enjoying a fresh coffee or deluxe continental breakfast before getting ready to do it all again.

Cheshire Cat Inn – a romantic historic style B&B set in two Queen Anne-style homes dating from the 19th century

Cheshire Cat Inn Santa Barbara

Cozy inn Santa Barbara

The Cheshire Cat Inn is unique among Santa Barbara’s lodgings and comprises two. Queen Anne Victorian homes, a coach house, and four two-bedroomed cottages, making one very romantic beachside retreat. Located a block from the main shopping street, the entire complex is ensconced in lush flower gardens that are truly beautiful in full bloom.

All of the bedrooms are uniquely decorated and are playfully named after characters from Alice in Wonderland. Offering sumptuous comfort, the air-conditioned rooms also feature super comfy beds, comfortable furnishings, Molton Brown bathing products, and soft fluffy robes. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning before heading out to explore some of the very best restaurants, eateries, and bars that Santa Barbara has to offer.

Corona Del Mar Santa Barbara – a cute and cozy beach cottage located in the East Beach neighbourhood

Romantic beach cottage Santa Barbara

Romantic and cozy cottage Santa Barbara

The Corona Del Mar beach cottages provide a welcome, self-contained, self-catering alternative for couples seeking a relaxed but private, romantic break. Located on Santa Barbara’s East Beach, the cottages are within a stone’s throw of the Pacific Ocean, and a short walk from the downtown shops and eateries.

Each cottage is comfortably appointed with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, foyer, and outdoor patio area. They are well equipped, too, with free parking, air conditioning, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. The mixture of unfussy comfort, independence, privacy, and a location right on the beach make this an excellent alternative to a hotel-based break.

El Montecito Inn – a chic and romantic Spanish-style hotel which was built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin

Romantic luxury accommodation Santa Barbara

Romantic lux places to stay in Santa Barbara

Take your romantic trip in the epitome of Hollywood glamour at the historical four-star Montecito Inn. Dating from as far back as 1928, the Inn was built by silent movie star Charlie Chaplin as a retreat for him and his friends. He may not be there today, but you and your other half can still enjoy a romantic break in this beautiful building.

Experience fine dining at the Montecito Café that serves up Californian Nouvelles cuisine, or enjoy a drink at the friendly bar. Work off the indulgence at the fitness center before winding down in the pool and jacuzzi. Bedrooms are crisp and light with a vintage Californian vibe and come complete with comfortable beds, sumptuous bathrooms, and modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, HD TV, fridges, and minibars. You will want for nothing here and are certain to enjoy a relaxing and romantic stay.

Harbour View Inn – a charming oceanfront hotel three miles from Mission Santa Barbara

Romantic mid range hotel California

Romantic mid range hotel Santa Barbara

The Harbour View Inn is situated in a premium location, providing easy access to the beach, downtown shops, and cultural attractions of Santa Barbara. The romantic Santa Barbara hotel boasts an on-site spa, a fitness center, and a heated pool, making it perfect for couples looking to make the most of their time together in this beautiful corner of the world.

Enhance the intimacy on offer with meals on private balconies, overlooking the ocean, or enjoy a cocktail or two together at the pool bar. Bedrooms here are spacious and comfortable with sumptuous king-size beds, Wi-Fi, HD TV, coffee making facilities, iron and hairdryers, while upgrades also offer waffle robes and a gourmet minibar. This hotel’s commitment to comfort and service have earned it excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, and one of the most iconic in the area.

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