Just two hours north of Los Angeles wedged in between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Coast, lies the sun-drenched jewel of Santa Barbara.

With its Mediterranean-style weather, sandy beaches and Spanish-style architecture, the region has come to be known as the ‘American Riviera’.

Offering an array of outdoor activities, locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine and a thriving wine country, it’s easy to see why everyone’s stopping over in Santa Barbara to explore and discover.

But where to stay and soak it all in? Here we reveal 3 of the regions’ boutique hotels on 3 budgets – ‘Save, Spend and Splurge’.


Save – The Goodland Hotel

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With a local and laidback attitude, Santa Barbara’s The Goodland Hotel epitomises all things Californian with a boutique twist.

Located in Goleta, this chic hotel has surf-inspired guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, as well as live music, outdoor movies and events.


Spend – The Canary


Ideally located down town in Santa Barbara, The Canary is an all-time favourite Spanish colonial boutique gem.

A swank ambience coupled with city views, hand-painted tiles and wrought iron takes the cake of all hotels here, while the rooftop pool terrace and in-room dining from esteemed ‘Finch and Fork’ restaurant puts the cherry on top.


Splurge – Belmond El Encanto

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As the name suggests, Belmond El Encanto is an enchanting yet iconic hotel sitting high in the hills of Santa Barbara amidst the lush gardens.

With views across the region and out to the Pacific Ocean, you may be forgiven for wanting to laze by the zero-edge swimming pool all afternoon while sipping a cocktail or two. Meander through the 7 acres of the hotel’s landscaped gardens at sunset, or treat yourself to an in-house spa experience to wind down at the end of your day.

Do you have a favourite hotel in Santa Barbara?