Best Romantic Getaway Hotels in Santa Barbara

Best Romantic Getaway Hotels in Santa Barbara

When you and your partner are hoping for a romantic escape unlike any other, Santa Barbara is a wonderful choice — it’s intimately charming and rich with history. The same can be said about many of the beautiful hotels here, and you’ll probably find yourself struggling to make a decision about which one you’ll want to stay in. But our curated list of our favorite romantic getaway picks will make it easier; choose one of these for your next visit, and you won’t be disappointed.

Feature Photo Courtesy of Palihouse

Harbor House Inn

104 Bath St., Santa Barbara


This inn is located only one block from West Beach, so you’ll be close enough to a romantic sunset on the water, or walk to your beach day without having to worry about parking. There are 17 unique rooms, many of which are studios with perks such as a deluxe spa bathroom or a fireplace that will make your stay a worthwhile one with your partner. All rooms will have a fridge — varying in size, depending —, WiFi, smart TV and other baseline amenities as well.

TIP: Check out their fun garage — open from 8 a.m. to sunset, you’ll have access to complimentary 3-speed beach cruisers, beach umbrellas, chairs and towels.

Kimpton Canary Hotel

31 W Carrillo St., Santa Barbara


To embrace Santa Barbara’s culture in an intimate, yet comfortably classy way, this Spanish-style hotel will be perfect for your trip with your partner. Since it belongs to the Kimpton Hotel chain, expect nothing short of great accommodations — from a stunning rooftop pool and fireplace lounge area to a partnership with a luxury spa, you’ll be able to build your idealistic romantic getaway.

TIP: Headed to a romantic dinner but wish you had something special to wear? You can now borrow from a small selection of Anthropologie pieces, free of any additional charges.

Palihouse Santa Barbara

915 Garden St., Santa Barbara


There are multiple locations of Palihouse hotels throughout the U.S., and each one is dedicated to reflecting its community — here, the Mediterranean theme will perfectly complement your desire for cozy romance. Grab a cabana by the pool and order a drink with your loved one, or visit the garden café for a memorable dining experience; you can even rent a private dining space for an even more intimate meal with your partner. Or, stay in the room and enjoy a deep soaking tub and time by the fireplace.

TIP: Don’t want to leave your furry friend at home? Palihouse is a pet-friendly hotel, and even offers an in-stay pet program called the Pawlisociety so your getaway can remain stress-free. 

Simpson House Inn

121 E Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara


Surrounded by an acre of beautiful gardens, this Victorian-era boutique inn will make for a dreamy vacation. You can opt for a room in their Manor House or Carriage House, or rent your own cottage if you prefer a more private, intimate stay. Regardless of your choice, you will be guaranteed daily refreshments, including a gourmet breakfast and an evening wine hour with an hors d’oeuvres reception. For guests that hope to unwind by reading, there’s a library on-site, and for those that prefer time at the spa, a variety of massages will be available and will be brought to you so you and your partner can enjoy the comfort of your private space.

TIP: If you want to indulge your dreams of a romantic breakfast in bed, you can opt to have it delivered to your room instead of eating on the patio. 

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