Looking for a comfortable, clean place to stay, but hesitant to commit to any of the more expensive options? Santa Barbara offers plenty of more budget-friendly places to stay that will let you still be able to enjoy your trip and worry about one less expense. We’ve picked our favorites for you — these vetted value stays will be exactly what you’re looking for.
Feature Photo Courtesy of the Best Western Plus Santa Barbara
Avania Inn of Santa Barbara
128 Castillo St., Santa Barbara
Whether you’re coming with your family, friends or just yourself, the Avania Inn of Santa Barbara will provide a comfortable yet inexpensive stay. Take advantage of the free breakfast bar and heated swimming pool, but if you’re looking to explore the city itself, West Beach is within walking distance and downtown isn’t too far, either. The price point won’t be found at many other hotels, so don’t hesitate to book your stay here today.
TIP: Kill your late night cravings or curb your midday appetite by using their 24-hour room service.
Riviera Beach House
121 State St., Santa Barbara
In the heart of Santa Barbara’s famed and beloved Funk Zone, staying at the Riviera Beach House will immerse you in the neighborhood’s diverse, but fun, culture. Unique to other hotels you might be interested in, their selection of standard rooms are euro-sized, micro rooms and are even eco-friendly — or, you can choose to stay in one of their deluxe rooms for additional access to a private garden patio. On-site dining features food from Santal Mezcal Mexican Restaurant. Complimentary bike rentals are available for guests, too, so rest-assured that your stay here will allow you to maximize your time spent in Santa Barbara for a price that won’t break the bank.
TIP: If you’re looking to explore the surrounding Funk Zone, rent one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes.
Best Western Plus Santa Barbara
2220 Bath St., Santa Barbara
If you want to be close to much of what Santa Barbara can offer but also want to save a penny, this Best Western location will make for a great option — you’ll only be a few miles from the Funk Zone, downtown and other local attractions such as the Museum of Natural History. If you are traveling with a larger group or planning to stay in town for a longer period of time, townhouses and suites featuring full kitchens are available as well. The hotel itself provides many additional amenities — such as coin-operated laundry, exercise facilities and a pool — to make your stay with them as comfortable and worth your while as possible.
TIP: Hoping to wear your favorite shirt more than once on your trip? Use this hotel’s coin-operated guest laundry service.
336 W Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
Located across from the Santa Barbara Harbor, this inn is true to its name and perfectly reflects the comfortable yet chic aesthetic of the city itself. Depending on your preferences, you can also choose a poolside room for easy access, or a parkside or harborside room for stunning views of the surrounding area. Start your days here with their continental breakfast buffet, and end them at one of the nearby, beloved restaurants like Toma Restaurant and Bar for Mediterranean cuisine or Brophy Bros for their delicious variety of seafood and American food. Enjoy their heated pool, too, open all day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
TIP: Flew here and need an easy way to access your boarding pass? Print it out at the hotel’s business center, located in the lobby and available to all guests.