Known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara, CA, has a Mediterranean-like climate year-round, making this coastal, central Californian city a popular destination. The five institutions of higher learning that call Santa Barbara home, including the University of California at Santa Barbara and Antioch University, infuse this youthful town with culturally diverse attractions and abundant shopping, dining and nightlife options.
When you stay at a Santa Barbara hotel, you can visit numerous historic destinations for a better understanding of how this Spanish-influenced city developed. Start at Old Mission Santa Barbara, the restored 18th century structure founded by a Franciscan Friar. Enjoy views of downtown from the red-tiled roof, Spanish-Moorish Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s open-air tower. Learn about the city’s colonial roots at Presidio of Santa Barbara, a 18th-century chapel and military post. This archeological site stands alongside the 1929 Our Lady of Sorrows Church -- one of the state’s most beautiful chapels.
You will find miles of beaches in Santa Barbara, home to some of the best surf breaks on the west coast. Give paddle boarding and body surfing a go at one of Santa Barbara’s many recreationally-zoned beaches.
Described as an eco-tourist’s playground, 300 days of sunshine make walking the serene trails at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Coronado Butterfly Preserve and Los Padres National Forest must-do activities. Explore trails of varying difficulty on San Ysidro Trail and Romero Canyon Trail. Paddle along the shores of the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, dubbed the “Galapagos of North America” for its isolation and more than 100 indigenous flora and fauna species.
Make the most of your stay in this historic location when you book a room at one of the amenity-rich IHG hotels in Santa Barbara. You’ll be sure to relax in style and enjoy all that this cultural town has to offer when you know you have a comfortable, stylish and affordable room to return to.
We have walked by this hotel many times and finally decided to try it. We were pleasantly surprised to find that all the reviews we read were true. This is a very hip hotel with a great ambiance to[More]
it. The rooms were on the small side but were exceptionally clean and very cleverly laid out to make use of every inch of space. We thoroughly enjoyed our first time stay and plan on staying again in the future. The staff were also very helpful and quick to meet our requests. If there was anything negative about our stay it would be the occasional train passing and horn blowing. We stayed in a corner room at the front of the hotel closest to the train tracks. I'm assuming someone was on the tracks so the train was blowing its horn for about a minute straight at 7:00am. Luckily we were already awake but it was pretty darn loud. Other than that our stay was awesome! [Less]
"Best Holiday Inn Express During Our Spring Break Road Trip 2015"
We stayed at 6 HIE properties in California this past April 2015. The Carpinteria property was our absolute favorite. From the pool and hot tub to having breakfast and doing laundry our stay was[More]
wonderful for our family of 5. Updated rooms and beautiful property. Would love to stay again if ever we are in the area. [Less]