The Southern Californian sun-soaked gem impresses and enchants its many visitors with its white stuccoed walled buildings, beautiful palm tree lined beaches, superb collection of bars, restaurants, coffeehouses and independent boutique stores as well as its elegant but laid-back atmosphere. It’s also a great place to bring along Fido too, and as well as a good handful of dog friendly beaches (Chase Palm Park, Shoreline Park and Arroyo Burro Beach are just a few), the fantastic Douglas Family Preserve – a sprawling public space spanning 70 acres of undeveloped ocean-front land and an iconic place to take your pooch – and some excellent bars and eateries that will welcome your dog as much as you. Try craft beers at the Lama Dog Tap Room, lunch at the Eureka Restuarant and coffees at Handlebar Coffee. Alternatively, you and your pooch can just hang out the trendy Funk Zone and shops at the Waterline instead. All you need now is a dog-friendly hotel to stay, to help you with your search, here are 15 of the best pet-welcoming hotels in Santa Barbara…
Located just steps from the famous East Beach, the Blue Sands Inn is located at the heart of one of Santa Barbara’s most sought after neighbourhoods. The owners are dedicated to supporting local artisans and artists and source their decor, food and creative touches from as close to home as possible. Beautiful bedrooms and impressive eco-friendly credentials make this a great place to stay. Your pooch won’t need to be left at home when you hit the beach, as the Blue Sands Inn will be happy to have them stay with you. Well behaved dogs can stay in your room, or you can head out together to explore the nearby dog-friendly beaches of Shoreline Park and Arroyo Burro Beach.
Hayley Hotel – a stylish and artistic dog-friendly hotel located in the downtown area
This modern, artistic hotel in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, offers 17 stylish guest rooms close to some of the best restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the neighbourhood. The Hayley Hotel is also a showcase for local artists, bringing the real spirit of Santa Barbara to everyone who visits. Your dog can stay with you at the Hayley Hotel and will be shown plenty of fuss by the staff and other residents. When it is time to go walkies, you can all explore the Douglas Family Preserve, with its long stretch of waterfront where dogs can run free, or try Chase Palm Park, Shoreline Park and Oak Park where there is plenty of on-leash fun to be had.
Marina Beach Hotel – a relaxed pet-friendly hotel very near West Beach harbor
A mere 37 steps from the beach, the Marina Beach Hotel has been a part of downtown Santa Barbara since 1976. This family-run hotel offers a selection of elegant bedrooms with private baths and kitchenettes or upgraded suites with patios. Within easy reach of a host of great bars, restaurants, shops and the historic harbour district, the Marina Beach Hotel is a beautiful place to stay. Your four-legged friend can enjoy your beachfront adventure with you. The Marina Beach Hotel lets your dog stay in your room with you, but asks that your pooch is never left unattended and that you bring your own dog bedding with you.
Hotel Indigo – a trendy dog-friendly Santa Barbara set in the Funk Zone neighborhood
This vibrant art hotel is at the heart of the action in downtown Santa Barbara. Just a few steps away from the Funk Zone, the Amtrak train station and the waterfront, it offers 41 micro guest rooms, complete with premium linens and European-style wet bathrooms. Guests can also take advantage of the complimentary bike rentals or enjoy a bite to eat in the award-winning restaurant, Santo Mezcal. The Hotel Indigo believes that every member of your family is welcome during your stay, and that includes your doggo too. No more than two pets less than 55 pounds are permitted to stay with you, and dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and never left unattended. When it comes to getting out and about, the Douglas Family Preserve is close by, as are the beaches at Shoreline Park and Arroyo Burro Beach.
Casa Del Mar Inn – a Spanish-style hotel just a block from the beach (which welcomes dogs)!
Close to the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara, as well as a host of popular bars, restaurants and shopping districts, the Casa Del Mar Inn offers comfortable bed and breakfast style accommodation in this popular Californian ocean resort. Relax in the Italianate courtyard with a fire pit, join in with the daily wine and cheese evenings or enjoy a spa treatment at your leisure – the Casa Del Mar Inn offers everything you would expect from a Santa Barbara B&B, and then some. Your dog is also welcome to join you on your next adventure, and all of the accommodation here is pet-friendly. Up to two mid-sized, well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay with you, but they must not be left alone in the bedrooms. You and your best friend will love exploring the local dog-friendly parks and beaches including the Douglas Family Preserve, Shoreline Park and Arroyo Burro Beach.
- Prices from $120 per night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Casa Del Mar Inn
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort – an upscale, Mission-style hotel just across the street from East Beach
This is a newly renovated Hilton hotel situated just moments away from the iconic Easy Beach, and offers upscale, contemporary accommodation. Bedrooms and suites are well appointed, while the hotel also offers a choice of eateries catering for everything from a quick snack through to fine dining. Luxury awaits here at the Hilton Beachfront Resort. Your four-legged friend can also enjoy the finer things in life when they stay here with you. This hotel has a variety of pooch-friendly rooms, and they will provide your doggo with a special treat bag on arrival, an exclusive in-room dining menu and acres of landscaped garden to explore.
Beach House Inn – a cute and casual pet friendly hotel near Leadbetter Beach
The Beach House Inn is a small but friendly hotel hidden away in a lovely West Beach location. Being just two blocks away from the beach, you can enjoy all the fantastic weather and vast ocean that this corner of California has to offer while enjoying the peaceful location and intimate environment. Tastefully designed suites and beautiful gardens make this an absolute gem of a find.
Your dog will be very welcome here, and the owners want to ensure that your pet has as much fun as you do. Bedrooms are dog-friendly and well behaved, potty trained pooches can roam the hotel with you, but must never be left unattended in your room.
- Prices from $110 per night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Beach House Inn
Kimpton Canary Hotel – an elegant Spanish-style hotel which also welcomes your pooch
Offering Spanish style sophistication, the Kimpton Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara provides luxurious accommodation, beautiful bedrooms, four-post beds and a rooftop pool with stunning views out across the sunset. As the perfect base from which to enjoy the regions world-class vineyards and stunning sandy beaches, before heading back to enjoy fresh cuisine in the Finch and Fork restaurant. Your dog can stay with you in one of the dog-friendly bedrooms, and the hotel staff will be only too pleased to provide your pooch with amenities such as food and water bowls and dog beds. You will find the rest of Santa Barbara just as pet-friendly, with walking trails, beach boardwalks and area parks like Arroyo Burro Beach and Douglas Family Preserve perfect for exploring together.
Hotel Milo, Santa Barbara – a contemporary beach-chic oceanfront dog-friendly hotel
Enjoy taking time out in this oceanfront hotel that is also just minutes away from the region’s mountains and vineyards too. With well-appointed bedrooms, an on-site fitness centre, two outdoor swimming pools and a breakfast lounge, this is a great place to stay. You can also kick back and relax on the patio dining area, and take in the stunning tropical gardens or chill out in the hot tub. Perfect! Your four-legged friend will get to unwind with you at the Hotel Milo Santa Barbara. Your dog can stay and play on the beach with you, then enjoy complimentary treats and baggies on arrival. Your pooch will need to be by your side at all times in the hotel but can run free in any of the numerous dog-friendly parks and beaches nearby.
La Quinta Inn & Suites, Santa Barbara Downtown – sleek and modern dog friendly accommodation
Located on historic State Street, La Quinta Inn is right at the heart of the action in downtown Santa Barbara. Close to both the vibrant Stearns Wharf and the iconic beachfront, you can explore the area with ease. Modern bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre all await you here, and the free Bright Side Breakfast will set you up for the day ahead. Dogs are very welcome at La Quinta, and your best friend will be able to stay with you in one of their designated dog-friendly bedrooms. You will need to stay with your pooch at all times, but once away from the hotel you can explore some of the most beautiful, dog-friendly beaches in the world including Chase Palm Park, Shoreline Park, Arroyo Burro Beach and Douglas Family Preserve.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carpinteria – a contemporary hotel a 5-minute drive from Carpinteria State Beach
Just a few blocks away from Carpinteria State Beach and downtown Carpinteria, this Holiday Inn Express is conveniently located for easy access to Santa Barbara, UCSB, Ventura, and the Santa Barbara Wine Country. With sleek modern bedrooms, an outdoor heated pool and spa, a fitness centre and a breakfast room, this hotel makes the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful corner of California. Your dog will get to explore everything with you, as he or she can stay with you in your bedroom at the hotel. You must not leave your pooch unattended, but with so many dog-friendly restaurants, beaches, parks and other attractions to visit in the area, there should be no reason why you would want to.
Hyatt Centric, Santa Barbara – a polished hotel Spanish Colonial pet friendly hotel across the road from East Beach
Located on Cabrillo Boulevard with fantastic views out across the Pacific, the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara is everything you would expect from a Hyatt hotel. A stunning swimming pool, well-presented bedrooms and the on-site Marbella restaurant, make this an excellent choice for exploring the nearby beaches, Stearns Wharf and the Funk Zone, among other attractions. Your furry friend is welcome to join you during your stay. Canine guests must weigh less than 50 lbs and must be kept with you at all times. You can both enjoy the wealth of nearby dog friend parks, beaches and attractions.
Kimpton Goodland – a boutique surf hotel in Goleta
This chic, under-the-radar boutique hotel is situated just minutes from both Goleta Beach and State Street and is ideally located to explore the world-famous Californian wine country. With surf inspired guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, The Outpost Restaurant and even an on-site record store, there is plenty to see and do here, without even leaving the hotel. Your dog can also enjoy the retro ambience and first class service at the Kimpton Goodland, with pet-friendly bedrooms offering pet foods, bowls and bedding, and no restrictions on weight or extra charges. Outside there are plenty of places for a good run including Goleta’s West Ellwood Beach or Hendry’s beach, which has a dog-friendly off-leash policy.
- Prices from $150 per night.
- To book, check prices or availability for Kimpton Goodland
Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara – a relaxed all-suite pooch friendly hotel in Goleta
Perfect for visitors looking for more extended stays, as well as those on a flying visit, the Residence Inn offers easy access to Stearns Wharf, the University of California and downtown Santa Barbara. All of the suites are modern and comfortable with in-room kitchens, while the hotel also offers a breakfast buffet, lively bar and friendly swimming pool area. Pets can stay with you in your suite, and the Residence Inn by Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta allows two pets of any size in one room. When it comes to exploring, there are plenty of dog-friendly attractions nearby, and both West Ellwood Beach or Hendry’s beach is great for off-leash runs and exercise.
Extended Stay Santa Barbara – a budget friendly all-suite hotel
Offering long and short term accommodation, these serviced suites and apartments make an excellent base for your next South Californian adventure. With fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TV’s and on-site laundry facilities, Extended Stay Santa Barbara is your perfect home from home. Located just off Highway 101, this accommodation is just a short drive from Goleta Beach and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, among other attractions. Pets are always welcome to join you at Extended Stay America. Pets must be no longer than 36 inches and no taller than 36 inches and must be kept on a leash in communal areas. Outside there are gardens that can be enjoyed as well as easy access to some of the very best dog-friendly beaches, parks and attractions in California.