Gay Santa Barbara · Hotels

Gay Santa Barbara · Hotels

Our guide to the most gay-friendly hotels in Santa Barbara, a very charming city to explore.

Santa Barbara

Here’s our list of favorite hotels in Santa Barbara for gay travelers in 2021.

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Why this hotel?: 5-star luxury. Amazing views.

The Belmond El Encanto is a divine 5-star hotel in the Riviera district of Santa Barbara.

This hotel is known for its absolute luxury and uptown atmosphere, offering its guests the best stay possible in Santa Barbara.

Guests can benefit from a golf course, beauty centre, gym, restaurant and so much more.


gym, golf-course, rooftop terrace, beauty centre

800 Alvarado Pl, Santa Barbara


Based on 1,582 votes

Why this hotel?: Luxury Ranch. Private Cottages.

The San Ysidro Ranch is located in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara, the hotel is surrounded by mountains. This hotel is picturesque, with lush, sprawling gardens and gorgeous exterior, we can see why JFK AND Jackie Kennedy chose the Ranch as their honeymoon spot.

The hotel is made up of private cottages, which are all well-designed, with private patios and large living spaces. Some of the cottages even come with their own hot tubs and plunge pools too! There are two restaurants to choose from, guests tend to love the hearty macaroni cheese.

Popular gay nightlife in the area includes Wildcat Lounge which is only a 12-minute drive, and other alternatives in Downtown are only 20-minutes away.


free parking, pool, restaurant, hiking, free wi-fi, gym, bike rental, babysitting, fireplace, private balcony, housekeeping,

900 San Ysidro Ln, Montecito, Santa Barbara


Based on 1 votes

Why this hotel?: Luxury Resort. Oceanfront Views. Private Beach.

The Rosewood Miramar Beach hotel is a luxury, 5-star hotel and resort located on an exclusive of beach.

The area is also referred to as the American Riviera, and provides a stunning backdrop for your stay.

The hotel features six hotels and bars, as well as a Forbes Five-Star spa and pools to keep you relaxed and entertained. The resort also features five retail boutiques and a house car which is available for use by guests. Popular gay nightlife in the area includes M8RX, which is only a 10-minute drive away.



valet parking, pool, bar/lounge, babysitting, free wi-fi, fitness center/gym, beach, additional bathroom, room service, housekeeping

1759 S Jameson Ln, Santa Barbara

The Hotel Californian is a waterfront, luxury hotel, located in the Funk Zone area of Santa Barbara.

The building is framed by fountains and lush gardens and has Spanish influences which can be seen in the exterior. There is a rooftop pool deck where events take place and guests can have a relaxed drink here whilst taking in the views.

The Californian has various restaurants and bars, with djinn being a popular choice with guests. Gay popular nightlife spots in the area include M8RX, is only a 6-minute drive from the Californian.


electric vehicle charging station, pool, bar/lounge, pet-friendly, free wi-fi, fitness center, bike rental, airport transportation, room service, fireplace

36 State St, Santa Barbara


Based on 287 votes

Why this hotel?: Once in a lifetime experience. Endless amenities.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore is a 5-star hotel and resort in Santa Barbara.

This hotel is one of the best and most renowned in the whole country, pop star Katy Perry is a frequent resident.

The Biltmore offers you pure luxury in a relaxed atmosphere with endless amenities such as a gym, a 12,000-square-foot spa, three restaurants, a private beach and an exclusive casino.

The 207 rooms are decorated in the tasteful Spanish Colonial style so characteristic of Santa Barbara.

If you’re looking for the best possible stay in Santa Barbara, visit The Biltmore.


casino, fitness centre, restaurants, spa, golf course

1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara


Based on 3,043 votes

The Montecito Inn is a luxury hotel, originally built in 1928 by Charlie Chaplin. Located in Santa Barbara’s most exclusive town, the area is definitely a mus-visit!

The hotel has decor that inspired from its early days. It has a pool and Jacuzzi that are perfect for a relaxing stay.

The beach is also just a short walk away, and other attractions are easily reachable in a short drive.

Popular gay nightlife in the area includes Wildcat Lounge, which is just a 9-minute drive away.




1295 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara


Based on 8.3 votes

Why this hotel?: Gay-popular rooftop bar. Perfect central location.

The Kimpton Canary Hotel is an upscale 4-star and gay-popular hotel in Downtown Santa Barbara.

This hotel is well-known for its superb restaurant, ‘The Fitch and Fork’, which serves amazing seafood plates.

Their rooftop bar is the site of a monthly LGBT mixer held in conjunction with the ‘Pacific Pride Foundation’, and it’s a popular spot for same-sex weddings.

The Kimpton Canary’s 97 rooms are decorated with classic Santa Barbara elegance, and have good amenities.

The location is perfect, being a short walk from the beach, nightlife area and the ‘Santa Barbara Funk Zone’, an area of gourmet restaurants.


rooftop bar, gourmet restaurant

31 W Carrillo St, Santa Barbara


Based on 2,477 votes

The Palihouse Santa Barbara is a gay-friendly hotel located in the historic Presidio neighborhood of downtown Santa Barbara. There is a central courtyard at the center of everything, surrounded by lush green gardens, and a pool.

The Palihouse has great city views and many of the rooms also have pool views. You can rent a bike from the Palihouse, making exploring Santa Barbara easier.Gay popular nightlife spots in the area include Wildcat Lounge, which is only a 12-minute walk away from the Palihouse.


electric vehicle charging station, pool, breakfast, patio, free wi-fi, gym, bike rental

915 Garden St, Santa Barbara


Based on 39 votes

Why this hotel?: Ocean views. Great amenities.

Hotel Milo is an LGBT-popular hotel on the Santa Barbara seafront.

The hotel offers gorgeous azure ocean views and stylish Spanish revival architecture.

Among its many amenities, Hotel Milo offers free bike rental, WiFi, gym access and a pool/jacuzzi.

Reviewers loved the romantic atmosphere and central location.


free bike rental, gym, wifi, swimming pool

202 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara

Very Good

Based on 5,376 votes

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