Santa Barbara, CA

Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Past guests love the fabulous location and million-dollar views at wallet-friendly prices
  • Take a leisurely five minute walk to State Street, the town's main thoroughfare of shops and restaurants
  • Historic 1917 hotel still has the original Spanish-style architecture and detailing but upgraded to modern-day furnishings 
  • Fuel up with the free breakfast buffet and then hop on a hotel beach cruiser to explore the area

"Has heaps of character" -- Lonely Planet


Map & Directions

The hotel is about a 13-minute drive from Santa Barbara Airport. The Santa Barbara Amtrak Station is about a nine-minute walk away.

Rooms & Rates

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Built in 1917, the historic Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara provides an affordable stay just steps away from bustling State Street. The restored hotel retains rich examples of traditional Spanish-style architecture, with details such as Catalina ceramic tiles, arched doorways and wrought-iron balconies.

The Old World design details continue into the guest rooms. Though  on the simpler side, rooms and suites have notable details like exposed brick walls and iron work railings, as well as modern conveniences like fridges and complimentary Wi-Fi.  

Take advantage of the complimentary hot breakfast buffet available each morning. The hotel also offers passes to the fully equipped Spectrum Gym, which is four blocks away. Or pedal over to the ocean on one of the complimentary beach-cruiser bicycles.

Shopping, dining and nightlife options abound at nearby State Street, which is about a five-minute stroll away. The sights of the popular Stearns Wharf Pier are a ten minute walk from the hotel. Hop in the car and visit the animals at Santa Barbara Zoo, a ten minute drive from the hotel.

From the press:
  • "Red tile accents, exposed bricks and wrought iron railings create an old world atmosphere" -- USA Today
  • "This early-20th-century hotel has heaps of character, starting from the tile-filled lobby with a fountain" -- Lonely Planet



  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Pet-friendly


  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Parking (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 11am

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self parking fee: USD 16.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 45 per accommodation, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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