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Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

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Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

Hi.

We are travelling from San Francisco to LA this month and we are stopping at Santa Barbara to do a whale watching trip the following morning. I have heard that Santa Barbara is a great place to stay, we are a family so ideally would like to stay in the centre which is safe to walk to restaurants. Could you please recommend the best hotels to stay that are central.

Santa Monica - we are looking to stay in Santa Monica for 1 night at the end of our trip, could you please also recommend a hotel with a nice view of the beach and within walking distance to restaurants and beaches please.

Thank you for your help

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1. Re: Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

What is your budget per night for a hotel in both cities and when is this trip? May? April?

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2. Re: Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

Santa Barbara and Santa Monica are usually more pricey destinations- if you have a budget or have your dates you may want to look online at one of the aggregate sites for best pricing-

All of the hotels in Santa Barbara are across the street from the ocean- same with Santa Monica unless you can put Shutters on the Beach on your stay-

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3. Re: Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

Santa Barbara is about 2 hours, along the coastal route, to Santa Monica. It's fine to spend a day or two in each, but you can drive to Santa Barbara from Santa Monica, via Malibu's coastal route, for a day trip, too.

Without a budget, you should look for hotels yourself. Most sites have maps, now, like this one from TripAdvisor:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g33052-Sa…

Put in your requirements, check the Santa Monica pier for your location, and look at the map when it's populated to see where the hotels are located, choosing a hotel based on your price, reviews, and other personal criteria you want. Feel free to share your short list with us if you can't decide. Tripadvisor is designed as a do-it-yourself site, so please remember to read those reviews.

If you hope for a vacation rental, both cities have strict regulations on them, be sure you know the rules, both communities have active enforcement departments, you don't want your rental shut down for being illegal before you arrive.

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4. Re: Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

Hi

The trip is April and max £300 per night ideally.

Thank you

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5. Re: Santa Barbara & Santa Monica

We use USD currency here, so I don't know what your budget is. A nice hotel along the beach is the Harbor View Inn next to State Street which is the Main Street that runs into Stern's Wharf where there are restaurants. . The Canary Hotel is back from the beach but has a wonderful rooftop deck with great views of the ocean and mountains. The Fess Parker Doubletree or Hyatt Hotel are farther down Cabrillo Ave, the street across from the beach.

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