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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Santa Barbara, CA (2024 Update)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

California is seen as one of the most liberal states in the U.S. in regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights, which have received nationwide recognition since the 1970s. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in the state since 1976.
Santa Barbara has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Wildcat Lounge or Elsies Tavern or The Neighborhood Bar are most famous gay friendly bars in Santa Barbara, CA.
Santa Barbara is a city on the central California coast, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as dramatic backdrop. Downtown, Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs reflect the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. Upscale boutiques and restaurants offering local wines and seasonal fare line State Street. On a nearby hill, Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786, houses Franciscan friars and a museum.

 Top attractions to visit in Santa Barbara

1. Kimpton Canary Hotel 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara

Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG hotel
Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG hotel

This stylish Santa Barbara hotel features an outdoor rooftop swimming pool and a lounge with stunning views. Centrally located State Street is 5 minutes’ walk away. Each guest room includes free WiFi.

Styled in plush white linens, each room offers a flat-screen cable TV, a yoga mat and an en suite bathroom with luxury bath amenities. Bathrobes and make-up mirrors are also provided. Gourmet treats in the honor bar are offered in each room.

Fresh farmers market vegetables, fresh seafood and central coast wines are features at the onsite restaurant, Finch & Fork. An evening wine hour and morning coffee, tea and snacks are provided to guests.

A mile from the beach and the restaurants at Stearns Wharf, this elegant Spanish-style hotel is 2 miles from Santa Barbara Zoo.

Stylish rooms have 4-poster beds with Italian linens, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and yoga mats. Suites add sitting areas and soaking tubs. In-room spa services are available, and WiFi is available for a surcharge.

Complimentary perks include loaner bikes, morning coffee and tea, and an evening wine hour. There’s a rooftop pool and lounge, plus a restaurant with modern American cuisine. Guests also receive access to an adjacent fitness center.

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Looking for the most stylish place to land in Santa Barbara? Come to the Kimpton Canary. Nestled near State Street’s galleries, shops and restaurants, this fun-filled, full-service boutique hotel is a short stroll from beautiful beaches and a quick drive to wine country.

his is really the only decent hotel in the downtown State Street (north of the 101). The location is great if that is what you’re looking for. Easy to walk to shops, restaurants, bars, etc. Would be a great place to stay during fiesta. The hotel has bikes for guests to use if which is also nice (a lot of Santa Barbara hotels do).

The hotel itself is nice overall. The rooms are nice but nothing special. Our first was small but it had a nice balcony. We moved after a day into a suite that was a little larger but still on the small side for a suite. This was totally expected given that the hotel is in the middle of downtown.

The rooftop pool had a good scene. The pool is small (again- expected given the location).

Overall, this property is probably the best place to stay in downtown Santa Barbara if you want to be on central State Street.

Fantastic hotel in a great downtown location. We had responsive and friendly service from every single employee, especially Edwin, at the lobby desk.

The room was super clean and the bed comfortable. The hotel is about 1 mile from the beach so no water views, unless you go to the fabulous roof top patio and pool area.

The Kimpton Canary is a charming boutique hotel on Carrillo just off State Street. It is a great location and close to shopping and restaurants. Friendly staff (valet, reception & bellman) made us feel most welcome. Room was lovely…everything you would expect and more.

This is a wonderful hotel, if you stay here you will have a hard time staying anywhere else in downtown SB. It has the BEST location in downtown, it is impeccably clean, the amenities are phenomenal, and the staff are on point when it comes to providing world class customer service.

This is an exquisitely decorated and excellently run hotel. The hotel has gorgeous textiles throughout the lobby and hallways and the rooms are elegantly decorated with furnishings that fit beautifully within the age and style of the building itself. The hotel design is reflective of most of the architecture in Santa Barbara with gorgeous tiles and other lovely period detail.

The staff members, from the onsite manager to the housekeeping staff, were all charming, friendly and genuinely helpful. They serve complimentary wine at happy hour and provide excellent coffee in the morning. The hotel is a block off the center of State Street and you can walk to an assortment of restaurants, shops and cultural landmarks in Santa Barbara.

Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara
Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara

How much does a room costs at Kimpton Canary Hotel ?

Prices start 445$/night for King Deluxe ADA with Roll in Shower. The King Suiteis 545$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features a seating area, sofa and iPod dock.

Where to book online– Kimpton Canary Hotel, an IHG hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara California – you can find the best hotels deals in Santa Barbara during  California Wine Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Santa Barbara on  or or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara 5* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara

gay hotels santa barbara
gay hotels santa barbara

Located on 20 acres of lush coastal gardens and offering a full spa, this beachside retreat features 3 on-site dining options. Guest rooms offer Spanish-inspired furnishings and views of the grounds. Guests also have direct access to Butterfly Beach or can enjoy the on-site pool.

Thick terry bathrobes are available in the Spanish-tiled en suite bathrooms in each guest room at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. A stocked mini bar fridge, cable TV and DVD player are also included. Views of the gardens, courtyard, or ocean are offered and some rooms boast a private terrace.

Bella Vista offers organic, Italian-inspired, California cuisine at Biltmore Santa Barbara Four Seasons Resort. Guests can enjoy classic and signature cocktails on an outdoor ocean view terrace or inside by the fireplace at Ty Lounge. Located at the private Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, Coral Cafe and Bar features casual poolside dining while Tydes offers modern seafood-centric cuisine and Santa Barbara’s best oceanfront views.

Built in a colonial Spanish style and set in 22 acres of lush gardens, this luxury resort across from the beach is 4 miles from downtown Santa Barbara.

Refined, colorful rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi and 65-inch flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add pull-out sofas, while suites feature separate living rooms and/or dining areas, as well as access to a beach club. Kids aged 18 and under stay free in their parents’ room.

A buffet breakfast is provided (fee) and there are 2 chic restaurants serving Italian and Californian cuisine, plus a poolside cafe/bar, and a lounge for cocktails and tapas. There are also 2 outdoor pools, a gym and a spa.

Located just steps from one of the most beautiful beaches in California, with private bungalows and terraces that overlook the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Set amongst 22-acres of lush jungle and tranquil gardens, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara defines luxury living and service on the American Riviera.

So I am writing this review to say, look how incredibly well we were treated as a “lesbian couple.” Nobody batted an eye. Everyone behaved 100% the same is if we had been a traditional male-female couple. This shows that the Four Seasons Biltmore is not as old-fashioned and conservative as some people may think. The Four Seasons is MODERN and GAY-FRIENDLY! They may not pitch themselves that way but it is true and that fact makes me all the more pleased to make future reservations.

The resort is located in a nook of Santa Barbara, far enough from the hustle and bustle of the main city, but accessible via short, scenic drive by the beach. Upon arriving to the hotel, we were taken immediately by the beauty of the property.

The grounds were extremely well kept, and the vegetation was lush & colorful. Our room, a “jungle” room with a balcony, gave upon the property’s gardens and the largest fig tree I have ever seen. The environment was just stunning.

The amenities were fantastic as well – the property provides guests with two pools to access, a small one reserved for resort guests, and a much larger, olympic-sized pool located in the Coral Casino across the street – an opulent beach club for local residents and resort guests who’ve purchased a room in a certain category.

The gym at the hotel is well equipped and sufficient for a variety of workouts (e.g., strength training, cardio, etc.).

Beautiful property and right across the street from the beach. The restaurant has amazing views, a great outdoor patio and tons of indoor seating. Had several drinks and snacks which were all delicious. Service is great too. Highly recommend.

The resort is located directly across the street from butterfly beach so if you’re into sunsets and sunrises this is the place to be in Santa Barbara. The staff and the service are impeccable. Everyone from the bartenders to the servers in the restaurant to the folks at check in everybody here rocks a plus plus. They do whatever it takes to make sure you have a 5 star stay and we certainly did.

The four seasons in Santa Barbara lived up to its billing as a five star hotel. From the moment we arrived until we left the service was exemplary and the attention to detail was amazing. One example of this attention was demonstrated on our return to our room in the evening our sunglasses had been placed on hotel provided eyeglasses wipes.

We were placed in a bungalow room which was spacious, spotless and beautifully decorated. The bed was very comfortable and all linens and towels were soft and plush.

The facilities at the hotel were beautiful including the alfresco dining area and 50 meter swimming pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

As you would expect from such a nice hotel with pricey rooms the cost of services and food was high but the sound of the ocean waves and constant sunshine distracted from the pain.

I would definitely recommend this hotel and destination to anyone looking for a luxury getaway.

Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara California
Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara California

How much does a room costs at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara ?

Prices start 811$/night for King Deluxe.

Where to book online  – Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara –  Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara California – you can find the best hotels deals in Santa Barbara during  California Wine Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Santa Barbara on  or or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara 3*  – Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

This contemporary hotel is just 5 minutes’ walk to Stearns Wharf and the Santa Barbara beachfront. Free Wi-Fi is provided. All rooms include plush bathrobes in the private European-style bathrooms.

A platform bed with recessed lighting and modern décor is featured in each room at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. A flat-screen cable TV with premium channels and a work desk are provided. Tea and coffee-making facilities are included.

A state-of-the-art business center is provided for convenience. A fitness center is on site. A library is available for guest relaxation at the Santa Barbara Indigo Hotel.

Set in the trendy Funk Zone neighborhood, this chic adobe-style hotel with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains is a 4-minute walk from Stearns Wharf and 2 blocks from the beach.

The contemporary rooms, some with exposed brick walls, offer free Wi-Fi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers. All also have desks, while upgraded rooms add patios with town and mountain views.

There’s a fashionable Mexican restaurant with a sidewalk patio. There’s also an art gallery, a hip cocktail bar, a fitness studio and a business center. Parking is available (fee).

Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara blends historic splendor with sophisticated design and offers eco-friendly, artful lodging steps from the Amtrak station, MOXI, Funk Zone, Stearns Wharf, and Urban Wine Trail. Contemporary art and colorful murals grace this 41-room, pet-friendly, boutique hotel. Our on site Santo Mezcal restaurant and bar is open for breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.
Our sleek, modern, micro guest rooms feature comfy beds with premium linens, usb-media-ready tvs, ergonomic workstations, space-efficient storage, wet bathrooms with spa-inspired showers with 8 ft. high showerheads and Aveda products, and yet the smaller footprint characteristic of environmentally friendly lodging. Select rooms have private outdoor gardens and mountain views. Facilities include a business center, fitness studio, boardroom, art library, open-air lounges, and a contemporary art gallery in partnership with the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation with free Wifi throughout the hotel.
The front desk clerk was the most accommodating, he showed us the king bed room with garden patio, upstairs king bed room, and patio area. This boutique hotel is quaint for two, EUROPEAN rooms are smaller than the rooms at this hotel, and I loved the innovative artistic concepts at this hotel. The hallways display local artwork, therefore the hotel offers a feast for the eyes, and romantic coziness to read and bask in the ocean air. This hotel is pet friendly (another plus), and walking distance to the beach and pier ( less than a block). Also I loved that the hotel is GAY friendly, and I love the comfort of knowing the staff embraces diversity.
Beds are über comfy, rooms spell wonderful, and I especially like the garden patio rooms. The showers or bathrooms are at most a two butt room, but a challenge for two women sharing the same resources (hair dryer, mirror, and sink area) so one will need to get ready in the room area (not a deal breaker for us since we had to get ready in European bathrooms that were smaller)
Hip place in a perfect location near the water and on the main street downtown. Very clean with comfortable nooks throughout the hotel to hang out indoors and outdoors. No elevator, can be a problem with heavy bags, though there are people to help. Parking is expensive at $48 for valet and $20 for an unprotected lot. The heat/air didn’t work properly in my room, wasn’t an issue since it was a cool night and perfect sleeping temperature with windows open.
The rooms are small, like European scale, and adequate. Bed is comfortable. I’d rather sacrifice room size for location and price, so it works for me. If you’re expecting a large desk, big closet, and extra floor space, this isn’t the place.
Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara CA
Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara CA

How much does a room costs at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara ?

Prices start 184$/night for King Room.

Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen cable TV with premium channels are featured in this room. A work desk and tea and coffee-making facilities are provided.

Where to book online  – Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, an IHG hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Santa Barbara California – you can find the best hotels deals in Santa Barbara during  California Wine Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Santa Barbara on  or or  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.