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Your Ultimate Guide To Lounging and Lodging, Goleta Style

Your Ultimate Guide To Lounging and Lodging, Goleta Style

October 30, 2019

A vibrant gem along California’s Central Coast, the City of Goleta boasts 30 miles of verdant hillsides, stunning waterscapes, and no shortage of interesting attractions.

This oceanside paradise makes for the perfect getaway. Whether you’re rounding up the kids for a family-friendly adventure, or taking a caravan of friends to enjoy the year-round perfect weather, there’s a little something for everyone in gorgeous Goleta.

While here, you’ll want to make sure to stay in comfort and style. That’s where the region’s many fabulous lodging properties come in.

Whether you’re seeking a sprawling resort property, cozy family-style accommodations, or something in between, you’ll find it here… and with our help, you can choose the perfect place to stage your vacation headquarters. From there, it’s all fun in the California sun.

What to Expect from Goleta’s Lodging Options

When choosing a place to stay in Goleta, it’s always a good idea to select a lodging property that best suits the needs and wants of your group.

Hampton Inn & Suites – For Families Seeking A Home Away From Home

The Hampton in is just one of many wonderful lodging options in Goleta, California.

Outdoor swimming and spacious indoor comfort make the Hampton Inn & Suites a perfect place to rest during your Goleta adventure.

This stylish inn features spacious rooms with modern decor and convenient amenities like free wireless high-speed internet, cooking and storage appliances. The homey feel doesn’t begin and end with the rooms alone. In fact, that experience is built into the service ethic of the inn, with plenty of special touches that really make this place feel like a home away from home.

 When you’re ready for a little outdoor adventure, Campus Point Beach (a year-round hangout for UC Santa Barbara Students) is just a couple of miles away—as are a number of other key points of interest. Time spent hiking on the beach and exploring the nearby Old Town Goleta should keep your family plenty occupied. They’ll welcome their suite as a relaxing oasis after such busy, fun-filled days.

Bonus Tip: During the holidays, the Hampton Inn & Suites is a particularly ideal place to stay due to its proximity to the center of Old Town Goleta. That’s because the Old Town Christmas Parade—a perfect family-friendly event to revel in holiday cheer—happens in the same place, meaning you can step off of the property and onto the perimeter of a fabulous winter wonderland.

Courtyard by Marriott – For Savvy Business Travelers With Leisure in Mind

Modern, sleek workstations paired with comfortable accommodations make the Courtyard at Marriott a smart choice for business and leisure travelers in Goleta.

Modern, sleek workstations paired with comfortable accommodations make the Courtyard at Marriott a smart choice for Bleisure travelers.

Maybe it’s a business trip that’s brought you to the special California gem that is Goleta. Even though that may be the case, there’s no reason to think that your California adventure should be relegated strictly to business. In fact, we recommend strategically extending your trip so you can soak up the sun and head back to work relaxed and more clear-headed than ever. It’s easy to do that at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Just off the 101 highway, the Marriott’s Courtyard hotel franchise is a household name. Here, business travelers can hit the ground running each day, starting with an energizing cup of Starbucks Coffee (the café is fortunately on site). If you have more time to dine, The Bistro (Marriott’s health-conscious diner) offers fresh entrees early in the morning and evening.

Throughout your work week in Goleta, hit the putting green at golf courses like Sandpiper Golf Club and Glen Annie… or to spend your lunch break at Haskell’s beach.

When your work duties wrap up for the week, why not visit the local take on wine country to celebrate a job well done?

Residence Inn Santa Barbara-Goleta – For Sun-Soaking Fun Seekers

Vibrant, classy and comfortable, the Residence Inn is the perfect pit-stop for indulgent sun-seekers. Goleta's great weather year round make it a perfect travel destination. Pictured here: luxurious lounge chairs surrounding a fire pit in the day time.

Vibrant, classy and comfortable, the Residence Inn is the perfect pit-stop for indulgent sun-seekers.

Located on Hollister Avenue, staying in this newly-constructed hotel is akin to living on the premises of a gorgeous modern mansion. The super-modern interiors look a little less “Classic California” and a little more like an upscale, futuristic transplant (in the best possible way).

One of the best parts about this giant inn? A large number of outdoor seating options throughout its campus where you can soak up the sun, as well as a huge pool for you to take a dip in each day as you get to know Goleta.

Close by are a variety of attractions including the Hollister Brewing Company, a locally-owned establishment from which many of the region’s popular and beloved craft beers are made with love and community in mind. There, you can grab a bite to eat, a pint to sip, and gather with friends for a few brews before heading into town for further adventure.

Best Western Plus South Coast Inn – For College Visitors With Beach Ambitions

At the Best Western in Goleta, four empty seats stand before a beautifully appointed pool.

Find out what puts the "Best" in "Best Western Plus South Coast Innn" when you stay on this gorgeous, California-classic property.

Whether you’re a family with a college-bound student visiting UCSB, a vacationing student, or merely somebody visiting the university for any number of reasons (conference season, anyone?), the Best Western Plus South Coast Inn is a great choice for people who want to hit the books by day and the beach afterward.

The Best Western Plus South Coast Inn presents convenience and closeness to the city’s main areas and comfort all in one perfect package. The newly remodeled property blends sleek, high-modern design with leisurely California sensibilities to a gorgeous effect, and is close to a number of key locales in the Goleta and Santa Barbara regions. The University itself is just five minutes away, meaning you can get to and from the university in no time—convenient during fall semester move-in day, and summer move-outs.

Also nearby is the locally adored Campus Point, whose high hills, beautiful coastline and year-round presence of people of all ages enjoying themselves in the California sun is a source of refreshment and joy for all visitors of the region.

The Super 8 Motel – For Roadtrippers Making a Memorable Stop

A photo of the Super 8 Motel in Goleta, California framed by tall palm trees beneath a violet sunset.

The Super 8 Motel brings coziness, comfort and convenience together to make your American road trip a treasured memory.

Convenient, easy, and comfortable, the Super 8 Motel is perfect for vacationers on the road. The property has a lot to offer, all in a simple package. This including on-site barbecue grills, daily free breakfast, outdoor RV parking and a number of other easy amenities.

As the American road trip and #vanlife begin resurging in popularity, motor inns like the Super 8 are enjoying something of a renaissance.

 This particular motel’s proximity to a number of staple dining options, grocery stores and other essentials make it a perfect stop for anyone wanting to get out of the car and into a cozy place to rest as they explore California’s Central Coast on four wheels.

While you’re here, don’t miss the nearby Fairview Gardens, a gorgeous site where you can sample locally-grown fruits and vegetables and learn all about Goleta’s agri-business.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara – For Lovers of True Luxury and Sprawling Scenery

Pictured: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara's sprawling resort property standing beautifully beside Goleta's Central Coast.

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara represents the height in local resort luxury. The sprawling property must be seen to be believed.

The Ritz-Carlton brand has long been celebrated for its luxury appeal and the Ritz-Carlton Bacara does not disappoint in that respect. The palatial property is home to a legendary 42,000 sq. ft. spa facility, a 3,500 sq. ft. outdoor pool where you can enjoy cocktails under the cover of cabanas, a wine tasting room, on-site water rentals and so much more.

This secluded beachfront beauty is the perfect place to put your phone on “do not disturb” so you can focus on a fully-featured resort experience.

Start your day with a relaxing stroll across the immaculately manicured grounds, taking in the sight of the roaring ocean and a refreshing morning mix. End your evening at the fabulous Angel Oak Steakhouse, where you can drink in a cliffside view of the Pacific along with one of the 12,000 bottles to be found on display.

In between? Catch a film in the resort’s massive screening room, soak up the sun and undergo a spa treatment overlooking the ocean, or hail a ride out of the exclusive seclusion of the resort to experience all that Downtown Goleta has to offer.

Motel 6 – For Fun-Loving Families With Kids

The beautiful beach in Goleta, California is easily accessible from most lodging properties. Pictured: Goleta Beach Park.

Goleta Beach Park is just one of many gorgeous outdoor activities you can enjoy within close proximity to Motel 6.

Goleta’s Motel 6 is the perfect place to stage your vacation for a number of reasons… chief among them? Kids stay free!

Young families, in particular, may find this option highly convenient, especially if they’ve got more than one child or baby on board as they make their way through the gorgeous California Coast.

Even more convenient is the fact that a grocery store, pharmacy, plus plenty of great shopping is within immediate walking distance. Whether you need to stock up on some forgotten items, grab snacks for days spent exploring Goleta’s great outdoors, or pick up souvenirs to take home, this central location is prime real estate.

 A major bonus? Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond is right next door. This one’s sure to be a hit for the whole family.

Families can enjoy relaxing walks to a number of other adored attractions in the region—as some are less than two miles away. This is the perfect place to set up HQ as you explore outdoor offerings like Goleta Beach Park on Sandspit, then grab a bite of Chinese, Pizza, or whatever else you can imagine on your way back.

The Goodland – For Fabulous Instagrammers On the Go

Pictured: An interior view of the Kimpton Goodland. A retro-chic decorative sense is prevalent in this image of a Goleta, California property.

One of Goleta's most unique properties, The Goodland offers a photogenic and pet-friendly locale where life is as good as it gets.

This kitschy, eclectic property has been cited as one of the region’s most photogenic properties thanks to a number of highly unique, gorgeous decorative choices including the classic car parked in front of the property.

The property’s bright, “Endless Summer” mood reads like a “Greatest Hits” compilation of all the things that a classic California experience brings to mind. The quasi-minimalist setup of the rooms are strikingly offset by textured wood paneling and vibrant geometric textile designs that make for the perfect background to a one-of-a-kind #selfie.

Beyond the rooms and the era-bending decor, The Goodland offers an array of “Good Life” perks including on-site fitness classes, outdoor yoga and nightly wine and cocktail hour held in the lobby for guests.

Even better? The Goodland allows pets, meaning that as you capture your #AdventureGoals, you can bring your furry best friend along for the ride.

When you’re done capturing your good side at this highly photogenic property, get ready for a night on the town. Just footsteps away from the Goodland is the Mercury Lounge, a cozy hideaway with all the wine, cocktails and live music you could ask for… or make your way downtown for other exciting nightlife activities.

Hilton Garden Inn – For Busy Families With Stacked Itineraries

Pictured: Rooftop patio at the Hilton Garden Inn in Goleta.

Find convenience and cozy comfort in Central Goleta at the Hilton Garden Inn. Everything you need is right within walking distance.

Dine, shop, and explore at The Hilton Garden Inn, which offers an ideal location for those who truly want to immerse themselves in all things Goleta. After all, city center is just three easy miles away.

Having all of this convenience in a single, central location is especially valuable for those families who have a lot to get done—and maybe not all of the time in the world to hunt down dining options.

While you’re near the city center, it’s a good idea to check out some local entertainment. Catch a family-friendly flick at Camino Real Cinemas, or dine and shop in the surrounding marketplace.

Pacifica Suites – For Those Seeking True Cultural Immersion

Explore cultural artifacts of Old Goleta at Pacifica Suites, and immerse yourself in the town's vibrant history.

Discover cultural artifacts of Old Goleta at Pacifica Suites as you immerse yourself in the town's vibrant history and local character.

Perfect for families or groups, Pacifica Suites is home to spacious suites where you have plenty of room to stretch out and relax in style. The classically beautiful lodging property emits a special kind of Goleta charm you won’t find anywhere else.

Beyond the suite-style rooms, gorgeous garden paths and white glove service, there is the chance to experience Goleta through the eyes of a local historian and horticulturalist… by visiting the beautiful and historic Sexton House, which hotel guests have access to by way of its presence on the acreage of the property.

This historical home is an artifact of one of Central California’s most influential characters: Joseph Sexton.

Joseph Sexton was a prominent horticulturist in the region who introduced many of the species of plant life you’ll find around Goleta even today—and he may have started a fashion craze or two while he was at it. Rather than letting us spoil all the secrets of this man’s interesting life, we recommend checking it out yourself.

Now that you’ve learned about the unique offerings of each lodging property in Goleta, why not explore the region’s many activities and then book your stay today?

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