Pros: Quiet location one block from marina and Santa Barbara Yacht Harbor. Friendly staff.
HOTEL STATE STREET
121 State St.; (805) 966-6586, www.hotelstatestreet.net.
Price: Doubles $69 to $119 in winter; $79 to $149 summer.
Amenities: No-frills budget hotel with a terrific location steps from the train station, a block from Stearns Wharf and two blocks from the bar and restaurant scene on State Street.
Pros: One of the great historic Santa Barbara properties that dates to the building boom that followed the 1925 quake. Tough to beat these prices; courteous staff.
Cons: Small, very plain rooms and shared baths; ready for an update.
OLD YACHT CLUB INN
431 Corona del Mar Drive; (805) 962-1277, www.oldyachtclubinn.com.
Price: Doubles $99 to $249, including full breakfast. Two-night minimum if a Saturday night is included. Cancellation with refund, excluding payment for the first night, which is nonrefundable.
Amenities: A ship-shape B&B that has 10 rooms, three suites (including one three-bedroom family suite for $479) and one cottage. The classic Craftsman-style main building was the temporary headquarters for the Santa Barbara Yacht Club in the 1920s.
Pros: Delicious cooked breakfasts. Very close to East Beach and Tri-County Produce. Rooms are pretty with antiques and nautical memorabilia; some have fireplaces, private decks and whirlpool tubs.
Cons: A long walk from State Street and no pool.
VILLA ROSA INN
15 Chapala St.; (805) 966-0851, www.villarosainnsb.com.
Price: $139 to $319 winter, plus tax; $179 to $320 in summer. Two-night minimum stay on weekends. Cancellation policy five days in advance of stay.
Amenities: 18 rooms, with continental breakfast and evening hors d'oeuvres, wine, port or sherry included. Pool and whirlpool.
Pros: Less than 100 steps from the beach, with an inviting lobby fireplace. Walking distance to State Street, train station and Stearns Wharf.
Cons: Children under 14 discouraged. (Or maybe, if you're looking for some adult time, this is a pro.) No auto club or AARP discounts, and the cancellation policy is stricter than most.