A complex of four buildings on three landscaped acres, the Hyatt provides an appealing lodging option in a prime location right across from East Beach. The lobby and walkways in the historic main building, which was constructed in 1931, reflect old Santa Barbara: Spanish tiles, wrought-iron chandeliers, and vintage black-and-white photos. A $15 million property-wide renovation was completed in 2012. All rooms and baths have down comforters, flat-screen high-definition
TVs, contemporary furnishings, and refrigerators; deluxe and ocean view rooms have private balconies or patios. Even if you don't land a room with a view, you can gaze at the ocean and islands from a table in the on-site Bistro 1111 Restaurant or splurge on a treatment in the poolside spa. The Santa Barbara Airbus to LAX stops here regularly throughout the day.