Hotel Californian

Santa Barbara, California Coast

The hotel

Making it onto the coveted Condé Nast Traveler ‘Hot List’ and ‘The It List’ by Travel + Leisure in 2018, Hotel Californian blends all the pleasures of the Central Coast — the wine, the beach scene, the Spanish Mission influences, the fresh local and seasonal cuisine. And its address means it’s at the heart of Santa Barbara – by its artsy Funk Zone, the beach and Urban Wine Trail favourites like Kunin Wines. But it’s much more than its Californian name tag and location. Inside its Spanish Colonial shell, celebrity design guru Martyn Lawrence Bullard has given it a modern Moorish makeover, with the mashrabiya fretwork of its guestrooms and the indigo-hued tiles and Morocco-inspired arches of its Majorelle spa. But the showpiece is its rooftop pool and event deck, featuring terracotta touches, sophisticated geometric tiling, and views of the sands and Santa Ynez Mountains.

Amenities

  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Beach
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Steps from the beach, one block from Amtrak station and adjacent to Santa Barbara's vibrant Funk Zone. Transfer time from Los Angeles airport: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Hotel information

121 rooms, all styled with Moroccan influences and custom furnishings from designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, featuring HDTVs, Nespresso™ coffee machines, premium cocktail carts* including spirits, mixers, glassware, cocktail tools and gourmet snacks, and Hotel Californian bath products. Almeria Rooms have 1 king-size bed or 1 or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Sevilla Rooms have 1 king-size bed or 1 or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Granada Rooms offer an extra seating areas and/or balcony, with views of Santa Barbara and Hotel Californian’s European-inspired paseos. They have 1 king-size beds or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Sestina Rooms have ocean views from a private balcony, 1 king-size bed or 1 or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Cordova Rooms offer larger verandas and balconies with ocean views with 1 king-size beds or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Tangerinn Rooms are the largest rooms with fireplaces and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains from Juliet balconies or verandas, offering a residential feel. They have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Magellan Suites feature a fireplace, views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and a sitting room adorned with custom furnishings. They have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Alcazar Suite is the 'presidential suite' offering spacious seating and dining areas. There's a romantic vantage point to enjoy fantastic ocean views and sunsets. This suite features 1 king-size bed and 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Blackbird (Mediterranean-influenced cuisine), Goat Tree (gourmet café). Rooftop pool. Turkish inspired spa* including couples suite, steam room, salon* and indoor/outdoor lounge. Fashion boutique. WiFi included in the resort fee. Self-parking and valet parking $38 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has a resort fee of $30 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - Shuttle service - Internet access - Newspaper - In-room bottled water. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Nov 16, 2019 isaacandjoanib Los Angeles, California

Undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Santa Barbara. Five stars in every category. Service at every level was outstanding, as well as the quality of the food and beverage served at the property's facilities.
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Nov 15, 2019 sheribender

fabulous hotel!! best location too. i would come back in a heart beat. I was there on business but would have loved to take a free bike on a spin along the beach. service and room wonderful - bed was glorious.
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Nov 15, 2019 Mark O Mill Valley, California

I recently stayed at the Hotel Californian for a conference and loved the property! The Spanish/Moroccan theme fits right into Santa Barbara (SB). The hotel is only a block from the main pier in SB and is on State Street, which is the main street in SB. There are killer restaurants at the hotel and within walking distance. Plus, there are wine… Read more
I recently stayed at the Hotel Californian for a conference and loved the property! The Spanish/Moroccan theme fits right into Santa Barbara (SB). The hotel is only a block from the main pier in SB and is on State Street, which is the main street in SB. There are killer restaurants at the hotel and within walking distance. Plus, there are wine tasting rooms from a few of the best SB/Santa Rita Hills area wineries. Oh...and the rooftop pool has some of the best views around. I would highly recommend this hotel when looking to visit SB! Read less
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Nov 15, 2019 laurath0rpe Naples, Florida

Really enjoyed my stay and would recommend this hotel. It's conveniently located plus is only 15mins away from SBA airport. Close to wineries and the ocean.... great ambiance at the hotel. The staff are super friendly too.
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Nov 14, 2019 reyesjerry Huntington Beach, California

Fantastic hotel with a great staff to compliment it. From the moment I stepped foot on this property, I greeted well and ushered to my room with ease. Their restaurant, Black Bird, is something to rave for. The food & service is a 5Star. And for breakfast, don’t foget to swing by the Goat Tree. Fantastic place to have breakfast. Hotel… Read more
Fantastic hotel with a great staff to compliment it. From the moment I stepped foot on this property, I greeted well and ushered to my room with ease. Their restaurant, Black Bird, is something to rave for. The food & service is a 5Star. And for breakfast, don’t foget to swing by the Goat Tree. Fantastic place to have breakfast. Hotel Californian you’ve outdone yourselves. Keep it up! Read less