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

  • Excellent (401)
  • Very good (59)
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Apr 13, 2021 sashashokrian

The hotel was not prepared to take on guests. The rooms and hallways smelled very bad and staff took very long to answer any phone calls or requests. I would not stay at this hotel and definitely do not believe it should considered a 4 star establishment.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location, Great Room, Great Staff

Apr 12, 2021 lawrenceo868 Austin, Texas

We came in on Thursday and left on Sunday - would have loved to have stayed longer. Steps from the wharf - very nice room - amazingly comfortable bed - great staff. We really enjoyed our stay and all of Santa Barbara.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous!

Apr 12, 2021 kglobal2021 Ladera Ranch

This hotel has wonderful amenities and a perfect location for central Santa Barbara. Everything is walkable and the decor and quality sublime. Both restaurants. The Goats Tree and Blackbird had super menus. Will definitely return. ... for longer.
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Apr 8, 2021 SGuitar

Lovely view of the mountains from our room. Rated a 5* hotel but misses on a few points. Bed was comfy but sheets weren't cotton. We both get a better night's sleep with cotton sheets. A kettle in the room would've been handy. We had to buy our own teabags and use hot water from the coffee maker to brew tea. On these points, a bit pricey when… Read more
Lovely view of the mountains from our room. Rated a 5* hotel but misses on a few points. Bed was comfy but sheets weren't cotton. We both get a better night's sleep with cotton sheets. A kettle in the room would've been handy. We had to buy our own teabags and use hot water from the coffee maker to brew tea. On these points, a bit pricey when compared to other 5* hotels but overall we did like it. Diffuser on the hairdryer was missing but assuming someone stole it. The room was very clean and housekeeping did a great job. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing Hotel, Fantastic Staff

Apr 7, 2021 G-Lay22 Laguna Niguel

Great stay! Rooms are wonderful, clean and comfortable. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Location is perfect and close to restaurants, shops. We stay at Hotel Californian frequently and are never disappointed.