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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Santa Barbara Birthday Weekend

Mar 17, 2020 pamelaf157 Temecula, California

I absolutely love this hotel! From the Mediterranean architecture to the beautiful gardens. The guest room was gorgeous & loaded with unique amenities. The staff was gracious and kind. The location was within walking distance of everything! Great restaurants, wineries & the beach. We had a great time and will definitely be back.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful dining experience at Goat Tree

Mar 16, 2020 ajacobson77 Haines, Alaska

The food and service was top notch at Goat Tree. Our waiter was Omar (who is SO sweet and attentive!) and everyone else there too checked in on us multiple times to ensure we had everything we needed.
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Mar 16, 2020 mommylovestotravel Los Angeles, CA

Hotel California has classic Moroccan style architecture with modern hotel amenities. Large rooms, beautifully decorated with old Hollywood themes, comfortable beds, and excellent service. Close to the pier, beach, great restaurants & bars. Went with a group of friends from our of town and they loved every moment.!The pool area is located across… Read more
Hotel California has classic Moroccan style architecture with modern hotel amenities. Large rooms, beautifully decorated with old Hollywood themes, comfortable beds, and excellent service. Close to the pier, beach, great restaurants & bars. Went with a group of friends from our of town and they loved every moment.!The pool area is located across the street on the top floor with beautiful views of the ocean. No worries as we used our soft, comfy hotel room robes to wear as we all traipsed across the street enjoying the beautiful weather, and ordered champagne and lunch poolside. Had breakfast at the Goat Tree which was terrific! Will definitely come back and would recommend this hotel for anyone with the budget to stay here. Excellent! Read less
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Mar 9, 2020 mmalmsten Los Angeles, California

Stayed at The Californian for my husband’s birthday, went to The Santa Barbara Bowl for a concert and this hotel was a great location if going to a concert at the bowl. Great Service, Beautiful location.Great experience
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Mar 7, 2020 JPM1048 Chicago

Fabulous design. Loved the consistency of the Moroccan style. It was never over-the -top but so gorgeous. Details were so well done. Location could not be better. We used the free bikes every day. The staff was so much fun.