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 Bday 55 - VERY KIND EMPLOYEES AND POOL STAFF VERY NICE DURING THESE SAD TIMES IN THE WORK

Jul 2, 2020 worldtravler2020852 Los Angeles, California

Excellent Hotel Team Staff/Employees from from desk agent: Joaquín, Melissa and Libby (manager I believe, she too very kind). The pool staff servers also went out of their way to show us a nice lunch for my BFF 55 bday. We followed Gov orders and wore our mask and so did all the employees. It was sad to see that others at the hotel visiting… Read more
Excellent Hotel Team Staff/Employees from from desk agent: Joaquín, Melissa and Libby (manager I believe, she too very kind). The pool staff servers also went out of their way to show us a nice lunch for my BFF 55 bday. We followed Gov orders and wore our mask and so did all the employees. It was sad to see that others at the hotel visiting some not wearing a mask (when it was mandatory by the Gov) when close to hotel staff even at check-in and that is not safe for the hotel employees, I feel the hotel needs to have a security person who tells guest at check-in to wear their mask! And other guest - we could smell were smoking in the hotel interior courtyard and that was not nice for other guest who are non-smokers (it is a non-smoking hotel), the hotel does need a security person to monitor these sad events that happened which we saw and they also need one at the front desk to enforce the wear a mask rules, which saves lives. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Spectacular

Jun 30, 2020 jonathanv369 Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

I was super impressed with the building itself -- architecture, design, comfort, quiet and awesome location -- and super impressed with the friendliness and proactive helpfulness of every staff member I encountered. highly recommended!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Classic Santa Barbara Experience

Jun 30, 2020 JourneybyDesignLLC Menlo Park, California

If the idea of being less than a block from the marina, at the entrance of the Funk Zone (wonderful collection of wineries, breweries, restaurants & art), and gorgeous views from the rooftop pool sound ideal, then Hotel Californian may suit you perfectly. All of this is wrapped in a gorgeous Moroccan styling and cool vibe. Loved it.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating This is NOT a 5 star hotel.

Jun 29, 2020 Gemmadavison

We are underwhelmed to say the least. We arrived today for four nights for our 15th wedding anniversary. We had adjusted our expectations because of Covid-19. Restaurants closed, changes in business as usual... we’re reasonable people, we get it. The room and carpet are dirty, the couch is chewed up. There was no hair dryer, glasses, ice… Read more
We are underwhelmed to say the least. We arrived today for four nights for our 15th wedding anniversary. We had adjusted our expectations because of Covid-19. Restaurants closed, changes in business as usual... we’re reasonable people, we get it. The room and carpet are dirty, the couch is chewed up. There was no hair dryer, glasses, ice bucket, mini bar... I could go on. Every comfort has been stripped. Why aren’t we allowed water glasses? The real kicker though... no house keeping! Our whole point in staying somewhere with a 5 star rating was assuming that we could request a sanitized room each day. What a disappointment. Our young daughter wanted to use the pool; it’s across a busy street. My husband asked if the hotel would do something thoughtful for our anniversary. Bottle of champagne? Nope, just a dirty room with limited resources. My husband spent his college years here and we love SB. We wish we had booked one of the other genuinely lovely hotels. This is a 3.5 star hotel in sheep’s clothing. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Magical Weekend Beach Getaway

Jun 29, 2020 jmeek2020 Stevenson Ranch, California

FIVE STAR, top notch, BEAUTIFUL Hotel! We highly recommend this clean, gorgeous hotel to anyone interested in having a magical vacation experience. With ocean views, in the heart of the 'Funk Zone' (wine tasting neighborhood), this hotel is First Class all the way. Comfy beds, plush bathrooms and it has a 360 degrees view of Santa Barbara,… Read more
FIVE STAR, top notch, BEAUTIFUL Hotel! We highly recommend this clean, gorgeous hotel to anyone interested in having a magical vacation experience. With ocean views, in the heart of the 'Funk Zone' (wine tasting neighborhood), this hotel is First Class all the way. Comfy beds, plush bathrooms and it has a 360 degrees view of Santa Barbara, which can be seen while visiting their prestigious roof top pool and lounge areas. Read less