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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Jan 22, 2020 Jon L Golden, Colorado

2nd stop on a road trip north on the California coastline...as we pulled up to this centrally located hotel downtown, a guy was painting the curb white...all part of a super clean ambience amidst the beauty of the Mediterranean architecture and the opulence of Santa Barbara....booked a Cordova room as we were traveling with our 20 year old… Read more
2nd stop on a road trip north on the California coastline...as we pulled up to this centrally located hotel downtown, a guy was painting the curb white...all part of a super clean ambience amidst the beauty of the Mediterranean architecture and the opulence of Santa Barbara....booked a Cordova room as we were traveling with our 20 year old daughter and needed extra space....it really wasn't enough for 3 but the huge veranda and sort of view of the Pacific were very nice....very nice detail in room including recessed/hidden brass electrical outlets and fixture....property is spread over several buildings,clean friendly service Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 wadlaw2020

great location in a great town. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to be in the center of all that Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County have to offer to the visitor. Proximity to both the beach and downtown are a major plus. The staff was pleasant at all times. The room was private and quiet.
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Jan 20, 2020 JoanneQ163 Shelly Beach, Australia

I agree with all comments,this hotel is in a great spot ,it's clean ,service is great ,everyone greets you with a smile .Lots of things to do around Santa Barbara ,the train can be a little noisy as it comes and goes through town .
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Quintessential Santa Barbara Architecture, Service and Location. My New Go To Hotel

Jan 19, 2020 M6034CFmichaelr Los Angeles, California

A friend had hosted an impromptu birthday bash in Santa Barbara and had suggested a couple of hotels. Because we were arriving by Amtrak, we wanted something close to the Amtrak station in the uber-hip Funk Zone (the Pacific Ocean side of the 101where State Street hits the ocean) where all of our dining and wine tasting festivities would… Read more
A friend had hosted an impromptu birthday bash in Santa Barbara and had suggested a couple of hotels. Because we were arriving by Amtrak, we wanted something close to the Amtrak station in the uber-hip Funk Zone (the Pacific Ocean side of the 101where State Street hits the ocean) where all of our dining and wine tasting festivities would be. Hotel Californian was the chosen hotel and we were so glad we did. It was maybe a four-minute walk from the station and in the heart of everything. The entire experience was brief but highly memorable. From a warm and expedient front desk check in to the luxurious and oversized room we would have stayed a whole week if we didn't have to get back to LA. We did not have a chance to enjoy the rooftop deck/pool/restaurant but it looked amazing with wrap-around views from the mountains to the sea. The Mediterranean Revival architecture made you feel like you were in Europe and the decor throughout complimented the historic vibe with a modern flair. In-room features like the well-stocked minibar, monster flat screen (that was easy to stream Netflix, Disney+ and more right from our own phones), bedside charging ports and a bed that was so comfy it made me sad to get out of it, this hotel is now my go-to choice in SB. After a long day of wine tasting and dining, you need a uber-comfy place to crash. This was it. If you are looking to get away from the throngs of tourists and meh-lodging choices of upper State Street SB, get your funk on in this cool new area of Santa Barabar and crash at The Californian. Read less
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Jan 15, 2020 dmellin2020

Great location, nice property. Room was clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. Not the most affordable place, but in this area, I felt it was a good value. I would certainly stay here again.