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 (370)
  • Very good (55)
  • Average (27)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A destination of its own!

Sep 18, 2020 alinatyulyu

This hotel is truly a destination of its own! I stayed here last week and I’m still dreaming about it. The architecture and style is stunning. The rooms are huge and luxurious. The staff were so kind and on top of it with everything! The pool area is a dream, with stunning views and both a hot tub and pool! I honestly never wanted to leave the… Read more
This hotel is truly a destination of its own! I stayed here last week and I’m still dreaming about it. The architecture and style is stunning. The rooms are huge and luxurious. The staff were so kind and on top of it with everything! The pool area is a dream, with stunning views and both a hot tub and pool! I honestly never wanted to leave the hotel! Grateful for the opportunity to stay here! I’ll be back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The worst imaginable $15000 experience.

Sep 10, 2020 Climber800077

We were checked into a room on Thursday looking directly into another room. When we asked to move we were told there were no options except the presidential suite at an up charge of $3500 per nigh. After 4 calls to the front desk with no other solutions offered we capitulated at an up charge of $3000 per night and invited another couple to fly out… Read more
We were checked into a room on Thursday looking directly into another room. When we asked to move we were told there were no options except the presidential suite at an up charge of $3500 per nigh. After 4 calls to the front desk with no other solutions offered we capitulated at an up charge of $3000 per night and invited another couple to fly out and join us. The presidential suite was actually a hospitality suite on top of the parking garage that was completely empty of useful items. We requested the room be stocked with stuff so we could use it — the kitchen the bar, etc. That never happened. The house wine and rum were terrible so I went and stocked up food and alcohol at Trader Joe’s and asked for things like knives plates glasses etc in the barren kitchen. Nothing ever can as requested; it was always comically wrong. We asked for room cleaning from 11 to 3 on Saturday as we went on a wine tasting with friends. Nothing done when we returned. So by then it was obvious that we had been ignored again. The response was a botttle of sparkiling wine. We left a day early. On top of paying for the original room the bill was about $16k. To be ignored and then patronized by managers. What a disaster. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nicely finished, great location, but weak pool situation

Sep 8, 2020 NATEnJILL Atlanta, Georgia

This is a very nice hotel in a convenient location within Santa Barbara. I do feel the pool size, pool deck, and pool chair quantities were not on the same level as the hotel. Let me clarify, the pool is on the rooftop but it is the smallest hotel pool of this class that I have ever seen. The deck around the actual pool was very small as well,… Read more
This is a very nice hotel in a convenient location within Santa Barbara. I do feel the pool size, pool deck, and pool chair quantities were not on the same level as the hotel. Let me clarify, the pool is on the rooftop but it is the smallest hotel pool of this class that I have ever seen. The deck around the actual pool was very small as well, they have an elevated area with more lounging options but we witnessed people being turned away because they had no more availability. Honestly, if I am spending this much, I expect to be able to sit at the pool and not feel crowded in a small pool. The pool service was understaffed. I probably would not go back but it is a nice hotel. Room cleaning was as requested, which was not told to me upon check-in. Read less
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Sep 8, 2020 annl123 La Jolla, California

it was VERY covid safe and the staff were very helpful -very over priced we found the town very sad and desolate but the covid cases there are low so it was good pool had no social distancing so just skip the pool
Image of the Tripadvisor rating NOT family friendly

Sep 6, 2020 jillian b Los Angeles, California

This hotel experience was one of the worst we've experienced as a family. We have been doing some local travel this year and have felt safe at the hotels we have stayed in up until now. The first issue I have with hotel is the pool and the cleanliness. Lots of drunk people breaking GLASS champagne flutes poolside and no one cleaning up the glass,… Read more
This hotel experience was one of the worst we've experienced as a family. We have been doing some local travel this year and have felt safe at the hotels we have stayed in up until now. The first issue I have with hotel is the pool and the cleanliness. Lots of drunk people breaking GLASS champagne flutes poolside and no one cleaning up the glass, used cups and straws and food on the ground right around the pool. Yes, broken GLASS right by the pool edge, where my kids would walk, other people walking by picking up that glass and throwing the pieces off the roof. The service was very inattentive but the food is good. The pool area was very crowded and yes the people are mostly couples or groups and some were so drunk by late afternoon they could hardly walk. People were also smoking on the pool deck. The second issue was the terrible service, both at the pool and on check in. Service is not friendly and unattentive. The room itself is nice but at least three times in the middle of the night we were awoken by drunk girls RUNNING and SCREAMING down the halls. The shower also leaked an inch of water all over the bathroom floor and the issue was a lack of seal in two places and an incorrect slope for the shower edge. The location is great if you love to be in the heart of all the restaurants and shops, close proximity to the beach, and enjoy being around hoards of people walking around without masks taking their vapid photos for IG and not social distancing during a pandemic. The view from the pool is beautiful. Read less