Kimpton Canary Hotel

Santa Barbara, California

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The hotel

This fashionable and fun Kimpton hotel, is situated in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Here, you are just steps from the historic State Street and only just over a mile from the Californian coastline. There's always a lot on offer with Kimpton and it's no different here, with morning coffee, snacks and fruit to get your day off to the best start. Bikes are available to borrow so you can explore the local town and coast and there's even in-room yoga kit's to keep your zen. After a busy day of exploring in the Californian heat, the rooftop pool with stunning 360 views is waiting to cool you down.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking
  • Close to Beach

Where is it

In the heart of downtown Santa Barbara and close to State Street.

Hotel information

Variety of rooms and suites, all with air-conditioning, four-poster beds, TV, Honor mini-bar, WiFi, safe, iron and board, hairdryer and bathrobes. Deluxe Guest Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premier Guest Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeps maximum 2 adults.

Superior Guest Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeps maximum 2 adults.

Superior Guest Rooms with 2 double beds, sleeps maximum 3 adults.

Superior Guest Rooms with 2 queen-size beds, sleeps maximum 4 adults.

Junior Suites have a separate living room and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

1-Bedroom Suites have a separate living room with twin-size sleeper sofa and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

The Canary Suite has a wrap-around balcony which enjoys private ocean views, spacious living room, dining area, in-room spa with soaking tub and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Nesting Collection: 3-Bedroom Suites have 3 separate bedrooms all with king-size beds, 3 bathrooms, living room with twin-size sleeper sofa, sleeping maximum 8 adults.

Award-winning restaurant Finch and Fork. (Currently closed) Pool bar. Rooftop pool. Complimentary coffee and tea service in the lobby every morning., Grab-n-Go Breakfast: Mon-Fri, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Brunch: Sat-Sun, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Tue-Sat, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hosted evening wine hour from 5:00-6:00pm. Saturday rooftop yoga. Complimentary access to the Gold's Gym located right next door to Canary. WiFi. In-room spa services*. 24-hour room service*. Business centre. Laundry/dry-cleaning facilities*. Valet parking $35 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change). 

100% non-smoking hotel.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Vomit on our bathroom wall from previous guests and more rooms 308 and 309!

Aug 15, 2022 King7603 Los Angeles, California

I cannot beleive a kimpton hotel is in this condition. I wrote a review already and it's oddly missing???. We came here with our 3 children to marry again . We stay at kimptons every time we travel and never had a had Bad experience until aside from an incident once in Scotland but that was minor compared to this. First of all I wanna start… Read more
I cannot beleive a kimpton hotel is in this condition. I wrote a review already and it's oddly missing???. We came here with our 3 children to marry again . We stay at kimptons every time we travel and never had a had Bad experience until aside from an incident once in Scotland but that was minor compared to this. First of all I wanna start by saying how absolutely filthy the hotel was the entire place was disgusting the carpets in the hallways were stained and dirty and faded out crumbs all over not once vacuumed the whole time we were there. The wall paper was stained and faded out. As you can see in the photos below an in ur bedroom there was vomit splattered on the bathroom wall and it took 2 days until I 3 different staff members about it before they came and cleaned it. The entire room literally had never been dusted there was a mildew all over our shower holes in the wall. Don't bother traveling with pets at this place because there's literally no place for them to go to the bathroom except a needle ridden crackpipe alley behind behind the building Is where we were harassed by homeless people. The tall gentleman who is the host of the restaurant is incredibly rude we were told several times we didn't need a reservation for dinner. There was literally never a full restaurant and because it was our wedding they told us they would take care of us, instead all we got was the runaround from this guy and treated like total garbage. Every time we'd come down for breakfast we dread it because he act like we were the biggest inconvenience in the place. Every staff member was rude except our breakfast server. He was wonderful. The housekeeping all acted like they were on death's door because they were so overworked and underpaid they all were filthy and smelled like B.O. Now let's talk about The Valet, How they brought down the wrong car not once but twice the 2nd time bringing my BMW down and insisting my 17 year old son take it since they already had brought it down and didn't want to have to go back. my son pulled the car around the corner and phoned me telling me what happened and how they pressured him to just take my car instead of his. He is not insured on my vehicle and if there had been an accident with him and my daughter's in it it would have been catastrophic. Luckily he did not go far and called me immediately. They got defensive and blamed my son which is absolutely ridiculous and extremely unprofessional. My wife has since emailed them about what had happened during our stay and all we got was an apology and hope it's better next time we come there?! We've spent thousands upon thousands of dollars over the last 11 years staying at kimptons around the world Renting not 1 the 2 rooms to accommodate our large family and this is how we're thanked and treated during a bad stay? I mean seriously? This was like something out of a bad movie. Never again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very nice hotel just overpriced I think

Aug 8, 2022 Colin O

I stayed at the Kimpton for a wedding where the venue was on the rooftop. It was a beautiful rooftop wedding. I understand why having the wedding there. The hotel being part of IHG was another reason for me to stay. BUT I feel even with the wedding discount, this hotel is overpriced. For what I was paying I would assume we were closer to the… Read more
I stayed at the Kimpton for a wedding where the venue was on the rooftop. It was a beautiful rooftop wedding. I understand why having the wedding there. The hotel being part of IHG was another reason for me to stay. BUT I feel even with the wedding discount, this hotel is overpriced. For what I was paying I would assume we were closer to the water or each room would have an amazing view, mine was of the gas station across the street. The wine tasting was a nice touch, but come to find out all hotels in the area are doing the same. So what makes this hotel stand out? The four poster beds are nice, but that's all I could think of. A very nice hotel, but just over priced. I understand it is S.B. and everything is a bit over priced to begin with. I am sure there are other options in the area. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent stay in Santa Barbara

Jul 22, 2022 Christian C Miami

I stayed at the Kimpton Canary on July 13th for 2 nights. I arrived early and had lunch with a colleague at Finch & Fork since my room was understandably not ready. I had the delicious Black Garlick Caesar salad with steak and a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. The front desk was very helpful and accommodated an early check in at… Read more
I stayed at the Kimpton Canary on July 13th for 2 nights. I arrived early and had lunch with a colleague at Finch & Fork since my room was understandably not ready. I had the delicious Black Garlick Caesar salad with steak and a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives. The front desk was very helpful and accommodated an early check in at about 3pm in a beautiful corner room. The room was very spacious but it did face a gas station that received deliveries around the clock so it wasn't quiet but that is not the hotels fault. When I called in for room service on Thursday evening I was delighted to see the same salad on the menu but when the room service attendant took my call he said they don't sell the salad with the option to add steak. I opted to go to the restaurant to try to get the salad as featured on the menu and sat at the bar but the bartender also said he's never seen the salad served with steak. I then tried to order a martini with blue cheese stuffed olives but the bartender said they didn't have blue cheese stuffed olives. He was very helpful nonetheless and there was no shortage of politeness from everyone I encountered. I look forward to visiting again and maybe I'll get lucky with the salad on the next try. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not as advertised at all. Pics are misleading.

Jul 19, 2022 maxn2018 Los Angeles, California

Forget the pics you see on their site. The suites are tiny and overlook the parking lot, prego floors and no balcony or patio. This place has a very misleading website and the rooms are not what you’re thinking you’re getting. Very, very disappointing and sad. Had to keep all my curtains closed as I was directly across maybe 5 other rooms looking… Read more
Forget the pics you see on their site. The suites are tiny and overlook the parking lot, prego floors and no balcony or patio. This place has a very misleading website and the rooms are not what you’re thinking you’re getting. Very, very disappointing and sad. Had to keep all my curtains closed as I was directly across maybe 5 other rooms looking in. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overall a great experience

Jul 17, 2022 trenchermanstravels Merseyside, United Kingdom

My family and I are on a tour of the US and have stayed at a number of 4 and 5 star properties in cities across the East and West Coast and this was possibly our favourite. I was a bit nervous prior to our arrival due to the negative reviews preceding this. I need not have worried. The hotel has just undergone a full refurb so is in excellent… Read more
My family and I are on a tour of the US and have stayed at a number of 4 and 5 star properties in cities across the East and West Coast and this was possibly our favourite. I was a bit nervous prior to our arrival due to the negative reviews preceding this. I need not have worried. The hotel has just undergone a full refurb so is in excellent condition. It has not lost any of it's character in the process. It has a lovely boutique hotel feel. We really liked the location just off State Street The heated rooftop pool is just lovely and when we stayed it was quiet and peaceful No difficulty getting a sun-bed. The rooms are a good size and in great condition with period style furniture. The beds are the most comfortable we have slept in on our trip. The wine hour in the afternoon is a nice touch and the wine was of good quality. The staff were on the whole exceptionally friendly, welcoming and accommodating. Breakfast was very good with some great choices. Well cooked and good quality. Our only gripe was service at breakfast. Only one server for the whole restaurant so service was slow although the servers were friendly and doing a valiant job in the circumstances but an hour for breakfast is too long in my view. Overall I would return in an instant. Thanks in particular to the guy doing valet parking, Eric at breakfast and Benjamin on reception. Read less