Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, California
Set in beautiful Santa Barbara, with the sprawling Pacific on one side and downtown Santa Barbara’s bars, galleries, and boutiques on the other, Hotel Californian is the new center of Santa Barbara’s waterfront. The iconic hotel made its debut in 1925 before being destroyed by an earthquake. It has now been rebuilt, incorporating the façade of the original hotel and featuring Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and modern Moorish interior décor from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whose aim is to ensure that no two rooms are alike. A part of the LVX collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, this stunning hotel is made up of three buildings; The Californian, The Mason, and The State building. Spacious guest rooms and suites enjoy luxurious finishes like tufted headboards, leather benches and custom cocktail bars.
Explore the city’s vibrant Funk Zone, hop around wine tasting rooms, or stroll along the beautiful beach just steps from your room. Santa Barbara is a coastal city and home to the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains. Visit Stearns Wharf, the 145-year-old iconic wooden pier that is a landmark in Santa Barbara. For some pampering and the ultimate relaxation, make sure to stop by the hotel’s spa for an invigorating paradise complete with four treatment rooms, a private courtyard, and a fitness center. After a long day of exploring, make sure to delight the palate at the onsite restaurant showcasing Mediterranean and contemporary American cuisine from Chef Alexander La Motte. Every dish emphasizes local ingredients and outdoor seating is available.
Location of Hotel Californian
Nearest Airport: LAX
Amenities for Hotel Californian
- On-Site Amenities
- Complimentary WiFi
Reviews for Hotel Californian
From the moment we walked into the lobby until our luggage was placed in our car when we were leaving, the staff at Hotel Californian were 5 Star. We loved our room, rooftop pool, exercise room, courtesy car and the staff's willingness to help our stay be exactly what we were looking for. On the heels of our son getting married we wanted a few days to just relax before we headed home to the East Coast and that's exactly what we did. Located near many restaurants, shops and the Funk Zone and nearly Montecito, I do hope we get back to Santa Barbara and the Hotel Californian.
marianne18976 - Warrington, Pennsylvania
This is a difficult question to answer. The positive: The hotel is lovely - rooms are large, beds are very comfortable, staff is very eager to help, and the rooftop pool is great. Itâ€™s also very close to the beach and the Funk Zone, which makes getting around much easier. Room for improvement: for this amount of money, I expect perfect service. Housekeeping was late two nights out of four for evening turn-down service, 900 and 930 pm. At other hotels, turndown is typically finished by 730-800 pm. One day our room was not cleaned until 315 pm after my wife called them to remind them. Housekeeping needed to be reminded about several other items. Not a major issue for any one thing in particular, but again at $700/night, I donâ€™t think guests should have to chase anything. This would rarely occur at a Fairmont property. Back to the question, is it worth it? Iâ€™m not convinced it is, but itâ€™s a matter of personal expectations. Those minor items may not bother you.
Scott B - Toronto
Exactly what the city needed...a luxury hotel by the beach! This is a wonderful hotel - very modern and pleasant design with young but very service minded staff! Rooms are tastefully decorated and the beds were among the best I have experienced in hotels! Just a quick walk from downtown! We tried their restaurant, which was superb! A very modern and tasteful menu! The roof pool is quite small but the pool area is appealing with nice lounge beds and a great view! The kids loved getting freshly baked cookies with milk in the room! A bit pricy though...
SeJaHo - Gothenburg, Sweden
This newest SB hotel has it all - swank decor, rooftop pool with views for days, great location, and great restaurants. Moorish interior design is by celebrity designer Martyn Bullard and it is poppin'. Rooms feature varied jewel tones. Mine was yellow and gray, but others are raspberry pink, or emerald green, for instance. Black and white room and hallway art and photos set a glamorous tone. Beds and bedding are unmatched for luxe comfort. The hotel and restaurants are in three adjacent buildings at end of State St., near the happening Funk Zone.
frankieSF - San Francisco, California
This place is phenomenal in every way. My boyfriend arranged a surprise birthday weekend in Santa Barbara and found this new hotel. What a gem. Amazing views of the ocean, top notch service, beautiful room decor, the beds are to die for, and right around the corner from fabulous restaurants & shopping. We will definitely come back!!