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
We stayed ther in January 2018 and enjoyed the newly opened Hotel Californian. Excellent welcome and friendly personnel (from valet parking to reception). It is obvious that the Hotel just opened. The Hotel is ditributed over three buildings across two streets. The SPA and pool are in a different building from the main one. This is not ideal, since you cannot go to the pool directly from your room. Also there is no restaurant for the breakfast in the same building.
Gabriel_H61 - Canton of Ticino, Switzerland
We stayed for 5 nights after flood evacuation. The hotel was full of other folks in the same situation, creating lots of special requests for the staff. They reacted at a very high level of service, taking care of all kinds of needs. We were very impressed at how they were able to help get kids to school, provide transportation, and do other non-typical hotel tasks ... all cheerfully and asking what more could be done to help. As to the hotel, it's new, attractive and very convenient to State Street activity, the harbor, and beach. Libby, Vince, and Thomas are just a few of the team which certainly understands what it takes to make customers happy.
We were evacuated from Four Seasons during he flush floods and we ended up spending one night in The Californian. New, beautiful Mexican/Latino design. Staff are amazing and very helpful. In hind side, we should have stayed here in the first place.
piancov - Perth, Australia
Driving down California coast and only stayed 1 night. Arrived in late evening to hotel room. Room ready and staff was friendly. Found milk and cookies in hotel room waiting for us which was nice touch when traveling with 4 teens (7 total) Went to the pool and hot tub in the evening which was also clean and and I really liked the eclectic decor, although kids couldnâ€™t decide if they liked the monochromatic motifs. (They noticed enough to comment though!) Didnâ€™t give 5 stars because we booked two rooms and they gave us rooms on different floors. Would have made it perfect stay
CrzyMom99 - Fremont, California
This is a brand new hotel with some kinks to work out. The layout is odd, with the rooms being in three different buildings. If you plan to use the spa or pool, keep this in mind, as I'm sure you won't want to walk across the street in your bathing suit or robe. We are iPrefer members, which got us zero perks on this visit. Prior to arrival I called to ask if they were a pet friendly location. I was told they were but was not told what the pet fee was. When we checked in, they saw our little dog (17 lbs) and asked if we wanted a dog bed and bowls sent to the room. I thanked them and said yes. We were shown to our room (across the intersection). The room itself was smaller than I expected with no frills and a view of a construction zone. The A very long time and three phone calls to the front desk passed before they showed up. Okay, not that big of a deal. The bathroom provided zero noise privacy and had one small sink and counter. In the morning, we were woken up by the loud construction across the street at 7:30 a.m. NOT ideal for the first morning of vacation. We inquired about the fullness of the hotel and were told they weren't very full. We asked them why then, had they placed us directly across from the construction. They were able to move our room into the building where you check in. That room was much nicer and larger (a double vanity in the bathroom) and we did enjoy it. The rooms here are not cheap, so we had expected our first room to be more like the second one. I have to say the location is great. Everything was very walkable and we enjoyed getting to know the area. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. The prices for the mini bar were reasonable and it was well stocked. Upon checkout we saw the pet fee was $150 - which is considerably higher than anywhere we have ever stayed (The Ritzes we have stayed at charge $100). Parking was a hefty fee as well. All in all I would give this an average rating mostly because of the weird layout. I suspect they will get the kinks ironed out with time. They should absolutely lower their pet fee. $150 is far too high.
islandfix - Livermore, California