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Hotel Californian

Hotel Californian, a sanctuary of luxury and comfort, is nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara, just a stone’s throw away from the beach. The hotel spans across three prime blocks, making it an integral part of the city's landscape. The establishment has been over two decades in the making, and its grandeur is a testament to the time and effort invested in its creation.

The hotel's design pays homage to the original Hotel Californian built in 1925. It comprises three separate buildings, giving the property a quaint, village-like ambiance. It stands out with its unique blend of traditional Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, which is characteristic of Santa Barbara, and modern Moorish and Moroccan influences. This fusion of styles breathes life into the beachfront area, marking a new phase in its revitalization.

Beyond its striking aesthetics, Hotel Californian boasts of unparalleled accessibility. Guests can easily explore wine tasting rooms, clubs, restaurants, and the beautiful East and West Beach, all within walking distance.

The property houses two restaurants, set amidst tranquil passages and fountains. With a rooftop pool and the town’s quintessential red-tiled roofs adorning white stucco walls, Hotel Californian offers an experience akin to a getaway in a foreign land.

The hotel’s exquisite Spanish-Moroccan style is the brainchild of celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, known for his work on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators. This fusion of styles is evident in every corner of the property, especially in the public spaces adorned with ornate ceiling designs and nearly a million tiles in 27 different patterns.

The hotel’s Blackbird restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes using local ingredients, crafted by Chef Travis Watson, who trained under esteemed chef Georges Paccard of La Ciboulette in Annecy, France. The Majorelle spa, with its blue-tiled Moroccan décor, offers a serene retreat for guests.

Conveniently, the hotel is accessible via the Amtrak train, with the station just a block away. It sits on the bustling State Street and is a block from the beach, offering a prime location that comes with occasional traffic and late-night noise. Hotel Californian is pet-friendly and can also accommodate guests with allergies.

The hotel is equipped to host gatherings of any size, with a grand ballroom, a rooftop event space, and five meeting rooms, each with its own private patio. While it may not overflow with in-room technology, the hotel prides itself on fostering a traditional, convivial, family environment.

The 121 guest rooms and suites are elegantly designed with a black-and-white palette, punctuated by vibrant artwork and furnishings. Unique features such as Italian linens, custom-made headboards, cobra sconces, and laser-cut closet sliding doors contribute to the eclectic room décor.

Hotel Californian is conveniently situated on State Street, the main shopping and dining hub of Santa Barbara. It is a short walk from Stearns Wharf, one of the top tourist destinations in the city, and the trendy Funk Zone, home to numerous wine tasting rooms, restaurants, breweries, and art galleries. The city’s unique zoo is also a short bike ride away.

The hotel offers a range of amenities including 24-hour room service, a bar, fitness classes, a gym, house car, meeting rooms, an outdoor pool, pet-friendly facilities, restaurants, and a spa.

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