Recently reborn but retaining its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, the historic Hotel Californian is designed to impress. Just steps from the Pacific, the dazzling Hotel Californian is located in one of Santa Barbara’s most desirable areas. A stone’s throw from the vibrant Funk Zone quarter, with its artisan shops, wine-tasting rooms, and hip eateries, the hotel has an opulent Turkish-inspired spa, beach views from the rooftop pool, and two exceptional restaurants. Situated across three unique buildings, each of the 123 eclectic guestrooms embraces a distinctive flair, courtesy of celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
- Named on the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List and Travel + Leisure The It List
- Stay in the re-imagined 1925 hotel with its cool Moroccan-inspired design
- Choose ocean, mountain, or courtyard views from your private balcony
- 123 uniquely-styled guestrooms created by acclaimed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard
- Indulge in treatments at Moroccan-influenced Majorelle spa
- Dine in two acclaimed Alexander La Motte restaurants
- Watch the sunset over iconic Stearns Wharf from the rooftop pool
Perfectly positioned to showcase the best of the American Riviera’s myriad attractions, with an illustrious spa, rooftop pool, and the warm waters of the Pacific just steps away, Hotel Californian exudes fresh Moroccan vibes with a cool splash of luxury.
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Three buildings combine to form 123 unique rooms created by celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to ensure no two rooms are alike. Thoughtful touches bring a unique sense of luxury — tufted headboards, in-room cocktail bars, and leather benches — in Moroccan-themed décor with cool tiles lifted by pops of color. Choose a deluxe corner room for a dual balcony and roaring open fire, or the impressive presidential Alcazar Suite for the ultimate Santa Barbara retreat.
Beyond your room, find tranquility in the blue-and-white Moroccan-style Majorelle spa or get active at the fitness center. The library is ideal for peaceful contemplation over a coffee and cake — or a sophisticated cocktail. If you are in town for business, the deluxe ballroom makes an exceptional impression, and the modern meeting rooms ensure efficient and inspiring corporate events.
Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Alexander La Mott, Hotel Californian’s Goat Tree gourmet café exudes relaxed vibes, and the Mediterranean-inspired Blackbird restaurant emphasizes locally sourced, hyper-seasonal ingredients.
Goat Tree – With views of the wharf and a patio for alfresco dining, Goat Tree makes the most of local produce to conjure up diverse and exciting breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Start the day with the almond croissant, flavorsome smoked salmon, or your favorite smoothie. Arrange for a seasonally-curated picnic basket at lunchtime and head for the wine-tasting trail or to the beach. Pop by for healthy on-the-go snacks, cold-pressed juices, and fresh coffee. When the sun fades, discover Mediterranean flavors before taking a sunset stroll along the boulevard.
Blackbird – In the Mason building, with its vibrant mix of classic-meets-contemporary style, Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant showcases the pick of Santa Barbara ingredients with a Mediterranean twist. Choose from freshest sustainable seafood and succulent locally produced chicken and beef, and finish with delicate desserts expertly devised by Executive Chef Alexander La Mott. Beautifully positioned, the restaurant has the Pacific Ocean and the lively Funk Zone in its sights.
Take in the views of the ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains from the rooftop pool or soothe your mind, body, and soul in the exotic Moroccan-inspired spa with its four treatment rooms, fitness center, and private courtyard.
Santa Barbara’s science museum Moxi is also just a few yards from the front door. Make time to explore Santa Barbara’s boutiques, wealth of wine-tasting rooms, and highly acclaimed restaurants — many are just a few steps away in the hip Funk Zone and Presidio areas. For something more active, hit the beach for water sports, conquer one of the area’s many golf courses, or head to the Santa Ynez mountains for bike and hiking trails. Go whale-watching, deep-sea fishing, or hop on board a boat for a trip to the Channel Islands National Park.
Between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Santa Barbara, on a prime beachfront stretch, Hotel Californian is next to the vibrant Funk Zone with its boutique tasting venues, restaurants, and galleries, and within walking distance of Stearns Wharf, a 145-year-old wooden pier packed with shops and restaurants.
Santa Barbara Airport is 11 mi / 18 km, 15 minutes away.
Santa Barbara Amtrak train station is just a block away.