Hotel Californian

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Hotel Californian is the new kid on the once-run-down block that is the lower end of State St. Spearheading the area's rehabilitation, it would be worth staying here just for the prime location (next to the beach, Stearns Wharf and the Funk Zone) but its appeal goes way beyond geography. A winning architectural mix of Spanish Colonial and North African Moorish styles set a glamorous tone.

The hotel's original history was brief. It opened to much fanfare in 1925 and was an instant hit with both visitors and locals, until just a few short weeks later the powerful earthquake that leveled most of the city struck and forced the permanent closure of the damaged Californian. Nearly a century later it's open again, and behind the original facade it's as glorious as ever.

Spread across three buildings, the spacious rooms come in four color schemes (orange, green, yellow and purple) and most have balconies along with attractive design features such as latticework and arched windows. Amenities include a spa and rooftop pool, three restaurants (open to nonguests) and boutique shopping.

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Quick description

Located next to the Funk Zone in Santa Barbara, the Hotel Californian is just steps from the beach and features an outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy several on-site dining options and take advantage of the on-site spa. Every air-conditioned guest room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a refrigerator, a coffee machine, free toiletries and a desk. Some rooms also feature a balcony. The hotel has two locations where guests can dine. Goat Tree offers casual dining all day offering fresh local fare including pastries and baked goods, a full breakfast menu, and cold-pressed juices and coffee. Blackbird offers Mediterranean-influenced cuisine with the Pacific Ocean and Funk Zone as a backdrop. The hotel spa, Majorelle, offers a steam room, a salon, and an indoor and outdoor lounge. Kunin Wines is 100 metres from Hotel Californian, while Santa Barbara Wine Collective is 200 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Santa Barbara Airport, 14 km from the hotel.

Important information

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.


  • Laundry
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage
  • Vip room facilities
  • Concierge service
  • Business centre
  • Shoeshine
  • Ironing service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Room service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Meeting/banquet facilities


  • Bridal suite
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Cycling
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Evening entertainment
  • Security alarm
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Walking tours
  • Terrace
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Windsurfing
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Access to health care professionals
  • Allergy-free room
  • Live music/performance
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed
  • Breakfast takeaway containers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Internet services
  • Gift shop
  • Packed lunches
  • Pool with view
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Trouser press
  • Wifi
  • Cashless payment available
  • First aid kit available
  • Children television networks
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Rooftop pool
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Bike tours
  • Sun terrace
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Process in place to check health of guests
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Fishing
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 24-hour security
  • On-site parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Happy hour
  • Beachfront
  • Canoeing
  • Face masks for guests available
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Delivered food is securely covered
  • Hiking
  • Paid wifi


  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Hot tub/jacuzzi


  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Newspapers


  • Valet parking
  • Private parking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.