Hotel Californian

Top choice hotel in Santa Barbara

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9.2 out of 10

Hotel Californian is the new kid on the once-rundown block that is the lower end of State St. Spearheading the area's rehabilitation, it would be worth staying 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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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.

Features of Hotel Californian


  • Parking
  • Terrace
  • Fishing
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bridal suite
  • Internet services
  • Gift shop
  • Windsurfing
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Packed lunches
  • Cycling
  • Wifi
  • Allergy-free room
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Trouser press
  • Beachfront
  • Evening entertainment
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On-site parking
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Paid wifi
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Children television networks
  • Secured parking
  • Parking garage
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Higher level toilet
  • Lower bathroom sink
  • Emergency cord in bathroom
  • Rooftop pool

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.


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


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


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


  • Valet parking
  • Private parking