Hotel Californian

Top choice boutique hotel in Santa Barbara

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9.5 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 in Santa Barbara, Hotel Californian is 800 metres from Antioch College and features facilities like outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and terrace. The property is situated 1 km from Santa Barbara City College and 5 km from Westmont College. The property offers a 24-hour front desk. Guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, fridge, a coffee machine, a hot tub, free toiletries and a desk. Every room has a private bathroom and a shower, and some rooms also feature a balcony. All units at the hotel have air conditioning and a wardrobe. A continental breakfast is available daily at the property. At Hotel Californian you will find a restaurant serving Mediterranean and American cuisine. The accommodation offers a hot tub. 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

Please note: The pool deck will be closed from 29 January 2018 until 31 March 2018.
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
  • Internet services
  • Windsurfing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Snorkelling
  • Wifi
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Beachfront
  • On-site parking
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Paid wifi
  • Secured parking
  • Parking garage
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Accessible parking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.


  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Fax/photocopying


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


  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioning


  • Private parking